Items That Restore the Natural Melanin in the Hair

Updated April 17, 2017

There are several ways to restore or stimulate natural melanin in the hair without using pricey dyes or harsh ingredients. There are various reasons hair can grey or whiten but changing your diet and using oils and herbs can help replace the loss of pigment. Finding the right natural melanin restorer for your greying hair can also be safe and easy.

Copper-Rich Foods

A copper-rich diet can help your body naturally restore melanin in your hair. Some foods include almonds and cashews, chickpeas, liver and oysters. Cereals, meat and fish generally contain up to 50 per cent of the required copper intake for a balanced diet, so adding nuts or seeds such as poppy or sunflower can increase your daily intake, too.

Iron-Rich Food

Eating foods rich in iron can add benefits to a copper-rich diet when attempting to restore melanin in your hair. Dark green vegetables such as spinach and kale or yellow fruits such as bananas and tomatoes are excellent sources of iron.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of the healthiest oils for your scalp. Not only does it prevent lice and dandruff, it promotes the regrowth of damaged or greying hair. By massaging this oil into the hair roots and scalp, natural melanin can return. You can also combine this oil with lemon juice or Indian gooseberry (Alma) for an additional melanin boost to your scalp.

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Brittany McComas has been writing since 2000. She has served as a scriptwriter, freelance writer, editor, dramaturg and producer for theater, television, radio and film. She wrote for a television series that won a Royal Television Society Award. McComas holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater from West Virginia University and a Master of Arts in scriptwriting from Bath Spa University.