Gray hair normally starts appearing from the mid-thirties to forties among men and women. But grey hair before the age of thirty is a different story.
What Causes Premature Graying?
The hair turns gray when the melanin that gives color to your hair lessens. Old age may also contribute to a buildup of hydrogen peroxide on your hair because you cannot break it down anymore. Doctors call the condition of premature graying hair premature canities.
Genes. The primary cause is your genes. You may have inherited the trait from parents or relatives. According to studies, the trait is an autosomal dominant trait. It will not cause any harm on your body except for the change in hair color. The genes will also determine how the graying progresses and even the color. Other researchers claim that ethnicity and sex also determine how early you will have gray hair.
Diseases. There are medical conditions however in which graying hair is one of the symptoms. The rare pangeria and progeria, both belonging to premature aging syndrome, cause graying of hair. Other causes are autoimmune disorders like hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism; vitiligo; asthma, atopic dermatitis, alopecia areata, allergic conjunctivitis and allergic rhinitis; scalp and hair diseases; anemia; and the body’s inability to absorb certain nutrients or vitamin deficiency.
Lifestyle. Graying hair could also be a side-effect of medications. If you also smoke, drink or use prohibited drugs you are more likely to have premature graying. Stress can upset your body’s hormones and functions so you’re most likely going to have gray hairs. Exposure to harsh chemicals that damage the hair’s pigment can also be a factor.
What Should I Do?
Unfortunately, there is no method to reverse the changes. Products that claim to “cure” premature canities will at best only help to conceal the condition. That includes home remedies that claim will make you younger. They won’t.
Dyeing. The best option is to hide graying hair by dyeing. It will be trickier for men who keep short haircuts, so ask the salon about options like highlights and semi-permanent color. If you have too many gray strands, a permanent hair color. Is recommended There are also shampoos that dye your hair temporarily. There is a downside to frequently dyeing your hair however because it can cause damage.
Moisturize. Make sure that your hair gets enough moisture. Gray hair tends to be dry and brittle. A hydrating conditioner will also keep it healthy and shiny. Drinking enough water everyday and avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.
Make Changes. Cut down on alcoholic beverages. Women should also avoid using the blow dryer everyday because that will make the hair dry. Men should limit their use of styling gels and creams. If your lifestyle is what’s causing premature graying, you need to get rid of old habits. Eat nutritious food, drink plenty of water and exercise regularly. Lastly, don’t let gray hair destroy your self-confidence. It’s not something you should be ashamed of.