How to tackle premature greying of hair
Over 42% of people on our poll reported that they are struggling with greying hair. Many of them are below the age of 30. Premature greying is becoming increasingly common due to factors like genetics, stress, environment, diet and harsh products. Many people also report grey hair after color treatments or bleaching. It is a sign that the scalp is losing its vitality, lacks essential vitamins and is going through oxidative stress. However, this is not permanent and can be reversed.1 Nature has a few secrets to keep the hair dark, thick & healthy. Ingredients that stimulate the production of melanin internally reverse grey hair. Oils of hibiscus, kalonji & castor are excellent for repairing damaged hair especially post color treatments. These are commonly used in our haircare range. Here are 5 natural tips on reversing grey hair and keeping it lustrous & smooth.
1: Amla Shot
One shot of freshly squeezed amla juice in the morning boosts melanin production in the hair follicles. This helps reverse grey hair by limiting oxidative stress on the hair. It can also be applied topically on the scalp when mixed with coconut oil. Amla is a superfood for hair because it has phenolic compounds and antioxidants, that boost hair health.
2: Castor Oil Combing
Castor oil is an indian household staple for many reasons. Applying cold pressed castor oil on the scalp promotes growth of new hair. Take 2-3 drops of oil with our wooden neem hair comb and comb the hair while applying mild pressure on the scalp. This stimulates marma points in the scalp, improves blood circulation and detangles the hair, allowing the oil to gently penetrate the scalp and stimulate healthy hair follicles.
Since stress often triggers premature greying and yoga is excellent to calm the mind down. Yoga poses that increase the flow of fresh oxygenated blood to the scalp are excellent to reverse grey hair. Practice these 3 asanas to see a remarkable change in your hair health:
Asana 1 - Shirsasana
An optimal pose to centre the mind, improve blood circulation and balance the body, the headstand reduces balding and improves hair health when practiced regularly. The inversion method is supposed to grow your hair by 2 inches per month!
Asana 2 - Halasana
The plough pose directs fresh oxygen to the scalp, thus allowing new follicles to grow. It is extremely good for thyroid, which is often the cause of massive hairfall.
Asana 3 - Sarvangasana
The shoulder stand is another way to invert the body and activate blood circulation in the scalp. Remember to close your eyes and envision thick, dark, healthy hair while doing this pose.
4: Hibiscus Oil
Since ancient times, hibiscus has been used by women in the south of india to maintain their thick, long, dark hair. Hibiscus is known to be a natural dye packed with iron and vitamin c, and is a powerhouse that helps hair follicles produce melanin. Hair oils that contain hibiscus and kalonji are sure shot ways to stop premature greying. Anahata’s hibiscus hair oil is a traditional, hand-crushed blend of unique herbs and flowers. Rich in amino acids and vitamin c, it strengthens the hair follicles, nourishes the roots and reverses greying.
Kapalbhati is a type of pranayama that comes from two words: kapal (forehead) and bhati (bright). It is a breathing exercise that centers the mind, unblocks the nasal tract and purifies the systems within. Ideally, you should sit in padmasana, bend slightly forward, close the mouth, inhale one long deep breath and exhale in short, forced breaths. This pranayama increases blood flow to the scalp, which improves cell turnover and stimulates healthy hair.
It is essential for us to invest in a natural lifestyle that keeps us beautiful inside out. While chemical treatments or hair colour might give you a temporary fix, nothing can substitute the natural vitality of healthy hair. Practice these rituals weekly, switch to natural shampoos and incorporate flaxseeds into your diet. We hope these rituals have given you an insight into nature’s wonderful solutions for everyday problems. Share this with someone who could benefit from this information.