Premature greying is one of the maladies of modern lifestyle. Those dreaded streaks of silver and white pop up even when you are in your 20s. They may say that greying is a sign of wisdom and maturity, but it also tells you that your body is not producing enough melamine, which is an early sign of ageing.
The first step is to learn to eat right. Yes! It does make a difference. Lots of greens, a beet a day, fresh fruits & veggies and lots of yoghurt are what you must eat regularly. Such a diet will not only make your skin smooth and soft but will also result in lustrous long hair.
Amla Hair Pack:
1 tbsp amla powder
3 tsbp coconut oil
In a deep bottomed vessel, mix amla powder and coconut oil.
Keep stirring until it turns black. Let the oil cool.
Massage the mixture on the scalp and roots.
Leave it overnight. Wash with mild shampoo.
How It Works:
Amla is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants that help in preserving melanin in hair follicles and providing hair with natural colour. Using this oil regularly slows down the process of greying.
Coconut Oil, Onion And Garlic Pack:
¼ cup coconut oil
1 onion, chopped finely
5 garlic cloves, chopped finely
In a deep bottomed pan, boil onion, garlic on a low flame.
Cool the mixture and store it in a glass jar.
Massage this concoction on hair and scalp.
Wrap a hot wet towel around head for an hour.
Wash with a mild shampoo.
How It Works:
Onion juice and garlic are rich in enzyme catalase that help in reversing the greying, while coconut oil nourishes the roots. Do it regularly to get back the natural colour of hair.
Ridge Gourd Pack:
1 ridge gourd, chopped finely
½ cup coconut oil
Dry ridge gourd pieces under sun, till they are completely dehydrated.
In a glass jar, pour coconut oil and soak these pieces for three days.
Boil these pieces along with oil for 10 minutes.
Strain the concoction into a glass jar.
Massage the oil thoroughly on the scalp, roots and leave it 45 minutes.
Wash it with mild shampoo.
How It Works:
This is one of the time-tested remedies and ridge gourd is known for its ability to restore the pigment cells in hair follicles, that reverses grey hair.
Some other tips-
Black tea rinse
Boil a cup of water with 2 tbsps of black tea and a tsp of salt. Cool and apply generously on freshly washed hair. Allow to dry. Repeat regularly to darken grey strands.
Black Tea has caffeine which is loaded with anti-oxidants. While adding a natural dark hue to the hair, it stimulates hair growth and strengthens it giving it a shine.
Almond oil and lemon juice
Mix almond oil and lemon juice in the ration of 2:3. Massage well in the scalp and hair. Wash off after 30 minutes.
Almond oil has Vitamin E which is extremely beneficial for hair. It nourishes the roots and prevents premature greying.
Lemon juice not only adds gloss and volume to hair but also promotes healthy hair growth.
Henna and coffee
Add 1 tbsp of coffee powder to boiling hot water. Cool and make a paste with henna powder. Let it rest covered for a few hours. Mix in 1 tbsp of any oil of your choice and apply liberally covering the hair completely. Wash off after an hour.
Henna is a natural conditioner and a colorant and when combined with coffee, it gives excellent results.
Make a paste of shikakai powder and yoghurt and rub into the scalp. Wash off after half an hour.
Shikakai powder has been used in Ayurveda since ages for healthy hair. It is a natural shampoo and an effective way to reduce greying. Regular use will lead to a healthier scalp and you will notice hair growth.
Pamper and nourish your hair with these home remedies and delay greying of hair. A good nutritious diet also plays a major role in contributing to flaunting a shiny beautiful mane.