Home remedies for hair care

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To a great extent hair can change the look of a person and it is significant part of our body. As we know that there are different types of hair like dry hair, oily hair, silky hair, normal balanced hair etc. Each hair type needs different care. I have collected lot of suggestions and tips on quick hair care  at home and thought of sharing using my blog. Hoping that it would help everyone who wants to take care of their hair using natural ways.

General hair care tips:

  • Wash hair with a mild shampoo and use a conditioner to keep it manageable.
  • You can use natural hair care products like henna, shikakai, lemon, coconut oil etc. as conditioner
  • Avoid brush or comb in wet hair as it causes hair stretch and hair break.
  • If you have an oily hair, then apply multaani mitti pack twice in a month
  • Avoid dye, use natural henna for coloring and conditioning (wash henna when wet. If henna gets too dry it might damage hair or cause hair split). For conditioning, apply henna for 1 hr. and for coloring apply It for 4-5 hr cover your head with shower cap as it keeps henna moist.
  • Cover your head with scarf wheneveryou go out  to protect your hair from direct sun rays as well as from dust
  • Trim your hair once after 3-4 month  to avoid split ends
  • Never wash your hair with very hot or very cold water.
  • Avoid using of hair dryer, Hair rods ,Pressing etc
  • Take nutritious rich food with calcium, protein, iron
  • Brush your hair regularly

 

Let us look at some basic hair problems and their solution.

Dandruff: – Usually Dandruff  appears on the scalp in the form of small white flakes . Dandruff may appear due to internal or external causes. Some of the internal causes of dandruff are hormonal imbalance, improper nutrition, poor health, allergic hypersensitive, lack of rest, emotional stress and poor hygiene. Some of the external factors responsible for the dandruff are excessive use of gels and hair sprays, dry indoor heating,  infrequent shampooing, anxiety, cold weather, excessive use of hot hair curlers etc. Dandruff is never caused due to dryness of skin.

Type of dandruff

1.Dry dandruff

2. Oily or waxy based dandruff

Remedy for dry dandruff:-

 

  • Oiling:- Apply oil(Luke warm) on your scalp (coconut oil, olive oil) and give a gentle massage , then wrap it with warm towel  for  30-40 min to help the oil soak before shampoo.
  • Drink at least eight glasses of water per day and eating a healthy diet will help encourage a healthier scalp
  • Use herbal shampoo (or avala sikhakayi ) for hair wash
  • Add vinegar to your routine life

Remedy for oily or waxy dandruff:-

  • Best remedy for waxy dandruff is to Soak Methi seeds overnight, next morning make a fine paste of it , mix neem leaves juice and apply on the scalp
  • Take approx half cup of olive oil add small amount of camphor, warm it lightly and apply to the entire scalp and give gentle massage
  • Avoid oily and fatty food
  • Apply essential oils on scalp like rosemary, lemon and cedar

 

Baldness:- Hair loss or baldness is usually associated with advance aging. However it can happen in early age as well. Baldness occurs when hair growth stops taking place on the scalp and the main symptoms of baldness are hair fall and thinning of the hair. It is caused due to poor diet, pollution, excessive use of chemical-based hair products, stress, depression, intake of certain drugs, and chemotherapy could also cause balding.

Home remedies :-

  • Apply a mixture of onion juice and honey on bald area
  • Gently massaging hair roots with coconut milk or application of essential oil like rosemary, jojoba  or lavender is very beneficial
  • Avoid sharing of combs, brushes or hats with others which could possibly prevent  fungal infection from others
  • Apply natural hair pack like honey and egg yolk  mixture and leave it for 40-50 min. Wash your hair with normal water after that.

 

Gray hair:- Natural hair color depends on the presence of pigment granules in the cortex of the hair. With age there is a gradual dilution of pigment in the hair, that causes color change from normal to white hair .

Home remedies:-

  • Henna  is best for coloring as well as for conditioning your hair. Make a paste of henna, methi seeds, yogurt, coffee, basil juice and apply it for 5-6 hr. then wash it properly
  • Yoga helps in de-stressing your body and helps controlling gray hair
  •   Ghee (made from Cow milk) massaged into hair roots helps to prevent additional graying of hair

Split hair: –  Hair splitting can occur at any length of hair but mostly occurs at the end. Split end is more commonly seen in long hair as compared to short hair.

Home remedies:-

  • Trim your hair at regular interval for example every 4 month
  • Avoid using of Rods, Blow dryer  and pressing
  • Use good conditioner and apply it on full length of hair
  • Always use   Non-metal, wide –toothed and widely spaced bristles comb or brush to prevent getting trapped at the base of the brush.
  • Never rub harshly your wet hair, this can cause harm to the cuticle.

 

Dry Hair:- The main reason for dry hair is the over use of heated appliances,  coloring, bleaching, incorrect use of Hair products and change of environment.

Home remedies:-

  • Trim your hair at small intervals to get rid of spit ends.
  •  Avoid blow drying, hair rods, Pressing
  •  Do Oil massage regularly (coconut oil, olive oil, Almond oil)
  • Avoid rollers and tight elastic bands  they may cause hair breakage.
  •  Egg is protein based conditioner and an effective home remedy for dry and damaged hair.
  • Coconut oil and lemon is another effective home remedy for dry and damaged dry hair. Mix coconut oil with one lemon extract and rinse your hair.
  • Drink plenty of water and eat lots of raw fruits, salads and vegetables for healthy and smooth hair

 

Dull Hair:- Harsh chemicals and environment assaults cause  rough & damaged hair and spoil the reflective surface.

Home remedies:

  • Take balanced diet including protein, vitamin C and Iron
  • Clean your hair very well
  • Take a cup of fresh strawberry pulp, add 1 egg and 1 tea spoon olive oil along with almond oil, mix it properly and apply on your scalp along the full hair length. Leave it for 1 hr. and then shampoo it properly

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      • Apply a mixture of onion juice and honey on bald area
      • Gently Massaging the hair roots with coconut milk or application of essential oil like rosemary, jojoba or lavender is very beneficial
      • You can avoid hair loss from fungal infection by not sharing combs, brushes, or hats with others.
      • Apply natural hair pack made with honey and egg yolk and leave it for 40-50 min

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