Beijing 101 has been in the industry for over 4 decades and one thing that we can attest to is how every young person's skin would crawl as soon as you say this:
"Aiyo, got grey hair already!"
We have been treating various hair and scalp problems ranging from hair loss to dandruff and (yes, you guessed it) grey hair for over 4 decades. And after being in business for so long, we thought that people’s perception of grey hair would change.
However, it seems that that isn't the case. While our society has become more accepting to bold hair colours, we seem unable to shrug off the concept that grey hair is a symbol of age.
But is age the reason why our hairs turn grey?
Well… yes, but not really.
Grey hair is caused
when the cells in charge of producing pigment decrease its production capacity or completely stops producing it.
Though this is something that happens naturally as a person ages, this could also happen prematurely due to
- Lack of vitamin B12, zinc and copper which nourishes the hair and assists in the metabolic process
- Build-up of free radical which leads to oxidative stress and decreases the pigmenting capacity of the cells.
From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, condition on hair reflects the health of the lung, kidney and blood. Deficiencies in kidney, liver, blood, spleen, stomach, liver-Qi depression, heat or dampness stagnation. Stressful lifestyle - overworked, lack of sleep, smoking and poor dieting can contribute to and accelerate the premature greying of hair.
Whether you are already spotting some grey strands or are worried about the odds being against your favour, hope is not lost.
Here are eleven ways you can treat those early greys today!
1. Chinese Herb – He Shou Wu
Known as a tonic since the 8th century, He Shou Wu is an all-around health nourishment staple to traditional Chinese medicine. It is also one of the many traditional premium-grade herbs that Beijing 101 uses.
He Shou Wu is known in Chinese medicine to nourish the liver and kidneys. Through this nourishment, the two organs are able to function better, hence improving blood flow to the scalp, providing nutriment to the scalp for healthy hair growth.
Also, He Shou Wu is loaded with zinc and iron
, minerals that aids in the production of melanin, which may explains how it helps combat the greys.
Recommended Course of Use: Simmer the He Shou Wu tea mix on the lowest heat setting for at least 20 minutes. Decoct the tea until it is dark, rich and thick. Strain the plant material from the mixture.
2. Vitamins and Minerals
2.1. Black Sesame Seeds
Black sesame seeds are probably something that we all have in our kitchen.
Though small, they are compact with hair nourishing vitamins and minerals like copper, iron, zinc and vitamin B. They are also rich in antioxidants like sesamin, sesamolin and sesamol which counteract and neutralises the effects of free radicals.
Not only so, black sesame seeds helps to promote melanocyte activity and encourage the production of melanin.
Recommended Course of Use: Eat a teaspoon of black sesame seed every day. To see visible results, continue this for at least three months.
2.2. Blackstrap Molasses
Blackstrap molasses is a thick, syrup-like byproduct of the sugar cane refinement process.
It is contains high level of antioxidants, like selenium and zinc, which helps to ease oxidative stress by neutralising free radicals. On top of that, it contains copper which is essential in the production of melanin.
Blackstrap molasses is also rich in vitamin B6 and plays an active role in managing stress
, which some believe is a contributing factor to the greying of one’s hair.
Recommended Course of Use: Mix one or two tablespoons of organic unsulfured blackstrap molasses into a cup of boiling water. Drink after the mixture has been cooled.
2.3. Curry Leaves and Coconut Oil
Curry leaves are often found in curry. However, they can also be used to restore the colour in your hair.
Enriched with minerals like zinc and iron, curry leaves help to darken the hair and restores the natural pigment of the hair. It is also packed with vitamin B which helps to prevent the untimely greying of hair.
Recommended Course of Use: Boil a handful (about 10 pieces) of fresh curry leaves in a tablespoon of coconut oil until it becomes charred. Remove it from the heat and leave it to cool. Apply it on the scalp and leave it in overnight before rinsing it off with gentle shampoo. For visible results, repeat this twice a week for 1-2 months.
2.4. Amla Paste
Amla, also known as Indian gooseberry, is a benefit rich fruit that can be used to improve hair growth and pigmentation.
Amla is rich with vitamin and minerals that provides nourishment to the hair. Such vitamin and minerals are vitamin B, carotene, phosphorous and iron. Also, it contains vitamin C, an antioxidant, which helps to reduce oxidative stress.
In addition, when applied on the hair, it stains it slightly, allowing you to build up the colour gradually.
Recommended Course of Use: Cut up a few slices of amla and dry them in the sun. After they are dried, grind the dried amla pieces into a powder and mix it with coconut oil. Apply this mixture to the scalp regularly.
Walnuts are known to be brain food. Not only are they rich in omega-3 fats and antioxidants, they also help to prevent heart disease and cancer.
Besides looking like little brains, walnuts are packed with copper and manganese
, trace mineral that aids in melanin production. Including walnuts into your diet can help delay the greying of your hair.
Walnuts are also great sources of vitamin E. Vitamin E acts like an antioxidant and helps to relieve oxidative stress by eliminating free radicals.
Recommended Course of Use: Walnuts can be consumed as it is. Hence, a handful of walnuts per day can help restore your natural hair colour.
3. Hair Colouring
Henna and its staining capabilities is no stranger to us. We see it often on our Malay and Indian friend's hands, especially when it nears festive occasions. But do you know that it can be used on your hair too?
Henna is a natural colourant that comes from the henna plant. Henna, by itself, stains whatever it touches red. However, other colours
can be achieved by mixing in additional ingredients.
Recommended Course of Use: Grind up some henna leaves into powder and add water to it till you achieve the consistency of a paste. Apply the mixture onto the grey areas and let it sit for a few hours. Rinse it off after the stipulated time.
3.2. Hair Mascara
Hair mascaras are inexpensive alternatives suitable for touching up stray grey strands or roots.
Hair mascaras provide temporary coverage – even more temporary than semi-permanent hair dyes. They are packaged in tubes and come with a mascara type applicator wand. The colour is not long lasting and will wash out with regular shampooing.
This fix would work best if the section that you want to cover is small.
Recommended Course of Use: As the hair mascara is meant to cover up small sections of white hair, you want to choose a colour that is closest to your natural hair colour. Follow the instructions that come along with the product.
3.3. Semi-permanent Hair Dyes
Semi-permanent dyes, as the name suggest, are temporary and last for approximately 6 weeks.
Unlike their permanent counterparts, semi-permanent hair dyes deposits colour onto your hair. It does not lift the cuticles to deposit pigment into the hair. This is why the dyes are not long lasting and are usually gentler on your hair.
As they aren’t long lasting, it is recommended that you only go for this option if you are about 20-25% grey.
Recommended Course of Use: As there is still a lot of colour on your hair, you will want to choose a colour that blends in well with you natural hair colour.
3.4. Permanent Hair Dyes
Permanent hair dyes are generally more damaging to the hair. However, they last longer than semi-permanent hair dyes.
Permanent hair dyes last longer because rather than slapping colour onto the hair, pigment is injected into it. Through this process, hair fibres are weakened. This makes it harder for the hair to retain moisture and becomes more susceptible to breakage.
Though damaging, hair treatments
are available to repair your hair. Still, this method has its advantage and is only advisable if you’re about 50% grey.
Recommended Course of Use: As permanent hair dyes are longer lasting as compared to semi-permanent dyes, you will want to consult your hairstylist before you go ahead with the dye process.
3.5. Herbal Hair Dyes
Like regular hair dyes, herbal hair dyes cover grey hair by colouring it. However, unlike regular hair dyes, herbal hair dyes are not as harsh as them.
This is so as herbal dyes are made from natural ingredients that are not harmful to the scalp. Chemicals, like ammonia, are usually absent in the production of the dyes. Depending on the herbs that go into the dye, it can even help to rejuvenate the condition of your scalp.
Recommended Course of Use: Book an appointment with a hair stylist that carries herbal hair dyes. Herbal hair dyes are suitable for all hair, particularly damaged hair as they are gentler than regular dyes.
And there you go! 11 simple things you can do to resolve your premature grey hair problem.
Among the list of 11 items, we would highly recommend using the herbal hair dyes to cover your grey hairs. All the items on this list have their own sets of banes. It is either not long lasting, damaging or takes a long time for results to be noticeable.
However, for herbal hair dyes, a nice balance is struck. It may not be long wearing like permanent hair dyes due to the lack of ammonia but this also means that it is not as damaging to the hair. Also, although it is gentler to the hair, results can be seen almost immediately.
Are you interested to give herbal hair dyes a try?
If you are, you will be happy to hear that Beijing 101 is providing hair colouring services from $68.
The dye that we use is ammonia free and made from natural ingredients only. It helps not only to improve the condition of your grey hair, but also helps care for the scalp.
If you are interested in our herbal hair colouring services, you can schedule an appointment by filling in the form below.