GRAY hair is the natural process of showing ageing, which has been observed for long. However, these days, this phenomenon is becoming more common in earlier ages and even in teenagers.
Premature gray hair is nothing but a process, where the pigment is not being produced from the cells which produces colour, according to a well-known dermatologist called Jeffrey Benabio.
Graying of hair, is a natural process and as one ages, the capability to synthesize the normal amount of melanin pigments (the one responsible for given black colour of the hair) declines. This ultimately results in graying or whitening of hairs.
The main reason for the graying of hairs is genetic. The offspring is more prone to have grey hair earlier in life if its parents has the grey hairs at early ages. Scientists discovered that the hair turns gray if the overload of melanin and hydrogen peroxide is found in the body genetically.
Vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin B12, Zinc and copper are responsible for the proper nourishment of the hair that assists metabolic processes, involved in giving hair its natural colour and deficiency of the these vitamins and minerals affects the hair colour.
If the body is suffering from the lack of vitamin C and E, then the hair turns gray very normally.
Smoking is also one of the factors responsible for premature graying of the hair. One reason is that smoking is the source of development of free radicals in the body of the smoker and these free radicals, cause oxidative stress in the body, leading to decrease in the pigmenting capacity of the melanin and resulting in graying of hair.
Diet, especially junk foods or processed foods accelerates aging by increasing the oxidants stress and depositions of AGES (Advanced Glycation End products) which accelerates aging and results in loss of hair colour.
People who are highly addicted to junk foods rather than the nutritious foods (vitamin C and E), will lose their nice and silky black hair at a very young age.
Tips for getting rid of premature gray hairs
If one is at high risk of having the gray hair and both parents are victims of premature hair graying, he or she should take the proper precautions to delay graying of hairs.
The precautions include avoiding direct exposure to sunlight. Use of antioxidants, nicotinamide, elemental zinc and copper will help to prevent the high risk of premature hair graying.
Natural ways for avoiding premature graying of hairs
Natural remedies can also be used to prevent premature graying of hair. Natural herbs are rich sources of antioxidants. Flavanoids, which have multiple roles in pathologies also, have a role in preventing premature graying of hairs.
Curry is proven to boost up the melanin production. Iodine, zinc and copper rich foods, especially sea foods are also good sources to fight against premature hair graying.
Black walnut can impart black colour to your hair for long and is useful and economical remedy which could be used to hide gray hair.