Don’t overlook the early greys in your hair

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Don’t overlook the early greys in your hair

Premature greying of hair could be hinting to a deficiency in your body

Don’t overlook the early greys in your hair

The premature greying of hair, also called 'Canities', has become a spur of worry for young people, especially men. Some may be indifferent to it, however, it can have negative effects on the self-esteem of many.

Though premature greying of hair doesn't have any ill-effects on the health of an individual, it may hint at some other problems in the body. It is important to know the root cause of the problem to act on it as soon as possible.

If you notice grey or white hair too often, it could be because of some deficiency in your body. Other reasons could be a genetic health issue or some medical condition, stress, use of synthetic soaps and shampoos, and smoking.

Let’s dig into more details: 

Genetic: One of the causes of the whites in your hair could be genetics. If your parents or grandparents had a similar issue of premature greying of hair then you could be at a higher risk of the same condition. 

Medical conditions: Medical conditions like vitiligo and piebaldism (a genetic condition where a person develops a white patch on skin or hair) can also result in premature hair greying.

Stress: Increased release of chemicals like Noradrenaline in hair follicles can affect the hair colour. It is not psychological stress but genotoxic stress which is due to environmental factors.

Synthetic soaps and shampoo: The hair products one uses can be a cause of greying of hair. Make sure you use the right soaps and shampoos.

Smoke: Toxins in cigarettes can harm some parts of your body which also include your hair follicles, resulting in early greying of hair.

Credit: eMediHealth.com

What can be done?

  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Timely and early detection and remedial actions 
  • Work on stress management and try to avoid smoking
  • Colouring of hair can be the next best option

Well, there is no promising cure for it but maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a good diet can help.