Do Not Pluck Or Pull: Causes Of Grey Hair And Ways To Fight It

Date March 6, 2018

Not every woman considers gray hair to be noble, especially when it appears at quite an early age. Each of us has probably repeatedly heard what a strong shock or stress can result in. However, scientists still haven't found a stable connection between depigmentation and various nervous shocks, but they have managed to explain the nature of this process in a simple way.

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Causes of color loss

So, a psychological problem (especially, just one by itself) can't cause the loss of a pigment, but it can affect the general state of skin and hair. Their color, as well as its saturation, is determined by the amount and activity of melanocytes - cells that produce certain colorant. As a person approaches a more mature age, the cells are reduced as a result of the fact that all the key processes of the body slow down with age. That's how gray (or uncolored) hair appears.

Another refutation of the effect of stress on depigmentation is the fact that this process is quite long-lasting. In fact, 10 years can pass between the moment the first silver hair appears and the complete disappearance of melanocytes. Specialists also hold to a '50-50-50' notion, which means that by the age of 50, nearly 50% of the population is already 50% grey-haired.

The main causes of hair greying include the following:

  • genetic predisposition;
  • poor nutrition;
  • thyroid gland disorders;
  • deficiency of B vitamins;
  • low iron content in the blood;
  • a range of medications;
  • smoking, which reduces the oxygen saturation of tissues.

It's also worth noting that the whole length of a strand of hair does not become grey, as it may seem at first. It grows grey. That is to say, pigmentation can't affect only a fragment or a strand of hair. The lifetime of one strand of hair is 1-3 years, after which it falls out and a new one begins to grow in its place. The new strand is either the usual color or is already grey.

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Ways to fight grey hair

In spite of the fact that depigmentation is a common process that's mostly related to the natural aging of the body, it can be slowed down with the help of healthy nutrition, giving up harmful habits, and proper attention to the state of your health. So, besides leading a normal lifestyle, it's also necessary to treat illnesses in time. Your diet should be full of products rich in antioxidants and vitamins which remove toxins from the body.

Chemical dying is considered to be the most effective way of hiding grey hair, although, at the initial stage, traditional remedies can do the same thing. Oak bark broth or walnut membranes are traditional remedies that can help give the hair a darker color. Another example is an herbal infusion of chamomile or onion skins which will help you achieve a golden tint.

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When it comes to permanent dyeing, it is recommended to choose a hue that's most similar to your natural color or a bit lighter. At the same time, you should keep in mind that bright or darker hues can turn out more saturated due to the fact that your hair is already discolored. You should also be extremely careful with very bright colors. The result of the dyeing depends on the amount of pigment. The less there is in the coloring substance, the lighter it will be, that's why some fragments may remain uncolored. Moreover, it's important to remember that sometimes grey hair is resistant to dyeing and therefore it won't bring you the desired result. In this case, it's recommended to consult an experienced colorist who will be able to choose the most optimal dye or color.

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The most common mistake made by most women is pulling out grey hair, although they have been told more than once not to do it. According to the most famous myth about this, pulling out grey hair causes the 'contamination' of neighboring locks. In reality, however, the situation is quite different. The thing is that the follicle gets damaged and is incapable of growing another one over time. As a result, bald patches gradually appear in the places where grey hair has been pulled out.

Permanent dye will help to color silver hair 100%. When it isn't considered that critical, you can try one of the following methods:

  • carefully cutting near the roots with manicure scissors;
  • dyes that are free of ammonia or have a lower covering ability (compared to permanent dyes);
  • a short haircut without a part.

Some women note that the appearance of grey hair considerably affects the nature of the hair and its behavior, which is also confusing. The hair becomes thinner, but the impression is that its structure has changed as it seems more coarse. This happens as a result of the fact that over time, the activity of the sebaceous glands of the head skin decreases, therefore, the hair becomes less oily but it still requires the same proper care.

Although silvery colors were at the peak of popularity a few years ago and are gradually coming back into fashion, not every beautiful woman will decide to undergo the changes of hair greying with dignity. Most likely, she will regularly dye her locks. However, it's worth remembering that you shouldn't pull out those hairs, as you already know what it will result in.

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