We all know that feeling when your grandma shows off her photos with long dark hair during her 50s! We think its fake but then again, photoshop did not exist when the picture was taken. So, what is her secret potion which gave her such luscious black hair with not a single grey hair in sight?
Amla is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, iron, tannins, calcium, phosphorous and loads of antioxidants. In fact, just 100 grams of raw amla has as much Vitamin C as 20 oranges, and 55 times the antioxidant content of blueberries! It's no wonder that amla is known as sarvadoshahara, which means ‘destroyer of all diseases. Amla has been used not just in Ayurveda, but in other traditional forms of medicine like Unani, Siddha and Chinese medicine. Amla has been a part of our rich culture for ages. It is one of the most versatile fruit when is comes to skin, hair and health care. The richness of amla fruit not only nourishes the body from within but also has external use which works wonders. We all have read or heard our grandmothers boasting how their hair turned grey way later in life. It gives a feeling of envy because nowadays almost everyone experiences premature greying as early as their mid-twenties. We should crack the code to grandma’s secret and that is exactly what we have here for you today – the secret of amla to tackle hair greying.
How to use Amla for Hair Greying?
Nutrition plays a very important role in treating or precenting hair greying. One of the biggest causes of premature greying of hair is the lack of proper nutrition. Including Amla in everyday diet not only helps in supplying the body with the necessary nutrients but also helps in their absorption. Regular use of Amla in the diet as well as in daily hair care routine prevents greying and helps in maintaining natural hair color and luster. Eating amla for hair health is one of the best additions that you can make to your diet.
- 3 amla fruits cut in small pieces
- 1 ½ cup water
- A pinch of pepper and salt each
- 2 tbsp honey
- Blend the chopped amla and water in a blender together.
- Strain away the liquid. The pulp turns tasteless and can be disposed.
- Add honey as a natural sweetened and a pinch of salt and pepper for daily consumption.
Most herbal or Ayurvedic preparations use amla, since the tannins in it ensure it stays stable even after any kind of cooking or boiling. This herbal oil uses coconut oil, which has several benefits for hair growth, along with curry leaves, which is well known to reduce hair fall, improve hair color and promote better growth.
Amla hair oil:
To make the herbal oil, chop raw amla to get 1/4 cup and discard the pits. Heat coconut oil with chopped amla and a fist full of curry leaves. Continue to boil till the color of the oil turns dark. When cool, strain the oil and collect it in a glass bottle. Apply warm oil all over the scalp and hair. Leave it on for 30-60 minutes and wash off with a mild shampoo. This amla oil should be massaged into the scalp and hair twice a week for best results.
Mix equal amount of amla and almond hair oil and apply the mixture generously from root to tip. Massage the oil in a circular motion on the scalp. Another oil treatment for preventing premature greying is Brigandi Hair Oil. It combines the benefits of amla for hair along with other powerful ingredients like Bhringraj and Indigo.
Amla and eucalyptus oil hair mask:
- Amla Powder – 1 Cup
- Tea Decoction – ½ Cup
- Eucalyptus Oil – Few drops
- Preparation Time: 5 Minutes +Overnight soak
- In an iron vessel, mix all the ingredients.
- Add water to form a smooth paste.
- Leave it overnight for more effectiveness.
- The next morning, apply this Amla dye all over the scalp and hair.
- Leave it for 2 hours.
- Wash with water.
Amla and fenugreek mask:
Combining amla with fenugreek powder can enhance its effectiveness and give you faster results. Also, coconut oil is used in this remedy, which is a natural hair conditioner and anti-ageing ingredient. Along with shiny, black hair, you can notice good hair growth with this method.
- Amla Powder – 2 tbsp
- Fenugreek (Methi) Powder – 1 tbsp
- Coconut Oil – 3 tbsp
- Heat some coconut oil in a pan.
- Add Amla powder and Methi powder.
- Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool down.
- Section your hair and apply the mask on the scalp.
- Massage well and leave it overnight.
- Tip: Use these hair masks twice a month for desired results.
To make the shampoo, soak 6 reetha pods, 6 pieces of shikakai and some chopped raw amla without the pits in half a liter of water. Leave it to soak overnight and the next morning, heat the mixture till it just reaches boiling point. Let the mixture cool and grind it using a blender. Strain the mixture till all the liquid is collected in a glass bottle. This liquid can be used just like regular shampoo.
Henna is used for coloring hair as well as for cooling the scalp. Amla is an excellent addition to this as it is known to increase the pigmentation of hair and helping any other color stick to it.
Extract fresh amla juice by grinding the fruit or squeezing out grated amla. Add enough henna powder to it to get a paste. At this point, you can also add some fenugreek powder, which is a spice known for increasing hair thickness. Once you get the desired consistency, apply the pack all over the scalp and along the length of hair. Cover with a shower cap and leave it on for about two hours before washing off with cool water.
Thus, we have uncovered the secret to healthy dark hair without applying any sort of artificial dye nor consuming any medication. Amla is truly the best when it comes to preventing hair greying. No matter how much we advance in medicine and technology, some things are better used natural as they are infact the gift from Gods.
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