Slow down the process of grey­ing hair

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - STAR SPECIAL PARENTING -

HAVE you ever won­dered why hair turns grey or pre­ma­ture grey­ing hap­pens?

Grey hair is also known as sil­ver or white hair. Ba­si­cally, there are two parts to hair – hair shaft and hair root. The hair shaft is the part where the hair emerges from the skin and the ini­tial part is colour­less; hair root is en­closed within a hair fol­li­cle.

At the base of hair root is the der­mal papilla that ex­changes oxy­gen, nu­tri­ents and waste prod­ucts be­tween the cap­il­lar­ies and the hair fol­li­cles. The hair root con­sists of ger­mi­na­tive cells and melanocytes.

Ger­mi­na­tive cells pro­duce new cells that give rise to hair fi­bre; melanocytes pro­duce a type of pig­ment known as melanin which has two types namely eu­me­lanin (brown­ish black) and phaeme­lanin (red­dish yel­low).

These two types of pig­ments will blend to­gether to give a wide range of colours to the hair. Their qual­ity, quan­tity and dis­tri­bu­tion in the hair will fur­ther de­cide the colour of the hair. Hence, when the melanocyte is af­fected, it will di­rectly af­fect the melanin in the hair.

Many fac­tors can af­fect the melanocyte – ge­net­ics, in­suf­fi­cient nutrient sup­ply to the hair fol­li­cles, stress, age­ing or med­i­cal con­di­tions.

A re­duc­tion in melanin pro­duc­tion will have an im­pact on the hair colour.

Ge­net­ics can lead to pre­ma­ture grey­ing and this is the most chal­leng­ing fac­tor to tackle fol­lowed by age­ing.

In the process of age­ing, hair grey­ing will even­tu­ally oc­cur. It is only a mat­ter of time but by leading a healthy life­style and proper hair care, the on­set can be de­layed.

The grey hair is­sue can be over­come by en­sur­ing healthy eat­ing habits, proper sleep­ing pat­terns as well as a change in life­style.

The best so­lu­tion to man­ag­ing stress is to iden­tify the stres­sor. Then, come up with an ideal so­lu­tion to min­imise or fully re­solve the mat­ter.

For­tu­nately, the ma­jor­ity of fac­tors can be re­solved. Those who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing grey hair need not lose hope. There is still a chance of re­gain­ing youth­ful black hair.

For de­tails, look out for 101 Hair Care’s advertisement in this StarSpe­cial.

Grey hair can be over­come when the fac­tors are iden­ti­fied and a proper so­lu­tion is ap­plied.

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