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10 Tips to Stop the Gray Hair from Coming in Early

You got to love how once you see the first gray hair they seem to just keep on coming and never stop, only getting worse, making you wish you had suddenly found the fountain of youth.

Yep, age has a way of catching up to you quickly and the gray hairs don’t lie! You can pluck and dye all you want, but they are absolutely unavoidable!

1.Fill up on Calcium and get your regular Most people in their mid-thirties – to forties will start to see some grays pop up. Gray Hair in fact, actually has nothing to do with stress, even though the hair myth continues. Hair instead, naturally begins to go gray when color-producing cells stop producing pigment. Hydrogen Peroxide also naturally begins to build up in the hair as we age, causing it to have a bleaching effect- which shows up as those nasty gray hairs.

However, contrary to what most people believe about gray hair and genetics (while genetics does play a role), there are actually steps you can take to avoid going gray early!

workouts in! Some studies have shown that low bone-density has been associated with going gray earlier on. Working out regularly and getting your calcium can help bones become stronger and more dense, hopefully, in turn keeping that pesky gray hair from showing up too early!

2. Get your Vitamins! A Vitamin B12 deficiency has been linked to going gray early on, according to WebMD. Make sure you get this vitamin in your diet or be sure to take Vitamin B12 drops daily!

3. Get a doctor checkup. Having a malfunctioning pituitary gland or thyroid gland has also been linked to premature graying. An underactive thyroid can be linked to weight gain and having cold hands and feet are also a common symptom, so if you think your thyroid may be the problem, visit your doctor to have it checked out!

4. Put down the cigarettes! There is significant evidence to show that smoking can actually lead to premature graying (along with a whole lot of other health and skincare aging problems!)

5. Eat Healthfully! There actually is a certain kind of stress that can cause those grays to come in earlier than normal, and it’s called oxidative stress and it’s related to environment pollutants and poor diet. While we can’t always do much about the environment, we CAN watch what we eat! Here are some foods that have been shown to stop hair from turning gray early on: Walnuts, mushrooms, oysters, green leafy vegetables, broccoli, blueberries, sunflower seeds, chickpeas, lentils, spirulina, chicken, and prawns. Foods to Avoid: refined sugar, soda, and flour.

6. Massage Scalp with egg oil. Twice a week, whip up some eggs, massage it into the scalp, cover with a shower cap and leave it on your hair overnight. Egg contains antioxidants, zeaxanthin, and lutein, which have all been shown to stop premature grays from coming in and can even reverse it if you already have some gray hair! Butter also has a similar effect and can be used as a hair mask once or twice a week as well.

7. Get some sunshine! Sun contains Vitamin D (and so do hair follicles). Getting an ample amount of vitamin D has been shown to keep hair healthy and strong!

8. Shampoo less often. Hair loses moisture as we age and shampoo can be drying. Stick to washing only 2-3 times a week, and always condition your hair whenever it is washed!

9. Kick the Coffee Habit. Caffeine, along with alcohol and other dehydrating drinks can actually speed up the graying process, so limit your drinks or kick the coffee habit altogether!

10. Speaking of hydration, drink your water! Water keeps hair (and skin!) Hydrated! And hydrated hair helps nutrients reach the follicles easier, making it healthier, stronger, and less likely to gray!

Unfortunately, we can’t completely stop the graying! If you can’t beat it, hide it! Hair coloring and highlights are a great way to cover the grays naturally.

Remember, good health is key for great hair, no matter if it’s gray or not. Eat right, exercise, kick the bad habits, get plenty of sleep, and stay hydrated and not only will your skin keep it’s natural hair color for hopefully a bit longer, but you’ll also see many more better hair days in the meantime!

Happy Green Glaming!

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