I’m turning 25 in two days, and between you and me, I feel more insecure than ever before. A couple months ago, I took a trip to Spain and a friend kept pointing out strands of grey hair, asking to pluck it out because it bothered her. 🙄
“Like seriously, I know it’s there! If didn’t want you to plucking it out yesterday, why would I let you today? 🙅 I don’t know why it bothers you so much!” I’ve noticed strands of grey as early as junior high, and it never really bothered me. I guess she was only projecting her own insecurities on me, but her incessant comments made me feel like I should be more concerned about greying. So now that I’m reaching the big 2-5, I figure it’s time to take some action.
Well turns out, premature greying is mostly due to genetics (thanks dad 😪), but like any signs of aging, living a healthy lifestyle can slow down the process. Namely, incorporating hair nutrients like B12, Zinc, Copper, Folic acid, and Selenium can slow down the dreaded grey hairs. Hair can actually serve as a good indication of overall health. Brittle hair (and nails) can signify a vitamin deficiency, while excessive hair loss and greying can indicate larger issues at hand, like hormone imbalance or thyroid issues. Stress can also lead to thinning and premature depigmentation, so it’s more important than ever to light a candle, take a deep breath, and destress.
And of course, for a quick, easy, temporary to shake off the salt-and-pepper (haha pun intended), there’s hair dye! With plenty of options in the market, there’s professional dying at salons, box dyes from the local drug store, and even natural DIY options like Henna. My parents prefer henna, so I’ll ask them about that for a blog post in the future.
Greying, and aging in general, is an inevitable part of life. In fact, half of the population will have 50% grey hair by the age of 50. I’m only halfway there, and there’s nothing I want more than to stop caring and age gracefully, like Meryl Streep or Bellamy Young. But how do you embrace aging in such a youth-obsessed culture? Please share your secrets 🤐