Gray Hair - Editor's Choice

Over the years, Earth Clinic readers have sent us many reports about their treatments for Gray Hair. The editors at Earth Clinic consider the below posts to be some of the most helpful and informative and have named them 'Editor's Choice'. We hope that you will find this useful.

Nutritional Yeast

Posted by Jasmine (Texas) on 12/29/2021

My hair was turning all white quickly due to stress, so bad that if I let my roots grow out too much from a distance it looked like I was balding because the rest of my hair is (dyed) my natural color of dark brown. About 10 weeks ago, I began sprinkling nutritional yeast - the popular one easily found in the grocery store - on all my food. I'm B-12 deficient, dealing with anemia, and this brand is loaded with all the Bs, including B-12. I've let my roots grow out since this summer out of laziness (they're about 5 inches of it) and I started to notice that the normally all-white hair was looking different. Using a magnifying mirror I saw that not only do I have dark brown new hairs popping up all over, but hair the pure white hair is now looking like a 50/50 mix with dark hair from the root so that must mean repigmentation. I've had friends notice the change as well and some of the change looks like I have dark streaks through the hair and it's kind of neat. The only thing I've done differently is put tons of nutritional yeast on my food. I'm on my 2nd bottle/container of it and it's now half gone. I had no idea my natural color could come back in any way.

Diatomaceous Earth

Posted by Chris T. (Albuquerque, NM) on 03/26/2021

Diatomaceous Earth! (Food Grade) My husband and I started taking it in a glass of water daily for its health benefits, and his Salt and Pepper hair is 95% black again over the course of 3 weeks. I had come across people claiming it restored their hair color, but dismissed it as silly. But low and behold, his black hair is back!

B Vitamins

Posted by Ideal (Los Angeles ) on 12/06/2017

B- Vitamins (Inositol, PABA & Pantothenic Acid) get rid of GREY HAIR

Sorry folks, I found a cure for Grey Hair through a clinical trial article & didn't take the time to share. It's been about a year now and I have been rid of greys and don't have to dye my hair unless I want to. It's comprised of a series of B vitamins.

For 90 days you will take:

  • 2 inositol's 2000 mg
  • 1 Paba 700mg
  • 1 Pantothenic Acid 500mg

After 90 days, you will drop to 1 inositol, 1 paba and 1 pantothenic acid pill a day.

You will have to continue this regimen for life. I have read that once you discontinue the B vitamins for 30 days your hair will revert back. I hope this helps you as it has immeasurably helped me.

Blackstrap Molasses

Posted by Tlw (Birmingham) on 12/14/2015

Blackstrap Molasses for Grey Hair:

BSM always works for me, but I have discovered that, like most remedies, success is based on a lot of other factors. For example, I had anemia, which depleted a lot of nutrients and contributed to my grey hair. A big tablespoon of BSM and Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass or water met this nutritional deficiency, so my hair returned to its normal color. However, if you don't have a nutritional deficiency that would be improved by taking BSM, it might not make a difference. Three years ago, I lost 15-20 pounds taking BSM. My friends started taking it, and they gained weight! But again, it depends on other factors that vary from person to person. For example, I love sugary treats. At that time, I was eating out a lot, and I would always have dessert. But, when I started taking BSM, it satisfied my craving for sugar. As a result, I stopped ordering a slice of cake or pie with my meals, so BSM did help me lose weight because that tablespoon was replacing high-calorie, high-fat slice of chocolate or carrot cake, or apple pie, or whatever. However, none of those friends had a sweet tooth, and they never ordered dessert anyway, so when they took BSM, they were just adding extra calories to their diet. That's why some cures work for some people and not for others.

I've known people who took iron supplements and their anemia did not improve. However, they were taking iron in ferrous form (which is what most drug stores sell) and this causes constipation and is not absorbed by the body. Iron should be taken in chelated form. Also, it should be taken by itself, on an empty stomach, and caffeine hinders its effectiveness. But, if you don't know that, you will just say, "Iron supplements don't work for anemia." Unfortunately, your Dr. probably won't be much help. Once, I asked my OB-GYN for her opinion about Acidopholus for yeast infestions. She told me that's what she takes - but said she could lose her medical license for prescribing it to patients because it's not approved by the FDA. So she prescribes products that she woudldn't use herself.

I understand that that everyone is busy, but I encourage each of you to spend more time researching the causes of your conditions, and also research cures. If 100 people say, "Yes" you may have a different set of circumstances that would put you in the "Nay" category. Also, remember that nature usually doesn't work overnight. When you start a treatment, you need to be patient and consistent. And with most supplements, you need to drink a sufficient amount of water (not just a few gulps). I hope this helps.

Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Helen (Milton, Nc 27305) on 01/30/2012

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!!

Copper Supplementation

Posted by Dott (Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Usa) on 12/13/2009

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.