Graying hair is a near-universal affliction of both men and women as they age. For some, gray hair becomes obvious in their 20s; for others, it may not be visible until much later in life.
There are many shampoos on the market that will combat graying hair, but many of them contain additives, such as lead, that can be harmful to both the environment and your health. They are also usually expensive.
However, you can make a cheap, natural dye that will cover up graying hair with a simple ingredient you have probably been throwing away all your life — garlic peels.
- Frying pan
- Linen cloth or cheesecloth
- Olive oil
- Glass bottle with stopper
- Peel several heads of garlic and retain the peel. If possible, accumulate these peels over a period of time as you use garlic in your kitchen. Otherwise, peel several heads of garlic; then preserve the garlic cloves in olive oil in a cool, dark place for use in cooking
- Heat the garlic peels in a frying pan over low heat until they dry out thoroughly and blacken.
- Grind the dried, blackened peels through a piece of linen or cheesecloth to create a fine powder. Discard any residue.
- Mix with a few tablespoons of olive oil to make a mixture similar in texture to commercial hair dye, i.e., thicker than shampoo but thinner than paste.
- Store in a small, stoppered glass bottle in a dark place for at least one week.
- Work a small amount of the dye into wet hair at night. Cover your hair with a shower cap; then rinse the next morning. To make the dye work even better, leave it in for two or three days before rinsing. Since it’s a natural treatment, the treatment may be repeated when the color begins to fade, which is generally after three to four weeks.
- Supplement your diet with natural additives and supplements such as copper, selenium, protein supplements and Vitamin B-12 to encourage hair health and slow down or even reverse graying.