How to Reduce White Hair

by Melissa King ; Updated July 18, 2017

The age you turn gray is largely based on genetics.

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If you've ever stared into the mirror and spied a few white hairs on your head, you may have worried that you were starting to go gray. Gray hair isn't just for the elderly -- it sometimes develops prematurely for people in their 20s or 30s. The age that you'll turn gray is largely based on genetics. It's not possible to completely prevent hair from turning gray or white, but you may be able to slow down the process.

Stop smoking if you're currently doing it. Smoking can cause hair to turn gray prematurely, according to a study published in 2013 in the "Indian Dermatology Online Journal."

Eat a balanced diet containing protein and plenty of vitamin-rich foods. A poor diet may affect the production of melanin, the pigment that colors hair. A deficiency in vitamin B12 or protein may cause gray hair. Include milk, eggs, poultry, red meat and fish in your balanced diet. If you can't get enough nutrients from your diet, consider taking a multivitamin to help meet your needs.

Condition your hair every other day with an antioxidant conditioner. This may guard your hair against UV rays, which can cause hair to look dull.

See your doctor to find out if you have a condition that causes graying. Hair might lose color if you have a thyroid problem, vitiligo, tuberous sclerosis, alopecia areata, folic acid deficiency or neurofibromatosis, also known as Von Recklinghausen's disease.


  • Even if you can't get rid of white or gray hair, you can hide it by coloring.

    Many people believe that stress causes gray hair, but there is no scientific evidence to support this. Stress is still bad for your body, though, so try to stay relaxed and calm as often as possible.

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About the Author

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.