Some people say that “grey hair is beautiful,” and the truth is that in recent years has established the fashion to let these white hairs invade the head, and even the beard in the case of men, without remedy. For comfort, aesthetics, or economy (you avoid the purchase of hair products and visits to the hairdresser), there are those who wear their gray hair without any complex.
However, the coquetry still commands a large number of people who do not want the gray hair to add years, and for them, there are increasingly more solutions, more efficient, and less aggressive for your scalp.
Our hair loses its natural color to turn white, due to a chemical reaction that causes the melanin to descend in the body, since it is the pigment that determines the tone of our hair.
Factors that influence the appearance of gray hair
Although the loss of melanin is a process that usually occurs as we get older. We have undoubtedly seen more than one older adult who has scarcely gray hair without resorting to dyes. While there are adults, who begin to have their first gray hairs at an early age. It happens because other factors can determine the loss of melanin, such as:
- Genetics: it is common to inherit the gray area, that is, genetics can determine that gray hair appears before or after.
- Race: in Caucasian and Asian individuals it is more common for premature canities to appear, that is, before 30 years.
- Stress: it is not a myth, it is a reality that weight favors the appearance of gray hair, since subjecting the body to tensions, nervousness, or lack of rest, can affect us at the hormonal level and reduce the production of melanin.
- Unbalanced feeding: not contributing to the body antioxidants, in the form of vitamins and minerals, can advance the appearance of gray hair.
- Having a disease: specific autoimmune pathologies such as vitiligo, or hormonal alterations such as hypothyroidism, are associated with the reduction of melanin.
- Excess of toxic substances: tobacco, alcohol, drugs, or some drugs, can promote cancer.
All these factors can determine that gray hair appears at an early age, or after 60 years, so if genetics respect you, try to follow a healthy lifestyle that helps maintain the natural color of your hair.
Some Tricks to Disguise Gray Hair
Whether your head begins to cover white hair due to age, or some of the factors that cause premature canities, you should know that, before using the resource of dyes and other products used to cover gray hair, you can resort to certain tricks that can cover or disguise the first gray hair.
- Wear headbands and glasses: the first gray hairs usually appear in the temple area, so the use of hair bands or ribbons (which also use men), or wide-brimmed glasses, can help to hide them.
- Choose the right hairstyle: avoid the pickups that expose the area of the temple, and choose well where you make the hairline, to avoid regions of hair where a hair has already appeared.
- Time to cut your hair: if you dare, wear a short hairstyle by the sides and the area of the neck, which can also give you a more youthful appearance.