We have always known that olive oil conditions; bhringraj boosts growth; while lemon and tea tree oil prevent the white flakes. But how many times have we actually made an effort to give our hair direct benefits of the ingredients in nature? In fact natural or herbal products sustain the beauty of your hair longer. The great thing about hair care with natural products is that the benefits are instant and you start feeling the difference. They give your hair a new lease of life.
The herbal extracts work by penetrating the scalp and strengthening the roots from within. Some essential oils from key herbs stimulate blood circulation there by improving hair condition.
There are many herbs but the trick is to know which give you the best benefits for a particular hair problem. It is necessary to have the right combination of herbs and apply in the right dosage to get optimum benefit. You need to be very persistent with the treatments to see a long-term benefit.
Once in a while hit your kitchen shelves to dig out fruits, spices, eggs, milk to give your hair some extra benefits. Some of these give your hair instant lift.
Scalp feeling tight and itchy? Hair totally devoid of moisture? Soak your scalp and strands in a cup of milk. Keep on for 20 minutes. Wash and condition as usual. Voila! Scalp and hair are soft and smooth.
If you are plagued with stubborn dandruff, slather your hair and scalp with plain yoghurt. The lactic acid in the yoghurt will neutralise the yeast that cause flakes and soothe scalp.
Using tea as the final rinse gets your hair shining. A massage with almond or olive oil half an hour before your shampoo conditions hair and protects from free radicals.
Pick Your Herb
Try hair oil with Brahmi or Bhringraj to tone scalp and improve blood circulation to the roots. Extracts from flowers like carnation and hibiscus also help stressed scalp. Shampoos with Reetha and soapnut are gentle and build hair strength.
Try products with fenugreek, muskroot and Bengal gram as they have protein compounds that restore hair strength and smoothen cuticles.
Shampoos with margosa, tea tree oil, rosemary and fennel have anti bacterial and astringent properties to fight dandruff.
Hair vitalisers with poppy seeds, peppermint, milk protein, sandalwood alleviate itchiness.
Indian gooseberry (amla), lemon, black cumin based hair tonics, lotions or shampoos help in soothing scalp and prevent premature greying.
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