It is said that the loss of our lustrous hair – it’s sad decline into limp grey, lifeless
strands – is genetic.
Simply put – there’s nothing you can do about it.
But there are a few things we can do that contribute to our premature grey hair, and
other actions we can take to slow the process – even if it does make us look more “distinguished.”
Normally hair turns grey as it loses its ability to synthesize melanin pigment.
People with dark hair have eumelanin pigment and people with light hair have phaeomelanin.
Either way, these pigments keep hair either blonde, brown, red, or black, instead of grey
Melanin is made up of specialized pigment cells called melanocytes.
These cells position themselves at the hair follicle close to the skin’s surface.
Every decade we age, it is 30% more likely that we won’t make us much of the specialized
pigments we need to keep our hair color.
This has been called the melanogentic clock.
It slows down as we get older, but there are other factors which can cause premature greying.
Genetics, climate, toxic exposure, diet, the level of antioxidants in our bodies, stress,
and more can contribute to a person’s “pigmentary potential.”
Harvard scientists have found that a person who greys prematurely has failed melanocyte
stem cells that aren’t able to produce enough melanocytes.
If you want to prevent premature greying you need to alter your genetic expression and
improve your body’s ability to create melanocyte cells (MCs).
Balancing your mind-body constitution by lowering stress can increase your MCs as can eating
a high antioxidant diet.
Other methods for delaying grey hair include lowering acidity in the body.
You can accomplish this by abstaining from alcohol and caffeine and reducing the amount
of refined sugar you consume.
Eating more leafy greens and fresh, organic fruits can also help as can juicing lettuce,
carrot, capsicum, and alfalfa.
You should also rid your bathroom of items such as shampoo, conditioner, hair gels, hairsprays,
etc. if they contain toxic chemicals like parabens, phthalates, synthetic colors and
perfumes, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, toluene, propylene glycol, and formaldehyde
– just a handful of toxic additives that you might find in hair care products.
These all contribute to premature greying and hair loss while also damaging your overall
Finally, consider getting regular scalp massages with essential oils to stimulate the movement
of blood through the scalp and oxygenate the hair follicle.
If you want to keep your hair looking young and vibrant follow these tips and you won’t
turn grey prematurely.