While greying of hair is associated with ageing, experts say that premature greying of hair may be sign of stress.
Although ageing is natural, and should be accepted with grace, one cannot control the process of ageing and worrying about it will only further stress.
“Premature greying can be a sign of excessive stress as it is one of the significant causes; under pressure, one constricts the blood vessels hampering the healthy flow of nutrients to the scalp resulting in hair fall and greying.
“Stress also reduces oxygen supply to the scalp as breathing, and is also one of the major causes of aging and premature greying, dull, and scanty hair,” Rajni Ohri, Founder, Ohria Ayurveda said.
Mohit Narang, Skincare expert, AVON says that greying of hair can also happen due to smoking. “People who smoke regularly have higher chances of premature greying, as can a lack of nutrition. A diet deficient in vitamins and minerals can lead to early greying.”
Some DIY solutions to premature ageing are-
Ayurvedic hair oils with extracts of amla, onion seeds, bhringraj, henna, sesame, curry leaves, to name a few, can be used to slow down premature greying of hair. They may also slow down the loss of hair pigment during old-age.
Amla– Cut amla (gooseberries) into into pieces and dry them in the sun; once dry, roast it in the pan and then mix with coconut oil. Apply the mixture on your hair overnight.
Onion juice -Onion juice helps treat hair loss and thinning along with preventing premature greying of hair. Mix onion juice with lemon juice. Apply the mixture evenly on the scalp and hair. Leave it on for 15- 25 minutes and then wash your hair with a mild shampoo. Make this your routine for at least two times a week.
Curry leaves– Curry leaves darken your hair by restoring the natural melanin pigment so that hair becomes dark again. The leaves also help in preventing and treating as curry leaves are rich in Vitamin B and minerals like iodine, zinc and iron.
Diet and exercise to slow down early greying –
Consume a nutritional diet rich in Vitamins B12, B9, Iron, Folic acid. Include amla, beetroot, green leafy vegetables and nuts like soaked almonds, figs, walnuts, and soaked sesame seeds.
Practice yoga for healthy blood flow to the scalp. Practice ‘Pranayam’ to keep the mind calm and relaxed.
Quit smoking, or at least reduce the instances of smoking.