How to maintain healthy hair?

 

Hair is one of the important aspects of our life. Hair fall, bald patches, thinning hair, dandruff etc make us conscious which in turn builds inferiority complex. This may lower our self-confidence, make us feel insecure about social appearance and many other untold problems.

Sulfate-free shampoo and conditioners can prevent hair damage. However, trying new hair products can be tricky because once you start losing hair then it is difficult to bring them back. Hence it is very important to take care of your hair from the beginning. Even if you don’t have any hair problems, you should make sure that hair is getting all nutrients.

Following a regular hair care routine is always recommended. Regular hair massage, shampooing, using hair masks are a few of the main steps to be included in this routine. Along with this, you should be aware of must-know hair care tips in order to have healthy hair.

Let us look at those hair masks which can be easily prepared at home. One thing to highlight is, these come with no side effects!

 

1) Aloe Vera and Castor Oil

 

We all know the benefits of Aloe Vera when it comes to skin and hair care. Natural enzymes in Aloe Vera repairs dead skin cells of the scalp, removes dandruff, cures itchy scalp and thus improves overall scalp health. Along with this, Aloe vera also acts like a natural conditioner leaving hair smooth and shiny.

On the other hand, Castor oil has proven hair care benefits from many years. Castor oil promotes hair growth by enhancing the health of hair follicles.

When Aloe Vera & Castor Oil are combined together it is definitely one of the best hair masks. You can use Aloe Vera gel as well but for more accurate results use the Aloe Vera directly from the plant.

How To Use?

Cut the Aloe Vera and take out the gel using a spoon or knife into a bowl. Add a few drops of Castor oil into this bowl and mix everything. Apply this mixture into the scalp and then to the entire hair. Use a comb to spread the mixture evenly throughout the length of the hair. Leave for 30 minutes and then wash with your regular shampoo.

 

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2)  Fenugreek Seeds and Yogurt

 

Most of us are not aware of the hair care benefits of Fenugreek seeds. Fenugreek strengthens hair from roots and also nourishes hair by its conditioning properties. You can find these in any Indian store or on Amazon website.

Yogurt is another easily available natural ingredient which is good for hair growth. Yogurt fights hair damage such as thinning, split ends, dull hair etc. Yoghurt provides proteins and vitamins which are required for healthy hair growth.

Combination of Fenugreek seeds and Yogurt acts as a perfect hair maks by repairing the damaged hair, providing nourishment and moisturizing hair.

How to Use?

Soak 2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds overnight. Next morning grind these soaked seeds by adding little water into a fine paste. Add 2 tablespoons of thick curd and combine well. You can add lemon juice for the extra benefits. Apply this mixture gently on scalp and hair. Leave for 1 hour or until the mixture completely dries out. Rinse off using your regular shampoo. Fenugreek seeds leave residues if not washed properly.

 

Add few fenugreek seeds into your regular oil and heat before applying into hair and scalp. Regular use of this method improves overall hair health.

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3) Egg and Henna Powder

 

Egg white and yolk have their own ways of nourishing hair. Applying just egg makes your hair silky and shiny. However, the smell of the egg is difficult to remove from hair that’s why it is best to combine it with other ingredients.

Henna is a plant known for its color and hair care. When you grind the leaves of Henna plant and apply it on the skin it leaves Orange color hence can be used to decorate hands and legs. This paste can also be used to dye hair temporarily. Henna helps with hair growth by treating from roots and hydrates hair for a longer time.

Henna has a strong soothing smell hence it empowers the bad egg smell when applied on hair. After applying this combo hair smells great and restores its shine.

 

How to Use?

Take a bowl full of Henna(Use 100% natural Henna Powder). Add Egg White and Yolk to this and mix well. Combine the whole mixture by adding little water until you get the medium-thin paste. The mixture should not be thick or too thin. Use gloves while applying this hair mask to prevent coloring of your hand. Also, make sure to cover your ears and forehead. Use a brush and apply evenly on scalp and hair. Make sure to cover every inch of the scalp and entire length of hair. Wear a shower cap and leave for 2-3 hours. Your head may feel heavy because of the Henna powder. First, rinse off the henna completely from hair and then use shampoo. If it didn’t wash away completely during the first wash you can take another hair wash.

 

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4) Onion and Argan Oil

 

Recently we have been hearing a lot about hair care benefits of Onion. Sulfur helps in collagen production which in turn promotes hair growth. Since Onion is rich in sulfur, people are vouching about Onion for hair growth.

Argan oil comes from the kernels of the Argan plant. It is rich in Vitamin E which is one of the essential for healthy hair growth. Argan oil also has antioxidants, fatty acids which help in recovering dull, lifeless hair.

While onion promotes hair growth by preventing hair fall, Argan oil provides nourishment making the hair look beautiful. This hair mask can be used by people who are suffering from hair loss and dull hair.

How to Use?

Onion has a grumpy smell which brings tears in eyes. Hence there are many ways to use onion in a hair mask. If you don’t like the strong smell of onion, cut into small pieces and boil them in water. After it reaches boiling point and onion starts losing its color turn of the stove. Let it cool down and use this water for the mask. For best use, grate onion, add Argan oil and mix well. Apply this mixture to scalp and hair roots. Leave for 30 minutes and then wash with regular shampoo.

 

In any type of hair mask, wrapping hot towel before a few minutes of washing hair helps to absorb the ingredients. This method also improves hair texture.

 

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5) Mustard, Olive oil and Lemon Juice

 

Mustard helps with blood circulation in the scalp thus promotes new hair growth. Blood circulation helps to strengthen hair from roots and prevents hair damage in the long run.

Olive oil takes care of dandruff and other scalp related problems. It also adds hydration to hair hence good for people with dry hair. Lemon is full of vitamin C which promotes collagen production.

Combination of Mustard, Olive oil and Lemon juice works as a complete package to hair growth. This hair mask takes care of hair from scalp to ends by making sure hair gets required care.

How to Use?

Take 2-3 tablespoon of mustard powder, 1 tablespoon of olive oil & squeeze half lemon into this mixture. Mix well, apply concentrating on scalp and hair ends, and leave for 40 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water.

 

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6) Hibiscus Powder and Tea Tree Oil

 

Hibiscus plant has many hair care properties which many are not aware of. This herb is rich in vitamin C, flowers help with scalp blood circulation, and promotes regrowth of hair. You can use both leaves and flowers directly for this hair mask. However, finding hibiscus plant is difficult hence we can get readymade hibiscus powder online.

Tea tree oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties, it is used in a wide range of skin and hair care products. Tea tree oil helps to clean hair thoroughly and keeps it healthily. Hence Body shop has created many products with tea tree oil as the main ingredient.

Hibiscus powder can be mixed with Tea tree oil to make the DIY hair mask. While the hibiscus takes care of hair growth and prevents damage, Tea tree oil helps with moisturization and softness of hair.

How to Use?

Mix four tablespoons of Hibiscus Powder with two tablespoons of Tea tree oil. Wash your hair with no conditioner on the previous night. Apply this hair mask next day on dry hair, leave it for 1 hour and then wash with shampoo & conditioner.

 

Adding Henna to this mask makes your hair red and hence you can color your hair easily at home.

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7) Honey, ACV and Coconut Cream

 

Honey maintains the moisturization of hair by locking the hydration and boosts volume. It gives life to dull and damaged hair.

The scalp is the main thing which needs to be taken care of when it comes to hair health. ACV helps to keep the scalp clean, dandruff free, promotes blood circulation and thus sets the foundation for strong and thick hair.

Thus combining honey and AVC to coconut cream can be the most effective hair mask. These ingredients control the hair fall and help to regrow hair along with maintaining healthy hair texture.

How to Use?

Mix two tablespoons of honey and coconut cream and then add little ACV. You can test the amount of ACV on your scalp and increase the amount accordingly. Apply the mixture and leave at least for an hour. Finally, rinse off with regular shampoo and conditioner.

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