hair is a familiar sign of ageing. The age when greying starts depends on your
genetic inheritance, but around 50 per cent of Caucasians find that half their
hair has turned grey by the age of 50.
Loss of hair colour is due to a gradual
decline in the production of a pigment, melanin, in the hair bulb. White hair
has no pigment, and gray hair has some but not as much as a red, black or brown
hair. Not all hairs respond in the same way or at the same time. So the graying
process usually is gradual. You can't prevent graying. If you look at individual
hairs on a greying head you will see a full colour range, from the original
shade to white - all along each hair. and from one hair to another. The first
grey hairs usually appears near the temples. Then the greyness spreads to the
crown, and later to the back of the head.
Apparent rapid greying may be due to the selective shedding of pigmented hair in
a person who already has some grey hairs, which are retained. This kind of
shedding usually takes several months. But it can occur in a few days, when the
effects are dramatic, since the person's grey hairs would not have been so
obvious until the darker hairs were lost. Loss of hair colour before the age of
35 is termed premature greying.
Excessive intake of tea, coffee, alcohol, meat, and fried, oily, greasy, spicy,
sour, and acidic foods can reduce the moisture and
nutrients reaching the hair follicles
and may lead to premature greying.
drop in melanin production may be caused by a lack of the mineral copper.
Eat foods such as crab, oysters, sunflower seeds, cashews and almonds, which
have significant amounts of
obtain better results,
be taken in form of sea food. Besides fish, which is the main source of
iodine, the requirement of this mineral can be met by adequate intake of
carrots, bananas & similar other vegetables & fruits. Carrots are especially
useful in furnishing fresh blood & maintaining the
health of the hair.
three of these
vitamins, belonging to B group, should be supplied at one time
preferably in a form which gives all B vitamins, such as yeast, wheat germ &
liver. The three anti-grey hair vitamins can be produced in the intestinal
track by bacteria. Thus drinking a litre of yoghurt daily with a tablespoon
of yeast before each meal will be an excellent remedy for the prevention &
the treatment of premature greying of hair. If one wishes to take tablets of
calcium pantothenate & paba, they should be taken in addition to the yeast &
yoghurt & not as a substitute for them.
foods loaded with artificial colours and preservatives, as these put a
strain on your digestive system and can lead to
dry, brittle hair and a
dehydrated scalp. Too many
a pasta and bread, can diminish levels of
antioxidants in your body that are needed to neutralize free radicals.
of reaching for a packet of
hair dye, try some natural applications. Sage or tea will temporarily
coat the hair shaft, hiding the grey. Grey hair tends to be coarse and wiry,
owing to a lack of moisture. Apply a hair mask once a week. Olive oil,
avocado or banana are excellent nourishing masks.
Hair cannot really turn white "overnight" - this is an urban myth. Hairs
grow with the pigment already inside them. As hair is dead there is no
process by which the melanin throughout a hair can be destroyed rapidly by
natural causes, rather than chemicals (although it may be bleached by
sunlight over many years).
DAILY EATING PLAN FOR GREY HAIR
The rapid greying that occurs when pigmented hair falls out to reveal
underlying grey hairs can be delayed by keeping your hair as healthy as
possible. If you are going prematurely grey, drink plenty of water and fruit and
vegetable juices. Fresh juice is full of
antioxidants that help detoxify the body and protect the pigmented hairs that
remain, and so delay the onset of premature greying.
Porridge with prunes and apricots, strawberry starter smoothie
salad with soy dressing with a wide variety of vegetables
Vegetable and bean
wholemeal pita bread
Fresh fruit salad and natural yoghurt
Certain home remedies have been found useful in the prevention & treatment
of premature greying of hair.
foremost among these is the use of Indian Gooseberries or amla which is
valuable hair tonic for enriching hair growth & hair pigmentation. The fruit
cut into pieces should be dried, preferably in shade. These pieces should be
boiled in coconut oil till the solid matter becomes like charred dust. The
darkish oil is very useful in preventing greying.
The water in which dried amla pieces are soaked overnight is also
nourishing to the hair. This water should be used for the last rinse while
washing the hair. Massaging the scalp with a teaspoon of amla juice mixed
with a teaspoon of almond oil or few drops of lime juice, every
night has proved beneficial.
When curry leaves are boiled in coconut oil, the oil forms an excellent
hair tonic to stimulate hair growth & bring back hair pigmentation.
The butter made from cow's milk has the property to prevent premature
greying of hair. This can be massaged into the hair roots twice a week.
gourd or torai, boiled in coconut oil is another effective remedy to prevent
premature greying of hair.
Pieces of this vegetables should be dried in the
These dried pieces should be soaked in coconut oil & kept aside for
3-4 days. The oil should be boiled till the solid is reduced to the
blackened residue. This oil should be massaged into the scalp. It will help
enrich the hair roots & restore pigment to the hair.