11 Effective Homemade Hair Oils For Gray Hair

Written by Arshiya Syeda

Graying is an inevitable part of the aging process. However, if your hair starts to turn gray before you hit your 30s, it is a cause for concern. From underlying health issues to excessive UV exposure – multiple factors can affect hair pigmentation. Unless an underlying medical condition causes it, you can use homemade oils to improve the hair tone and overall health. This article explores 11 homemade oils that you can use to manage gray hair. Keep on reading to know more about them.

11 Homemade Hair Oils To Manage Gray Hair

Note: Be cautious while heating the oils to prevent accidental burns. Heat the blends on a low flame (not beyond 350°F) to maintain their efficacy.

1. Coconut Oil And Curry Leaves

Preparation Time
15 minutes

You Will Need

  • A handful of curry leaves
  • 3 tablespoons of cold-pressed coconut oil

Method

  1. Heat the curry leaves and coconut oil in a small saucepan until the mixture turns black.
  2. Let the oil cool and massage your hair and scalp with it.
  3. Leave it on for at least an hour.
  4. Wash it off with shampoo and condition your hair.
  5. Repeat this 2-3 times a week.

Precaution: The leaves may splutter. Hence, stand away from the oil while heating the mixture.

Benefits

The mixture of curry leaves and coconut oil improves the hair tone and promotes hair growth (1).

2. Amla Powder And Coconut Oil

Preparation Time
15 minutes

You Will Need

  • 2 teaspoons of amla powder
  • 3 tablespoons of cold-pressed coconut oil

Method

  1. Heat the mixture on a low flame until the powder starts to char.
  2. Let the oil cool down a bit.
  3. Massage your scalp and hair with the warm mixture.
  4. Leave it on for at least an hour or overnight.
  5. Wash off with shampoo and condition your hair.
  6. Repeat this 2-3 times a week.

Benefits

Amla or Indian gooseberry can darken premature gray hair and reduce dandruff and itching, while coconut oil prevents protein (keratin) loss from hair and strengthens the strands (2), (3).

3. Almond Oil And Lemon Juice

Preparation Time
5 minutes

You Will Need

  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of almond oil

Method

  1. Heat the almond oil for about a minute until it is warm.
  2. Add the lemon juice to it and massage your scalp and hair with the blend.
  3. Leave it on for 30 minutes.
  4. Follow up with shampoo and conditioner.
  5. Repeat this twice a week.

Benefits

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the blend of lemon juice and almond oil may prevent premature graying, add shine to the hair, and make it appear glossy.

4. Coconut Oil And Hibiscus

Preparation Time
5 minutes

You Will Need

  • 4-5 leaves of hibiscus plant
  • 4 tablespoons of cold-pressed coconut oil

Method

  1. Heat the coconut oil for 30 seconds and add the leaves to it.
  2. Let the oil cool down completely.
  3. Massage your scalp and hair with the oil.
  4. Leave it on for 30 minutes.
  5. Follow up with a shampoo and conditioner.
  6. Repeat this twice a week.

Benefits

Hibiscus leaves are natural colorants and used in traditional formulations to prevent gray hair (4). This mixture can also strengthen your hair and reduce breakage.

5. Coconut Oil And Ribbed Gourd

Preparation Time
15 minutes

You Will Need

  • 2 teaspoons of dried ribbed gourd powder
  • 3 tablespoons of cold-pressed coconut oil

Method

  1. Mix the ingredients in a small saucepan and heat until the powder starts to char.
  2. Let the oil cool down a bit.
  3. Massage your scalp and hair with the oil mixture.
  4. Leave it on for at least an hour or overnight.
  5. Wash off with shampoo and then condition your hair.
  6. Repeat this 2-3 times a week.

Benefits

Ribbed gourd (also called ridge gourd or Chinese okra) powder prevents premature graying (5). This oil mixture can strengthen the hair, nourish the follicles, and prevent breakage.

6. Coconut Oil And Bhringraj Powder

Preparation Time
15 minutes

You Will Need

  • 3 teaspoons of bhringraj powder
  • 4 tablespoons of cold-pressed coconut oil

Method

  1. Mix the ingredients in a small saucepan and heat on low flame for a minute.
  2. Let the oil cool until it is warm enough to touch.
  3. Massage your scalp and hair with the blend.
  4. Leave it on for at least an hour.
  5. Wash off with shampoo, and condition your hair.
  6. Repeat this 2-3 times a week.

Benefits

Bhringraj powder is used in Ayurvedic formulations to nourish the hair and prevent premature graying. It can darken the hair and reduce dandruff and itching (2).

7. Black Seed Oil And Olive Oil

Preparation Time
5 minutes

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of black seed oil

Method

  1. Mix the two oils and massage your scalp and hair with the blend.
  2. Leave it on for an hour, and wash it off with a mild shampoo.
  3. Repeat this every day.

Precaution: Black seed oil may cause mild irritation. Do a patch test before using it.

Benefits
Anecdotal evidence suggests that black seed oil (extracted from nigella seeds) can prevent premature graying. This oil blend is said to reduce hair fall and strengthen the strands.

8. Mustard Oil

You Will Need

  • 2 teaspoons of mustard oil

Method

  1. Heat the mustard oil for 30 seconds.
  2. Massage your scalp and hair with it and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  3. Wash off with a shampoo and condition your hair.
  4. Repeat this twice a week.

Benefits

Anecdotal evidence suggests that mustard oil can significantly slow down premature graying and strengthen the hair.

9. Castor Oil And Olive Oil

Preparation Time
5 minutes

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of castor oil
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil (or any other vegetable oil)

Method

  1. Mix the two oils and massage your scalp and hair with the blend.
  2. Leave it on for an hour
  3. Wash off with warm water.
  4. Repeat this every day.

Precaution: Castor oil may cause mild irritation. Do a patch test before using it.

Benefits

Castor oil is widely used in home remedies to promote hair growth and retain hair color. While there is no scientific proof for the claims, this blend may work if used regularly.

10. Coconut Oil And Lemon

Preparation Time
5 minutes

You Will Need

  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of cold-pressed coconut oil

Method

  1. Heat the coconut oil for about a minute until it is warm.
  2. Add the lemon juice and mix. Apply it to your scalp and hair.
  3. Leave it on for 30 minutes.
  4. Follow up with a shampoo and conditioner.
  5. Repeat this twice a week.

Benefits

Anecdotal evidence suggests that lemon juice mixed with coconut oil can significantly slow down premature graying and strengthen the hair.

11. Henna And Coconut Oil

Preparation Time
5 minutes

You Will Need

  • 4 tablespoons of henna powder
  • 5 tablespoons of cold-pressed coconut oil

Method

  1. Heat the coconut oil for about a minute and mix with henna powder.
  2. Cool it down completely and strain the mixture.
  3. Massage your scalp and hair with it.
  4. Leave it on for 30 minutes.
  5. Shampoo and condition your hair.
  6. Repeat this twice a week.

Benefits

Henna is a natural colorant and can cover up premature gray hair (4).

Other than these traditional recipes, you can also use certain oils to keep your hair healthy. However, there is no empirical data to back the claims. All of these are based on anecdotal evidence. Check them out in the next section.

Other Effective Oils For Managing Gray Hair

1. Rosemary Oil

Rosemary essential oil can reduce hair loss and promote hair growth (6). Anecdotal evidence suggests that it may darken gray hair if used over an extended period. Dilute it with a carrier oil before using it.

2. Argan Oil

Moroccan argan oil is a rich source of antioxidants and polyphenols. It keeps the hair moisturized (7). It is also said to promote hair growth and slow down hair graying. You can use it as a deep conditioner and leave it on for an hour before washing it off.

3. Sage Oil

Anecdotal evidence suggests that this essential oil can prevent premature graying. You can use sage essential oil in combination with thyme, rosemary, and carrier oils. Use 2-3 drops of the essential oil per tablespoon of carrier oil. If you are using multiple essential oils, adjust the quantity as per this ratio.

4. Fish Oil

Fish oil is highly beneficial if it is included in the diet regularly (8). Anecdotal evidence suggests that taking fish oil supplements may even help with premature graying. However, there is no proof to support the claims.

5. Grapeseed Oil

Anecdotal evidence suggests that using grapeseed oil regularly may prevent premature graying. You can mix the oil with any carrier oil, preferably coconut oil or add it to DIY hair recipes and use it regularly.

To Conclude

Multiple factors are responsible for premature graying. If you are under 30 and have noticed gray hair strands, it is better to consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis. Often, the graying stops once the underlying condition is addressed. However, you can try the at-home remedies discussed in the article to keep your hair healthy and prevent premature graying.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

Can gray hair be turned black naturally?

No, you cannot reverse gray hair. However, you can cover it up with natural hair dyes (like henna).

Sources

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Arshiya Syeda is an editor and certified counselor. Ever the lover of the written word, she served on the editorial boards of her school and college newsletters. Writing articles on hairstyles, hair care, and nutrition helped her combine her love for reading, writing, and research. As an editor, she helps her team members deliver polished and meticulously researched content. Arshiya is fluent in English, Urdu, and Hindi and aims to become a multilinguist by learning German and teaching herself American Sign Language (ASL).