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Cover Gray Naturally for Healthy, Beautiful Hair

by Jaime A. Heidel
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(The Best Years in Life) Seeing more than a few strands of "tinsel" in your hair lately? You're not alone. Going gray is one of the most prominent signs of aging, and it occurs when your hair loses a natural pigment called "melanin". Hair may also go gray due to a genetic predisposition, exposure to environmental toxins, and poor overall health.

When you're at the point where yanking out a strand or two out just doesn't cut it anymore, you may be tempted to run out and grab a box of hair dye. Take a moment to reconsider, though. Research has shown that the synthetic chemicals in most commercial hair dyes can be harmful to your health.

Among these chemicals are:

  • Toluene - Toluene is a solvent that has been shown to cause severe allergic reaction, inflammation, and immune system malfunction. It has also been shown to interfere with the proper functioning of your nervous system.

  • Coal Tar - It is estimated that 71 percent of hair dyes contain coal tar on account of its ability to produce a very dark black color. This ingredient has been shown to cause scalp irritation and has even been linked to the development of cancer.

  • Formaldehyde - Used in the embalming processes, this dangerous chemical was listed as a carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program in 2011. This hasn't stopped many corporations from using it, however.

Use these natural hair dyes instead:

  1. Coffee

Coffee is an ideal way to cover gray naturally as it's easy to apply and smells wonderful!

Here's how to do it:

  • Brew a strong pot of organic espresso coffee.

  • All the pot to cool to room temperature.

  • Step into the shower and slowly pour the cooled coffee over your head.

  • Massage the coffee into your hair from root to tip.

  • Continue to do this until you've used all the coffee.

  • Put on a shower cap and wait for 20 minutes.

  • Rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar to help set the color.

  • Follow this by rinsing it in cool water.

  • Allow hair to air dry.

You may have to repeat the process several times to achieve the desired results. Be careful when using this method as coffee can stain clothing and other fabrics. Shampooing your hair will fade the color, but with maintenance, it can last up to five weeks.


  1. Black Tea and Sage

Black tea is another safe and healthy way to get rid of gray hair naturally.

Follow these steps:

  • Put three organic black tea bags and a few drops of sage essential oil into two cups of boiling water.

  • Take the pot off the stove, and allow the mixture to steep and cool.

  • Remove the tea bags and pour the mixture into a spray bottle.

  • Stand in your shower and spray the concoction into your hair, saturating each strand.

  • Cover your head with a shower cap and wait for one hour.

  • Rinse your hair in cool water and allow it to air dry.

The sage essential oil opens the hair follicles and allows the tea to fully penetrate so the color can take hold. Results should last for three to four weeks.

  1. Indian Gooseberry

Indian gooseberry, also called 'amla', is rich in antioxidants that help restore your hair's natural pigmentation and may prevent premature graying. When you use it, you're not just covering up the gray, you're getting rid of it!

To do this, you will only need two ingredients, amla powder and almond oil.

Here's how to use it:

  • Heat a small cup of almond oil in a pan.

  • Add two tablespoons of amla powder to the oil.

  • Add a bit of lemon juice.

  • Allow mixture to cool.

  • Put the mixture into an applicator bottle and, donning gloves, pour the mixture into your hair, massaging and working it through each strand.

  • Put on a shower cap and leave it on anywhere from an hour to overnight.

  • Rinse your hair with cool water and allow it to air dry.

This treatment can be used alone to darken hair or to add cooler tones to a henna rinse.

  1. Herbal Hair Rinse

If you're a blonde and want to cover your gray naturally, try this herbal hair rinse. You'll need one teaspoon each of powdered ginger, dry mustard, and curry powder, as well as a small pinch of turmeric.

To do this:

  • Place the spice mixture into a shallow pot.

  • Boil one cup of water in a teapot.

  • Pour the boiling water into the spices and allow them to steep until the mixture has cooled completely.

  • Put the mixture into a spray bottle, step into the shower, and saturate your hair from root to tip.

  • Don a shower cap and leave on for 30 minutes.

  • Rinse out the spices with a mixture of vinegar and cold water.

You shouldn't risk your health to have strong, beautiful hair. When you use these natural ways to get rid of the gray, you'll not only look younger, you'll feel it, too!

See also:

Science Confirms an Age-Old Remedy for Gray Hair and Baldness

Supplementing for Gray Hair

The Best Years in Life Natural Skin and Hair Care


About the author:

Jaime is a professional freelance writer with a passion for natural health and wellness. Her website, I Told You I Was Sick, was created to help those living with chronic pain and illness find natural ways to heal.



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