Whenever I think about my grandmother, her long luxurious hair is the first thing that comes to my mind. No expensive shampoos, conditioners or hair spa treatments were put to use there.
She strongly believed that the best hair care solutions came from her kitchen and her beautiful garden.
She used to grind together the leaves and flowers of hibiscus plant, neem leaves, amla, curry leaves, fenugreek etc, mix it with curd and use it as a hair mask.
She would religiously oil her hair everyday. Every sunday would be reserved for a nice long and relaxing hair message & bath using slightly heated sesame oil.
The most stringently followed rule was of course to use only shikakai and no shampoo. Trust nature not chemicals was a mantra that worked for them so when did we stop believing it? I wish I had followed atleast a few of those traditions. I guess it is never too late to start now and to introduce the age-old techniques to my kids.
Hair problems are a category of beasts that all of us have to deal with at some point or the other in our lives. Receeding hairline, bald spots, clumps of hair on the comb etc are terms that give me the heeby-jeebies. For my daughters, the main point of concern is why is’nt their hair growing upto their waist yet.
Various factors such as dandruff, stress, vitamin deficiencies, medications, pollution, crash diets and harsh chemical treatments could be held responsible for hairfall. There are some simple remedies that have been found to be helpful to maintain healthy hair volume.
Lets look at 6 super easy DIY home based remedies made using everyday items from our kitchen shelf.
They are helpful for various problems like premature greying, hairfall and to promote hair growth.
It is a well known hair care recipe for years. It leaves the hair shiny, soft and healthy. It also promotes hair growth.
Soak a handful of fenugreek seeds in water at night. In the morning, grind it well, mix it with curd and apply it in the hair. After an hour wash the hair thoroughly. Shampoo is not required.
2.Curry Leaf Oil
Coconut oil when combined with fresh curry leaves helps to stimulate hair growth and also prevents premature greying.
Combine fresh curry leaves and coconut oil in a bowl. Boil together, until you see the black residue forming. Cool, and apply it directly onto the scalp. Leave it on for an hour, wash with a mild shampoo. Apply twice a week.
Curd can do wonders for hair. It is packed with Vitamin B5 and Vitamin D that are known to promote hair follicle health.
Mix 2 tablespoons of yoghurt with 1 tablespoon each of honey and lemon juice. With a brush, apply this on the scalp and hair roots. Leave it for 30 minutes. Rinse in normal water. Apply once a week
It might sound surprising, but onion juice is also a home remedy for hair loss. Nutrients in the onion juice nourishes the hair follicles, which might increase volume, shine, and improve hair strength. It also helps to minimize hair breakage and thinning.
Blend 1/2 onion and strain the mixture to obtain the juice. Apply the juice to your scalp and leave it on for 30-60 minutes. Rinse it off with water.
5.Flaxseed Hair Mask
Flaxseeds are a good source of Vitamin E which helps to prevent hair and scalp damage because of its strong antioxidant properties. It also helps to prevent premature graying.
Take 1 tsp of flaxseed and boil it in one cup of water. When the mixture starts to thicken, add a spoon of lemon juice and stir the liquid. Turn off the heat once the liquid reaches a gel-like consistency. Set it aside to cool down. Strain and collect the gel. Apply the gel on your hair. Wash it off after 1 hour. This will bring a natural shine on your hair and promote hair growth. The flaxseed gel can also be used as a leave-in conditioner.
Banana is a powerhouse of vital nutrients and minerals. It acts as a great conditioner and helps in moisturizing and hydrating the hair. One of the key nutrients present in banana is potassium, which is said to promote hair growth and helps in controlling dandruff.
Take 2 ripe bananas and cut them into slices. Add 2-3 tablespoons of coconut milk. Mash them well until a smooth texture is attained. Add 1tsp honey, 2 tsp of coconut oil and 1 tsp of yogurt to the mixture and give it a good stir. Apply this mixture thoroughly on your hair. Leave this mask for about 10-15 minutes and rinse it off with cold or lukewarm water. You can use this mask thrice a month for better results.
Hope you find the above home based remedies helpful. Do share your thoughts and home remedies in the comments below.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
With over 10 years of experience in the organic industry, Priya is a strong believer in using healthy and easy to use alternatives in daily life. She passionately advises her friends, family and customers by sharing with them practical and easy ways to include healthy alternatives in their daily life.