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Definition

Graying of hair is one of the first signs of aging. Hair pigment called melanin comes comes from special cells at the root of the hair follicles. These cells stop to produce melanin at a specific age in life. As the process of aging begins and gradually progresses, these cells make less and less pigment un till most of the hair roots have very little pigment. Genes play a very important role in determining the age at which your hair will start graying.

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Causes

  • Aging
  • Vitiligo
  • Genetic or hereditary factors
  • Premature graying of hair
  • Albinism
  • Exposure to X-rays
  • Smoking
  • Illnesses like Werner's syndrome, pernicious anemia, alopecia areata, thyroid disease.
  • Medications e.g. lithium, methotrexate, cancer chemotherapy.

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What You Can Do

  • Gray hair is coarser and dryer than the rest of your hair, so it is extremely important to use a conditioner after every shampoo. Using a leave in conditioner and a deep conditioning treatment once a month are strongly recommended.

  • Use shampoo that is especially formulated for graying hair.

  • Avoid too much use of heating appliances like hair dryers or curling irons.

  • A special product called sancho lotion, which contains a japanese ingredient called sancho pepper is believed to repigment your hair permanently. This ingredient is believed to revive the pigment cells that are responsible for the color of your hair.

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Gray Hair