"Loaded with preservatives, sharp smell, and harmful colors with chemicals" your favorite "herbal hair care product" may have all or a few of these USPs. What if I say that in your own kitchen you can saute, bake, and steam some most effective and proven DIY natural hair care recipes for beautiful and healthy hair!
Hey there, if you believe in "Old Is Gold', you believe in what your mom and her grandmother believed. May this be an eating pattern, fashion trend, or a complete way of living, we all rejoice to be in our old schools.
Surprisingly, at some points in our lives, we do take pleasure to proudly refuse to settle in those years old traditions. All because they are not as chic as we see in media. Nicely bottled (and smelt) shampoos, conditioners, or hair masks...I mean they are so handy to use. On the other hand, each DIY brings a unique fuss, odor, and not to say an undescribed user experience!
So years after using all those nicely bottled products and fragrances, now I am back to basics.
Due to same reason, when it comes to my own (and my daughter's) hair care routine, I love to follow in what my mom took all the efforts to maintain and nourish my hair. These are 6 DIY natural hair care recipes that boomeranged on me after 2 plus decades. Importantly, these are no-fuss and tested hair care routines and I am sure if you follow them, you will also swear by all of them ☺️
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6 DIY NATURAL HAIR CARE RECIPES FOR BEAUTIFUL HAIR
1. Flaxseed Gel and Honey Hair Mask
"Flaxseeds are superfoods" now everybody knows this and using them is considered chic. But not long back, these nutty seeds were staples in country houses of India. In tea-coffeeless mornings, the Alsi-laddoo (flaxseeds-jaggary sweet balls) were the first thing one would relish upon.
Why Should You Consider Flaxseeds In Your Life
Flaxseeds are a rich source of the omega-3 fatty acid ALA. Plant-based ALA fatty acids are proven to have heart health benefits and are linked to a lower risk of stroke. These all and many other Health Benefits including your hair, you can reap when you consume flaxseeds in edible. The external uses of the same on your hair and skin are equally rejoicing.
Honey 🍯- God's Own Nectar
Honey, the other hand is a natural ingredient with magical proper our overall health and fitness. With all the goodies, it's no less than the God's own nectar. We all are familiar with the moisturizing and healing properties of the 🍯 honey.
Flaxseed Gel, Honey Mask Preparation
- Powdered flaxseeds -1 tsp
- Water-200 ml
- Organic honey- 2tsps
- Boil powdered flaxseeds in water for 5-10 minutes till you get a white gel-like consistency. Cooldown the mixture. If the flaxseeds you took were nicely grounded, no need to filter the mixture. Separate the gel from the mixture as per your hair length and volume.
- Add organic honey when the mixture is still in the lukewarm stage. Mix well and apply on well-combed hair and scalp. Start from roots and cover till the end of the hair. Make a bun and leave to dry in the air for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Don't leave for longer, wash hair with a mild shampoo and lukewarm water to remove everything gently. No need to apply conditioner.
- The mixture will nourish your hair and scalp and leave them straight and lustrous.
For Moisturising And Oiling - A Must For Beautiful, Healthy Hair
2. Aloe Vera And Olive Oil Hair Soothing Concoction
Mix aloe Vera gel and virgin olive oil in an equal amount. Use this mixture to massage your scalp and hair for 10 Minutes. Apply generously so that each strand gets soaked in the mixture.
3. Castor Oil and Coconut Oil Hair Revitalizer
Castor oil is considered so wonderful to our hair and skin. Castor oil contains Vitamin E, proteins, and Omega 6 & 9 that are the key components responsible for good hair and skin. It helps in the reduction of hair fall, premature greying of hair, fights any scalp related problems along with accelerating hair growth.
Due to these extraordinary properties, castor oil is considered good for the treatment of vanishing eyelashes and eyebrows too.
Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids and antioxidants that help prevent aging and damage to our skin and hair. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties that help keep skin healthy and fight skin allergies and yeast infections that may be responsible for rashes, dermatitis and thinning hair,”
To make the hair mixture, add three parts of coconut oil with one part of castor oil. Take the amount so as to cover your hair length nicely. Again, apply this mixture well while gently massaging the scalp. Leave for half an hour.
Before washing, dip a thick towel in the half bucket full of hot water. Carefully squeeze most of the liquid and use this towel to cover your hair and scalp completely. Repeat the 'hair-steam' process twice. Now use a mild shampoo to wash your hair. Once the hair gets dried, use a good quality soft brush like this to make them manageable and beautiful.
If you have itchy scalp and dandruff, squeeze a lemon juice and apply it on the scalp before the hair-steam process. This is going to leave your hair shining, lustrous, and extremely Healthy. This also cures the hair fall effectively.
4. Henna + Curd/Egg Mask For Beautiful And Healthy Hair
If you consider henna as a beautifying and coloring agent, think again. Henna leave and powder is considered auspicious and is used during the occasions of marriage and other ceremonies in many parts of the world.
Henna helps to improve hair health. It helps seal the hair cuticle, prevents breaking, and increases the shine and appearance of the hair. It is also a natural treatment for dandruff.
Henna that is black in color can be dangerous and should not be used. The dark color implies that the henna plant was mixed with chemical compounds to give it that color. Also, hair dyes that claim to be henna-based occasionally contain other chemicals that can be harmful or cause allergic reactions for those who have sensitive skin, so read your labels carefully!
According to Femina Curd contains fats that can help moisturize your hair. In other words, the curd is a highly recommended natural conditioner for your hair. The lactic acid in curd or yogurt can really help in softening your tresses. The following hair masks with curd can be further helpful in conditioning your hair.
Eggs are a nutrient-rich hair superfood. Vitamins A and E, biotin, and folate are just some of the nutrients found in eggs that are said to help keep hair thick and healthy. Many people recommend the use of egg white only but the yolk is loaded with healthy fats, which help replenish moisture and make strands look sleek and shiny. So make use of the complete egg.
'Henna Pack For Hair' Preparation
- Take 250 gm natural henna powder (medium length hair). Some companies provide a mix of shikakai, gooseberry and hibiscus flowers also in powdered form. If you find a trusted source, use that.
- Make a paste with hot water. Preferably use an iron container. Leave for 1 hour.
- Now add either curd or an egg.
- Mix well. With the help of a brush apply on small portion of hair and then roll them.
- Repeat the process to cover the hair completely with the henna mask.
- Leave for 1 to 2 hours depending on the fact that you need to color your hair or not.
Also, try this-
5. Curd scalp treatment
If you're looking to treat dandruff and other scalp issues, you can combine curd with a small amount of plant acids. Possible combinations include curd and lemon, or curd and apple cider vinegar. Apply directly to the scalp and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing out.
6. Gooseberry (Amla) + Soap nuts (Ritha) + Shikakai (acacia concinna) Concoction For Natural and Gentle Hair Wash
My mom's concoction which she used to wash my hair as a 'substitute for a shampoo' for years until I insisted to opt for bottled version. Let me first briefly tell you about its pro points.
- Pure and chemical-free
- Free of artificial scents
- Mild on hair tough on dirt
Gooseberry (Amla) + Soap nuts (Ritha) + Shikakai (acacia concinna)
Amla or gooseberry contains a high amount of antioxidants, which helps repair damaged hair and cells. Regular use of amla helps to protect hair from further damages. It is important to take care of your hair cells because growth and greying of hair depend on the function of the these cells. Amla also helps in preventing hair loss and baldness.
Reetha, or soapnut, is filled with iron, which is beneficial for your hair. Reetha is packed with antioxidants, which play an important role in hair health. Reetha is also a very effective hair cleansing agent that keeps your scalp healthy by removing infection-causing buildup and microorganisms.
Shikakai, or acacia concinna, has a rich amount of vitamin C, which is beneficial for your hair. Shikakai naturally balances the pH value and retains the natural oils of the hair and keeps them lustrous and healthy. It is also helpful in strengthening and conditioning your hair.
Amla, reetha, and shikakai are years old Concoction people in India and other Asian use for washing hair. And the soap nut alone is used to wash sophisticated woolen products. After all, hair and wools both are body furs.
Anyway, the combo amla, reetha, and shikakai are a well balanced filled with many useful nutrients. These three also compliments each other, therefore, they are mixed together to have healthy and lustrous hair. All of these ingredients come in two forms, one as dried fruit and other in powdered form. I recommend the ungrounded fruits and pods because they retain more nutrients and are in the purest form.
Amla, reetha and shikakai suit all hair types and help prevent split ends, hair fall, dandruff, greying of hair and other hair related problems and further make your hair soft and silky.
How To Prepare
- Soak 5-6 reetha pods, 6-7 pieces of shikakai, and a few amla pods in water overnight.
- Heat the mixture in the morning and turn the heat off just when it begins to boil.
- Allow the mixture to cool and blend it into the blender (check out for seeds and other hardy material and remove first).
- Strain the mixture and discard the residue of the ingredients.
- Now use the liquid concoction as a shampoo.
While washing your hair with amla, reetha, and shikakai shampoo, you will feel like the shampoo is tangling your hair, but once you wash it off your hair, your hair will be healthier and shinier than before.
Wrapping up- DIY Natural Hair Care recipes
Thanks for reading my favorite 💕 hair care recipes. These are full of nutrients that are essential to have healthy and lustrous tresses. Have patience and wait for some time for the desired results. Eat nutritious meals, do Hair Yoga, and watch your mane prospering in no time. Thanks for reading and sharing 😊💖
Remember to check for any adverse effects of these though chances are rare.