– Part 2
In Part 1 of my article on how to treat gray hair, I wrote about the causes of this problem.
In this post I will touch on some foods and drinks that may cause premature graying and some popular natural remedies
Most people do not know that sugar can make our hair turn gray. Foods that contain sugar can make hair turn gray prematurely because of its ageing effects. One can of soda for instance contains ten teaspoons of sugar and artificial sweeteners and colors
- Salt (Sodium)
According to experts, it is unhealthy to take more than 2300mg of sodium a day.
- Enriched bleached white flour
Many good things that were found in many wheat flours have been removed and replaced with metallic iron which should not be consumed by our body. The enriched bleached flour is absorbed by the body as starch, and not as wheat or grain. It has no fiber or any nutritional value. Even though your hair needs iron, vitamins and minerals to grow and remain healthy, an excess of iron found in enriched bleached white has a detrimental effect on your hair.
- Monosodium Glutamate
It is found in many processed foods, sausages, chips and soups. It is known to cause several health problems that include gray hair.
There are a number of natural remedies for gray hair. These include new home remedies to fight graying hair. Natural remedies offer an alternative to slow down hair-whitening without harming the body or causing further hair pigment damage. Most of the remedies are available at Amazon fresh, or in oil or powder form.
1) Curry Leaves
They have been used for centuries to strengthen hair roots, retain black hair color and even prevent premature graying.
Boil the leaves in a tablespoon of coconut oil until charred. Strain and massage into the hair. Leave it on for 30-45 minutes before rinsing it out. Follow this treatment at least twice a week. When combined with hair oil and applied to the scalp, curry leaves can slow premature graying. Shop for curry leaves here
Like curry leaves, the false daisy or bhringaraj will darken hair and keep it from becoming white early, according to some reports. The juice of the leaves is boiled in coconut oil or sesame oil and massaged into the hair. Bhringaraj leaves are available in oil form. Shop for bhringaraj here.
3) Amla or Indian gooseberry
It is a herbal supplement recognized for reversing premature graying by promoting pigmentation. It is a natural astringent that helps to retain hair color. Its effectiveness is believed to be because the gooseberry is rich in antioxidants and anti-aging properties. It also helps to boost your immune system and slows down aging.
Smash the amla, take the seeds out and make a paste. Apply it to your scalp and massage it on hair roots.
It can also be found, as a powder or supplement. The powder can be mixed with coconut oil and applied directly to the scalp.
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4) Black tea
It can make hair darker, shinier and softer.
Steep 3 to 5 tea bags in 2 cups of boiling water. Cool it and apply it to clean, wet hair. Tea can also be mixed with conditioner, left in the hair for 1 hour, and then rinsed out.
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5) Ridge Gourd Oil
It restores hair pigment and stimulates the roots of the hair. Regular massaging of ridge gourd oil can prevent hair from turning white.
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6) Coconut oil and lemon juice
It helps improve blood circulation in the scalp. Oils contain biotin, moisture and other extracts that help in treating gray hair and making them soft.
Mix two parts of coconut oil and one part lemon juice. Massage the mixture thoroughly on to your scalp and hair.
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7) Tea or coffee.
They keep hair black or brown naturally.
Add tea or coffee to water and boil for 10 minutes. To retain black hair color, rinse with tea and for brownish hair, rinse with coffee.
8) Black sesame seeds
It turns grays to natural black.
Eat raw black sesame seeds daily with water on an empty stomach.
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9) Black strap molasses
It is a thick, dark syrup that is a byproduct of the process of refining sugar cane into sugar.
It prevents and reduces gray hair. It is rich in copper, which helps with the production of hair pigment. Eat a tablespoon of it every morning for at least a few months to see positive results.
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10) Onion paste
It is known to nourish hair. Blend an onion in a blender and then use a strainer so that you’re left with the juice. Rub this juice twice a week into your scalp. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then shampoo as usual.Gray hair will eventually turn black.
11) Rosemary and sage
Both herbs cover grays by darkening hair color.
Boil one-half cup of dried rosemary and sage in two cups of water. Let it sit for a couple of hours. Strain and after shampooing, apply for 15-20 minutes and rinse. Repeat every week.
It helps hair retain its black pigment and promotes hair growth.
Grind the leaves of amaranth and apply on your scalp as a paste.
It is an effective home remedy to treat premature graying. It is found in central India and is rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, C, K, and D which nourish hair. The fruit is available in powdered form.
Soak shikakai in water in an iron vessel at night. In the morning, boil the water and rinse. Do this regularly.
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A factor in premature graying is low copper levels according to one 2012 study. Good food sources of copper are beef liver, lentils, almonds, dark chocolate, and asparagus.
Researchers had a recent breakthrough regarding the loss of pigment in hair. They discovered that hair follicles release a small amount of hydrogen peroxide, which gets accumulated over time and bleaches the hair. And this causes it to turn gray, and eventually white. By removing this accumulation, it is possible for your hair to regain its natural color.
Re-pigmentation is sometimes possible after hormone therapy treatment. Another way to promote pigmentation is by taking shots or pills of vitamin B-12.
For some people graying hair is a sign of maturity and wisdom and they are not disturbed by it. There are many natural and permanent dyes available on the market. You can select a color that matches your hair. Look for products designed for gray hair. Permanent dye will better cover stubborn roots than semipermanent color. If you can afford it, opt for a color treatment at your local salon. If some of your grays won’t take in the color, try using a lighter shade that will blend in with the grays.
Henna is a fantastic natural alternative to synthetic hair dyes and gives the hair a warm reddish-brown color. It is also known as Mehndi and is a dye prepared from the Lawsonia Inermis plant.
This dye when mixed with other herbs such as coffee, indigo,and clove, can create a variety of beautiful shades. Henna is also a hair conditioner. It coats the hair with a fine film and adds body shine and brilliant highlights.
Prepare a henna mask by mixing black tea/coffee with henna powder. It should have the consistency of yoghurt . 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, and let it sit from one to three hours, and then rinse it off.
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Why not be proud of your hair? You can style it in a way that you prefer.
Many women and men are allowing their gray hair to grow as it naturally does instead of trying to mask it.
With the right diagnosis and treatments, white hair progression can be stopped and reversed in some instances. A balanced diet and good hair care can also help. In some cases, however, the process is irreversible.
I hope you have found my article on premature graying useful and interesting.
I have listed the causes of premature graying and some natural remedies and how to use them. But do consult a doctor before using them as you could be allergic to some of them. If you have any comments suggestions, or questions, please leave them in the comments section below and I will do my best to address them as soon as possible.