Article by Anusuya Suresh, www.thehealthsite.com ill about a few decades ago, grey hair was a sign that you had grown older and probably wiser, too. However, in today’s times, grey hair is more likely to be an indication of your stress levels, having nothing much to do with age or wisdom. This greying of hair is a condition that cannot be reversed, but can be effectively concealed by the use of hair colours.
However, before you reach out for that synthetic hair dye, pay attention to what medical researchers have to say about its safety. Hair dyes may contain certain chemicals that go by the name of secondary amines and these can react with exhaust from vehicles as well as tobacco smoke, to form other compounds called N-nitrosamines that have been implicated in cancer.
Given the high levels of pollution, and our exposure to people who smoke, this is indeed a cause of concern.
Giving up the use of hair dyes means compromising on appearance and not many of us find that acceptable. What can be done? The answer – go natural. Colour your hair with absolute safety using natural colours that come from plant sources. Here are a few hair colouring ideas to try at home.
Henna contains compounds that stain the hair or skin a dark red or brown colour and this makes it a wonderful natural hair dye.
For black hair that has gone grey, use henna in combination with sesame (gingelly or til) oil and curry leaves. Boil some sesame oil, add a few curry leaves and keep this liquid in a tightly closed container. Anytime you want to colour your hair, add some henna into this extract and boil for a few minutes. Cool and apply to hair, wait for three to four hours and then wash your hair using shikakai.
Some people also use castor oil with henna instead of sesame oil and leave out the curry leaves. Just boil henna with castor oil in an iron pan and set aside until the oil takes on a black colour. Then apply it to your hair and leave on for three to four hours and wash with shikakai.
If you are looking for a burgundy shade, cut and grind a beetroot and mix this juice into henna to make a paste.
Those who like a more reddish-brown colour, can mix henna with some lemon juice and curd along with some tea decoction.
Henna alone gives a copper red colour and only indigo (neel) gives a blue colour; by combining henna with indigo in different proportions, you can get varying shades of brown. If you want a redder colour, keep henna levels high and if you like more brown, include more of indigo. Apart from colouring your hair, henna has other properties to make your hair strong and beautiful.
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