Gray Hair  - Why You Have It and How to Prevent It!

Whether you love gray hair or not, it is inevitable that it will creep into your life at some point! Some people's hair starts to turn at an early age, while many don’t show up until they are much older. There's no one size fits all when it comes to those silvery strands!

gray hair image Coloring your hair is the easiest way to cover gray and the most sensible way to conceal it. However having gray, silver, or white hair is a natural part of growing older. Its just another part of the aging process.

In fact, consider when Lady Gaga colored her hair gray on purpose not too long ago. It was trending online big time. So in a way, going gray has become quite fashionable! Who'd have ever thunk?

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There are a lot of things that can affect your hair color. The lucky people that don’t go gray can thank their parents for good hair genes! The cause of graying is often related to genetics, poor diets, B12 deficiencies, hypothyroidism, or other medical conditions. Mainly it’s science that contributes to the condition, which means it's simply your genes.

Some people adapt to graying quickly, while others feel a need to conceal it at all costs. Many people associate gray hair with wisdom and growing older. For some that's good news, for others it’s simply depressing. A lot depends on the perspective you take! For those who want to stay younger-looking longer however, coloring your gray’s is a must have! At least I think so! :)

Here are some interesting myths about gray hair that you'll also want to know.

How Gray Hair Happens - The Science

Each hair strand is made up of two parts. The hair shaft is the colored part we see growing out from the roots. The hair root is the bottom part of the hair strand that thankfully, keeps the hair anchored to the scalp.

Hair roots are surrounded by a slender tube called the hair follicle. Each hair follicle contains a specific number of pigment cells. These cells continuously produce a chemical called melanin that gives the growing shaft of hair its brown, blonde, or red color. Cool stuff, huh?

Melanin contains the pigment that gives your hair and skin its color. The dark or light color of someone's hair depends on how much melanin each hair strand contains. Brown hair naturally, contains more melanin that blonde hair.

As you grow older, the pigment cells in hair follicles decrease their production. When there are fewer pigment cells in a hair follicle, the hair that grows out will become a more transparent color like gray, silver, or white.

Your heredity will likely forecast when you will see your first gray hair. If your parents or grandparents were gray early, you most likely will be also.

Gray hair is more noticeable in people with darker hair because of the contrast of colors, however people with naturally lighter hair are just as likely to go gray. You may get several gray hairs in your 20’s and then slowly over time you start to notice more. However, it is likely that you’ll notice the biggest changes in your 40’s and 50’s.

Some people think that a big shock or trauma can turn a person's hair white or gray overnight, but in most cases, going gray is gradual.

If you want to prevent gray hair, consider your diet since there isn’t very much we can do about aging and genes. If you're fighting the aging battle, consider that nutritious foods help conserve your youthful appearance. If that describes you, you must maintain a diet full of essential nutrients. Minerals and vitamins are a very natural form of prevention. Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, and PABA, (Para-Aminobenzoic), are essential for keeping hair color.

Hair vitamins do work! That's because because they are formulated with a combination of vitamins and minerals that support hair growth and condition. Those vitamins alone however, are not the perfect solution.

How to Prevent Gray Hair

  • If you’re serious about stopping your gray hair from escalating, consider taking more iron and iodine, either in tablet or liquid form or simply increasing your intake of seafood, bananas, carrots and other similarly brightly colored vegetables.

  • You may or may not like curry but if you want to stop gray hair from growing in, you’ll be interested to know that curry (leaves and powder) are considered beneficial for the prevention of gray hair. People who consume lots of curry have more lustrous colorful hair, which explains why in places like India, the incidence of gray hair is low.

  • The B vitamins inositol and choline are important for the color of your hair. Folic acid also helps with hair growth and was named for the word 'folicule', which means hair! Try the B vitamins, including folic acid for at least 6 months and you should notice some real changes hopefully!

  • Massage your scalp weekly before bed generously with mustard oil. Mustard oil is available very cheaply from some Asian shops, small home-town pharmacies, or on the internet. Cover your hair with a plastic cap, then shampoo and condition your hair the next morning. You may not like the smell but you will love the results!

  • Consider juicing and/or going on a raw foods diet. When you consume your veggies and fruits without cooking them first, you get all of get all of the raw nutrients from them. There have been actual cases of women and men who reversed their gray hair by excluding dairy and meat products from their diets and going raw.

  • Try using organic coconut oil on your hair more often. It's rich in vitamins and dirt cheap if you buy the knock-off brands. It sure beats buying some of the expensive supplements that may or may not work!

  • Try this remedy: 2 tablespoons molasses, 2 tablespoons brewer's yeast, 2 tablespoons wheat germ, 1000 milligrams of ascorbic acid powder, and a multi-vitamin. Mix together with a small amount of water and drink daily. The natural sugars in the molasses will keep it from tasting too bad!

  • If you're not ready to give into the gray scene just yet, you should consider coloring your hair. Gray hair is resistant though, so you may have to do root touch ups more often than you used to. However, it beats the alternative of going gray! As a licensed Cosmetologist, I will color my hair until they pry the color bottle out of my hand!

  • Even though there's no scientific data for this, I really think that daily stress (not like an earth-shattering event but just the everyday stuff), contributes to the amount of gray's you have. When life gets out of control, those strands of wiry hair just seem to appear more quickly. To control your levels, try meditation. It sure helps me! Just 15 minutes each day may even be able to reverse the process in some cases.

    Whatever causes your gray hair, it's usually just a sign that you're showing the signs of time. Like it or lump it, aging is a natural progression of life. It'll be a lot less stressful for you if you can just sit back and enjoy the ride!

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