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Hair greying is a depraved consequence of ageing all of us have to face. But with the stresses of the modern world, greying kicks in earlier than expected. Men and women now start to grow grey hair well within the second and third decades of their life, which was initially considered to be a wrath of ageing. This is called as premature greying of hair.

Most of us start to put stress at fault for all of these problems. But, is stress all that is to blame? We’d say no. There are a number of factors which cause your hair to grey much earlier and quicker than you expected, with genetics and heredity being the most common one. Now, while you can’t control genetics, you sure can avoid some other factors like environmental pollution, stress, deficiencies and medical conditions. Yes, you heard that right, deficiencies.

Scientists have found that the deficiency of ferritin (storage form of iron, which becomes low in iron-deficiency anaemia) and vitamin B12 is associated with premature greying of hair. Since a deficiency of vitamin B12 is (also) related to anaemia, it can be safely concluded that hair greying is more rapid in anaemic individuals. Some other researchers have said that inflammatory pathways, effects of certain drugs and compromised antioxidant activity is also responsible for the greying of hair.

So, what do you do? Cover your hair with commercially available chemical agents? Probably that should be the last thing to do. Not only does it aggravate more greying of hair, but also significantly contributes to frizziness, damage and loss of hair.

What can be done now? Defeat your body mechanisms? Is that possible? With the right hair care and nutrition, even the seemingly impossible goal can be achieved.

This article will provide you with the recipe of some homemade oils and guide you on its application so that you can fight premature hair greying and retain your youthful hair for an eternity.

  1. Homemade hair oils for grey hair

The colour of your hair is determined at birth and is formed by any possible blend of the two types of pigments, the eumelanin (dark) and phaeomelanin (light). Melanin contains melanocytes, which are responsible for injecting this coloured pigment to the strands of your hair. Gradually with age, there is a reduction in the component melanin, which makes your hair grey and consequently white. While this constitutes the natural process of hair greying, which may be unavoidable, it is not uncommon to note that hair greying does not occur at the same time and at a similar pace in all. Some experience it quite more rapidly and even earlier than others, which sure does not involve this physiological process.

This most commonly comprises of environmental and personal factors like stress, pollutants, climate, toxins and chemical exposure. Now, think about hair oils and visualise if there are any of these factors that hair oils cannot help with. With a relaxing massage, it is undoubted that you can combat stress and others can be managed with the help of protective layer these oils form on your hair. So, it is imperative that hair oils will manage your concern, provided that you do not have any deficiencies since that would need nutritional and medical help. So, without further ado, let’s get started on the best of these oils:

  1. Coconut oil and amla powder
  2. Coconut oil and curry leaves for hair greying
  3. Coconut oil and shikakai powder to prevent hair greying
  4. Almond oil and lemon juice to prevent hair greying
  5. Amla oil and curry leaves to prevent hair greying
  6. Hibiscus, henna and olive oil to prevent hair greying

Coconut oil and amla powder

What cannot be managed with coconut oil? It is the best natural oil providing you with an amplitude of remedies for those perfect hair. Coconut oil has been evidenced to exhibit the best penetrative action amongst all other oils, which is suggestive of its possible mechanism in the management of hair greying.

Several researchers have demonstrated that regular use of coconut oil is likely to prevent hair from greying, which is no surprise looking at the many protective actions of this oil.

But, is the use of coconut oil alone sufficient enough to shield your hair from greying or is there something you can do to enhance its actions? Probably yes.

Try adding some amla powder to heated coconut oil and see wonders for yourself. Amla is a known antioxidant agent. Since compromised antioxidant activity forms a possible mechanism of hair greying, the addition of such a powerful antioxidant will most likely help.

Here is a quick recipe you can easily make at home:

  • Take 2 tablespoons of amla powder and add it to three tablespoons of coconut oil. It is likely that coconut oil is in a solid state. So, transfer these ingredients to a saucepan and heat them until it melts.
  • Mix the ingredients with the help of a spoon.
  • Now, apply it to the scalp and the hair. Make sure that oil reaches the roots.
  • Gently massage the hair into the scalp so as to ensure that the oil penetrates within hair shafts.
  • Wash it off after an hour.
  • You can follow the procedure two to three times a week. You can use leftover oil stored in the container or can make the recipe again following the same instructions.

The mixture of coconut oil and amla ensures that your hair gets the right nutrition and care it needs to prevent it from greying.

Coconut oil and curry leaves for hair greying

There are multiple ways in which you can use coconut oil for managing greying of hair, and you won’t be disappointed with the results.

Researchers have acknowledged that due to a darker hair colour and close proximity from the equator, Indians are most likely to experience hair greying earlier, usually beginning in their thirties. Add on to that the effects of pollution, lifestyle and work-related factors and you are sure to reduce a decade.

They further found that one of the most commonly used oils in India, coconut oil is the most effective in preventing this occurring. Explains why it is our favourite oil, doesn’t it?

Further, the addition of curry leaves to this oil potentiates these effects. Scientists have found that the addition of curry leaves to coconut oil prevents premature greying and is a stimulant for new hair growth. Massive hair loss often results in a quick growth of hair to prevent balding and this new growth is more greyish or white due to a rapid process. The use of curry leaves will ensure that your new hair is as dark as the night.

Here is an easy recipe you can follow:

  • Take 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and a handful of curry leaves.
  • Now, heat them together in a pan so that the oil melts and mixes with the essence of curry leaves.
  • Now, apply this oil to your hair, scalp and roots while massaging gently.
  • You can wash this off an hour later or keep it overnight.
  • Repeat this procedure 2 to 3 times a week for the best results.

Coconut oil and shikakai powder to prevent hair greying

Yes, there is another recipe with coconut oil. Credit goes to the amazing benefits of this oil. Coconut oil improves the blood circulation of the scalp, enhancing the nutrition of the hair follicles preventing them from greying. What’s more is that it restores hair colour and prevents hair from greying.

Researchers say that hair greying starts off later in South India as compared to the North, which has been ascertained to a higher usage of coconut oil among them.

Further, coconut oil is known to have soothing and calming effects, which will aid in stress alleviation, one of the major cause of hair greying. Scientists have proved that coconut oil has a low molecular weight and a strong affinity for hair proteins, which makes it possible to displace molecules which have replaced melanin pigment causing hair to grey. So, these studies are confirmatory of grey hair reversing effects of coconut oil.

Shikakai, on the other hand, is a renowned agent and is commonly used in India due to its anti-greying potential.

Let’s have a look at an easy recipe incorporating the best two of the ingredients:

  • Mix a tablespoon of shikakai powder with 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and heat.
  • Now, gently massage this mixture into your hair, scalp and the roots.
  • Let it stay for an hour and then wash off with the help of a mild shampoo.
  • Follow this remedy twice a week for the best results.

Almond oil and lemon juice to prevent hair greying

Almond oil deeply nourishes your root and hair. It is an excellent source of vitamin E and is another renowned agent for its hair benefits, which can be attributed to the presence of high levels of this vitamin. Why vitamin E helps in the prevention of hair greying can be ascertained to its photoprotective effects (damage from the sunlight causing hair to grey).

Similarly, lemon is a rich source of vitamin C, which has a positive effect on your hair. Researchers have found that photoprotective actions of vitamin C and E help in preventing hair greying. So, what better than combining the two.

Here is an easy recipe you could follow:

  • Take 2 tablespoons of almond oil and mix with 3 tablespoons of lemon.
  • Section your hair and apply this oil to the roots and scalp making sure it covers any greys you have.
  • Rinse after half an hour and shampoo.
  • Use this remedy every week.

Amla oil and curry leaves to prevent hair greying

Amla oil is another well-known hair oil dominating market stores. Amla is a rich source of vitamin C and a potent antioxidant, which is why it can help in preventing greying of hair. Antioxidants help to fight damage caused by free radicals, which is responsible for most of the effects of ageing including greying.

Evidence supports that topical application of antioxidants is likely to aid in reducing hair greying. The benefits of curry leaves have already been mentioned, so, let’s quickly proceed to the recipe:

  • Take 3 tablespoons of amla oil and mix with a handful of curry leaves.
  • Heat this mixture. You can add some coconut oil to dilute.
  • Apply to the hair and scalp and rinse off with a mild shampoo.

Hibiscus, henna and olive oil to prevent hair greying

Olive oil is not just a kitchen ingredient but makes for an effective hair remedy. Due to its antioxidant properties, it helps in preventing premature greying of hair.

Henna, as we all know, is one of the best remedies for grey hair due to its colouring actions. These benefits of henna are not limited to ancient texts since researchers have confirmed that fresh leaves of henna aid in blackening of the hair.

Through this research, it was concluded that a combination of different herbs synergistically promotes to hair dyeing actions. Henna and hibiscus are collectively used in the synthesis of several hair dyes and together have been found to speed up the process of hair colouring, which is why it is a great idea to use these together in a base oil. Here is a simple recipe which will help you flaunt those dark tresses:

  • Take a handful of henna leaves, a flower of hibiscus and 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Heat the oil and add these ingredients to the saucepan.
  • Heat more until henna leaves turn brown.
  • Take the pan off the flame and allow the oil to cool down before applying on the scalp and into the hair.
  • Make sure to cover all hair roots and greys.
  • Leave it on for an hour and wash off with a mild shampoo.
  • When you wash off, you will notice that your hair has been slightly coloured.
  • Repeat this remedy until you get rid of those greys and achieve the desired hair colour.
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