Although you might blame kids, work, lack of sleep and long commutes, gray hair actually occurs naturally with age. You might notice a few grays along your hairline that quickly spread as the years go by. Instead of reaching for a box of permanent hair dye or visiting the salon, [ পোস্টটি বাংলায় পড়ুন আবাসিক হোটেলে গিয়ে হাতে নাতে ধরা ! মান সম্মান বাঁচাতে কি করছে দেখুন- গোপন ভিডিও ] try a natural remedy to slowly darken your hair overtime: potato peels. The starch in potato peels acts as a natural colorant that helps slowly cover your grays over a matter of weeks or months.
The next time you peel your potatoes, save the skins to make a natural, hair-darkening dye. The starches in the potato peel act as a colorant that will slowly darken gray hair.
Boil two cups of water with one cup of potato skins for at least 25 minutes, strain out the peels and let the potato water cool down. It won’t smell very nice, so you may want to add a few drops of essential oil to the mix.
Shampoo and condition your hair as normal, parting your hair into several sections. You can pour the liquid directly on the hair sections or use a small hair dyeing brush to saturate each section. Rinse hair with cool water and repeat the process regularly until you get the desired look.
Henna is a beautiful auburn dye prepared from the Lawsonia inermis tree which has been used for cosmetic purposes since ancient times.
Most henna comes in powder form and can be mixed with a variety of other natural substances such as lemon juice, vinegar, and cloves or fragrant oils before it is applied to hair. Henna can also be mixed with indigo for a darker color if desired.
Henna should be used regularly to maintain its brilliant color and to effectively mask the gray – anywhere from once per week to once a month depending on the depth of color desired.
Flowers and herbs make wonderful natural dyes. Because they are so gentle, you will likely need to use them regularly to maintain the color. There are many herbal options depending on your natural hair color:
- Dark Hair – Rosemary, sage, nettle, cloves, cinnamon, black walnut hulls, and comfrey root
- Blonde Hair – Chamomile, calendula, lemon peel, saffron, marigold, yarrow, sunflower petals, and mullein flowers
- Red Hair – Hibiscus flowers, red clover, rosehips, red rose petals, beets, carrots, and marigold
When using fresh plants, be sure to dry them out completely and crush them into a fine powder. Feel free to mix and match different herbs to add more dimension to your color. Mix together ½ cup of dried herbs with water and simmer on the stove for 30 minutes. Allow it to cool before adding one tablespoon of a carrier oil like coconut oil. Apply to hair and let it sit for one to two hours before rinsing.
In addition to the numerous health benefits of quitting smoking, there is a link between cigarette smoking and premature graying. Smoking causes oxidative stress, which is known to accelerate the aging process and is more likely to turn hair gray before the age of 30.
Our bodies are very resilient, and by cutting back on cigarettes or quitting entirely you may be able to reverse the damage to your cardiovascular health as well as tell-tale signs of aging like wrinkles and gray hair.
While some may choose to wear their lightened locks with pride, the battle against gray hair is on-going. Rest assured that fighting this sign of aging does not necessarily mean turning to harmful chemicals to recapture your youthful appearance. There are plenty of all-natural methods for reducing and even eliminating that unwanted gray.