Hair problems like dry hair, hair frizziness, coarseness, brittle hair, dandruff, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and other scalp conditions, hair breakage and hair fall are very common and are faced by many people.
While we often look out for commercial products to treat these hair problems, we often don’t realize how many amazing hair care options are naturally available.
Here are six of the best herbal remedies that can help treat and prevent most of your hair problems:
Fenugreek hair mask
Uses: To moisturize the hair and for hair growth
2 tbsp fenugreek seeds
1 cup hot water
2 tsp coconut oil
Method: Into a cup of hot water, add in 2 tbsp of fenugreek seeds and let it soak overnight for the seeds soften.
Once the seeds have softened, strain the fenugreek seeds and pour it into a mixer grinder and grind it into a fine paste. Pour into a bowl, add it the coconut oil and it is then ready to use.
To use: Dampen the scalp and hair and only then apply this hair mask. Leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing off.
Fenugreek seeds and coconut oil act as natural emollients that can help moisturize the hair. Fenugreek seeds also contain plant compounds like flavonoids and saponins that can help induce hair growth.
Soapnuts or reetha hair wash powder
Uses: To increase hair thickness, to fight dandruff
Soapnuts or shikakai can help nourish brittle hair, fight dandruff and improve hair thickness. Fenugreek seeds have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce dandruff, scalp irritation and scalp infections. Rice water can help strengthen the hair and promote hair growth.
2 tbsp soapnuts or shikakai powder
1 tbsp fenugreek powder
¼ cup rice water
Method: Mix all the ingredients into a smooth paste and let it sit for around half an hour to one hour before using it. After half an hour, you will notice that the mixture has thickened, add in some water and make it a runny consistency.
To use: Partition your hair and apply this evenly all over your scalp and hair. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes before washing off with plain water. Lastly, condition your hair with your regular conditioner.
Aloe vera hair scrub
Used for: Dry hair, dandruff and add volume
¼ cup fresh aloe vera gel
1 tbsp fine sugar
2 to 4 drops rosemary essential oil
Method: Into a bowl add all the ingredients and mix it well to make a scalp scrub.
To use: While in shower, dampen your hair and apply a small amount on your scalp. Exfoliate the scalp very gently for 1 min in small circular motion and rinse off.
Aloe vera has moisturizing properties that can soothe and condition the hair. Sugar helps to exfoliate the dead skin cells and dandruff. Rosemary essential oil can help stimulate the hair follicles from within and prevent hair thinning and baldness.
- Amla hair Juice
- Shea butter hair cream
Used for: Improving hair shine and lustre, can smoothen the hair, reduces hair dryness
Shea butter can also help improve hair quality by improving hair texture and hair shine and can reduce hair dryness. Aloe vera can also help increase hair shine and give your hair a natural glow.
1 tbsp shea butter
2 tbsp aloe vera gel
Method: Mix the shea butter and aloe vera gel until well combined.
To use: Take a pea-sized amount of the shea butter and aloe vera hair butter mixture on your palm. Rub your palms together and apply this all over your hair with down ward strokes, just to improve hair shine and lustre.
- Curry leaves hair tonic
Used for: Hair growth, hair strengthening and reduction of hair fall
Onions contain sulphur that can support hair growth and increase hair thickness. It can also prevent hair loss. Curry leaves are rich in antioxidants and proteins and can help keep free radicals at bay and improve hair growth and hair strength.
¼ cup chopped onion pieces
¼ cup curry leaves
1 cup water
Method: Add in the onion pieces and curry leaves into the water and let it come to a boil and then reduce the flame and let it simmer for 5 to 8 minutes. Then turn off the flame, let it cool down completely and then strain and pour into a spray bottle.
To use: Spray it onto your hair and scalp, massage it in and leave it on for 1 hour, before rinsing off.