33 Proven Ways to Dodging Grey Hair Naturally

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

Although grey and silver hair is becoming a trend amongst youngsters nowadays, naturally grey hair may not have the same appeal to all. Though it should not be something to be ashamed of, grey hair is a fact of life which, (similarly to the development of wrinkles) does signifies old age and a loss of youthful attractiveness to many women around the world. This can mean self-confidence lowers as money spent on products to alter or mask the colour of the hair heightens.

Most women in their 30s should begin to notice a few stray grey hairs every now and then, whereas women in their 50s should expect to have over 50% of their scalp hairs the dreaded grey colour. Grey hair is caused by normally pigmented hairs interspersing with white ones, as a result of a reduced melanin production creating the white hairs. Melanin is the pigmentation cells responsible for the colour in hair.

Grey hair is largely an inherited trait from parents. This means if your mother or father had early signs of greying, there is a possibility you will too. Caucasian individuals also seem to go grey earlier, as well as some health conditions such as diabetes, anemia and thyroid problems can cause premature greying of the hair in many individuals who suffer.

More noticeable on dark hair colours due to the contrast, grey hair does also occur (and are just as likely to develop it) in lighter hair colours such as blonde and ginger. Although a few grey hairs may become visible in a person’s 20s, their full head of hair may not actually turn until they are in their 70s depending on a variety of lifestyle, genetic and health factors.

It is also important to note that although it is widely believed, a sudden shock or scare cannot turn your hair completely white or grey -as is thought by many. Scientists have agreed that this particular idea is, in fact, a myth created and included in various cartoons, books, comics and tv shows and then interpreted, (rather incorrectly) as the truth. Although, perhaps isn’t best to freak other out too much… just in case, yeah?

Maintaining healthy hair is a key way to dodge grey hair in later life, or for slowing down the process here and now. Multivitamins can help significantly, as well as specific foods that aid in good hair health. Stress is also another factor which can affect the hair’s colouring, so lowering your stress levels may likewise help overall. These are just a few examples of our 33 Proven Ways to Dodging Grey Hair Naturally, so without further ado here we go with the full list:


33 ways brilliant for dodging grey hair.

33 ways brilliant for dodging grey hair

  1. Have regular scalp massages.

Scalp massages improve blood flow and circulation to the scalp. By doing this you increase the amount of blood reaching the follicles, which is important in stimulating growth and avoiding those dreaded grey hairs.


  1. Try to lower your stress levels.

Too much stress can result in grey hair. Thus, people who are constantly working, under pressure or tension and struggle maintaining their stress levels are all at greater risk for premature greying. Yoga and meditation is perfect for those who need to lower their stress levels, avoiding grey hair and many other health issues /conditions that can arise from suffering high stress levels.


  1. Taking multivitamins for health.

By taking multivitamins you ensure your body is receiving everything it needs to function correctly, filling in the changing gaps your diet cannot always reach on a daily basis. By taking these supplements, you are making sure that your hair has all the nutrients it needs to help in avoiding the formation of grey hairs.

Note: Multivitamins are not to be taken as a substitute for healthy eating as they will work correctly when used this way. Nor should they encourage unhealthy eating.


  1. Maintain a healthy diet.

A healthy diet ensures that your body is well equipped against illness, injury and slows down the ageing process by improving overall health. If your body is as healthy as possible, it is highly likely you will not age as fast as others who are perhaps less healthy than yourself. This is important for the prevention of greys as the healthier you are, the slower your body ages and the less likely you are to develop grey hair. -It’s basically just all intertwined if you hadn’t guessed by now!


  1. Use the correct Shampoo.

Use a gentle shampoo designed for your hair type, this ensures that the mixture does not have any adverse effects on the quality /health of the hair. These adverse effects may result in greys due to reducing the quality of the hair.

The use of emu oil shampoo is also highly recommended by many in reducing greys or stopping their formation, as it is full of necessary omega 3s to help. Emu oil shampoo can also be useful on dry hair and hair weighed down by too many chemicals and products.


  1. Use the correct Conditioner.

Similarly to the shampoo, it is important to use the correct conditioner for the hair. By providing the hair with the necessary moisturising properties, smoothness and strength this will aid in the prevention of grey hairs. Allowing the hair to retain (or even regain) it’s elasticity and health.


  1. Exercise regularly.

As previously mentioned, the healthier your body is the less likely you are to develop greys.

Furthermore, exercising help help to relieve stresses and improve overall mood which, in turn, reduces another risk factor for any greys appearing.


  1. Be a healthy weight.

Likewise to eating a healthy diet, being the correct weight for your size (height), age and gender is important for good hair health and little to no grey hairs. Health conditions that are caused by being overweight such as type 2 diabetes, also can heavily contribute to the development of grey hairs.


  1. Quit or cut down smoking.

Smoking causes the body to age prematurely, meaning this bad lifestyle choice can encourage grey hairs to form. Furthermore, not only does this habit lead to premature greying of the hair but also a whole host of complications and health issues in life. Thus, quitting (or at the very least cutting down) has many important benefits to your health overall.


  1. Sleep well and enough each night.

Good sleeping habits are important to help you relax, destress, keep healthy and fully rejuvenate for each and every day. By having a healthy sleep pattern you are giving your body what it needs to maintain shiny, luscious looking hair that is not prone to premature greys.


  1. Use coconut oil.

Coconut oil is just another internet and magazine fad… or is it? This product can be used for everything from a skin treatment to cooking to haircare. By massaging the oil onto your scalp and length of your hair it enriches with moisture and begins to strengthen your strands. The antioxidants present in coconut oil soften the hair and aid in preventing greys. So perhaps it is worth all the hype after all!


  1. Keep hydrated.

Hydration is important for both the hair and the body. Avoiding dehydrators is an important thing to do for the health of the hair. Drink plenty of water per day amounts depending on your age, health conditions, weight, height and gender -however an average of 2 litres per day is recommended to mostly cover all. Lack of moisture and hydration prevents nutrients from reaching the hair follicles which can cause them to begin to turn grey.


  1. Consume more copper.

Walnuts are supposedly a great way to avoid greys from occurring in the hair due to their copper content, which boosts the production of melanin (remember, the pigment that gives our hair it’s colour).

You can take multivitamins daily that contain copper -don’t forget to check the contents. Or you can consume a high proportion of these copper rich foods:

  • Oysters
  • Squid
  • Lobster
  • Crab
  • Octopus
  • Raw kale
  • Most mushrooms
  • Sesame seeds
  • Watermelon seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Cashew nuts
  • Pine nuts
  • Pecan nuts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Chickpeas
  • Soybeans
  • Kidney beans
  • Prunes
  • Avocados
  • Goat cheese
  • Fermented soy foods (miso and tofu)


  1. Increase to iodine.

Many of us do not have enough iodine in our diets. Consuming iodine supplements or these iodine rich foods can really help to improve the health of our hair:

  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Yoghurt
  • Eggs
  • Tuna
  • Baked potato
  • Dried seaweed
  • Turkey breast


  1. Consume extra protein.

Consume extra protein

A high (or moderate) protein rich diet can really help maintain beautiful skin and hair. Lean meats such as turkey and chicken are high in protein, as well as eggs.


  1. Take more vitamin B12 (cobalamin).

Vitamin B12 deficiencies may lead to the hair becoming grey prematurely. Remember to ensure you are receiving enough of the vitamin by consuming vitamin B complex supplements, multivitamin supplements or B12 rich foods.

B12 rich foods include:

  • Beef liver
  • Sardines
  • Tuna
  • Bananas
  • Raw cheese
  • Cottage cheese
  • Lamb
  • Raw milk
  • Clams

Note: Be careful not to over consume vitamin B12, although the vitamin is water soluable so if you do, excess should be excreted through the urine.


  1. Soak up the sun.

Living in some parts of the world (the UK for example), it’s not always easy getting some sun in. Though then the sun does pop out for a visit, make the most of it! As the hair follicles contain vitamin D, sunshine can really help stop greys from happening.

Always remember to wear sun cream and be aware that excessive exposure to the sun may cause more harm than good to your hair follicles.


  1. Cut down on the alcohol, or stop altogether.

Alcohol dehydrates the body, taking away important needs for the healthy growth and look of the hair. Dehydration can lead to an unhealthy body which creates unhealthy hair which in turn results in premature greying. To avoid this, make sure you consume plenty of water alongside your alcoholic beverages, cut down on the alcohol or quit completely.


  1. Drink less tea.

Drinking less tea is important as the drink can aid in dehydrating you and contributing towards an unhealthy diet. Unhealthy = poor hair health and poor hair health = premature greying!


  1. Drink less coffee.

Coffee is devitalizing for the body, like alcohol, and also aids in creating dehydration. Resulting (again) in the same consequences: unhealthy body, unhealthy hair and premature greying.


  1. Use an almond hair mask.

Combining almond oil with lemon juice and amla juice serves to create the perfect grey hair busting mixture. Massage the mix into your scalp, making sure to cover all existing grey hairs. Rinse after half an hour, or leave in overnight.


  1. Create a sesame oil and carrot juice hair mask.

Sesame oil and carrot juice is useful is curing grey hairs. Apply to the scalp for around 15-30 minutes and rinse off.


  1. Use onion juice.

Onion juice is an old remedy, used way before hair dyes were invented to cure grey and white hairs. Simply by rubbing onion, or onion juice, over your scalp and affected hairs you can achieve brilliant results.

Note: the smell of onion can become quite overpowering and may make your eyes run when applied on your scalp, especially due to the close proximity. Either wear goggles or opt for a different method if you will not be able to cope with this.


  1. Massage black pepper on your scalp.

Black pepper and curd is a great mixture, perfect for avoiding grey hairs when massaged into the scalp.


  1. Try rosemary as a natural colourant for greys.

The product of rosemary steeped in boiling water and then sieved can be used as a brilliant natural hair colourant, diminishing any visible greys.

Rosemary oil itself can also be directly applied to the greys in the hair.


  1. Aloe vera gel as a remedy.

Aloe vera gel when applied to the greys in the hair works as a great therapeutic cure.


  1. Take extra biotin.

Biotin deficiencies can cause the hair to begin greying. By consuming extra of this vitamin you can avoid any form of this deficiency, thus avoiding poor nail, hair and skin health. Biotin rich foods include:

  • Eggs
  • Almonds
  • Milk
  • Meats
  • Peanut butter
  • Whole grains


  1. Use neem oil for prevention.

Neem oil can also prevent greying of the hair, while the antibacterial properties of neem oil also make it useful for cleaning the scalp when applied and massaged into the scalp.


  1. Try mango seeds.

Powder of mango seed can be added to gooseberry powder for a great hair care application, perfect for halting greys in their tracks.


  1. Never comb your hair when wet.

Combing your hair when wet can damage the strands, resulting in split ends and the loss of hair, and by pulling healthy hair strands out you encourage the growth grey hairs. As said many times throughout this article, the health of the hair is extremely important if you want to avoid grey hairs and thus by avoiding damage you should, in turn, avoid greys.


  1. Avoid grey hairs with ginger.

Grated ginger, mixed with honey, can be taken on a daily basis to stop the formation of grey hairs.

You can also use ginger in the form of a hair mask to restore natural colour, do so by making a thick paste of ginger and milk then apply to the grey hairs you suffer from. Wash off this thick paste after 10 to 15 minutes with warm water and a gentle shampoo. You can repeat this process once a week for best results.


  1. Stop regularly consuming junk foods.

By regularly consuming junk foods you are promoting an unhealthy diet and thus negatively affecting your hair health. Try to maintain the healthiest diet possible, this is to ensure greys are limited and perhaps even (hopefully!) avoided altogether.


  1. Place curry leaves on the scalp as a tonic.

Take a small amount of curry leaves and boil them in coconut oil until they turn black. Allow the mixture to cool and then apply to the scalp as a hair tonic for treating loss of pigmentation. This mixture can even be used as a hair loss cure.


Final thoughts:

Ladies and men alike across the globe suffer from grey and white hairs, with little idea on what to do to avoid them and how to cure them. Hopefully, now you have read our list of 33 Proven Ways to Dodging Grey Hair Naturally you will be able to fix your hair colour issues!

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Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.