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Haircare can be quite tough at times as there are many major factors affecting it, including weather, pollution, lack of care, and poor diet. Most men and women start developing grey hair even before their 30s. Stress and nutrient deficiency are two major causes of hair fall and premature greying of hair.
Your hair may go grey naturally as you age, but premature greying of hair can be combated with a good lifestyle. Other than a balanced diet, some homemade hair packs can help you to reduce the appearance of grey hair
Health Shots spoke to Dr Monica Kapoor, a celebrity cosmetologist and director at FLAWLESS Cosmetic clinics and ILACAD Institute, about some effective hair packs for grey hair made with home ingredients.
Amla is a popular superfood that is a rich source of vitamin C and can help in boosting the immunity and stopping cellular damage. Just like its health benefits, amla is beneficial for the skin and hair as well. Dr Kapoor says, “Amla contains calcium and reduces oxidative stress that helps in promoting hair health and treating premature grey hair.”
To make the hair pack, take a bunch of curry leaves and grind them with 2 tablespoons of amla powder and 2 tablespoons of brahmi powder. Make a smooth paste and apply this paste as a hair mask on the hair, making sure to cover the roots. Leave it on for an hour and rinse with a mild herbal shampoo.
Potato is loaded with antioxidants that can help to darken the hair and thus cover grey strands. While yogurt is a good probiotic that can promote hair health and help in treating premature greying of hair.
To make potato and curd mask, take potato juice and 3 tablespoon curd. Heat a pan and boil some potatoes. After a few minutes, strain the water and put the potatoes away. Then, add 3 tablespoons of curd in the potato juice and mix it properly. Then, apply it on your hair strands and scalp for grey hair strands and after that rinse it off after a while.
Shikakai powder has been used in Ayurveda since ages for healthy hair. It is a natural shampoo and an effective way to reduce greying. Regular use will lead to a healthier scalp and hair growth.
“Make a paste of shikakai powder and yogurt and rub it into the scalp. Wash off after half an hour to darken the grey hair naturally” says Dr Kapoor.
Tulsi is a good source of vitamin C and has been used as an Ayurvedic remedy to treat hair problems for many years. On the other hand, black tea is full of tannic acid which can help in darkening the hair effectively. Tulsi and black tea natural DIY hair masks are a good way to cover the grey hair strands.
To make this hair pack, take black tea leaves and tulsi leaves. Then, put 4 tablespoons of grounded black tea in a pan and add 4-5 tulsi leaves and boil them together. After that, let this cool down and wash the hair with this water. Apply this mask twice a week to darken your grey hair.
Henna is a natural conditioner and a colorant and when combined with coffee, it gives excellent results. Henna is in fact an age-old home remedy to turn grey hair into black.
To make a henna hair pack, add 1 tablespoon of coffee powder to boiling hot water. Once it is boiled properly, cool it and make a paste with henna powder. Let it rest covered for a few hours. Mix in 1 tablespoon of any oil of your choice and apply it all over your hair completely. Wait for a few hours and then wash it off.
Black tea is another effective ingredient which can help to prevent grey hair. Take tea brew, approximately 200ml, and use it as a leave-in conditioner on the hair after shampooing.
You can also soak black tea leaves for 2 hours in warm water and grind it to a smooth paste. Mix with some lemon juice and apply it as a hair mask for 40 minutes before rinsing the hair.