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  • Writer's pictureDr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam

Natural Home Remedies for Making White Hair Black

White hair is a common problem that affects many people, especially as they age. It is caused by the loss of melanin, the pigment that gives hair its color. Melanin is produced by cells called melanocytes, which are located in the hair follicles. When these cells stop producing melanin, the hair becomes gray and eventually white.

There are many factors that can contribute to premature white hair, such as genetics, stress, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases, thyroid disorders, smoking, pollution, and excessive use of chemical products on the hair. While some of these factors are beyond our control, others can be prevented or treated with natural home remedies.

In this article, we will explore some of the best home remedies for making white hair black naturally and permanently. These remedies are easy to prepare and use, and they have no harmful side effects. They can also help improve the health and appearance of your hair.

Home Remedies for White Hair

  • Amla Powder and Coconut Oil

Amla, or Indian gooseberry, is one of the most effective remedies for white hair. It is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, which can help prevent oxidative stress and damage to the hair follicles. It also stimulates the production of melanin and enhances the natural color of the hair.

Coconut oil is a nourishing and moisturizing oil that can penetrate deep into the hair shaft and protect it from dryness and breakage. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties that can prevent scalp infections and dandruff.

To use this remedy, you will need:

  • 1 cup of amla powder

  • 500 ml of coconut oil

  • An iron vessel

Heat the amla powder in an iron vessel until it turns into ash. Add the coconut oil and simmer on a low flame for 20 minutes. Let it cool and stand for 24 hours, and then strain it into an airtight bottle. Use this oil twice a week to massage your scalp and hair. Leave it on for at least an hour before washing it off with a mild shampoo.

  • Curry Leaves and Amla Powder

Curry leaves are another excellent remedy for white hair. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that can nourish the hair follicles and restore their pigment. They also have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can reduce scalp inflammation and oxidative stress.

Amla powder, as mentioned above, can also help boost the melanin production and darken the hair color.

To use this remedy, you will need:

  • A bunch of curry leaves

  • 2 teaspoons of amla powder

  • 2 teaspoons of brahmi powder

  • Water

Grind the curry leaves with a little water to make a paste. Add the amla powder and brahmi powder and mix well. Apply this paste as a hair mask on your hair, making sure to cover the roots. Leave it on for an hour and rinse it off with a mild herbal shampoo.

  • Black Tea

Black tea is another simple and effective remedy for white hair. It contains tannins, which are natural colorants that can darken the hair. It also helps strengthen the hair roots and prevent hair fall.

To use this remedy, you will need:

  • 2 teaspoons of black tea leaves

  • 1 cup of water

  • A pot

Boil the water in a pot and add the black tea leaves. Simmer for 10 minutes and then strain the tea. Let it cool down slightly and then apply it on your hair with a spray bottle or a cotton ball. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. Do not use shampoo after this treatment.

  • Onion Juice

Onion juice is another potent remedy for white hair. It contains sulfur, which can stimulate blood circulation to the scalp and promote hair growth. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties that can prevent scalp infections and dandruff.

Onion juice can also help reverse premature graying by restoring the enzyme catalase, which protects the hair from hydrogen peroxide damage. Hydrogen peroxide is a natural byproduct of metabolism that can accumulate in the hair follicles and bleach them.

To use this remedy, you will need:

  • 2 to 3 onions

  • A juicer or a blender

  • A strainer

  • A bowl

Peel and chop the onions and extract their juice using a juicer or a blender. Strain the juice to remove any pulp or chunks. Apply the juice on your scalp and hair with a cotton ball or your fingers. Massage gently for 10 minutes and then leave it on for another 30 minutes. Wash it off with warm water and a mild shampoo. Repeat this treatment twice or thrice a week for best results.

  • Henna And Indigo

Henna and indigo are natural dyes that can give your hair a rich and dark color. Henna is a reddish-brown dye that can condition and strengthen the hair. Indigo is a blue-black dye that can darken the hair and cover the white strands.

To use this remedy, you will need:

  • 100 grams of henna powder

  • 100 grams of indigo powder

  • Water

  • A bowl

  • A brush

  • A shower cap

Mix the henna powder with enough water to make a smooth paste. Apply it on your hair with a brush, covering all the strands. Put on a shower cap and leave it on for two hours. Rinse it off with water and do not use shampoo.

Mix the indigo powder with enough water to make a smooth paste. Apply it on your hair with a brush, covering all the strands. Put on a shower cap and leave it on for two hours. Rinse it off with water and shampoo.

You can also mix henna and indigo together in a 1:1 ratio and apply it as a single step. However, this may result in a less intense color.

  • Coconut Oil And Lemon Juice

Coconut oil and lemon juice are another effective combination for white hair. Coconut oil, as mentioned earlier, can moisturize and nourish the hair and prevent dryness and breakage. Lemon juice can add shine and brightness to the hair and also help remove any buildup or residue from the scalp.

To use this remedy, you will need:

  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil

  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

  • A bowl

Mix the coconut oil and lemon juice in a bowl. Apply this mixture on your scalp and hair and massage gently for 10 minutes. Leave it on for another 20 minutes and then wash it off with warm water and a mild shampoo. Repeat this treatment once or twice a week for best results.

Tips For Reducing White Hair

Apart from using these home remedies, you can also follow some tips to prevent or reduce white hair, such as:

  • Eat a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and dairy products. These foods can provide essential nutrients for your hair health, such as vitamins A, B, C, E, iron, zinc, copper, selenium, biotin, and omega-3 fatty acids.

  • Avoid foods that can cause inflammation or oxidative stress in your body, such as processed foods, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, trans fats, alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco.

  • Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated and flush out toxins from your body.

  • Manage your stress levels by practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, or hobbies that make you happy.

  • Get enough sleep to allow your body to repair itself and maintain its hormonal balance.

  • Protect your hair from sun damage by wearing a hat or a scarf when going outdoors. You can also apply some sunscreen or coconut oil on your hair before stepping out.

  • Avoid using harsh chemicals or heat tools on your hair that can damage or dry out your hair follicles. Use natural or herbal products that are gentle and safe for your hair.

  • Trim your hair regularly to get rid of split ends and keep your hair healthy.

  • Massage your scalp with warm oil at least once a week to stimulate blood flow and nourish your hair roots. You can use any of the oils mentioned above or a combination of them.

  • Consult your doctor if you have any underlying medical condition or deficiency that may be causing your white hair. You may need to take some supplements or medications to treat the root cause.

Can White Hair Turn Black Again?

The answer to this question depends on the cause of your white hair. If it is due to genetics or aging, then it may not be possible to reverse it completely. However, you can slow down the process or cover up the white strands with natural dyes.

If it is due to other factors such as stress, nutrition, hormones, or diseases, then it may be possible to restore the natural color of your hair by addressing these factors. You can also use some of the home remedies mentioned above to stimulate melanin production and darken your hair.

However, you should not expect instant results from these remedies. They may take some time to show their effects depending on the severity of your condition and the frequency of use. You should also be consistent and patient with these remedies and follow them regularly for best results.

These tips can help you maintain your natural hair color and prevent premature graying. However, you should also embrace your white hair as a sign of wisdom and maturity. White hair can also be beautiful and stylish if you take good care of it and choose the right hairstyle and accessories. You can also experiment with different colors and highlights to add some fun and flair to your look.

Remember, your hair is a part of your identity and personality, and you should be proud of it. Whether you have black, brown, blonde, red, or white hair, you are unique and beautiful in your own way.

Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist

Kify Hospital



Phone : 85000 23456


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