Hello curly friends! Are you getting gray hair before your time? No worries;…most premature gray hair is usually a matter of genetics. Unless you have a vitamin B12 deficiency, thyroid issues, or other health challenges, the gray is probably in your DNA. Check with your physician to be sure there are no health causes.
The Science of “Why am I getting Gray?”
Melanin promotes hair color and when your body decreases production your hair turns gray. An enzyme known as catalase reduces hydrogen peroxide that accumulates in your body. When this enzyme, catalase, is reduced and the hydrogen peroxide levels rise, melanin growth is hampered and hair turns gray. The technical term for gray hair is canities.
What Causes Premature Gray Hair?
There are other causes that contribute to gray hair and affect hair pigmentation:
- Stress has not been shown as a direct cause but can contribute to premature graying.
- Specific ethnicities gray at younger ages than others.
- Some toxins and even hair dyes can promote gray hair.
- Hormones and health issues.
- Lifestyle and poor diet/ smoking .
- A lack of vitamin B12, iron, and iodine.
What Can You Do About Premature Gray Hair?
Premature hair graying happens to both men and women.
Taking care of yourself by avoiding excess stress, not smoking, eating a healthy diet, and getting enough rest an exercise can help minimize premature aging. So beside the usual health advice what can you do? At this time, there is no magic pill that reverses the gray. What you can do is consistently use curly hair products intended to keep your hair moisturized and stronger. I recommend our curl rescue leave in hair conditioner with Kevaris which can be found here and also using a curl product with some great oil like our luxury marula oil, which can be found here . Seal your hair and hydrate it with our curl nectar serum which you can find here (and it’s on sale right now!
There are also numerous styles that look great and can protect your hair from breakage such as weaves, braids, and faux locs. Of course you can choose to show off your canities (gray hair) or dye your hair to make it disappear… temporarily.
How to Color Gray Hair
I’m with you here with graying hair friends!