Do you want to cover your white hair naturally? Before spending money and time on expensive hair-damaged treatments, try these 5 natural remedies.

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It is inevitable. White hair sooner or later will show up. It is a phenomenon that depends on a decrease in melatonin present in the hair. The color of the hair depends on the action of melanocytes, the cells that produce melatonin: since the melanocytes that are found in the hair bulb with age decrease, the white hairs progress accordingly.

Although white hair is synonymous with wisdom and, in recent years, they is back in fashion, many people prefer to get rid of it. To avoid long and exhausting sessions at the hairdresser’s; and to preserve the health and beauty of our hair, respecting the environment, we suggest natural remedies that will allow you not to spend time and money in treatments with chemicals, which could damage your hair .

So let’s see how to cover white hair without resorting to the traditional colour or the hairdresser’s help. There are many natural colouring systems to cover dye-free white hair and many have been used since ancient times. One of the most popular and appreciated is henna but there are others, whose use depends on the colour you want to have and the type of hair you have.

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Henna is a natural powder obtained from the drying process of a plant of North African and Indian origin. There are different shades that allow you to cover the white hair and are all red-brown. It is better then to get advice based on your hair and the result you want to achieve. You have to choose the shade closest to your natural hair colour and mix the powder with boiling water, until you get a thick and lumpy cream. To make the color more intense you can also add lemon juice or vinegar to the mixture. The amount of product to use depends on the length of the hair. In any case, once the desired consistency is obtained, it can be applied to damp hair, previously washed with neutral shampoo. You must then leave the product in place for the time indicated on the package and according to the intensity you want to obtain, and rinse off, applying a neutral shampoo. The henna does not penetrate the hair but wraps it in a protective film, returning a colour that stays on the hair for 6-8 weeks.


One of the simplest and most immediate remedies is to dye your hair with coffee. Just make a strong coffee, cool and pour on the hair before washing. The hair, on which coffee has been applied, must be gently massaged and the coffee must be left in place for at least five minutes. It is always advisable to use natural and not instant coffee as it contains additives. To better fix the colour and obtain a more lasting effect, you can also make a last rinse with white vinegar. Thanks to caffeine, coffee also acts to counteract hair loss.

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To apply this remedy on the hair, you must take some leaves of black tea and put them in a litre of water. The next step is to boil for 30 minutes and leave to infuse for 24 hours. After this time, the water should be filtered and the mixture applied to the hair, where it will be left in place for about an hour, before using a neutral shampoo. Tea manages to mask white hair because it is rich in pigments and antioxidants that are beneficial for hair health.

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Aromatic herbs are among the less known natural remedies for dyeing hair, but they are very effective. The rosemary can be used to make an infusion, allow to cool, and use as a rinse after the last shampoo. To use sage however, you have to bring to the boil a litre of water and pour inside about 200 grams of leaves, then let it boil for 30 minutes and let it cool. The infusion can be used as a pre-shampoo, before washing, trying to leave it in place for at least 30 minutes: the pack will revive the colour of the hair and darken the first white “threads”.


Even with cocoa we can darken  white hair naturally. In this case, it is necessary to mix 3 tablespoons of honey with 3 tablespoons of cocoa, to create a thick cream. The mixture should be left to act on dry hair for about an hour before rinsing. The hair will be darker and will have a pleasant fragrance.