How to take care of your gray hair
The biggest mistake that you can commit as a person with gray hair is to think that you don’t need to take care of your gray hair because it looks different now. Even if you cannot completely reverse the graying of your hair at the moment, it doesn’t mean that you can’t make it look shiny and beautiful. Follow these tips to ensure that your crowning glory will look as gorgeous as it was ten years ago:
- Wash your hair often, even if it’s just with warm water and a gentle shampoo. Also, avoid rubbing your hair when you dry it. Pat your hair down gently and air dry instead. Rubbing your hair vigorously will only damage the strands and, eventually, the added friction will take a toll on your hair.
- Choose a shampoo with natural oils added into it – the oils will help seal in moisture in your hair and protect it from pollutants and toxins in your immediate environment.
- When you apply shampoo and conditioner, make sure that your rub the products into the hair and all the way to the surface of the scalp. Too often, people just wash the top of their hair, neglecting the scalp. The scalp is where the hair follicles are, and if your scalp is dirty, irritation and possible hair growth issues may arise.
- Reduce ironing and other processes that make hair tired and dull-looking. Dyeing is fine, as long as you stick to high-quality hair dyes and make sure that you follow the correct procedure in applying and washing off the excess hair dye.
Top Nutrients for Graying Hair
The human body functions best when it gets the right kind of nutrients in adequate amounts. Here is a list of powerful nutrients that will help you grow healthy hair. Many of these nutrients may also be helpful in reversing the premature your graying hair:
- Zinc is helpful in combatting the effects of stress. Stress has many physiological effects, including balding and the premature graying of hair. Get your daily dose of zinc by consuming seafood or beef, or by taking a multivitamin with 100% RDA for this nutrient.
- Copper, as we have mentioned in a previous lesson, is necessary for normal pigmentation. If you don’t have enough copper, the body can’t produce the substance that makes your hair look youthful.
- Calcium is a necessary component in physiologic regulation. Without it, lots of micro-processes in the body will go haywire. The most convenient source of calcium is dairy products, such as cheese and milk.
- Royal jelly may be applied topically to the scalp to maintain scalp and hair follicle health. Royal jelly contains a number of nutrients that are helpful in healing and repairing the skin. A healthier scalp translates to healthy hair, too!
- Fish not only contains protein, but also omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids protect the body from excessive tissue inflammation. Tissue inflammation has been linked to a host of hair problems, including balding. Consuming foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids will help reduce inflammation in the body, which may indirectly help restore normal hair growth.