Young people in this era are worried about getting too old too fast. They are trying to boost their health but their environment keeps pushing them away from it. Heavy work load, long hours in the office and work-life stress are major causes in this case. Some people are panicked when they see gray hair on their head. Even though this is not a major sign of getting too old too fast, it can lower their self-esteem. Here are some benefits of avocado for gray hair treatment.
Reasons why your hair turns gray
Let’s be clear that getting older is not a problem at all. Everyone gets older and so do you. It is a natural process that you have to go through and nothing can stop it. However, you can do some things to make it look slowed down.
Your hair is actually full of pigments—this is why your hair has colors. Starting at the age of 30s, your body will produce less and less pigments and making your hair turns gray.
According to scientist Trichologist Madeleine Preston, it is said that almost all people aging from 30 have few gray hair. When they get older, they will have more and more gray hair. Eventually, at the age of 50, people commonly have 50% of gray hair on their scalps.
What is gray hair?
Some people think that they grow natural gray hair. They also think that gray is really their color of hair. Actually, hair never grows gray. In fact, the color is automatically set when they grow. Unfortunately, it is our own body that turns the hair gray. As we grow older, the pigment produced by our body is lessening. That is why, starting from 30 years old, our hair will grow gray.
You might be wondering why people at younger age have gray hair when they are supposed to have perfect black hair? Well, stress contributes a lot toward this condition. Stress triggers a common condition named telogen effluvium. People suffered from this condition will shed the hair three times faster than normal people will. When it regenerates, it is possible that the color turns less dark or even gray.
What causes your hair turns gray
People’s hair turns gray due to many reasons:
1. Vitamin deficiency
Vitamin B12 is responsible for the hair growth, blood producing and hormone stability. It also helps the hair to grow stronger so you will not lose it easily. You can get this vitamin by consuming some dairy products such as egg, fish, meat, and poultry. People with vitamin B12 deficiency usually feel weak because their bodies cannot produce blood sufficiently. It is suggested that you see your doctor to get a blood workup to check your vitamin level.
Talking about genetics, there is a disease named Von Recklinghausen’s disease that causes people to have problems in developing bones and hair. Suffering from this illness, people will grow tumors on their nerves. It can also disturb the structure of the bones causing deformities. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this disease up till now.
3. Thyroid disease
Thyroid disease has a large range of kind. It can grow from harmless stage (the stage where the body cannot produce enough thyroid hormone), enlarge glands (which can be palpitated or seen physically), to cancer which is life threatening. The most common disease occurs on people is the disturbance of its production. People with too low thyroid hormone suffer from hypothyroidism and those with too much of it suffer from hyperthyroidism.
People suffering from vitiligo cannot produce enough pigments for their bodies. It makes some blotches or uneven color on the skin. In addition, this disease can grow inside the mouth and nose too. This disease commonly happens to people with darker skin tone.
Avocado for the treatment
With the Latin name of Persea americana, avocado is both delicious and nutritious food. Some people also call this fruit “alligator pear” because of its shape. There are at least 20 important minerals contained in avocado:
1. 26% of diet value of Vitamin K
2. 20% of diet value of Folate
3. 17% of diet value of Vitamin C
4. 14% of diet value of Potassium
5. 14% of diet value of Vitamin B5
6. 13% of diet value of Vitamin B6
7. 10% of diet value of vitamin E
8. Other components such as magnesium, vitamins A, B2 (riboflavin), manganese, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorous, B1 (thiamine) and B3 (niacin).
Avocado is best consumed by people who are in diet program because it has low saturated fat. It is also good for people who suffer from high blood pressure and heart diseases. You can have more than just benefits of avocado for hair treatment by consuming this fruit.
Avocado fun facts
Avocado is full of fat! In fact, it is the fattiest fruit has ever existed on the earth. Don’t you worry; all fats contained in avocado are safe to be consumed. However, it is best to consult your doctor about how much you can consume.
The main fat in avocado is oleic acid. It is odorless and colorless fat that can turn into oil. It is also called monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid. By consuming avocado, you can:
1. Reduce your blood pressure
2. Reduce your chance of having a heart rate
3. Reduce the risk of getting cancer.
4. Treat your gray hair from the outside and inside.
How to use avocado for your gray hair
Although it is very easy to use avocado to treat your gray hair, here are some steps that you can follow to make avocado mask
1. Use ripe avocado. You will need half of it but you can increase the amount according to your preference.
2. Prepare other ingredients. You can use honey, yogurt, apricot, oatmeal, banana, or olive oil.
3. Mash up the avocado and other ingredients and mix them together.
4. Put it on your hair thoroughly and leave it for twenty minutes.
5. Rinse with lukewarm water.
6. Do it three times a week for maximum result.
You will need at least three months to see the benefits of avocado for gray hair treatment. Pssstt the recipe can be used for your natural face mask too!