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Natural Gray Hair Treatment

author image Andrea Cespedes
Andrea Cespedes is a professionally trained chef who has focused studies in nutrition. With more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, she coaches cycling and running and teaches Pilates and yoga. She is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer, RYT-200 and has degrees from Princeton and Columbia University.
Natural Gray Hair Treatment
A senior woman with gray hair walks outside. Photo Credit: Noel Hendrickson/Photodisc/Getty Images

Whether salt 'n' pepper strands start in your 20s or your 50s, they represent a change from your normal head of hair. Gray hair isn't only a new color. It may also come with a coarser and drier texture than red, blonde, black or brown strands. Whether you choose to cover or embrace your gray, you must adjust your styling routine. Choose natural styling methods to keep your hair healthy and chemical-free.

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Cover It

When you want to preserve your original hair color without the use of chemical dyes, look for natural alternatives. Vegetable dyes are effective if you're just starting to gray. They temporarily stain silvery strands without a noticeable root line as they fade. For a fully gray head of hair, however, vegetable dyes may not be powerful enough to change the color.

Embrace It

A head of gray hair can be elegant and classy, as long as you keep your cut up-to-date, neat and regularly trimmed. If your dry hair is unruly and coarse, it may be craving moisture. Natural conditioning treatments made from ingredients found in your own kitchen may help. Treat your hair to a mask of egg yolks, which are naturally moisturizing, beauty author Janice Cox says in "Woman's Day" magazine. Let the yolks sit about 20 minutes, then rinse with cool water. Repeat the treatment every month. Add an avocado to the treatment to amp up its moisturizing power.

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