Can You Prevent Gray Hair Naturally?

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Your hair is your crowning glory, and one day you look into the mirror and notice a single gray hair. You gently pluck it and then a couple of days later you notice another. This is a normal part of aging for most men and women as the hair starts to lose its natural pigmentation. Although most treatment options suggest chemicals and costly medical treatments, there are natural ways to prevent gray hair before it even starts to appear.

Chew on curry leaves during the day. According to World of Hair's website, eating curry leaves is a proven method of fighting gray hair. Natural shampoos containing curry are also ideal for preventing grays and are available and nutrition stores or your local beauty supply store.

Eat plenty of seafood such as crab, lobster, shrimp and clams. Shellfish contains natural iodine and copper, essential to keeping your hair and skin healthy, according to Women's Fitness. For sufferers of shellfish allergies, foods such as bananas, carrots and green vegetables are also ideal sources of these trace minerals.

Consume adequate amounts of vitamin B-enriched foods such as yeast, wheat germ or liver. According to World of Hair, fresh fruits and vegetables are also a good source of vitamin B and may prevent graying of hair.

Boil a handful of Indian gooseberries in coconut oil and allow to cool, suggests Womens Fitness. The gooseberries will turn into a chalky matter when they are completely boiled. After your mixture has cooled, massage it into your hair and scalp. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.

Massage your scalp with cow's milk butter, suggests Womens Fitness. Cow's milk butter contains certain enzymes to keep your hair nourished and pigmentation from disappearing. Make sure to rinse the butter out of your hair thoroughly to avoid greasiness.