If a man has all the silvers there can be on his head, he is seen as distinguished, stylistic, and is dignified for it. If a woman has a few strands of white showing up, then it is a battle. She is considered as just plain old. Medhya Herbals won’t allow that kind of discrimination, and we will show you how you can handle this graying in your hair, and maintain a healthy skin and hair even as you advance in age.
Graying of hair is a regular sign of aging, be it in a man or a woman. The age when you begin to see your first strands of hair that are not the regular black or that differ from your natural hair color depends on your race. Generally, the least age at which graying begins in whites is in the late 20s. Asians start having gray strands at late 30s, and blacks don’t begin to show graying till their late 40s.
The graying pattern is dimorphic in sexes, that is, different for both men and women. Men begin graying in the temporal scalp region, then to the vertex of the scalp. In women however, it starts at the perimeter of the hairline and affects all regions of the scalp equally.
Again, graying is a normal sign of aging, and it should not be perceived like an infection. But then, it is up to you if you want to rock your silvery hair or if you would rather keep it raven and jet black.
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Your Hair Should Not Start Graying Prematurely.
Graying generally follows a 50-50-50 rule. This means that, 50% of people have 50% of their hair gray by the time they are 50 years of age.
However, there is a problem if this gray hairs start showing up before they should, in a condition known as premature aging. An Asian is considered to be graying prematurely if the gray strands start appearing at or even before the age of 25. You deserve more years of enjoying your jet black air before that happens. Ayurveda knows how to prevent premature graying.
What Does Ayurveda Have to Say About Graying.
For one, the number one cause of graying is aging. With age, the vata dosha becomes more dominant. That is to say, older people have have more dominant vata than others. A lot of extrinsic aging factors come into play, and one of the overall effects, as we will see, is graying of hair.
Premature graying can then occur if a younger person has dominant vata dosha. For people who have the vata as the dominant dosha even in their normal composition(prakriti) for example, they are more likely to gray prematurely. However, other things that can aggravate the vata dosha can also cause this condition.
Pitta, however, is primarily responsible for premature graying. If pitta energy is elevated, it can get the hair follicles inflamed. This inflammation weakens the hair follicles, leaving them malnourished, and causing the hair to fall out eventually. If this continues on and on, eventually, the hair that grows out to replace the fallen out hair has more and more chances of coming out gray.
We can say then that, anything that causes a spike in pitta dosha energy, such as consistently eating hot and spicy foods, frequent use of beverages, excessive anger, keeping consistent late nights, etc, can cause premature hair graying.
Other causes of hair graying and premature graying of hair.
Aside the Ayurvedic causes that have been clearly listed above, premature aging can also be caused by a variety of things ranging from lifestyle and diet to medical problems.
- Aging: The list would be incomplete without aging, as has been prior established.
- Genetics: This plays a large part in graying or premature hair graying. There can be a general pattern of hair graying in a family that is inherited and passed on.
- Malfunctioning of Melanocytes: Melanocytes are the cells that produce melanin, the pigment which gives coloration to the skin and hair. As a person advances in age, the melanocytes are not so active anymore, and some of them die off. Hence, the skin and hair follicles don’t get enough melanin anymore, and at first, the hair comes out gray, then silver, then eventually, it’s white.
- Build up of bleaching byproducts: Byproducts such as hydrogen peroxide in the hair can bleach out the color in hair, leaving it white.
- Vitiligo: This condition kills the melanocytes in the body, and as a result, the hair also does not get enough melanin to maintain that raven appearance.
- Smoking and drinking: Smoking makes you two and a half times more likely to grow gray hair prematurely, and drinking aggravates the pitta dosha and damages the hair follicles as explained above.
- Psychoemotional stress.
How to prevent premature graying of hair.
If you are looking for a cure, a complete cure to prevent your hair from going gray, well, you might as well be looking for a cure to aging. When you find that miracle remedy that regresses your years so you can look younger again, Medhya Herbals will like to know about it.
This doesn’t mean, however, that there is absolutely nothing that can be done about it. Society, afterall, almost believes the only good woman is one who has dark hair, regardless of her age. So, Ayurveda comes to the rescue with tips on how to prevent premature greying.
Prevent premature Greying with Ayurvedic herbs, natural homemade remedies and therapies.
- Buttermilk and Curry Leaves: Make some curry leaves and buttermilk into a paste to apply on your scalp. Wash it off after thirty minutes, preferably with a natural shampoo.
- Sesame Oil: It is very excellent when used to massage the scalp and hair roots. The sesame seeds can also be consumed orally.
- Bhringraj: It can be applied on the scalp as a paste or used to massage the the scalp as oil. Bhringraj regulates metabolism and has been found to restore the natural color of hair.
- Brahmi: This herb can help keep the pitta dosha in check. Brahmi is wonderful not only for the tranquilizing effect it has, but it can be used as oil to massage the scalp, powder to to use in an hair mask, whichever is most convenient for you.
- Nasya: Nasya is a therapy that involves the use of nose drops. It purifies and nourishes the organs of the head region. It is used to treat hair loss and also to prevent premature graying of hair.
What lifestyle changes can be adapted to put off hair graying?
- A quick escape would be to dye the hair as soon as you see the gray strands coming out. You would have to keep dying and re-dying as the strands keep coming out. Stick to natural dyes if you must do this.
- Proper Aahara(diet), is essential if you are going to keep your natural color of hair for as long as you would want without dying.
- Avoid excessive stress.
- Shun the habit of pulling out hair, whether black or gray.
- Smoking is a sure way to gray prematurely, so you want to avoid that.
Diet for healthy hair.
- Take a pitta pacifying diet to relieve the pitta fire.
- You might also want to take diets that will calm the vata dosha also.
- Eat a balanced diet with right proportions of nutrients.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages too.