Well-being

QI weigh 68 kg, my height is 5.7” and I am 25 years old but my hair has started going grey. I have tried all kinds of medicines and hair oil to no avail.  I don’t like using hair dye or colour, but I hate it when my hair becomes the topic of discussion wherever I go! Please help me.

AGreying is due to the cessation of colour pigment (melanin) in hair follicles. Pigment cells that are present at the base of the hair follicle stop producing melanin, which leads to the loss of original hair colour. Melanocytes are the cells that produce melanin, which is responsible for the colour of the body and hair. With ageing, melanocytes lose their ability in producing pigments which leads to greying.

In your case, it’s called premature greying. Physical or mental stress, malnutrition and constant worrying are some of the causes for premature greying. Apart from these factors, genetics play an important role in premature greying. If your parents or your grandparents had premature greying, there’s a good chance that your hair will go grey prematurely. Smoking, thyroid disorders, vitamin defficiency or a few types of skin disease may also cause premature greying. Dyeing is one of the most common ways of treating grey hair. Henna colouring is a natural remedy. Henna cools the body and conditions the hair. You could try it.

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