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Ways to increase melanin in hair

How to increase melanin in your hair?


Melanin is the pigment that is responsible for our natural hair color. We often think about why our hair starts becoming grey as we grow older; this is due to the lack of melanin pigment in our hair.

Melanin is originally made up of pigment cells called melanocytes that are usually present in every hair follicle. Our original hair color is white before it pops out of your scalp which is made up of Keratin which is a protein. As our hair grows longer the melanocytes deliver melanin into the cells as they carry potent keratin this is how your hair gets its natural black hair color. 

Our genes play an important role in determining which type of melanocyte cells we will get, there are namely two types. Eumelanin and pheomelanin, whereas eumelanin is a dark pigment that gives dark black or brown hair color, pheomelanin is a lighter pigment that gives yellow, red, or orange hair color. 

Reasons for premature greying of hair 

Lack of melanin is one of the major reasons for premature greying of hair but there are other factors that play an active role in reducing the natural melanin. 

1) Hormonal Imbalance: an imbalance in the hormones of the body can cause a lot of unwanted changes or diseases, one of them is thyroid. The changes in thyroid hormone levels can reduce the levels of melanin in the body. 

2) Stress: issues like anger, stress, grief, and fear can easily imbalance the hormonal level of the body which can be the reason your hair loses its natural color.

3) Improper Diet: A balanced diet is the core to a healthy and happy life, excess consumption of salt and spices can cause problems in your body. Our body needs all the nutrients like calcium, iron, vitamins D3 and B12 to produce a healthy amount of melanin. 

4) Environmental change: lifestyle habits and environmental change play a huge role in overall wellness. Waking up all night, exposure to sunlight, excessive physical exercise, smoking, and fasting all can cause an imbalance and can be a cause for premature greying of hair.

5) Use of Chemicals: Using harsh chemicals like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) present in shampoos or conditioners can scrape off the natural oils and can lead to scalp damage. 

How can you increase melanin levels? 

After talking about all the reasons why you may be facing premature greying of hair, let us not talk about some of the ways in which you can increase the melanin levels in your body. 

Here are all the ways you can use to increase the levels of melanin. 


Bhringraj is enriched with the goodness of hair darkening and is one of the best ayurvedic herbs to stop premature greying of hair. Bhringraj has a lot of benefits. It can either be used in the form of oil if you can find it or else you can also use a powder form of Bhringraj in your hair mask.


The seed oil of Vibhitaka is very beneficial for preventing premature grey hair, but make sure you are not fooled by the brands as a lot of brands do not sell original seed oil. Vibhitaka is not only known for its seed but the fruit of this tree is also used in Triphala.

Mango seed

Mango seeds are one of the largest fruit seeds and it is filled with vitamins and minerals that can help you in reducing your greying hair. You can easily use it by making a paste of the seed and applying it directly on your scalp.


Hibiscus as a plant is enriched with the goodness of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals which help in producing melanin naturally. You can either use its oil to massage your scalp or you can also make a hair mask by grinding 3-4 leaves and a flower with a cup of yogurt. You can keep the hibiscus hair mask for an hour and then rinse it off with a mild shampoo.


Amla not only has exceptional properties to produce melanin but is also great for overall health. It is rich in Vitamin C and has antioxidant properties that can increase melanin levels on an internal and external level.

Iron-Rich Foods

Iron helps in boosting the production of melanin in the hair. Here are some of the food items to you consume to increase the levels of iron in your body, spinach, legumes, broccoli, quinoa, tofu, dark chocolate, fish, bananas, tomatoes, soybeans, lentils, nuts, and seeds like cashew, peanuts, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds.

Take Away 

Melanin is a very important pigment for our lustrous hair, lack of melanin can make our hair grey. It is important to keep your body and mind healthy at all times, we hope you like the information shared above. Do try these ayurvedic herbs to regain good levels of melanin.