A HealthTap patient asked:
I found 3 grey hairs on my head. Is this normal?
It can be normal for some people, even babies and children, to have a couple of grey hairs.
This baby has poliosis: whiting of hair due to genetic issues.
Significant greying can be due to genetics, poor nutrition, autoimmune diseases, previous illness, previous chemotherapy.
Poor nutrition, for example, is thought to affect the production of melanin. Specifically, that means getting too little protein, vitamin B12, and the amino acid phenylalanine. Did anyone in your family have early greying? If no, see your MD to see if you have any other symptoms of an autoimmune disease (dry mouth, arthritis/joint aches, dry eyes, diarrhea, constipation despite “healthy” diet, rashes, etc).
Sandra Lora Cremers, MD, FACS
1. Eat healthily.
2. Eat plenty of foods rich in Vitamin A, B12, C and E.
3. Avoid Smoking and Smokers!
Smoking is toxic to all cells, especially hair and skin cells. Smokers are four times more likely to have grey hair as compared to non-smokers. Smoking makes your hair dull and brittle so they break more often. Smoking increases wrinkles (at least I think it does but have not seen a good study to prove this yet).
4. Avoid Poor quality hair products.
5. Have a Head Massage
- You do not have to go for an all-overcolorr unless more than 40 percent of your hair is white. For lesser greying hair there are much more options to explore. You can go for highlights if only certain strands of your hair are affected.
- Natural options and home remedies can be explored. One of the most commonly used alternatives is Henna. It naturally imparts a deep red colour and leaves your hair moisturised and shiny. Applying Henna can be a little messy. If you already use chemical hair dyes, wait till all the colour goes off completely for Henna to be effective.
- One commonly used remedy for people with grey hair is coconut oil and fenugreek. Add coconut oil to fenugreek powder and apply it to your hair for half hour, then wash it with water. This is effective for people of all ages as it boosts keratin and melanin production.
- For natural hair colour, try the popular natural hair rinses. If you have access to rosemary and sage, take half a cup of both and boil for 30 minutes. Strain the herbs, let the water cool, then pour it over your hair and let it dry naturally. This needs to be done once every week.
- In the above remedy, rosemary and sage can be replaced with Indian gooseberries and coconut or black walnut. They impart natural colour to your hair. There are much more daily easy-to-do tips for you. For instance, rub onion paste regularly to turn your hair black again.
- Eating sesame You can massage your hair and scalp with butter oil daily before the shower. Yet another inexpensive natural remedy is to wash your hair regularly with milk/curd and gramme flour mixture.
- If pre-mature greying of hair gets out of hand and nothing seems to help, go to a Trichologist. Your hair problem might be seeking the help of an expert doctor.