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It’s not until one of your friends point out that there are a couple of grey hair stands on your head that you start worrying about it. Grey hair at the age of 50 can be justified but what about signs of greying hair when you are in your early 20s?
According to Jeffrey Benabio, MD, a dermatologist at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, “Hair goes gray when color-producing cells stop producing pigment.” Different ethnicities are affected by grey hair at different ages due to the influence of various internal and external factors. There are various causes for greying hair as listed below:
Underlying health conditions: Various underlying health conditions like hypothyroidism can lead to greying of hair. It is imperative to treat the underlying health condition with the help of a specialist in order to tackle the problem of greying hair.
Vitiligo: Vitiligo is a condition in which the skin loses melanocytes (pigment cells) which in turn causes loss of color in skin, hair, retina, etc. Vitiligo can damage the cells in the scalp which reduces the production of melatonin which in turn causes grey hair.
Unhealthy eating habits: In some cases, unhealthy eating habits can lead to greying of hair as the body and the hair follicles do not get sufficient nutrition to stay healthy. Eating a balanced and nutritious diet can considerably lower your chances of falling prey to grey hair.
Mental stress: According to Dr.Sonal Shah, Trichologist, “Mental stress also produces extraordinary tension in the skin of the scalp, which interferes with the supply of nutrition necessary for good hair health. Reducing sources of mental stress coupled with adequate rest will ease the scalp and reduce the occurrence of grey hair.
Genes: Some people are genetically prone to have grey hair. This is the reason why children start getting grey hair at a very early age. It is best to see a hair expert to understand how grey hair can be treated or minimized.
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