<p>How to Stop Premature Gray Hair?
One of my good friends likes to say his hair is not going gray… it’s just
running out of paint.
But scientifically speaking, he’s really not that far off!
As we age, our hair actually runs out of the pigment melanin, the same
cell that gives skin its color. Each hair follicle has a finite amount of
melanin cells. As they run out, the hair slowly turns gray, then finally
white when there is no pigment left at all.
But you’d think by now we’d have discovered a more effective way to
keep hair color than getting it chemically treated a few times a year.
While there’s no one-size-fits-all, clinically-proven regimen, there are
many theories and studies that have shown promise for prevention of
premature graying, further graying, and even gray hair reversal.
I’m not sure it’s possible to prevent gray hair forever, but diagnosing
one of the following causes of one or more of these natural tricks and
treatments could help keep your locks in high definition color for longer.
3 Major Risk Factors for Premature Graying
Smoking has been known to increase the rate of graying hair. One study
published in the Indian Dermatology Online Journal showed that smokers
were a whopping 2.5 times more likely to experience premature hair
graying (graying before age 30) than non-smokers. If you haven’t quit
smoking yet, it’s definitely time!
Vitamin B Deficiency
The hair care company Pantene Pro-V knew their stuff when they
formulated their shampoos and conditioners. Vitamin B deficiency,
especially pantothenic acid (B5) and B12, can cause low melanin
This deficiency can also lead to pernicious anemia. Anemics may also
suffer from premature hair graying.
Untreated Thyroid Condition
Low thyroid hormone – or hypothyroidism – can also cause premature
hair graying, according to Dr. Lawrence Wood, head of the Thyroid
Foundation of America.
9 Natural Treatments for Gray Hair
Treating your gray hair may be as easy as quitting