Premature greying of hair in various age groups is now very common. Even teenagers and people in their 20s may notice strands of white hair. Many factors such as vitamin deficiencies, stress, noise, genetics, smoking, chemical hair care, medical conditions, etc. may contribute to premature greying of hair.
Several chemicals and hair colours are available on the market. But long-term use of such products causes many side effects. Better ones, with fewer side effects, are expansive, which everybody can’t afford. For zero side effects, natural remedies can be trusted and a consistent application can produce beneficial results.
Premature greying of hair can be a result of several factors. Dr. D.M. Mahajan, Senior Consultant, Dermatology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, explains the possible causes of premature greying of hair, and remedies to fix them.
What Leads To Premature Greying Of Hair?
Premature greying of hair can be caused by poor diet and nutrition deficiency. Deficiency of thyroid hormone, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D, zinc, selenium, iron, copper can also make your hair go grey before time.
Some other reasons are:
- Autoimmune disease
What are some home remedies to fix this?
- Coconut oil: Every other day, before bed, massage coconut oil onto your hair and scalp. The next morning, wash your hair as usual.
- Ginger: Every day, eat a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger mixed with 1 tablespoon of honey.
- Amla: Drink six ounces of fresh amla juice every day or massage your hair with amla oil one time each week. Amla is also known as Indian gooseberry.
- Black sesame seeds: Two to three times a week, eat a tablespoon of black sesame seeds to slow down and possibly reverse the greying process.
- Wheatgrass juice: Drink one to two ounces of fresh wheatgrass juice every day or add 1 tablespoon of wheatgrass powder daily to your soups and smoothies.
- Onion: Blend an onion in a blender and then use a strainer so that you’re left with the juice. Twice a week, rub this juice into your scalp, leaving it in place for 30 minutes and then shampooing as usual.
- Curry leaves: Make a paste of ¼ cup of curry leaves and ½ cup of yoghurt. Apply it to your hair and scalp and then wash it off after 30 minutes. Repeat two to three times a week.
- Ashwagandha: Take an ashwagandha supplement with food. Ashwagandha is also known as Indian ginseng.
- Almond oil: Mix together equal parts of almond oil, lemon juice, and amla juice. Massage the mixture into your hair and scalp. Follow this routine two times a day for three months.