Gray hair can either make a person look distinguished and worldly-wise. Gray hair can also make you look washed out, tired, and old.
Age is one of the primary causes of gray hair, a lot of older people turn gray because melanin production tends to slow down as they age. When your hair starts turning gray between the ages of 20s to 30s, it is called premature gray hair.
Conversely then, gray is often one of the most obvious signs of aging. Normally, gray hair will be a sign of graceful aging but it is surely not always welcome. Contrary to the popular the popular belief that gray hair is a sign of old age, it is now common to spot even young healthy people with strands of gray hair. While some embrace gray hair, many others face it with difficulty and wound do just about anything to prevent or get rid it.
Causes of grey hair include:
Smoking and unhealthy lifestyles
Underlying autoimmune and genetic conditions
Poor nutrition; Vitamin B12 deficiency
Use of concentrated hair dyes for the coloring of hair
Imbalance of hormone
Lack of vitamin B (vitamin deficiency)
And Here are ways to enhance your natural hair color from inside
Beware of your shower water: Heavy metals and caustic chemicals such as chlorine are common in most tap water for people on municipal city water. You can install inexpensive shower head filter to save your skin and scalp.
Brush your hair twice daily using firm forward and backward strokes with a soft bristle brush. Brush your hair twice daily stimulates and refreshes the blood in your hair follicles which increase the nutrients that give your natural hair color and shine.
Stress will starve your hair follicles because it constricts your circulation and does too many other nasty things to mention. Remember to relax and choose wisely what activities and habits in your lifestyle nourish you and help you feel good about you.
Give yourself regular head massages: Head massages help to stimulate blood flow to the scalp, which keeps hair growing healthily. If possible, massage a natural oil like almond or coconut oil into the scalp, as this helps to deeply moisturize the hair roots.
Nutrient lacking diets are the top contributors to signs of aging like wrinkles and gray hair. Some common foods that will help give you a boost of nutrition and soothe your body by creating alkaline balance in the blood: Lightly steamed dark leafy veggies such as chard, kale, and watercress, root veggies such as carrots, turnips, and beets, and drink caffeine free.
Avoid poor quality hair products: Poor quality hair products are full of chemicals such as sulfates, phosphates, chlorine and ammonia which dry out the hair and weaken the roots, making you more prone to white hairs. Therefore, you should stick to hair products with as many natural ingredients as possible.
Eat a hair-healthy diet: Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet plays a huge role in the health of your hair, so making sure your body is getting all the hair-friendly vitamins and nutrients it needs can help to prevent white hairs. Make sure you are eating plenty of lean protein (hair is made from protein), fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Drink plenty of water for hydration. More specifically, make sure you are getting enough of the vitamin B12 and the mineral zinc. If you don’t feel you are getting enough in your diet naturally, also make sure you are getting adequate amounts of vitamins A, C and E and of minerals like copper, iron and folic acid. Biotin (sometimes called vitamin H) is another important vitamin for healthy, naturally-coloured hair. It is found in foods like cucumbers, oats and almonds.
Quit smoking: According to one study, smokers are four times as likely to have white or grey hairs as their non-smoking counterparts. Smoking also causes hair to look dull and brittle and make it more prone to falling out.
Use natural hair rinses: There are many home remedies out there which involve rinsing the hair with a blend of different liquids, which can potentially add colour:
Rosemary and Sage: Boil half a cup of rosemary and half a cup of sage in a large pot of water for about 30 minutes. Strain the herbs out, then leave the water to cool. Once cool, pour the water over your hair and scalp and leave your hair to dry naturally, then wash out using natural shampoo. Repeat once a week.
Gooseberries: Boil a number of Indian gooseberries (known as amla) in some coconut oil until they turn black. Allow the mixture to cool slightly then apply to the hair and scalp, massaging in with the fingers. Leave for 30 minutes, then rinse out.
Black walnut: Crack open some black walnuts and add the fruit to a pot of water. Boil for 15 minutes, then allow to cool. Remove the walnuts from the water, then rinse your hair with it and allow hair to dry naturally before shampooing. Repeat twice a week.
Embrace the grey: Instead of trying to cover up or get rid of your white hairs, consider embracing them! As long as you take good care of it, white hair can look rather chic. It will also save you a lot of time and money.