As a 28-year-old, I still remember the spotted my first grey hair. TBH, it wasn’t that long ago but my reaction was as animated as you could imagine. My mother did console me by pointing out I was turning wiser but my granny self couldn’t help but freak out. Nope, I didn’t pluck that hair out (don’t ever do that!). In fact, I researched a lot about effective grey hair treatments, reasons for premature greying of hair, home remedies for white hair and everything under the sun about treating grey hair. End Result: I found a lot of stuff that I would like to share with you, starting from causes of premature grey hair.
Firstly, your hair is supposed to turn grey between the ages of 30 to 40 because that’s when your melanin cells stop producing. So, anything before that is premature greying (mostly in your 20s) that can be caused due to a number of factors:
This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Your genetics play a huge role in your hair becoming grey earlier than expected (thanks mom and dad!). Sadly, you can’t reverse your genetics but you can definitely cover your greys with effective home remedies and hair colors.
Oh this one again! We can’t emphasize this enough — stress is pure evil and chronic stress can lead to soooo many problems starting from lack of sleep, anxiety to grey hair. It is believed to deplete stem cells in your hair follicles. Need we say more?
- Thyroid Disorder
A Thyroid Disorder can cause hormonal changes and that can contribute to reasons for premature greying of hair. Apart from influencing your metabolism, the thyroid gland can also affect the color of your hair as it reduces melanin production in the body.
Home Remedies For Grey Hair:
1. Onion Juice
Like we couldn’t think of multiple ways to incorporate Onion in your life. Here’s one more: Onion Juice works as a great grey hair remedy. All you have to do is mix it with Lemon Juice and Olive Oil and massage it into your scalp. Wash it after half an hour for the best results and by results, we just don’t mean hair darkening but also, hair growth. And lemon juice in it will add much needed shine and bounce to dull hair.
Nykaa Recommends: Mamaearth Onion Conditioner With Onion & Coconut For Hair Fall Control, Oriental Botanics Red Onion Hair Oil, 200ml
2. Amla Powder
If you are looking for a hair solution, you will find every solution in Amla! In this scenario, we recommend Amla Powder for grey hair. It is not just a permanent solution for grey hair but also, prevent hair loss. As a hair treatment, it works perfectly well when combined with Coconut Oil. Heat the oil and mix it with the powder — massage the mixture on your scalp and keep it overnight. Wash it first thing in the morning to prevent grey hair.
Nykaa Recommends: Indus Valley Bio Organic Amla Fruit Powder (100% Natural Powder), Nature's Tattva Pure Herbal Amla Powder
We have our grandmothers' to thank for this grey hair solution. Didn’t your grandma too sit outside in the veranda and cover her hair in henna to cover her greys? Brings back all those fond childhood memories *sigh*. There are two to three ways in which you can use Henna for grey hair - mix it with coconut oil to use it as a conditioner, or make a hair mask by mixing the leaves with Black Coffee and Yoghurt. Keep the mixture on for three hours and finally, shampoo your hair to rinse it off thoroughly.
Nykaa Recommends: Kama Ayurveda Organic Henna Powder, Biotique Bio Henna Fresh Powder Hair Color
An effective Ayurvedic treatment, you can also rely on Bhringraj Powder for grey hair. a) It works as an effective premature grey hair treatment. b) It doesn’t damage your natural hair color. c) Black Dye obtained from it can be used as a natural hair color. On a hot pan, mix the powder with Coconut Oil and apply it into your scalp and hair. Keep it on for an hour and finally, rinse it off with warm water.
Nykaa Recommends: Dark Forest Bhringraj Powder (False Daisy), MESMARA Herbal Bhringraj Powder
5. Black Tea
The idea of sipping on Black Tea may not sound tempting but guess what? Black Tea for grey hair is a winner as a grey hair cure. All thanks to the Tannic Acid in it that can darken your hair over a period of time. Make a few strong cups of Black Tea, cool it down and pour it all over your hair. Let your hair absorb it for half an hour and finally, rinse it off with warm water. Sounds super fun, doesn’t it? It’s only a big plus that it is among the best home remedies for grey hair too.
Nykaa Recommends: Tea Trunk Chilli Chai Black Tea, Goodwyn Masala Classic Black Tea With Traditional Indian Spices
6. Castor Oil
Oh yes, Castor Oil for grey hair FTW! Castor Oil, when mixed with Lemon Juice and Henna, works as a hair mask that will keep a check on your greys. All thanks to the Omega-3 fatty acids present in this hair oil for grey hair. Once the creamy hair pack is ready, apply it on your scalp and keep it on for one hour. Finally, wash it off with a herbal shampoo to ward off premature grey hair.
Nykaa Recommends: Aroma Magic Castor Oil, Soulflower Coldpressed Castor Carrier Oil
‘Coz not all of us have time to cure grey hair at home. In our busy lives, we are looking for one product to do the job — in this case, work efficiently as a grey hair treatment.
The name says it all, doesn’t it? True Roots Botanical Hair Tonic to Delay Hair Greying is THE hair oil for grey hair because it reduces melanin levels in the hair that cause greying. Moreover, it is loaded with botanical actives & Apigenin, a natural extract from Chamomile flowers that acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Wait, we aren’t done yet! It is clinically proven to show no greys in 90 days. Just massage it on the scalp for 1-2 hours on your hair roots and you’re good to go.
If it was up to us, we would use natural hair colors only. Actually, we are almost moving towards natural everything. This is why we love the Khadi Natural Black Herbal Hair Colour that will not only refresh your hair color but also, cover greys effectively. With prime ingredients like Amla, Henna and Indigo, the hair color will supply some much needed nutrition to damaged hair and keep it shiny for days. Make a thick paste by mixing the color with warm water and apply it to your scalp. Keep it on for 30 minutes and finally, wash it off warm water.
Opting to color your greys? You need a shampoo for grey hair too. By that we mean, a shampoo that will provide color protection from the get-go. Enter: L'Oreal Paris Colour Protect Shampoo! C’mon someone in your family must be using this shampoo at the moment - it’s THAT good. With its UV filter, it will enhance the hair color and make your hair smooth & silky. Of course, without causing any damage to your natural hair. A dream come true, truly!
Don’t blame us for recommending another natural remedy as a grey hair solution. The Mantra Herbal Bhringraj & Hibiscus Nourishing Hair Oil is enriched with Vitamin-E and Bhringraj (scroll up for its multiple benefits) that will nourish your hair follicles and stimulate hair growth. But the main reason why we love this hair oil is because of its power to fight premature greying. And no compromises on your natural hair color. Win, win, win!
Q. Once I cover my greys, can they turn black again?
A. Well this is a mix of yes or no. Your grey hair due to old age can’t turn black again naturally (sorry, ladies!). However, if your hair has turned black due to stress, food, pollution and any other physical factor, it can turn black again if you take care of it properly.
Q. What changes can I make to my diet to prevent premature ageing?
A. A healthy diet above everything! Consume food and fruits that are rich in Iron and Biotin supplements to prevent premature greying. The fact that a healthy diet will keep you happy and reduce stress and consequently, reduce greying is only an added bonus.
Q. Is there any effective grey hair treatment in ayurveda?
A. Oh yes! As per Ayurveda, greying of hair takes place due to increased Pitta Dosha inside the body that can be caused due to reasons such as eating extremely spicy food, drinking too much alcohol or caffeinated beverages and excessive anger. There are specialized Ayurvedic treatments that you can indulge in to treat premature grey hair.