Unless you’re as bald as an eagle, your hair is a crucial part of how you present yourself and a lot of us are very particular about the way it looks. Unfortunately, a lot of us are also afflicted with a lot of hair damage that can really be a downer. While pricey hair products can be effective in improving the health of hair, there are a number of home remedies you can try out for when you’re on a budget or want to go the organic route.
Egg yolk treatment
A favourite of many households, the egg yolk treatment is a great remedy for hair – whether you want to condition it, or improve the general wellness of your locks. The method is pretty simple – the yolk of three eggs mixed with a tablespoon of olive oil is massaged on your scalp and left on for 10 to 20 minutes. A few drops of Vitamin E can also be added to the mixture. A thorough shampoo and rinse and you’re good to go!
Tried and tested, this method is as old as time itself, and a lot more effective than most home remedies out there. There is a myriad of oils that have great benefits when it comes to hair health, but olive, coconut, and castor oil are a few popular choices. Lightly warmed oil is massaged into the scalp and left on for about 30 minutes to an hour, or if you prefer, left on overnight. After shampooing, there is a noticeable difference in the texture of your hair. Oil massages can be done once or twice a week for maximum effectiveness.
Amla powder and lime juice
A mixture of amla powder and lime juice is very effective in improving hair strength and volume. Combining 1 tablespoon of amla powder with 1 lemon’s juice, the mixture is shaken thoroughly until the powder has dissolved and applied onto the hair roots for 20 minutes before rinsing it off with shampoo.
Fenugreek seeds (methi) are another magical remedy for dandruff and bolster general hair wellness. Two tablespoons of the seeds are soaked overnight, ground into a paste the next day and applied all over the scalp. For best results, leave on for 30 minutes before washing it off.
There is a whole world of hair masks out there, for your choosing, and if the ones with the fancy packaging and hefty price tag aren’t your cup of tea, you could always pick up things at home to experiment with. Fenugreek and yogurt is one such hair mask, with the fenugreek seeds ground and mixed in with the yogurt before application. Honey and banana is a sticky but useful mask, and hibiscus leaves paste with water gives your hair a dandruff free existence. You can also apply plain yogurt for immediate softness or henna if your hair is suited to it.
Good diet and exercise
No matter what you put on it, the health of your hair is primarily dependent on what kind of nutrition you put in yourself. An essential part of haircare will be ensuring your diet is balanced and that you get plenty of exercise. Fruits and dark leafy green vegetables are the way to go, and make sure to get a decent amount of protein as well – be it in the form of fish, nuts or cereal.
Plenty of water intake to keep hydrated and daily exercise to improve blood circulation will improve the condition of your hair and even promote hair growth.