I always thought the ‘Silver Fox’ look was distinguished.
For some people though going grey themselves can be very distressing especially if it happens in their earlier years before it is thought to be a sign of wisdom and maturity!
Sure you can colour it with dyes but there are some ancient natural remedies that have been passed down from various cultures, which I will share with you here. Please feel free to try them and let me know how you get on! I have not tested any myself so this blog is purely written from research.
The key is to start early – prevention is better than cure.
Genetics are very much a cause of grey hair but other factors, which can make some people more prone to early onset than others include:
Medical conditions such as anaemia, hypothyroidism, tuberous sclerosis or neurofibromatosis
So in terms of Lifestyle make sure you follow the below:
Be happy and visualize yourself with NO grey hairs
reduce caffeine, alcohol and junk dead food
Use lukewarm water to wash hair
Massage scalp regularly to stimulate hair follicle growth
Eat lots of fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables high in antioxidants
1) AMLA (Indian Gooseberry)
In Ayurveda they say that people of PITTA constitution are more pre-deposed toward pre-mature graying of hair and hair loss. Amla is well known as the hair tonic – rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants it helps to renew the hair, make it darker, thicker and fuller looking. Amla also pacifies PITTA dosha (excess body heat), which is a strong cause of early greying.
Drink fresh Amla juice
Add dried Amla powder to juices / smoothies / soups.
Massage hair and head with amla oil to nourish and moisturise.
2) COCONUT OIL
For the same reasons as Amla coconut oil is used in Ayurveda to pacify PITTA dosha and prevent hair going white. It is also great for conditioning the hair a stopping dandruff.
Cook with coconut oil
Drink coconut milk
Eat coconut meat – add to recipes where possible
Replace flours for coconut flour
Massage coconut oil into the hair and head. Tsp. of aloe vera added for an extra boost!
Curry leaves and coconut oil massage treatment…….Coconut Oil – 1 Cup & Curry Leaves – Handful…….Add the curry leaves to the oil and boil it for 6 to 8 minutes, or till the leaves turn black. Remove from flame and let it cool. Strain the oil in a container and massage your scalp and hair with this oil 3 to 4 times per week before going to bed. Wash off with a mild herbal shampoo in the morning.
3) WHEAT GRASS
Packed full of vitamins A, B, C, E, chlorophyll, amino acids, iron, selenium, copper, calcium, iodine and the antioxidant enzyme catalase this juice is a POWER HOUSE for prevent of grey hair!
All this goodness helps to destroy the hydrogen peroxide, which causes the grey hair, wrinkles, age spots, arthritis and dementia in some people. Its is also great for people with skin issues such as eczema / psoriasis
Grown your own, juice and drink
Buy ready made powder, add to water and drink or to smoothies / juices etc.
It stimulates hair growth and high antioxidant levels help to eliminate free radicals damaging the hair pigments. Great to clarify the hair from dirt and product build up too. Being effective at anti-dandruff and itchy scalp.
Mix a solution of olive oil with dried rosemary in a jar – let steep for up to 6 weeks in a sunny place (shaking every few days to ensure infusion) then this can be applied direct to the hair.
Rosemary and Sage Treatment……To make take Rosemary – 1/2 Cup & Sage – 1/2 Cup…….Add dried rosemary and sage to 2 cups of water and start boiling the mixture. Boil it for 30 minutes and set it aside for 2 hours. Now, apply the mixture thoroughly on scalp and hair and leave until it dries completely. Wash off with a mild herbal shampoo. Repeat it 2 to 3 times per week to get dark, shining hair.
5) BLACK SESAME SEEDS
Used in Chinese medicine for hair growth these will nourish the scalp, and stimulate hair renewal. The melanocyte in the seeds, increase the activity of melanin – pigment that makes hair coloured. Black sesame seeds are also great to relieve achy joints, boost eye health, sleep better and give smooth soft skin.
Eat 1 tbsp. of seeds 2-3 times a week – add to salads / stews etc.
This vitamin may be deficient if you are also feeling tired, short of breath, confused with brain fog and or a vegetarian / vegan. As a result your hair will be more likely to grey earlier.
Eat B12 rich foods – grass fed meat / fish / raw dairy / organic eggs or supplement with a plant based brand such as ……
CATALASE RICH FOODS:
As in wheat grass the enzyme catalase is very good to prevent greying.
A build up of hydrogen peroxide in hair follicles can make the hair go grey – bleaching it basically.
Our body naturally produces HP as a by-product of metabolism – but can be produced as a result of smoking, stress, pollution and x-rays too.
When we are young, our body produces a large amount of an enzyme called catalase – which is a powerful antioxidant. Catalase quickly breaks down the hydrogen peroxide molecule into harmless oxygen and water. But as we age, our bodies produce less catalase. Even factors such as stress and poor diet can cause catalase levels to go down. This causes the build-up of hydrogen peroxide in the hair follicles – which breaks down the hair pigments; as a result the hair turns white.
Eat these catalase rich foods:
Almond / wheat grass / sweet potato / collard / turnip greens / carrots / garlic / onion / leeks / cabbage / radish / cherry / potatoes / cucumber / broccoli / kale
Maybe try the Onion and Lemon Juice Pack – Onion Juice – 3 Teaspoon, Lemon Juice – 2 Teaspoon……Mix onion and lemon juice in a glass bowl and apply on scalp and hair evenly. Leave it on for 30 minutes and wash off with a mild herbal shampoo. Repeat it 4 to 5 times a week for 2 weeks.