Over time, hair follicles lose their pigment and the result is graying of hair. As an obvious fact, graying of hair is a natural process and something that is inevitable. However, there are cases of premature graying of hair and this occurs as a result of a rapid decline in melanin production by the melanocytes (a cell in the basal layer of the epidermis that produces melanin under the control of the melanocyte-stimulating hormone). Causes of premature graying may include heredity factors, stress, anxiety, depression and other medical conditions such as typhoid. Gray hair may also be a result of too much consumption of tea, coffee, alcohol, oily foods, spices and sour or acidic foods. Deficiency of nutrients in the body also leads to premature graying.
Methods to Deal With Gray Hair Problem
The first method which should go behind treating the problem of gray hair is adding protein rich foods to your diet. Sprouted whole grains, cereals, meat and soy products are some of the foods high in protein. Apart from increasing the intake of protein, you must also go for foods rich in minerals, vitamin A and vitamin B. Foods high in minerals such as iron, copper and zinc provide great deal of benefits in addressing graying of hair.
Copper rich foods include chard, spinach, sesame seeds, mustard greens, kale, mushrooms, turnip greens and molasses, etc. For iron, you can go for foods like clams, chicken liver, beef, shrimp, mussels, beef liver, oysters, turkey, etc. Wheat bran, red meat, chicken, green vegetables, etc., are abundant in zinc. Foods like banana, carrots, fish, etc., are iodine rich foods and are also helpful in the treatment of gray hair.
Application of henna powder also helps hide gray hair. Prepare a mix of henna powder (2 tbsp.), yogurt (1 tsp.), fenugreek seed powder (1 tsp.), coffee (3 tsp.), basil juice (2 tsp.) and mint juice (3 tsp.). Use this mix to massage the scalp and let it stay for about 3 hours. Thereafter, get your hair washed with a mild shampoo.
Talking about shampoo for treating gray hair, the one with Emu oil as one of its ingredients is known to work effectively for many. The oil helps in replacing the lost nutrients in the hair and preventing the onset of gray hair. The oil has the property to keep the hair well moisturized to prevent graying. In some cases, people have experienced darkening of their hair and a reversal in the graying process of their hair, with the use of Emu oil. Vitamin B12 and Omega 3s are also among the essential nutrients that help improve gray hair. These can be availed in the form of supplements as tablets or shampoo products.
Other Tips To Manage Gray Hair
Make a mix of Indian gooseberry and coconut oil and apply to the hair on a regular basis. This method has shown great results in many cases where people have actually noticed their gray hair turning black.
Giving your hair a daily massage of coconut oil mixed with lemon juice also helps and so does a mixture of curry leaves boiled in coconut oil, when applied to the scalp and hair roots. Alternatively, boil some dried gourd in coconut oil and wait until the mixture turns black. Use the oil to massage the scalp and hair roots.
Apart from massaging the hair roots and scalp, drinking a mixture of honey and fresh grated ginger root is also beneficial. You can also have a daily drink of buttermilk added with yeast and wheat germ. It helps in the prevention and curing hair that becomes gray prematuely.
The above treatment methods for gray hair have worked well for many. It may take some time to get the desired results after putting all such remedies to use. So inculcate the methods and get rid of those undesirable grays.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only and does not in any way attempt to replace the advice offered by an expert on the subject.