By Terez Howard

Chemical hair coloring can cause allergic reactions, dryness, breakage and possibly cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said suspected cancer causing compounds can be found in permanent, semi-permanent and temporary hair dyes, including mousse-type and shampoo temporary products. But you don’t want to be stuck with graying or gray hair. Are there any alternatives to chemical hair coloring?

Yes!  Gray hair remedies actually work.  You can do a hair treatment with natural products, like blackstrap molasses, bee pollen, curry leaves, black pepper and henna.  Most of these methods require repeated applications or doses over time to see the best results.  Your gray hair not only slows and changes to a more youthful shade; your natural hair becomes healthier.  These gray hair remedies strengthen your hair, get rid of dandruff, moisturize the cuticle and add shine.

When does graying occur?

Scientifically speaking, color-producing cells (melanin) stop producing pigment and cause hair to turn gray.  Less melanin means less hair color.  Age, smoking, certain illnesses, drugs, genetics, stress and tension all can be to blame for gray hair.  According to WebMD, half of all people have a significant amount of gray hair by the time they turn 50.  For African Americans, going gray before 30 is considered premature graying.

No matter what your age, if you have gray hair and you don’t want to see it anymore, there are gray hair remedies you can try to hide that gray.

5 Gray Hair Remedies That Really Work

1. Black pepper – Black pepper helps to make natural turn black.  The following gray hair remedy delays the production of gray hair.

  • 1/2 cup curd
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Mix ingredients well.
  2. Apply evenly on hair and scalp and leave it on for one hour.
  3. Wash hair as usual.

Do this hair treatment once per week. Expect for your natural hair to be softer, silkier, dandruff-free and black. If you catch frequent colds, avoid this recipe because curd has a cooling effect and can worsen a cold.

2. Bee pollen – Bee pollen is a wonderful source of antioxidants, relieves allergies and strengthens the immune system. Bee pollen has been known to reverse gray hair to its natural color. It can slow and reverse melanin loss.

Bee pollen can be purchased in capsule or tablet form or in granules. Follow the instructions on the package to see maximum results.

3. Blackstrap molasses – Blackstrap molasses is rich in iron, calcium, Vitamin B-6, potassium and natural sugars. Blackstrap molasses stops gray hair and even has reversed gray hair in several cases. In some cases, people have reported showing results in less than one month. But for most, this gray hair remedy takes two to three months before blackstrap molasses starts working. You can view many positive testimonials at

To create this remedy for gray hair, mix 1 teaspoon of blackstrap molasses with honey or coffee or take it straight. (It has a bitter taste). Take it early in the morning.

4. Curry leaves – This delicious spice found in Indian dishes has been known to slow premature graying. You can use this gray hair remedy to also nourish your hair’s roots as well as stimulate hair growth.

  • Coconut oil
  • A few curry leaves
  1. Heat oil and place curry leaves in the oil.
  2. When the leaves turn dark black, take the oil off of the heat source and allow to cool.
  3. Store the oil in a glass container.
  4. Massage oil on your scalp and apply it to your hair.
  5. Wrap your natural hair with a satin scarf and leave the mixture on over night.
  6. Wash in the morning.

5. Henna – This natural hair color does more than just serve as a hair dye; it strengthens natural hair and makes it shine.   It even reduces dandruff, eliminates head lice and ringworm.  I wrote an article that tells what this natural hair color is all about and how to use it.

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