How to darken grey hair

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Let's face it: most of us are not particularly eager to find the first grey hair. That event is equated with growing old. It is worse yet if greying begins prematurely, which it does in a surprising number of cases. To avoid mild depression and the feeling that life is over, some people decide to cover up that dreaded grey. Hear are some tips for turning grey hair darker.

Take a minimum of 6,000 mg to a maximum of 20,000 mg of PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid) per day, if it is approved by your doctor. Some studies show PABA will successfully turn hair back to its original colour for some people.

Ask a doctor about biotin, folic acid, human growth hormone and tyrosine. In some cases, all of these drugs can reverse the greying process.

Seek out eugenol oil, melanin or retin. Scientific studies have shown that any of these, applied topically to the head, might successfully reverse the greying process for some individuals.

Try over-the-counter hair products, such as Morgan's Pomade, made with vitamin E and wheatgerm oil. Supposedly these products not only moisturise and return hair to a healthier condition, but they also return grey hair to its original colour. The change happens slowly over the course of five to 15 treatments.

Combine one-half part dried sage--not fresh--and two parts water together. Simmer for eight hours, and then cool. Apply to freshly washed, towel-dried hair. Let it dry naturally or use a hair dryer. With each application, the mixture will further darken the hair. Stop once you achieve the desired colour.

Mix dried, roasted gooseberries with enough lemon to form a paste. Apply topically to the hair. Let it sit for at least 45 minutes to one hour. Then rinse and style. Repeat the process as needed.

Use black peppercorns mixed with curd to make a paste. Apply to the hair after shampooing and towel drying. Let sit for 30 to 45 minutes. Rinse and style as normal. Use at least once a week or more often to achieve a dark colour quickly.

Put a handful of walnut shells into two cups of water. Close or cover the container and let it sit for at least three days. Strain the mixture to remove shells that have not broken down. Using rubber gloves, apply it to damp hair. Cover the head with cling film or a shower cap and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse it out without getting any dye on your skin or clothing (to prevent permanent staining). Then shampoo, rinse the hair again and style as desired.

Use body art henna to turn grey hair from red to dark auburn. Apply the paste to freshly cleaned hair. Wrap the head in plastic, and let sit. Check the outcome about every half-hour until you reach the desired colour. Then rinse, shampoo and rinse again before towel drying and styling.

Apply a semi-permanent dye from the product lines available such as Clairol, L'Oreal, Garnier Fructis and others. Follow the instructions provided with the product explicitly because they might vary greatly from brand to brand. Most will require application on dry hair that must remain in place for approximately 30 to 45 minutes. The dye is then rinsed out and the hair styled.

Apply a permanent dye from one the many dye lines noted in Step 2 above. Again, follow the directions provided without deviation to achieve the best look possible.

Try Clariol's new "Advanced Gray Solution." It comes in a few different shades and is guarantees to cover up grey longer than any normal dye.

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