It can be really painful to see the color disappearing from your crowning glory. Premature graying or discoloration of hair may be attributed to unavoidable circumstances such as heredity, stress, sickness or scarcity of melanin pigment in the hair. Though you cannot ward off the reasons of graying completely, but yes, it can be treated at home naturally to bounce back your familiar tresses.
Some Useful Remedies For Treating Grey Hair
Amla Or Indian Gooseberry
This is one of the most effective herbal fruits to cure all problems connected with your hair. Soak some dried amla pieces or two teaspoons of its powder, in an iron vessel overnight. Strain the water in the morning and massage the scalp for some time. Wash it after 20 minutes with normal water. This remedy, if done regularly, will not only reverse the process of graying but also prevent it from falling off.
Amla oil can also be prepared by boiling some fresh pieces of it in coconut oil till they turn black. It is applied daily on scalp for better results. Amla can also be used in the form of hair mask which is equally effective for turning grey hair back into black tresses.
Soak 100 grams of dried amla powder in half liter of water and keep this into an iron vessel overnight. Boil the mixture in the vessel in the morning till it turns black in color. Now add one table spoon of henna powder, one teaspoon of coffee powder and one teaspoon of lemon juice to it and stir continuously. Let the mixture cool and apply it on the scalp. Wash hair normally after two hours. Use this mask twice a week for three months to feel the changes.
Curry leaves are an essential part of Indian cooking for its medicinal and aromatic properties. They are also very good for hair color and its growth. Boil some Curry leaves in coconut oil until the leaves become black. Apply this tonic to the scalp regularly to bring back the hair color. Dried and crushed Curry leaves can be consumed with buttermilk or curd to prevent hair from becoming grey.
Sage And Rosemary
Another natural treatment to cover grey hair is to make a brew of Sage and Rosemary herbs at home. Mix 2/3 cup of Sage and 1/3 cup of Rosemary in 3 cups of boiling water and simmer for twenty minutes.
Cool and strain the liquid and add two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to it. Store this solution in a glass spray bottle. Spray or rub this solution on hair five times a week or use it as a rinse after shampoo. It acts as a natural colorant and not as a permanent dye.
Coconut Oil And Lemon Juice
Mix some lemon juice in Coconut oil and massage hair for 15 minutes regularly. This remedy not only prevents hair form turning grey but also helps in treating hair fall and dandruff.
It is one of the distinguished medicinal herbs used for the treatment of hair loss and premature graying. The juice of the leaves of this plant is boiled in Coconut oil or Sesame oil and massaged daily to dye hair black naturally. The powder of dried leaves can be consumed for curing the problem from within.
The oil prepared with Ridge gourd helps in enriching the hair roots and restoring the color pigment to the hair. The pieces of Ridge gourd are first dried in a shady place and then soaked in coconut oil for three to four days. This oil is boiled till the solid part turns black and cooled completely. Regular massaging with this oil work wonders to prevent hair from greying.
Fresh Aloe Vera gel mixed with Amla juice is also a wonderful tonic to cure grey hair naturally. The juice of Amla is kept in an iron vessel overnight and mixed with equal amount of raw juice or gel of Aloe Vera the next morning.
This solution can be stored for a week and applied daily on the scalp for two- three months. It blackens the premature grey hair and adds luster to hair.
Prepare a homemade shampoo with Ritha and Shikakai pods by soaking them in water overnight. Boil this solution for a few minutes in the morning and let it cool. Strain the liquid and use as a natural shampoo. It will definitely stop premature graying of hair.
Diet For Hair
Consuming a nutritious and well balanced diet is the best way to restore hair color and restrict its graying. Vitamins such as A, B, C and biotin are also known as “Hair Vitamins” and should be included in daily diet in some or other form. All green and leafy vegetables, tomatoes, cauliflower, orange and yellow fruits, bananas and raw or cooked amla, provide adequate amount of required Vitamins to the hair. Minerals like copper, zinc and iron help to promote healthy hair and its color.
Dried apricots, cashews, almonds parsley, eggs, sunflower seeds, whole grains and sea food give essential minerals to the body. Sprouted grains, cereals and soy are necessary for natural shine and texture of the hair. Along with healthy diet, intake of fresh amla and aloe Vera juice, spinach juice and consumption of curry leaves regularly have proved beneficial for treatment of hair problems like graying and falling.
A very popular exercise to prevent graying of hair is to rub the left and right fingernails. Fold both the palms inwards and place the fingernails of both hands against each other. Now with regular swift motions, just keep on rubbing them against each other for five minutes at a stretch. Do this twice daily to increase blood circulation. This remedy works miraculously in curing all hair problems. Breathing exercises and Yoga also help in relieving the stress and thus curing the cause from within.
Complete prevention of grey hair is a difficult concern but can surely be taken care of at home with healthy lifestyle and corrective measures. Regular practice of these natural remedies will yield positive returns quickly.