Your hair is bound to start graying as you grow older, and this is completely natural and inevitable. While hair grays for some people when they hit their 40s or 50s, some people experience premature hair graying during their 20s or 30s. While it’s not really possible to reverse any gray hair you may have back to its original color, you could care for your hair enough to possibly slow down the rate at which it grays.
What Results In Gray Hair
Your hair color is decided by a pigment called melanin. If your hair has started graying, it’s because the amount of melanin at the hair follicles in your scalp is decreasing. This, in turn, is happening because the activity of melanocytes (skin cells that produce the pigment melanin) is slowing down.
Premature graying may result due to a number of factors like health conditions and poor food choices. Sometimes, early graying may occur due to genetic factors. It may also be triggered by hormonal fluctuations, use of hair products that don’t suit your hair, pollution, stress, and thyroid disorders.
How To Treat Gray Hair
People who want to rid themselves of gray hair usually find hair products to color it and give it back its earlier sheen. While hair color works fine and covers up your gray hair for a short while, it’s probably not the best idea to keep using it often in the long run because it is abundant in harmful chemicals that can damage your hair.
So, instead of using hair products loaded with harsh chemicals, try natural alternatives like this simple home remedy to slow down the growth of gray hair.
Coconut Oil And Lemon Mixture
- Organic coconut oil (the amount needed will vary depending on the length of your hair)
- 3 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Mix the coconut oil and lemon juice thoroughly till you get a smooth mixture.
- Divide your hair into small sections and apply the mixture generously to your hair and scalp. Massage your head when you apply the mixture.
- Leave it in for about an hour. Then, wash your hair with a mild shampoo.
- Repeat at least once a week for good results.
How Coconut Oil And Lemon Juice Help Graying Hair
Coconut oil is rich in medium-chain fatty acids like lauric acid and anti-microbial properties, which can treat damaged hair, condition your scalp, and strengthen your hair. It is also abundant in antioxidants, which prevent cell damage and possibly premature graying.1
Lemon juice, on the other hand, is abundant in vitamins B and C and phosphorus, which help in keeping your hair healthy by nourishing it. This juice is also said to be an effective remedy for dandruff.
Keep in mind that while the coconut oil and lemon juice remedy is great for nourishing and strengthening your hair, it does not reverse already gray hair. It protects the base of your hair follicles, keeping your hair healthy and possibly preventing it from graying early. Remember that it’s also equally important to maintain a nutritious diet to keep your hair healthy.