As you age you skin becomes wrinkly and saggy while your hair turns grey. This is part and parcel of natural aging process that no one can escape. Your hair turns grey only when your body starts making less melanin, a natural pigment produced by melanocyte cells that is responsible for adding color to your skin and hair. While aging is one major and inevitable cause of grey hair, there are numerous other factors as well that can cause premature graying of hair. These include genetics, nutritional deficiency, health issues, stress, anxiety and unhealthy lifestyle.
However, by being a little more vigilant and careful you can certainly slow down, and even reverse, these aging symptoms especially grey hair. Listed below are some tips and preventive measures that will help you maintain your natural hair color for a longer time.
- Say No To Smoking:
Smoking is one factor that speeds up aging process, from head to toe. If you are a smoker you have higher chances of developing facial wrinkles,
- Avoid Caffeinated And Alcoholic Beverages:
Too much caffeine and alcohol in the body is also not good for your hair and skin. Both caffeine and alcohol have active ingredients that can trigger premature aging.
- Limit Intake Of Processed And Junk Food:
Processed and junk foods do more harm than benefit. They just reduce consumer’s energy levels and are not at all healthy for you. Also limit intake of refined flour and sugar, as they do not contain any healthy nutrients, whereas your skin and hair require a number of essential nutrients to stay young.
- Drink Plenty Of Water:
Like skin your hair also need adequate supply of water to stay fresh and hydrated. If you body is not adequately hydrated, essential nutrients may not be able to reach hair follicles. This limited supply of nutrients to the hair follicles can cause premature graying of hair.
- Control Your Stress:
If you are too much stressed, you are more susceptible to hair loss and well as graying of hair. Extended periods of tension, anxiety and nervousness can result in sudden or gradual graying of hair. Seek some psychologist’s help to control your stress. The best way to control stress is through mind relaxing exercises like yoga, deep breathing etc. But if you are unable to control stress through these techniques, medications may help!
- Have A Sound Sleep:
Getting enough sleep is not only necessary for your general health but also to maintain a healthy skin and hair profile. A sound sleep of at least 8 hours at night is necessary for healthy growth of hair and production of pigment that adds color to hair. A sound sleep at night also helps reduce stress and anxiety, two factors that contribute directly in premature hair graying.
- Exercise Daily:
A healthy workout regimen plays a key role in keeping your body in its best proportion for a longer time. Exercise helps enhance blood circulation in the body. This means enhanced blood flow to the scalp as well. This allows efficient supply of nutrients to the hair follicles. If these nutrients are not reaching hair follicles then consuming a healthy, balanced diet is of no use.
- Massage Your Scalp Regularly:
Massaging the scalp also helps enhance blood flow in the scalp and thus ensures efficient supply of essential nutrients to the hair follicles. To increase blood circulation and improve blood flow, massage your scalp on daily basis or at least on alternate days.
- Increase Your Protein Intake:
Eating protein-rich foods can significantly slow down gray hair and premature aging of skin. Protein is not only necessary for composition of hair strands but also for the production of melanin. If you want to slow down or reverse gray hair, eat plenty of protein-rich foods. These include white meat (fish, chicken and turkey), soy, lentils, whole grains and soy.
- Step Up Your Consumption Of B Vitamins:
Deficiency of Vitamins B2, B6 and B12 can cause premature hair graying. If you want to delay graying of hair, incorporate foods rich in these vitamins in your daily diet. You can also get your share of B vitamins from supplements. Foods rich in B vitamins include dairy products, poultry, meat, eggs, cereals, bananas and leafy green vegetables.
- Iodine And Selenium Can Help The Cause:
Iodine and Selenium are two minerals that play a key role in maintaining hair color. To slow down or reverse graying of hair, put foods rich in iodine and selenium on your grocery list. Iodine rich foods include fish, spinach, carrot and bananas, whereas foods rich in selenium include nuts, soybeans, corn, sunflower seeds and tuna.
Home Remedies for Gray Hair:
There are countless home remedies that can significantly help prevent and reverse gray hair. Listed below are some time tested herbs and natural remedies to help you reverse gray hair.
- Amla Paste:
Amla, also known as Indian gooseberry is very good for your hair. It not only helps strengthen your locks but also adds color to them. Just apply Amla paste regularly to your hair as well as scalp and see your white hair turning black within a couple of months.
- Coconut Oil and Lemon: Massage your scalp regularly with a mixture of coconut oil and lemon and say good bye to gray hair. Take two tablespoons of coconut oil and add one teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice into it. Use this mixture to massage your scalp for 5 to 7 minutes. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then rinse off with a mild shampoo and normal tap water. For best results, repeat this remedy twice or thrice a week.
- Onion Juice: A recent study has claimed that premature hair graying is caused by deposits of hydrogen peroxide at the base of follicles due to decreased levels of antioxidants in the scalp. Onion just helps promote production of necessary antioxidants and decrease hydrogen peroxide deposits. Simply apply freshly squeezed onion juice to the scalp and let it sit for half an hour. Repeat the process daily for 4 to six weeks and see your gray hair turning black.
If you really want to keep gray hair at bay for a little longer, follow the above mentioned tips and remedies. If you still have any queries, book a free online consultation at Hair Transplant Dubai Clinic by filling the form below.