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I am 18 years old and I am getting gray hair. Why am I getting gray hair at this age? What do I do? Please help!

Hair color is determined by the pigment melanin, which also gives skin its color. Just like skin color, hair color is determined by your genes – this includes graying. Graying of hair before the age of thirty is usually considered to be premature graying, but this is usually determined by the person’s genes and therefore cannot be controlled or reversed. This is quite certain to be the case if premature graying is a common problem in your family.
However, there are other factors that can also cause hair to lose its pigment prematurely. One important factor is your diet – hair growth, quality, and color are very noticeably affected by the nutrition that your body receives.

Deterioration of the quality of hair, loss of hair, and graying of hair are all problems that can be caused by a faulty diet that lacks certain essential nutrients. One particularly important nutrient for your hair is copper, which can be obtained from nuts like cashews and almonds, and sea food such as crabs and oysters. Iodine is another mineral that is essential for your hair; sea food again is a good source of iodine, as are many fruits, but bananas in particular. Sea food can also provide iron, a deficiency of which can also cause premature graying of hair. Eating apples daily can also help protect against iron deficiency; in addition, you should also avoid consuming too much tea and coffee, as both have a tendency to impair the body’s ability to absorb iron from the food that you consume.

You should try regular oiling of your hair – coconut oil is considered to be the best oil for hair as it absorbed best by hair and also provides the most protection. Another good alternative is olive oil. Gently massage the oil into your scalp and make sure that it also covers every strand of hair; if possible, leave the oil on overnight, and then wash it off with a suitable shampoo followed by a suitable conditioner. Avoid using other hair products such as gels and hairspray, as the chemicals in them can damage your hair and make it turn gray. Smoking is also known to cause premature graying of hair, and if you smoke, this is one more reason to stop.

If these measures do not result in any improvement, you should visit a specialist who will be able to personally examine your case and determine the cause of the graying. If it does after all turn out to be genetic, the only option remaining is to die your hair.