Why do we get white hair?
White hair appears when our body reduces the production of melanin, which is the pigment that color our hair and skin. As we age, the production gradually decreases. This process usually starts around the age of 40, but some people start to experience it from earlier ages, even from when they’re 20 years old. Sometimes, this premature reaction happens due to strong emotional shocks, as some experts state.
The link between stress and white hair
Stress has been long recognized by medicine connaisseurs as a “disease”, which has several consequences. Especially for people who are more sensitive than other. Of course, opinions vary as it would for any other subject. Some say that white hair due to stress is a myth, and some say that have experienced it, personally, and that it is true.
Can’t I just pull out the white hair?
Once a hair is white, it will stay white, whether you pull it out or not. Moreover, if you keep pulling out the hair you can damage the root and the hair can grow even more obvious.
Is there a way to get rid of it for good, without puling it?
No. Once the hair has started to whiten, there is nothing you can do to bring the melanin production back, for it.
But the good news is that there are various ways you can mask it for long periods of times, at home.
Natural hair dyes
A natural way to color your hair for a long period of time is by using henna. Although, its covering intensity is not as aggressive as a commercial dye’s, it is a healthier alternative to all the chemicals a commercial dye contains.
In old days, henna could only be used to dye hair red or dark blonde. But, nowadays, we can find mixes of henna with other natural ingredients, such as nuts or clover, for brown or brunette.
Please keep in mind that henna cannot be used on chemically dyed hair. And if you used henna, wait 2 months before deciding to dye your hair with chemical dyes.
How to avoid white hair?
- Coconut oil and lemon juice scalp massage, for 15 minutes, before shower
- One tea spoon of salt in a cup of black tea – massage the scalp and then leave on for one hour
- Vitamins A, which you can find in green and yellow fruits and vegetables
- Vitamin B, found in spinach, tomatoes, cabbage, cereals, yogurt and bananas
- Minerals, found in meat, eggs, dry apricots, sunflower seeds
- Proteins, found in soy, cereals and meat