Premature greying is one of the maladies of modern lifestyle. Those dreaded streaks of silver and white pop up even when you are in your 20s. And, the only option you are left with is to look for foolproof home remedies to turn your grey hair into black. They may say that greying is a sign of wisdom and maturity, but it also tells you that your body is not producing enough melamine, which is an early sign of aging.
The first step is to learn to eat right. Yes! It does make a difference. Lots of greens, a beet a day, fresh fruits and veggies and lots of yogurts are what you must eat regularly. Such a diet will not only make your skin smooth and soft but will also result in lustrous long hair.
As far as greying of hair goes, don't open those harmful chemical bottles so soon. Help is right in your kitchen. Yes, it is possible to get rid of grey hair naturally. Instead of going through several chemical treatments to turn your grey hair into black, we suggest you make use of natural remedies for grey hair to get rid of those pesky greys. But before we dive into the DIY recipes, let’s first debunk the biggest grey hair myths for you.
- Tips to prevent grey hair
- Home remedies for grey hair
- 1. Amla and methi seeds
- 2. Black tea rinse
- 3. Almond oil and lemon juice
- 4. Henna and coffee
- 5. Curry leaves and oil
- 6. Ridge-gourd oil
- 7. Onion juice
- 8. Shikakai powder
- Natural hair dye recipes
- Myth #1: Stress turns hair grey
- Myth #2: Plucking greys makes more greys grow back
- Myth #3: Hair greying has got nothing to do with your lifestyle
- Myth #4: Grey strands are limp
- 4. FAQs on grey hair
Tips to prevent grey hair
There are many factors responsible for premature hair greying, so while you can adopt natural home remedies and hair dyes to darken grey hair, here are a few tips to follow to prevent hair greying.
Home remedies for grey hair
Now let’s give you some easy-peasy home remedies to turn grey hair into black. Here are the top 8 home remedies to get rid of grey hair naturally.
1. Amla and methi seeds
Add 6-7 pieces to 3 tbsp of an oil of your choice (coconut, olive, almond) and boil for a few minutes. Add 1 tbsp of fenugreek powder. Cool, strain and apply generously all over the scalp at night. Use a mild herbal shampoo to wash off in the morning.
Amla and methi together make for one of the best natural remedies for grey hair. Indian gooseberry or Amla is a rich source of Vitamin C and has been used in Ayurveda for all kinds of hair problems. Fenugreek or Methi seeds are full of several nutrients and the combination of these super ingredients not only prevents premature greying but also promotes hair growth.
2. Black tea rinse
Boil a cup of water with 2 tbsps of black tea and a tsp of salt. Cool and apply generously on freshly washed hair. Allow drying. Repeat regularly to darken grey strands.
Black Tea has caffeine which is loaded with anti-oxidants. While adding a natural dark hue to the hair, stimulates hair growth and strengthens it giving it a shine. Treating your hair to a black tea rinse will not only help you get rid of grey hair naturally but also leave your hair looking shinier than before. Win-win!
3. Almond oil and lemon juice
Mix almond oil and lemon juice in the ration of 2:3. Massage well in the scalp and hair. Wash off after 30 minutes.
Almond oil has Vitamin E which is extremely beneficial for hair. It nourishes the roots and prevents premature greying. Lemon juice not only adds gloss and volume to hair but also promotes healthy hair growth. Almond oil and lemon juice are both easily-available ingredients than can help you get rid of grey hair naturally.
4. Henna and coffee
Add 1 tbsp of coffee powder to boiling hot water. Cool and make a paste with henna powder. Let it rest covered for a few hours. Mix in 1 tbsp of any oil of your choice and apply liberally covering the hair completely. Wash off after an hour.
Henna is a natural conditioner and a colorant and when combined with coffee, it gives excellent results. Henna is in fact an age-old home remedy to turn grey hair into black.
5. Curry leaves and oil
Boil a cupful of curry leaves in a cup of oil till they turn black. Cool, strain and store. Massage into hair 2-3 times a week. Leave overnight.
Curry leaves are full of Vitamin B and help to restore the pigment melamine in the hair follicles and prevent further greying. It is a rich source of Beta-Keratin and also prevents hair fall. This home remedy does more than just prevent pesky greys.
6. Ridge-gourd oil
Place a cupful of sundried ridge-gourd pieces in coconut oil and leave to seep and mature for 3-4 days. Boil the oil for a few minutes. Strain and store. Massage into the scalp and hair at night and wash off with a herbal shampoo of your choice.
Ridge gourd or Torai contains enzymes which restore the pigment, melamine in the root of the hair as well as strengthening them. Coconut oil is a natural conditioner making unruly hair manageable.
7. Onion juice
Mix 2-3 tsp of onion juice, 1 tsp of lemon juice and 1 tsp of olive oil. Massage into the scalp and hair and wash off after half an hour.
An effective solution for greying hair, onion also promotes hair growth. It increases the enzyme, Catalase, thus darkening the hair. When combined with lemon juice, it gives a shine and bounce to the hair.
8. Shikakai powder
Make a paste of shikakai powder and yogurt and rub it into the scalp. Wash off after half an hour.
Shikakai powder has been used in Ayurveda since ages for healthy hair. It is a natural shampoo and an effective way to reduce greying. Regular use will lead to a healthier scalp and you will notice hair growth.
Pamper and nourish your hair with these home remedies and delay the greying of hair. A good nutritious diet also plays a major role in contributing to flaunting a shiny beautiful mane.
Natural hair dye recipes
Other than using the above mentioned natural remedies for grey hair you can also make natural hair dye at home with the help of various herbs. These are a safer alternative to chemical dye but that also means they won't lighten or darken hair in one session, you have to repeat the dyeing process several times to get the desired result. Here are a few natural hair dye recipes.
1. Black pepper and lemon
Skip chemical dyes and try this natural hair dye solution to turn or greys into black. Black pepper has immense benefits for the hair, apart from helping maintain the natural colour of your hair it also promotes hair growth.
Black pepper and lemon hair dye:
Mix a tablespoon each of freshly ground black pepper and lemon juice with half a cup yogurt. Mix well and massage into hair and scalp. Leave on for about an hour then wash off with lukewarm water. Repeat thrice a week.
You may have read about the herb Bhringraj in natural hair oils and hair products. It is one of those few ingredients found in nature that offers a ton of benefits. Right from preventing premature aging in making hair strong and shiny, it has the ability to do it all.
Bhringraj hair dye:
Heat Bhringraj in a small pan over low heat with coconut oil and rub the mixture when it's warm into your hair and scalp. Wash off after an hour and repeat 2-3 times a week.
The antioxidants and vitamins in Hibiscus produce melanin a pigment that gives hair its natural colour. The flower can be used to treat a number of hair problems like dandruff, dryness and hair loss.
Hibiscus hair dye:
Soak the leaves and flowers of hibiscus in water overnight and use the water to rinse your hair the next day. If you can't find hibiscus flower or leaves you can also use its powder by mixing it in henna.
Myth #1: Stress turns hair grey
While stress does contribute to greying, it is not the actual cause of grey hair. You won’t suddenly have greys all over after a stressful day at work or a tense situation at home. But yes, stress does speed up the process.
Myth #2: Plucking greys makes more greys grow back
We’ve often heard this from our friends, colleagues, peers and relatives. While plucking hair, in general, is not a great idea, it does not contribute to more greys. Plucking your hair strand may weaken the follicle and cause collateral damage in the process. And if by mistake, you pluck the strand which is not grey, a fresh grey hair may grow in its place *ouch*
Myth #3: Hair greying has got nothing to do with your lifestyle
Well, it does! Smoking can cause your hair to turn grey before time. Also, lack of vitamin B, folic acid and biotin are associated with early greying. Including a well-balanced nutritious diet in your lifestyle may not exactly reverse greys but help keep them at bay.
Myth #4: Grey strands are limp
Grey strands may feel rough and coarse to touch, but the texture of your hair hasn’t changed. What happens is when the melanin-producing cells run out of steam, the hair follicles tend to produce less sebum. Since your scalp produces less natural oils as you age, your grey strands look drier.
4. FAQs on grey hair
Q. What causes premature greying?
A. If your hair is turning grey at 25, then genetics can be largely blamed for it. Your hair follicles contain pigment cells that produce melanin. This melanin gives your locks its color. When your body stops generating melanin altogether, hair turns into white, grey or silver.
Q. Can you reverse grey hair naturally?
A. If treated right, white hair progression can be stopped or reversed. A balanced, nutritious diet and proper hair care can help in some cases. But in others, the process is irreversible. Home remedies may help you get rid of grey hair naturally.
Q. At what age is it normal to get grey hair?
A. 50 percent of the population will have 50 percent grey hair by the time they turn 50. However, men start greying earlier than women. While women begin to notice grey hair around 35, men start greying around the age of 30.
Q. Does grey hair signify a shorter lifespan?
A. Gray hair doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a shorter lifespan. Your hair ideally starts greying when the hair follicles produce less melanin, the pigment that gives hair its colour. Your greying age is also related to your family history. So, you may also want to ask your parents or grandparents at what age did they notice their first greys.
Q. Is grey hair a sign of poor health?
A. Spotting the first greys at a very young age could be a sign of health problems such as Vitamin B12 deficiency, thyroid, vitiligo and alopecia areata, a disorder where you suddenly lose patches of hair.