If you pluck out a grey hair, three more will grow back in its place. Whether this old saying is true or not, the real question is how do these grey hairs appear out of nowhere and what can we do to get rid of them? As we grow older the amount of pigment reaching our hair is reduced and it eventually turns grey or white.
But the early onset of greying is the scary part.
Studies have shown various factors for the greying of hair, some of them being stress, vitamin and melanin deficiency, hormones, chemicals and genes.
Your Hair is What You Eat
Melanin content predominantly determines the colour of our hair and for the production of this melanin, it is essential to take in nutritious and vitamin-rich food. Iron deficiency, lack of Vitamin B5, Vitamin B12 and Selenium are also some of the major causes for the greying of hair follicles.
Here are some foods you can add to your diet to improve the strength and colour of your precious locks.
- Antioxidants – leeks, onions, spinach, tea, blueberries our favourite dark chocolate
- Vitamin B12 – although it is naturally found in meat, fish, egg and milk there are alternatives available for vegetarians in the form of breakfast cereals
- Vitamin B5 – egg, broccoli, chicken, milk, yoghurt, legumes, mushrooms and avocado.
Adding curry leaves and sprinkling sunflower seeds to your meals are also a great way to pump up the protein content that you take in every day.
If you are experiencing extreme hair-fall and greying then it is advisable to take in these proteins and vitamins in the form of juices. You can check out a whole range of all-natural juices here.
Be Your Own Parlour Aunty
Many of the chemicals in our everyday hair care products were found to strip the natural oils present and speed up the greying process.
Looks like mom was right. Anything and everything natural and homemade has always been great for your tresses! Here are a few natural hair remedies that you can make at home to give back your hair the shine and colour it deserves.
1. Castor Oil with Coconut Oil
- Heat one tablespoon of castor oil with two tablespoons of coconut oil until it is mildly warm.
- Massage this mix into your hair and work your way down to the tips.
- Leave it on for 30 mins, and wash off with a natural shampoo.
2. Hibiscus Flower with Amla Powder
This natural mask will keep your hair strong, prevent premature greying and can also help you control dandruff.
- Take 2-3 hibiscus flowers and leaves and 2 tablespoons of amla powder.
- Blend into a fine paste
- Apply the mixture on your scalp and hair evenly
- Leave it on for an hour and wash it off with a natural conditioner.
3. Natural Henna Powder
If you’re looking for ways to cover up your existing grey hairs, it’s always a better option to opt-out of chemical hair dyes which be damaging. Henna, on the other hand, can give your beautiful strands a natural brown tinge, give nourishment and prevent it from greying any further.
- Add 5-6 tablespoons (depending on the length of your hair) of henna powder to water. Keep stirring to avoid lumps and form an even paste.
- Apply this henna mix to your scalp and hair and leave it on for 3-4 hours.
- Shampoo and use a mild natural conditioner.
It is important to remember that the oils and the shampoos that you use don’t cause further damage to hair. Check out a range of natural hair products that you can add to your routine.
With age, it is quite natural for your locks to lose colour and it is completely upto you to keep your greys or to colour them, either way, keeping your routine natural and chemical-free is a vital step in haircare!
(Edited by Saiqua Sultan)