Reasons for premature grey and white hair and how to prevent them

Reasons for premature grey and white hair and how to prevent them

Variety of reasons is associated with the premature grey hair. Years ago our parents and grandparents used to speak about grey hair after crossing 55-60 years of age. But, today even a teen age girl or a boy is viewed to have grey hair. People suffering from different physiological problem can get grey hair in very early stage. For example an individual having stomach disorder or kidney problem would be prone to development of grey hair. Another reason for premature grey hair is improper protein synthesis.

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Causes for premature grey hair

  • Grey hair grows when melanin or the color pigment cell that is located at the base of hair follicle ceases. Natural youth color is produced by this pigment cells that is placed at the base. Since the pigment dies when a person gets on age, more grey hair is shown in an individual’s hair.
  • Premature grey hair is the result of liver problem
  • It can be hereditary in some cases
  • Change in lifestyle of people will affect the hair color. Due to unhealthy food and consumption of alcohol in diet vigorously, people can easily get affected with the premature growth of grey hair.
  • Hormonal imbalance plays a major role in forming grey and white hairs among youngsters.
  • Mental stress is another reason which causes depression among most men. This makes the hair strands to grey in early age.
  • Some men face premature graying of hair due to Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism

Depth concentration of melanin pigment also defines the hair color of an individual. The cell responsible for coloring of human body as well as hair is known as Melanocytes. As soon as the cell lose the ability of making pigment, your new hair will lose the actual natural color.  We all are aware of the fact that, grey hair is usually associated with the age of individuals. We generally assume a person to be aged when we see his hair grey. But, today, you cannot just define a person with the hair color as even in very  young age you can seen grey hair in many people.

Prevention of grey hair/ remedies

Home remedies are best when you are trying it on any part of your body as products available in the market might have chemicals that can affect your skin, hair and health.


You can apply amla in your grey hair in order to get natural color naturally. Take few amla and make a fine paste out of it.  Now rub the paste over your scalp in a proper way. If you can do this for some time, along with getting back natural color of your hair, your hair fall problem will also be reduced.

Coconut oil

If you take care of your hair at a very young age, getting grey hair will become a story. You can now use coconut oil with few drops of lemon and massage your hair for a period of 15 minutes. People using this technique could retain black hair till the age of 60- 70 years.

Ritha and sikakai

You will be able to get ritha and sikakai either in solid form or powdered form in the market. You must have some of it, soak it in water for a night and apply the liquid to get every green hair.

Curry leaves

Curry leaves are the natural ingredients for strong hair. It keeps your hair strong and vanishes away any white colored hairs. This helps in forming dark colored pigmentation. Curry leaves can be used along with coconut oil for best results. Boil the curry leaves with coconut oil until the color changes. Then filter out the oil and apply in your hair twice a week.

Blackstrap molasses

This is another effective ingredient that helps in stopping the graying of hair. Since it contains iron, selenium and copper, it gives positive results on continuous usage. Intake this natural ingredient taking one spoon a day and notice the desired results within few months.

Black tea

Black tea massage is the famous ingredient for gaining black hair. It also helps in regaining hair growth. The hair strands get thicker and makes the root stronger resulting in healthy hair. Add black tea powder and salt with water. Boil this for 5-10 minutes. Apply this solution in your hair and rinse off your hair with shampoo. Continue this process for at least 1 month to witness amazing result.


Being a natural hair colorant, henna will not only make your hair darker but also condition your hair while strengthening it.


  • A handful of henna leaves
  • Three teaspoons of amla powder
  • A little plain yogurt
  • One teaspoon of coffee powder


Take a handful of henna leaves and grind them to form a paste. Add one teaspoon of coffee powder, a little plain yogurt, and three teaspoons of amla powder. Apply it evenly on your hair. After it dries, wash it with some shikakai as usual. Follow this home remedy once every 2 to 4 weeks.

Onion juice

Onion juice is said to be an excellent remedy for premature greying and also for the thinning of the hair. Researchers have recently found out that the presence of hydrogen peroxide at the end of the hair follicles and a decrease in the compound called catalase chiefly causes the premature greying of the hair. Onion juice has the power to increase the amount of catalase produced by the body.


Onion juice


Grind an onion and extract the juice by squeezing the ground onion. Apply the onion juice on your scalp. Then, massage your scalp and let it remain there for about half an hour or one hour. Follow this home remedy every day for a few weeks to be able to see results.

Remedy using amaranth

Amaranth is known to not only fight the premature greying of the hair but also hair loss.


  • A few leaves of the amaranth plant
  • Water
  • Shikakai powder


Grind the amaranth leaves with some water. Take the juice out after straining the mixture. Apply some shikakai to your wet head. Apply the juice extracted from the amaranth leaves on your scalp and let it remain there for about half an hour. Wash your hair now and cleanse it till every bit of the juice and the shikakai powder has been completely removed.

Black sesame seeds

As per the traditional Chinese system of medicine, black sesame seeds are supposed to be highly effective in preventing the premature greying of hair. They help melanocytes by promoting the activity of the production of melanin. They are also rich in phosphorus, calcium, iron, copper, and magnesium. Consume a teaspoon of black sesame seeds every day for about three months. It is also useful to apply sesame oil on the head.

Almond oil and lemon juice massage

Almond oil acts as a natural remedy for treating the premature greying of hair since it contains lots of Vitamin E. It not only improves the elasticity of the hair but also nourishes the hair. It adds glow to the hair and also treats dandruff. Lemon is a rich source of phosphorus and the vitamins B and C that promotes the growth of the hair by supplying the nourishment to the roots of the hair. Moreover, it adds shine and volume to the hair strands.


  • Three tablespoons of lemon juice
  • Two tablespoons of almond oil


Mix lemon juice and almond oil in a bowl and apply thoroughly on the hair and the scalp. Leave it on for about half an hour and wash it with some shikakai.

Sage and rosemary treatment

Not only does rosemary check hair fall but also prevents the premature greying of the hair. It helps not only in the itchiness of the scalp but also to fight dandruff.


  • Half a cup of sage leaves
  • Half a cup of rosemary leaves


Add the dried leaves of sage and rosemary to some water. Then, boil the mixture for about half an hour and set it aside for about two hours. Apply this mixture to the scalp and let it remain there until it dries completely. Wash it off with some shikakai. Repeat twice or thrice every week in order to be able to see the results.

Ribbed gourd treatment

Ridge gourd, which is also known as ribbed gourd, is commonly found in the kitchens across India. This vegetable helps prevent the premature greying of the hair. It is said to contain certain enzymes that help the hair to restore its melanin in the roots of the hair that stop that the hair from becoming grey.


  • A cup of the pieces of ribbed gourd
  • A cup of coconut oil


Dry the cut pieces of ribbed gourd (medium sized) out in the sun. Add them to some coconut oil and soak them in it for about three days. Boil the coconut oil for about six minutes along with the pieces of ribbed gourd. Strain the resultant oil and store in a container. Before going to bed every day, apply this oil on the scalp and let it remain there overnight and wash it overnight. Follow this home remedy for about three to four weeks.

Buttermilk pack

Mixing some buttermilk and curry leaves together and grinding them to form a paste is an age old remedy. Not only does this paste prevent the premature greying of hair but it also serves to improve the general health of the hair.


  • 1/4th a cup of buttermilk
  • A handful of curry leaves


Add some buttermilk to some curry leaves that have been crushed to form a smooth paste. Apply on the scalp after mixing well. However, make sure you apply the paste on the hair strands from root to tip. Leave it on the scalp for about half an hour and then, wash it with some shikakai.

Amaranth juice pack

There are several health benefits to the juice of amaranth leaves. Rich in vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and carbohydrates, it is said to be good for the overall health of the person consuming them. The juice of amaranth is said to prevent the premature greying of the hair. The juice from the leaves of this plant are said to contain a certain enzyme that helps in improving the production of melanin. These enzymes are said to also help restore the natural colour of an individual’s hair.


2 cups of fresh amaranth leaves


Wash the leaves with some cold water. Then, put them in a blender or crush them with so much force that the juice comes out of them. Apply some shikakai to your wet hair. Apply the juice that has been extracted from the leaves and massage the head for about five minutes with it. Let the juice remain on your scalp for about half an hour. Say farewell to grey hair and pamper your hair with this home remedy as much as possible.

Ghee treatment

Massaging your hair with some ghee can make it regain its natural colour again. You can always take a shower after letting the ghee remain on the hair for some time.

Guava leaves treatment

Guava leaves can help prevent the premature greying of the hair.


  • Some water
  • Some leaves of the guava plant


Prepare a paste by grinding the leaves of the guava plant with some water. Massage it on your head for about ten minutes. Let the paste remain on the head for about half an hour. Wash it off with some cold water. Follow this home remedy at least two times a week if you would like to see the results.

Aloe vera gel

Apply the gel extracted by you from a single Aloe Vera leaf if you would like to prevent the premature greying of your hair.


  • Aloe Vera gel extracted from an Aloe Vera leaf
  • Some water


Apply the gel of the Aloe Vera plant on your scalp. Allow it to remain there for about half an hour and wash it off with some shikakai. Follow this home remedy for at least one week to see results.

Mustard oil treatment

This treatment can effectively help prevent the premature greying of the hair.


  • Henna leaves
  • Some mustard oil


Boil some henna leaves in mustard oil. Do this till it has become completely dark. Let it cool down for some time till it is lukewarm. Apply this oil on the scalp and let it be there for about one hour and then, wash it off. This home remedy will help you get dark and shiny hair.

Bottle gourd juice treatment

Mix some oils with the juice of bottle gourd. This will prevent the premature greying of the hair.


  • Some coconut oil, sesame oil, olive oil or almond oil
  • The juice of bottle gourd


Mix some coconut oil, almond oil, sesame oil or olive oil with the juice of bottle gourd. Apply this mixture on your scalp to see results.

Clove oil massage

Simply massage your hair with some clove oil when you have some free time. Let it remain on your scalp for about twenty minutes. Follow this home remedy at least two times a week to prevent the premature greying of the hair.

Neem oil massage

Massage your hair with some neem oil whenever you have some free time. This will prevent the premature greying of the hair, dandruff, and many other problems. Neem oil is said to be the best solution for most of the hair problems. Follow this home remedy at least two times a week if you would like to prevent the premature greying of your hair.

Ashwagandha massage

You should prepare a paste of some water and Ashwagandha (also known as the Indian ginseng) and apply it to the hair. This will prevent the premature greying of the hair.

Take some biotin

If you would like to reduce the progress of the appearance of grey hairs, then you should consider taking some biotin. Yeast, soybeans, carrots, tomatoes, goat’s milk, cow’s milk, etc. contain lots of biotin in them.

Ligustrum massage

Ligustrum is a popular herb in China that helps restore the natural colour of the hair. You should, therefore, make a paste out of it and apply it to your scalp. Let it remain there for about 20 minutes or so and then, wash it off.

Tips to reduce premature graying of hair

  • Some remedies can be adopted at home such as oiling on a regular basis just the night before shampooing.
  • You must avoid alcohol based product as a drink in your meal
  • You can get flax seed oil in the market which can be used to massage hair and provide proper nourishment to it
  • Consuming Omega 3 fatty acid and Omega 6 fatty acid will be a wonderful way of bringing back natural color to your hair.
  • Excessive fat in a saturated form will be really harmful for you. It is the time to have a control over consumption of oil filled diet.
  • Consuming food like green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits etc will be ideal for getting black and natural color hair for long.
  • You should also try to reduce your stress level.

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