Hairs are turning grey or white is a common problem that we see nowadays. The normal age of the graying starts around 50 years of age. If it starts before this age, it’s really a cause of concern. I have observed grey hair also among some toddlers. There are some health reasons for the causes of grey hair. Hairs are turning grey or white is a common problem that we see nowadays. Normal age of the graying starts around 50 years of age. If it starts before this age, it’s really a cause of concern. I have observed grey hair also among some toddlers. There are some health reasons for the causes of grey hair.
How hair gets it’s natural color?
Before proceeding further first we will know how hair gets its natural color. Hair gets its natural color from a type of pigment called melanin. Hair has only two type of pigments: dark(eumelanin) and light (phaeomelanin). Together they form the color of hairs. If eumelanin is more it results in the dark shade of hair color and more phaeomelanin causes lighter shades of hair color. The formation of melanin begins before birth. Melanin is made up of specialized pigment cells called melanocytes. They position themselves at the openings on the skin’s surface through which hair grows (follicles). Each hair grows from a single follicle.
What causes graying?
Graying is a common thing however; it may sound weird that the sun darkens your skin and bleaches your hair. If your hair has prolonged exposure to the sun, UVA and UVB rays can damage the outside cover of the hair strand, called the cuticle. Signs of sun damage to your hair include discoloration, dry and brittle strands, broken or split ends, thinning and frizziness. Damaged hair has a dry look and feel. Keratin is the protein that makes our hair, skin, and nails. Throughout the years, melanocytes continue to inject pigment into the hair’s keratin, giving it a colorful hue. With age comes a reduction of melanin. The hair turns gray and eventually white. Stress may also play a role in the graying of hair. Sometimes people are born with gray hair because they inherit the trait.
Coloring hair! Good or bad?
Be realistic! Coloring hair always gets a little damage to your hair. Both permanent and semi-permanent dyes contain hydrogen peroxide, which chemically changes the color of the hair pigment. A moisturizing hair mask must be applied once in a week in order to moisturize dry hair and retain its shine.
Types of hair color
Permanent color: If you’re looking to stick something out long term, permanent hair dye is probably the right option for you. This dye requires more complex chemical processing and should penetrate your hair across the cortex. This means your color can last for weeks without visible signs of fading. Permanent hair color can be used to:
- Help lighten, darken, or tone your hair
- Help provide high coverage of gray hair
- Help prevent fading
- Help provide high coverage
Despite its long-lasting benefits, permanent hair color will eventually have to be reapplied due to new growth. Depending on your base color and what you’d like to achieve, you may have to gradually color your hair to achieve your desired look. While it would be great to go from dark to platinum in one sitting, slow and steady usually wins the hair color race.
Temporary color: Shades of gray and pastels have been lighting up social media feeds recently. These on-trend colors make for a pretty picture, but not everyone is ready to keep such a bold look for the long term. This is where the temporary hair color comes into play.
Temporary hair dye coats the outside of the hair shaft. Within a few shampoos, the vibrant, new color will fade and the original shade can show again. This allows the wearer to experience a new hair shade without long-term commitment.
However, you should know that damaged hair that’s dyed with a temporary hair color could look stained after a while.
Coloring vs. Henna application.
If you do not want to use any chemicals on your hair consider henna for dying your hair. Real henna will provide only shades of red, burgundy brown and like colors. Henna is good for your hair. However, stay away from some products called black henna that promise to turn your hair black (except indigo based products).
Henna restores the acid-alkaline balance of the scalp without affecting the natural balance of your hair. Steep henna for two hours in amla-brewed water and apply on hair including scalp to get the best results. Henna is a very good conditioner for your hair.
Can we reverse the hair to its natural color?
There are various forms of information provided on the internet, however, we believe that to treat any ailment we should focus on diet.
As natural colors like henna also require repeated action, we have tried to find natural remedies to boost the production of melanin which is the root cause of graying.
Sesame oil: Regularly massage scalp with sesame oil, it helps to restore hair natural color. You can do this massage at night. Let the oil stay on the scalp for the entire night and give a hair wash the next day. This will not only help it reversing graying but also helps in moisturizing hair.
Consume Vitamin-Rich Foods: In order to prevent and delay the graying process of hair, make sure to get sufficient amounts of vitamins B and E daily. Cashew nuts, almonds, walnuts, fresh fruits, and vegetables are all good sources for these vitamins. Also decrease your sodium intake, because sodium speeds up the appearance of grey hair.
Drink Lots of Water: A lot of toxins get deposited in the body when the endocrine system malfunctions. This leads to many health problems, including premature aging and grey hair. Drink up to 10-12 glasses of water daily to flush out these harmful toxins.
Avoid Junk Food: Hair can become grey due to malnutrition and overconsumption of fast food or junk food. Instead, eat natural foods that are high in iron, calcium, vitamin B, and vitamin C. Options include fresh fruits, lemon juice, vegetable soups, etc.
Juice of Indian Gooseberry: Daily drink 3-4 teaspoonful of inidan gooseberry juice mixed with water in the morning. This juice not only improves natural hair color but also beneficial in longevity and sharp eyesight.