Tips for healthy hair all year round

    If your goal this season is having healthy and shiny hair naturally, here are some tips that will help you achieve your goal fast.

    There is nothing like Phyto power or plant power to naturally heal, nourish and maintain any part of our bodies. Plants are the primary source of food and energy on earth, after sun and water. All of these as parts of nature provide everything that life need to sustain.

    Plants especially beneficial for Hair.

    Amla for Vitamin and Mineral content.

    Amla aka Indian Gooseberry

    Our hair, like our skin loves an acidic PH. Naturally Amla tops the chart, it stands testimony to age old remedies from Ayurveda. There is no traditional Indian hair oil, which misses Amla as its basic ingredient. Amla is a superfood, packed full of vitamin c, and calcium essential for hair health. Amla is also said to reduce hair fall and prevent premature greying too.

    Rosemary for Stimulation


    Rosemary is a powerful hair growth stimulant. It is known to enhance blood circulation and stimulate the scalp. Regular use of rosemary in organic hair care products has been reported to prevent baldness, slow greying of hair, treat dandruff and dry scalp issues. Besides Rosemary is also known for enhancing memory, so it is beneficial when used in hair or scalp products to stimulate the brain.

    Hibiscus for Hair Growth


    Traditionally used over centuries in Indian folk medicine, Japa or Gudhal  (Red Hibiscus) flowers have been found to be excellent hair growth promoter. Besides hibiscus flowers and leaves are found to have natural saponins and also give hair a fair amount of luster when used on hair rinses.

    Lemongrass for Dandruff


    Lemongrass, apart from its delectable taste and aroma has also been found to be effective against opportunistic yeast called Malassezia furfur associated with dandruff. Try lemongrass infusions or essential oil this season to give your scalp anti dandruff treatment this season.

    Fenugreek for Luster


    A paste of soaked fenugreek seeds is widely used for its action on hair fall and hair growth but little do we know the little mucilaginous seeds provide beautiful luster and shine to the hair. Fenugreek seeds can be incorporated in hair oil as well as hair rinse formulas to bring about shine, moisture and volume to the hair.

    Herbal Teas or Infusions for Color Tint

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    If you want to add a little bit of color to your hair but keep away from harmful chemicals, you can use a variety of herbal infusions or decoctions to give your hair a natural tint. Here are some plants that help you get color naturally.

    • Alkanet and Roselle for deep burgundy tint.
    • Hibiscus and amla for a reddish shade.
    • Chamomile for blondish streaks (Note this will not work on darker hair).
    • Indigo, Amla and Pomegranate peels for black tint.
    • Henna, amla, sage, pomegranate peels for brownish tint.

    Not only these herbs are great as tints, they work well as conditioning agents also incorporated in hair rinses.

    Never underestimate the benefits of oil massage for hair health. Oiling the hair and scalp at least once a week (twice is even better), improves blood circulation and gives your scalp stimulation to promote hair growth. Since oil is an acidic medium, something your hair loves; it gives hair deep conditioning while also preventing hair from premature aging, dryness, and loss of luster.

    Like your skin, harmful ultraviolet radiations from the sun also affect your hair. Wear a hat of a scarf to prevent damage from UV rays when stepping out in the sun.

    One of the major causes of greying of hair is exposure to heat and dryness. Avoid heat treatments, synthetic sprays, shampoos and serums to prevent your hair from losing natural sebum to prevent premature greying.

    Add lots of natural nourishment to your diet. Healthy fats in nuts and seeds like almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds are beneficial for skin as well as hair. Ensure to soak all nuts and seeds before eating, as the nutrients in dry nuts and seeds are not easily absorbed in the body.

    Consumption if coconut in any form is excellent for hair health. Coconut oil is not only beneficial in external application; it also helps hair growth when consumed internally. A hair mask made with coconut milk is a superb conditioner for hair. Similarly Amla consumed internally also promotes longevity to all parts of the body including hair. It is one of the oldest known tonic herbs known to mankind that works on over all health and immunity of the body.

    So this season, make use of pure plant power and natural and organic ways to add everlasting beauty, shine and glory to your crown, I am sure you will not be disappointed.

    Arti Gaur
    Arti Gaur
    Arti Gaur is founder and chief formulator of organic skincare and hair care products at Quinta Essentia Organic.

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