Discovering your first gray hair can almost be as intense as dealing with heartbreak. If you’re a teen or in your twenties and are already struggling with silver strands – you’re not alone. Genetics, poor nutrition, smoking, and not protecting your hair from heat all contribute to early graying. There is nothing wrong with being a silver fox and a few gray strands should never make you feel embarrassed or dap your self esteem. However, if want to get rid your gray strands, we’re here to help.
If you’ve been wondering if there are any desi home remedies to combat graying hair at an early age then look no further. Keep reading to find out how you can prevent premature hair whitening.
1. Guava Leaves
Guava leaves have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties that are necessary for healthy hair. The antioxidant and vitamin content in guava leaves make it a very effective cure for gray hair. To use: Make a paste of guava leaves and apply to your scalp and hair. Leave on for 30 minutes and wash with a mild shampoo.
2. Regular Oiling
Listen to your mom and start oiling your hair at least once a week. Oiling is the best natural cure to get rid of white hair. It is also a sure-shot prevention against hair whitening at a young age. Oiling your hair is one of the best workouts for your locks to grow and gain strength.
3. Fenugreek Seeds (Methi)
Fenugreek seeds have a high protein and nicotinic acid content, which are known to be beneficial for hair strengthening, scalp issues, and dryness. The seeds also help moisturize the hair and bring back luster, color, and bounce. To use: Soak a handful of fenugreek or methi seeds in a glass of water overnight. The next morning, drink the water along with the seeds on an empty stomach. Practice this three times a week for three months. The soaked seeds can also be crushed and applied to the scalp.
Mehndi or henna is a natural dye and it is also great for healing the scalp. Using mehndi in your hair at least once a week can help keep premature hair whitening at bay. It not only protects your hair against becoming gray, it also erases the appearance of existing gray hair. To use it crush a bunch of mehndi leaves with three-four tablespoons of coconut oil. Apply to the scalp and hair. Leave on for 20 minutes and wash with a mild shampoo.
5. Mustard Oil And Castor Oil
Mustard oil contains zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, and selenium. It’s also a great source of minerals that keep your scalp nourished. The high protein content of castor oil repairs and prevents damage and proper nourishment is key is preventing grays. This oil blend helps speed up the rate at which your hair grows and improves hair health. To use mix together one tablespoon of castor oil and mustard oil. Apply to hair from the scalp to the tips. Leave on for 30 minutes and wash.
6. Curry Leaves (Curry Pata)
Curry leaves help restore melanin, the pigment that gives your hair its natural color, in the hair follicles. Curry leaves are also rich in vitamin B which is vital for hair growth. The mixture of curry leaves and coconut oil for grey hair makes your hair strong and restores elasticity. To use: Crush a handful of curry leaves and mix with three tablespoons of coconut oil. Apply to the scalp and hair. Leave on for 30 minutes and wash with a mild shampoo.
7. Coconut Oil and Lemon Juice Blend
This is one of the most popular and most effective remedies for gray hair. Coconut oil contains anti-microbial properties, lauric acid, and fatty acids. These properties strengthen the hair, condition the scalp, and help regrow hair. Coconut oil reduces protein loss and when used regularly, it also helps reverse gray hair as it’s packed with antioxidants. Lemon juice contains vitamin B & C and phosphorus, which nourish the hair and treats the cause of gray hair. To use: Add one teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to two tablespoons of coconut oil and mix well. Massage it into your scalp and hair. Leave on for 20 minutes and wash.
The enzymes in cow’s milk and ghee are believed to prevent and reverse the process of graying hair. To use: Take two tablespoons of pure ghee or clarified butter and massage into the roots of your hair gently. Leave on for 30 minutes and wash.
9. Amla Powder and Coconut Oil
Amla or Indian gooseberry is known for itscollagen-boosting abilities and high amounts of vitamin C. It also contains antioxidants that keep the hair follicles healthy by fighting away damage causing factors. To use: Mix together two teaspoons of amla powder and three tablespoons of coconut oil. Apply to the scalp and hair and leave on for 30 minutes. Wash with a mild shampoo and repeat weekly for the best results.
10. Black Tea
The answer to your white hair may be in your next cup of chai. Black tea has the power to dye your hair black without the use of chemicals and it also stimulates the production of melanin. To use: Prepare a black tea concoction by mixing together two teaspoons of black tea and one teaspoon of salt into one cup of water and allow the mixture to come to a boil. Let it cool down and use it as a hair wash. Rinse your hair with the mixture hair followed by a cold water wash after 15 minutes (do not use shampoo).
11. Onion Paste
Onion has been used as a natural cure to prevent gray hair for many years. Onion is a great scalp cleanser and follicle stimulator. Research has shown that it induces hair-enzymes that help reverse the growth of gray hair. To use: Peel two medium-sized onions and make a paste of them with a blender. Rub the paste on your scalp and apply gentle pressure. Leave on for 30 minutes and wash. Use weekly for the best results.
12. Carrot Juice
Vitamin C and E in carrots can improve blood circulation in your scalp, thus preventing premature hair graying. To use: Grate two large, fresh carrots and use a juicer to extract the juice. Consume a full glass to treat graying hair.
13. Or…..you could just *gasp* embrace the salt and pepper look
A little gray hair never killed anyone…plus it’s kinda hot.
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