Grey hair can be a nightmare, especially for women. This is a universal and widespread problem that occurs when melanocytes around the hair follicle reduces the amount of melanin it produces (or stops completely). The hair is mainly made from a protein called keratin, and as the hair grows, the melanocytes around the hair follicle inject melanin into the cortex of the hair shaft, which results in its dark color. Keratin without melanin is a yellowish grey color, so when the melanocytes slow down, the hair begins to lose its color.
There are several causes for this decrease in melanin production. Some are natural—such as genetics, age, and natural chemical changes in the body. Other causes are due to extrinsic factors that may be treatable, such as diet and stress. Many chemical hair colors contain ammonia, which is an industrial bleaching agent and severely harms the hair in the long run. Always avoid chemical-based shampoos and use herbal ones instead. Other extrinsic causes can be more difficult to avoid, like pollution.
Grey hair is normally associated with old age, though it can also be seen in young people. My son began finding his first grey hairs at the age of 19, while my great-grandmother did not have a single white hair when she died at the age of 85.
My great-grandmother practiced traditional Indian, or Ayurvedic, medicine, and the remedies collected here are from her. They worked wonders on my son, especially the focus on his diet. I am 50 years old, and for me the results are evident but not as prominent, as I am irregular and careless with the remedies.
For those who are not familiar with Ayurvedic medicine, it uses nature to supplement the body’s deficiencies and strengthen the immune system. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It is always best to turn to nature for remedies before going to a doctor, because modern medicines generally cure one problem but, like a metastasis, cause other, sometimes graver, side effects. It is my endeavor to provide all-natural resources so that you can avoid such adverse effects.
These natural remedies are far better than the chemical dyes that leech into the skin and may cause cancer.
There are many options, but many include rare ingredients that are difficult for the common man to find fresh in the store—for these, I have included where you can find them online. I recommend reading through them and finding the one that works best for you.
Topically applying these remedies will dye your hair black without the use of chemicals and/or stimulate the production of melanin.
Black Tea Remedy
Black tea works best with prematurely grey hair, and is simple to make—you only need two ingredients. You can leave the tea in for up to two hours, or you can leave it in for less time and apply it more frequently. The amount of times you use this black tea rinse will have a cumulative effect—the more you do it, the more of an effect you will see.
2 tablespoons black tea leaves
Boil the tea leaves in water.
Allow the tea to cool down to room temperature.
Strain out the tea leaves, then apply the tea to your hair. If you have long hair, one of the easiest ways to apply the tea is to pour it into a small spray bottle. Spray the tea into your hair and brush to make sure that the tea is spread evenly.
After roughly an hour (you can go as long as two hours), rinse the tea out with cold water. Do not shampoo.
Sage Water Treatment
The herb sage is one of the most effective remedies for grey hair. It both stops the growth of grey hair and restores natural hair color.
Sage leaves (preferably black sage)
Boil the sage leaves in water.
Remove from heat and allow the tea time to cool down.
Spray the room-temperature liquid all over the hair. Allow it to sit for two hours.
Wash with mild shampoo or soap.
This will add a bit of color each time you use it to wash your hair. Use this remedy for few weeks, and the results will be visible.