Hair tends to loose its natural color and turn grey with advancing age. However, premature graying of hair is a sinister condition that makes even the young look old.
Hair is made up of epidermis, the same cells which are found in the outer layers of skin. Hair rises from hair follicles which lie in the inner layer of epidermis. Sebaceous glands in the scalp secrete sebum which nourishes hair and renders luster and black color to our hair. Sebaceous glands in turn get their nourishment from the main blood stream.
Premature graying of hair can be attributed to deficiencies of essential nutrients in the blood stream or defects in the sebaceous glands.
Causes of premature graying of hair
Premature graying of hair primarily results from either an unbalanced diet intake or mental worrying.
Unbalanced diet leads to lack of essential nutrients like Iron, Vitamin B, Iodine or Copper. These elements are necessary for providing nourishment to hair follicles and their absence leads to premature graying of hair.
Mental worries induces secretion of hormones which cause tension in the skin and impedes supply of vital nutrients to hair follicles leading to premature graying of hair.
Premature graying of hair can alternatively be caused by an unclean scalp, washing of hair with hot water, excessive use of hair dryer and reactions causes by hair dyes.
Heredity has also been attributed as one of the causes of premature graying of hair.
Indian gooseberry: A solution prepared by deep boiling cut and dried Indian gooseberry fruit in coconut oil is one of the most effective home remedies for premature graying of hair. The fruit should be boiled till the solid matter becomes like dark burnt powder. Application of this solution is very effective remedy for premature graying of hair.
Curry leaves: Curry leaves are known to provided vitality and strength to hair roots. Curry leaves can be taken orally as a paste seasoned with common salt. Hair oil prepared by boiling curry leaves in coconut oil helps hair retain it black color and is one of the best home remedy for preventing premature graying of hair.
Capsicum Oil: Massaging scalp with a mixture comprising of I teaspoon Capsicum oil and 10 tea spoon Jojoba Oil is an effective home remedy for premature graying of hair.
Amaranth: Applying juice of Amaranth vegetable on scalps is a very effective home remedy for premature graying of hair. Amaranth juice helps in stimulating growth of hair and in bringing back hair pigmentation.
Ribbed gourd: Ribbed gourd is a time tested home remedy for premature graying of hair. Ribbed gourd cut into pieces should be dried in shade. Dried pieces should then be soaked in coconut oil for 3-4 days. This oil should then be boiled till it turns into charred black remnant. Massaging scalp with this oil helps prevent premature graying of hair.
Butter: Butter made from cow’s milk is a very effective in prevention of premature graying of hair. Butter should be massaged gently on hair root for maximum benefit. Eating butter also helps in treatment of prematurely graying hair.
Alfalfa: An oil prepared by mixing one teaspoon of alfalfa oil, one tea spoon carrot oil and 16 teaspoon avocado oil is used as an effective home remedy for preventing premature graying of hair. Applying this oil to scalp for 20 minutes a day before washing it with water is effective in arresting premature graying.
Yoghurt: Taking Yoghurt liberally is beneficial home remedy for premature graying of hair. Yoghurt produces certain beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract which supplies essential Vitamin B elements which helps in secretion of sebum. Yoghurt thus helps in prevention of premature graying.
Vitamin B: Panthothenic acid, inositol and para-aminobenzoic acid are essential nutritional elements required to maintain black hair. If natural diet fails to provide these nutrients, they can be taken as supplements. The prescribed daily dose would be:
Alternatively taking one tablespoon of yeast every day along with liberal amount of yoghurt provides for all these three nutrients naturally.
Foods to avoid
- Any Devitalizing food
- Food made from white flour
- Food made from refined sugar (Candies, Pastries, Jams, jelly)
- Soft drinks
- Massage of scalp with Almond oil
- Avoid using all chemical based hair dye
- Keep scalp clean
- Avoid mental tension: take deep breathing relaxation exercises