How to prevent premature greying of hair?

When the hair loses its natural pigmentation at an early age, it is called premature greying.
Since grey hair is associated with old age, it causes a lot of embarrassment and stress to the affected person. However, there are various factors which contributes to premature greying.


  • Bad dietary habits and stress decrease the flow of nutrients to the scalp, resulting in greying of hair.
  • Deficiency of vitamins and minerals like iron, biotin, copper, iodine and vitamin B also lead to premature greying.
  • Often people unknowingly contribute to this condition by not cleaning their scalp regularly.
  • Using very hot water during hair wash.
  • Too much blow drying
  • And regularly using hair dye also aggravates greying of hair.
  • Sometimes premature greying is also hereditary.
  • It is caused due to reduced production of melanin.
  • Melanin is the pigment that gives its hair the black color.
  • It can also be caused by the hydrogen peroxide built up in the air.
  • Medical condition can also trigger greying of hair.

There are certain home remedies which can help prevent premature greying:

Remedy 1:

  • Take the paste of a few Indian goose berries also known as amla.
  • Apply this paste on your scalp.
  • And leave it for 15 to 20 mins.
  • After which wash your hair with normal water.
  • Not only it will reduce greying of hair but will also improve the quality of your hair.

Remedy 2:

  • Take 3 tbsps of coconut oil in a frying pan, add a few crushed curry leaves.
  • Allow it to heat for about 5 to 10 mins, strain the mixture and collect the oil.
  • Allow this oil to cool down till its lukewarm.
  • And massage your scalp gently with this oil.

Remedy 3:

  • Take 1 tbsp of lemon juice, add 2 tsps of almond oil, mix it well.
  • Apply this on your scalp and massage gently.
  • Massaging your scalp with warm mustard or coconut oil helps prevent premature greying.

Remedy 4:

  • Take 2 tbsps of henna powder, add 3 tbsps of Indian gooseberry powder also known as amla, add about 3 tsps of yogurt, mix this well to make a hair mask.
  • Spread this evenly on your hair, after it dries, rinse it out and then shampoo your hair as usual.
  • Repeat this once every 2-4 weeks.
  • Henna is the best natural hair color.
  • Unlike commercial hair colors, it has no side effects.
  • Additionaly it gives a natural looking even color to the hair so it doesn’t look artificially colored.
  • Infact it even contributes to the hair’s lusture and strength.

Remedy 5:

  • Take 3 crushed onions, extract its juice.
  • Massage it on your scalp.
  • Leave it for about 30 mins to an hour.
  • Rinse it out and wash it with shampoo.
  • Repeat the process daily for few weeks.
  • Onions prevent greying caused by hydrogen peroxide built up.


  • Remember if you are using lot of hair styling products or harsh chemical treatments, balance them out with proper nourishment such as oiling and conditioning.
  • Running is the best exercise that helps to flow the nutrients to the scalp.

This article was written by Adarsh

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