Thankfully I’ve been able to avoid grey hair, so far. I do know a few people who are counting theirs, though. So I’m happy to introduce today’s guest blogger, Kimberley Laws, who plucked out a few herself before going on a quest to find natural cures — the following is what she has learned.
It will happen to all of us eventually. Unless you have been forced to give up hair ownership completely, you will find yourself battling the “invasion of the gray hairs.” It may sound like the title of a horror flick, but it doesn’t have to be a horrific experience.
If you are leery of a regular routine of slapping harsh chemicals and dyes on to your head—the very thing that houses your brain—don’t fret. There are now many natural approaches to dealing with those pesky silver strands.
Nurturing Overall Good Health
Although our DNA plays an important role in determining when we will succumb to the “gray hair invasion,” there are other contributing factors. Here are some tips that may slow down the attack.
- Give up smoking.
- Learn how to manage stress more effectively.
- Take a multi-vitamin and a vitamin B supplement.
- Ensure that you consume adequate Folic Acid and Omega 3.
- Engage in regular exercise.
- Make sure you get enough sleep.
Thankfully, you won’t go completely gray overnight. Initially, these invaders appear a few at a time. But finding just one gray hair in your prized locks can be a shock to the system—especially if you suffer from premature gray hair.
Here are a few ways to deal with the early onslaught.
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NEVER pluck. If you are tempted to tweeze out the pewter, think again. Follicles are distressed during the plucking process. Repeated plucking in a particular spot tells the hair follicle that hair is not needed in that location, causing a bald patch—and bald is surely not the look you are going for.
If you only have a couple of gray hairs, you can carefully cut them with scissors as short as possible without actually removing them.
Try a Natural Rise.
Many naturalists recommend applying a sage rinse. They claim that it makes the hair a darker shade and eliminates the grey hue from your hair.
This method requires you to boil 2 cups of water. Add 2 teaspoons of dried sage or a ¼-cup of fresh sage leaves and stir. After this concoction has boiled for five minutes, remove it from the heat and let it cool. Sift out any solids. Apply it to your thoroughly washed hair, leave it on for five minutes and rinse it out.
If your hair is light in color, try chamomile instead of sage.
Dye with Henna.
Do not use a henna product that is mixed with ammonia or alcohol. Instead, opt for the type used for body art, as it is purer. Also, when using henna, ensure that you keep it away from fabrics that you don’t want to be dyed. And use gloves. It is also recommended that you do a test patch in order to see how your hair reacts to henna.
Put 100-500 grams of henna in a plastic container. For very short hair, add 100—for very long locks, add 500. Mix in lemon or orange juice—just enough to make the concoction the same consistency as yogurt. Let the mixture sit on the counter overnight.
Before applying the henna mix, make sure to wear something old because it will become stained. And don’t forget your gloves. To avoid staining your ears and any other skin-colored areas, apply a generous layer of lotion. Using a plastic bag with a hole cut out—much like a cake-decorating implement—to apply the henna mixture is best. It will make application much easier and keep the mess to a minimum.
Divide your mane into sections and start massaging the mixture into your hair, starting at the base of your neck. Make sure you don’t miss any spots. When you are satisfied that your hair is completely coated, wrap your head in plastic—a grocery bag will work fine. In case it isn’t obvious—don’t put the bag over your face. You do need to breathe.
Wipe away any rogue henna that has migrated to your skin.
Leave the henna on your hair for two to four hours, depending on how well your hair takes to dye. Rinse thoroughly with water, followed by a thorough shampooing and conditioning treatment.
And, now, check out the finished product.
Gray doesn’t have to be the Enemy.
Some people think of their gray hairs as a natural part of getting older. Others view them as a well-earned badge of honor. But don’t worry if you are one of the many who simply want those wiry, white wisps to be gone. Waging battle against a pewter crown is getting easier and less expensive every day. So, put down those harsh chemicals and expensive dyes—and brandish an herb or a dash of henna instead.
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About the Author
Kimberley Laws is a freelance writer, avid blogger, and novelist. Her scalp has recently been invaded by a particularly crafty army of gray hairs. After erroneously plucking several of these unwelcomed visitors, she has decided to seek out more effective natural remedies.
What natural remedies do you use to battle your gray hairs?