Hair greys. It’s perhaps the most natural progression you notice as you age. But there is typically a point of time in life when this happens. When it happens ahead of time, it is worrying, intimidating and perhaps intriguing! Isn’t it?
The title question above has been asked by some of you, seeking clarifications and solutions. And we shall do exactly that in this page. Help you understand the problem better and guide you.
You asked: ‘Am I greying for real?! At such an early age?! Why does premature greying happen and is there a solution for it?’
Let’s first understand what the concern here actually is, why premature greying happens, what the common causes and symptoms are, and then, move on to how it can be tackled. We will also look at solutions you can opt for if you are already struggling with the condition.
Graying or greying, as spelt in different English-speaking countries, refers to the natural process of the change in hair colour as you age. It is progressive, permanent and not naturally reversible. When it happens early, say before you turn 30, the condition is termed as premature greying or canities.
The complete list of reasons for this condition is perhaps not fully deciphered as yet, but we do know the factors that largely cause this concern. The condition has multiple factors associated with it, such as genetic predisposition, nutritional levels, lifestyle & habits such as smoking and even environmental factors.
Hair gets its colour from a pigment called melanin. Factors that cause damage to the melanin-producing cells, melanocytes, trigger premature greying. When there is a loss of colour pigment in the hair, it turns grey or white. Premature greying needs to be differentiated from various other genetic hypomelanotic hair problems. This is something only a Trichologist can guide you on. It is not something which you can figure on your own by googling! It needs a consultation + diagnosis process.
The following are the most common causes of premature greying of hair.
It is very important to identify the first signs and symptoms of white hair at a young age to address it in a timely manner.
Premature greying, as mentioned above, refers to the greying of hair ahead of naturally expected time – before you turn 30. This can affect children as well as adults.
It is crucial to understand that premature greying of hair is a controllable, but not a curable, problem. The focus is on arresting the spread of greying till the physiological age of greying i.e. 30 and above.
If a trichologist is consulted in time, you may be advised treatments that could allow color pigmentation to return to your hair, if the loss is due to a medical condition. In cases where the cause is bad diet or vitamin deficiencies, correcting the diet in itself may reverse the problem or atleast stop it from worsening.
What is needed is a methodical procedure for holistic treatment of premature greying hair – a trip to a Hair clinic.
Thus, the Trichologist first analyses your hair and scalp condition, understands your medical case history, your lifestyle and daily routine, and accordingly guides you on the course of medical treatment. You will also get advised changes to be made, if need be, to your diet and lifestyle.
Premature greying hair treatment is done with an objective to control, sustain, and reverse the greying process where possible; however, the patient’s body response is a key factor in the process. This treatment is a long-term process that shows results gradually and to varying degrees.
Trust we have answered your questions and clarified on all related aspects of premature greying! If you wish for any further details or clarifications, you know where to reach us! Our experts are just a call away.
Remember, each individual’s hair and scalp condition is different from the other. One solution doesn’t fit all! While one remedy may work for your friend, it may not quite do the needful for you!
Hence, a gentle reminder – If you ever notice worrying changes in your hair, such as persistent hair loss, itchy scalp, and split ends or no growth, contact a trichologist immediately. These are all signs that could be signalling to you! Don’t postpone or hesitate.
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