In current world it becomes a bit difficult to take care of one’s body. And thus most of the time we keep on avoiding some basic things that may cause various issues in our body; including general health, skin and hair. In this current article we will talk about some causes that lead to white hair at early age and also talk about some of the basic home remedies for the same.

What Causes White Hair at Early Age & Remedies for It?

What Causes White Hair at Early Age?

There may be various causes leading to white hair at early age. In this section we will talk about some of the most important causes for white hair at an early age.

  1. Reduce Intake of Vitamin Can Cause White Hairat Early Age:

    Balanced diet is highly essential for a healthy lifestyle. Vitamin deficiency can be one reason for white hair at early or young age. It is known that taking a reduced amount of Vitamin B12 can cause unusual white hair at an early age.

  2. Harmful Addictions Can Cause White Hair at Early and Young Age:

    Some harmful addiction may also cause whitening of hair at an early age. Unhealthy lifestyle like smoking and consuming alcohol in adequate amount may lead to premature hair whitening.

  3. Sudden Trauma Can Cause Early Whitening of Hair:

    One more cause for white hair at early stage can be a sudden trauma. Emotional shock because of a bad news, heartbreak or an accident can be dangerous to hair health. Though this concept seems to be controversial, scientist still believe that mental shock can temporarily cause retarded hair growth or cause whitening or greying of hair.

  4. Hypothyroidism:

    Hypothyroidism may be one of the causes for white hair at an early age. Thyroid hormone affects the overall metabolism. An overactive or a very slow thyroid function can lead to depigmentation of hair or may cause white hair at an early age.

  5. Fluid Intake:

    Hair surely needs much fluid for optimal growth. However, what you drink and how much you drink also has its impact on the hair. Taking more of coffee, tea, alcohol etc. can retard hair growth and cause white hair at an early age.

  6. Unbalanced Diet:

    An unbalanced diet can contribute to the early whitening of hair at times. So, it is essential for every individual to eat a well balanced diet that provides nutrition to the mind and body including skin and hair.

  7. White Hair at Early Age Caused due to Hormonal Imbalances:

    Some hormonal imbalances can cause white hair at early stage in some individuals. Hormonal problems add to greying of hair or white hair at an early age. Some medical conditions caused due to hormonal imbalances can lead to decreased melanocyte cell pigmentation which may result in white hair.

  8. Weber’s Syndrome:

    Some genetic diseases or irreversible autoimmune diseases can also cause hair loss and white hair at an early age. Weber’s syndrome is one such condition that may make your hair white and make you look old at an early age.

  9. Vitiligo:

    There is one more medical condition known as Vitiligo which can harm hair growth and pigmentation. Vitiligo can also result in white hair at an early stage. This condition also causes harm to the skin.

  10. Alopecia Areata:

    This is one more condition where there is hair loss and even if there new hair grows, they lack pigment and thus may look grey or white. So, white hair at an early age may also be caused due to Alopecia areata.

  11. Anemia:

    Anemia is one condition that has various bad outcomes. One of the ill effects of the condition may be loss of pigments leading to white or grey hair at an early stage.

  12. Prolonged Free Radical Damage Can Lead to White Hair at Early Age:

    One more reason for white hair at early stage can be prolonged free radical damage. When the body is under stress, cells produce specific by-products which act locally in order to overcome the stressful situation. In this process, free radicals are derived within the cells which are unstable and highly harmful molecular bodies. These free radicals are known to influence the melanocyte function and may lead to hair whitening at an early age.

  13. Chemicals in Some Hair Products Cause White Hair:

    Some hair products including shampoos, hair dyes, soap etc, may directly cause white hair at an early age because of the chemicals used in them

  14. Genetic Factor:

    Genetic factor can be one of the predominant factors in determining at what age an individual’s hair loses pigment. Though most people lose pigment at a later age, there are some people who can lose pigment below 20 years of age and this may result in white hair at an early stage.

Remedies for White Hair at Early Age!

Remedies for White Hair at Early Age:

Here below we will mention some of the remedies for getting rid of white hair at early age.

    1. Increase Intake of Vitamin B12 as a Remedy for White Hair at Early Age:

      Increasing vitamin B12 intake helps in reinfusion of hair with pigment. Vitamin B12 deficiency leads to a condition that loses your hair pigments and leads to white hair at early stage. Taking adequate amount of vitamin B12 can help in reversing the condition. Taking foods rich in Vitamin B12 like milk, cheese, eggs etc is an excellent remedy to get rid of white hair at early age.

    2. Curry Leaves:

      Traditionally curry leaves are known to be an excellent remedy to prevent hair whitening at an early age. All you need is one cup of coconut oil and 3 tablespoon of curry leaves. Heat the coconut oil first; and then add the curry leaves to the heated oil. Let the leaves temper for about 10 minutes and then remove from flame and allow cooling before straining and storing. Use this curry leaves oil to massage your hair once or as often as possible in a week. Curry leaves aids in stimulating hair follicles so as to produce melanin and this gives hair its natural color.

    3. Henna

      Henna is known to be one of the most effective remedies for hair problems. It is completely natural and help you fight white hair at an early age without causing any harm. Adding coffee to henna powder can help you get brown colored hair. You need to boil the water and add instant coffee to it. Then place heena powder in a bowl and add the coffee to it while stirring continuously so as to avoid lumps. You can use thus paste on your hair and wash your hair with warm water after 3-4 hours.

Adding Anti-Oxidant Rich Foods to Daily Diet Can be an Effective Remedy for White Hair:

Adding anti-oxidant rich foods to diet can be an effective remedy to prevent white hair at an early age. Foods like berries, green leafy vegetables, grapes, green tea etc. contain anti-oxidants which can be helpful in preventing white hair at early age.

  1. Remedy for White Hair at Early Age Using Carrot Seed Oil and Sesame Oil:

    Carrot seed oil and sesame oil together can be helpful in treating white hair at early age naturally. You need to mix half teaspoon of carrot seed oil and 4 teaspoon sesame oil together and apply it to the hair roots and leave for 30 minutes. Then wash it with warm water. It works effectively as carrot oil provides nourishment to the hair while sesame oil has anti-aging effects on the hair which prevents it from turning white.

  2. Fenugreek Seeds Can be an Effective Remedy for White Hair:

    Fenugreek seeds are believed to be a powerful remedy for white hair. You can consume fenugreek sprouts regularly or can drink water extracted from soaked fenugreek or also apply its paste on scalp for treating premature or early whitening of hair. Being rich in Vitamin C, iron, lysine and potassium; Fenugreek seeds help in preventing white hair at early stage.

  3. Ridge Gourd:

    One more effective natural remedy for premature whitening of hair is taking ridge gourd. Ridge gourd with coconut oil works as a tonic for the hair health and aids in providing it strength and prevents white hair at an early age. It works as it rejuvenates the hair and helps in restoring natural pigmentation of the hair. You need to soak the ridge gourd in coconut oil for 3-4 days and then boil the mixture till it becomes black in color. This is to be used for massaging your scalp, two times in a week.

  4. Onion:

    Onion is one effective remedy for hair loss as well as for white hair at an early age. Onion juice is required to be applied or massaged on the scalp so as to get rid of whitening or graying of hair. It can be used every night before bed and kept overnight for best results.

  5. Sage Leaves:

    Sage leaves, being natural hair color preservatives, can be used as a natural dye for getting rid of white hair at an early age. All you need to do is boil few sage leaves in water and let the mixture be cooled so that you can sprinkle it on your hair evenly and leave it for couple of hours and then wash it with a mild shampoo. They work excellently in restoring natural hair color.

  6. Indian Gooseberries or Amla:

    Indian gooseberry or Amla is probably the most effective remedy for treating white hair at early age. All you need is boil few dried gooseberries in a cup of coconut oil and prepare a solution to be massaged on your hair. Gooseberry can also be mixed with lemon and used. It works in repairing damaged hair and also acts as an anti-oxidant and provides anti-aging benefits by revitalizing the lost pigments of hair and treating white hairs effectively.

  7. Black Tea Remedy for White Hair at Early Age:

    Black tea is yet one more effective remedy for white hair. It replenishes the hair with anti-oxidants and helps in turning the hair black and shiny. You need to boil two tablespoons of black tea and apply on the scalp after cooling down.

  8. Castor Oil:

    Because of the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties; castor oil aids in curing white hair at early age. You can massage or apply the oil on your scalp for getting the best benefits. Using two times in a week can be effective in getting rid of white hair at early age.

Special Tips to Help Prevent White Hair at Early Age:

Some special tips to note so as to keep self away from white hair at early age include the following.

  • You need to quit smoking; drinking alcohol must be restricted in order to prevent self from hair turning white at an early age.
  • Maintaining thyroid levels and preventing self from hypothyroidism can help you get rid of premature white hair.
  • If possible, do some yoga, exercise and meditation daily.
  • Avoid cosmetic and hair products that include chemicals.
  • Keep your hair and head clean.

Conclusion:

As we are now known to the causes and also the remedies for white hair at an early age; it must be easier for you to prevent your hair from turning white at an early age and also help you in having shiny and healthy hair in an effective manner without using any chemical included hair product.

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD, FFARCSI

Last Modified On: July 23, 2016

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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