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Dianne Austin

Dianne is the co-founder of Natural Haircare News and Coils To Locs.com. She's been blogging about natural hair ever since she made the decision to break free of the creamy crack in 2012.
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Color Hair naturally, Gray Hair

Gray hair isn’t limited to those of a certain age group.  My brother actually started graying at age 13 while my first gray hair appeared in my 30’s.

Some of us love and embrace our gray hair while others are not quite ready to give in to the salt and pepper look just yet.  Try these natural DIY hair remedies to get rid of gray hair naturally:

Don’t Throw Away Those Potato Peels

Put two cups of water in a pan.  Add the peels of 5 potatoes.  Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, remove from heat and then let the mixture cool.  Once your potato mixture is cooled, strain the liquid and place it in an airtight container.  The liquid can be used as rinse after you wash your hair.

Tea Anyone?

You’ll need loose black tea for this rinse.  Bring 2 teaspoons of tea leaves to a boil in water, (try boiling approximately 2 cups of water). Remove the boiled tea from heat and let the mixture cool down.  The water will darken as the mixture cools.  Pour mixture on the hair in the final rinse.

Henna Please!

Henna is a popular method to color grays. Some naturalistas have also shared that it stretches their curls.

Get a packet, (powder form) of body art quality henna.  This is important since the versions of henna purchased in some drugstores and beauty supply chains are not 100% henna and are loaded with chemicals.  Follow the directions on the package for mixing the henna before applying it to your hair. I like to mix my henna with a can of organic coconut milk instead of water which adds a lot of softness and shine. It also makes it easier to wash the henna out.  Add enough coconut milk or water to make a paste then slather it onto your hair. Follow package instructions to determine the amount of time to leave the henna in your hair.

Remember that henna alone will give you red highlights.  If you want a dark brown hair color mix henna with Indigo henna.  If you want jet black hair, use Indigo henna only. For a deeper color and for hair with a lot of gray, you’ll need to leave the henna in your hair for at least 2 hours or more.

Here’s the henna that we use:  Godrej Nupur Henna, 150 grams.  You can learn more about how to purchase, prepare and use henna here: http://www.hennaforhair.com/.

Lemon and Coconut Oil?

I’m not sure how I feel about this tip. Lemon juice can be drying to the hair and I struggle with understanding how lemon juice darkens hair.  Try this one at your own risk – 😉 .

Stir 3 teaspoons of lemon juice with 6 to 8 teaspoons of coconut oil and apply it to hair before shampooing. Leave on for 60 minutes and then wash the hair; preferably with a mild, sulfate free moisturizing shampoo.

Let us know by leaving a comment below if you have tried any of these remedies!

Tip ideas courtesy of The Times of India

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