When I was younger, I thought that old people have gray hair because they are old. The time passed and I noticed that my father, who was 35 at that time, was starting to have gray hair. For me, this was something unusual, as I understood that my dad is not that old to have gray hair. However, premature graying of hair has become something common in recent years, due to the stressed life we’re leading. More young people aged 20 years old already start having gray hair.
Onions are a very good source of Biotin, Manganese, Vitamin B6, Copper, Vitamin C, dietary fiber, Phosphorus, Potassium, and Vitamin B1. They have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Onion juice is used in treating acne, hair structure and is a great prophylaxis in treating the infections from inside your body. Our hair color is provided by melanin and when the hair follicles are worn and torn out, a massive build-up of Hydrogen peroxide is caused, thus the hair becomes gray. However, onion juice is rich in Catalase, an enzyme that neutralized the Hydrogen peroxide and reverses gray hair. All you need to do is extract the juice of an onion and apply it to your scalp for 30-40 minutes. If you have some spare juice, massage your face with it to get rid of acne, and drink it to prevent diseases. You can add some lemon juice for better effect. Don’t be disturbed by juice’s strong smell. If you can’t bear the smell, apply this mask overnight. It is recommended to repeat this procedure daily.
2. Rosemary Sage:
When thinking about dying your hair and getting rid of the gry haiar, I bet you’re thinking of some beauty products. It’s easier, the result will be instant, but in the long run this is very dangerous. Our scalp is already affected by this melanin shortage, and we cure it with chemicals. Not the best idea. Instead, opt for something more natural, like rosemary and sage tea. Both herbs have beneficial effects for the hair. They prevent hair graying and stop hair from falling and thinning. Also, these herbs improve the hair growth. Making this rosemary & sage mixture is quite simple. Add one part of rosemary, one part of sage and 2 parts of water. Let is simmer for about 20-30 minutes, then extract the juice. Store it in a glass bottle. Apply on your hair 4-5 times per week. Let it dry then take a shower.
Amaranth or amaranthus leaves fall into the category of plants fighting with gray hair. These leaves are doing their job excellently. This plant treats premature hair graying, restores and maintains natural hair, prevents hair loss, stimulates hair growth, makes the hair smoother and brighter, long story short, it restores our hair color and maintains it. Amaranth leaves are rich in vitamins and minerals that protect our hair. In order to extract the amaranth juice, you blend the leaves with the blender, then extract the juice from the pulpy stuff. On a wet hair, apply this juice and massage the scalp for a few minutes. Let it take action for half an hour, then wash it off without shampooing.
Oiling is used in different cases. You can moisturize your skin with oils, get rid of cellulite, massage your body and treat hair problems, like hair loss, dry hair, frizzy hair, split ends, hair breakage, premature graying of hair and others. After massaging your scalp with oil, you will feel relaxed, the blood circulation will be stimulated, the hair growth will be improved and the hair will be nourished. So many benefits in one action! After this process, your hair will become smooth, shiny, nourished, damage-free, strong, beautiful and healthy. Isn’t this what a girl wants from her hair? You can achieve all this with oils like Amla oil, neem oil, coconut oil, almond oil, sesame oil, rosemary oil, Brahmi oil & bhringraj oil. These oils are recommended for premature hair graying treatment. Coconut oil and almond oil are universal beauty products and every woman should have them in the cupboard.
5. Ridge/Ribbed Gourd for Gray Hair:
Another vegetable to combat hair graying is the ribbed gourd, also known as ridge gourd. This is a common vegetable in the Indian households. It is widely used as a natural treatment for gray hair. Ribbed gourd contains enzymes that are known for their effect of restoring the normal level of melanin, hair pigment responding for our hair color, thus, preventing graying of the hair. This vegetable is also rich in essential nutrients beneficial for the hair roots, nourishing them and making the hair stronger. In order to obtain the ridge gourd oil, we have to cut the vegetable into medium sized pieces and dry them out in the sun. Then, soak the dried pieces in coconut oil for three or four days. Boil all this mix for about 6 minutes, filter the oil and store in a jar. Massage your head with this mixture before going to bed 3-4 times a week and wash off the next morning. This will improve the shine and texture besides adding bounce and restoring pigmentation.
6. Curry Leaves for Gray Hair:
Another Indian herb to treat the problem of hair graying is curry leaves. It has great benefits for our hair and is a natural solution to fix the problem of graying of hair. Curry leaves are rich in vitamin B, which restores the features of the natural pigment in the hair follicles that offers a shining black color to the hair. Also, the curry leaves provide the hair and scalp with essential nutrients and heal damaged hair roots. The leaves are rich in beta-carotene, essential in stimulating hair growth and preventing hair fall. If we combine the juice of these leaves with coconut oil, the effect is even more spectacular. Coconut oil is a great natural conditioner for dry and rough hair. It opens hair cuticles, smoothens it, making the hair radiant, bouncy and manageable. In order to get the curry leaves juice, we need to mix the leaves with coconut oil and boil the mixture for 6-8 minutes, or until the leaves turn black. After that, turn off the heat and let it cool. Filter the oil and store into a bottle. Massage your head with this oil 3-4 times before bed and wash off with a mild herbal shampoo the next morning. Do this on a daily basis and you will be able to control the problem.
7. Sesame Seeds:
In traditional Chinese Medicine, black sesame seeds are known for their anti-aging properties. The black variety of sesame seeds are rich in antioxidants – sesamin, sesamolin, and sesamol, and have the best anti-aging benefits, compared to brown, red, and tan varieties. The seeds are loaded with hair nourishing vitamins and minerals such as copper, manganese, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, phosphorus, vitamin B1, amino acids, selenium, and dietary fiber. It was proven that the antioxidants present in the black sesame seeds combat the free radicals that damage cells and cause aging. Also, black seeds nourish the scalp, stimulate hair growth, boost melanocyte activity to produce melanin, thus, prevent hair graying. All you need to do to receive all the benefits of this magical product is to eat them. Consume 1 or ½ tsp of black sesame seeds daily and become younger and healthier as the days pass by.
8. Almond Oil:
As I was mentioning above, almond oil and coconut oil have great beauty benefits on our body and should be found in every household. Almond oil is rich in vitamin E and is perfect for treating skin affections, like wrinkles, fine lines and age spots. It is a good skin moisturizer as well. Massage your body with almond oil daily after bath and your skin is going to be flawless. Moreover, this oil has amazing effects in treating gray hair. Daily massage your scalp with almond oil and stop premature graying of hair. This oil nourishes the roots of the hair, improves elasticity and prevents split ends. Also, it treats dandruff and makes your hair shiny. Almond oil in combination with lemon juice is a great treatment for many skin affections. Lemon is rich in vitamins B, C and phosphorus that stimulate hair growth. It adds volume to the hair and makes it shine. Mix equal amounts of almond oil and lemon juice and massage your scalp and hair with this mixture. Leave it on the hair for 30 minutes, and then wash off with a mild shampoo.
Ginger is a product broadly used in India. Ginger juice has anti-inflammatory effects, so it reduces joint inflammations. Also, ginger juice relieves the pain and treats inflammatory diseases because it contains antioxidants which increase the blood flow and detoxify the body. Another great use of ginger is its cancer prevention feature. It destroys the cancer-causing cells, allowing you to live without worries. There are many other great benefits of ginger, but we’re interested in the hair part. Ginger juice boosts hair growth and prevents premature hair graying. Fresh ginger roots contain magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and vitamins that help your hair grow stronger, healthier and shinier. In order to experience the ginger benefits, you have to grate some ginger and mix this with honey, olive oil or jojoba oil. Massage your scalp with this mixture and leave it on for 30 minutes. You will feel some kind of warmth, which means that the blood circulation is on. Wash off with shampoo, but don’t use conditioner, just rinse it. Repeat this on regular basis and say goodbye to gray hair and hair loss.
Carrot is the leader of vegetables in terms of beneficial effects it has on our body and of the wide range of elements it contains. It is compatible with other foods and juices and this only boosts the therapeutic effects. Carrots contain a lot of beta-carotene. This element is converted into Vitamin A in our body, which improves the eyesight and our immune system, strengthening our bones and teeth, hair, nails and skin. Along with the mentioned beta-carotene, it includes also Vitamins C, B, E, D and K, proteins, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, aluminum, sodium, manganese, iron, copper and a lot of other minerals. Carrot juice has very good anti-inflammatory, anti-cancerous and anti-aging properties. Carotene is a known anti-oxidant, which can prevent degenerative processes in the cells and has great anti-aging effects. Given all these properties, carrot becomes an amazing weapon to combat premature hair graying. Drink a glass of carrot juice regularly and behold the effects.
Henna is a plant that was used since antiquity to dye the skin, hair, nails as well as silk, wool and leather. Nowadays, many girls make temporary tattoos with henna. This is non-toxic, beautiful, not permanent and one can try doing this at home. Regarding the dye, women use it to cover the gray hair as an alternative to chemical products. Actually, the natural henna is reddish, so if you are a redhead, this product is designed especially for you. For blonds and brunettes, don’t worry, the henna plant is mixed with other plants to acquire the desired color. It makes your hair silky and healthy and doesn’t destroy hair’s condition. I strongly recommend henna as a dye at the expense of other chemical products, because henna is cheaper compared to other products and you can dye your hair as many times as you want without harming your health. In order to cover your gray strands and offer a boost of vitamins to your scalp, mix 2 tablespoons of henna powder with 1 tablespoon yogurt, 1 tablespoon fenugreek, 3 tablespoons coffee, 2 tablespoons basil and 3 tablespoons mint juice. Massage your head with this paste and apply it on your hair thoroughly. Cover your hair with a plastic bag and wait for 3 hours before washing off.
Guava is an exotic fruit loaded with nutrients. This fruit is rich in Vitamin C, lycopene and antioxidants that are beneficial for skin. Also, it contains manganese which stimulates the absorption of key nutrients by the body from the food we consume. The potassium consisting in this fruit normalizes the blood pressure. Also, guava contains about 80% of water, so it keeps our skin hydrated. The fruit is rich in Vitamin B, B2, B3, B5 and B6, which maintain the skin and hair healthy. Guava has other benefits as well, like immunity booster, cancer prevention, improve eyesight and heart health, and much more. So, this fruit is strongly recommended for consumption, not only to treat your hair, but also to improve your general health. In order to get rid of the gray hair and receive all these benefits, you have to grate a handful of guava leaves and form a paste. By regularly applying this paste on your scalp, you will notice that the gray hair turns black. You will be delighted by the benefits of this fruit.
I bet that the majority of you love potatoes. These vegetables are delicious when cooked and you can do a lot of crunchy snacks out of them. Besides all these tasty features, potatoes are rich in iron, potassium, phosphorus, fiber, calcium, protein and vitamins like A, B and C which have a lot of health benefits. It was proven that potatoes and potato juice have amazing effects on our skin and hair. We can even make a tonic out of their peels, and use the vegetable itself for other purposes. With potatoes, you can treat hair affections like gray hair, split ends, hair fall, damaged scalp, dandruff and other health affections, like lowering cholesterol level, reducing weight, preventing of cancer and other diseases. Make sure you include this vegetable in your diet. In order to cover your gray hair with this natural remedy, peel 2-3 potatoes and boil the peels in 2 glasses of water for 10-15 minutes. Let the mixture cool down, then strain the water and store in a container. Wash your hair and apply this tonic to your hair for 5 minutes. Rinse with plain lukewarm water. This peeling tonic acts like a natural hair dye. This will mask the gray hair within a few weeks.
I know that there are people allergic to dairy products, but if you’re not, then you should definitely try this recipe. Buttermilk is rich in lactic acid and is a natural pro-biotic. These elements have amazing effects on the skin. Lactic acid is found in most of the beauty products, and it can treat freckles, tightens skin, and age spots. Also, buttermilk is a great product for hair care, it treats premature hair graying. The lactic acid found in the buttermilk acts like a conditioner for the hair, making it soft and shiny. In the combination of buttermilk and curry leaves the effect is even better. Mix the juice of curry leaves with buttermilk and let it boil for 5 minutes. Let the mixture cool down. Massage your scalp and hair with it and let it on for 45 minutes. Rinse with plain water and repeat the procedure regularly for quick results.
15. Quit Smoking:
Smoking is a very unhealthy habit. Not only it damages your health, but also it encourages the appearances of gray hair, making you look older than you really are. Remember I was telling you about my dad at the beginning of this article, that he looked older than he really was. Now I get it, this was due to bad habits and stress. It was scientifically proven that smoking causes premature aging of the entire body, including premature graying of hair. This is the cheapest way to stay healthy and young. First of all, you won’t spend money on cigarettes, and secondly, you won’t spend money on products to keep you healthy and beautiful. Listen to your body; I’m sure it doesn’t like what you’re doing to it. So, quit smoking. Choose health over cigarettes!