Causes of Early White Hair

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Causes of early white hair could be genetic, as white hair begins to grow when melanin stops being produced, when that happens because of old age or because of heredity. Find out why hair turns white early, ruling out nutritional deficiencies, with advice from a professional hair stylist in this free video on hair care.

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Hi my name's Amelia and I'm here to talk about causes of prematurely graying hair. Now if your hair is prematurely graying, you really want to take a look around and make sure that it truly is premature, I started graying at 19 so that's pretty premature, but my whole family is white by the time they're 40. Basically gray hair is caused when melanin stops being produced. If you realize that it is something with your health, there are some things that you can look at. Nutritional deficiencies, if you have an iron deficiency, a zinc deficiency, Kwashiorkor, celiac disease, ulcerative colitis, pernicious anemic and necrotizing enterocolitis. So if you have any of those issues or think you may, then premature gray is what you may be experiencing or part of the side effects. And unfortunately there's not much you can do about it, you can't reverse it, it's gray, once it's gray it's gray, you can color your hair. Another thing you could have is you could be checked for albinism. Doubt that one, it's pretty rare, but it can happen. Just basically if you've got a real issue, if you really feel like it's bugging you, you think it could be a problem with your health, definitely go to your doctor and color is going to be the best route for you.

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