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How to Reduce and Prevent Grey Hair – 15 Home Remedies That Really Work

home remedies for grey hair

 

Grey hair is a sign of wisdom and maturity. But the trouble is if greying happens early in life.

While conventional hair dyes can cover the grey hair, they contain many harmful chemicals — which can cause hair loss, more grey hair and even adversely affect your health.

Fortunately, nature provides us with simple and safe natural remedies that have been used since ancient times.

Looking young and stylish is not a recent thing. Even in olden times, people did care about their appearance.

So they took help of various plants and cleverly found ways to keep their hair healthy and vibrant looking.

You will be surprised how some common ingredients can work to reduce or even reverse the growth of grey hair. Besides, there are some natural hair dyes, to mask your grey strands, that can create beautiful shades of auburn, red, mahogany, black and blonde.

I have written about the causes of grey hair. Research indicates that genetics plays a vital role in greying of hair. But so does stress, poor nutrition and vitamin deficiencies. Thus even if you can’t change your genes, you can certainly affect it by living a healthy and happy life.

In this article we will look at:

  • home remedies to reverse grey hair
  • Supplements to reduce the growth of grey hair
  • natural hair dyes and tints

15 Natural Remedies for Grey Hair

1. Black Strap molasses

Black strap molasses is a great remedy to halt the growth of grey hair. Some people claim that it helped reverse greying hair and brought back their natural hair color when used regularly.

Black strap molasses is a thick dark coloured liquid that is obtained during sugar making process. It is what is left over after the sugar crystals have been removed.

But this black liquid is abundant in minerals such as iron, manganese, selenium and copper – the first 3 minerals help to preserve your natural hair colour, while copper helps with the production of hair pigments. It also contains high amounts of calcium and magnesium, which is essential for stronger and healthier hair growth.

Black strap molasses has number of health benefits too. It helps with arthritis, improves bone health, stabilises blood sugar levels, combat stress and helps you get clear and glowing skin.

How to use: Eat a tablespoon of black strap molasses every alternate day for at least a few months to see positive results. When buying black strap molasses buy one that is obtained from sugar cane juice (not beet sugar) – such this one.

2. Amla (Indian Gooseberry)

indian gooseberry to prevent grey hair

Also called as nectar for hair, amla is one of the best remedies to stop the growth of grey hair. It is the richest source of vitamin C and contains array of other powerful antioxidants that help to renew your hair, and make it darker, thicker and fuller looking. Amla also helps to pacify pitta dosha (or excess body heat), which is one of the major cause of early greying.

How to use:

  • Drinking Fresh amla juice can reverse grey hair and it also great for your skin and overall health.
  • Dried amla powder is equally beneficial and can be consumed with water or added to the smoothie or soups.
  • Massaging your hair with homemade amla oil moisturises and nourishes your scalp and reduces the growth of grey hair.
  • You can also rinse your hair with amla water. It will not only improve the texture and condition of your hair, in few months you will notice a remarkable decrease in grey hair.

You may also enjoy: Amla – the Superfood for Hair

3. Onion

An onion a day may help keep grey hair away. Onions are rich in antioxidant enzyme catalase, which restores the hair’s natural colour. Besides, the phyto-nutrients in onion along with their vitamin C, folic acid, and copper also help to delay greying of hair.

Eating onion is one way you can use its colour reversing power. But, you can also apply onion juice on your scalp to reduce the build-up of hydrogen peroxide and reverse grey hair. In fact, onion juice hair mask has been used since ancient time to remedy grey hair. It even helps with hair loss and makes your hair grow faster, softer and shinier.

How to use:

  1. Just blend a small onion in a blender and strain the juice with a sieve or muslin cloth. Apply this juice to your scalp and let it sit for about 30 minutes, then wash as usual. Repeat twice a week.
  2. You can also mix onion juice with equal amounts of coconut oil and follow above instructions.
  3. And if onion smell is too strong for you, mix onion juice with 1 egg and 1 tablespoon olive oil and apply.

4. Eat foods rich in Catalase – a potent antioxidant that helps to prevent grey hair

almonds prevent grey hair

New research suggests that it is not loss of hair pigments that turns hair grey; it is the build-up of hydrogen peroxide in the hair follicles that literally bleaches the hair inside out.

Hydrogen peroxide is naturally produced in our bodies as a by-product of regular metabolism.

Catalase, a potent antioxidant enzyme found in all plants and animals living in oxygen-rich environment, quickly breaks down the hydrogen peroxide molecule into oxygen and water. But as we age, our bodies produce less catalase. Even factors such as stress and poor diet can cause catalase levels to go down. This causes the build-up of hydrogen peroxide in the hair follicles – which breaks down the hair pigments, as a result the hair turns white.

Foods rich in Catalase:

The good news is that several foods contain high levels of enzyme catalase. And eating them regularly will help return your natural hair colour back. Catalase rich foods include: almond, wheat grass, garlic, onion, leeks, cabbage, broccoli, kale, cucumber, collard, turnip greens, carrots, radish, cherry, potatoes, and sweet potato.

5. Wheat grass juice

Wheat grass juice is another fantastic natural remedy to keep the hair form graying. It is packed full of vitamins A, B-complex, C, E,  chlorophyll, amino acids, iron, selenium, copper, calcium, iodine and antioxidant enzyme catalase.

The extraordinary antioxidants in wheat grass help to get rid of hydrogen peroxide—which causes grey hair and other signs of aging such as wrinkles, age spots, arthritis, and dementia. Wheat grass juice is also useful in skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis.

How to use: You can either grow your own wheat grass and juice it or buy ready-made wheatgrass powder and have it with water, or add it to your smoothie or soups.

Tip: If you are making fresh juice, extract the juice using a blender or juicer and then store the remaining in ice cube tray. Use one cube at a time.

6. Coconut oil

coconut oil for grey hair

Coconut oil can do wonders for hair – from dandruff to conditioning to hair growth – it can tackle all your hair issues. Coconut oil is also a simple yet effective remedy to keep grey hair at bay.

So how does coconut prevent greying? According to ayurveda grey hair is caused due to excess pitta dosha (or high body heat). Coconut oil is one of the best ingredients to pacify pitta dosha, thereby prevents hair turning white.

How to use:

7. Curry leaves

Curry leaves is an age-old remedy for grey hair. Anecdotal evidence suggests that people who eat these dark green aromatic leaves daily or apply its oil do not get grey hair early. Curry leaves contain powerful antioxidants including vitamins A, C and E, and minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, iron, magnesium, and copper.

Not only does it help to reverse the growth of grey hair, it nourishes and strengthens the hair follicles, to promote healthy hair growth. When used as a hair mask, curry leaves increases body and luster and makes hair silky soft.

How to use:

  1. Curry leaves together with coconut oil works as a great hair tonic. Here’s how to make curry leaves hair oil to reduce greying.
  2. You can also apply a hair mask of curry leaves. Make a paste of ¼ cup of curry leaves and mix it with ½ cup of yogurt. Apply to your scalp and hair and leave it on for 30 minutes, then wash off.
  3. You can also include fresh or dried curry leaves in your diet. Eating curry leaves also helps to regulate blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol and is also good for eyesight.

8. Bhringraj
bhringraj for grey hair

Bhringraj or Eclipta Alba is another fantastic ayurvedic herb that helps to maintain the hair’s natural colour and lustre.

I have seen it myself: one of my relative used bhringraj powder mixed with coconut oil on his hair and the grey hair almost disappeared in one year’s time. According to ayurveda a toxic or sluggish liver will make your hair dull and cause hair loss and greying. Bhringraj is a great liver detoxifier and helps to purify the blood and balance pitta dosha. A regular use of Bhringraj will make your hair grow darker and thicker. You will also have more shine and softness in your hair.

How to use:

  • It can be used as a pre-shampoo oil treatment. Mix 1 tablespoon bhringraj powder with water to form a paste, then add coconut oil or olive oil and apply to your scalp and hair. Let it sit for an hour and wash off.
  • You can also add bhringraj powder to henna paste or make a tea and use as a hair rinse.
  • Some people also take in orally for added benefit. You can take half teaspoon bhringraj powder with ghee or honey or drink it with warm water.

9. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is an anti-aging herb – it can reverse your greys and keep your skin soft and young looking. This Indian herb has amazing hormone balancing effects, and it also helps to calm the mind and boost your immune system.

How to use:

You may also like: 10 Amazing Hair and Health Benefits of Ashwagandha

10. Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 Grey Hair Remedy

If you see number of grey hair increasing, and you also feel tired all the time, along with shortness of breath, confusion and brain fog, a deficiency in the B12 may be the culprit. Vitamin B12 is present in natural form only in animal sources of food– meat, fish, eggs, milk and other dairy products. So if you are a vegan or a vegetarian you are likely to be deficient. Also certain medicines or medical condition can affect the absorption of vitamin B12 (read here).

Hair greying due to B12 deficiency is easily reversed by including including B12 rich foods into your diet. But if you are a vegetarian you can boost B12 in the body by taking a B12 supplement.

Buying Tip: Buy natural form of B12, also known as methylcobalamin, as it is easier to absorb and is generally better for your body.

Other beneficial Vitamins and Herbs to Stop Greying:

Vitamin D

Bladderwrack

Cod liver oil

Epsom salt

Ghee

Aloe vera

11. Black sesame seeds

In traditional Chinese Medicine black sesame seeds are considered as one of the best foods for hair. Along with nourishing the scalp and stimulating hair growth, black sesame seeds can promote melanocyte activity to produce melanin – the pigment responsible for hair colour.

They also have great anti-aging benefits and help to make your skin soft and supple, improve bone health, relieve arthritis pain, boost eye health and promote peaceful sleep.

How to use: To naturally cure your grey hair, eat a tablespoon of black sesame seeds 2 to 3 times a week. More health benefits and how to eat here.

12. Henna

Henna is a fantastic natural alternative to synthetic hair dyes. It gives the hair a warm reddish-brown colour, and when mixed with other herbs such as coffee, indigo, clove, can create a variety of beautiful shades. Henna is also hair conditioning, it coats the hair with a fine film and adds body shine and brilliant highlights.

How to use: Prepare a henna mask by mixing black tea/coffee with henna powder – it should be yogurt consistency. Cover the bowl and let it sit for 3-6 hours. Just before applying add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil. Apply it to your hair, leave it on for one to three hours, and then rinse it off.

13. Indigo for Brown to Black Colour

Indigo is a great natural dye to colour your hair brown or black. It is obtained from Indigofera tinctoria leaves and was used to colour fabrics such as cotton and silk in olden times.

You can use this dye to cover your greys without having to worry about its side effects, as there are none.

How to use:

  • Mix indigo along with henna and coffee to create brown shades. For blackish colour, first henna dye your hair. Next mix indigo powder with some warm water and a pinch of salt, let it sit for 15-20 minutes for dye to release. Then apply on your hair and let it sit for 1-2 hours before washing it off.

Tip: You can also use black walnut in place of indigo.

14. Rosemary

rosemary for grey hair

Rosemary not just adds amazing flavour to your dishes; this aromatic herb has been traditionally known to darken gray and also slow the appearance of grey hairs. And if you have premature greying along with hair loss then rosemary is a must-try herb for you. The stimulating properties of rosemary encourage new growth, while its high antioxidant content gets rid of free radicals that damage hair pigments.

Rosemary also revitalizes hair, removes product/cal build up to leave your hair shiny and soft. Plus, it is super-effective against dandruff, scalp irritation and itching.

How to use:

  • You can apply rosemary hair rinse to darken your hair. Add sage leaves for extra effect, here’s an easy way to do it.
  • Rosemary infused hair oil can also be applied directly in the hair. To make this oil, take a glass jar, fill 1/3 of it with dried rosemary. Then fill it completely with extra virgin olive oil. Place the jar in sunny location and let it steep for 3 to 6 weeks. Gently shake the jar every 4 days or so. Once the oil is done infusing strain and store in cool dry place.

There are more herb options to colour your hair. You won’t get a dramatic change with one application. The results are subtle and the colour will gradually build up in your hair so you will have to repeat them a few times before you see any change.

15. Chamomile for Blonde Hair

Chamomile flower tea makes a fantastic hair colorant for blonde hair. Chamomile contains a special pigment called apigenin, which gives hair a golden tint.

Chamomile is also a soothing hair tonic and natural remedy for scalp dryness and dandruff.

To make chamomile hair rinse, you will need:

Bring water to a boil, add chamomile flower, reduce the flame and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it steep (covered) until cool. Strain and use.

To use, pour on your hair and let it sit for 10 to 20 minutes, then wash off. You can also leave it on and let your hair dry naturally. Repeat twice a week for best results.

Other herbs to colour blonde Hair Calendula flower, Oat straw, Rhubarb roots, and Mullein flower

Useful Tips to Prevent Grey Hair

  • Avoid smoking.
  • Reduce your intake of caffeine, junk food, and alcohol.
  • Exercise.
  • Be Calm and Joyful.
  • Avoid washing your hair with hot water. Use lukewarm.
  • Stay away from harsh chemical and avoid treatments such as permanent straightening.
  • Cover your hair with a scarf or hat while going out in hot sun.
  • Massage the scalp of hair with fingertips to increase blood flow to the hair follicles.
  • Wear shower caps when swimming in chlorinated pool.
  • Eat a balanced diet.

 Have you tried above remedies before? Do you have any other remedy to share? Share below…

  • Sam

    I have heard it before as well that Amla and wheat grass can reverse grey hair. I will give it a try & report back. anyone else tried it?

  • Darshan

    This is very interesting…

  • Becky

    I am in my early 30s am tired of synthetic dyes, I have started loosing more hair since I started using them. I knew about heena but that is about. You have give lots of options will definitely try a few and see what works for me. Thanks for sharing

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