7 Causes And 13 Tips To Reduce White Hair Naturally November 9, 2016

One of the most vexing outcomes of modern lifestyle is white hair. Nothing matches the dread you feel at the appearance of your first white strand. You know that there will be more to follow, and you look for remedies and treatments that might stop the inevitable. And here, we are talking about premature graying.

The occurrence of white hair with old age is obvious. But, when you notice them in your early 30s and sometimes, even 20s, it’s absolutely disheartening. Both gray and white hair are the result of your hair losing its pigment. When there is a significant reduction in the pigment, the hair turns gray. When there is absolutely no pigment present, it turns white. But, the exact causes of gray and white hair are still inconclusive.

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What Causes White Hair

Hair growth happens when old cells are pushed out by the hair follicles due to the production of new cells. It occurs in three stages – growth (anagen), cessation (catagen), and rest (telogen). During the rest period, your hair reaches its lifespan and falls out, and a new strand grows in its place. When your hair grows, it is injected with pigments that give it color. With age, the amount of pigment that is injected into each strand of hair gets reduced, which is why it turns gray, and eventually white.

There are several factors governing the reasons why your hair loses its pigment. Contrary to popular belief, white hair is not a result of stress. At least, it is not in any way directly responsible.

The occurrence of white hair is determined by the following factors.

1. Genetics

It is the predominant factor in determining at what age your hair loses pigment. For some people, it can happen even before they turn 20. For others, the first strands of white appear rather late (1).

2. Deficiency Of Melanin

In most of the cases, a deficiency of melanin is the major cause behind hair whitening. The production of melanin depends upon appropriate nutrition and protein supplements. Lack of these nutrients causes melanin to fall below the acceptable levels.

3. Hormones

Your hormones have a huge impact on the pigmentation of your hair. An imbalance can cause your hair to turn white (2).

4. Medical Conditions

Certain underlying medical conditions can trigger a loss of pigment in your hair. They include a deficiency of vitamin B12 or problems with the thyroid and pituitary glands (3).

5. Stress

Stress caused by hectic schedules is a major cause of premature graying, along with excessive intake of alcohol and junk food.

6. Chemical Hair Products

Sometimes, usage of chemical-based shampoos, soaps, hair dyes, etc. may directly cause this problem. However, it can result from some allergic infections as well.

7. Extrinsic Factors

Changes to your hair color can occur due to external factors such as the climate, pollution, and exposure to certain chemicals. These factors speed up the process of aging (4).

There has been a recent breakthrough regarding the loss of pigment in hair. It was discovered that hair follicles release a small amount of hydrogen peroxide, which gets accumulated over time. It bleaches the hair and causes it to turn gray, and eventually white. By removing this accumulation, it is possible for your hair to regain its natural color (5).

[ Read: Ways To Get Rid Of White Hair At A Young Age ]

Tips To Reduce White Hair

Tips

  1. Increase Intake Of Vitamin B12
  2. Keep Thyroid Levels In Check
  3. Quit Smoking
  4. Load Up On Antioxidants

Home Remedies:

  1. Henna
  2. Curry Leaves
  3. Indian Gooseberry
  4. Carrot Seed Oil And Sesame Oil
  5. Black Tea
  6. Sage Leaves
  7. Ridge Gourd
  8. Fenugreek Seeds
  9. Sesame Oil And Almond Oil

1. Increase Intake Of Vitamin B12

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Your hair could be turning white due to a deficiency of vitamin B12. But it is a reversible condition, and consuming sufficient amounts of it can reinfuse your hair with pigment.

Why Is It Helpful

Vitamin B12 deficiency causes a condition known as pernicious anemia, and your hair losing its pigment is a symptom of that (6). This condition can be reversed by partaking sufficient amounts of the vitamin.

What You Can Do

Vitamin B12 is a crucial nutrient for your body. You should make sure that you meet your daily requirement. Some foods that are rich in it are seafood and meat, including pork, beef, and lamb (7). Dairy products such as milk and cheese and eggs are good sources as well. Those following a vegetarian or vegan diet can opt for supplementation or products that are enriched with vitamin B12.

[ Read: Homemade Hair Oils For Grey Hair ]

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2. Keep Thyroid Levels In Check

Your thyroid gland has an impact on all the vital functions of your body. An underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism, can result in premature white hair (8). It is necessary to monitor your thyroid levels to be aware if it is causing the loss of pigment in your hair (9).

What You Can Do

Hypothyroidism is a serious chronic condition, and might require hormone supplementation. Certain foods can interfere with the working of your thyroid gland. To keep your thyroid levels in check, keep tabs on your diet.

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3. Quit Smoking

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Your lifestyle has a lot of influence on the health and color of your hair. Smoking has adverse effects on your body, and could be contributing to white hair.

Why Is It Helpful

A study conducted determined that smokers have a higher chance of their hair losing pigment than non-smokers (10).

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4. Load Up On Antioxidants

Your diet may help prevent the occurrence of white hair. Just make sure that you consume enough antioxidant-rich food.

Why Is It Helpful

Loss of pigmentation can be accelerated due to oxidative stress (11). Oxidation, which is a natural process, produces free radicals, and the amount produced increases as one ages. This imbalance causes hair to lose its pigment and turn white.

What You Can Do

Antioxidants can help in fighting white hair. Make sure that you incorporate foods such as berries, grapes, green leafy vegetables, and green tea into your diet (12).

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Home Remedies

When it comes to your hair turning white, preventive measures don’t always work. This is due to the gradual loss of pigment in your hair. It is dependent on your genes, which means there might not be a way to reverse it. But it can be camouflaged with the use of colorants.

5. Henna

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A lot of the colorants use chemicals and harmful dyes. It is a well-known fact that henna works effectively for hair problems in multiple ways. It is completely natural and can impart an auburn hue to your hair without causing any harm. Adding coffee grounds can make the hue browner.

What You Need
  • 5 tablespoons henna powder
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 1 cup water
What You Have To Do
  1. Bring the water to boil, and add the instant coffee to it.
  2. Place the henna powder in a bowl, and slowly add the coffee to it. Stir constantly to avoid lumps.
  3. Apply the mixture to your hair and keep it on for three to four hours.
  4. Rinse with warm water and a mild shampoo.
Alternative Methods
  • Mix henna powder with yogurt, fenugreek, basil, and mint juice to make a smooth paste. Apply this on your hair and leave it on for two to three hours. Rinse with warm water.
  • You can also prepare a mixture of henna powder with one teaspoon each of curd, coffee, lemon, catechu, gooseberry powder, vinegar, and dried mint powder. After applying this mixture, leave it on for at least one hour before washing away.

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[ Read: Ayurvedic Medicines For White Hair ]

6. Curry Leaves

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Traditionally, curry leaves have been used as a potent cure to prevent white hair.

What You Need
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons curry leaves
What You Have To Do
  1. Heat the coconut oil using a double boiler.
  2. Once the oil has heated up, add the curry leaves to it. Let the leaves temper for about 10 minutes before removing it from the flame.
  3. Allow the oil to cool before straining and storing it.
  4. Massage the curry leaves infused oil once a week to see results.
Why This Works

Curry leaves stimulate the hair follicles to produce melanin, which gives your hair its color (13). More melanin production results in the prevention of white hair.

An exceptionally effective treatment for oily hair is to mix half a cup of both curry leaves juice and buttermilk. Boil this mixture for a few minutes. Apply it lukewarm on your scalp and leave it on for half an hour. Then, wash it away with lukewarm water.

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7. Indian Gooseberry

Indian gooseberry or amla is, probably, the most effective medicine to treat white hair. You can use dried gooseberries in many ways as a remedy.

What You Need
  • Few dried gooseberries
  • 1 cup coconut oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Boil the berries with coconut oil to prepare a solution (oil).
  2. Massage your hair with this oil.
  3. You can also soak dried amla in water overnight and rinse your hair the next morning with this water. Alternatively, mix dried gooseberry powder with lemon and almond oil to prepare a smooth mixture that can be applied regularly on the scalp.
Why This Works

Gooseberry repairs damaged hair. It also works as a hair tonic and gives shining black hair. It has a rich reserve of vitamin Cthat is an antioxidant, which has anti-aging benefits and revitalizes the pigmentation in your hair.

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8. Carrot Seed Oil And Sesame Oil

Rediscover natural hair color with this combination.

What You Need
  • 1/2 teaspoon carrot seed oil
  • 4 teaspoons sesame oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the two oils to make a solution.
  2. Apply this to your hair roots. Leave it on for 30 minutes.
  3. Wash with warm water and mild shampoo for lustrous tresses.
Why This Works

This combination works effectively in renewing the color lost by your hair. Additionally,carrot oil provides nourishment, whereas sesame oil has anti-aging effects on your hair.

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9. Black Tea

This is a simple, yet effective medicine for white hair.

What You Need
  • 2 tablespoons black tea
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Boil two tablespoons of black tea and sift it after cooling down to room temperature.
  2. Apply it on the scalp and let it sit for at least one hour.
  3. Rinse well. Do not use shampoo.
Why This Works

Black tea replenishes hair with antioxidants and helps in reducing the growth of white hair. It also helps to darken hair color and add shine.

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10. Sage Leaves

Even though the leaves are light colored, they can be used to naturally dye graying hair.

What You Need
  • A few sage leaves
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Boil a few sage leaves with water.
  2. Cool the mixture and sprinkle it on your hair evenly. Leave it on for two hours.
  3. Wash with a mild shampoo. Repeat the process for a few weeks and see the change.
Why This Works

It is a natural hair color preservative and works wonderfully to restore natural hair color.

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11. Ridge Gourd

This is an effective remedy for premature graying of hair.

What You Need
  • 1/2 cup ridge gourd or ribbed gourd, cut and dried
  • 1 cup coconut oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Soak the ridge gourd or ribbed gourd pieces in the coconut oil for three to four days.
  2. Boil this mixture until it becomes black in color. Use this stained oil twice every week to massage your scalp.
Why This Works

Ridge gourd, in combination with oil, works as a tonic and provides the nourishment that is lacking in graying hair. It rejuvenates the hair roots and helps restore natural pigmentation.

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12. Fenugreek Seeds

In South India, fenugreek seedsare considered as a powerful remedy for white hair.

What You Have To Do

You can consume fenugreek sprouts daily. You can also drink the water extracted from soaked fenugreek, or apply its paste on scalp for treatment of premature graying of hair.

Why This Works

Fenugreek is rich in nutrients like vitamin C, iron, potassium, and lysine. These nutrients not only prevent premature graying, but also help in hair growth and preventing scalp dryness.

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13. Sesame Oil And Almond Oil

This is one of the best natural remedies for white hair.

What You Need
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 4teaspoons almond oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the two oils together.
  2. Massage this oil for 20-25 minutes on the scalp, and later, wash it off with a mild shampoo.
Why This Works

Almond oil nourishes hair, prevents split ends, and enhances melanin production, thus restoring natural pigmentation in graying hair. The anti-aging properties of sesame oil aid almond oil in reversing the premature graying process.

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It is natural for your hair to lose its pigmentation, and it’s up to you if you want to color it or display it in all its glory. While the exact causes of white hair are still not known, there is research being conducted, and new facts are emerging.

Use these home remedies for white hair consistently, for visible results. They may work gradually, but have patience and believe in their ability to stop the growth of white hair.

Do let us know if you come across any new tips and tricks that might help. Please share with us in the comments section below.

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    Thank you for this post and for providing the information on the causes and tips for reducing white hair. I had no idea that oiling our hair is so very essential. But now i know its importance I’m definitely going to oil my hair at least twice a week.

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    My hair turns white from top to bottom of my hair and from inside its black and slowly whole hair turns to white.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Thank you Lili….yes amla and rosemary are used and known ingrediants to reduce white hair. Amla is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants and has anti-aging benefits. Rosemary on the other hand is known to help darken gray hair over time and it is considered to be a stimulant for the roots and the scalp. Thus a shampoo enriched with the benefits of amla and rosemary is useful to reduce white hairs.

  • Bhaskar Chandratike

    Thank you….I wish it could help me…!

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Suvedira, one of the natural ways to prevent graying of hair and promote hair growth is the use of curry leaves. Boil a handful of curry leaves in a cup of coconut oil for 6-7 mins. Remove from flame and let it cool. Strain the oil in a container and massage your scalp and hair with this oil 3 to 4 times per week before going to bed. Wash off with a mild herbal shampoo in the morning. Hope this helps, for more expert advice you can ask a doctor for free here – http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=362438574&iu=/25351654/RON_TEXT

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    Hi Aditya, grey hairs in teens can appear due to several factors like: heredity, any illness like hypothyroidism, Werner’s Syndrome or Vitiligo, harmful habits like smoking and vitamin B12, zinc and copper deficiency. One of the remedies that you can follow to prevent greying of hairs is a combination of sesame oil, carrot juice and fenugreek seeds work. Use sesame oil and carrot juice in same ratio, e.g. one cup sesame oil one cup carrot juice and half the amount of fenugreek seed powder i.e. half cup. Mix all of these in a clear bottle and keep in the sunlight for 21days. Apply this mixture for 3 months to your hair and it will help you to avoid premature greying of hair.

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    Hi Roy, in most cases, medications lead to temporary hair loss, and your hair will grow back once you adjust the dose or stop taking the medication. If you are concerned that a medication you are taking may be contributing to your balding, ask your pharmacist for a complete list of the manufacturer’s warnings for the medication. It may be that hair loss is a potential side effect of your medication.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Sarah, white hairs can appear due to various reasons like hormonal imbalance, deficiency of melanin, hereditary, certain hair products, and stress. You can follow some home remedies for a couple of months like applying curry leaves to hair, or fenugreek seeds or black tea. Follow them regularly and if the appearance of white hairs does not reduce then consult a trichologist.

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    hello I am 21 years old my hair is fallinf almost 10% everyday and even my hair is turning white what should I do to prevent this please help me I am depressed

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    i am 29 year old boy. i have white hair at my head. i found you article so usfeful. i must try some tips from here. :) thank for this useful information.