My sister used to complain that I got the hair and the boobs. She was right on both counts. Even I knew it was unfair.
In my glory days, my hair was dark, thick, and naturally curly. One year after this photo was taken, I discovered my first gray. At 26, a friend guessed my age to be 35, and for the next 14 years Miss Clairol and I became the best of friends. As my 40th birthday approached, I made the decision to let my hair go natural and I loved it.
2004, salt and pepper, mostly pepper.
For the past several years my hair has become progressively whiter. I went through a time when I colored it again, but began to notice thinning around my natural part. Not cool, not cool at all. In the Fall of 2015, I gave up coloring it for the last time.
2016, salt and pepper, mostly salt.
Last summer (2017) I decided to do a little research on whether or not it would be possible to restore my darker color without, you know, color. I discovered some Ayurvedic herbal remedies claiming to promote the growth of natural color. Never mind that it is most effective on people younger than 35. I decided to try it anyway.
*Amla & Reetha Shampoo
Massage into the scalp and leave in overnight. It doesn’t take much! Be sure to wrap a towel around your pillow before going to bed. Washes out easily the next day. Smooth silky hair is the result.
Mix 1 Tbsp. with 1 tsp. coconut oil and fresh-squeezed lemon juice. Massage into scalp then leave in one hour. Wash and go. Softest/Silkiest. Hair. Ever. I promise.
I honestly cannot tell if my hair is getting darker. Some days I think it is (just a few black strands at a time, maybe?). Other days it looks the same as it did a year or more ago. What do you think?
My hair feels softer and healthier than it has since the gray started coming in almost 25 years ago. It grows faster too. It has definitely thickened up considerably since I began these treatments. The bare patches along my part have completely disappeared! That benefit alone is worth continuing to use the products – for me, anyway.
If you decide to try any of them, please let me know which ones and how they work for you. And feel free to comment below on any other hair products you have found beneficial.
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