What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘Grey’? Ladies, if it’s not the dreamy Christian Grey, from the Fifty Shades trilogy … it has to be the dismal state your mane is in.

Thanks to a stressful lifestyle and poor diet, many of us in our 20s and 30s are facing pre-mature ageing of hair. Also, as we age, production of melanin, the pigment that gives hair its natural colour, slows down in our body. All of this result in giving us a head full of hair which is marred at the roots with awkward grey hair or sometimes even full patches of silver.

Of course, the fix seems to come easily to many. In this age and time, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to colouring our tresses. However, chemicals from regular hair-dyeing and constant re-touching put your hair at the risk of damage, resulting in dry, lifeless locks.

But, if you are looking for smart ways to cover up these early unwarranted greys, here are some tips and tricks to take the stress (and years) off your mane.

Beauty Hacks

These sneaky and smart hacks are perfect for those of you who just have a few grey strands and want coverage instantly when heading out.

Mascara: Apart from voluminising and curling your eyelashes, your good ol’ mascara can also turn your greys to black. Use the mascara wand to conceal your roots.

Kajal: Classic black kohl can be used to hide grey roots with a quick application on the culprit strand.

Lipstick: Use a dark brown lipstick to colour your grey strand. Go for matte, no-shimmer lip colour.

Home remedies

Massaging or rinsing your locks with these magic mixes can help maintain the fountain of your youthful hair. They can also do damage control, if greying has already begun.

Coconut and curry: Take 100ml of coconut oil and a handful of curry leaves. Boil them together. When the leaves turn black, take it off the flame. Strain the oil and store in an air-tight container. Apply regularly at night and massage mane with it for 20 minutes. Rinse off next morning.

Amla and lemon: Mix 1tsp of amla powder in a cup of water and boil till water reduces to half its quantity. Take it off the flame and add 3tsp lemon juice. Add water to the mixture and rinse hair.

Sesame solution: Mix 100ml sesame oil, 100ml orange juice and 50gm fenugreek seed powder in a container. Keep the mixture in sun for three weeks. Use it for oiling your hair as it can change the colour of your greying strands.

Henna fix: Make a paste of henna powder. Add some coffee powder, 1tbsp curd and 1tbsp lemon juice. Apply it on your hair and let it rest for 2 hours. Rinse with water and then shampoo.

Tea repair: Boil tea leaves and let them cool. Strain excess water and apply to scalp. Leave for an hour and rinse with cold water. Don’t shampoo after it.