Aging is a natural process that every human needs to go through. And unfortunately, this process carries various changes in our bodies, affecting our external look and giving us wrinkles, sagging, teeth issues and gray hair. But what do you do when you start going gray prematurely, in your 20s or 30s? For many, the solution is to reach for box dye, but you don’t have to take the chemical route just yet. Here are a few natural remedies for premature graying you can look into today:
Use Henna And Coffee
Henna is a natural colorant and conditioner used in many cultures for centuries. And when combined with coffee, henna will give you all the desired results. You can easily turn gray hair into black hair by boiling one tablespoon of coffee powder. Let the coffee cool and mix it with the henna until you get a thick paste. Cover the paste for a few hours to let it rest and react. When it’s ready to be applied to the hair, mix one tablespoon of oil (any oil will do, whatever you have at hand) and apply the mixture of oil and henna paste generously until your entire head is covered. After an hour, wash your hair and enjoy great darkening results in a 100% natural way.
Feed Your Hair
Did you know that some foods have the ability to keep you away from hair dye for a few more years? If you’re going gray prematurely, you can stock up on these vitamin-fueled and nutritious foods. Firstly, grab some tangerines that are loaded with vitamin C, then go with fermented foods full of probiotics. Vitamin C boosts the production of collagen and probiotics boost the production of biotin—both of which are crucial for hair health and pigment. And if you can’t eat these foods, you can grab some trusted anti gray hair vitamins with essential B vitamins, minerals and herb extracts. What it can do is activate the dormant pigment in your hair, giving it its old color back. It also makes your hair healthier and stronger, so it’s a win-win situation.
Black Tea Rinse
Here’s a great natural solution to cover up those pesky white hairs and darken your entire hair. Grab some black tea from the pantry, boil it in a cup of water and add a tablespoon of salt to the mix. Let the mixture cool and apply it to washed hair. Allow the hair to dry, and you’ll see darkening results. Since this solution is 100% natural, you can repeat it regularly. Black tea is full of caffeine which is a known anti-oxidant. It doesn’t only naturally darken the hair strands, but it also boosts hair growth and strengthens the strands, making your hair look full and shiny.
Stress is not what turns your hair gray but it certainly speeds up the process. Therefore, do everything you can to reduce stress and practice regular self-care. Having a little spa day every once in a while, booking a massage, hiring a babysitter so you can go out, meditating, reading, listening to music, dancing, taking regular vacations—they all contribute to deeper relaxation and less stress. Unfortunately, stress is very hard to avoid today, but if you practice some of these habits above, you can enjoy deeper relaxation. Your hair will be grateful for the moments of rest.
Try Quick Touch Ups
If you’re dying your hair already, but want to extend the time period between two treatments, you can touch up your roots quickly and efficiently with a root concealer. This is a great solution for all people who are not very DIY-savvy but still want a natural and easy solution. You can grab your natural root concealer, take a brush for application and start covering up those gray roots. Simply dip the brush in the product, apply the product to the hair roots (focusing on roots and hair around your face and eyebrows) and repeat the process as needed. This is not a permanent solution, but it works like magic!
Unfortunately, going old and gray can’t be prevented, but premature graying is not something you have to live with just yet. With these natural solutions, you can nurture your hair, bring back its vibrant color and enjoy a few more hair dye-free years.
Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in business and marketing related topics.
In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.