Okay, it’s time to admit something: I hated having completely white hair. I felt it made me look at least five years older than I really was (at age 56), and so it was time to fight back tooth and nail against Mother Nature. So, from the privacy of my own home, I tried a natural cure for white hair. I chose a cure that was low risk – essentially it was like putting salad dressing in your hair once a day or so – and low cost. What did I have to lose, eh?
Well, to my utter astonishment, it worked! My wife was stunned as well and has been telling her friends and the women where she gets her hair done about it. And the best news of all: it took a good five years off of my appearance. My hair now is 2/3rd dark – not black but much darker – and about 1/3rd white. Again, before I was TOTALLY white.
My wife said the color looked very natural, ie no weird colors. We’ve all seen men in their senior years color their hair in desperation, and usually it looks freaky and unnatural. (God bless them for trying of course.) This cure, however, basically regressed me back to when I first started getting some grey hair. A part of me wishes this would give me my blond hair back from college, but let’s face it: that would be downright scary anyway! In my opinion this probably gives me about the best possible look that I can achieve at my age.
Anyway, this is not my invention – I would have never guessed it would work in a thousand years actually – but came off the web and, if you poke around, you’ll see it is quite popular online Literally dozens of sites cover it, but it hasn’t (as you might expect) made over to the men’s world yet. So, for those of you willing to do a little work to knock out some of that grey hair, here is the Natural Recipe to (Hopefully) Eliminate Your Grey Hair:
- 1. Buy some sage (dried leaves) and apple cider vinegar. (I found the dried leaves in a Spanish supermarket. They have a spice or herb section with small bags.)
- 2. Heat up one or two cups of water to boiling.
- 3. Put a smal handful of sage leaves into the hot water and stir making a “sage tea”. Let the leaves sit in there for 5-10 minutes.
- 4. Strain the leaves out of the tea.
- 5. Add apple cider vinegar in a 1:8 ratio (roughly) to the “sage water.” In other words, if you used a cup of water, add in about an eighth of a cup of apple cider vinegar.
- 6. Apply to your hair and scalp nightly – at least that is what I did – and you should notice results almost immediately. However, it takes (in my experience) 2-3 weeks to get rid of the majority of your grey.
- NOTE: You will smell like salad dressing for a couple of hours.
Subsequent to writing this article, I experimented a little to see how I could increase the effectiveness of the above formula and here are a few of my impressions. No, this is not scientific – just eyeballing it along with the opinion of my wife:
a) Don’t Overcook the Sage. One day I made a batch where I boiled the sage for about 30 minutes and then let it sit for about 12 hours. This actually seemed to do very little color changing on my hair. I did not have any apple cider vinegar in the batch, but I doubt that was the reason.
b) Add Some Rosemary. The most effective batch that I was one where I added romemary using my original procedure above. This wasn’t my idea by the way: you’ll see it posted it out on the web as something to add to the sage. (As an aside, I add rosemary to my food several times a day as it may be one of the longevity secrets of the Acciaroli people of Italy.)
c) Why The Apple Cider Vinegar. This makes application onto your hair much faster, so it does actually serve a useful purpose besides making you smell like you salad dressing.
Q. How does this work?
A. I have no friggin idea.
Q. Can you just use sage powder in a spice bottle?
A. I have no friggin idea, but let me know on the forum if it worked for you.
Q. Is it the sage or the apple cider vinegar that is most effective?
A. I have no friggin idea, but I am pretty sure it is the sage.
Q. Then why do we even use the apple cider vinegar?
A. As mentioned above, I think the apple cider vinegar just makes application easier.
CAUTION: Please try this on a small section of your head first. I only know what this did to me and can’t say what it will do to you.