As people age, their skin becomes older and their hair turns white. This is the natural process of aging and each human being has to go through it. We can not avoid this, but we can certainly prevent premature aging, as well as premature graying of our hair.
By following the tips listed below, you will greatly increase the probability of maintaining your natural color for a longer time, while taking all necessary precautions to prevent grey hair growth.
Just a few words about gray hair
Our hair turns gray when it starts losing its natural pigment-producing cells, known as melanocytes, which give hair its color.
Hair graying is mainly due to aging, but it can also be caused by several other factors such as genetics, stress, malnutrition, or health disorders, as well as certain bad lifestyle choices.
However, if you really apply all of the following tips to your everyday life, you will probably manage to keep those grays at bay. For a little while longer at least.
The more you smoke the grayer your hair gets
Talking about bad lifestyle choices smoking is definitely one of them. Smoking speeds up the aging process of the entire body, your hair included. So the first thing to do in order to prevent gray hair is to quit smoking.
Bye bye coffee, alcohol, and junk food
Too much alcohol and caffeine, as well a diet rich in harmful and devitalizing and foods can be very bad for your skin and hair and cause premature aging.
Avoid processed and junk food, and limit the intake of white flour and refined sugar. These foods will only reduce your energy levels, and you will get nothing in return from them. Your body and your hair need nutrients to stay young.
Water is the name of the game
If you are not hydrated enough, nutrients will have a hard time reaching your hair follicles. Lack of hydration and nutrients will therefore cause the graying of your hair.
Are you under too much stress?
Grey hair can also be caused by stress and anxiety. Prolonged periods of tension, nervousness, anxiety, worry, or other similar psychological states can lead to a sudden or gradual appearance of white hair.
Control your stress by practicing relaxation techniques such as yoga, deep breathing, meditation, etc. You hair will be grateful!
A better mattress won’t just help you sleep better, but will also slow down gray hair
Getting enough sleep is a good way to reduce stress and keep your body, skin, and hair healthy and young.
Exercising on a daily basis also helps
Good blood circulation and a proper blood flow are essential for preventing gray hair as they ensure that all necessary nutrients reach your scalp and hair. In fact, it is almost useless to consume proper foods, vitamins, and minerals if they cannot arrive at your hair follicles.
To ensure good blood supply to the scalp, you should regularly massage it with appropriate oils, as well as exercise on a daily basis in order to increase circulation and improve blood flow.
Eating more chicken can slow down gray hair? You bet.
Protein is required for the production of melanin, the pigment that provides color to your hair and skin. To prevent grey hair, eat plenty of protein – rich foods such as turkey, chicken, sprouted whole grains, cereals, and soy.
Take B-group Vitamins – B2, B6, and B12
The deficiency of these vitamins may cause premature graying of hair. You should eat foods that are rich in vitamin B such as whole grain breads, cereals, bananas, eggs, diary products, poultry, meat, and green leafy vegetables.
What you eat is what you get. Eat this, not that.
Copper deficiency can also significantly contribute to premature graying. One of the ways to prevent gray hair is to eat foods containing high amounts of copper such as turnip greens, spinach, beef liver, sunflower seeds, cashews, lentils, almonds, clams, crabs, oysters, egg yolk, and mushrooms.
Put iodine rich foods on your grocery list
Iodine is another mineral that is important for maintaining hair color. Foods rich in iodine include bananas, carrots, spinach, and fish.
Selenium can also help prevent gray hair. Selenium rich foods are: shellfish, tuna, salmon, corn, wheat, soybeans, walnuts, Brazil nuts, and sunflower seeds.
What about home hair treatments?
There are a few really good hair treatments that can considerably help prevent gray hair. But if you really wish to benefit from them, you must make sure you apply them regularly. Listed below are the most efficient ones.
1. Amla is Indian gooseberry and it is one of the best hair treatments to prevent gray hair. Just regularly rub the amla paste into your scalp, and you will see amazing results.
2. Fo-ti is a Chinese herb, known also as the longevity tonic, which has been used for centuries to prevent gray hair and premature aging. Its name means “black haired Mr. He”.
3. Massage your scalp with coconut oil and lemon. That is another good way to prevent gray hair.
There you have it. If you really follow all of the above mentioned advice, you will manage to keep grays at bay and maintain your natural hair color for as long as your age allows it. If you have any other interesting tips to suggest, please share them with us or with a friend who might need these tips.
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11 thoughts on You Can’t Stop Gray Hair, But You Can Slow It Down
IT IS GOOD TO KNOW THAT WE CAN HOLD ON TO OUR BLACK HAIR MORE AS WE GET OLDER.
Be VERY careful with iodine. Because if you take too much, it will have the opposite effect. I believe I started taking too much iodine (an oral supplement) and it precipitated that…I think they may be the reason I started spotting more gray hairs on my head.
I didn’t know you could slow it down, good read!
iam 26yrs old but i have grey hair,i felt very sad about this… any thanku for advise
combined effort of stress control and using herbs for the scalps may starts preventing white hair.I will start today to look different.
I really need this information as I have lots of gray hair already. I’m 49 years old and I want to get rid of this.
I HAVE WHITE HAIRS IN MY SHAVE ALSO I AM 25 YEARS OLD WHAT SHOULD I DO
im 21 yearz old…im hvng white hair since im 14 yearz old…anyways thnks alot for the tips..i will try it
I am a 36 years old lady I have lots of grey hair is it related to high cholestrol?i have high cholesterol
My mother rarely eats chicken (she doesn’t like it), preferring fish and red meat. She smoked cigarettes from age 20-70. She doesn’t exercise, loves coffee(4-5 cups/per day) and doesn’t drink water. She is 86 and has very little gray hair (some streaks of silver, not noticeable unless close up), drives her car, teaches art class, has good eyesight, is very agile. But, she sleeps well, has a social life, and doesn’t let herself get stressed out. – I am not negating the suggestions in this article – I feel the most important overall clue to slowing down the aging process, is to have a good attitude, eat well-balanced meals/without processed foods, and manage your emotions. Toxic emotions create havoc to our cells, disabling their ability to perform at their optimum levels.
I AM ONLY 17 YEARS OLD AND I TOO HAVE WHITE HAIR