By Pratima Rao, Natural hair mask for all types of hair
Each hair type will have different characteristics and require different kinds of treatments. Here are a few hair masks to suit your type. Making your own hair mask will have the benefit of it NOT containing any harmful chemicals while giving your hair the direct benefit of the ingredients used.
Lack of regular oiling of hair, lack of proper shampooing and conditioning can lead to dry and brittle hair. Also excessive blow drying, straightening colouring can damage your hair. Brittle hair can lead to hair loss, frizzy hair etc. As far as possible avoid blow drying and dry hair naturally. Hot iron treatment to hair on a regular basis can lead to excessive hair loss.
Regular natural treatments can bring back the lustre in your hair.
Twice a week rub olive or castor or almond oil onto scalp at bedtime and shampoo next morning. Condition hair & wash off after 5 mins. Do a final rinse with cold water to add shine to hair.
The oils provide your hair with the required nourishment & moisture while promoting hair growth.
2. Mustard or amla oil – : Dry hair will also benefit from application of mustard or amla oil. Leave it on for one hour prior to shampooing.
Mustard oil prevents hair loss. Amla oil has been used in India since a very long time. It is used fir its cooling effect when applied on hair and also induces sound sleep. So you can even apply it at bed time and shampoo next morn. It also promotes hair growth, split ends and prevents premature greying of hair.
You saw the benefits of banana for skin in earlier posts
and now see how it benefits your hair too. Dyed or permed hair may look unmanageable and lack luster. For this, mash 2 ripe bananas with 1 or 2 eggs. Apply from scalp to tip and leave on for 15-20 mins before you wash off with mild organic shampoo.
The protein in eggs will condition and strengthen hair and acts as a natural cleanser. The moisturizing quality in bananas will make hair strong and silky and gives a shine to hair. You could also add 2-3 drops honey or almond oil to bananas instead of eggs. Honey conditions hair and reduces the frizziness.
Natural cleanser for hair
You could try adding few drops honey to water and use as your final rinse. Other natural rinses like plain curd or flat beer will bring back the bounce to your hair.
Normal hair is not too dry and not too oily either. This type of hair usually can be styled easily and looks good most of the days.
Honey conditioner :
Mix together honey with pure olive oil. Using a small amount at a time, apply this mixture through hair until well coated. Cover with a shower cap to get the benefit of a deep conditioning treatment and leave for 30 mins. Remove shower cap, shampoo well, rinse and dry as normal.
To this mask you could add a mashed banana and contents of 1 vitamin E capsule. This will make hair soft and silky.
Oily hair may often look limp. Excess sebum on the scalp is the common cause for oily hair. Eating too much greasy food or not thoroughly shampooing hair can worsen the problem. Oily hair can lead to dandruff or hair fall.
Many apply shampoo only to hair and do not pay much attention to the scalp. Massage scalp with fingertips to remove sebum. Do not pile hair on top. Incase of excess oily hair, two applications of shampoo may be required. When foam appears on the application of shampoo onto scalp, it means the excess oil has been washed off. Incase you want to condition your hair, never apply a rich creamy one as this will only worsen the oiliness in your scalp.
1. Henna-papaya treatment : Mix about half a cup powder of henna leaves, half a cup of ripe papaya pulp and a tsp of lemon juice. Apply on hair and leave for 20 mins and wash of thoroughly.
Henna makes the hair stronger and thicker. It is natural remedy against hair loss and dandruff. Nutrients in papaya stimulates hair growth, strengthens hair & makes hair soft while controlling dandruff.
2. Lemon rinse : Squeeze a little lime juice to water & use as a final rinse. This adds bounce to limp hair.
Soak some methi (fenugreek) seeds overnight with enough water to cover them and grind them next morning. Massage this pack on scalpa hair and leave on for 15-20 mins. Wash off with mild shampoo. Good against hair problems like dandruff, hair fall, thinning of hair etc.