Graying of hair is a natural process that starts soon after the age of 30. This is due to the decrease in the color giving pigment called, Melanin. There are a variety of dyes and procedures in the market to help restore our natural color. Such treatments, though effective, end up stripping our hair of their natural oils. To avoid that and cover our grays, we present to you a list of ingredients to help color your hair at home. These all natural ingredients are easy on the pocket, will provide a good color and nourish your hair.
Potato peel: Don't throw away those peels just yet! The most common vegetable found in every kitchen is not just for making french fries anymore! Potato contains a high amount of starch. Owing to this property, the peels act as a natural colorant to help preserve your hair color. This ingredient will slowly cover your grays over a period of few months.
Method: Collect the skin from a few potatoes and boil them in about 2 cups of water. Take the mixture off the heat after it simmers for about 10 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool and strain it before pouring it over your hair. Saturate each strand with the liquid and keep it on for 30 minutes. Rinse off with water. Ghee: This rich ingredient used for making scrumptious food, can also be used to maintain the color of your hair. Ghee will nourish your hair and help it regain its natural color.
Method: Give yourself a head massage using ghee (made from cows milk). Let it sit for an hour and wash off as usual. Repeat this twice a week for desired result. Coffee: Coffee is a successful dyeing agent to cover gray hair. Regular usage will make a significant difference to the color of your hair by making them look natural and healthy.
Method: Start by buying regular powdered coffee, make sure to buy the darkest one with no added colorants or flavor. Combine 2-3 tablespoons of coffee (depending on the length of your hair) with 100-150 ml of water. Boil the mixture till you get a dark liquid with a thick consistency. Let it cool and apply it evenly in your hair. Keep the mixture in your hair for about 45 minutes and wash off as usual.
Amla: The vitamin C rich fruit is known for its restorative properties when it comes to hair growth. Amla is the main ingredient in a variety of hair dyes so it's safe to say that it's the best ingredient to use for coloring your hair. With a high level of melanin content, Amla can slow down the graying process and help boost your hair's volume as well.
Method: Combine some Amla powder with coconut oil. Heat the mixture in a pan till the oil starts to boil. Let the mixture cool down a little and apply it to your hair for 30-40 minutes. Wash it off with cold water. Keep in mind that the quantity of the mixture should be proportional to the length of your hair.
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