Premature greying of hair is a condition in which hair of younger people turn grey. This makes affected younger people look older than they actually are. Hair is made of the same kinds of cells that constitute epidermis, the outermost layer of skin. Hair grows from hair follicles present deep in the epidermis. Hair obtains it blackness, shine and nutrition from sebum, an oily substance secreted by sebaceous glands. Hair obtains its nutrition from bloodstream and cannot obtain it from external sources.
Causes of Premature Greying of Hair: Faulty diet, mental stress and heredity are main causes of premature greying of hair. Deficiency of B vitamins, Copper, Iron and Iodine in daily diet lead to premature greying of hair. Stress also contributes to greying of hair as it leads to tension in the scalp which interferes with supply of essential nutrients to the hair. Jealousy, Fear, Failures, Anxiety also affect hair health adversely. Weakening of roots due to unclean scalp and blocked pores also causes health of hair to deteriorate. Use of hot water to wash hair and hair dryers for blow-drying hair have adverse impact on hair, specially in early stages of greying. Sinusitis, Anaemia, chronic constipation, chronic cold, use of acid washed hair oils (many factory-made hair oils are acid washed) which may contain residues of acid may lead to grey hair. Premature greying of hair may also be due to heredity factors.
Treatment for Premature Greying of Hair: A nutritious diet is key to naturally curing premature greying of hair. In condition of premature greying, a diet rich in all important nutrients must be consumed regularly. Pantothenic acid (10mg), Para aminobenzoic acid (PABA)(100g) and Inositol(2000mg) are useful in treatment of premature greying of hair. All these vitamins belong to vitamin B family and must be taken regularly such that all these are obtained at one time. Yeast, Wheat germ and liver are good natural sources. These three vitamins can also be produced in intestinal tract by bacteria. Therefore drinking one litre of yogurt, to which 1 tablespoon of yeast is added, before every meal is a very good remedy for treatment and prevention of premature greying of hair. Incase one takes pills of Pantothenic acid and Para aminobenzoic acid (PABA), these be taken in addition to yogurt and yeast and not as a substitute for them. According to world renowned nutritionist Gayelord Hauser, this treatment restores grey hair back to normal. Consumption of seafood for Iron and Iodine is also recommended. Carrots, bananas and other fruits and vegetables are may also meet requirement of Iodine.
Certain other remedies for premature greying are also popular. The Indian Gooseberry or Amla also helps in restoring hair pigmentation and improves hair growth.The Amla must be cut in pieces and dried in shade. Now these pieces must be boiled in coconut oil till solid mass is turned into charred dust. The dark oil thus obtained is effective in treating premature grey hair. Another effective remedy is use water, in which dried Amla pieces are overnight soaked, as last rinse after washing hair. Massaging scalp every night with a mix of alma juice (1 teaspoon) , almond oil (1 teaspoon) and few drops of lime juice is also helpful in treating grey hair.
Consuming plenty of Curry leaves also helps in condition of premature greying. Curry leaves boiled in coconut oil makes a very useful tonic for hair. It prevents premature greying and helps in bringing back pigmentation of hair. Curry leaves strengthen hair roots. Butter prepared from cow milk is also known as a natural cure for premature greying of hair. Small amount of this butter must be consumed and remaining could be used for massaging hair. Another excellent remedy for naturally treating premature hair is massaging coconut coil treated with torai or ribbed gourd. Torai should be cut into pieces and dried in shade. These dried pieces must be kept aside soaked in coconut oil for three to four days. Thereafter the oil and torai mix should be boiled until solid mass turns into black residue.
Natural Hair Dye: For darkening grey hair, apply dark oil obtained from boiling henna or mehendi paste in coconut oil. Paste of Henna can be directly applied to hair and washed after few hours. Concentrated tea extract is also useful in darkening grey hair. Tea extract could be used for washing hair once in every 3 days.