Preventing the Premature Greying of Hair

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gryinghairHair naturally becomes grey, due to reduced melanin production.  Melanin is a hair pigment. Though grey hair is normally associated with old age, hair can prematurely turn grey in young adults because of improper diet,a disease or a natural deficiency that affects hair quality.

Psychological problems such as anxiety, grief, jealousy, tension, frustration, depression or rumination can also lead to prematurely grey hair. Having an unclean scalp, being exposed to scorching heat or a polluted atmosphere, or being in a humid environment can lead to grey hair.  Grey hair can be particularly disastrous for women.

Remedies for Premature Hair Greying

Premature grey hair most often affects people with dry hair.  To prevent grey hair it is advised that one keep one’s hair healthy and shiny by softly massaging the hair with warm oil. Eating food rich in iodine, iron, and minerals such as copper also help one avoid prematurely grey hair.

To control prematurely grey hair one should eat a diet rich in vitamins A and B, as well as other vitamins such as para-aminobenzoic acid, pantothenic acid, and inositol.  Dyeing the hair can temporarily relieve the problem, but it is a last ditch effort.

Homemade Remedies

Mix and drink two teaspoons of wheat germ and yeast with buttermilk to prevent grey hair.  Mix grated fresh ginger with honey and eat one teaspoon of the mixture every day.

Also rub Indian gooseberry (Amla) on the scalp regularly to help turn grey hair black. Also, massage the hair with a mixture of lemon juice and coconut oil every day.

Another good home remedy is to prepare a mixture of two teaspoons of henna powder, three teaspoons of coffee, two teaspoons of basil juice, one teaspoon of yogurt, one teaspoon of fenugreek seed, and three teaspoons of mint juice. Mix all of these ingredients to create a paste and apply it to the hair.  Then shampoo the hair two hours after application.

Chemical Hair Dyes

If too much of your hair has gone grey, it is best to use a hair dye to cover the problem.  These dyes coat the hair, either permanently or temporarily.  These dyes color the hair, either black or to match the individual’s natural hair color.

Climate, soap, season, or water can’t affect the effectiveness of hair dyes.  These dyes contain chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide and mercury.  They can easily be purchased on the open market.

Hair Dye Application

The individual should keep a few things in mind before applying hair dye. Before dyeing the hair, remember to wash it thoroughly to remove grease and dust.

Afterwards, apply the hair dye with a brush. After a short period of time, wash the hair thoroughly to remove excess hair dye. Dyeing the hair can at times leave black spots on the fingers, nails or sideburns, but they can be easily removed with soap.