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Grey Hair: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Grey hair refers to when your hair loses its natural pigmentation and starts to turn white or grey. It is a process that comes naturally with ageing and can begin anytime in your 30s to 40s. For some people, however, hair can lose its pigmentation prematurely as well. This can be caused to an imbalance in hormones, a problem with the melatonin in your body, or even psychological conditions like stress and grief. Though there are no medical treatments to reverse grey hair permanently, there are many things you can do to bring back the natural pigment.

One of the most common ways to treat grey hair is to color it. There are many hair coloring products that are available in the market and they can be used to alter the pigment of your hair to its natural shade or can even change it to a more glamorous shade if needed. There are many hair oils that are also used to preserve the overall shine and strength of the color of your hair and they can be paired with hair coloring treatments. Another way to ensure that you don’t have grey hair is to have a healthy diet so that all the nutrients that your hair needs to grow and be healthy reach it properly, preventing premature greying.

How is the treatment done?

Once you have decided that your grey hair is not really something you want to live with, you can go to a special hair clinic to have it looked at. The specialists there will run a few tests to determine whether the change in color has been brought upon by any underlying medical condition or not. Once those are ruled out, you will be diagnosed with either premature greying or natural greying and depending on the type of hair you have, you will be given a treatment plan. The treatment plan varies from hair type to hair type as something that works very effectively for oily hair may not work well for dry and frizzy hair. This is why it is always better to ask all your questions and figure out how you should go about the treatment.

Depending on the pace at which your hair is greying and the reason behind it, your treatment plan will focus on preventing more hair from turning grey. This will include hair products like specific shampoos and conditioners, hair masks, hair oils, and hair serums that are designed to boost the health and vitality of your hair. Sometimes, the treatment will also include nutrition supplements to be taken with your food in case the lack of a certain nutrient is causing your hair to grey.

It is important to note that you don’t necessarily have to go to a special hair clinic. You can just go to your normal salon and visit your hair dresser to find out what you can do about your hair. Your hair dresser will recommend the right color for you, depending on your skin tone. The color is applied first to the roots and all the other areas that are greying, followed by the rest of the hair as you don’t want the color to appear uneven. It is then shampooed out and styled according to your preference. Hair colors usually last a month.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

The minute you first start spotting grey hair, you are eligible for the treatment. Often, even people without grey hair use hair coloring products to change the natural pigment to something that brightens their face and suits their skin tone a bit more. Thus, from that point of view, everyone is eligible to get this treatment done.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

For obvious reasons, you are not eligible to color your hair if you are bald. Furthermore, if you are highly prone to allergies or are allergic to one of the ingredients mentioned in the hair color’s product description, then you should avoid coloring your hair.

Are there any side effects?

As is the case with many products, there are certain side effects to be vary of. Coloring your hair often damages it as it strips away all the natural moisture from the hair, leaving it dry and unhealthy looking. Often, it can also lead to hair fall if the chemicals in the color are very harsh. Stay away from hair coloring products that contain ammonia as that always damages the hair. The damage to your hair can also lead to split ends, the loss of volume, and even the loss of further length as split ends prevent your hair from growing.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Whenever you get any treatment for your hair, whether its coloring or straightening, the after care is vital. One of the most important things that you can do is oil your hair on a regular basis. This ensures that the natural oils that are stripped away from your hair are compensated for and you can control any damage that may occur to your hair. Furthermore, with specific products, come specific guidelines. You may not be allowed to wash your hair immediately after you’ve gotten it colored so that the color can be retained for longer. With colors that require bleach, you may be given specific products to use, such as serums, to take care of your hair once it’s colored.

How long does it take to recover?

The process of coloring your hair usually takes around an hour. It can take longer if you have to bleach your hair first before applying the color.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Getting your hair colored can be expensive if you are going in for the wackier colors that are so in vogue these days. Getting regular color in your hair can cost anywhere between Rs. 1000 – Rs 2,000, depending on the salon you go to and the city you live in. The crazier colors can range in price from Rs. 1,500 to Rs. 3,000, again depending on the salon you go to and the city you live in.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Getting your hair colored lasts a month. Once a month is over, your roots will begin to show again and you’ll have to get your hair colored again. Thus, it is not a permanent treatment.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Many people use home remedies to color their hair. One of the most popular ones is to use mehendi or henna in your hair. The pack is applied all over the hair and allowed to sit in for a minimum of one hour. Then it is washed away with regular shampoo and conditioner. However, it is important to know as more and more of your hair turns white, the mehendi can leave an orange hue in your hair, making your head look unnatural. On the plus side, though, it is totally organic and does not damage your hair in any way.

Safety: High Effectiveness: Low Timeliness: Low Relative Risk: Low Side Effects: Low Time For Recovery: Low Price Range: Rs 1,500 - Rs 3,000

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How To Deal With Premature Graying Hair?

Anti Aging Medicine, Diploma in Dermatology, Training Certificate in Hair Transplant
Trichologist, Mumbai
How To Deal With Premature Graying Hair?

Hair graying is an inevitable process that you cannot escape. It will strike you at some point in your lifetime. Graying hair was once believed to be a sign of aging process. But not anymore! In the last decade or two, there has been a U-turn in this trend. You will often come across young people, including teenagers, with gray hair. The pigment that mainly contributes to the natural hair color is Melanin. The absence of melanin is what triggers hair graying. Stress, certain medical conditions, genetics, and a host of other factors may interfere with the melanin production resulting in premature hair graying. As serious as the situation may sound, the following tips and remedies can go a long way to alleviate and slow down the premature graying of hair.

  1. Follow a healthy hair care routine: No matter how busy you are, you cannot afford to neglect your hair. The basic hair care routines can work wonders to arrest and slow down the premature hair graying. Indulge in a hot oil hair massage at least twice a week. Curry leaves not only promote hair growth but also prevent hair graying. You can boil few curry leaves in coconut oil and filter the mixture. Massage your hair and scalp with the healthy oil mixture (warm the mixture before use), keep it for 30-45 minutes and wash off with a mild shampoo.
  2. Delete stress from your life: Stress, anxiety and depression can trigger a hormonal imbalance. As a result, there may be a significant decrease in melanin production with premature hair graying being an obvious consequence. There can be only one solution to the problem- keep yourself stress-free. In addition to this, make sure that you complete your full quota of sleep (at least 6-8). Nothing works more like a sound sleep to beat the stress.
  3. A healthy diet: Ensure that your diet is nutritionally balanced and enriched. Green leafy vegetables, berries, walnuts, meat, mushrooms (Reishi), oysters, almonds, eggs, walnuts, salmon, tuna, dairy products (cheese, butter) can go a long way to slow down the premature graying.
  4. For chocolate lovers, there is a reason to celebrate. Research suggest chocolates (a rich source of zinc) can elevate the production of melanin, thereby preventing your hair to gray untimely.
  5. Smoking can spell doom for your hair and is best left untouched.
  6. Indian Gooseberry or Amla, a rich source of Vitamin C is excellent for your hair. You can have the amla raw, drink its juice. Further, you may also use Amla powder in hair packs to slow down the graying process.
  7. Some people also benefit from homeopathy and homeopathic medicines such as Acid Phos, Lycopodium Clavatum, Lycopodium, and Phosphoricum Acidum, to name a few.
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All About Epidermolysis Bullosa Simplex

Senior Residency, DNB - Dermatology Venereology & Leprosy , MD - Dermatology, MBBS
Dermatologist, Mumbai
All About Epidermolysis Bullosa Simplex

Epidermolysis bullosa simplex is a genetic disorder that results in the skin turning fragile and blister prone. Any small injury or friction created due to rubbing of the skin might lead to blister formation. In some cases, blisters may occur inside the mouth and on the cheeks. Normally, the cause of the disease is linked to defective genes.The condition is usually inherited and the symptoms start flaring in childhood. In some cases, the symptoms start during the early twenties.

The symptoms of this disease are:

  1. Deformities in the nails of the toes and fingers.
  2. Blisters in the internal organs such as esophagus and vocal chords.
  3. Formation of blisters on the skin of the feet and the hands.
  4. Loss of hair and scarring of the scalp.
  5. Thickening of the skin on the palms and soles of the feet.
  6. Formation of white skin bumps on the skin.
  7. You may experience various dental problems such as tooth decay.
  8. You may have problems in swallowing food.

Epidermolysis bullosa can be classified into:

  1. Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa: This is a severe form of epidermolysis bullosa that usually develops during birth. The condition is characterized by hoarse and unusual crying sounds and scarring in the vocal chords. The genes that attach the epidermis to the basement become defective and thus, cause blister formation.
  2. Kindler Syndrome: This type is characterized by blister formation across all layers of the skin, but its symptoms tend to disappear with time. This condition is known to cause discoloration of the skin when exposed to the sun.
  3. Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa: This is caused by a defect in the gene that causes problems in collagen formation. This results in complications as the skin doesn't join properly.

Risks

This disease may cause various complications such as sepsis, skin infection, anemia, constipation and dehydration. An infant, who has a severe form of epidermolysis bullosa, may not be able to survive due to widespread blistering and infections that may drain all the body fluids out drastically. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a geneticist.

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Remedies to Prevent Greying of Hair

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Ghaziabad
Remedies to Prevent Greying of Hair

Aging is a natural process and hair greying is one of the most common signs of it. The reason that your hair greys is because the pigment in your skin called melanin does not get produced in large enough quantities as you get older. In many cases however, it is noticed that hair greying happens in your 20s or 30s. This is most commonly due to a diet which is not well-balanced or a lack of nourishment. However, you can stop hair greying at a young age by using one or more of the following remedies: 

  1. Curry Leaves: Curry leaves are one of the best cures for premature hair greying. It is the vitamin B present in the curry leaves, which is responsible for restoring the function of melanin in the hair follicles. This is not the only property it has which is good for the hair as curry leaves also repair damaged hair roots and supply crucial nutrients to the hair. It also stimulates hair growth and prevents hair fall due to the fact that it has beta-carotene. Curry leaves can be massaged into your hair by boiling them in coconut water and then rubbing them on your scalp.
  2. Almond Oil: Almond oil treats fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. This is due to the fact that it has a lot of vitamin E, which is an antioxidant. Vitamin E also stops split ends and helps the hair retain its elasticity. It is also used as a treatment for dandruff.
  3. Black Tea: Not only does black tea give a natural darker hue to the hair but it also helps the hair retain its strength and elasticity which prevents it from breaking or becoming brittle.
  4. Onion juice mixed with lemon juice: A shortage of the antioxidant catalase or an excess accumulation of hydrogen peroxide are the two main causes of hair greying prematurely. Onion juice will increase your levels of the antioxidant catalase while lemon juice gives a nice shine to your hair and also prevents your hair from becoming extremely oily.
     
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Premature Graying - Understanding the Causes Behind it?

MBBS, MD (Skin & V.D. MAMC) - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Delhi
Premature Graying - Understanding the Causes Behind it?

Premature gray hairs haven’t spared even celebrities. An American reality television personality, Kylie Kristen Jenner at the age of 18 has discovered her first gray hair. Her belief is that it may be hereditary as her elder sister also experienced gray hair at the age of 20. The premature graying of hair has become quite common now and is increasing at an alarming rate.

Insight on Premature Graying        

Colour producing cells produce pigments. If it stops, your hair becomes gray. Ideally, it’s a natural process with age, where the pigment production declines.

Ideal Age of Graying Hairs

Usually, Asians develop gray hair during the late 30s, while whites develop it in mid 30s. So, by the time you reach 50, you have enough of gray hairs. If anyone experiences graying prior to this age, it can be declared as premature.

Causes

Although reasons are not clearly known, common causes could be genetics, smoking habits, your diet and vitamins.

  • Hormonal imbalance, be it hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, may lead to ageing.

  • Another reason could be your level of bone density as well as it is related to your activity level, weight, height as well as ethnicity.

  • Deficiency of vitamin B-12 leads to pernicious anemia, where production of red blood cells decreases. This leads to thinning and graying of hairs.

  • Deficiency of vitamin C and E reduce antioxidants in the body, thereby, increasing free radical activity. Hence, ageing process accelerates.

  • Deficiency of vitamins B5 and B9 also accelerates the ageing process as these help in the utilisation of protein in the body. Lack of vitamin B9 leads to decrease in the number of red blood cells and deoxyribonucleic acid.

  • Lack of zinc and copper could also lead to graying of hair.

  • Pituitary or thyroid gland problems can cause premature graying, which can be corrected with measures.

  • Smoking is one of the sources of free development of radicals in your body, which cause oxidative stress. This may lead to decline in the pigmenting capacity and melanin, which result in graying of hairs.

  • Consumption of junk food and processed food may increase oxidative stress and deposition of Advanced Glycation End products. This accelerates aging.

Lifestyle plays an important role in one’s life. It’s all about your appearance. Graying of hair symbolises ageing irrespective of your actual age. Of course, if it’s due to genetic factors, one cannot help it other than experience it. However, other factors are avoidable and treatable. All you need to do it eat right, have beauty sleep and avoid unwanted habits. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a dermatologist and ask a free question.

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Laser Hair Removal - What to Expect from It

M Ch., MS - General Surgery, DNB Plastic surgery, MBBS
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Delhi
Laser Hair Removal -  What to Expect from It

It is the process in which the unwanted and undesirable hair are removed through pulse of light that are highly intense and powerful. During laser hair removal, a pulse beam passes through the skin to an individual hair follicle. The intense heat of the laser damages the hair follicle, which hinders its future hair growth. Laser hair removal is most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair.

Why is it done?

Laser hair removal is used to reduce unwanted hair. Common treatment locations include legs, underarms, upper lip, chin and bikini line. However, it's possible to treat unwanted hair in nearly any area, except the eyelid or surrounding area.

Hair color and skin type influence the success of laser hair removal. For example, laser hair removal is most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair because the laser beam targets the pigment (melanin) in the hair. However, advancement in technology has made laser hair removal an option for people who have darker skin as well.

Laser hair removal isn't generally effective for white, gray, red or blond hair because the laser can't "see" the lighter hair. However, treatment options for lighter hair continue to be investigated.

What are the advantages of hair removal surgery?

  • More precise: Selective target makes it more precise leaving the surrounding hair undamaged.
  • More speedy and quicker: High speed and highly intensified pulse takes only a fraction of second to treat many hair at the same time. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute and large areas, such as the back or legs, may take up to an hour.

  • More Predictable: It is so because repeated therapies of hair removal may result in permanent loss of hair among several patients.

What are the risks associated with it?

This treatment does not guarantee complete hair removal the hair can grow after having undergone hair removal surgery, but however, the grown hair are more light in color and weight.

What can you expect ?

Before laser hair removal, the hair in the treatment area might be trimmed with a pair of scissors. You'll also be given special goggles to protect your eyes from the laser beam. The doctor might apply a topical anesthetic to your skin to reduce any discomfort during treatment.

Aftercare

To reduce any discomfort, apply ice to the treated area. If you have a skin reaction immediately after laser hair removal, the doctor might apply a steroid cream to the affected area. After laser hair removal, avoid sun exposure, both natural sunlight and tanning beds. When your skin has healed, use sunscreen whenever you're in the sun.

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Popular Questions & Answers

My hairs are white from many years Can I get black hairs again? I took hairblesh tablets regularly for 4 months with evion capsules but nothing happened.

MBBS, MD - Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy, FRGUHS (Cosmetology)
Dermatologist, Bangalore
White hair cannot be made black again apart from hair dye. However those supplements can To a certain extent prevent further greying.
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Dear Sir/Madam, I'm just 18 years old & suffering from hair loss problem since 4 years .I had also tried herbal shampoo of Patanjali & vaidyanath Mahabhringraj oil. But my hair loss continues & it's a genetic problem. Inspite of hair loss my hairs are becomes white. Please sir suggest me a better medicine & oil/shampoo.

MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD)
Dermatologist, Delhi
While your hair mostly depends on your genetics; stress, hormonal imbalance and poor diet have a great influence on your hair growth. Start by following a good diet - Eat adequate amount of protein. Your hair is made up mainly of proteins. Include skimmed milk, cottage cheese, lentils in diet. Vitamin C, Zinc and Vitamin B are other important nutrients for great hair health. So include lot of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your daily diet. Next important step is to follow good hair care - Oiling your hair with a mixture of oils like olive, sesame, coconut and castor oil keeps provides moisture to your hair and prevent them from drying and breakage. Once in a week apply a good hair mask. You can mix and prepare different types of masks using green tea, olive oil, milk, gooseberry, etc. You can also start with zinc and biotin supplements. Consult on private chat for further help.
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There is excess sebum production on scalp that leads to itching and mild hairloss having some white dirty skin at the hair root.

MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
You are suffering from seborrheic dermatitis Causing Itching and oilness. Medicine available for good improvement. As the treatment varies depending on the severity. Send photos of the affected area, by direct online consultation for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
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I am 20 year old and I have two problems one is my hairs turn white when I was 16 year old and I also got ringworm in my groin area and ankle please suggest some treatment for both.

MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
Fungal infection or Ring worm. When occurs in groin, called as jock itch. Usually fungal infection is common in moist areas of body like skin folds. It's mostly circular or round in appearance. May be red or black in colour. Treatment depending on the type and severity. Avoid sharing clothes, towels and soap; sweating also increases it. As it has to be differentiated from eczema and infection, its a must to see and confirm the diagnosis for proper treatment. So, please send photos of the affected area by direct online consultation for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
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At the age of 20bmy hair started graying and now hair fall has also started so there is any good solution of treatment that I can ged rid of this problem please give some useful solutions. Tank you.

MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
You are suffering from hormonal changes causing Androgenetic alopecia causing hair fall. It's completely stoppable even regrowth of hair is possible with certain medications without any side effects. Treatment depends on the grade of hair loss. So, it's a must for diagnosing which grade, you are in for an effective treatment. Please send photos of your head, by direct online consultation for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.
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What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
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Prevention Of Premature Hair Greying
Hello! I m Dr. Siddheshwar. I m a dermatologist.

In this video, I will speak about the prevention of premature hair greying. Hair greying is defined as a whitening of the hairs due to damage or destruction of the colour producing cells called as a melanin. If this greying happens before 25 years of age it is called as a premature and if it happens after 25 years it is called as mature hair greying. Usually in premature hair greying the treatment works and there is reversible of grey hairs to the black hairs. In mature hair greying treatment are usually not successful.

So why this premature hair greying happens? The first and the foremost cause is the genetic factors. If parents have some genes which are actually not functioning well to produce the pigmenting in individual it may lead to the premature hair greying. The second common cause is the stress. Stress, regular stress, long-term stress will lead to production of the hormone called as the androgen and these slowly destroys the melanin which leads to the premature hair greying.

Other than these most of our individuals, most of the individuals in these age group they like junk food and there is always a deficiency of some vitamins, minerals and proteins which actually contributes in major way to the greying of the hairs. Other than these some systemic disorders like hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism they also contribute to the premature hair greying. Use of chemicals on the hairs like coloring agents or hair styling gels these also contribute to the hair greying.

If a particular individual has an allergy to hair care products and he keeps using those this also contribute to the hair greying. Now how to prevent the hair greying? As you know we know the causes we need to target these. First stress, to avoid stress you need to practice meditation and yoga. You need to drink at least 2 to 3 liters of water daily to prevent the toxic metabolic production at the hair root level. Good healthy diet which includes vitamin A, vitamin C and lot of proteins and minerals helps to prevent and it helps to reverse the premature hair greying.

One should eat more of these foods. One should keep good scalp hygiene. Hair should be washed 2 to 3 times in a week with a good shampoo. Avoid using chemical based hair care products like coloring agents, straightening, ironing, these in term long term they will lead to the premature hair greying. So these should be avoided repeatedly for long term. There is a home remedy which most of the people follow and it works some way to prevent the premature hair greying or to reverse the premature hair greying.

Amla, the Indian gooseberry it helps to prevent, you can eat it or you can be meshed it make it a powder mix it in a coconut oil and you can apply it as a mask 2 to 3 times in a week which helps to prevent and reverse the premature hair greying. Even after doing these methods if your hair greying is not responding then please contact nearby dermatologist for more advanced specialized treatment because these are not the common causes, there are some other common causes which dermatologist will evaluate and treat you accordingly.

This home remedy is not helping not responding in your cases please contact nearby dermatologist he will evaluate your case and treat with advanced treatments. If you want more information about the premature hair greying or you want to book an appointment to me please contact me through lybrate.com.
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