Fighting Premature Hair Greying

Hair plays a significant role in defining ones looks and if we really look back, we have been over-trusting when it comes to hair. Yes, since our childhood we hear about oiling the hair, covering it to avoid sunlight and washing it regularly. But what happens once we grow up? We don’t really keep those things in mind. Constantly changing shampoos, hair care products and styling, we sure have put those tresses through a lot of stress! And while we manage to achieve a certain style or look, we clearly forget about the adverse effects that they can have on our mane.
And the worst part; we overlook the fact that not only the external factors but our internal health, our moods, our ever-changing lifestyle…all play a key role in defining our beautiful tresses. There is so much to discuss and learn on this topic that it would really run long…..
Moving to the title of the blog, premature greying; who likes the look of an unwanted grey on their heads!? Here are some ways one can put a check on it or attempt to reverse it externally. This is where I would like to go back to our old days and focus on oils.
Coconut oil has always been the kingpin in haircare. One of the most common practice is boiling curry leaves and hibiscus in coconut oil and applying it to the hair. Hibiscus is known to have darkening properties which helps in dealing with the unwanted greys. One could also soak the petals and leaves of this flower, keep it overnight and use this as a hair rinse after regular shampooing. Mustard oil is also quite popular in this segment. There are some powerful essential oils like Rosemary, Sage and Black Cumin oil. I am keen on doing a separate blog only on essential oils where I can get into the details.
Other important herbs used for tackling the greys are Amla (the Indian Gooseberry), Black Tea (boiled and rinse), dried Sage leaves (where we boil it in water and add few drops of preferred oil. I would also suggest adding a Vitamin E capsule to this concoction) and Fenugreek (Methi). By the way, I haven’t forgotten Henna, the most widely used, but I look at it as a natural dye. But hey, that works too, right 😉
There are few other herbs that are considered potent enough to deal with this issue but for now that’s it from me. Maybe I could mention them in my DIY section…. or would you like me to talk about them in detail? Let me know.

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