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Why Your Hair Might Be Turning Gray at a Young Age

If you think you’re the only one whose hair has turned gray early, you’re wrong. Early graying is a common thing and while it may be unpleasant, it can also be a sign of an underlying condition.

Bright Side dug deeper to find out about what might be causing fast graying in young adults and would like to share what we learned with our readers.

You might have a vitamin B12 deficiency.

According to experts, a deficiency of vitamin B12 is the most common cause of early gray hair. It can also lead to thinning and loss of hair. To avoid this, make sure you include foods like eggs, beef, tuna, and salmon in your diet. You can also consume B12 as supplements.

There might be a lingering thyroid issue.

Your thyroid issues directly affect your hair follicles, according to research. If you’re experiencing early gray hair or abnormalities like brittle or greasy hair, it could be due to thyroid dysfunction.

You consume more junk than healthy food.

Not following a healthy diet can contribute to you getting those extra strands of gray. Various studies done on the matter have found that ferritin, calcium, vitamin D-3, copper, zinc, and iron can keep your hair healthy — whereas a lack of them can lead to early white hair.

You constantly worry about things and stress out.

Early gray hair has been linked to stress by experts. Being stressed out affects the stem cells that are responsible for the regeneration of your hair, leading to graying before it’s the right time.

You might have inherited them.

Yes, you might inherit those white hairs from your parents and grandparents. According to dermatologists, our genetics play a huge role in determining when we go gray. If someone in your family tree had gray hair early on, there’s a possibility that you might experience the same thing.

You may use hair products with chemicals and harmful dyes.

From shampoos to hair dyes, most hair products can lead to gray hair. Harmful chemicals present in them decrease the melanin level, ultimately making your hair lose its natural color.

Here’s what you can do to prevent it

The harsh truth is, once you go gray, you won’t be able to get your original color back. However, there are measures you can take to prevent your hair from going gray in the first place.

  • Protect your hair from sun damage. Cover your head whenever you go out, if possible.
  • Avoid curling irons and hair dryers. Comb using a wide hairbrush.
  • Massage your hair with coconut oil regularly.
  • Include cabbage, kale, almonds, carrot juice, and broccoli in your diet.

Would you rather cover your grays or flaunt them like a diva?

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