4 Home Remedies for Gray Hair That Really Darkens and Adds Color Back to Your Hair

Nobody wants to be reminded that they are getting old. However, for some people they are reminded every time they look into the mirror and see a head full of gray hair. Gray hair isn't life threatening or anything to be ashamed of, but it can be embarrassing for people who want a much more youthful look.

gray hair
The people normally embarrassed are the ones that begin growing gray hair at an early age. As you get older and reach your late 30s or 40s you start to accept the fact that your hair is going to start turning gray, as it is a natural part of aging. However, if you are in your teens or twenties and you start noticing strands of gray hairs popping up you'll probably freak out.

Gray hair is produced when your hair can no longer produce melanin, the pigment that gives your hair its color. Each year you get older the less melanin your hair follicles will contain. Your hair strands will continue to lose its color as it continues to lose more melanin, until your hair is fully gray.

People that start growing gray hair at an early age have been dealt a bad hand in the gene pool. Genes are the main culprit for your hair turning gray, so if your parents or grandparents started developing gray hairs at age 19 chances are so will you.

There are many different hair dyes that have been created to help color hair and remove gray strands. However, some people find the chemicals used to make expensive hair dye products in beauty supply stores too harsh to use. Thankfully there are natural ways you can remove gray hair strands and regain the beautiful color in your hair you desire.

Most of the natural remedies used to color gray hair involve using herbs to progressively add the color you want back to your hair. You can also naturally reverse your gray hair problem by eating certain foods that will increase the pigment production of melanin in your hair. Check out 4 of the best home remedies to help you get rid of gray hair.

Black Walnut Hull
Using black walnut hull for a herbal dye is very effective at darkening hair. Black walnut makes a very strong dye that can stain just about anything so you have to be careful when using it. Head to the store and purchase some black or green walnut hulls to make the dye.

To make this natural herbal dye easier you can find black walnut hulls in powdered form. Crack the hulls before adding them to a cup of boiling water on the stove and let it steep. If you are using the powdered form simply add three tablespoons of the powder to the cup of boiling water.

Allow the dye to steep for a few hours or longer to get the best dye. Strain the tea and then pour it over your head making sure you get all of your hair. Make sure you do your best to protect your skin while adding the dye so you don't end up with a black walnut stain on your body for days until it fades away. After about 20 minutes of the dye sitting in your hair rinse it out using warm water. After one application you should notice a huge difference, as your hair will be a rich dark color that removes your gray hair.

Amla is an Indian herb that is also known as gooseberry. Along with reversing your gray hair problem, amla will also help strengthen and add a shine to your hair. To use amla you can use it in its oil form along with another oil as the base like coconut oil.

Mix equal parts of amla oil and coconut oil together and then thoroughly add it to your gray hair and leave it in for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes rinse it out of your hair and style as usual. You may need to repeat applications to completely remove your gray hairs. You can also get amla paste and rub it directly into your hair to achieve the same goal.

Curry Leaves
Curry leaves is another herb that comes from India, and it is mostly used for seasoning in various types of curries. Curry leaves can be used to color gray hairs because of the nutrients it contains that can promote melanin production in your hair follicles. To use you will need to boil the leaves in some coconut oil and then strain. Use the liquid mixture to apply to your hair generously and leave in. The nutrients in curry leaves will not only add color back to your hair but also strengthen your hair strands.
curry leaves in a bag

Diet For Gray Hair
The type of foods you eat plays a huge role in whether or not your hair stops producing melanin. The best foods to eat foods rich in nutrients like iron, protein, copper, zinc, and vitamin B12 to help remove gray hairs. Start eating more foods like leafy green vegetables, bananas, tomatoes, kidney, liver, red meat, wheat, almonds, and eggs. The combination of natural herbal dyes and eating the right foods will quickly start to slow down and reverse the process turning your hair gray.

man with long flowing gray hair

John is a natural health expert and has written plenty of articles on health and alternative treatments. He is currently doing some online research at Natural Acne Med on natural ways to treat acne.

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  1. Heera2:44 PM

    Use sage to darken hair without dye.

    1. Anonymous11:09 PM

      I've tried to use sage on my hair but there was no difference... I make a stronh infusion of it, applied it on my hair several times a week and there was nothing. Am i doing sth wrong?

  2. Anjali2:45 PM

    Use vinegar and soy sauce to darken hair without dye

  3. Excercising your scalp muscles five to ten minutes everyday will strengthen your hair to the point it will never turn grey and thin but it does darken the hair a bit too.

  4. Ellen2:52 PM

    Eating seafood is possibly one of the best things you can eat to promote all-over hair health. It is rich in zinc, iodine and protein, which are excellent for the hair.

  5. H etal2:56 PM

    Boil dried amla pieces in coconut oil until the pieces turn black and the oil darkens. Apply this oil to the hair. It strengthens hair and prevents greying.

  6. Guruji2:57 PM

    Inverted yoga poses bring a rush of blood to the scalp. This stimulates circulation and enhances hair health. Do the following poses regularly:
    Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)

  7. Kavita2:58 PM

    " Amla " is the best cure for grey hair and falling hair. Regular massage of "amla" paste rubbed into the scalp has worked wonders in many cases, frequently reversing the process of greying or falling off of hair.

  8. Anonymous3:00 PM

    Massage your hairs with coconut oil and Lemon everyday for at least 15 minutes. There are instances of people having black hairs even up to the age of 60-70 years by using this method.

  9. Take 100 gms of curd. Add about 1 gm of black pepper to it. Mix it well and apply it evenly on the hair and scalp. Keep it for an hour and then wash with warm water and mild shampoo. Do this treatment once a week to see the remarkable difference in the texture and color of your hair

  10. Vidya3:03 PM

    Try henna powder

  11. A hairdresser3:05 PM

    To darken hair to a black or dark brown: Rinse your hair regularly with strong black tea or coffee. You can see the difference in a few weeks time.

  12. Namita3:07 PM


  13. Anonymous10:11 AM

    Use Amla And Hena Poweder For grey Hairs

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