All our lives, we’ve been taught that along with wrinkles and achy joints, we get to expect gray hair as well. Fortunately, with the latest advances in science and natural medicine, you don’t have to look your age.
It’s possible to treat gray hair naturally without investing in harsh chemical hair dyes that can strip out your hair’s vital nutrients that keep it soft and manageable. Here are three ways to keep your hair looking younger – naturally!
1. Cosmetic Treatment – Hair dye for gray hair is the oldest and most common way to get rid of gray. Many hair dyes for gray hair use chemicals like ammonia, but there are many new brands coming out on the market which use vegetable-based colorings or natural ingredients such as henna.
2. Medical Treatments – While there’s not yet an anti-aging pill that will magically make you look younger, there are medicines that treat the underlying cause of gray hair. Melanin is a body chemical that gives your skin and hair its color. It’s also what comes to the surface when you get a tan.
Melanin slows down as we age but there are medicines available to reverse the de-pigmentation of the hair. Auxins, Imatinib Mesylate and Gleever are a few of the prescription medicines available. These medicines can only be prescribed by your doctor and may have side effects, however if you’re concerned about dying your hair with over-the-counter hair dye, or if your hair is turning gray too early, you may want to talk to your doctor about it.
3. Topical Treatments – There are some natural remedies you can apply to your hair to boost its built-in nutrients and keep gray hairs from showing through:
Eugenol Oil – Eugenol oil is derived from cloves and helps restore your hair’s natural color.
Amla Oil – Amla oil strengthens your hair follicles which makes it easier for your hair’s natural pigmentation (color) to show through.
Ligustrum – This Chinese remedy is based on a unique berry which, when applied on the surface, turns gray hair black.
Superoxide Dismutase – These compounds are often found in hair gels and prevent damage to hair strands by strengthening follicles against breakage.
Ashwagandha – Also known as “Indian Ginseng”, Ashwagandha protects against gray hair caused by stress. It also increases melanin in the hair which helps cover up gray hair.
Omega-3 Shampoos – Omega 3’s are specific natural compounds (often found in cold water fish) that provide nutrients for the hair and scalp that protect against premature graying.
Melanin – The actual chemical in your body that gives your hair and skin its color can also be applied directly to the hair.
Retin-A – Often used in anti-aging creams and combined with alpha-hydroxyl acid, Retin-A restores natural color to your hair and makes it look stronger and more manageable.
You can also try some over-the-counter vitamins and minerals to help strengthen your hair and slow down graying. Vitamins B12, Biotin and Folic Acid are well known for their ability to give your body energy to reduce stress and in turn prevent premature graying of the hair.
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