Alternate Remedies for Premature Grey Hair
hair is actually hair that has no pigment and is the result
of the melanocytes — the cells that produce pigment — becoming
damaged or dyeing.
Presence of grey hair is a moment of defining getting older.
Earlier a grey strand would get visible in late 30s or
early 40s. But, according to a new study that’s been made
exclusively available to Life & Style, almost a third (32 per
cent) of British women under the age of 30 have already started
to go grey, and two-thirds of them blame it on stress. From
society’s perspective, a woman with grey hair has reached the
end of her reproductive life.
Premature greying of hair has led to the increasing use of hair
colours and dyes.
Some of these hair dyes used by millions of women contain
chemicals linked to cancer,
British scientists have
warned. They say that both home hair colouring kits and the dyes
used at expensive salons pose a potential risk to health.
According to them, chemicals called secondary amines, which are
either found in all permanent hair dyes or are formed in them,
can penetrate the skin and stay on the hair for weeks, months or
even years after the dye is applied. Over time, they could react
with tobacco smoke and exhaust fumes, to form highly poisonous
chemicals called N-nitrosamines, known to cause cancer.
This has left women with limited options- embrace the grey or opt for
alternate remedies. More young mothers, professionals, and even runway models
are opting to "go gray," says Diana Jewell, author of Going Gray, Looking
Great. "If you were young, vibrant, active, healthy pre-gray, you're still
going to be that way. It's all in the attitude you bring to it," Jewell says.
"If you think of it as merely another color choice, you won't be afraid of
Also, Sarah Harris a fashion feature writer for Vogue started to go grey
when she was just 16. Now, aged 31, she’s adamant her silver locks are here to
stay. ‘I’m proud of my silver hair — and it’s definitely silver, not grey, ’she
says. ‘Grey sounds ageing. Silver is infinitely more glamorous — and besides, my
hair is lighter and whiter than the ashen colour that “grey” suggests.’
If you are looking for other options Check out the Tips for the
Management & Prevention 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
When curry leaves are boiled in coconut oil, the oil forms an excellent
hair tonic to stimulate hair growth & bring back hair pigmentation.
Aloe Vera helps in healing the scalp, balances the ph level of the scalp
and cleans the pores. A mixture of Aloe Vera gel with wheat germ oil and
coconut milk promotes hair growth and hair color.
Jojoba oil being hypoallergenic promotes hair
growth, hair coloring and regulates dandruff problems.
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.
Ribbed 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 shade.
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.
Application of Heena is another option who like the red tone in
Ingesting vitamin B12, iron,
copper and iodine, all important nutrients, help prevent premature graying.
Meat and dairy products contain rich sources of vitamin B12, making strict
vegans vulnerable to deficiencies.
Eating a nutritious and balanced diet of dark leafy vegetables, cereals,
dairy, red meat, chicken, seafood and whole grains can help maintain healthy
hair and delay the greying process.
Protect the hair from external pollutants in order to prevent premature
greying of hair. Cover the head with a head cap or a piece of cloth while
you go outdoors. By doing so the pollutants and dirt can be avoided from
entering into the hair and scalp and thus can to some extent help in
controlling the greying of hair.
Take good care of your hair to prevent all the hassle of colouring and
Dated 27 February 2013