September 26, 2006

Prevent gray hair

The first grey hair that is seen peeping out of your lustrous black tresses will probably make you sad, thinking that your glorious days of youth are over. But relax other causes-ageing apart –could lead to graying. Check out the problem and keep gray hair at bay.

Graying is a natural process when associated with old age. Graying is to hair what wrinkling is to skin. Both are signs heralding ageing. It is natural for hair to lose much or its body, volume and color with the passing of years. However, sometimes, young people, too, get grey hair and this gives rise to many psychological problems.

Hair gets its color from the pigment just below its surface layer. The more pigment there is, the darker the color. Due to ageing or other factors, these pigment cells become inactive; the hair is not colored and turns white or gray.
Some reasons:
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Fright or great shock.
* Severe illness
* Cessation of breast feeding.
* Infectious diseases like typhoid, scarlet fever, influenza.
* Defective pigment formation occurring at birth.
* The natural ageing process in humans.
* Exposure to very high temperatures.
* Nervous shocks etc.
Some tips to delay the onset of gray hair
* A proper diet with plenty of green leafy vegetables, fruits, and food rich in iron, calcium, etc., helps the hair retain its health and coloring.
* Good sleep and exercises are also important.
* According to acupressure or reflexology, rubbing the finger nails for 5 minutes twice a day promotes hair growth and delays graying of hair.
* ‘Henna’ is very effective in case your hair has grayed prematurely. Read through Henna Hair magic to get an auburn color to your hair. Also henna application is believed to prevent premature graying; it keeps a check on gray hair and is probably the best known natural colorant.
* Dyeing can be harmful to the hair and skin too. Youngsters who have premature gray hair should completely avoid it. They can try using hair colors from reputed companies. But even then they should exercise caution and use it sparingly.
* Regular hair care with products containing natural hair darkening and protecting agents that also have the added capacity to improve and maintain the health of the hair, combined with a suitable diet not only delays graying but can prevent it from spreading.
* Use product which contain ‘henna’(mehendi), soap nut (reetha), shikakai , amla (gooseberry), brahmi(Asiatic pennywort), hibiscus etc.
* Above all try to lead a tension free life.
Category: Hair care
See also: Do’s and Don’ts of Hair-care/ How to get rid of split ends / Fight dandruff yourself/ Home Remedies for dandruff / How to make your hair a crowning glory



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25 comments:

  1. Bhakti5:22 PM

    If you put henna on your hair, do not use commercial dyes until the henna has grown out.

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  2. Shama3:47 PM

    To check graying of hair, mix lemon juice in olive oil, beat till frothy and apply on scalp and wash off after an hour. Premature graying of hair can be postponed by using a strong decotion of black tea and a tablespoon of salt, strain and apply to the roots for 45 minutes and wash with water. Don't shampoo.

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  3. Karen3:57 PM

    Rosemary oil is believed to gradually darken grey hair over a period of time. Soak rosemary leaves along with a few basil (tulsi) leaves, in jojoba oil, for a period of four weeks. Massage your scalp and hair with this oil (after warming it up).

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  4. Nalini4:58 PM

    Amla is the best preventive measure for greying of hair. Prepare amla juice and keep it in the fridge. Every morning drink a cup of amla juice empty stomach.

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  5. Sulabha9:13 AM

    Covering Gray: Simmer 1/2 cup dried sage in 2 cups water for 30 minutes, then steep for several hours. Apply to hair and leave on until dried. Then rinse and dry. Repeat weekly, until desired shade, then monthly to maintain color.

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  6. Prabha8:20 AM

    I have premature gray hair, I had quite a lot of gray hair at age 26 onwards it drastically increased in a year’s time. can you please let me know how to revert it back .

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  7. Pranayam can slow the process of white hair

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  8. Suchitra8:52 AM

    Massage your hairs with coconut oil and Lemon everyday for at least 15 minutes. There are instances of people having black hairs even up to the age of 60-70 years by using this method.

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  9. Komal9:52 AM

    Gray hair dark again without an expensive mobile hairdresser or the use of chemicals in hair dyes. Make your own using natural vegetable dyes and three tea bags to brew a cup of boiling water. Add a tablespoon each of rosemary and sage (fresh or dried) and overnight before use. Spray On Shampoo as usual, is a mixture of hair, to ensure that the impregnation. No stains on clothes. a dry cloth and then rinse. It may take several treatments to get the desired results.

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  10. Anusha9:22 AM

    Add the powder of methi seeds with coconut oil and massage it on your scalp. Wash it off the next day with cold water. This helps to prevent premature graying of hair.

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  11. Anonymous9:12 AM

    Smoking tobacco is thought to contribute to premature graying of hair, so if you smoke, this is one more reason to stop. You should also look at your diet carefully, and see if there could be any deficiency in any way, perhaps protein or minerals or vitamins. Finally, stress is a common cause of such problems, so try to minimize stress in your life.

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  12. Kangana9:14 AM

    CAUSE OF GREY HAIR IS Hormonal changes

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  13. Anushka9:17 AM

    Malnutrition is also one of the root causes why hair and eyebrows would turn grey due to the decrease in the production of melanin. albinism and pernicious anemia can cause this. Proper nutrition and proper diet can help improve the condition.

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  14. Anonymous9:24 AM

    Practicing a healthy lifestyle, Eating the right and nutritious food, Getting enough sleep and rest at all times, Avoiding stressful situations,
    Observing good hygiene.

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  15. Tanvi9:57 AM

    Add the powder of methi seeds with coconut oil and massage it on your scalp. Wash it off the next day with cold water. This helps to prevent premature graying of hair.

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  16. Bipasha9:16 AM

    Another way of avoiding white hair is by eating fish. Fish contains a phosphorus which strengthens hair from falling. White hair basically appears after the black hair has fallen off. But fish will not always help, but it will surely reduce the number of white hairs which are bound to come.

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  17. Tulasi9:32 AM

    Try mixing ground, dried gooseberries with lemon juice and applying on graying hair. Gradually, graying will stop and the hair will be much healthier than before. Black peppercorns are another remedy for darkening hair and preventing premature graying. Powdered and mixed with curd, black peppers make a great hair color. Wash hair at least once a week with this mixture, and see how the graying stops and the hair become softer and more manageable.

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  18. Leela8:35 AM

    Regarding grey hair, take up yoga and eat fish and coconut. There isn't much else you can do. You will need to apply hair colour to disguise the grey.

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  19. Seema9:48 AM

    PREMATURELY GRAYING HAIR is caused by stress.
    Get enough sleep at night. Find ways to de-stress.

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  20. Vivek3:26 PM

    Another way of avoiding white hair is by eating fish. Fish contains a phosphorus which strengthens hair from falling. White hair basically appears after the black hair has fallen off. But fish will not always help, but it will surely reduce the number of white hairs which are bound to come.

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  21. Tanushka3:27 PM

    hair transplants. It is quite expensive, I've heard, but you would avoid dyes.

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  22. Anuradha3:33 PM

    I have been following your blog .It is wonderful

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  23. Suvarna9:30 AM

    I'm vain, I color it.

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  24. I'm only 32 and have quite a bit of grey. At first I would pull them out at red lights, it is quite addictive. I can actually understand how some people get addicted to pulling out their hair. It's mildly painful and mildly pleasurable.
    But then I stopped, because the short little pokey grey hairs got on my nerves. I'm actually going to let it go, I think grey is cool.

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  25. Gargi9:32 AM

    My first grey/white hair popped up around my 37th birthday. I'm blond, so I wasn't entirely sure at first if it was really a grey, and I pulled it out to confirm. Since then I've seen a few more, but I just leave them alone. I have no idea how long the entire process will take, but I'm hoping for a cool silver or white color eventually.

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