Health starts from the inside and shows up on the outside. Sometimes, though, we can help things along on the outside while we wait for the healthy side affects to reveal themselves. Check out today`s article by Miranda for natural recipes to improve the health of your hair!
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." Hippocrates
Hippocrates had the wisdom to say that close to 2400 years ago. Although, one might argue that those were simpler times with lesser distractions, regardless, what he said still holds true.
While I may not be a “tree hugger," I certainly believe that we can find everything we need to nourish our bodies and minds from nature. For centuries, people have used plants (the fruit or the bark or the leaf or all 3) as well as nature’s bounty to extract and concoct various natural recipes to treat and beautify the body.
Somewhere down the line, especially in the West, we thought we could do better and began creating synthetic and chemical products for our bodies. The results have led to not only hair loss, scalp and skin infections, but several other more severe and irreversible effects, including many cancers.
My goal here is not to rubbish pharmaceutical and chemical products, rather only to create awareness about the benefits of using various natural elements and substances on our hair and our bodies. And the best part – all the recipes I’m sharing with you can be prepared using the most common food items available in your local market and are most probably already a part of your diet!
So you just have to reach into your kitchen and follow these simple instructions to get started…
1. Onion Water
I’m positive this recipe is new to you and I’m equally sure that you’re repulsed at the simple thought of putting onion water in your hair. Don’t worry, if it’s the stench you`re dreading, a simple wash will get it right out of hair.
This recipe is considered by many naturalists to be the most effective for quick hair growth as well as for strengthening the roots of your hair. All you require for this recipe are a few slices of onions. Take out the onion juice by squeezing the onion slices and collect it in a bowl. Apply the juice to your scalp and rinse after 15-20 minutes (you could use a cotton swab for application).
What’s the catch? Onions contain a lot of sulphur and it just so happens that sulphur is hugely effective at increasing the amount of collagen in hair tissue. The increased collagen helps hair growth as well as strengthens the roots of the hair.
2. Olive Oil and Eggs
Okay, so the onions may have grossed you out but maybe this next recipe will make things a little more pleasant. Both olive oil and eggs work extremely well independently as well as together on hair.
Recipe: Collect a single egg white in a bowl and mix it with a tablespoon of olive oil. Mix the contents into a relatively thick paste. You can even add a bit of honey to improve the consistency of the paste. Once it’s ready, apply to your hair and scalp and let it rest for approx 20-25 mins. Then rinse with water and some shampoo.
The catch – Eggs like onions contain sulphur as well as essential proteins and other remarkable elements like zinc, selenium, phosphorus and iodine that are immensely beneficial for healthy hair growth. Olive oil works extremely well for adding moisture into dry hair and helps replenish the roots of the hair.
A super mixture for rich and healthy hair growth!
3. Cornstarch as Dry Shampoo
This ingredient is amazing for treating oily and greasy hair. Not only is it natural, but it’s also easily available and won’t eat into your budget like expensive creams and other chemical products.
All you need to do is take a single teaspoon of cornstarch and sprinkle it into your hair. It helps to use an empty salt or pepper shaker so you can spread out the cornstarch evenly onto your scalp and hair. After emptying the entire teaspoon, use a paddle brush to clean the starch out of your hair.
The catch – Cornstarch absorbs the oil and grease leaving your hair oil free and healthy.
4. Aloe Vera
You’ve probably heard of the healing properties of this amazing ingredient. The chances are that everything you’ve heard is spot on.
The catch – Aloe vera contains enzymes that directly promotes healthy hair growth. And, since it’s an alkali it works effectively to bring the scalp pH to a more wholesome level.
Aloe vera can be applied daily or several times a week without hassle. You can either use a gel or juice to apply to the scalp. Usually, it is most effective when left undisturbed on the scalp and in the hair for a few hours. Afterwards, a simple wash with lukewarm water will leave your hair feeling rich and looking great as well.
5. Indian Gooseberry
Indian Gooseberry or Amla (native name) has several healing properties. In fact, as most of my Indian friends and colleagues tell me, there isn’t a single Indian home that doesn’t use amla as a remedy for various health problems.
The catch – Besides containing various antioxidants, it also contains vitamin C. While the vitamin C is great for preventing hair loss, Amla also contains antibacterial, anti-inflammatory as well as exfoliating properties that are beneficial for maintaining a healthy scalp.
To prepare this mixture, you can use amla juice and lime juice. Simply mix the two together and rub the mixture into your hair. It is best to leave the mix on the hair overnight and then wash it in the am.
I’m positive these recipes will serve you well and help keep your hair and scalp healthy and vibrant. Keep looking for more natural ingredients to treat your hair and skin and don’t forget to spread the word!
About the Author
Hi guys. My name is Miranda, and I am a professional hairstylist based in New York. I have been in the fashion industry for the past 10 years and have been graced to work with the some of the top ranking professionals in the field. For the latest information on hair straightening (flatironpro.com), styling tips and more, check out my Top flat iron reviews.
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