No woman would want to look older than she really is. However, those with premature white hair do. If you suffer from aging hair, you need not worry about it alone. Several men and women have spotted white hair on their heads before they even reached the age of 25. Did you know that 1 in 8 women suffer from premature white hair? This means that many people are fretting over this problem. But why?
What causes white hair?
Hair turns gray because it is loosing melanin, the pigment that gives it color. There are several reasons :
1. Genes play a big role in how we look. It also plays a role in our hair types. If your parents had premature gray hair, then you’ll likely have it too.
2. Each person has their own personal problems that causes stress. It could be family problems, school problems, work problems or even problems about love. It takes a toll on us emotionally and mentally and sometimes manifests itself physically through premature hair aging.
3. Lack of vitamins. Without the right vitamins and minerals to supplement melanin production, hair can turn white even in your teens.
It could also be a combination of the reasons above that is causing your hair to turn white. Luckily there are several ways to bring back the vibrant color in your hair.
Chemical V.S. Natural
Using hair dyes is probably the quickest way to cover that white streak. Its inexpensive, easy to apply, and readily available. Hair dyeing is also offered in most salons. However, this is just a temporary fix. Once you’re hair grows, the white strands are bound to show up again. Plus, hair dyes are made up of many chemicals that could damage hair.
A better way to fix premature hair aging is using nature as a cure. If you make the hair mask yourself, you are assured that it is free of chemicals that could damage hair or worsen the problem. Taking the path of nature will give you the cure you are looking for.
Effective Home Remedies to Treat White Hair
Here, we will talk about natural home remedies to get rid of white hair and prevent its further occurrence.
1. Amla Hair Wash
Amla or Indian gooseberries have many uses which includes bringing back color to hair and giving it a healthy glow. To make an amla hair wash, cut 8 to 10 amlas into small pieces, dry them in shade and soak them in water for the whole night. The drained water can be used for washing hair in the morning.
2. Amla with Coconut Oil
This mixture is useful for premature gray hair and dry hair because coconut restores moisture in hair follicles. Begin by cutting amlas into small pieces and dry them completely in shade. Put these dried amlas in 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and let them boil together. Once the mixture cools down, massage your hair with it. Leave it on for an hour before rinsing. It is not advisable to leave coconut oil hair treatments overnight because it will feel too oily.
3. Amla Powder with Lemon Juice
Lemon is a natural source of vitamins and antioxidants which make your hair healthy. To make this mixture, squeeze out the juice of a fresh lemon and blend 1 teaspoon of dried amla powder with it. Massage your scalp every day with this mixture.
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4. Onion Paste
Onions not only help darken hair, but also treat hair fall and dandruff due to its antibacterial properties. Make a paste with 2 medium-sized onions. Peel them off and place in a blender. Add rose water to neutralize the odor. Rub it onto your scalp by applying gentle pressure. Then, wash off after half an hour. Practice it daily.
5. Coconut Oil and Lemon Juice Blend
Make an effective mixture by adding a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Massage your scalp as well as hair with it daily to see visible results.
6. Fresh Carrot Juice
Carrots are known to restore vibrant color to hair. Grate a large, fresh carrot and extract its juice. Place it in a jar and add olive oil or coconut oil. You will know it’s ready once the oil turns orange. Use this oil once a week before shampooing. Consuming a glass full of carrot juice daily will also treat the problem from inside, thereby preventing graying and help turn white hair black.
7. Almond Oil and Sesame Seed Paste
Both almond and sesame oil fixes hair damage while restoring color. Take a handful of sesame seeds and grind them well to form a paste of medium consistency. Add it to almond oil and apply the mixture on your scalp and hair. Rinse away after 20 minutes.
8. Buttermilk with Curry Leaves
Curry leaves are rich in B vitamins, selenium, and zinc. These help restore melanin in hair while buttermilk helps nourish the hair. Start by adding 1 teaspoon of fresh curry leaves to 1 cup of fresh buttermilk and blend them together to form a paste of medium consistency. Massage your scalp gently with it. Rinse away after half an hour.
9. Carrot Seed Oil and Sesame Oil Blend
This is another good combination to restore moisture and melanin to hair. Take 4 teaspoons of sesame oil and mix 1/2 teaspoon of carrot seed essential oil with it. Apply this blend onto your scalp carefully. After 20 to 30 minutes, wash with lukewarm water and a gentle shampoo.
10. Soaked Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek seeds or methi seeds contain compounds that can strengthen hair follicles and is rich in proteins that prevent breakage. This is good for those who suffer from brittle hair or hair fall and also suffer from premature aging of hair. This is different from previous methods, since it is an internal remedy rather than external application. First, soak a handful of fenugreek seeds in a glass of water for the entire night. In the morning, drink the water along with the seeds on an empty stomach. Practice this for at least 6 months to see visible results.
11. Clarified Butter or Ghee
This is a nourishing hair mask that prevents further graying of hair while restoring color. Just take 2 tablespoons of pure ghee or clarified butter and massage the roots of your hair gently with it. Doing this at least thrice a week will show visible results.
12. Black Tea Wash
Black tea has several uses and is not only good for hair but also good for skin due to its high antioxidant property. Prepare a black tea concoction by adding 2 teaspoons of pure black tea and 1 teaspoon of salt to 1 cup of water and allow the mixture to boil properly. Let it cool down and wash your hair with it followed by a cold water wash after 15 minutes.
13. Wheat Sprout Paste
This hair mask prevents further graying while restoring melanin. Take a handful of wheat sprouts and make a smooth paste by blending with a little water. Apply it to your hair. Wait for 20 to 25 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water.
Go ahead and try the hair masks above. You won’t regret using natural remedies once you see the results.