Going gray can be an embarrassing situation for some, especially those of us that begin seeing gray much earlier than expected. While you can try for some hair dye, this solution often doesn’t last long and causes damage to your hair. Instead, try some natural ways to cover up the appearance of gray hairs and actually slow down the process of your hair changing (actually, losing) color.
Indian gooseberry is rich in vitamin C and a multitude of antioxidants. This is helpful because many times gray hair is a reaction to poor diet and a deficiency of certain nutrients. One easy remedy includes boiling a handful of dried Indian gooseberries in coconut oil; let the gooseberries char and then remove from the heat. Once the oil has cooled, you can apply this mixture to your hair and scalp.
Leave the mixture on for at least four hours to let your hair and scalp really soak up the nutrients. A slightly easier remedy includes mixing one tablespoon of Indian gooseberry pulp with one tablespoon of lemon juice and massaging it into your scalp before bed, then rinsing it out in the morning.
These leaves increase the amount of darker pigments in the hair, which significantly helps reduce the appearance of gray hairs. Simply boil a handful of fresh curry leaves in one tablespoon of coconut oil; allow the leaves to chair; strain the oil. Take the oil and massage it into your hair, letting it set for at least 30 minutes before rinsing. You can utilize this treatment 1-2 times per week. Drinking curry juice on a regular basis may also help increase darker pigmentation and prevent more grays from showing up.
Not only good for drawing on the body, henna is actually effective in darkening the hair naturally. Similar to the curry leaf solution, boil a handful of henna leaves in one tablespoon of coconut oil, then strain the oil. Once the oil is cool, apply to the hair; let sit for 30-60 minutes, then rinse.
Coconut Oil and Lemon Juice
There’s a reason why coconut oil is included in so many of these remedies: the oil is extremely nourishing and can help reverse the graying process because it is packed with antioxidants. For this solution, mix three teaspoons of lemon juice into some coconut oil and apply to your hair, massaging it into your scalp. Let this sit on your hair and scalp for a minimum of one hour; then shampoo and condition as normal. You should use this remedy weekly.
Blackstrap molasses is rich in copper, which helps increase pigment in the hair, thus reducing the number and appearance of gray hairs. Even better, this remedy is extremely easy: simply consume one tablespoon of blackstrap molasses every day for a minimum of two months.
This remedy not only helps stop the graying of hair, but can also help address the thinning and loss of hair. Research has suggested that gray hair is characterized by a build-up of hydrogen peroxide in hair follicles as well as a reduction in catalase, a natural antioxidant. Onion juice helps to promote the production of catalase, which addresses the excess hydrogen peroxide and lack of color in hair follicles (i.e. gray hair). Take the juice of an onion and apply it to your scalp, massaging it in thoroughly. let the juice sit on your scalp for 30-60 minutes, then rinse. You can repeat this process daily (but for no more than 3 weeks at a time).
Although going gray can be frustrating, there is still hope. There are many natural ways to color and darken your hair, which will help cover up the appearance of grays; black tea, sage, rosemary, and even the henna remedy mentioned above will all help to darken hair naturally. Also incorporate one (or some) of the natural remedies discussed above to stop the aging process of your hair and prevent the appearance of more gray hairs.