How can an unhealthy lifestyle result in Gray Hair?

The inevitable Gray Hair

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“I'm undaunted in my quest to amuse myself by constantly changing my hair”- Hillary Clinton.

The inevitable Gray Hair

As we all know, physical appearance is one of the most important things when it comes to impressions. People consciously or subconsciously make internal judgement about people they see by their physical appearance.  So hair and other personal aesthetics can totally change the way a person is perceived. Among all other things hair is probably what draws the maximum attention of others. It is believed to be the strongest accessory one can possess. For a woman, her hair is her “crowning glory," and this phrase dates back to Biblical times. While some women proudly accept the silver crown, many others face the arrival of new gray hair with dread.

 

What results in Grey hair?

According to the experts, there are several reasons for greying of hair. The following are the most common factors: 

  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Hormonal Imbalance / Hormonal Changes
  • Side effects of some medications
  • Poor nutrition
  • Unhealthy lifestyle
  • Constipation
  • Using low quality hair colors, dyes and styling equipment's too often
  • Scalp conditions like dandruff, itchy scalp, etc.
  • Hypothyroidism

 

Unhealthy Lifestyle:

A Poor Diet: Poor dietary choices will impact your health and also your hair. There are several foods that adversely affect your hair. The director of the Dermatology Centre’s Cosmetic Clinic, Dr. Karthik Krishnamurthy said that low vitamin B12 levels are notorious for causing loss of hair pigment. Experts agree that a healthy diet with the right mix of protein, iron, and other nutrients can help improve the health, look, and feel of your hair. If the balance is interrupted it promotes greying.

How vitamin B12 impact on your health

Smoking:  Smoking stresses skin and hair. Smoking has no positive effects. It is seen that people who do not smoke have 4% less gray hair. So it is advisable to quit smoking in order to prevent greying hair.

Stress: With a hectic routine, tension of exams and stress about tight deadlines, greying of hair does seem an automatic phenomenon. At the bottom of each follicle, inside your scalp, is a little hair-growing factory where cells work together to assemble color hair. Experts have found that stress causes the stem cells to leave our hair follicles, leaving hair gray or white. Massaging your head with Ayurvedic hair oil  is the best way to relax and reduce stress.

 Ayurvedic hair oil  is the best way to relax and reduce stress

Intake of fluids: Hair needs as much fluid for optimal growth and nourishment as any other part of our body. Any unnatural drink acts as a harbinger to hair discoloration. Be it merely tea and coffee or infamous alcohol, too much of everything retards hair growth and ages hair fast. 

All these factors are a part of your unhealthy lifestyle. So if you are young and worried about why you are getting gray, these are probably the reasons you have been overlooking all these days.

 

How to stop white hair from coming back:

Prevention is always better than cure and so the following things discuss how to stop gray hair from victimizing your looks.  Follow these easy tips to get rid of your gray.

Increase mineral intake: In terms of hair, melanin is required for pigmentation. For melanin to function appropriately, our system needs minerals. Copper is one of the most essential minerals required by our hair. 

A balanced diet is the solution to all health problems and hair problems too. Copper works with an enzyme to transform tyrosine to melanin. Zinc, like copper, is also an integral mineral required regularly for hair. Try to include more green vegetables, sunflower seeds, chicken, wheat, eggs, beef and healthy food to boost your mineral intake.

Get rid of stress: As you already know stress can not only affect the body mentally and emotionally, it can also damage hair internally. In order to avoid premature greying of hair, avoid stress as much as possible. This can be done by being proactive and taking things positively. Also exercising along with a good diet can help you. Yoga and meditation can also be the solution. You should lower down stress levels by keeping yourself busy with other constructive activities, as much as possible, to stop hair gray.

Tip:  To reduce stress you can also massage your head and try Ayurvedic hair oils like coconut oil, almond oil, bhringraj oil, olive oil. 

Yoga and meditation can also be the solution

Incorporate fresh juices in diet: Intake of juices is an amazing way to keep the body hydrated. Body hydration is very essential. Obviously this does not include soda water and alcohol or excessive caffeine-products like tea and coffee. They must be avoided as much as possible and should be taken in moderation. Try to eat or rather drink fresh fruit juices regularly to help hair glow from inside out. According to several experts carrot juice makes hair healthy and delays hair whitening. 

Increase iodine intake: Thyroid hormones are necessary for the body's balanced metabolism and iodine stabilizes thyroid functioning. Thus, increasing iodine intake is a good way of keeping the body in fine composition, especially the hair. You must add fish in your weekly menu and try to choose iodized table salt for cooking and seasoning. 

Oil and massage: Oiling hair every once in a while brings back the healthy shine and regulates the blood supply of hair follicle. Massaging Head with ayurvedic hair oils like Bhringraj oil , coconut oil & almond oil thus helps in improving hair growth and stability. Ayurvedic hair oils are a popular remedy for hair health with no side effects. 

Massaging hair with Bhringraj Herb juice and lemon juice stops hair greying to a great extent. Also, freshly crushed amla fruit is a natural hair conditioner that can be massaged in the white hair over the scalp to combat de-pigmentation. Since Bhringraj juice is not easily available, one can go for Bhringraj Oil.

Avoid chemicals in shampoos and other hair care products and shift towards natural Shampoos and natural ayurvedic hair oils that contain natural  Bhringraj Oil and fruits for hair massaging. Some of the popular Ayurvedic hair oils include herbs like almond oil, olive oil, bhringraj oil, coconut oil etc. Also, applying hot ayurvedic hair oil to your hair acts as a treatment for preventing the de-pigmentation of your hair. 

Tip:  Bhringraj oil helps to relax and prevent hair fall. It is mostly used in ayurvedic hair oils & ayurvedic hair products.

 Massaging Head with ayurvedic hair oils

Now, as you know the causes and the cure for gray hair, do not stress about these. Instead, use ayurvedic hair oil or natural hair products to delay your grays. Go ahead and flaunt your beautiful, natural hair. 

 



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