Hair whitening is very very common nowadays. This is because of the high usage of modern technologies, unhealthy lifestyle, unhealthy eating and so on. Hair whitening in old age or with growing age is very obvious but when you get white or grey hair in your early age i.e in 30’s or 20’s it is disheartening and depressing. When your hair starts losing pigment hair whitening starts.
What is this Pigment and how they cause premature hair whitening?
Do you know that the human body consists of millions of hair follicles lining your skin? These hair follicles generate the hair and pigment cells that contain melanin which gives color to your hair. But with growing, age hair follicles loses pigment and results in white hair. But when it causes in your early ages it is due to illness, stress or lack of nutrition that pigments stop producing enough melanin before time and this is what causes premature hair whitening.
While the list is endless of the reasons that might cause premature hair whitening or greying. We have mentioned the important ones that are the most common cause of premature grey or white hair:-
It is a true fact that offspring have common habits, features, and disease that their parents have. It is a genetic thing and that cant is changed. Same is the case with premature hair greying or whitening as per the 2013 report in the Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology, and Leprology. This means that if your parents or grandparents also had grey or white hair at their early age then you are also likely to have them. This is not in our control and we can’t stop them, although you can always try to maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid the factors that can be a major cause of it.
Stress is the most important reason to have the negative impact on your overall health and body. Although it is not proven yet that stress is the cause of grey hair but yes it is proven that stress can increase the aging process of your hair because the cells that are responsible for hair color depletes when the body is under stress. Scientific American notes the same: “Stress hormones may impact the survival and/or activity of melanocytes, but no clear link has been found between stress and gray hair.”. Although stress is not directly linked to grey hair, you still have the stress level in control because it has other chronic consequences on your body.
Hormonal Imbalances –
Hormonal Imbalances causes the premature greying or whitening of hair it is scientifically proven. It is said that hormonal imbalances lead to decreased melanocyte cell pigmentation which results in white hair. This is one of the major white hair causes so have a healthy diet and maintain a healthy lifestyle to deal with this hormonal imbalance effectively.
Your diet plays a most important role in your overall health status. Poor and incomplete nutrition leads to many severe health issues along with hair whitening. A poor diet can restrict your body’s ability to produce melanin in your hair follicles, leading to gray hair. Lack of copper-rich food also stops the pigment production which results in grey hair. The melanin production depends on the nutrition and protein supplements in your body and therefore lack of these nutrition results in fall of melanin.
Lack Of Vitamins-
Lack of Vitamin B-6, B-12, Biotin, Vitamin D, D3, and Vitamin E are the main causes of Premature graying. The vitamins play a very significant role in your healthy hair growth and hair color. Lack of vitamins B-12 can cause hair loss and encourages Grey hairs to form. Because your body needs vitamin B12 for healthy red blood cells and to carry oxygen to cells in your body including hair cells, so a deficiency in vitamin B-12 weakens the hair cells and affect melanin production. Don’t worry if this is the case you can always check it with your doctor and take the supplements as per his suggestion. Also, you can have eggs, meat, poultry, and dairy products rich in vitamins.
Smoking is a very harmful addiction and not only affects the hair health but your overall body health. It causes the early aging of not only your hair but also of your skin, heart, and lungs. “A study from 2013 reported in the Italian Dermatology Online Journal, shows that smokers are 2 1/2 times more likely to start graying before age 30 as non-smokers”. smoking reduces the blood flow to hair follicles causing grey hair and the toxins present in cigarettes damages hair follicles causing early white hair. Having Grey hair before 30 is common among smokers than others.
Autoimmune diseases result in the premature grey hairs. It attacks your own body instead of the other pathogens. Certain autoimmune disorders like alopecia, Weber’s syndrome and vitiligo cause premature grey hair because they attack the cells which produce the coloring pigment.
Usage of chemical based shampoo, hair dyes, soaps, etc causes white hair at an early age because of the chemicals present in them. The harmful chemicals present in them reduces the melanin production. Most of the hair dyes contain harmful chemical know as hydrogen peroxide which is the main cause of grey hair. Avoid using the chemical based shampoo, dyes, conditioner and use the natural and ayurvedic products for healthy hair.
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of your neck. The thyroid problem caused due to the hormonal changes like hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism causes the prematurely white hair. Thyroid has a very important role in keeping your hair color. Overactive or underactive thyroid causes your body to produce less melanin resulting in the hair color loss. The study reveals that the thyroid hormones directly alters hair follicles, along with the areas that produce the pigment.
There are several other factors that affect the premature greying or whitening of hairs like pollution, unhealthy diet, alcohol, climate change, and exposure to sunlight for the longest time period. If you are facing the problem of grey hair in early age then consult a Trichologist to find out the exact reason so that you can go ahead with a proper solution. Right Diagnosis and treatments can prevent your hair.
Also do read about what can be done to retain the natural hair colour :