Don’t get me wrong - silver/white hair is all the rage these days! Especially with Kim K going silver blonde and making waves in the beauty industry. And ladies, let’s not forget how attractive salt and pepper hair can look! Having said that, most of us are horrified when the first few strands of white hair make an appearance. It happened with me at 28 - honestly, I brought the house down screaming and whining about my white hair. And it doesn’t stop at one. When you search really hard, you end up finding more, and well, there’s no looking back then. While I gradually made my peace with it, and am extremely comfortable with a few greys here and there, I delved deeper into research on it, so you don't shriek at the sight of your first one. Read on to know the causes of white hair and how some treatments and colour can reduce their appearance.
Yes ladies, sometimes things just aren’t in your hands. While some of us start to notice some white hair in our 30s, others have white hair in their early 20s.
A drop in melanin leads to those strands of white in most cases. The production of melanin is directly connected to the right kind of nutrition and protein supplements. So load up on them vitamins (especially Vitamin B12), we say.
We stress over the tiniest of things, knowing fully well that that’s only harming us. Among the many other health hazards stress causes, it is also among the primary causes of greying hair! Stress less in this new year, will you?
Chemical hair straightening, streaking and colouring - all this makes your mane look so dreamy! And experimenting with your hair can be so much fun sometimes. However, ladies, exposing your hair to such harsh treatments affects the pigment of the hair, making it grey prematurely.
Harsh climatic conditions, high levels of pollution (all the best, Delhi girls), and too much exposure to the harsh UV rays of the sun, among others, can also cause them whites to show up earlier than expected.
That’s a tricky one, girls. Of course, you can load up on nutrients, wear an SPF hair serum or a hat when stepping out in the summer, and steer clear of heat and chemical treatments to delay the process. However, if it’s in the genes, there’s little you can do. Besides, if it’s a health problem like Thyroid or a deficiency of nutrients - we suggest you consult a doctor about the same and get medication to tackle the ailment. You can even promote pigmentation of hair by loading up on Vitamin B12. However, do so only and only after consulting a doctor.
All you have to do is take out some time over the weekend for your beauty regime and give these amazing home remedies do take care of the strands of white. Have a look at some treatments to tackle greying hair.
Rich in Vitamin C, amla or gooseberry raises the pigment levels in your hair follicles. Throw in some coconut oil and you will be left with dark, lustrous hair! Boil 3-4 dried amlas in one cup of coconut oil. Store this solution in a jar and use it 2-4 times a week for the best results. Leave it on for about 45 minutes or even overnight if you like.
Black tea will load your hair with antioxidants while inhibiting the growth of any more white hair. Boil 2 tablespoons of black tea in a cup of water and leave it to cool after. Strain the liquid and gently massage it into your scalp and hair. Leave it on for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off.
Curry leaves are a blessing for those undergoing premature greying! They help restore pigment in the hair follicles. Boil a handful of curry leaves in one tablespoon of coconut oil and apply the concoction on your hair 2-3 times a week. Allow your hair to soak in the oil for about an hour before washing it off with a sulphate-free shampoo.
Fenugreek seeds boast of the goodness of Vitamin C, iron, potassium and lysine - all of which restore hair health and pigment. Soak 2 tablespoons of the seeds in a cup of water overnight. Grind the seeds the next morning with enough water to give it a paste-like consistency. Apply it all over your hair and scalp and leave it on for 45 minutes. Later, wash this off with a sulphate-free shampoo.
This one’s a really easy peasy treatment. Add the juice of half a lemon in 2 tablespoons of warmed up coconut oil and apply it on your scalp and hair overnight or for an hour. Massage it in a circular motion using your fingertips or a cotton ball. The Vitamin C content of this combination will take care of the pigment in your hair follicles.
We’re well aware that taking out time for the aforementioned DIY treatments can be quite a task. The next best way to take care of that white hair is to use permanent or semi-permanent hair colour. Have a look at our fave hair colour products that you should totally have in your beauty closet.
1. Garnier Color Naturals - 5 Natural Light Brown (Rs 180)