Reverse Gray Hair Naturally – How To Beat The Shades Of Gray

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While some people consider gray hair as a sign of maturity and wisdom, others feel older once they have discovered a gray hair strand. In order to look youthful again and to cover up the gray hair, they start dyeing their hair on a regular basis. Most of all, they would turn back time if they could.

What if I told you this was actually possible and all up to you? In this article, I am going to show you, how to reverse gray hair naturally. But first, let’s have a look at some hard facts about gray hair.

Why Does Our Hair Turn Gray?

why does our hair turn gray

Our hair follicles contain pigment cells known as melanocytes. These melanocytes produce a chemical known as melanin, which is a chemical that gives our hair its color, whether it is black, blonde, brown or any other color in between.

As we get older, the activity in melanocytes slows down until the pigment cells in our hair follicles gradually die, meaning that our hair doesn’t contain as much melanin and, as a result, turns into a more transparent color.

Some people get gray hair at a very young age, say, in their 20s or 30s. When we get gray hair is mostly determined by our genes but it is also said that experiencing a big trauma or shock can turn your hair gray as well – even overnight! However, there is little evidence that this actually happens.

Why A Lifestyle Change Can Affect Your Hair Color

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If you’ve just recently spotted some gray hairs, chances are high that you can keep your original and natural hair color by changing your lifestyle. Here is a list of things that may be helpful:

  1. Sun exposure: The sun has a tendency to lighten our natural hair color. Therefore, you should wear a hat to protect your hair.
  2. Obesity: It is scientifically proven that obese people are prone to experience an early onset of gray hair.
  3. Quit smoking: Smoking can shrink and even damage your hair follicles. Some research even indicates that smoking can lead to a premature graying of your hair.
  4. Take vitamins: Vitamin A, B, D and E keep your hair healthy.
  5. Oxidative stress: Oxidative stress may eventually contribute to the graying of your hair by promoting a breakdown of melanocytes. A diet high in antioxidants may protect your hair against the effects of oxidative stress.
  6. Styling tools and hair products: Bleaching, harsh soaps and shampoos, heat tools or over-washing your hair can damage your hair.
  7. Get enough minerals: zinc, copper, magnesium, iron and selenium are minerals that are important for hair repair.

Home Remedies To Treat Gray Hair

carrot juice

There are many natural remedies you can try to fight gray hair. These include:

  • Almond oil
  • Curry leaves
  • Amla
  • Coconut oil
  • Ginger
  • Ghee
  • Amaranth
  • Ashwagandha
  • Rosemary
  • Blackstrap molasses
  • Ghee
  • Black sesame seeds
  • Catalase
  • Carrot juice
  • Onion
  • Wheatgrass juice
  • Fo-ti

Natural Hair Dye

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Instead of buying a hair dye that is full of chemicals, you can mix your very own all natural hair dye. The only thing you will have to do is to repeat the dyeing process several times before you can see a color change.

Here are the primary ingredients for mixing a blonde, brown, black or red hair color:

  • Blonde hair color: lemon peel, marigold flower, chamomile flower tea, saffron
  • Brown hair color: cinnamon, coffee
  • Black hair color: black tea, nettle, sage, black walnut
  • Red hair color: carrot juice, rose petals, beet juice

Here are some alternatives:

  • Black pepper (piper nigrum): Take 1 tablespoon of black pepper and mix it with 1/2 cup of yogurt and add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to it. Apply the mixture to your hair and let it sit for 1 hour before rinsing it out. Repeat this procedure 3 times per week.
  • Henna (Lawsonia inermis): Put henna powder into one cup of black coffee or tea and mix it until you get the consistency of yogurt. Cover the bowl and let it sit for 6 hours. Add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and apply the mixture to your hair. You can rinse it off after 1 to 3 hours, depending on your satisfaction with the result.
  • Torai ridged gourd (Luffa acutangula). Boil torai in coconut oil until it turns black. This will take around 4 hours. As soon as it cools down, massage a small amount into your scalp. Rinse it off after 45 minutes. Repeat this 2-3 times a week.

The Takeaway

While we can’t reverse aging, there are plenty of solutions to reverse gray hair. Before you get started, it is best to consult a doctor first just in case you should be allergic to any of the above mentioned remedies.

You can start with one remedy and see if it works. If you are not satisfied with the results, you can try another remedy. That way you will see which one works best for you.

Say goodbye to gray hair and embrace your natural and true hair color!


I hope you enjoyed reading this article. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment in the comment section down below and I will be more than happy to help you out!



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18 Replies to “Reverse Gray Hair Naturally – How To Beat The Shades Of Gray”

  1. I have to say that I am really one of those people that go straight for buying dyes for my hair as soon as I spot a gray strand of hair. I have understood the reasons why our hair turns gray. I have brown hair and I sometimes wonder if it is not supposed to be a dark color. The question that is bothering me after I’ve read your post: is it possible that the cause of white hair is also what makes me have brown hair?

    1. Hi Jay. As I’ve mentioned in the article, a chemical called melanin is responsible for our hair color. Our hair color is basically the pigmentation of the hair follicles. There are two types of melanin: pheomelanin and eumelanin. Dark hair is the result of more eumelanin being present whereas a lighter hair color is the result of less eumelanin being present. Through the process of aging, the level of eumelanin is dropping and our hair is getting lighter until the pigment cells in our hair follicles gradually die. This is when our hair is getting more and more transparent and why our hair turns gray. Hope this answers your question. Cheers, Ruya

  2. Hi Ruya,

    It is true that we can’t reverse aging but reversing grey hairs is totally possible and you’ve outlined some great ways of doing so.

    For me, as a young man in my 20’s but who is already embarrassingly showing some patches of grey hair on the top of my hair, I’ll try to make sure I’m taking the Vitamins A,B,D and E as well as getting enough of the minerals you’ve recommended.

    I’m not sure if I’m ready to start dying my hair just yet lol.

    Thanks for an insightful post! 



    1. Hi Miguel. I absolutely understand your worries! I’m also in my 20s and have already spotted two gray hairs, which I didn’t want to pull out. On the contrary (strangely enough),  I even find it fascinating. But still, nobody wants their hair to turn gray, especially not at such an early age. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to take action as soon as you notice a change in your natural hair color, and taking vitamins is definitely the right thing to do! All the best, Ruya

  3. Hello and thank you for this informative review. I really enjoyed reading it. I recently got a few gray hairs and I got worried a little bit. I am searching for a way to immediately stop further gray hairs. Your tips are quite useful and I can also apply them in my life.

    I will definitely start using more almonds and drink carrot juice. All this food can be found in any supermarket. So there are no excuses.

    And as for the natural color dye, since my hair color is black I think I will go with black tea. Hopefully all  this “therapy” will bring results. I will let you know in a few months how it all went.



    1. Thank you Strahinja! I can assure you that you are on the right path. What we eat and drink has a huge effect on our health and well-being and the same goes for our hair health. For every health issue there is a natural solution that can work wonders if applied correctly. Looking forward to hearing from your hair therapy. All the best, Ruya

  4. I’m actually really surprised to see that there are natural formats of hair dye out there – I’m a man who started going grey when he was 21 (I had long blonde hair in a ponytail…and it turned pretty quickly!). 

    I now use traditional (woman’s) hair dye to get rid of the grey, as I am still pretty young. What natural hair dye would you recommend for shorter styles of hair?

  5. Hello Ruya. What a fun article! I have always heard that lemon juice will lighten your hair but not the other ingedients.

    I didn’t realize so many things could cause one’s hair to go gray.

    I don’t know if these natural remedies would work for me. I have been dying my hair blond for years and the older I get, the less you can see the gray against the blonde. But if I let it go completely gray, some of my original colour comes through which is brown. What are your thoughts on this?

    1. Hi Mary Ann! Yes, it really is surprising how many natural remedies there are that can help reverse gray hair. While some remedies might work well, others may not. Not every single remedy is suitable for everyone, which is why one has to try out different remedies in order to know which one works fine for them. To answer your question in terms of your hair color: it all depends on your personal preferences and what makes you feel more comfortable. If you’d rather go with your original hair color, I would forego the dyeing part and see how it looks. If you prefer having blonde hair, on the other hand, and feel more comfortable with dyeing your hair, I would stick to the hair dyeing routine. Either way, I recommend using a natural hair dye that is free from harsh chemicals. Hope this helps. All the best, Ruya

  6. Hi Ruya.

    Where I’m from when youngsters spot a grey hair they try all to keep and brag about it.

    Never knew that the melanin level would also affect hair growth: thanks for the exposure. I’m not a person that likes to dye my hair, tried it once and the chemical reacted on my hair.

    Would definitely show this post to my hair stylist friends.

    1. Hi Rahye. Wow, I’ve never heard of a person who brags about their gray hair! But I do know that many people consider gray hair as a sign of wisdom and maturity, which explains why some youngsters may see it as a positive transformation. I wish more people would react the same way, which is obviously not the case, at least not where I come from. In case you want to dye your hair sometime, I recommend using a natural hair dye that is free from harsh chemicals or some of the home remedies that I’ve mentioned in my article. Cheers, Ruya

  7. Hi Ruya 🙂 Nobody likes gray hair and especially as you get older. For me, my hair is thinning but basically not gray yet.

    I already follow some of the suggestions on your list. I do like the home remedies because I believe in natural methods to treat things and not medications.

    While I know most women may opt to dyeing their hair, that is not an option for me. But I would try the home remedies. They sound simple enough! Thanks!

    1. Hi Rob. You must be really lucky not to have gray hair at all! The risk of getting gray hair can be significantly reduced by early prevention, especially by using natural remedies, which can actually be really helpful. Let me know which one works best for you. All the best, Ruya

  8. Great article, I was looking for this. I am worried about grey hair as I started noticing some grey hair when I was 22 years old. By then I was still in secondary school, right now I am 34 and I am not proud of my hair. I at once thought of using hair dyes but I was afraid those chemicals may be dangerous to my hair.

    Thank you so much for your suggestions, I will have to try natural remedies, it seems the best way to go.

    1. Thank you Ngonidzashe Manzwangani. In case you want to dye your hair, go for a natural hair dye that is free from chemicals. Otherwise you would cause more harm to your hair than good. Of course going all natural is probably the best of all options. I’d love to hear about your results! All the best, Ruya

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