Spotting that first strand of grey hair is never received well. From panicking, plucking, crying to standing in front of the mirror for hours finding more, the reactions are never good. To top it all, there’s this advice: relax, it’s not the end of the world.

While that is true, you should also get more serious about your hair care routine. Because spotting one grey hair means a few more are on their way *yikes*. But fret not, we’ve got your back.

Below are a few dos and don’ts you should follow to prevent premature hair greying…

 

Dos:

Dos:

  • Hot oil treatment

Give your hair the care it needs by massaging warm oil at least once a week into the scalp and hair. Regular oil massage improves blood circulation, strengthens hair follicles which arrests hair fall as well as protects your hair from turning grey.

  • Colour your hair with ammonia-free dyes

Most women like experimenting with different hair colours at home using semi-permanent dyes. Prolonged use of these dyes can seriously damage your tresses, ruining its texture, as well as, turning them grey. A safer and better alternative is to try ammonia-free hair dyes that are easily available in the market.

  • Reduce stress and anxiety levels

Your mental health plays a vital role in your physical health. A person with high levels of anxiety and stress often experiences sudden breakouts, hair fall, hair greying and more. Therefore, if you are experiencing higher stress and anxiety levels, seek professional help and practise yoga and meditation to calm your mind.

 

Don’ts:

Don’ts:

  • Ignore greys

While most women panic when they spot grey hair, others are least affected. It is great to sport your natural hair colour but sometimes grey hair can be an indicator that your body lacks proteins and other vital nutrients. Even if you don’t wish to cover your greys, have a protein-rich diet and stay hydrated.

  • Pluck greys

Your first reaction after noticing a grey strand would be to pluck it out. But that’s never a good idea, not because your grey hair will increase in number or the surrounding strands will turn grey, but plucking traumatises the cuticle and makes it weak. The new grey strand that grows out in its place will be shorter and stick out all the time.

  • Smoke

Smoking is one of the worst habits; it accelerates the ageing process of your entire body. Your skin loses elasticity and hair starts turning grey, therefore, if you want to prevent premature ageing, quit smoking today!