Why does hair turn Grey

By Arica Hart.
updated 6-6-2017



Why hair turns gray

   We all know that as we grow older, there is a chance of one or two grey hairs  peeking through our beautiful hair. We wake up one day & wonder where did this come from. Of course some people keep their grey hair, while others cover it up. When looking at Premature grey, we observe what is vitamin B6, it's role in premature graying, & sources of B6.


Premature Gray

   Some causes of premature grey may be a deficiency in vitamin B6, B12, & or few other vitamins. Remember I said , premature grey. My main focus of discussion in this article is how a B6 deficiency effects the color of our hair. Another name for Vitamin B6 is pyridoxine.  It is a a part of the vitamin-B complex group & it is water-soluble. That means vitamin B 6 is not stored in your body for later. It is excreted through the kidneys if you have a lot in your body; therefore, you have to constantly eat the right nutritious food or supplement. Be careful not to overdo it with supplements, even if it's water-soluble. Some supplements have more than others; therefore , you should see a doctor to see if you are getting the appropriate amount. According to WebMD, "Hair goes gray when color-producing cells stop producing pigment, says Jeffrey Benabio, MD, a dermatologist at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego." Through research I learned that vitamin B6 helps our color-producing cells.

   Our bodies produce melanin, the pigment cell which influences the color of our hair. A lack of melanin can be caused by a vitamin B6 deficiency in people who grey prematurely. Livestrong.com states, "If you don't eat sufficient amounts of the foods that are rich in vitamin B6, your hair will lose its natural color."  Wow.To help prevent the lack of melanin in our hair, from unnecessary damage, we must take preventive measures such as healthy eating & living . Of course, we can't stop the natural process of graying from inherited factors or cells becoming damaged do to old age, but we can help stop the kind of premature graying that's caused by not having the proper vitamins. Be sure to check with your doctor to see if you are getting your adequate amount of vitamins. 



Food sources of Vitamin B6

There are a variety of food sources full of vitamin B6. A delicious turkey is an excellent source of vitamin B6. My mouth waters thinking about all the other fixings with it, like it's thanksgiving day. Don't forget about tuna, it is another great source to help you maintain your daily intake of vitamin B6. When your in a hurry & on your way out the door, grab a banana off the cabinet & keep it going. They are a great source of vitamin B6. Livestrong states, "Experts at the NIH state that a medium sized banana has about .68 milligrams of vitamin B-6, which is more than 50 percent of most people's daily recommended intake for B-6." Some other sources of vitamin B6 are found in egg yolk, liver, bell peppers, spinach, baked potatoes with skin, asparagus , broccoli, & whole grain cereals

Therefore to help with premature graying, eat nutritious meals. For those that have grey for other reasons, you can use the the proper cleansing shampoo to help your hair have a glossy shine or cover it up with semi-permanent, permanent, or highlight color. Make sure, you see a professional for chemical services so that you don't over process the hair causing a different problem. Let's keep our hair healthy & shiny. Have a blessed day!!

Here is a Picture of some source of vitamin B6 


Sources of B6 | Styles by Arica Hart

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