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Home Remedies For Grey Hair: Procedure, Recovery, Risk & Complication

What is the remedy about? Are there any side effects? What are the post-remedy guidelines? How long does it take to recover? Are the results of the remedy permanent? Is there any training or experts required?

What is the remedy about?

Inthe beginning, every hair on your head actually grows as white hair and is thereafter colored by melanin, a pigment, which gives its natural shade. Melanocyte produces this melanin, which effortlessly colors each strand of hair black. Melanocyte activity slows down as we age and eventually stops, leading to less pigment in the hair causing grey hairs. Many times it is seen that there occurs even premature graying of hair. Instead of covering those grey strands with chemical-laden and commercial hair colours, relying on some effective natural home remedies can render great benefits. Here are some very effective home remedies for grey hair. One very easy remedy is coffee/ Coffee has got its own nature tint of brown and colours grey hair. Soak coffee seed overnight, grind them and then make a paste out of it. Now apply this paste and leave it on for 1 to 2 hrs. This will give your hair a brown tint after wash and grey hairs will be gone. Indian Gooseberry or commonly known as Amla, can be mixed with almond oil or natural coconut oil and massaged into the scalp to get rid of gray hair. Amla juice can also be enjoyed as a medicinal drink that will help improve overall health and slow or stop the growth of stubborn gray hair completely. Juice of beet, carrot, and lemon can work wonders in providing vibrant hues to your dull grey hair more like highlighters. Beet and carrots have strong colouring tinted properties that colour the hair strands from root to tips. This remedy too requires an hour or two to be left on the hair for best results. Using tea is another method for covering grey hair and restoring your natural hair color. For darker hues, black teas work best. Once a week, dip 4 to 5 teabags in two cups of boiling water. Apply it on your wet hair after it is cooled down. You can also mix it with conditioner. When your gray hair has soaked the tea color, the mixture can be washed off. Henna, as we all know, is another immensely effective natural hair colorant. Soak it in water overnight before application.

Are there any side effects?

Using tea coffee or Flowers and herbs make wonderful natural dyes. These ingredients primarily fall under herbal measures and hence do not have as such any side effects. More so, because these ingredients are very gentle. In fact, you will likely need to use them almost on a regular basis to maintain the color. Herbs like Rosemary sage, nettle, cloves, black walnut hulls, and cinnamon give the hair a darker hue but rare occasions like allergy and scalp rashes can be seen due to the use rosemary. Some people have an allergic reaction to rosemary in which case it should be omitted from the list. For blonde hair, many use Chamomile, lemon peel, calendula, saffron, marigold, or sunflower petals in their home remedies but one thing should be kept in mind that sunflower can as well cause an irritation for few as it might cause pollen allergy as a side effect. Many people want to get rid of their grey hair and want a reddish hue instead. Hibiscus flowers, rosehips, red clover or red rose petals can add up to your help list. These don’t have any such side effect just that the ingredients should be mixed in proper amounts and not excess. Else the hair will have an intense red tint which will not look good. Washing hair with lemon water although can rinse off the excess pigmentation by time.

What are the post-remedy guidelines?

Smoking is injurious to health in many aspects. In fact, smoking is the key causes for oxidative stress, which accelerates the aging process and hence is more likely to turn hair grey even before the age of 40. Our bodies are very resilient and by cutting down on cigarettes or quitting entirely one might be able to reverse the damage that it casts. So as a principle guideline if one is in habit of smoking it is better they think twice.

How long does it take to recover?

In most cases, these home remedies are effective from the very first application. But then actual graying can be recovered with prolonged use. It might take 2 to 3 months or even a year to recover depending on the age. This is because after a certain age the scalp cells loses its renewal and absorbing abilities and also melanin production stops. So if a person falls under the age group of 20 to 30 he or she is more likely to recover fast than a person falling under the age group of 30 to 50.

Are the results of the remedy permanent?

The home remedies make the hair follicle healthier and are far more effective to get rid of grey hair. The results are mostly permanent if the person is healthy and falls under a young to middle age group. The benefits will be long term if one practices the measures on a regular basis. Although among some people it is seen that in spite of using several home remedies there is no such result. This can be a hereditary problem. Such cases take a long time to be cured and sometimes it doesn't work at all. Even if they dye their hair with chemicals after a time the hair either grows a pale grey or gets brittle. This is mainly due to pigmentation disorder. It is better to consult a physician or a beauty expert if graying persists even after repeated efforts.

Is there any training or experts required?

These home remedies mostly require the ingredients to be soaked or boiled to be used and can be included in the daily or weekly diet easily. Some might need direct application both of which need no such training or expert abilities. Anybody can do it with ease of ‘at home comfort’. In fact, home remedies are the best solution one can have for getting rid of grey hair as it does not involve any harmful chemicals as in the store-bought products.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am now 32. But my hair started turned gray from the age of 27. Now I found it's spreading rapidly. Also my beard has the same condition as well. So, please suggest me how to solve this issue naturally, other than coloring.

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Hello my age is 22 years old .I have a problem of premature hair whitening. My hairs started being white. From the sides of my head how to stop them. Nd regain my natural colour.

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What is the better way of learning I learned topic but I not remember them for 10 days I think to achieve new so I not revise them in 3 4 days. I very tensed about carrier is it true last 2 years I saw my all hair grey falling a lot I used many natural products but not cured completely I feel so tension please suggest for my carrier.

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I have white hair problem so send me home remedies which can be applied to my hair to change it to black hair I am still 19.

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White Hair or greying hair mainly occurs when your hair follicles stop producing melanin, the pigment that gives hair its color. Though, ageing is the primary reason of grey hair but premature greying of hair in early 20’s or 30’s is now commo...
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