Beauty & Wellness

Hindustan Times


By Neha Yadav
Published Sep 24, 2022

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Top Reasons For Your Hair Turning Grey

Early greying of hair is caused due to a lot of reasons that result in a gradual decrease in hair colour pigmentation 

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Greying of hair occurs when melanin production reduces in the hair root and new hair grows without pigment

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Here are the top reasons for your hair turning grey 

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If you find yourself growing grey hair at an early age, it's likely that your parents or grandparents also had the same problem and you inherited it from them

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Autoimmune diseases

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When the body's immune system ends up attacking its own cells rather than foreign cells, it causes loss of hair pigment 

Hair is almost made of protein, an essential nutrient for maintaining proper hair metabolism. Foods like lentils, peas, eggs, and fish are good sources of protein

Lack of protein

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The imbalance between oxygen-containing molecules and antioxidants in your body can cause premature greying of hair

Oxidative stress

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Stressing, worrying and holding anxieties for a prolonged period can cause early greying of hair as stress depletes stem cells in hair follicles 

Mental stress

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Vitamin B-12 is crucial for contributing to hair growth and colour. When your body can't absorb enough vitamins, the melanin production is affected

Vitamin B-12 deficiency

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A balanced diet is essential to maintain your hair colour. Not including important nutrients in your diet and unhealthy eating habits block hair follicles

Unhealthy eating habits

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Lack of minerals such as copper, selenium, calcium and folic acid cause early greying of hair. Foods like shellfish, and leafy green vegetables are good sources of minerals


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