Hide Gray Hair with These Home Remedies

· August 19, 2015
Even though having your hair turn gray is genetic, things like stress and an unhealthy lifestyle can lead gray hairs to appear earlier than normal.

Those white or lighter colored hairs that usually show up in men and women after age 40 aren’t exactly “pleasant.” For many people, having gray hair means entering old age. So, if you’re starting to notice the first ones, don’t worry. We’re going to give you some tips on how to hide gray hair in this article. Keep reading!

What causes gray hair?

It’s a clear sign of aging, although some younger people get gray hair before they’re 35. It’s easier to spot in people with dark hair. Just like with wrinkles, most people look for ways to hide gray hair or avoid it altogether. Although it’s inevitable, you can slow it down with home remedies or hide it with natural dyes.

The passage of time is the main cause behind this change in color. The age when gray hairs first generally depends on the genes you inherited from your mother. For example, if your mother had a lot of gray hair at an early age, it’s very likely that you’ll also have gray hair by 40 (or earlier).

The cause is a lack of melanin, the natural pigment that gives hair its color. Things like stress or an unhealthy lifestyle can also contribute to gray hair starting to show up before it normally would have. Some people even say that heavy consumption of refined flours and sugars is another cause, although this hasn’t been proven.

woman with gray hair

Gray hair is more common in women than in men, and it usually appears earlier in females than males.  Most people cover its appearance in one way or another.

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Remedies to delay the gray

Thanks to these home remedies, you can improve your hair’s appearance at the same time as you slow down the loss of color in individual strands. They’ll also help moisturize and strengthen your hair.

If you’re going gray at an early age, genes play the biggest role (like we mentioned above), but an iodine or copper deficiency may be a potential cause too. Eat more nuts, whole grains, legumes, avocados and peas.  Reduce your alcohol intake and quit smoking.

Without further ado, the best home remedies to avoid gray hair are:

Sage to help hide gray hair

This herb is best for people with brown hair.  Sage has a lot of different properties and applications. Make an infusion of a handful of sage leaves with another of black tea in a half liter of boiling water. Let cool and use as a rinse for your hair.

using sage to hide gray hair

Rosemary

If you have dark hair, you can use a rosemary infusion to keep the gray at bay. Make a tea with four tablespoons of rosemary in a half liter of water.  It’s also good for strengthening the roots and improving the condition of the scalp.  Use a spray bottle to make sure you cover all your hair. After a few daily applications, your hair will appear darker.

Chamomile and turmeric

These two herbs are best for blonde hair. Making an infusion of both will leave your hair with a golden shine that’s great if you need to hide gray hair. Add 4 tablespoons of chamomile to a liter of water, filter it, and use as a rinse. If you’d like to give your hair a honey color, add two tablespoons of turmeric powder.

Avocado and argan or coconut oil

These three are your best friends when it comes to delaying the onset of gray hair. Plus, their oils are naturally hydrating. Mix the three ingredients together into a paste for your hair. Apply and cover with a hot towel. Let sit for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.

avocado

Magnolia

Magnolia tea is a great way to hide gray hair. Just mix a tablespoon into a cup of hot water. Once it has cooled, filter it and use as a rinse on clean hair. It will darken grays and give your hair a more even tone.

Home remedies to help hide gray hair

Along with the natural remedies above, you can take use these recipes. They all involve easy-to-find ingredients that you probably already have around your home.

Egg, nut and rosemeary

You’ll need 2 walnut leaves, 5 crushed walnuts, 1 eggshell and a handful of rosemary.  Mix everything together to form a paste which we’ll use as a mask  Apply and let work for one hour and rinse with plenty of water.  Repeat once a week.

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Rosemary and sage

You’ll need three tablespoons of each of these herbs (fresh is best) and a cup of boiling water.  Mix well and let sit for 10 minutes.  Once cool, strain and use as a final rinse for the hair.  Do not rinse with water.

Henna and lemon Juice

The only two ingredients here are three tablespoons of powdered henna and a tablespoon of lemon juice.  Mix well, forming an even paste.  Apply and cover the hair with plastic.  Let work for three hours and then rinse.  Henna will give your hair a reddish tone if you repeat the process several times.

henna dye to hide gray hair