Premature graying is a modern phenomenon
It is not flattering to be called ‘aunty’ by a teenager if you are in your mid to late twenties. Unfortunately for many, 28 seem to have become the new 38. The culprit is the ubiquitous strands of grey hair. You might have just two or three silver strands but they will be conspicuous. This will suddenly remind you that you are about to enter old age. The melanin (that gives hair its colour) producing cells slowly die as we grow older and new hair turn grey, silver and finally white. This can happen after the age of 35. A problem faced by youth, both guys and girls, is that by the time they reach their mid twenties, they have to face premature greying. It begins at the temples, then the crown and finally the back of your head. Is it stress, shock or heredity that causes this?
Illness, strain and anxiety often cause premature greying of hair. Typhoid is a disease that weakens the body and the brain and brain food is needed to restore health. Greying of hair is common for those who have suffered from this disease. If our parents had grey hair at 30, chances are that we will too suffer premature graying, as will our children.
Hair experts recommend an amla and curd mix as hair tonic to bring the colour back. Ayurveda says that stress aggravates the ‘vata’ constitutional type and causes grey hair. Research says that evil stress stops release of a cell-protecting protein and is one reason why an increasing number of youth have grey hair now. Thyroid, vitamin B12 deficiency or anemia may result in poor health of hair and premature greying. An unclean scalp weakens the hair-roots as dirt or oil gets accumulated and prevents proper circulation of blood to the hair shaft up to the roots. Avoid too hot water for washing hair and massage your scalp with coconut oil every week.
Eating more of iron, vitamin C, copper and amino acid tyrosine (protein) can fight greying. Munch cashews and almonds that have lots of copper. Fight daily stress with B vitamins, iron and proteins to get good quality hair. Eat dark green vegetables, orange & yellow fruits, tomatoes, cauliflower, carrots, cereals, yogurt, bananas, soy, sprouts and whole grains nevertheless. Too much fried, oily stuff and excessive tea, coffee and alcohol trigger early graying.
Avoid the grey stuff-- sorrow, stress and enjoy life in the moment. Colouring with henna or permanent dye is an option to consider if you find yourself facing the onslaught of premature greying rapidly. Colouring also takes time since the hair shaft takes longer to absorb the dye. Remember that the “permanent” colour shall fade. We will have to accept the changing seasons of life and nature’s hues of silver, platinum and snowy white eventually.