Gray Hair Too Much Too Soon
Our mane is our crowning glory as hair certainly is one of the thirst things you notice about any stranger. Hair's thickness and color help you estimate person's age. But only a few of us wish to make an impression of being older than we really are. In all societies gray hair is associated with old age and there is no doubt about it being amongst the most visible signs of aging. Imagine how many people in the street wear no glasses although they need them and cannot see your wrinkles but can see whether you are bald or gray haired. The fact is that white hair is a symptom of aging, at least when it comes to hair. However, it does not have to have necessarily much to do with our real age. Statistically, Caucasians start turning gray around the age of 35 whereas blacks and Asians almost 15 years later. But differences exist. You know that all very well if you happen to be a premature gray hair sufferer. Good news is that grey hair has nothing to do with our physical aging or life expectancy. The loss of hair pigmentation is only due to the decay of pigment producing cells, called melanocytes, in our hair follicles.
Causes of Gray Hair
Besides old age, gray hair can be caused by several health conditions, e.g. vitiligo, thyroid disease, early menopause, chronic vitamin B deficiency as well as unhealthy lifestyle such as excessive smoking or extreme stress, which can all speed up its onset. However, the strongest factor determining the onset and intensity of graying are our genes. Yes, premature white hair is often hereditary and this is probably the only condition that you cannot treat no matter how hard you try. Covering white hair is the only effective solution for this type of genetic condition.
Treatments - Nutritional Pills or Hair Colorants?
Despite the existence of practically unbeatable hereditary factors there are numerous treatments for premature gray hair available out there. Many of them promise to revive your melanocytes naturally and bring back your original hair color. Such treatments usually come in the form of oral pills containing minerals, vitamins and nutritional supplements that you are supposed to have a lack of. However, unless you are undernourished or suffering from a chronic vitamin B deficiency due to other health conditions they won't do much good to you. At best you can expect them slowing down the aging process of your melanocytes but no return to your hair's former glory. For more info go to the "Natural Gray Hair Cures" section.
The second category of treatments are those that are being applied to your hair. They usually contain chemical substances which replace the missing pigment in your hair and in principle are not too different from regular hair dyes. The difference is usually only in the way they are being marketed and their chemical composition and tolerance. You may call them topical gray hair treatments or grey hair colorants but all they do is to reverse the color of you hair from outside. They usually are your only existing option if you want your hair to look naturally pigmented but maintaining a little gray. For more info please refer to the section "Gray Hair Colorants".
There also happen to be some treatments amongst topicals that promise to reverse the graying process from within through interfering with your genes. Such treatments should better be avoided either for health reasons or purely because they sound fishy and only target your wallet, not your hair. If you are curious to learn where the current science is in terms of reversing grey hair naturally, read some articles in the section "Latest Gray Hair Research".