Flipping through old sepia tinted photographs you must have wondered how your grandmother and mother maintained those long tresses. What is secret behind that long shiny mane? If you ask them their answer will be, “it is the power of Ayurveda.” Well this is the truth because there weren’t so many hair oils and shampoos in those days, so they relied completely on natural solutions to resolve their hair woes.
Genetics, hormonal changes, diet, stress, physical and mental health often influence hair growth. If you are lucky enough, you might get smooth straight hair, but maintaining it totally depends on you. People often say that there wasn’t much stress and vegetables were free of fertilizers so they had gorgeous hair. These are just lame excuses because you too can get long shiny hair by using your grandmother’s ‘secret’ hair growth formula.
Let’s unravel these zealously guarded secrets behind gorgeous hair you always admired. To begin with, healthy scalp promotes hair growth.
Here are 10 time-tested natural solutions that will get you close to your dream of getting long shiny hair-
Scoop out the white gel like sap from aloe vera leaf. Use your fingers to massage the gel in your hair. Aloe vera helps to maintain pH balance of your scalp, cure dandruff and arrests hair loss effectively.
Onion is rich in sulphur and aids in collagen production, this helps to promote faster hair growth. All you have to do is, chop red onions and squeeze out the juice. Apply onion juice to your scalp and keep it for 15 minutes. Rinse it out and use a mild shampoo. Try this remedy in the weekend because it takes time for the smell to disappear.
Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar not only helps to shed pounds it also promotes hair growth and maintains pH balance of the scalp. Blend 75ml of ACV to water and store it if you are short on time, you this solution after every hair wash. Alternatively, you can just blend 15ml of apple cider vinegar to a cup of lukewarm water for one time use. Rinse with apple cider vinegar solution after washing or shampooing your hair.
As we all know that hair is composed of a protein called keratin and it needs more proteins to grow. A diet devoid of protein can cause your hair maximum damage. You can rely on the humble egg to replenish the protein reserves of your body and hair. Egg is also a rich source of selenium, sulphur,zinc, iron, iodine and phosphorus.
Add olive oil and honey to the white of one egg. Mix well to form a smooth paste. Apply it evenly to your hair and leave it for 20 minutes. Rinse well and apply a mild shampoo. Tolerating the obnoxious smell is just a small sacrifice for the miracles that the egg mask is doing to your hair.
Fenugreek commonly known as methi is not only good for health, it also promotes hair growth and aids in preserving the natural colour of hair.
Prepare a hair mask by blending fenugreek seed paste with coconut milk (maintain the 1:2 ratio). Apply it to your hair and scalp. Leave it for half an hour. Wash it off with a mild shampoo.
Green tea is packed with antioxidants and works wonders in promoting faster hair growth. Apply warm green tea on your hair and scalp. Leave it for an hour and rinse it off with cold water.
Indian Gooseberry or Amla:
Both beauty and health experts will vouch for the beneficial properties of amla. No wonder, most ayurvedic hair products contain amla.
Mix dried amla powder with lemon juice. Apply it to your hair and let it rest for a while. Rinse it off well so that no residue remains. This magic formula will strengthen your hair from the roots.
This flower is a one stop solution for your hair problems. All you have to do is mix a paste of hibiscus flower with coconut oil. Apply it on your hair evenly and wash it off with cold water.
A juice from a small potato is enough for one time use. Apply and leave it for 15 minutes for it to settle. Rinse well with a mild shampoo. The vitamins A, B and C promote hair growth.
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Peppercorn helps to keep your scalp and hair well hydrated. Just blend two teaspoons of peppercorns with a cup of lemon juice. Apply the smooth paste on your hair roots and leave it for a while so that it penetrates well. The essential oils in peppercorns and vitamin C from the lemon juice will make your hair both strong and long.
Henna and shikakai act as natural hair conditioners. However, if you have dry hair skip these two remedies and opt for hot oil massage (break a vitamin E capsule into the oil you are using) and turban therapy, applying hair mask made of cayenne pepper (the capsaicin in cayenne pepper improves blood circulation which allow hair to grow really fast) or plain yogurt mask.
The list of remedies goes on and on. It might make you think how you will adjust these natural therapies in your busy schedule. Just choose the remedy that is fairly simple like oil massage and turban therapy and keep following it every week. You can apply a mask before hair wash. That’s it; these simple ingredients found in your kitchen can give you long hair. They are inexpensive and free of chemicals, so no fear of side effects.
Finally, follow simple tips like these to promote faster hair growth-
- Exercise daily since it improves blood circulation and allows fresh oxygen to reach your scalp. This oxygen is the best food for your hair roots. It is also an antidote against premature hair greying.
- Foods rich in proteins and vitamins aids in hair growth. Cysteine a type of protein found in some foods can also help to double up your hair growth rate.
- Go for regular hair wash to maintain a clean scalp.
- Regular trims can also help in hair growth.
- Flipping your hair for 5 minutes each day can improve blood circulation. This in turn helps in hair growth.
- Never comb your hair when it is wet.
- Meditation and deep breathing can help you to counter the unavoidable stress you face daily.
- Stop over styling your hair as the heat and product residues cause maximum hair damage. You may be using high end hair products to style your hair, but if you use them daily it is bound to cause damage. Heat treatments can only add to your hair woes.
- Always blend essential oils like Rosemary, Peppermint and sage to carrier oil before application.
- If you are using herbal supplements like gingko biloba, consult your physician before use.
The dream of long and healthy hair is attainable if you follow these easy remedies and tips. It is not a herculean task as it seems, you must be following these already. These tips are an assurance for those who already follow a healthy lifestyle. Give these natural remedies a shot to get soft, strong and long hair.
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