Gray Hair: Causes and Remedies for Filipinas

Shocked to see gray hair when you look in the mirror? Don't panic. Here are tips on how to prevent the early onset of gray hair.

Perhaps one of the scariest and most worrisome moments you can have about your hair is seeing that first strand of gray hair. Upon seeing that single strand standing out in the midst of all the black strands, you can’t help but think how many more there are on your scalp.

Unfortunately, hair turning gray is an inevitable part of life which we all have to deal with. On the lighter side, there are ways to help delay the onset of gray hair. But let us first get to know some graying hair causes and understand why it happens.

Why does hair turn gray?

Your hair has a life cycle and throughout that, it generates color and pigment cells that contain melanin. As time goes by, your hair gradually loses that pigment, causing your hair to turn gray. This process occurs in everyone but at different times. Normally, gray hair starts to appear in older people but it can also happen to people who are in their 20s.

But again, don’t worry! There are things that you can do to help delay the onset of gray hair. Read on to learn more about this.

1. Stop smoking.

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Live an active, healthy, and smoke-free lifestyle. Credit: Hariono Halim

You may find this intriguing but studies show that your hair can turn prematurely gray if you have the habit. Not only does it cause that but it also makes your hair look dull, dry, and damaged. So you may want to ditch the habit today.

Editor’s tip: Avoid damaging your hair buy using TRESemmé Detox and Nourish Shampoo which infuses plant-based ingredients into your hair care regimen. Its green tea and ginger replenish your hair’s lost nutrients while helping to detoxify and nourish your strands.

2. Load up on Vitamin B12

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Make sure to have enough vitamin B12 in your body. Credit; Natasha Estelle

As they say, prevention is better than cure. You can help delay premature gray by loading up on B12, a vitamin that is linked to helping prevent the onset of gray hair. You can get it by consuming foods that are rich in B12 or by taking vitamin supplements.

3. Keep the stresses at bay

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Stress is bad for your tresses, so take a break and unwind. Credit: Natasha Estelle

You may have heard this from many people. We are not talking about simple stresses at home but those that can cause a toll on your health. This is because chronic stress is said to cause inflammation which, in turn, destroys melanin-producing cells. You might want to relax a bit and let your body recuperate.

4. Get an annual health checkup

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Prevention is always better than cure all the time. Credit Natasha Estelle

It is not only about knowing if you are starting to have gray hair. It is also about knowing how your physical health is. Also, there are certain disorders like thyroid problems that cause premature aging. You might want to get yourself checked now to get the right and timely treatment.

5. Stay away from toxins and pollutants

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Toxins and pollutants can speed up the onset of gray hair. Credit: Natasha Estelle

We all know this is something we all should do for all the right reasons. However, you need to consider this more now since free radical exposure is related to the premature graying of hair. Therefore, you are strongly advised to keep yourself with the least amount of stress as possible and keep your environment clean and pure.

Editor’s tip: Cleanse your hair with Love Beauty and Planet Tea Tree Oil & Vetiver Radical Refresher Shampoo. It helps get rid of dirt and pollutants on your hair and scalp. And since it has eco-friendly ingredients, it’s great for the environment, too! 

6. Get enough Vitamin Dgirl with long black hair with bangs wearing a denim jacket

Vitamin D is good for your skin and hair, too. Make sure to have enough of this because the lack of Vitamin D has been linked to getting gray hair at an early age.

7. Have some black tea

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Black tea has antioxidants that are good for your hair. Credit: Shutterstock

Tea is rich in antioxidants and black tea is no exception. As these antioxidants help prevent free radical damage, it can also stop premature aging and help keep the hair’s pigment.

Gray hair may be a natural part of life but it doesn’t have to come early. When you take care of yourself, you also take care of your hair. So don’t worry about anything and just start taking better care of yourself.

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