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Having a mixture of black and white hair, converting white hair to black

How to convert white hair to black? I had the mixture of more black and less white hair.
(20 Apr 2009)

The only way to make white hair black is to dye it - once hair starts growing without the pigment that gives it its color, there is no way to bring back this pigment. Natural remedies are often recommended as a way to make hair black again - such remedies may be good for the hair, but they cannot affect its color in any way. Hair gets its color from the pigment melanin, which is produced in the follicle. At some point in your life, follicles are bound to stop producing melanin, and this is a natural part of the aging process. When a follicle stops producing melanin, the hair that grows out of that follicle is colorless, which is usually perceived as white. Home remedies, lifestyle measures, and even medications are powerless to restart the production of melanin in these follicles.

You have not mentioned your age, but this process usually begins between the ages of 30 and 40 years. However, this is something that is determined by each person's genes, which is why a small number of people may start developing white hair right in their teens, while a few others may not see a single white hair till they are well past 40. Unfortunately, no matter when hair starts turning white, the process cannot be stopped, and reversing it is completely out of the question. Ensuring that you are generally in optimal health and getting adequate nourishment may marginally slow down the process, but in many cases the whitening of hair progresses in spite of the person following an excellent diet and being in great health. On the other hand, good health and adequate nutrition will certainly do you no harm, so you should ensure that your diet is balanced and varied, that you are physically active, and that you get adequate rest and avoid stress. One factor that is known to cause the premature appearance of white hair is smoking - therefore, if you smoke, you should stop as soon as possible. However, once again, note that this will not cause the hair that is already white to turn black again.

The fact that you have more black hair than white is only to be expected in the initial stages. The process is gradual - all the follicles do not stop producing melanin at the same time. On the positive side, since not much of your hair is white, it should be easier to dye it, at least for a few years.

answered by G B on 20 Apr 2009, 4:31:27


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