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Hair Care Remedies

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Most people desire beautiful, healthy, shiny hair, but few are aware of the right way to acquire it. It is this ignorance of people that the television commercials and ad magazines take undue advantage of to lure people with their glossy and catchy ads about synthetic hair care products. In reality these synthetic hair care products do not offer much advantage. Rather, some of them are bad for hair and may even cause irritation or burning sensations to the scalp.

The key to healthy and beautiful hair lies in the use of natural hair care products. They are quite efficient for improving most types of hair provided they are applied in accordance with the specific hair care requirement.

Many a product that is extracted from plants, or includes other beneficial natural elements, has been used for treating hair problems successfully for years. Other than promoting healthy hair growth these natural hair care products also impart a sweet, natural fragrance to the hair unlike that offered by their synthetic counterparts.

Natural hair care products alone cannot promote healthy hair growth. Hair roots are alive and like any other organs of the body they need nutrition to maintain their normal functioning. The natural vitamins for hair growth which are most essential includes those in the vitamin B group. Apart from these, vitamins including vitamin E and C are also helpful for hair growth. Vitamins are among the purest ingredients that can help ensure healthy hair growth on the scalp.

Besides the natural vitamins for hair growth there are several other hair loss factors that need to be considered if you want to maintain a healthy hair growth.

Among other natural hair care products, the product which needs special mention is natural hair color. Natural dyes are generally safe to use and usually do not have any adverse reactions, although some people can be allergic to some natural dyes containing henna. The natural hair colors can help you to have healthy hair by their conditioning effect; moreover these natural dyes are devoid of poisonous chemical elements like bleach or ammonia.

In addition to these herbal based natural hair care products available in the market, there are plenty of herbal and nutritional diet supplements available on the market to take care of you hair.

Find out about some natural hair care tips and be informed about the active ingredients to take care of your hair and maintain hair health gently and naturally. But first you need to find the out the issues or causes of natural hair care.

Some common Hair Problems:

Dandruff

Dry skin flaking off the scalp and itchiness is referred to as dandruff. The aggravation of Vata generally causes this dryness.

Home Remedies for Dandruff

    • Add 1 teaspoon of camphor to half a cup of coconut or neem oil. Store it in glass container. Dosage: Massage this oil into the scalp before bed.
    • Mix 1 teaspoon of castor, mustard and coconut oil each and massage into the scalp.
    • Mix one part of lemon juice with two parts of coconut oil. Massage into the roots of the hair regularly.
  • Dosage: Wash with warm water after three to four hours or leave overnight.

Hair Loss / Balding

When the amount of hair lost grows higher than the normal hair fall that takes place due to the change in environment, increasing age or growth of new hairs, it is referred to as hair loss problem that needs special care. Improper or poor diet, exposure to a lot of chemicals or cosmetics, hormonal imbalance, stress, anxiety and mental tension are some causes of hair loss.

Home Remedies For Hair Loss

    • Massage the scalp gently with coconut or almond oil daily for 10 to 15 minutes
    • Boil neem leaves in water. Cool, strain and rinse hair with it
  • Increase green leafy vegetables, salads, milk, fruits and sprouts in the diet. Take more proteins, milk, buttermilk, yeast, wheat germ, soya beans, whole grains and nuts.

Premature Graying of Hair

Graying of hair is a natural process that happens with increasing age, but if the hair starts graying before the age of 35, it is termed as premature graying that occurs due to the aggravation of Pitta dosha. Excessive intake of tea, coffee, alcohol, meat, fried, oily, greasy, spicy, sour, and acidic foods increases pitta and leads to graying prematurely.

Home Remedies for Premature Graying of Hairs

Apply a paste made from 2-Tsp. henna powder, 1-tsp. curd, 1-tsp. fenugreek seed powder, 1 tbsp. coffee, 2-tbsp. mint juice and 2-tbsp. basil juice. Apply this paste to the hair for two hours. For a darker color, leave this paste in for 3 to 4 hours. Wash hair with any natural shampoo.

Grate some fresh ginger. Mix with honey and place it in a jar. Eat 1 tea spoon everyday.

Itchy Scalp

Aggravation of Pitta dosha, stress, allergic reaction to shampoo, air conditioning, pollution and central heating lead to an itchy and red scalp, with tiny pimples or sores, dull and dry hair.

Home Remedies for Itchy ScalpAdd 1 teaspoon of camphor to half a cup of coconut oil and store it in glass container.

    • Dosage: Massage this oil into the scalp before bed
    • Grind some jasmine roots with lime juice. Wash the hair and scalp with it. The causes for these hair conditions are as follows
    • Excess of Pitta dosha in the body is the chief cause of hair problems
    • Excessive intake of tea, coffee, alcohol, meats and excessive smoking
    • Eating too much fried, oily, greasy, spicy, sour and acidic foods
    • Intake of too many chemical medicines, low blood circulation, anemia, general weakness after disease, stress, anxiety and mental tension
  • Chronic diseases like typhoid fever, presence of dandruff or lice and hormonal imbalance.

Hair Treatment

    • Use natural shampoo or soap to clean the hair
    • Use amla (embilica officinalis), Shikakai (Acacia concinna) for washing the hair
    • Enhance oiling and massaging of scalp
    • Use coconut oil or mustard oil at least three times in a week
    • Use medicated oils like ‘Mahabhringraj oil’, ‘Amala oil’ and ‘Arnica oil’. Put oil on the scalp and massage gently in the roots of the hair
    • Maintain a regular bowel movement everyday
    • The diet should contain more green leafy vegetables, salads, milk, fruits and sprouts. Take more proteins, milk, buttermilk, yeast, wheat germ, soybean and vitamin A
    • Do regular physical exercise
    • A special Ayurvedic preparation made from Bhringraj (Eclipta elba), Amala, corals, iron and black sesame seeds is very useful and even stops the graying of hair
    • Rub the scalp vigorously after washing the hair. It increases the blood circulation, and activates the sebaceous glands
    • A mixture of lettuce and spinach juice is good to drink to induce hair growth. The juice of alfalfa mixed with that of carrot, and lettuce juice is also good to take
    • Daily application of coconut oil mixed with lime- juice on the hair is also beneficial. Applying juice of green coriander leaves on the head is also good
    • Washing the hair with a paste of cooked Urad dal (black beans) and fenugreek (methi) 2-3 times a week
  • A paste of licorice made by grinding it in milk can be applied in the bald patches. It induces hair growth. A paste of seeds of lemon and black pepper may also be applied on the bald patches.

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