Streaks of white hair? Incredible Solutions for Fast Relief from White Hair Patches


hite hair patches or poliosis is a condition wherein a person has a patch of grey or white hair in his head in an otherwise naturally colored hair. People are either born with it or develop it. It can be seen in both adults as well as children primarily resulting due to lack of or decrease of melanin in the roots of the hair or hair follicles that have been affected. Though poliosis is harmless and can be easily covered using hair dyes, bandanas, hats etc., sometimes it may accompany some serious health issue. Though more commonly affecting our scalp hair, white hair patches may also appear on eyelashes, eyebrows or any other hairy body part. Once you have poliosis it hardly spreads. It is a permanent hair condition. [1]

Causes of White Hair Patches

Some of the factors that may lead to poliosis or white hair patches include

  • Autoimmune disease
  • Genetics
  • Hair follicle damage

Certain Medical Conditions That May Occur Along With Poliosis Include

  • Alopecia areata: Loss of hair primarily from the scalp
  • Vitiligo: Pigment loss from the skin resulting in melanin-less patches in the epidermis
  • Piebaldism: A white hair patch appears above your forehead and many a time causes discoloration of the forehead skin.
  • Halo moles: Moles having white rings surrounding them
  • Tuberous sclerosis: Overgrowth of cells in different tissues and organs of the body
  • Allezandrini syndrome, Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease, and Waardenburg syndrome: These rare conditions lead to hair and epidermal pigmentation changes along with vision, neurological and hearing issues.
  • Certain medicines can also trigger white hair patches. These include cetuximab, an anticancer drug, and chloramphenicol, an antibiotic.
  • Sudden and extreme psychological stress, some disease or pain have also been linked to poliosis. [2]

White Hair Patches Could Be a Warning Symptom of the Following Detrimental Health Conditions

  • Eye conditions: Research has revealed that white patches of hair occur more often in those suffering from uveitis, an eye inflammation which if not treated can lead to cataract and glaucoma. So, you can consider poliosis as a warning signal and seek appropriate therapy before any condition of eye develops.
  • Melanoma: This skin cancer affects those cells that give the epidermis its color. At times, white hair patches serve as the first signal of melanoma.
  • Thyroid problems: A study had revealed that children suffering from vitiligo a condition related to poliosis were more prone to autoimmune disorder and thyroid problems. Thyroid problems can lead to depression, fatigue, memory problems, high cholesterol, weight gain etc.

Treatment Options

Certain medical therapies are said to reverse poliosis. These are:

  • A study revealed that a grafting treatment of skin which was followed by light therapy for a period of four to eleven months helped completely correct white hair patches combined with vitiligo.
  • In another study, it was reported laser therapy along with regular topical application of an ointment and consumption of oral medication helped a thirty-seven-year-old man with vitiligo and poliosis in left eyebrow.
  • After forty-four sessions of laser therapy in six months, seventy percent return of eyebrow color was seen.
    Dyeing is also used to cover up the white patches.

Natural Therapies That Can Be Used

As white hair patches often accompany vitiligo some of the natural vitiligo therapies may help with poliosis. These include; [3]

1. Folic acid and vitamin B12

A combination of sun exposure, folic acid, and vitamin B12 was found to be effective in initiating repigmentation in more than half of the participants in a two-year study. In sixty-four percent of the patients, vitiligo spread could be inhibited especially in the areas that got maximum exposure to direct sun. A variety of food rich in folic acid and vitamin B12 is good for health. Vitiligo and white hair patches can cause depression. In that case, vitamin B12 comes to rescue. Folic acid, on the other hand, helps to maintain overall wellness and health.

2. Copper

In Ayurveda, copper is believed to promote activities of melanocytes, thereby boosting melanin and repigmentation. Ayurvedic practitioners, therefore, recommend keeping water in copper vessels overnight and then drink it in the morning. Copper-rich foods should be included in the diet.

3. Beta carotene

Foods like kale, carrots, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes are rich in the skin and eye health-promoting beta carotene, lycopene, zeaxanthin and lutein. These can also work on inflammation and inhibit melanoma like skin damage.

4. Zinc

Zinc deficiency is also associated with vitiligo. Zinc helps build a strong immune system, fights autoimmune condition, promotes absorption of nutrient, heals tissues and strengthens the body’s response to cancer.

5. Vitamin C

Vitamin C rich foods like fresh and organic vegetables and fruits can help lower the rate of cellular damage by offering antioxidant benefits. These can also help in building up of collagen required for our skin, joints, bones etc. However, those suffering from vitiligo can avoid citrus fruits as it may negatively affect pigmentation in some.

6. Aloe vera

Presence of various antioxidants in aloe vera makes it beneficial for this condition. It has vitamins A, B12 and C, and folic acid and minerals like calcium, zinc, chromium, copper etc. that may help in repigmentation.

7. Vitamin D

Exposure to the sun is considered to be a good therapy against vitiligo and white hair patches. But many people are sensitive to sun rays and especially some conventional therapies increase their sensitivity. In such cases, vitamin D rich foods should be part of your daily diet which includes raw milk, cod liver oil, mushrooms, eggs, wild fish like salmon, sardines, tuna, and mackerel.

8. Gingko Biloba

It has been found to be effective in initiating repigmentation. In a study, the participants were given sixty milligrams of gingko biloba two times a day for three months. Significant improvement was seen in twenty percent of them whereas repigmentation occurred in thirty percent.

Coloring the White Hair Patches

1. Use henna

It is a chemical free natural dye that even conditions your hair. It will make your white hair patches on scalp red. You can mix the henna powder with tea, coffee or lemon juice and apply and let it be for a few hours. Wash it off afterward. [4]

2. Use commercially available hair colors or dyes

You can apply semi-permanent hair color on your white patches which stays for a few weeks or go for permanent ones. These remain till your hair grows out. If you are coloring at home, you need to avoid the coloring kits with ammonia as it is harmful to your hair.

3. Use hair mascara

Use it to cover your white hair patches till you wash your hair.

4. Color depositing conditioner and shampoo

These help in covering your patches of white hair by giving a shade of color which is almost similar to your natural hair color. Once you have washed your hair with it, the color could last subsequent three washes.

5. Root Concealer

This is like a dry shampoo which is available in the form of an aerosol that can be sprayed near the roots of the white hair. It goes off as you shampoo.

6. All natural rosemary and sage hair rinse

Take half cup each of rosemary and sage and boil the herbs in a big pot of water for half an hour. Strain out the herbs, cool the water and pour it on your scalp and hair. As and when your hair dries naturally wash it using a shampoo. It may add color to your white hair patches. You can try it once a week.

7. Black walnut hair rinse

Take a pot of water and add some black walnut fruits to it. Let it boil for fifteen minutes, cool it and remove fruits from the water. Use it to wash your hair and then dry it naturally and shampoo. You can repeat it two times in a week.

8. Gooseberry rinse

Add Indian gooseberries to coconut oil, boil them till it turns black. Once it cools slightly to apply to your scalp and hair with your fingers and massage. Rinse after half an hour.

Some Herbal Remedies for Your White Hair Patches on Scalp

1. Curry leaves and coconut oil

Combine a half cup of curry leaves with a one-eighth cup of coconut oil and boil it. Cool it and then massage it on the scalp for at least twenty minutes. Wash off using a gentle shampoo.

2. Curry leaves and buttermilk

Take a cup of buttermilk and a bunch of curry leaves and make a paste out of it. Apply it on the scalp and wash off after half an hour. Use a mild shampoo to clean your hair.

3. Sesame oil and carrot seed oil

You need to massage a mixture of four tablespoons of sesame oil and a tablespoon of carrot seed oil into the roots and scalp of your hair. Wash it off with a gentle shampoo.

4. Black tea

Prepare strong hot tea and dip your patch of hair in it for at least fifteen minutes. Then use lukewarm water to rinse it off. Repeat daily for two weeks. [6]

5. Rosemary leaves and black tea leaves

In four cups of boiling water add one tablespoon of rosemary leaves and three tablespoons of black tea leaves and steep for forty-five minutes. Cool the herb-infused tea and apply on your shampooed hair and leave it for thirty-five minutes wrapped in a plastic cap. Wash it off with lukewarm water. [7]

6. Darkening hair with coffee

Make a strong cup of coffee adding double the amount of coffee powder than what you use for drinking. Once it cools down soak your hair strand in it for several minutes and then rinse. You can repeat it many times in a week. Alternatively, take two cups of grounded organic coffee, a cup of brewed coffee that is cold and two cups of leave in conditioner. Mix them and apply on hair. Leave it for one hour and then rinse. [8]

7. Henna and indigo

Neel or indigo gives a bluish black tinge to your hair. You can mix it with henna and apply to your scalp hair to make it look darker. [9]

8. Lemon juice and coconut oil

The chemical reaction initiated when lemon juice and coconut oil are combined helps naturally darken your hair. You need to apply the mixture repeatedly until you get a result. [10]

9. Herbal combo

You need to combine a teaspoon of strong coffee, two teaspoons of black tea, a teaspoon of amla powder, a piece of walnut bark, half-inch piece of Katha, a teaspoon of indigo, one teaspoon of Triphala and a teaspoon of Brahmi powder. Take two liters of water and put all the ingredients in it. Simmer on low flame for half an hour. Cool, strain and apply the decoction on the hair roots half an hour prior shampooing your hair. [11]

Do It Yourself Cocoa and Coffee Dye for Your Eyebrows

A teaspoon of cocoa powder
Two tablespoons of wet or used coffee grounds
Half teaspoon of raw honey
Two tablespoons of coconut oil
Few drops of aloe vera gel

Take a small bowl and mix coffee and cocoa together. Add coconut oil, aloe vera gel, and honey and mix them well. Leave the mixture aside for five minutes and then apply. [12]

Do It Yourself Cinnamon Based Natural Hair Dye

One teaspoon of cocoa powder
One tablespoon of cinnamon powder
One teaspoon of nutmeg powder
Fifteen drops of rosemary or lavender essential oil
Two teaspoons of cornstarch
An empty makeup compact and a compact sponge

Take a small bowl and mix together all the powders. Place it in the compact and add fifteen drops of the essential oil and seal. Let it be as is for a day. You can now apply on your dry hair. [13]