Help! I’m turning GRAY!

Ahoy, Mateys!

It seems that our fellow pirates feel like they need to walk the plank when they gape into the mirror and suddenly see the wintry forest sprouting on their faces. The Cap’n knows what that feels like. After all, it’s why the Cap’n created Blackbeard for Men.

Many lads have asked the Cap’n if there’s anything they can do to stop that conquering gray army when the first stray, gray hairs crop up. The answer is yes and no. Before we go into details, let’s first examine some of the myths that exist around a swashbuckler’s gray beard hair.

Ye often hear the phrase: “Yer givin’ me gray hairs.” Implying that a person or a situation stresses them out so much that the gray starts creeping into their hitherto pristine beard or hair. The truth is, it doesn’t work that way. Stress or lack of sleep doesn’t cause yer mug to turn gray.

If ye find a stray gray hair in yer beard and ye decide to get the tweezers in pluck it out (hey, we’ve all done it) it won’t mean that three or four more grays will sprout up at that spot. However, the Cap’n does not recommend ripping out gray beard hairs. ‘Cause when ye do that, ye may damage the hair follicle and create a bald patch. Ye don’t wanna do anything that could damage yer impressive facial hair.

Also, if ye previously used chemicals on yer beard, it won’t make it go grayer quicker. That’s another myth. The same goes for sunlight. Sunlight might lighten the color of yer beard and yer hair, but it won’t make it turn gray.

Now that we’ve taken care of the myths, let’s look into how we can protect our cherished beard color:

First of all, lads, ye need to realize that the age at which ye start to turn gray is determined by yer DNA. In other words, not much ye can do about that, since they haven’t invented DNA replacement yet. However, ye can arrest the advent of the gray for a bit with these handy tips:

Lifestyle changes can do ye a world of good. Not only for yer hair, but also for yer overall health. If yer lacking Vitamin B 12 or Zinc, yer hair will lose some of its pigment and might even fall out. So don’t get a deficiency. If yer worried that yer meals aren’t as balanced as they should be – Matey, the Cap’n says “not good for ye” – then ye might wanna consider adding a multivitamin to make sure ye get all of the nutrition ye need. It won’t completely stop the gray, but it might help ye retain yer color for a bit longer.

Another option – the Cap’n learned this from a pirate lady – is egg oil. Massage it into yer beard twice a week. Then put plastic wrap over it and leave it on through the night. Egg oil contains anti-oxidant xanthophylls like lutein and zeaxanthin which arrest premature aging (graying) of hair and reverses early stage grey hair.

Throw yer cancer sticks overboard, Mateys. Smoking makes yer hair turn grey. Smoking has even been linked to turning grey before the age of 30. And, really, who wants that? Apart from yer facial hair, smoking also ages yer skin. So, lads, don’t smoke if ye wanna look young.

When the Cap’n was sailing the Indian Ocean, he came across some natural remedies, which are supposed to help keep the gray at bay. Haven’t come across any studies to confirm that, but the locals swear by it: Amla, Seaweed, Nettle Leaf, Blackstrap Molasses. Mateys, if ye have tried any of these natural supplements, let the Cap’n know how they worked (or didn’t work) for ye. The Cap’n would love to share that intel with the crew.

If yer already grey, lads, remember, there is no use cryin’ over spilled milk. And ye don’t need to. We’re here to help. That’s why the Cap’n invented Blackbeard for Men. Ye can always get yer natural looking beard on. Nobody will be the wiser. It’s quick and easy and ye don’t need to fret over the grey.

As always, the Cap’n and his crew like to hear from you. Shoot us an email or comment below and we’ll get right back to ye.

Fair winds!

The Cap’n

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