Get Rid of Gray Hair, Without Harsh Chemicals

by Allayurveda
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Some people find it attractive and as a sign of wisdom, while most people consider gray hair as a sign of old age. Interestingly, every hair strand on your head first grows white and becomes colored by a natural pigment known as melanin. As the hair grows, the cells that produce melanin, known as melanocytes, pass on melanin to each individual hair follicle, which effortlessly colors each hair strand. Melanocyte activity slows down as we age and eventually stops, which results in very little pigment in the hair.

Genetics, hormones, and environmental factors can speed up the graying process, which means that the chances of your hair turning gray increases from 10% to 20% with every subsequent decade, after the age of 30.

Although one can easily find dyes on the market that are specifically formulated to cover gray hair, these products often contain a plethora of harsh chemicals that make it undesirable for those who wish to lead a natural and organic lifestyle.

Thankfully, there are several gray hair home remedies that you can implement that will naturally reverse gray hair, without causing harm to the body:

  1. Henna: Henna use is widespread in India and in the Middle East not just as mehendi tattoo designs, but as a natural hair colorant. Henna powder can be mixed with fragrant oils and lemon juice before applying to hair. One can even mix henna and indigo to achieve a darker color. One should regularly use henna to maintain the lovely auburn color it provides and to mask gray hair. Use this at least once a month.

  2. Amla (Indian Gooseberry): Amla juice can be mixed with almond or coconut oil, and massaged into the hair and scalp to cover gray hair. This mixture will color hair while oils enrich and moisturize the hair and scalp for a glossier color. Amla juice can also be consumed to slow down or stop the growth of gray hair.

  3. Tea: Another easy method to reverse gray hair is coloring it with tea. Black teas are suitable for brown and black hair, while rooibos can be used for redheads and chamomile is best suited for blondes. Simply steep 3-6 tea bags in two cups of boiling water. Let it cool before applying to clean, wet hair. Mixing it with conditioner will make it easier to apply. Leave it in for a minimum of one hour. Once the grey hairs have absorbed the tea color, rinse out the mixture in cool water.

  1. Flowers and herbs: Flowers and herbs are some of the best natural hair dyes available. They are very gentle, so you’ll need to use them on a regular basis to maintain your hair color. Use the following herbs suited for your hair:

  • Dark hair: Rosemary, cinnamon, sage, cloves, and black walnut hull

  • Blonde hair: Chamomile, lemon peel, calendula, marigold, sunflower petals, yarrow

  • Red hair: Hibiscus flowers, rosehips, red clover, red rose petals, carrots, beet and marigold.

  1. Coffee: Black and brown tresses can use a nice brew to add color. Make a strong coffee and allow it to cool. Mix one cup with two cups of hair conditioner, with a couple spoonfuls of coffee grounds in the mix for richer color. This method is one of the best ways to reverse gray hair to black naturally.

  2. Potato Skins: Save your potato skins for making a natural hair darkener for your gray tresses. Potato peels contain starches that act as colorants to darken gray hair. To make this dye, boil two cups of water along with one cup of potato skins for 25 minutes. Strain the mixture and allow to cool. While this mix doesn’t smell too pleasant, you can aid a few drops of rosemary or ylang ylang essential oil for fragrance and boosting the effects. Apply the liquid directly onto the hair and rinse with cool water. Repeat this process until you achieve the color your want.

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