By SPH Content Studio
October 26, 2015
Prevention is always better than cure. If you are worried about your hair turning grey, chances are that the worry might actually be one of the reasons why it is happening.
There are many contributing factors that play a part in turning one’s hair grey. It could be due to genetics, extended stress over a period of time, an unhealthy diet, an unclean scalp, using an electric dryer or frequent use of chemical hair dyes.
In fact, all of the above or a combination of two or more factors may contribute to greying hair.
If you are within the 15-28 age group and have noticed the lightening of your hair, then you probably fall into the category of premature greying.
However, if you are 29 years old and above, there is a higher chance of greying hair because your pigment-forming cells wear out as you get older. Every time you shed a strand of hair, the new one that grows out is more likely to be grey.
This is a genuine cause for concern. Grey hair makes you look older than your actual age, which in turn could cause you to feel more self-conscious about your appearance.
In order to maintain your healthy mane and to prevent grey hair from taking over your entire head, consider making these simple lifestyle changes.
A lack of hydration and moisture will prevent nutrients from reaching the hair follicles. Once this occurs, it will cause greying to happen.
Other than drinking sufficient water to flush out the toxins in your body and ensuring that the necessary nutrients that your hair needs travels through your body system, water has the added bonus of aiding cellular regeneration.
Hence, it is important to drink enough water to ensure that when new hair grows out, you retain your original hair colour.
If you have been puffing away, it is time to stop. It has been scientifically proven that smoking can cause your body to age prematurely due to the added stress that it puts on your hair and body. Once you quit, the circulation in your body improves, which helps to reduce the greys in your hair.
The same could be said about alcohol. Excessive alcohol in the blood stream can hamper the body’s ability to produce melanin, the pigment that gives human skin, hair and eyes their colour. Alcohol also dehydrates your body and that can prevent the necessary nutrients from traveling to your hair.
You may have heard it all before but the saying is true. A well-balanced diet can ensure that you remain healthy and live longer. But did you know that eating products rich in zinc like pumpkin seeds and cashew nuts can possibly help to prevent and delay the onset of grey hair?
Another mineral to take note of is copper, which is abundant in foods like sunflower seeds (a Chinese New Year favourite) and sesame seeds which are used in a lot of Asian dishes.
Vitamin B-rich foods like barley, brown rice and oats also help to retain your hair’s original colour and are thought to help reduce stress.
Gingko nuts, chestnuts and walnuts are said to contain vitamin A, which has the capacity to neutralize free radicals in the body that cause tissue and cellular damage.
Consuming iron-rich foods like peanuts and almonds help to facilitate the transfer of oxygen within the body, which is an important part of the hair renewal process.
Hair products that are made from chemical compounds are usually designed for one or two specific purposes. An anti-hair fall shampoo is targeted at preventing hair loss while an anti-dandruff shampoo helps to clear dandruff flakes from one’s scalp.
Unfortunately, using these hair products all the time will not help to prevent grey hair so once your specific hair problem has been treated by the chemical hair products, switch back to shampoos and conditioners that are made from natural ingredients.
Try to avoid using hair dyes and any other hair products containing chemicals in them as this can also lead to hair loss.
There are various natural hair therapies out there that can help to cover up grey hair. Popular ones here in Singapore include henna dye treatments that help to cover up grey hair and the application of natural Ayurvedic treatments on one’s hair.
One specific treatment that is targeted at helping you retain your hair colour is Beijing 101’s Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) tonic treatment which contains the Premium Grade Chinese herb, “He Shou Wu (何首乌)”. The very powerful herb is also known as “Fo Ti”, which actually translates to black haired man.
This herb is said to have cleansing properties for the liver and kidneys, and supposedly boosts blood flow – essential for a healthy scalp. It is commonly used in TCM treatments to darken one’s tresses.
Beijing 101 is currently offering a 2 in 1 Hair & Scalp Treatment at $40 (inclusive of GST) and customers who take up the offer will receive a complimentary hair care product (worth $68).