Long, voluptuous hair is a trademark symbol of almost every Indian woman, their hair looks simply amazing. Before the invention of shampoos, women used to wash their hair with powdered herbs, but nowadays we all use shampoos full of sodium and lauryl sulfates which cause our hair to become dry and thin, losing its vibe. Instead of using the well-known brands, you could try some Ayurvedic shampoos because they contain stimulating herbs and have a beneficial effect on your hair, stimulating growth and renewal. You could try coconut or jojoba oil, apply it on your hair and leave it in for a few hours to keep the moisture in and revitalize the dry strands.
Improving your diet can do wonders as well. Avocados are excellent for hair health; you can try incorporating coconut meat, aloe juice, nettle tea, fresh juices, buttermilk, yogurt, and nuts. Nuts contain zinc, fatty acids and sulfur which stimulate hair growth. Here are some neat trick I like to do before washing my hair and they’ve helped a lot:
- Brushing the hair thoroughly
- Rubbing warmed oil (coconut or sesame) on the scalp
- Applying oil to the crown and massaging the scalp
- Apply some oil on your fingertips and rub your head with it, working your way down the strands.
I also love using DIY hair masks, they’re 100% natural, easy to make and really help my hair grows faster and stronger. Here are two of my favorites and I strongly recommend you try them out.
For thin hair:
- 1 banana
- 1 tbsp. honey
Mash the banana and add the honey. Mix well until they’re combined and apply the mixture on your entire hair length. Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave it on for 15min. Rinse and wash your hair as you normally do.
For weak strands:
- 1 tbsp. fenugreek seeds (soaked overnight)
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 tsp. amla powder
- ½ tsp. bhringraj powder
- hibiscus flowers (soaked overnight)
- warm water
- warm coconut oil
Soak the fenugreek seeds and hibiscus flowers overnight and soak the dried powders in the morning. Mix the powders and start adding the warm water gradually, until you get a paste. In a food processor, grind the soaked seeds and leaves into a fine paste. Mix the dried powder paste with the seed paste. In the end add the warm coconut and mix it in.