Gone are the days when greys were something your parents and grandparents had. Can’t wait to have yours? Oops! Not a fan? We have you covered, follow closely.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, hair colour is determined by a pigment called melanin which is produced by hair follicles. Follicles are structures in the skin that make and grow hair. With ageing, the follicles make less melanin, causing grey hair. This often begins in the 30s but, each person will go grey at different life stages. Want to know why?
The average age for grey hair varies greatly, and one of the main causes of grey hair in your 20s is genetics.
While stress won’t cause you to go grey directly, anxiety does lead to a lot of hair issues. The most common hair-related side effect of stress is telogen effluvium, which makes hair fall out about three times faster than usual. When hairs grow back, they’re often less pigmented than the original, and may grow back grey.
The abnormal functioning of thyroid glands can cause premature greying of hair.
Since smokers are at a high risk of lungs and heart diseases, the deterioration of these vital organs can lead to premature ageing and greying of hair.
Several micro-nutrient deficiencies have been detected in people with premature grey hair. Low levels of group B vitamins (folic acid, biotin, and B12), vitamin D, iron, and selenium have been associated with grey hair in childhood and young adults. Gray hair under this condition is reversible if the problem is corrected.
To replenish vitamin B12 levels eat eggs, cheese, milk and seafood.
If it’s genetic, there’s no cure, although rumour has it, scientists are working on a pill just like they did with balding.
Above all, stay healthy, limit activities that will bring on the signs of ageing, quit smoking and improve your diet.