Indian hair care techniques offer natural, time-tested alternatives to chemical-laden drugstore products. You can cure common hair problems such as dry hair, dandruff, and hair loss with traditional Indian hair care products. Traditional Ayrveda healing methods can help make your hair look and feel healthier.
Amla Powder and Lemon Juice for Stronger
According to Vasant Lad, author of “The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies,” a mixture of amla powder and lemon juice can be applied to the hair to help it grow stronger and have a fuller appearance. To make and use this mixture, combine 1 tbsp. amla powder with the juice of one lemon in a small container and shake or stir to dissolve the powder. Gently massage the mixture onto the roots of the hair and scalp and leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing and shampooing. This treatment can be used daily as long as it does not bother your skin or have any adverse side effects. Unused portions of this mixture will keep in the refrigerator for three to four days.
Coconut Milk, Lime Seeds and Cedar Essential Oil for Hair Loss
Melanie A. Sachs, author of “Ayurvedic Beauty Care,” writes that a mixture of coconut milk, lime seeds and cedar essential oil can be applied to the scalp as a topical treatment for hair loss. To make and use this mixture, combine ¼ cup coconut milk, 2 tbsp. lime seeds and 1 tbsp. cedar essential oil in a blender and puree for 10 to 15 seconds to crush the lime seeds. Pour the mixture over wet hair and gently massage it into the scalp for two to three minutes in the shower. Leave the mixture in for 10 minutes before rinsing with water and washing with your regular shampoo. This treatment can be repeated every day as long as it does not bother your skin or cause any irritation to the scalp. Unused portions of the mixture will keep in the refrigerator for about five days.
Oiling hair is the most important part of traditional Indian hair care. You should oil your hair three times a week for best results. It makes hair strong and dandruff-free. Always oil your hair before washing it. You can buy a traditional hair oil, such as Amala, from an Indian grocery or just use coconut oil. For specific hair issues, you can infuse coconut oil with herbs such as rosemary or flowers such as hibiscus. Massage oil vigorously into your scalp to increase circulation and promote hair growth. Use a wide-toothed comb to comb the oil down to the ends of your hair. If your ends are dry, you should apply oil directly to the ends as well. Wrap hair in a hot towel for maximum absorption. Leave the oil on for at least an hour or as long as overnight. Wash hair until it is squeaky and free from oil.
Coconut Oil and Olive Oil for Overall Hair Health and Split Ends
Reenita Malholtra, author of “Ayurveda: A Holistic Approach To Health,” notes that a mixture of coconut oil and olive oil is commonly used for general hair health and to get rid of split ends. Combine one part coconut oil with one part olive oil in a container with a tight-fitting lid and shake it to combine the ingredients. Massage a small amount of the mixture onto the scalp and roots of the hair and leave it in for one hour before rinsing with cool water and washing with a mild shampoo. This treatment can be repeated daily as long as it does not cause any irritation, and unused portions can be kept in a cool, dark place for up to six months.
Lettuce and Spinach Juice
A juice made from spinach and lettuce is thought to help with hair growth. Combine some large lettuce leaves and about 1/2 cup of spinach in a food processor. If the mixture is too thick to drink, add some water to thin it out a bit. Blend until smooth, and drink once daily.
Eggs and Castor Oil
India has produced some very interesting hair loss remedies, many of which involve nuts, berries, leaves and eggs. For instance, taking the uncooked yolk of one egg and massaging it into your scalp is known to help hair loss. Keep the yolk on your scalp for about an hour before you wash it off. The healing qualities found in the egg are said to stimulate the hair follicles and recharge hair growth. Another treatment involves applying castor oil to the scalp and roots of the remaining hair. Do not put the castor oil on the hair itself, just the root and the scalp. Wrap a cloth or newspaper around your head and leave it on throughout the night. Wash it off when you wake up in the morning.