How to Cover Grey Hair Naturally
Color those Stubborn Greys with Natural Remedies!
Throughout centuries, women have been using natural remedies to cover or blend grey hair. Natural remedies continue to be popular because they do not contain toxic ingredients, commonly found in most commercial hair dyes. However, grey hair is coarse and can be difficult to dye. Because of the low porosity of grey hair, many women experiment with different natural remedies until they find the one that suits their hair. Popular remedies include using tea, coffee, turmeric, cocoa, cassia obovata, and henna.
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Color Grey Hair With Tea
Dying grey hair with tea is a popular remedy because it is inexpensive and relatively easy. You will need: tea bags (chamomile for blond hair; hibiscus for red; and black for brunette or black hair), a pot to boil water, a hair clip, and a spray bottle. You may also need some old towels or newspaper in case any tea spills. Black tea, in particular, may stain counter-tops, floors, clothing, etc...
1. Boil one cup of water to 3 tea bags. If you have long hair, you may need to double this recipe.
2. Allow tea to steep 24 hours. After 24 hours have passed, strain tea and pour liquid into a spray bottle.
3. Shampoo hair; squeeze excess water out of hair. Bring the spray bottle into the shower, and saturate hair with the tea mixture. Use a hair clip to pile hair on top of head, but do not use a towel (because a towel will absorb the tea). Leave mixture on hair for one hour.
4. Rinse hair with cold water; do not shampoo. This hair treatment can be repeated until desired shade is achieved.
Color Grey Hair with Coffee
Coffee is another popular natural dye because it smells good and is affordable to use. You will need dark coffee, a coffee maker, a plastic bowl, and apple cider vinegar. Coffee, like tea, has staining power, so be sure to have some old towels handy.
1. Brew one gallon of strong coffee. Allow coffee to cool completely.
2. Wash hair. Pour coffee into a plastic bowl; add 2 or 3 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar. Mix well.
3. Rinse hair with coffee 15 or more times. Rinse until hair feels saturated with mixture. Use a hair clip to secure your wet hair; do not use a towel or it will absorb the coffee.
4. Leave this mixture on your hair at least 15 minutes. Rinse hair with cool water. This process can be repeated until desired shade is achieved.
Recommended Organic Tea and Coffee Blends
Organic tea and organic coffee are best to color hair with because they are less processed.
Color Grey Hair with Turmeric
Turmeric is a popular hair dye for blonds.
1. Boil one cup of water; add one tablespoon of turmeric. Allow mixture to cool.
2. Saturate hair with dye. Leave dye on hair for 10-15 minutes.
3. Shampoo hair.
Caution: it is important to watch hair during the turmeric dye process because if the dye is left on too long, the hair can turn an unnatural shade of yellow.
Below, Metta88 shares her results with turmeric dye in her youtube video.
Color Grey Hair with Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Cocoa is an excellent gray hair remedy for brunettes because it serves two purposes: a temporary hair dye and a dry shampoo. As a dry shampoo, cocoa can be rubbed over gray hairs to blend them into the rest of the hair. In addition, cocoa absorbs excess oils on the roots and makes the hair appear full and clean. (And it smells nice!)
To use cocoa as a hair dye, you will need a shampoo bottle filled halfway with shampoo. Fill the other half of the bottle with cocoa. Shake the bottle well to mix ingredients. Use this shampoo on your hair in the shower. The cocoa will tint the hair a chocolate brown color.
Below, a young lady explains how she uses cocoa powder on her hair.
Color Grey Hair with Cassia Obovata
Cassia Obovata is a popular plant dye. It releases a golden or yellow dye and is great for blond or strawberry-blond hair. Cassia is commonly purchased in whole food stores and on the internet; it is often called "neutral henna."
When purchasing cassia, it is best to buy it in a powder form, as opposed to a premixed liquid. Liquid dyes may contain harmful chemicals. After purchasing cassia, follow the instructions carefully on the box.
Color Grey Hair with Henna
Henna is an extremely popular plant dye. Henna is easily accessible to purchase, and henna delivers excellent results. True henna will dye gray hairs red. However, many companies sell premixed powder hennas that are mixed with other herbs and are available in a variety of shades. Henna powder will come with specific instructions to give you the results that you desire.
Typically, henna is mixed with an acidic liquid, such as lemon juice, or warm water. The mixture will need to sit for a specified amount of time. Once the mixture has set, you will apply it to your hair (mixture will be very thick). You will leave the mixture on your hair for a specified amount of time and then rinse and shampoo as usual.
Review of Colora Henna Powder - Light Brown - My Shade!
I have been using this particular shade of henna for three years, and I love it. I am allergic to PPD in commercial hair dye, and henna provides the results that I need. My natural hair color is ash brown (now with premature gray), and I chose the light brown henna because I want my greys to look like highlights.
My hair looks full and feels silky after using henna. I recommend it to anyone, grey or not.
This product works wonders for my grays!
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Grey Hair and Your Diet
Does poor nutrition cause gray hair? Some say yes. A diet low in B vitamins and iron has been linked to gray hair. In addition, other factors such as cigarette smoking or free radical damage may contribute to premature graying.
In order to reverse the graying process, the individual must consume foods that contain B vitamins, copper, and selenium. In addition, foods with antioxidants will help destroy free radicals. Also, regular exercise will help improve circulation throughout the entire body, including the scalp.
For more information, please read Nutrition and Grey Hair
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