White hairs are usually seen as a sign of getting old, so it’s understandable that you want to get rid of them. Luckily there are several things you can do to cover up white hairs, prevent more from growing and even reverse the process.
Preventing White Hair
Eat a hair-healthy diet. Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet plays a huge role in the health of your hair, so making sure your body is getting all the hair-friendly vitamins and nutrients it needs can help to prevent white hairs.
- Make sure you are eating plenty of lean protein (hair is made from protein), fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Drink plenty of water for hydration.
- More specifically, make sure you are getting enough of the vitamin B12 and the mineral zinc. If you don’t feel you are getting enough in your diet naturally.
- Also make sure you are getting adequate amounts of vitamins A, C and E and of minerals like copper, iron and folic acid.
- Biotin (sometimes called vitamin H) is another important vitamin for healthy, naturally-colored hair. It is found in foods like cucumbers, oats and almonds.
Avoid poor quality hair products. Poor quality hair products are full of chemicals such as sulfates, phosphates, chlorine and ammonia which dry out the hair and weaken the roots, making you more prone to white hairs. Therefore, you should stick to hair products with as many natural ingredients as possible.
Give yourself regular head massages. Head massages help to stimulate blood flow to the scalp, which keeps hair growing healthily. If possible, massage a natural oil like almond or coconut oil into the scalp, as this helps to deeply moisturize the hair roots.
Take Melancor. Melancor is a tablet-based product which rejuvenates natural hair color by stimulating the production of melanin in the hair follicles. It can help restore color to grey hair, and also prevent new grey hairs from forming. It needs to be taken once a day and has no common side effects. It can be purchased online.
Coloring White Hair
Go for an all-over color. An all-over hair color will completely fill in any white hairs, making it a good option if your hair is more than 40% grey.
- You can opt for semi-permanent colors which last for a couple of weeks, or go for permanent colors which will stay until the hair grows out.
- If you’re trying to match the hair dye to your natural color, it’s probably a good idea to get your hair done professionally, as it’s difficult to predict how home coloring kits will react with your hair. However, many people use the necessity of dyeing their hair as an opportunity to experiment with a new color.
- If you decide to dye your hair at home, avoid home coloring kits that contain ammonia, which can damage and dry out the hair.
- Be aware that going don this route will require a lot of maintenance, as you will need to reapply the color (or at least touch-up the roots) every time the hair grows out.
Get highlights. Highlights are another option for covering up white hairs. Rather than coloring the whole head of hair, select strands are bleached or dyed in order to add texture and life to the hair.
- Highlights can be very fine, adding subtle color and shine to to the hair, or they can be big and bold, adding variety and contrast.
- Highlights will need to done by a professional hair stylist and can be quite pricey. However, they tend to last a little longer than all-over hair dyes.
Try henna. Henna is a form of natural hair dye. It contains no chemicals and will actually condition the hair, leaving it shiny and moisturized.
- Henna will produce a rich red color in your hair. The lighter your hair (or the more white hairs you have) the brighter the red color will be.
- One thing to be aware of is that chemical hair dyes cannot be applied to henna-treated hair, so make the decision to use henna on your hair with care, as you will be stuck with it for a while!
Experiment with more temporary solutions. If you’re not ready to commit to dyeing your hair just yet, there are other, more temporary solutions to covering up your white hairs.
- Use hair mascara. This is exactly what it sounds like – mascara for your hair! It’s great for covering up individual grey strands around the temples and hairline. It will last until the next time you shampoo your hair.
- Use a root concealer. A root concealer works like a dry shampoo – it comes in aerosol form and can be spritzed on any grey hairs near the roots, where it will adjust to your natural hair color. It will rinse out with your next shampoo.
- Use color depositing shampoos and conditioners. Color-depositing shampoos and conditioners help to blend away white hairs by imparting them with a color similar to your natural shade. After one wash with the color-depositing shampoo and conditioner, the color should last through the next three washes.
Use natural hair rinses. There are many home remedies out there which involve rinsing the hair with a blend of different liquids, which can potentially add color. Whether any of these methods actually work or not is up for debate, but they’re worth a try!
- Rosemary and Sage: Boil half a cup of rosemary and half a cup of sage in a large pot of water for about 30 minutes. Strain the herbs out, then leave the water to cool. Once cool, pour the water over your hair and scalp and leave your hair to dry naturally, then wash out using natural shampoo. Repeat once a week.
- Amla: Boil a number of Indian gooseberries (known as amla) in some coconut oil until they turn black. Allow the mixture to cool slightly then apply to the hair and scalp, massaging in with the fingers. Leave for 30 minutes, then rinse out.
- Black walnut: Crack open some black walnuts and add the fruit to a pot of water. Boil for 15 minutes, then allow to cool. Remove the walnuts from the water, then rinse your hair with it and allow hair to dry naturally before shampooing. Repeat twice a week.