And one day out of nowhere, your shiny black or brown hair colour, pops out a single string of grey, YIKES! Let’s get in as to why gray hair emerges, mainly what are the causes of gray hair and whether you wish to embrace it or loath about the same. Here is everything you need to know about gray hair!
Why does hair turn gray?
There is actually no hair that “turns” gray. The argument behind this fact is that once a hair follicle produces hair, the color is set. So if a hair starts growing out as brown, red, black or blond, it is going to be the same and never going to turn into gray. As with the process of aging, your hair follicles produce less color, so as your hair goes through its natural cycle of dying and regenerating, it is more probable that they shall grow gray by the beginning of the late 30’s.
- Genetics as a cause
Though, Genetics can play an important role when this starts. One of the main causes of gray hair is dependent on the genes you inherit. You can inherit the genes from either of your parents, so for easy understanding, if either your mom or dad went onto have gray hair in their early age, well you shall have that you might not wish (Comes in stress!)
- Role of Stress
As for stress as a cause, being under it can’t turn your hair into gray. Stress only can trigger a condition that is called telogen effluvium which can be a cause of shedding of hair three times faster than the normal pace. The hair though, grows back so it doesn’t lead to baldness. Stress, also can initiate the process of losing melanin in your hair, as when it loses the former, the yellow hue of keratin is visible.
So to convene the main causes it could be said that the graying could be influenced mostly by genes you inherit from your parents. Albeit, stress might play it’s part in the process of the same. You should rather try looking to your past generational history of graying of hair as compared to predicting your stress levels.
- Other causes
While a lot of people develop “gray hair”, there are sometimes other reasons for the graying of hair, specifically when it arises in young age.
Causes that might be heralded by gray hair include:
- Vitamin B¹² deficiency
- Neurofibromatosis : also called Von Recklinghausen’s disease, this group of inherited diseases causes tumors to grow along nerves and abnormal development of bones and skin
- Thyroid disease
- Vitiligo: this condition causes melanocytes that is where the cells at the base of hair follicles colour is produced
- Alopecia areata: it is a disorder in which patches of hair may be suddenly lost, especially the coloured hairs, this may in turn lead to overnight graying automatically due to the previously present grey and white hairs.
To Conceal the Grays!
Apparently, there is no medically effective way to reverse or delay the graying of hair. However, you always have hacks. Home remedies always have a way out from removing acne to remediate the painful cramps.
So here are a few recommendations that could help you remediate the gray if you aren’t ready to embrace it.
- Amla & Henna
To Dye out your gray hair you shall be needing Amla and henna pack and a tablespoon of coffee powder. By combining all the three ingredients, get a smooth paste and apply the paste by covering all the grey parts you wish to. Leave it to dry for an hour until the paste dries up. And lastly, rinse the same by a mild free sulphate shampoo. Both main ingredients work together to dye out your hair naturally and provide nourishment and moisture to your hair as well!
- Black Tea Remedy
Black tea works as a stainer. In simple terms, black tea stains your hair by darkening it and also providing a shine to your hair, making it an excellent revival for dull lifeless hair. The way to apply it is to boil the black tea in a cup of water and let it steep for 2 to 3 minutes. After that, keep it aside to cool and apply the same and leave if for an hour. Rinse your hair without shampoo.
- Sage Water Treatment
Sage leaves are one of the most effective ayurvedic remedies to get rid of gray hair. It restores the natural hair colour and prevents the growth of the unwanted. All you are required to do is boil the leaves in water, let it cool and apply it and leave it for 2 hours, then simultaneously rinse it off with a mild free sulphate shampoo
- Lemon and Coconut Oil
While lemon and coconut oil do not reverse graying, it delays by preserving the pigment cells in your hair follicles. To use this remedy mix up both the ingredients and apply the mixture into your scalp and leave the same for 30 mins, wash it off with a sulphate free shampoo!
The next time you come across a grey hair, do not pluck it! It might hinder the growth of your hair. Instead, always go for home remedies and the natural ways to look out and get rid of them! You can even choose not to use these remedies, and embrace the way you are and your hair is.