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Last Modified on Mar 25, 2015

What Causes Grey Hair?

A potential cure for grey hair has been much in the news lately, after researchers determined that it was hydrogen peroxide building up in our hair that causes it to turn grey. Oxidative stress causes hydrogen peroxide to build up in our hair follicles, slowly to build up within the hair itself and bleaching the melanin in each hair to grey from the inside. The research team reports that a new form of psuedocatalase, a drug used to treat vitiligo, shows promise as a reliable treatment to reverse greying hair.

Aging sees many of us accumulate gray hairs, but premature grey hair is a possibility as well. In this case, genetics may be at fault; however, stress and nutritional deficits may likewise be the cause of a growing grey hair problem. This matches up with the theory of oxidative stress and hydrogen peroxide, since stress and poor nutrition will increase our body's levels of oxidative stress.

Reverse Grey Hair Naturally

Antioxidant supplements as well as foods and herbs such as green tea or oregano leaf can reduce your body's oxidative stress, to potentially slow or cure grey hair. Mineral and other nutritional deficits can also be addressed, and for our readers blackstrap molasses has been the most reliable dietary aid to prevent grey hair.

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Amla Berry   2  0   

Posted by Saf (Birmingham, UK) on 11/20/2006

[YEA]  Hi I'm writing about the posting pasted above. I've been researching into Amla powder. Amla is also known as the 'Indian Gooseberry' (Emblica offinalis) and has been used in India for hair for hundreds of years. It has a very high content of Vitamin C. I would say that it's more of a preventative measure than a cure for grey and falling hair.

Anjuli suggested Lemon and Coconut oil. If you wish to use these, you could definitely mix the Amla powder (available at Tesco supermarket in the UK as well as many asian/Indian grocery stores), into the oil mixture. Some of it will dissolve and there will be a grainy residue.

A lot of vegetable oils are very good for both the Skin and Hair. They are saturated with vitamins and nutrients. You can mix them together too and also use the purest essential oils. I find the following oils very good for the hair: Olive, Shea Butter, Mustard Seed, Coconut, Jojoba, Sweet Almond Oil and Thistle Oil.

Essential oils that you can mix into the blend of oils include Ginger, Rosemary, Lavender, Cedarwood, Benzoin, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang. Only ever use the most purest essential oils.

If you add 5% Vitamin E Oil to the blend it will help keep it from going rancid for longer. Store the oil away in a cool place away from sunlight.

You can mix amla power into the oil when you dispense a little to use it.

Use the oil as an overnight conditioner by massaging well into the scalp and and hair. Wash it out in the morning. If you can't do this then massage it into the scalp and hair and leave it in for as long as you can even if it's only 15 minutes before a shower.

When it comes to washing out the oil. Massage shampoo into your hair first and add a tiny bit of water. If you wet hair first, it will be difficult to get the oil out.

A recipe for intensive oil treatment: 24.5ml Thistle Oil, 24.5ml Olive Oil, 3ml Vitamin E Oil, 0.5ml Vitamin A Palmitate, 50 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil, 30 Drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil and 20 drops of Ylang Ylang.

Or you can replace the above Essential Oils in the recipe by using the following instead: 15 drops of Ginger Essential Oil, 60 drops of Lavender Essential Oil and 15 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil. Although the oils will improve the condition of your hair and stimulate the hair follicles and your scalp there is no guarantee that they will make new hair grow or get rid of gray hair. It may however help prevent an early onset of hair loss.

Hope this helps. Good luck and God Bless.

Replied by Souad
Meknes, 50000, Morocco

I am only 27 years I suffer from premature gray hair. Because I suffer from stress and anxiety when I was studying. My hair start graying in 21 years old. Now I hope to find something really useful for this gray. How can I get this amla berry. Do u know any site that expose this product. Thanks in advance

EC: Hi Souad,

You can find companies that sell amla berry products on Google and Amazon.

Replied by Kate
Maidenhead, Berkshire, England

Souad, due to my hair loss I can't use the conventional hair dyes, however I found taking unsulphured blackstrap molasses 2 teaspoons twice a day for the last 3 weeks has turned all of my grey hair to dark black with reddish pigment. The copper in the molasses helps to change the hair colour. You can purchase it from the UK, Goodness Direct (by the way I don't get commission for mentioning the name of the company). You can also purchase Amla from the internet. Good Luck
Replied by Cayte
Zanesfield, Oh

Do you have to mix molasses with water or just take it as it is? Cayte
Replied by Kate
Maidenhead, Uk

Cayte, you can mix the molasses with apple cider vinegar (ACV) or you can mix the molasses with hot milk and drink it before bedtime. My favourite remedy is molasses and ACV as it helps with weight loss.
Replied by Shubham
Mumbai, India

Are u kidding ? Did your gray hair really turn black ? @kate
Replied by Lj
London, Uk

Kate from Maidenhead, UK.

Please can you kindly advise if your hair has remained black. Are you still taking the BSM? Does it work for white hair as well as I only have black and white hair, no grey hairs.

Look forward to your reply.

Posted by Anjuli (Boise, Idaho) on 01/19/2006

[YEA]  The Indian gooseberry Amla is ground into a powder, once mixed with water and massaged into the scalp regularly will help keep hair from going grey. Amla powder is available at Indian specialty shops. Also a mix of coconut oil and lemon are beneficial.

Replied by Eric
Just a question about the amla powder. Do you use it after shampoo/cream rinse? And can it be mixed with the coconut/lemon suggestion you have down there also? And will it get rid of the grey you have already as new grows? Thanks and if this doesn't work, what other ones actually work? No one replies with any positive feedback?
Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa

Can I use amla oil ("Amla hair oil") the same effect?

Ashwagandha   1  0   

Posted by Maria (Gippsland, Vic, Australia) on 02/25/2012

[YEA]  500mg Ashwagandha with breaky and dinner 5-6 days a week, and I might add not for grey hair, was taken for about a year. Hubby was about 10% grey but not now - no grey. We did not notice it till about 6 months. Has not had any for 6 months and still no grey. He was also taking neem and tulsi for 3-4 weeks on and off and zinc. The zinc was taken only once or twice a week. This is the second time he has got rid of his grey hair without trying, The first time he was young to be going grey.

Avoid Corn Syrup   0  0   

Posted by Jeannie (Franklin, Wi) on 08/18/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Avoid Corn Syrup - Grey hair

Someone mentioned that copper is needed for your hair to keep its color, and if you do a search, you'll find that's true. Americans especially are severely depleted of copper. I read somewhere that corn syrup sucks the copper out of your body, and corn syrup is in MANY of our processed foods, so thats no surprise. Blackstrap molasses, as someone else said, is one of the best possible natural sources of copper, and is a good supplement for many other problems as well. I'm nearing 60 and have only a few grey hairs, that started appearing after I hadn't taken any blackstrap molasses for quite a few months. When I take the molasses, my hair color slowly comes back. I just add it as a sweetener to tea, or make a tea of ACV and BSM. Takes a little getting used to, but I definitely look and feel better when I take it regularly.

Replied by James
Bronx, New York

I dont think the Blackstrap Molasses works for grey hair - I used it twice after I read these testimonials and I have to say that I noticed 2 new grey hairs in my beard today - I never get any grey hairs in that part of my beard, but after I used the BSM I noticed more not less grey hairs.

My only explanation is that even if its unprocessed - its still has the same negative effects as sugar. if its copper that retains hair color then I will be seeking that in another non-sugar product to try it out - I'm not over 40 yet and have some grey hairs.

I used organic BSM unsulphered from Paraguay. I probably will try it for a few more days but if I continue to see more grey hairs I will stop and will post that ppl wanting to stave off grey hair not fall for the snake-oil sales pitch I see being posted so much.

Replied by Celteyes
Pearland, Texas

Come on tried it twice and think all your gray hairs were gonna be gone? Am I missing something? Is this a joke? Give it a chance, I haven't noticed anything with my hair yet, but I have noticed more energy and a feeling of well being. Oh and you know snake oil has positives also! hee hee Take care.
Replied by Dott
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Usa

Hi, I have another possible reason for grey/white hair. You MIGHT have a copper deficiency. Supplemental copper may help. My husband has served as the guinea pig for this experiment. He used to be teased a lot by family for his white-haired resemblance to wild and hairy Einstein photos. When I started reseaching causes of white hair, I found lack of copper in the diet is one. Then, I looked up foods high in copper, and discovered that my spouse didn't like ANY of them, and rarely ate any copper-containing foods. So, I got him a 2 mg. copper supplement, and he takes it daily. His hair is no longer white, but it is not that close to his natural color either yet, but it is getting there. I would estimate it to be about 70% grey yet, but it is improved enough to notice, his nape is quite a bit darker, his eyebrows are free of grey, his arm hair is darker than it was, and he told me just this morning that his chest hair is also starting to darken now. Supplemental copper is also apparently good for elasticity of the arteries to the heart---that makes you wonder if its lack might contribute to heart problems, but I haven't been able to find any indication of that online really. Still, we will take the bonus.
Replied by Gabi
Toronto, Canada

BSM definitely causes gray hair to grow dark. It happens after 2-3 weeks of taking BSM as your hair grow. It does not make hair getting darker! New darker color shows like roots on colored hair. When you stop taking BSM you will notice after couple of weeks more gray roots showing up again.

I was actually surprise that this remedy works so well. Regarding lack of copper: gray hair is just a symptom of it. I read that lack of copper is causing brain aneurysm and stroke in effect but do not ask your doctor if it is the truth.

Anyway gray hair doesn't mean you will get a stroke, you might be at higher risk of having one.
PS I am looking for advice how to deal with heel spur.
Soaking in Epsom salt helped my right heel but left got worse. Ouch! it hurts!

Replied by Lucy
Santa Cruz, Ca

HEEL SPUR...too much uric acid in the system. I had to alkaline, and there is several ways to do that, but I chose lemons. I watched a doctor on a talk show who said he took 5 lemons per day for his health. I did 1 lemons three times per day. I don't remember how long it took, maybe a week and the spurs on my heel were gone.
Replied by Larandee3
Dubuque, Iowa

Gabi from Toronto, Canada: Ask your insurance if they cover heel spur blasting. I had heel spurs in both feet, Had them blasted the right foot cleared up and the left foot was done twice then cleared up. It's been 8 some years and still no problems with my feet. I had them blasted during the experimental stage and it was done for free. I hope this is helpful. Larry
Replied by Ab
Indianapolis, In Usa

My ash brown/blonde hair is graying. Has anyone with natural hair color other than black had good results taking unsulphured BSM?
Replied by Daniellejudith
Edinburgh, In

Just wondering about using blackstrap molasses. I bought some, but did not see anything that said it had copper in it. Did I buy the wrong kind? With all that sugar, wouldn't it be better to take copper supplements? I found some on line. Just wondering what the difference is between copper supplements with no sugar vs BSM with sugar?
Replied by Helen
Milton, Nc 27305

Thanks! Now I know why my hair has gone from white to dark blonde and is getting darker! I will keep taking tablespoon of blackstrap molasses EVERY day. I am 84 years old and you can imagine the stares that I get!!!! However, I love it and my hair is so ALIVE, just like a child's new hair. This has happened since the last of April, 2011! My children are almost afraid to ask what I have done! Now I can tell them. I am also eating raw apricot kernels daily to prevent cancer so did not know which to credit the new hairchange to to!!
Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia

Helen, gray/white hair is caused by a copper deficiency. Copper deficiency according to Joel Wallace is related to heart disease and blockage (among other things) so keep doing what you are doing, not just for your hair benefits.

What brand Molasses do you eat. Mine is very high in iron (and iron is an antagonist of copper) so it didn't work.

Replied by Rosemary
Sandy Springs, Ga

Thanks Dott for your feedback about copper supplements. I have waaaay too much grey hair to be just 43. I've suffered from it since I was 25. I just got a copper supplement with kelp and zinc today. I really hope to see results soon. Even though I color my hair with henna I see new white hairs just three days later! Ridiculous. I will post my results soon.
Replied by Joy
Battleground, Wash

While it is TRUE that hair goes white and grey due to mineral deficiency and mineral imbalance could be the cause. Also, if you take kelp and you are hyperthyroid you will SUFFER. Copper toxicity causes liver problems and thyroid problems.

A healthier appoach would be to take a full spectrum mineral with supporting vitamins since minerals are only part of the orchestra. My grey hairs are going away with supplements and I use very little copper or zinc.

If you use the supplement you bought; try 1 every other day so you don't get overload and cause a deficiency in your other minerals

A progesterone deficiency can also cause grey hair.

Replied by Kt
Somewhere, The Usa

When I started getting grey hair I didn't care. Everyone in my family that I remember went grey, then white if they lived long enough. After reading this post I went to the mirror, looked and I don't have it anymore. I don't remember how long ago I started taking BSM every day but prior to that, when I had grey hair, I remember I was only taking magnesium powder and an occasional vit C. (I drank OJ everyday but when I consumed a little more cheese I took one or two of the 1000 mg C tabs for preventative reasons).

I am poor and cannot afford a variety of vitamins and/or supplements. These are available in our food. There is a problem with what has happened to our food so any added vitamins or supplements could cause an overload of something. According to a nutrition almanac BSM is a balance of nutrients in itself. Who knows how long that will be safe?

I started taking BSM because of the water soluble B Complex vitamins. Taking only one of the B vitamins for something specific can cause a deficiency in the others, contributing to major depression which I had years ago. I'm convinced that BSM must have given me what I needed to get rid of my grey hair even though it did not matter to me.

Replied by Jeri
Connecticut, Usa

Put some black strap molasses in a glass of won't believe how sweet and creamy it is. SO GOOD :)

B12   1  0   

Posted by Gdg (Dubai) on 08/05/2012

[YEA]  B12 deficency result in white hair. Take supplement for b12.

Bee Pollen   1  0   

Posted by Mary (Nevada City, CA) on 03/06/2006

[YEA]  My husband and I started taking bee pollen over twenty years ago, we are both now in our fifties. We have our full hair color, but it seems like most of our friends are grey - or dye their hair. Many female friends 5-12 years younger tell me that they are more than half grey - so they dye to cover it. I've read that bee pollen sometimes restores color to grey hair. So I be live it is possible. we just feel happier and healthier on it - so we've kept it up. We let it slip this winter and then I got that wicked cold that is going around - the long one.

Replied by Dawn
Deltona, FL

I read a reply that by taking bee pollen has prevented to the growth of gray hair. I wonder if it would restore your natural color if you already have gray hair coming in?
Replied by Isis
Miami, Fl

I was wondering what kind of bee pollen you purchased. And also how is the dose you both consumed. Thanks.

Blackstrap Molasses   20  13   

Posted by Troy (Australia) on 09/24/2014

[YEA]  I have replaced the sugar in my coffee with BSM, and have been having it in shakes. I have been doing this for 4 days and I SWEAR my greys are already disappearing. I am shocked! Its also a LOW GI sugar, much better for you than normal processed white sugar. You can 100% replace sugar with it.

Replied by Venezia
New York, US

what type of black strap molasses did you use? what brand?

Posted by Shubha (Bangalore, India) on 09/22/2014

i have been using BSM from past 2 and half months.But didnt see any improvemement on my grey hair. Could someone please tel me how can I make sure whether its working or not.

Replied by Barney
Bangalore, India

Is it really working the usage of BSM?. coz I've started taking BSM from a past 2 months and I really dunno about the results as of yet
Replied by Amy
Charlotte Nc

It takes about three months of one tablespoon of blackstrap molasses, sometimes two tablespoons a day to treat grey hair. Hang in there.

Posted by Suman (Bangalore, India) on 08/23/2014

Can you please tell me which is the best grey hair remedy?? Colloidal minerals, melancor or BlackStrap molasses?? I've been taking Blackstrap molasses since 10days.

Replied by Sam
Miami, Florida, US

Take He Shou Wu (an herb). Make sure it is from a reputable company. Jingherbs and dragonherbs are both good.

Posted by Kathleen (Houston) on 08/18/2014

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I have been taking BSM for close to a year. I use it as my sugar, a spoon in my coffee, in oatmeal. As a sweetener in most things I would use sugar in. My hair is very fair and to be honest, I'm not sure because I break down and use color every once in a while. But I do think it has toned down the grey. Stays a dark blond with sunny highlights.I hope for a bit more dark as time goes by. I still think it is very good for me to have stopped the sugar.

Replied by Shubham

Did your hair really change colour due to BSM?

If yes, which brand do you use?

Posted by Shireen (California) on 06/28/2014

I bought plantation brand organic blackstrap molasses unsulphered and it has 0 copper. The store said that pretty much plantation is the only company that does the blackstrap molasses. What should I do? Will it help with grey hair?

Posted by Sandy (Middletown, Ohio) on 06/05/2014

I just purchased Plantation Organic Blackstrap Molasses. My main purpose is to get rid of grey hair. I have been reading that the copper in it, is what gets rid of the greys. My bottle has 0% copper. Online, every bottle I look at, doesn't even mention copper. Where can I find the brand that contains copper?

Replied by Kt

My Nutrition Almanac states that BSM is rich in copper. Because it is under 1mg. per TBSP it can be listed as 0%. I get "Tree of Life" and it doesn't show copper on the label but it got rid of my grey hair.

BTW, I do not get "organic" anything.

Replied by Edward
Denver Co

Folks, stop and think about it. We all react differently to taking the same supplements or food. Our bodies processes are unique to each one of us. We don't use things the same way. That is why when you try something for Grey Hair, what works for one person will not work for the next. To try a cure for something, you should give it a fair amount of time to work, say 3 to 6 months. If it does not work, move on to another cure, after all they are all natural and not overly expensive. Good luck finding what works for you. Don't stop until you succeed.

Posted by Thain (New York,new York) on 04/24/2014

hi there, I recently came across this site while doing research to reverse my rapidly greying hair. I am very interested in all the posts citing Blackstrap Molasses as a viable remedy. Most of the posts list copper as the primary effective element in this treatment. Today I went to the grocery store to purchase the recommended brand mentioned in the majority of posts, but the nutritional information lists the copper content as 0%. Am I missing something here? any advice or information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Posted by Alysajade381 (Allentown, Pa) on 04/04/2014

[NAY]  Today is the 7th week I've been taking 2 tbsp of Blackstrap Molasses every morning for my gray hair. I have black hair and I've had gray hair since in my 30's. And I don't see any change of my hair color from the roots. I had high hopes because I am extremely allergic to Permanent hair dye. It makes my scalp swell up & itches like crazy & I been using temp hair dye but the color fades fast. I was hoping to at least get a slight darker change of my gray. But no results here. I will keep taking it for couple of months longer. I'm not giving up that easy LOL!

Replied by Anita

Could you let me know if there is any changes on your grey hair after using black molasses.
Replied by Sam
Miami, Florida, US

Use dying technique called balayage. Use two tones. It doesn't touch your scalp and is very effective for 8 weeks or longer. Just find an experienced hair dresser. Take the He Shou Wu herb.
Replied by Meeya
Sunnyvale, Ca

Some people have had success taking liquid chlorophyll.

If you are allergic to dye, I would recommend using henna and indigo, in pure herbal form, to dye your hair. It's 100% natural - from a plant - no chemicals. It's also permanent and provides excellent coverage for gray and white hair. If you want a nice dark reddish brown, you can mix henna and indigo together. Or if you want to dye it black, you first dye it with the henna, wash, and then dye it with the indigo. Go to for all the instructions and to buy it. Be careful of other suppliers who add chemicals to their "henna."

Posted by Lucia Maria (Nanuet, New York) on 02/26/2013

[YEA]  BlackStrap Molassas does make your hair darker like it says it does, I am proof of that! I had just colored my hair "blond" and all of a sudden within about I'd say a few days after that, my hair is getting dark all over from the top to the bottom! It does take about 3-4 months for the BlackStrap to kick in but it does work if you are a natural Brunette! I take two tablespoons a day.

Replied by Courtney
Granite Bay, Ca

Blackstrap molasses has a lot of iron in it, though. Assuming you're not prematurely gray, isn't too much iron contraindicated for mature women?
Replied by Vince
Toronto, Canada

May help with a copper deficiency which may cause grey hair. Better to make sure you are copper deficient first, or it won't work. Worse if you are high in copper, it may make you feel worse. Adrenal fatigue can cause you to have lower level of copper binding protein, making the copper you take in bio-unavailable. Then the copper you take in gets stored in your brain and liver causing problems. Poor adrenals may underly grey hair. Something common in Starbucks customers!
Replied by Joseph

Hello everyone at Earth Clinic,

Could someone please give me some advice on the best way to intake BSM, so that the nutrients can be bioavailable? I have been taking one tablespoon neat with breakfast: just pouring the viscous substance on a spoon and putting it into my mouth: but after quite a number of months I have not seen any change in the proportion of gray hair. Don't know whether it would perhaps be better to dissolve it in water or milk, though I don't see why it should. Thanks so much for your help :)


Replied by Mike
Denver, Colorado

Joseph: Nutrients are effective when taken several times a day with water.
Replied by Chattvol

[YEA]   BSM is working to restore some color to my gray hair. I actually have dark streaks in it now. My husband has decided to take it as well.
Replied by Elena

I started 2 weeks ago the BSM (1 tbsp) and my skin is better than ever, clean and smooth. I lost some weight too cause I have less water retention too and my pms has been wonderful this month. The problem ia that my hair started to fall ... Nobody experienced the same?!! I don't know if it will be only at first but I'm scared. Don't want to stop cause my skin but don't want to lose more hair!!
Replied by Sandy

My question is for EC and also to those who knows answer for this.

If the grey hair is the result of deposit of hydrogen peroxide, then how it is recommended by some to put it around the eyes as a remedy for wrinkles around the eyes. Will it not get deposited near your eyes and then your lashes can become grey? any views?

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