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Home remedies for gray hair

For many people, gray hair is a horror in the truest sense of the word. They stand for lost youth, vitality and simply for aging. As for almost every problem, there is a whole range of little helpers from the kitchen cupboard that are supposed to help against gray hair.

They have a reputation for not only being cheaper, but also being at least as effective as special shampoos, conditioners and lotions. Is there anything to it? We took a closer look at the uses and effectiveness of the most popular home remedies - apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, baking soda, and onion juice.

Apple cider vinegar for gray hair

Apple cider vinegar is said to provide more shine, soften the hair and make it easier to comb by sealing and smoothing the cuticle, the so-called hair cuticle. The ingredients include important vitamins, minerals and the trace elements iron, zinc and magnesium. Acetic acid also disinfects the scalp and opens clogged pores.

How is apple cider vinegar used?

In principle, apple cider vinegar is healthy and tastes fresh and delicious in salads, for example. The vitamins and minerals are available through an otherwise healthy, varied diet and support the body from within. But primarily apple cider vinegar is supposed to help against gray hair when applied externally. For this, apple cider vinegar is diluted with cold water (4 tablespoons in 1L water) and used as a rinse after washing your hair. In this way, the nutrients in vinegar support the scalp and fight bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Coconut oil against gray hair

Coconut oil is also said to have a disinfecting effect, it is said to stimulate hair growth and promote pigmentation - and thus support the natural hair color. To do this, coconut oil is mixed with essential sage oil in a ratio of 3: 2 and briefly heated in a water bath to mix it well. After the mixture has cooled down again, you can use it to massage the scalp and leave it on overnight (for example under a plastic cover to avoid getting the pillow dirty).

A mixture of curry leaves and coconut oil should also support the natural hair color if used regularly (3x / week). To do this, boil a cup of coconut oil with a handful of curry leaves in a saucepan for 6-8 minutes until the leaves are black. The cooled oil can then also be massaged into the hair and act overnight. The nutrients in coconut oil and above all the high vitamin B content in the curry leaves should strengthen the melanocytes and thus maintain the natural hair color.

In both cases, you can wash your hair with a mild shampoo the next morning.

Soda against gray hair

Soda is also repeatedly said to help against gray hair. To do this, 2-3 teaspoons of baking soda - or alternatively baking powder - are mixed in a glass of water and then massaged into the scalp. It can also be used to wash your hair completely and is particularly helpful against oily hair. However, you have to note that the baking soda can also dry out the hair and scalp. Therefore, after rinsing out, you should use hair oil or, as mentioned above, a mixture with apple cider vinegar to give the hair its shine again and to prevent an itchy scalp. According to this, baking soda can be used to wash hair - but it only helps indirectly against gray hair by removing excess oil and sebum from the pores in the scalp and thus caring for them.

Onion juice against gray hair

Onion juice has been used against gray hair for centuries. It is said to stimulate the production of the enzyme catalase. This has the task of breaking down the metabolite hydrogen peroxide in our cells into water and oxygen and thus neutralizing it. Hydrogen peroxide in turn dissolves the enzyme tyrosinase, which is significantly involved in the development of melanin. If the body is deficient in catalases, hydrogen peroxide is no longer sufficiently broken down and the result is gray hair. By stimulating the production of catalase, onion juice has an indirect effect. In addition, the antibacterial effect cleanses the scalp and stimulates blood circulation.

How is onion juice used?

The use of onion juice is very simple: either an onion is simply cut and the cut is rubbed into the scalp. Alternatively, you can juice an onion and massage the juice into the scalp several times a day.

Conclusion: are there any helpful home remedies for gray hair?

Yes, there are helpful home remedies that can help fight graying in different ways. Apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, baking soda and onion juice have a positive effect on the supply of nutrients to the scalp and are also suitable for washing your hair. However, one should note that apple cider vinegar and baking soda in particular, if they remain on the scalp and hair for too long or are not optimally diluted, can also lead to dry and itchy scalp and thus disrupt the metabolism in the skin.

Their application is also associated with a certain amount of effort: the agents have to be prepared and mixed or used several times a day or even act overnight. The smell of onions, vinegar & Co. in the hair is a less popular side effect.

A sensible and equally natural alternative to the above-mentioned home remedies is therefore the Elixir Anti-Gray from La Biosthetique Paris. It is easy to use and dose, provides the scalp with all the important nutrients, keeps it healthy and optimally prevents gray hair - long-term and sustainable.