Greying hair is a condition that affects both men and women, and although it is commonly found among people over the age of 50, prematurely grey hair can start occurring in teenagers and young adults as well. Although dyes and colour treatments can easily cover greying hair, and many people enjoy the distinguished appearance of a few grey highlights, some basic lifestyle changes can help to stop grey hair growth and support the vitality of hair pigment.
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Things you need
- Vitamin B-12 supplement or foods rich in vitamin B-12
- Iron supplement or foods rich in iron
- Melanocyte supplement
Evaluate your nutrition and determine if you are suffering from a deficiency in vitamin B-12 and other B vitamins, which can contribute to prematurely greying hair.
Take a multivitamin or vitamin B-12 supplement to prevent or correct a vitamin B deficiency, or increase the foods in your diet that are rich in vitamin B-12, such as certain kinds of fish, eggs, milk and fortified cereal.
Ask your doctor if you have symptoms of anaemia, a condition caused by iron deficiency and poor nutrition that results in a decrease in healthy red blood cells. Anemia is another cause of greying hair, particularly premature greying.
Increase your intake of iron-rich foods, such as seafood, poultry, lean red meat, nuts and beans, eggs and fortified cereal, or take an iron supplement to reduce grey hair by treating the dietary causes of anaemia.
Ask your doctor if you have a thyroid imbalance, which in addition to causing grey hair, can result in weigh loss or weight gain and difficulty controlling weight. Thyroid imbalances are treated with medication, which might stop grey hair growth if the cause is hormonal.
Stop smoking or reduce your smoking habit if you are a smoker, since smokers are more likely than non-smokers to experience prematurely greying hair.
Eliminate causes of stress where possible, and get plenty of sleep every night to improve your body's ability to recover from stress and give you body time to restore overall tissue health.
Consider taking a supplement to trigger melanocytes, the source of the melanin that gives hair its colour, to mobilise the melanin in hair cells to give hair a darker colour.
Tips and warnings
- No dietary supplement or food has been proven to eliminate grey hair, but improving your overall health by eliminating unhealthy behaviours, getting plenty of sleep and making sure your diet is balanced and vitamin-rich provides a basis for looking and feeling younger regardless of the effect on grey hair specifically.
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