A common reason for hair problems is a deficiency of Vitamin C. However, one need not despair. It is found abundantly in Amla (Indian Gooseberry). Amla is a panacea for almost all your hair problems.
Best Amla Powder can help in different kinds of hair related issues.
Cures hair loss
Regains hair strength and lustre
Stops premature greying
Acts as hair conditioner
Enhances natural color when used with henna
A common use procedure:
> Make a smooth paste by mixing roughly 2 teaspoons of amla powder with warm water.
> Then add equal quantity of yoghurt i.e. 2 teaspoons and also 1 teaspoon of honey to the mixture. Beat the mixture well and apply on your hair.
> Let it sit for 20-25 minutes before you wash it off with water.
It can also be combined with soapnut (Reetha) and acacia concinna (Shikakai), for a very good home made shampoo free of any sulphates and parabens.
Amla powder can also be combined with Henna (can be soaked with henna overnight) to tone down the reddish orange shade of henna. It helps prevent fading of indigo. Also, it prevents loosening of curls and waves.
Regularly using Amla Powder for Hair care also helps strengthen the Hair shafts, preventing issues such as breakage and split-ends.
IMPORTANT NOTE : NEVER ADD AMLA DIRECTLY WITH INDIGO AS IT WILL NOT ALLOW INDIGO TO RELEASE ITS DYE.
After coming across continuous queries about Herbal Colour for Hair and apprehensions regarding henna or indigo powder, I thought of writing them down.
Q) Why should we use henna or indigo powder over other color dyes ?
A) Color dyes have one or the other chemical in them which damage the hair. Also , long term exposure to these chemicals cause allergic reactions to the skin. Whereas, henna or indigo powder, pure leaf powder, do not harm hair or skin. It also controls hair fall.
Q) What color does henna give ?
A) Used alone pure henna give orange/flaming red color.
Q) What color does indigo powder give ? Does it give black color ?
A) Depending on the texture of hair and the usage, it gives light brown,dark brown or black color.
In rare cases, on first use, it may not give these shades, but with regular use, the color will get absorbed in your hair and grey/white shade will start reducing.
Q) I have never used henna. I use only L’oreal. Can I start using henna ?
A) Yes, you can. But you have to keep patience. It will take a month or two to reduce the effect of color dye and in turn, to get absorbed henna’s or indigo’s effect.
Q) Process is cumbersome and time consuming. Whereas color dyes are instantly effective, then why ?
A) There is no gain without pain. Ultimately health is more important and not convenience.
Q) What is the best way to use indigo/henna ?
A) Everyone is having his / her method to use these powders and . In most of the cases they use 1-step or 2-step process but ladies keep on trying different ways to get the optimum way as per their hair texture and suitability.
In my previous blogs I have mentioned the use procedure for Yauvanya indigo/henna. You may start with it, later you can customize as required.
Some of the add-ons that you can experiment with are coffee powder, amla powder, tea water,cloves etc.
Q) How frequently Herbal Colour for Hair is to be applied ?
A) Generally, 10-15 days gap in starting as it takes time for the color to get absorbed, then as per the need. Again varies from person to person.
Q) Can only indigo powder be used ? Or used only with henna ?
A) Yes, people use it both ways. Either with henna or alone. But mostly its effective after henna or mixed with henna as it tones down the orange / flaming red color of henna and gives nice shades of brown.
Q) Can indigo be mixed with any henna powder, like ozone henna or ayur henna powder ?
A) Yes, you can if you are confident that it is pure and no chemical is added in it.
Q) What is kali mehndi or black henna ? Some claim to be instantaneous.
A) As per our knowledge and experience, pure henna/mehndi as is the case with Yauvanya Henna powder, has only one color, i.e. orange/flaming red and cannot be instantaneous. You have to follow the procedure of soaking henna overnight, applying henna paste for 2-3 hours and so on.
All hennas that claim to be instantaneous or to give different shades ranging from golden to brown to black, are essentially henna powder based chemical dyes.
These are as harmful as normal chemical based hair colors/dyes.
Q) There is vast difference in prices of Henna Powder available on the net and in the market. How do we decide what to buy?
A) Ultimately it all depends on your experience, As a general rule, pure is costly. ☺☺☺
Instead of using chemically treated shampoos that actually damage hair over a period of time, it is a great idea to make a shampoo at home (Yauvanya DIY kit) that not only nourishes your hair but also protects it from damage.
Going back to Indian Ayurvedic practices, there are three key ingredients that have been used in almost any hair related remedy.
Benefits/ Salient Features
Key ingredients are Amla, Reetha and Shikakai. These three ingredients have many useful applications in hair care remedies because: They have active components that nourish the hair and help its growth.
These components are mild in nature and Anti Hair fall Shampoo , allowing the natural texture and natural oils of the hair retained for a healthy shine and appearance.
In about 1000ml of water, soak the mixture overnight. The next morning, boil the mixture for around 10 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool and then using a blender; squash the ingredients to a pulp. You will notice that there is a lot of froth produced when you do this. This is when you know that your shampoo has acquired all the goodness of these ingredients. Strain the mixture and then use the strained liquid as a shampoo. You need not consume the whole liquid immediately. You can store it in a glass bottle for use in the future. Shampoo your hair at least once a week with this homemade shampoo.