Indians have for long been known for dark lustrous hair. The melanin in the hair is what gives it the pigmentation. However, constant exposure to the sun and chemicals strips the hair of its melanin and causes dull hair. The hair loses its natural colour and texture. Premature greying is an issue that many women are grappling with these days.
There are ways to darken the hair naturally, without having to resort to using hair colours. Many oils help in darkening the hair and lending it a deep colour. What’s more, it is natural and not harmful for the body too!
Let’s take a look at a few oils which upon use can darken the hair.
Remember your grandma asking you to apply castor oil on your hair? It may be smelly and gooey, but it is one of the best oils for the hair. Why just the scalp, castor oil is also used on the eyelashes since it promotes hair growth. Regularly massaging your hair with castor oil can reverse sun damage and also cause regrowth of new hair. It is best if you can massage it on your scalp and leave it overnight. Use a shower cap while sleeping and wash it off the following morning. Do this 2-3 times a week. Use for a couple of months to get darker and healthier hair.
Amla being rich in Vitamin C is extensively used to promote hair growth and darker hair. You can make the oil at home by simply chopping one amla and adding to it a cup of coconut oil. Let it sit for a couple of days. Strain this mixture.
Use this after shampooing your hair, in place of your conditioner. Lightly massage it into your damp hair. Do not use too much of the product. Let it remain on the hair for about fifteen minutes. Rinse it with lukewarm water. Repeated usage is said to help hair growth, retard greying and make the hair darker.
There are many brahmi oils that are available in the market and are popular too. This is because brahmi is very effective in fighting greying. Regular use of brahmi over time darkens the hair colour too. Most preparations available off the shelf have mineral oil in them. So rather than buying a bottled product, you can make brahmi oil at home itself. All you need to do is heat up a cup of coconut oil and mix in two tsp of brahmi powder into it. Add a tsp of methi or fenugreek seeds to this oil. Allow it to boil just until the methi seeds pop. Sieve this mixture and use it regularly before washing your hair. Over time, you will notice your hair darkening and a remarkable reduction in grey hair.
Curry leaves oil
While eating curry leaves is good for the health, applying it on the hair is great for the hair too! Simply roughly cut up some curry leaves and dry them in the sun. Soak these leaves in some coconut oil. Let the juices from the curry leaves get incorporated into the coconut oil for a couple of days. Strain and use it in place of your regular hair oil. Within a few months of use, you can see a noticeable change in both volume and pigmentation of the hair.