It is normal for hair color to change as people age. Over time, hair follicles lose pigment cells, resulting in hair turning white, silver oy grey. While this is often associated with getting older, the reality is that grey hair can appear at almost any time in life; even teenagers and people in their 20s may notice strands of grey hair, which can possibly have a negative implant in their self confidence.
What causes gray hair?
Known by scientists as canities or achromotrichia, the graying of hair is a long-studied phenomenon that has a variety of causes:
- Normal aging. Graying hair is an inescapable part of growing older for most. For many people in their mid-30s and by age 50 it’s not unusual for half their hair to be gray.
- Genetics. The age at which graying begins seems almost entirely due to genetics. Sometimes people are born with gray hair because they inherit the trait.
- Ethnicity. Caucasians tend to go gray earlier, then asians, and after them african-americans. Scientists haven’t figured out why yet.
- Diseases. Certain diseases can cause premature graying, including vitiligo and alopecia areata.
- Lack of vitamins.Vitamin B-12 deficiency is one of the most common causes of prematurely graying hair.This can be reversed through supplements.
- Smoking. The researchers could not say with certainty why smoking affects hair color but suggested that it could be a factor in premature graying.
- Stress. A team of Harvard scientists recently discovered that when we experience the specific type of stress associated with the brain’s fight-or-flight reaction, causes a sympathetic nerve response that activates the stem cells responsible for coloring our hair.
How to prevent graying hair?
When graying hair occurs in the body, the hormones responsible for encouraging healthy hair growth change and the possibility of reversing it depends on the individual and the factors that have caused it. Here are some ways to prevent your hair from going grey:
- Eat a healthy diet. Consuming more antioxidant-rich food such as vegetables and fruits can help to prevent hair from greying.
- Exercise regularly. Consistently exercising can help stave off aging by keeping your blood
circulation going and ensuring that your bodily functions are healthy.
- Get sufficient rest. Adequate restful sleep, as well as taking time to relax, will help your body rejuvenate and contribute to healthy hair.
- Treat your hair with care. Use hair care products that are free of harsh ingredients and avoid over-washing your hair.
- Quit smoking.Smoking has adverse effects on the body and contributes to white hair.
Even when you can make an effort to keep grey hair away for a good period of time, it will be almost inevitable. When hair turns grey, it may feel quite dry, fragile or frizzy, to prevent this, you should know what is causing it by undergoing a consultation with a specialist. At Hairfix, we offer a variety of hair restoration treatments, from preventive therapies to hair transplants (especially if graying has come accompanied by hair loss, too). Call us today for a FREE online or in-office appointment!