From the time immemorial, the beauty of woman's hair is one
of the important factors in a woman's beauty. Thus Beautiful
Hair plays a very important role in enhancing her beauty.
But in changing times of today, not only women, but also
men want their hair to be beautiful and lustrous. In olden
age women used to take care of her hair using homemade products
and thus her hair used to be beautiful. But today, in this
fast age women do not have time to prepare these homemade
products and use them. Thus she is depending more and more
on the market products.
Today many companies are marketing the products in the name
of herbal products, which are actually synthetically prepared.
These products may have some of the natural drugs described
under the contents but they also do have synthetic preservatives,
colours and fragrance to give it a presentable look for easy
marketing. These products do more harm to your hair rather
than doing anything good.
What I feel is that an herbal product should be solely herbal
in its natural form without any artificial colours, fragrance
etc which is very much near to nature.
Today I want to discuss some of the homemade products, which
can be easily made at home and is natural, which gives your
crowning glory - something we desire.
Every woman today has complains about her hair like dandruff,
hair fall, lusterless hair, premature graying etc. Before
going into the details of treatment, it is necessary to know
the causes for these conditions and to treat this cause.
Dandruff (Seborrhic dermatitis)
The cause for this condition can be extreme dryness of the
scalp due to loss of moisture in the hair. Dandruff associated
with itching in the scalp is usually seen in the people suffering
from diabetes mellitus. So it is necessary to check for diabetes
and control the blood glucose level to normal. Dandruff can
also affect those people who do not maintain the hygiene -
of their hair.
(1) Henna leaves (Botanical name - Lawsonia inermis) are mixed
with sesame oil and is kept under direct sunrays for 7 days.
Then this mixture is sieved and should be applied to the scalp
for 2 hours before bath and washed with the hair washing powder
(2) 'Haritaki' or Black Myrobalan (Terminalia Chebula), 'Vibhitaki'
or Belearic Myrobalan (Terminalia Belerica) and 'Amalaki'
or Goose Berry (Embelica officinalis) - together called as
'Triphala' - powder of these in equal quantity is mixed with
water and applied to the scalp for 1 hour and washed with
Luke warm water.
(3) The fruit of 'Bilwa' of Bael fruit (Aegle marmeolus) is
burnt in the fire. After it is burnt, the pulp of the fruit
is extracted, made into paste in water and applied to the
scalp for 1 hour and washed with Luke warm water.
Lusterless hair and hair loss
The cause for lusterless hair may be due to too much exposure
to sun and wind, causing loss of moisture and also due to
non-usage of hair oil. The cause for hair loss is mainly due
to poor nutrition and also due to anemia. Thus it is very
much necessary to correct this condition by taking lots of
nutritionally rich food containing vit-B complex, calcium
in particular and iron.
(1) To give luster to your hair, add few drops of lemon juice
to the water and wash your hair.
(2) Dried Amla (Embelica officinalis) powder is mixed with
water and boiled. This is used for washing your hair, which
gives luster to your hair.
(3) The skin of 'kushmanda' or Ash gourd (Benincasa hispida)
is made into paste and mixed with sesame oil and boiled till
all the water evaporates leaving only the oil. This is sieved
and applied to the scalp for 2 hours before washing hair and
washed with Hair washing powder described below - which gives
luster to your hair, also prevents hair loss.
(4) The seeds of 'Methika' or fenugreek (Trigonella foenum)
is soaked in coconut oil and kept under direct sunrays for
7 days and applied to the scalp, which prevents hair loss.
Premature graying of hair
The cause for premature graying of hair is mainly nutritional
deficiency especially of proteins. Thus proteins should be
supplied in sufficient quantity through diet.
(1) Brahmi taila - The leaves of 'Brahmi' or 'Mandukaparni'
can be used to make the oil. Leaves of 'Mandukaparni' or Indian
penny world (centella Asiactica) is taken in 2 parts, sesame
oil 2 parts, powder of clove 1\8th part and cardamom 1\8th
part are mixed together and boiled till all the water evaporates.
It is sieved and applied to the scalp. This gives colour to
(2) Henna powder (lowsonia inermis), tea decoction, lemon
juice, leaves of white hibiscus and flower of red hibiscus
are all made into paste and kept overnight in an iron vessel
next day morning, to this mixture egg white is added and applied
to the hair. It should be left for 3 to 4 hours and washed
with cold water. It gives black colour to your hair.
Hair washing powder
Bengal gram (cicer arietinum) 1 part, green gram (phaseolus
mungo) 1 part and Fenugreek seeds 1\2 part is powdered coarsely.
This mixture can be used to wash your hair, which does not
remove the natural oil from the hair thus preventing dryness
Thus, by following the above said methods you can give your
hair the best look you always desired for, but were unable
to give. So follow the tips and see the affect - done by the
natural products - to your crowning glory.
Dr. Smitha.C.Yavagal. Mysore.