Going Gray and Losing Hair at 14


Premature graying and hair shedding is quite common these days. May be it is poor diet or the environmental pollution that is causing kids as young as in their teens to go grey or start shedding hairs. Whatever the reason may be, one thing is for sure, going gray and losing hair at 14 could be equally distressing for the kids as well as the patients.

If you, as a parent, are also struggling with these problems, worry not. You have come to the right place. Here we will share with you some really effective natural remedies for premature graying and hair loss. But before that it is important that you know what could be causing these problems in your 14-years-old kid.

Causes of Gray Hair in Teenagers:

There are numerous causes premature graying. These include:

  • Poor diet
  • Anemia
  • Chronic cold and Sinusitis
  • Chronic constipation
  • Heredity factors
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Folic acid deficiency
  • Illness and infectious diseases
  • Unhealthy hair care regimen
  • Lack of vitamin B complex, iron, copper and iodine

Causes of Hair Loss in Teenagers:

Like premature graying, there are numerous causes of early hair loss. These include:

  • Nutritional deficiency
  • Heredity factors
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Anemia
  • Thyroid diseases
  • Poor hair care
  • Fungal infections
  • Underlying diseases
  • Medications

The first thing that you need to do is figure out which of the aforementioned causes could be responsible for premature hair graying and hair shedding in case of your child. Figuring out the underlying cause is the key to determining the right course of treatment.

Natural Remedies for Premature Graying:

Curry leaves: An age old remedy, which is probably the most effective among all, comprises of curry leaves. The best way to use curry leaves for reversing hair graying is to incorporate them in your daily diet. Alternatively, you can apply curry paste to the hairs. Another effective way to use curry leaves is to boil them with some coconut oil on low heat. Strain the oil and let it cool down. Use lukewarm oil to massage your scalp. Repeat this on alternate days at least twice a week.

Lemon Juice and Almond Oil Massage: Almond oil is a rich source of vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, whereas lemon juice is rich in vitamin B, C and phosphorus. All these are essential for healthy hair growth and prevent your hairs from premature graying. Mix two tablespoons of almond oil with 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. Use the mixture to massage your scalp thoroughly. Let it sit for half an hour and then wash off with mild shampoo. Repeat this once or twice a week for best results.

Natural Remedies for Premature Hair Loss:

Onion Juice: Onion juice is a rich source of sulfur, a mineral that is essential for healthy hair growth. Give your scalp sulfur boost by rubbing fresh onion juice over your child’s scalp twice or thrice a week. Fine chop one medium onion and press it between palms of your hands to get the juice. Massage your scalp with this juice and wait for 15 to 20 minutes and then wash off with a mild shampoo.

Coconut Milk Massage: Coconut milk is rich in protein and stuffed with essential fats required for healthy hair growth. Regular application of coconut milk to the scalp provides quick results. Put freshly grated coconut in a pan. Add half cup water into it and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Strain the liquid and let it cool. Massage your scalp thoroughly with it and wash off after waiting for 20 to 25 minutes. For best results, add some black pepper powder and fenugreek seeds powder the coconut milk before massaging the scalp.

Follow these tips and reverse signs of premature graying and hair shedding.

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Written By: Dr. Cagatay Sezgin

Dr. Cagatay Sezgin is a celebrity hair transplant surgeon with over 20 years of experience in hair transplantation and restoration. He is the First Turkish Board Surgeon to become a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and the Asian Association of Hair Transplant Surgeons (AAHRS). Moreover, he has the honor of becoming the first hair transplant surgeon in the world to perform hair, eyebrow, and beard transplantation all in one case and that too in a single session.

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