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Become young once again by reversing hair graying naturally

Younger adults in their 20s and 30s have a great reason for concern when they have premature hair graying. This condition makes them look much older than they are. There are many factors that can lead to hair graying, such as thyroid disorders, sinusitis, chronic colds, use of unsuitable hair products, stress, pollution, smoking, hormonal fluctuations, poor nutrition, and genetic predisposition.

The low amount of melanin (which is a pigment that gives the hair its natural color) is the main reason why the hair turns white or gray. The melanocyte activity slows down with age, and our bodies gradually stop producing melanin.

You should eat a healthy and nutritious diet because it can help you to fight against this problem. Also, the deficiency of some minerals and vitamins such as iodine, copper, iron, and Vitamin B can lead to gray hair. You can try some of the mentioned home remedies instead of covering your gray strands with commercial and chemical-laden hair colors.

12 Home remedies for hair graying

Blackstrap molasses

This is one of the most common and effective home remedies which can prevent and reduce the problem of gray hair. This natural cure is rich in copper, which helps with the production of hair pigment. This natural cure provides you with approximately 14% of the daily recommended dose of copper.

Also, it has other trace minerals such as magnesium, selenium, and iron. You should eat a tablespoon of black molasses every morning for at least a few months, and you will notice positive results.

Rosemary and sage

These herbs can cover gray hair by darkening your hair color in a natural way. You should boil ½ cup of dried rosemary and ½ cup of sage in 2 cups of water. You should let it sit for a couple of hours. You should strain this natural cure. You should use this home remedy as a hair rinse after shampooing. You should let it stay there for 15 – 20 minutes before you rinse it out. You should repeat this natural treatment on a weekly basis.

Coconut oil and lemon juice

Coconut oil can do wonders for your hair. It can add luster to your hair, fight infection, stimulate growth, and moisturize it [1]. When you use it for a longer period, then it can help reverse gray hair because it is rich in antioxidants.

You should mix 3 teaspoons of lemon juice in some coconut oil. You should make enough for the length of your hair. You should apply this home remedy to your hair and massage it into your scalp. You should let it stay there for at least an hour before shampooing your hair. You should repeat this natural treatment on a weekly basis.

Henna

This is one of the best natural hair colorants [2]. Also, it will strengthen and condition your lustrous locks. You should grind a handful of henna leaves into a paste. Add a small amount of plain yogurt, one teaspoon of coffee powder, and 3 teaspoons of Indian gooseberry powder. Spread this natural cure evenly on your hair. After this natural cure dries, you should rinse it out and shampoo your hair as usual. Repeat this natural treatment once or twice per week.

Also, another natural cure can be found: boil some henna leaves in mustard oil or coconut oil until the leaves become charred, and you should use this oil on your hair. Also, you can prepare a henna hair mask by mixing henna powder and hot black coffee until you get a yogurt consistency. You should cover the bowl and let it stay there for a few hours. You should apply this home remedy to your hair. Let it stay there for 1 – 3 hours, and then you should shampoo your hair.

Black tea

This natural cure darkens your hair. Also, it softens it and adds shine to it. You should boil 2 teaspoons of black tea in one cup of water. You should add one teaspoon of salt. You should allow it to cool. You rinse your hair with this natural cure a few times per day.

The last time that you applied it, you should let it sit for 15 – 20 minutes. You should wash your hair with cold water, but you should not use shampoo. You should repeat this natural treatment once or twice per week. Also, you can mix ground coffee in your hair conditioner while you are applying it. This will also darken your hair.

Coffee

For brown or black tresses or just to add some tonal variation to dark hair, you should brew up a pot of strong coffee. When the coffee is cooled, you should mix one cup of the brew with 2 cups of hair conditioner. You should throw in a few spoonfuls of spent coffee grounds into the mixture because it will add effects. You should let it stay in your hair for at least one hour before you rinse it off. You can repeat these steps because they will help you to achieve the desired color.

Black sesame seeds

Traditional Chinese medicine believes these seeds are highly effective in getting rid of the problem of premature graying of your hair [3]. These seeds also promote melanocyte activity to produce melanin.

This natural cure is rich in copper, magnesium, phosphorous, calcium, iron, and protein. You should eat one teaspoon of black sesame seeds every day for at least 3 months. Also, you should apply sesame oil on your hair on a regular basis because this is also a very effective hair-graying home remedy. You should expect instant results.

You should follow this natural treatment or any of the mentioned natural treatments in this article for a few weeks or even months to see noticeable results. You should apply them on a regular basis.

Curry leaves

These leaves can increase the darker pigmentation in your hair. When curry leaves are combined with coconut oil, then this works as a great hair tonic. You should boil a handful of fresh curry leaves in one tablespoon of coconut oil until these leaves become charred. You should strain the oil. Massage this natural cure on your hair. Let it stay there for 30 – 45 minutes before you rinse it off. You should follow this natural treatment at least once or twice per week. Also, you can consume curry juice every day. [4]

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Amaranth

This natural cure combats hair loss and helps stop premature graying of the hair by retaining the natural color of the hair. You should shampoo your hair. You should apply fresh juice from amaranth leaves to your scalp and hair. You should rinse it out.

Onion juice

This is one of the best home remedies which you can use for thinning hair and premature graying. There are some studies in which it is said that gray hair is chiefly caused by a buildup of hydrogen peroxide at the base of your hair follicles and a decrease in a natural antioxidant component that is known as catalase.

This natural cure promotes the production of this compound. You should apply the onion juice to your scalp. Massage it. Let it stay there for about 30 – 60 minutes. You should repeat this natural treatment every day for a period of a few weeks. [5]

Indian gooseberry

This is one of the best natural cures which you can use for many hair problems, such as hair loss, dull hair, and premature graying. This natural cure is rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants, and also it has antiaging properties [6].

You can consume this fruit but also you can apply amla pulp or amla oil to your hair. Indian gooseberry is also known as amla. You should put some coconut oil in a pan. You should boil a few dried Indian gooseberry pieces in the coconut oil and boil them until they become charred. If you do not have dried amla at your home, then you can use amla powder. You should let this oil cool. Apply this home remedy to your hair and scalp. You should let it stay there throughout the night or at least one hour before you rinse it out. You should do this natural treatment at least once or twice per week.

Also, there is another option that you can make from amla, and that is to mix together one tablespoon of lemon juice and one tablespoon of Indian gooseberry pulp. You should massage your scalp with this natural cure at night before you go the bed, and you should wash it out the next morning.

Also, you can apply a combination of equal amounts of almond oil and amla juice. Also, you can add a small amount of lime juice. This natural cure will reduce gray hair but also facilitates healthy hair growth.

Ginger root

You should take grated ginger mixed with a tablespoon of honey on a daily basis because it can prevent hair graying.

References

[1] Rele AS, Mohile RB. Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage. Journal of Cosmetic Science. 2003;54(2):175-92.

[2] Gallo FR, Multari G, Palazinno G, et al. Henna through the centuries: a quick HPTLC analysis proposal to check henna identity. Revista Brasileira de Farmacognosia. 2014;24(2):133-140.

[3] Pathak N, Rai AK, Kumari R, Bhat KV. Value addition in sesame: A perspective on bioactive components for enhancing utility and profitability. Pharmacognosy Review. 2014;8(16):147-55.

[4] Singh S. Curry Leaves (Murraya koenigii linn. Sprengal) – A miracle plant. Indian Journal of Scientific Research. 2014;4(1):46-52.

[5] Sharquie KE, Al-Obaidi HK. Onion juice (Allium cepa L.), a new topical treatment for alopecia areata. The Journal of Dermatology. 2002;29(6):343-6.

[6] Yu JY, Gupta B, Park HG, et al. Preclinical and clinical studies demonstrate that the proprietary herbal extract DA-5512 effectively stimulates hair growth and promotes hair health. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2017;2017:4395638.

Hanan Marshal
Hanan Marshal
Hanan, a medical student (MBBS) having passion for writing and is very much interested in holistic living along with nature. He is very much interested in doing community service and watches anime and play PS4 during his free time. You can reach him through [email protected]

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