11 Home Remedies for Grey Hair

Hair turns grey when the hair follicles produce less melanin. Melanin is the pigment which gives natural color to your hair. Greying hair is a natural process and happens with aging.

Genetics also play a vital role in the greying of hair. You can’t change your genes but you can certainly postpone early greying with the help of home remedies.

Grey Hair Causes 

  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Increased levels of hydrogen peroxide
  • Low production of melanin
  • Low levels of catalase
  • Free radicals in our body
  • Higher stress levels

Here are 11 home remedies for grey hair and blackening 

Best Home Remedies to Prevent Hair Greying

#1. Amla (Indian Gooseberry) for Grey Hair

Amla is a natural coolant which pacifies the excess pitta (causing premature greying) in the body and thereby reduce greying of hair. Amla also helps renew pigmentation in hair and makes the hair darker and thicker.

The antioxidants in amla play an important role in neutralizing free radicals that can cause hair fall and greying and thereby act as preventive agents.

The phytonutrients and minerals present in the amla increase scalp circulation which strengthens your hair follicles and promotes healthy hair growth making amla an excellent hair tonic.


How to use

  • Cut 5-6 fresh amla into small pieces
  • Soak the amla overnight in an iron utensil using 2 glass of water
  • Strain the water on the next morning
  • Take 3-4 teaspoon of this water and add to a cup of water (Based on the hair length you can increase the ratio)
  • Shampoo your hair and then rinse with this amla water (Don’t rinse with plain water again)
  • Apply 2 times a week for effective results

#2. Black Tea as Home Remedy for Grey Hair

The black tea gives a melanin and keratin boost to your hair which restores the natural pigment of your hair thereby effectively covers your grey hair.

The tannic acid present in black tea darkens your grey hair over a period of time. Similarly, caffeine in black tea stops the production of DTH hormones and prevents hair fall. The more you rinse hair with black tea the more you will see the effect.

Black Tea

How to use

  • Boil 2 teaspoons black tea leaves in 2 cups of water
  • Allow the tea leaves simmer for 5 minutes
  • Pour the solution in a bowl and keep aside to cool
  • Strain the solution (If your hair is long then transfer the solution in a spray bottle)
  • Apply the solution on hair and leave for 1 hour (increase the time based on your hair length)
  • Rinse your hair off with cold water (Don’t shampoo your hair after this)
  • Apply 2 times a week for effective results

#3. Onion Juice as Home Remedy

The catalase enzyme and the antioxidants in onion juice neutralize hydrogen peroxide and help reverse the effect of premature greying of hair. The antibacterial properties help fight infections of the scalp which in turn helps reduce hair fall.

Onion juice acts as a follicle stimulator when applied to the scalp increases the blood circulation to hair follicles and hence contributes to hair growth.

Onion Juice

How to use

  • Make a juice of 1 small onion, apply on hair root
  • Leave for 30-40 minutes
  • Wash your hair with a mild shampoo
  • Apply twice a week for effective results
  • Optional: You can also mix coconut oil with onion juice

#4. Curry Leaves with Coconut Oil for Grey Hair

Curry leaves are a rich source of beta-carotene and proteins thus increase hair growth and reduce hair loss. The leaves also contain amino acids and antioxidants which strengthen the hair follicles thereby promote healthy hair growth.

The vitamin B in curry leaves nourish and strengthen the hair roots thereby restore the natural melanin pigment of the hair.

Curry Leaves

How to use

  • Boil 1 cup of coconut oil and a handful of fresh curry leaves in a bowl
  • Remove from flame when you see the formation of dark residue
  • Strain the oil out and allow the mix to cool
  • Apply directly onto your scalp and leave for an hour
  • Wash your hair with a mild shampoo
  • Apply twice a week and get rid of your grey hair

#5. Shikakai to Prevent Grey Hair

The vitamin C and antioxidants in shikakai helps promote healthy and quick hair growth by giving your scalp a collagen boost. The vitamins also provide necessary micro-nutrients to the hair follicle to nourish hair and grow fast and healthy.

The essential nutrients present in shikakai keeps your hair healthy, prevent breakage and brittleness thereby prevent hair loss. Shikakai is an excellent remedy to regain your hair’s lustrous thickness and length.


How to use

  • Grind 4-5 shikakai pods finely and add 1/2 cup of curd
  • Mix them properly and apply on the scalp
  • Leave for 15 minutes
  • Wash your hair with a mild shampoo
  • Apply every alternate day and see the results within a week

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#6. Henna as Home Remedy for Grey Hair

Henna’s antibacterial and antifungal properties help maintain scalp health. Henna removes the excess oil from your hair and unclogs the pores.

Henna also balances pH levels of the scalp and thus strengthen hair follicles. Henna is thus helpful in preventing hair loss, improving hair elasticity and promoting healthy hair growth. Henna not only helps in growing hair faster but also improves hair texture.Henna

How to use

  • Boil 2-3 teaspoons black tea leaves in water
  • Keep it aside for cooling and then strain the mix
  • Add 4 teaspoons pure henna powder to the strained water
  • Add 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1 teaspoon amla powder
  • Mix to form a smooth paste (based on the length of hair you can adjust the quantity of amla and henna powder)
  • Keep the paste overnight for 8 hours
  • Apply on hair section by section
  • Leave for 1-5 hours until the paste dries up
  • Rinse with cold water (don’t apply shampoo immediately)
  • After 2-3 days you can wash your hair with a mild shampoo
  • Apply once in a month

#7. Black Sesame Seeds for Grey Hair

The essential fatty acids in sesame seeds such as omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 promote hair growth. They also promote hair growth by nourishing, conditioning and promoting a healthy scalp.

The antioxidants present in the black sesame seeds can neutralize the effect of free radicals thereby prevent greying of hair. The essential minerals in sesame seeds also prevent greying of hair.

The calcium and manganese in sesame seeds help to keep the scalp healthy and prevent hair loss. Black sesame seeds promote melanocyte activity to produce melanin and thus restore the hair color.

Black Sesame Seeds

How to use

  • Eat a tablespoon of black sesame seeds daily.
  • Follow this for at least 3 months for better results

#8. Sage and Rosemary to Cure Grey Hair

Sage oil increases the blood circulation onto your scalp and improves hair follicle formation thereby promotes healthy hair growth. The antioxidants in sage leaves also help to prevent and reduce the formation of new grey hair.

Rosemary oil has high nutritional value and anti-inflammatory properties which help in nourishing the hair follicles. Which results in increasing the blood supply in the scalp which in turn enhances hair growth.

Also, rosemary oil has the ability to prevent and stop the spread of grey hair. Both Sage and Rosemary used in combination helps prevent greying of hair.

Sage and Rosemary

How to use

  • Boil 2 cups of water and add a handful of sage leaves
  • Boil further for 2 more minutes
  • Use the strainer and pour the sage tea in a bowl
  • Add 3-5 drops of rosemary essential oil in the poured liquid
  • Allow the mixture to cool and then apply on your hair
  • Leave for 10 minutes and then rinse with a mild shampoo

Initially apply weekly, once you achieved the desired darkness then use once every two weeks

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#9. Blackstrap Molasses

Blackstrap molasses is a rich source of antioxidants which reduces free radicals allowing the hair to grow smoother and longer. The rich vitamin and mineral content of blackstrap molasses improves overall hair health and help with the growth of the hair.

Blackstrap molasses contains copper which help nourish your hair by giving structure to collagen. Which also encourages melanin production that helps in hair pigmentation and thus helps restores hair color.

Blackstrap Molasses

How to use

Procedure 1: Blackstrap molasses on hair

  • Rinse your hair with warm water and squeeze out the excess moisture
  • Apply 1/4 cup of molasses from the scalp to the tip of the hair
  • Leave for 30 minutes and then rinse with a mild shampoo
  • Apply 2 times a week

Procedure 2: Consumption of Blackstrap molasses

  • Consume a teaspoon of molasses every alternate day for few months regularly

#10. Ribbed Gourd

Ribbed gourd or Ridge gourd is one of the most effective home remedy for treating grey hair. Ridge gourd contains enzymes that restore the pigment in the root of the hair. They also help in strengthening your hair roots and thus prevent hair loss.

Ribbed Groud

How to use

  • Dry 1 cup of the chopped pieces of ribbed gourd out in the sun
  • Soak the dried pieces in 1 cup of coconut oil for 3-4 days
  • Later boil the pieces in the coconut oil for 6 minutes
  • Allow the mixture to cool and strain the oil and collect in a bowl or bottle
  • Massage your scalp with this oil from root to tips
  • Leave the oil for 45 minutes and then rinse with a mild shampoo
  • Apply 2-3 times a week (follow this for 3-4 weeks)

#11. Bhringraj to Prevent Grey Hair

Bhringraj improves the blood circulation to the scalp which ensures nourishment of hair resulting in healthy hair growth. Bhringraj also helps in soothing the scalp and prevents hair fall related to stress.

Bhringraj contains haritaki which helps in restoring your hair color back and stopping premature greying of hair. They also contain hair-vitalising herbs which can prevent premature greying and help in dealing with hair loss.


How to use

  • Mix 1 teaspoon of Bhringraj, Brahmi, and Amla powder equally in a bowl
  • Add the appropriate amount of water and make a paste
  • Apply onto the scalp and leave for 20-30 minutes
  • Wash your hair with a mild shampoo


The home remedies for grey hair restores the natural hair color, improves overall hair health and delays hair greying.

These remedies don’t bring a sudden change but regular use produces the best results. They are 100% safe and treat the hair without chemicals and additives.

About Shilpa Gupta

Shilpa is a banker-turned-content creator who plays the role of editor-in-chief at BeingHappyMom. She talks about organic ways for skin & health care.

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