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The culture around gray hair is confusing, isn’t it? It’s become almost a fad, trendy for people to have(whether they dye it or embrace their gray), but on the flip side, it is one of the most dreaded indicators of age.
Unless you are a man, which then gray hair again can be desirable and attractive! Who can keep up?
I’m 32 years old and have gone back and forth with grey hair for the last 7 years. Especially the last 4.
Do I know why?
Yes, I have a pretty good idea…
However, like most things, I get interested in the why’s, the hows, and the what can we do’s.
We will look at the major reasons your hair goes prematurely gray as well as what you can do to slow down or stop the premature graying process!
4 Main Causes of Premature Greys
Genetic and Hormonal Factors
The average age for grey hair varies quite a bit but we all expect it not until our 40’s or 50’s at the earliest.
One of the main causes of grey hair in your 20s is genetics. The age at which a person’s hair turns grey is influenced by the IRF4 gene, and one specific variant (rs12203592) is a marker for premature greying.
As far as genetic factors, there really isn’t too much you can do to stop the early gray, as it generally runs in your family. And that’s okay! Embrace it!
It could also help to follow the tips below, it could be one of these and not “genetic”! And you listen to and participate in Joe Dispenza’s meditations…with those, almost anything is possible. Haha.
Hormonal disorders such as thyroid disease will also have an effect on your hair’s pigmentation. The thyroid is responsible for regulating your metabolism, so when your thyroid is not working correctly, it can affect every cell in your system – including your hair.
Hormonal disorders are a large topic, but just know there is so much you can do to support yourself through these conditions, and there are many ways that you can take back control of your health if you are ready to stray away from the western medical system.
I think this is going to be the biggest factor of early grays in our society today. The fact that we just are not getting our essential vitamins and minerals from bioavailable sources. Taking NatureMade vitamins is a scam folks, so if you think you are doing yourselves any favors there, you’re not. They are a part of the problem, making you think you’re taking vitamins and supporting yourself, when in reality it’s mostly filler and the actual vitamin there isn’t easily absorbed into your body, you are just peeing it out. Sorry if that burst your vitabubble.
The key vitamins associated with hair health are B vitamins, folic acid, biotin, vitamin D3, iron, selenium, calcium, and trace minerals.
I’m not going to give you a grocery list, but making sure that you are eating foods that are rich in these nutrients will help you to keep your hair’s natural pigmenation longer. I have started using Trace Minerals Full Spectrum Trace Mineral Drops in my water during the day, especially in the beginning, to ensure that my son and I are getting more than what may be lacking in our food.
Because soil sucks, rant for another day.
Remember, food is not just stuff we put into our bodies to fill our stomachs.
The food we eat and the way it is grown matters and is directly related to the overall health of our body, and mind.
Have you heard of Marie-Antoinette Syndrome? The name alludes to the unhappy Queen Marie Antoinette of France (1755-1793), whose hair allegedly turned white the night before her last walk to the guillotine during the French Revolution. She was 38 years old when she died.
So this is the name for when someone’s hair turns white suddenly, in a short time, not overnight. Again there a lot of factors that go into this, health-related, but stress has been a common theme among these cases.
The amount of stress we consider “normal” is so much more than it used to be, even when we were running from lions or living in covered wagons. Your body is really trying to communicate with you, and those premature grays are no different.
A new study shows that stress really can give you gray hair. Researchers found that the body’s fight-or-flight response plays a key role in turning hair gray.
Think about it. Nerves in your sympathetic nervous system—which is responsible for the body’s fight-or-flight response—go through the whole body, including hair follicles. The study showed that stress causes the release of the chemical norepinephrine into the hair follicle, where your melanocyte stem cells live-these are the cells that continuously create the pigment for your hair.
Large and consistent norepinephrine causes the melanocyte cells to rapidly turn into pigment cells and move out of the hair follicles. Without stem cells left to create new pigment cells, new hair turns gray or white.
Why do they do this?! Who knows. Maybe when you are constantly running from lions and tigers, the body is calling in every tiny bit of energy, and those melanocytes are dead weight.
Not to fear, however! Scientists believe (and I personally have proven to myself) that the gray hairs caused by stress are actually reversible, and not permanent like previous studies had thought. (For premature grays, not if you’re 70, sorry).
Meditate, take a vacation, and you may notice that your hair is thanking you.
The big E factor.
We are eating right, reducing our stress, and yet we still have the grays poking out early! Hair is on the outside of our head, right? So it makes sense that it is affected by external factors, as well as what we are putting into our bodies.
The first one we will knock out of the way is smoking. Don’t do it, kids. I battled with cigarettes for a long time and it has been one of the main reasons that I will get an uptick in my grays. Smoking results in the generation of the huge amounts of reactive oxygen species leading to increased oxidative stress which leads to damage to those melanin-producing cells, melanocytes.
Next up is going to be your favorite. Hair dye. Yes, the thing that you do to your hair every 6-8 weeks to hide the premature grays is actually contributing to the problem. Chemicals are never good folks, especially ones that are applied directly onto the skin. There are options though! If you are looking for a natural hair dye there are companies that make them from herbs and henna, that are completely plant-based and non-toxic. Check out Discovery Naturals, Naturcolor, or ReshmaBeauty.
This is also applicable to the shampoos and hair care products that you are using.
Support From The Inside Out
How I’ve Significantly Reduced My Grays In ONE Week
I have noticed the grays popping up again in the last couple of weeks. It’s been a stressful time, I had to put my dog down, planning for Thanksgiving travels, wasn’t eating as well or taking my supplements regularly(especially being out of town for a week), and to top it off I had started smoking again.
Yeah, talk about a shitstorm.
Since I had cut my bangs, they were specially highlighted. They were not hiding. I get the really coarse ones that shine like a diamond, but not in a good way. I tried to take a picture, you can see them, but even my hair doesn’t like to photograph well. Hah.
So this was an in-my-face indicator I had to get my shit back on track.
As soon as I got home I started doing these things:
Drinking ASEA water, extra the first few days
Drinking water with TraceMineral drops
Stopped smoking again
Slept in, meditated, and made sure to give my body rest
Ran Healy programs specifically tailored to harmonize and support hair health
The ASEA Redox Signaling water is incredible for early grays, especially when related to stress and smoking. This was actually one of the first things I noticed physically when I started taking the supplement, my grays hairs drastically reduced within the first couple of weeks. This is because it works to supplement your cells with more of their natural redox signaling molecules that work to reduce oxidative stress within the body.
Honestly game-changer for so many things, you can learn more in my article Molecules, Redox Molecules.
The Healy is a bioenergetic resonance device that works through microcurrents or the Taurus energy field through a wireless coil. Check out the links for my articles related to those topics. This personal frequency device is always my go-to for the first line of defense or as my first resource for holistic support. There are three programs that I used every day this last week that really helped to support the radical bounce back of my pigmentation.
Healy Digital Nutrition Program- this program delivers the vibrational frequencies of these vitamins and minerals. It is not meant to replace supplements, but in fact enhance them and help your body to resonate with the ones you are taking.
Hair: Vitamin B12, vitamin B2, vitamin B5, vitamin B9, vitamin B10,
biotin, inositol, manganese, zinc, copper, molybdenum, cysteine,
silicone dioxide, selenium.
Healy Beauty Programs- Of course having these sudden grays again, and all the other stuff, I was feeling a little down about myself. This program is incredible for fostering that knowing of inner beauty, self-care, and compassion.
The second does exactly what it simply says it does.
Inner Beauty: Harmonization of the coherence and expression of the
bioenergetic field. Supporting inner coherence and emanation of inner
beauty into the energy field. This allows one to tune into and support the
beauty that comprises the higher dimensional bodies. The beauty that
radiates from a soul level shins from within and radiates outward into the
world. True beauty is not based on physical appearance. It is an inner
warmth. Inner beauty is a more deeper and meaningful beauty. It supports
the energy of compassion, a pure heart, a deep unconditional caring. If you are
judging yourself too harshly and only look at your physical appearance, it’s
time to enhance this frequency in your bioenergetic field to radiate your
Hair: Harmonization and stimulation of the bioenergetic field of the hair and
I wish I had taken better photos, and yes the colors are all wonky because they were taken outdoors and indoors, but I believe you can see the difference. This is a 70% percent reduction in grays, within just under a week’s time!
Cue the music, please.
Our body gives us so many signals when something is not right.
If you take a look in the mirror and see a few new extra grays, don’t rush to hide them, pluck them, or freak out that you’re getting old. Take it as a sign that you need to evaluate your health and habits, maybe there is room for improvement!
Also, gray hairs are a natural part of aging, and this is not something to be ashamed of or put off by. The new fashion trends can be empowering, to embrace the beauty and dignity of entering the next phase of your life with gra(y)ce! 🙂
Love and vibes,