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Grey, grey go away

Premature greying of hair has become as common as having pimples. “Forty per cent of youngsters between the age group of 22 and 30 suffer from premature greying,” says Seema Malik, Eleganza Rejuvenation Clinic.

fashion and trends Updated: Feb 18, 2010 01:24 IST
Chetna Joshi Bambroo

Premature greying of hair has become as common as having pimples. “Forty per cent of youngsters between the age group of 22 and 30 suffer from premature greying,” says Seema Malik, Eleganza Rejuvenation Clinic.

While the reasons range from “bad eating habits, erratic lifestyle, boozing, working late nights and stress”, hair correction and styling treatments, that require use of harsh chemicals, are also to blame.

A little care
One should always consult a beauty expert if using any chemical on hair. A patch test should be done if you are using any hair colour.

“If the factors affecting the health of hair are external, then a little care can prevent premature greying,” says Aashmeen Munjaal, makeup and hair designer, Empire of Makeovers.

Tips on colouring hair
You can cover grey hair either by natural or chemical products. Heena or black hena is a herbal way of colouring hair. Darken it with other natural sources like reetha, bhringraj and shikakai.

Go for ammonia-free colours. Always buy the accredited hair colour as they use less zinc.

Always use colour protection shampoo and conditioner. Avoid using lemon-based rinses as they cut the colour.

Price: Monthly touch-up for root may cost Rs 350. Full colouring depending on length and density of hair can range from Rs 1,500 to Rs 4,500.