Use these sim­ple kitchen in­gre­di­ents to cover up grey strands

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Variety - Aashna Malani htc­ity@ hin­dus­tan­times. com (In­puts from Kan­chan Mehra, beauty ex­pert)

We can’t stop time, no mat­ter how much we wish, es­pe­cially when it comes to age. The two most ev­i­dent signs of age­ing are the sag­ging of skin and the grey­ing of hair.

While the ap­pear­ance of grey hair in mid-40s is only nat­u­ral, in 20s and 30s it’s a night­mare! When the body stops pro­duc­ing the pig­ment melanin re­spon­si­ble for the dark colour of hair, it turns grey. Although lack of nour­ish­ment and hered­ity are ma­jor rea­sons for grey­ing, it could also be due to ex­ces­sive use of to­bacco, and smok­ing or emo­tional stress. Here are a few home reme­dies to bat­tle grey­ing hair.


Amla (In­dian goose­berry)

A nat­u­ral as­trin­gent that helps re­tain hair colour.

What to do: Smash the amla, take the seeds out and make a paste. Ap­ply it to your scalp and mas­sage it on hair roots.

2 Co­conut oil and le­mon juice

Helps im­prove blood cir­cu­la­tion in the scalp. Oils con­tain bi­otin, mois­ture and other ex­tracts that help in treat­ing grey hair and mak­ing them soft.

What to do: Mix two parts of co­conut oil and one part le­mon juice. Mas­sage the mix thor­oughly on to your scalp and hair.

3 Curry leaves

Strengthen hair roots and pro­vide vi­tal­ity to hair.

What to do: Boil the leaves in a ta­ble­spoon of co­conut oil un­til charred. Strain and mas­sage into hair. Leave it on for 30-45 min­utes be­fore rins­ing it out. Fol­low this treat­ment at least twice a week.

4 Tea or cof­fee

Keep hair black or brown nat­u­rally.

What to do: Add tea or cof­fee to wa­ter and boil for 10 min­utes. To re­tain black hair colour, rinse with tea and for brown­ish hair, rinse with cof­fee.

5 Black sesame seeds

Turns greys to nat­u­ral black.

What to do: Eat raw black sesame seeds daily with wa­ter on an empty stom­ach.

6 Black strap mo­lasses

Pre­vents and re­duces grey hair. It is rich in cop­per, which helps with the pro­duc­tion of hair pig­ment.

What to do: Eat a ta­ble­spoon of it ev­ery morn­ing for at least a few months to see pos­i­tive re­sults.

7 Onion paste

Nour­ishes hair.

What to do: Ap­ply and wash af­ter an hour and grey hair will even­tu­ally turn black.

8 Rose­mary and sage

Both herbs cover greys by dark­en­ing hair colour.

What to do: Boil one-half cup of dried rose­mary and sage in two cups of wa­ter. Let it sit for a cou­ple of hours. Strain and af­ter sham­poo­ing, ap­ply for 15-20 min­utes and rinse. Re­peat ev­ery week.

9 Ama­ranth

Helps hair re­tain its black pig­ment and pro­motes hair growth.

What to do: Grind the leaves of ama­ranth and ap­ply on your scalp as a paste.

10 Shikakai

An ef­fec­tive home rem­edy to treat pre­ma­ture grey­ing.

What to do: Soak shikakai in wa­ter in an iron ves­sel at night. In the morn­ing, boil the wa­ter and rinse. Do this regularly.

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