Probably, the biggest nightmare of human beings, especially women, is the emergence of grey hair. Well, it is a fact that by the time and with growing age, hair turns grey. But today, we can see even young people below 30 are not untouched from the problem of grey strands.
Hair becomes grey when the production of the pigment (responsible for black colour of strands) stops. Typically, it is believed that Americans looses their original hair colour by their mid-30s, Asians by late 30’s and African-Americans by mid-40s. However, it is also assumed that hair naturally produces hydrogen peroxide due to some reasons, which bleaches hair colour. Let’s see in the article that what causes greying of hair and what can be done for it.
Causes of Grey Hair
There are umpteen reasons that can be held responsible for grey hair, like:
- Ageing or growing older
- Vitamin B12 deficiency
- Tuberous sclerosis
- Pernicious Anemia
- Werner Syndrome
- Improper care of hair
Home Remedies for Grey Hair
1. Amla (Indian Gooseberry)
Indian Gooseberry or amla is an excellent remedy for treating premature grey hair. Boil some pieces of amla in coconut oil till it turns black and massage your hair with it to cure your grey hair, naturally.
Amla can also be used in the form of oil or paste. Decoction of amla can cure grey hair in just fifteen days. To prepare this decoction, soak a few pieces of amla for a few hours and add 1 spoon of eucalyptus oil. Store this mixture in an iron container overnight and apply this decoction with an egg, lemon juice and curd in the morning.
Amla is the best component for revitalizing pigmentation in your hair. You can even take the amla juice orally, which not only will cure your hair problem but will also prove to be a boon for other health related issues.
Grated ginger mixed with a tablespoon of honey must be taken on a daily basis for preventing hair from turning grey.
3. Coconut Oil
The well-known medication for various skin problems, coconut oil, also helps in preventing the growth of grey hair. Massage coconut oil and lemon juice on the scalp to get black and shiny hair.
4. Ghee (Clarified butter)
Massaging with pure ghee or clarified butter, twice in a week, curbs the problem of grey hair.
5. Curry Leaves
Boil some curry leaves in coconut oil till it turns black. Apply this on your scalp as a hair tonic for treating the problems of hair loss and pigmentation.
Curry leaves can also be combined and used with curd or buttermilk.
A mixture of 2 spoons of henna powder, 1 spoon of fenugreek paste, 2 spoons of basil leaves paste, 3 spoons of coffee, 3 spoons of mint juice, and 1 spoon of yogurt is proved to be very effective for treating grey hair. Apply this mixture regularly to get good results.
Henna can also be mixed with coconut oil to get natural dark brown hair. Henna also works well when soaked overnight and mixed with walnut pulp. This mixture not only helps in curing grey hair but also gives a shiny touch to your strands.
7. Ribbed Gourd (Torai)
Boil ribbed gourd in coconut oil till it turns black for 3-4 hours. Massaging the scalp with this oil cures premature greying of hair.
8. Black Tea
Take one cup of strong black tea and add one tablespoon of salt into it. Massage your hair and scalp with this water and wash off after an hour. Follow this remedy regularly to cure the problem of grey hair.
The juice of onion helps in preventing untimely hair greying, hair loss and baldness.
10. Black Pepper
1 gm of black pepper and ½ cup of curd is also a good option for massaging your hair and scalp to curb grey hair. Lemon juice can also be added to this mixture.
Boil chamomile powder for 20 minutes in water and strain it after it cools down. To treat grey hair, apply this brew regularly.
Take an equal amount of rosemary and sage leaves in one cup of water. Steep and sieve the liquid to use as a natural hair colorant.
Rosemary oil can also be applied directly in the hair.
13. Almond Oil
Mix equal amount of almond oil, lemon juice, and amla juice. Massage your hair with this mixture to cure the problem of grey hair.
14. Shikakai (Acacia concinna)
Soak 3-4 pods of shikakai and 10-12 soap nut seeds in one jug of water, overnight. Boil it and store this in a bottle as a natural shampoo. Soak a few pieces of amla separately and boil it to use it as a conditioner. This remedy treats various hair problems, like hair greying, dullness, thinning, and hair fall.
15. Guava Leaves
Guava leaves are also good for turning grey hair black. Just grind some guava leaves and apply on your scalp on the regular basis.
Apply the fresh juice of amaranth to preserve and maintain the natural colour of your hair. It is a very useful home remedy.
17. Aloe Vera Gel
Apply aloe vera gel as a therapeutic remedy for premature greying of hair.
18. Mustard Oil
Take 250 grams of mustard oil and boil it with 60 grams of henna leaves, till it entirely burns in the mustard oil. Apply this infusion in your hair to get black and shiny hair.
19. Ashwagandha (Indian ginseng)
For treating your grey hair, apply ashwagandha or Indian ginseng on your scalp. It helps in increasing the melanin content of the hair.
Ligustrum vulgare or wild privet is a chinese herb that is useful in restoring the natural colour of your hair.
Consume foodstuff rich in biotin as it slows down the progression of grey hair, naturally. Foods rich in biotin are egg yolks, tomatoes, yeast, soybeans, walnuts, carrots, cow's milk, goat's milk, cucumbers, oats, and almonds.
22. Bhringraj (Eclipta alba)
Bhringraj can be applied either in oil form or can be taken orally to get thick, black and shiny strands.
23. Bottle Gourd Juice (Lauki)
Bottle gourd juice can be applied in hair along with olive oil or sesame oil to treat the premature pigmentation of hair.
24. Eugenol Oil (Clove Oil)
Clove oil is also a good option for curing grey hair.
25. Neem Oil
Neem oil also helps in preventing grey hair. The anti-bacterial properties of neem help in treating other hair problems as well.
25. Black Walnut
The outer hulls of black walnuts can be used as a natural hair colorant. Make a decoction out of black walnut and water and keep on your hair for 30 minutes to colour your grey hair.
26. Arnica Oil
Apply arnica oil to treat untimely greying of hair. It is made from the dried arnica flowers, which has anti-inflammatory properties that treat premature greying and hair loss.
27. Brahmi Hair Oil
Massage of brahmi hair oil cures hair pigmentation, split ends and baldness.
28. Mango Seeds
Powder of mango seeds can be combined with gooseberry powder to apply in hair.
29. Carrot Juice
Drink a glass of carrot juice daily to overcome the problem of grey hair.
Homeopathic Remedies for Grey Hair
1. Lycopodium Clavatum and Phosphoricum Acidum : A homeopathic combo of Lycopodium Clavatum and Phosphoricum Acidum can be used to prevent premature baldness and greying of hair.
2. Lycopodium : This remedy is used when your strands turn grey, early.
3. Psorinum : This medication is used when grey hair appears in spots.
Other commonly used homeopathic remedies for premature greying of hair are Thyroidinum, Thuja, Sulphur, Graphites, Nat mur and Acid phos.
Preventive Measures for Premature Greying of Hair
- Keep your scalp clean.
- Give space to iron and vitamin rich diet in your meal.
- Avoid smoking.
- Avoid caffeine, junk food, and alcohol.
- Ease stress.
- Do exercise.
- Never wash hair with hot water.
- Never comb your wet hair.
- Do not tie your wet hair. Let them dry first.
- Use mild shampoos and conditioners.
- Don’t use hair products, which contain harsh chemicals.
- Properly moisturize your strands.
- Cover your hair with a scarf or hat while going out.
- Massage the scalp of hair with fingertips to induce blood flow.
- Wear shower caps while swimming as the chlorine mixed in public pools can damage your hair.