Joined: Aug 16 2008
Topic: Herbs,Recipes and Uses For Healthy Hair
Posted: Jan 13 2012 at 11:40am
(Sanskrit)/Amlaki (Bengali)/ Botanical name: Emblica Officinalis/ Nellikaai
(Tamil)/Indian Gooseberry (English)
Indian gooseberry is indigenous to India. It has been used as a valuable
ingredient in various medicines
in India and in the Middle East from time immemorial. Shusrut, the great
Ayurvedic authority considers it as the best of all acid fruit and most useful
in health and disease. It is chiefly valued for its high vitamin C content.
Amla stimulates hair follicles thus promoting hair growth and also improves
texture of the hair. It also prevents premature graying of hairs and dandruff.
Indian women generally use Amla to wash their hairs, which act as natural hair
Take equal weights of Avuri (Indigo/indiofera tinctoria) leaves, Bringhraj
(Wadelia calendulacea/eclipta prostrata), fresh amla and hibiscus flowers and
grind to a paste. Mix the paste with an equal quantity of coconut oil and heat
on a medium fire till the moisture evaporates. Cool, filter and store in a
bottle. Rub on the scalp and hair daily.
(2) Homemade shampoo: For clean and shiny hair, make this shampoo at home. Soak
Shikakai seeds, soapnuts (ritha) and dried amla overnight. in the proportion of
2:2:1. Next morning, boil them in water
for 15 minutes. Remove the seeds and blend the pulp in a mixer. Store this
mixture in the refrigerator and use once a week.
3) HAIR OIL WITH DRY AMLA: The amla fruit cut into pieces is dried in shade.
These pieces are boiled in coconut oil till the solid matter becomes like
charred dust. This darkish oil is an excellent oil to prevent graying.
(4) AMLA RINSE WATER: The water in which dried amla pieces are soaked overnight
is also nourishing to hair. This water should be used for the last rinse while
(5)Fresh Amla Massage: Regular massage of Amla (fresh) ground to paste and
rubbed into the scalp has worked wonders in many cases frequently reversing the
process of greying or falling off of hair.
(6)Amla-Milk Paste: To encourage growth of hair and to make hair dark, soak a
few amlas in a little milk for a couple of hours, then drain and grind to a smooth paste along with a
handful of mehendi leaves, mix well and rub into the roots of the hair one hour
before you wash hair (either shampoo or herbal hair wash).
Shikakai (Hindi) / Cikaikaai (Tamil) / Soap-nut acacia
(English) / Botanical name:Acacia Concinna /
Concinna (Shikakai) is a small shrub-like tree, which grows in the warm, dry
plains of central India. For centuries the people who have had access to this
tree have used its pod-like fruit to clean their hair. They collect, dry and
grind this pod into a powder, which is considered a superior cleanser for
"lustrous long hair" and has been reported as "promoting hair
growth and preventing dandruff". Because of these benefits, this powder
was named "shikakai" which literally translates as "fruit for
the hair" .
The Shikakai Fruit is famous as the best herbal shampoo to treat dandruff &
hair loss. It is used as a hair cleanser, which promotes hair growth and makes
hair more healthy and shiny. Typically, shikakai is mixed with water to make a
paste, which is worked through the hair. It lathers moderately and cleans hair
beautifully. It has a natural low pH, is extremely mild, and doesn't strip hair
of natural oils. Usually no rinse or conditioner is used since shikakai also
acts as a detangler. This ancient product is probably the world's original pH
balanced shampoo. It is very effective in removing oil and dirt from hair.
rosa-sinensis L. (Malvaceae)/Semparuththi (tamil)/Gurhal (Hindi)/Bunga Raya
natives of southern India uses the Red hibiscus for hair care purposes: the red
flower and leaves, extracts of which can be applied on hair to tackle hair-fall
and dandruff on the scalp. It is used to make hair protective oils. A simple
application involves soaking the leaves and flowers in water and using a wet
grinder to make a thick paste, and used as a natural shampoo.
Shade-dried and powdered flowers are used for cleaning the hair and to prevent
hair loss (alopecia).
Dried hibiscus is used as an ingredient in the Meera Herbal Hair wash powder.
Hair Oil: (taken from a magazine)
Grind hibiscus flowers and take the juice. Take coconut oil in equal quantity
to the juice, and boil together on low flame. Before the smell of the coconut
oil comes out, remove from fire. Using this oil daily will stimulate hair
If you use this oil with a few drops of vitamin E oil, and massage scalp and
use the hot towel treatment on scalp, and then rinse in plain water (twice a
week), the oiliness in the scalp will be reduced and you will have shining
Prepare a hair oil with the
a)Coconut Oil / Sesame oil (Which ever you prefer). Coconut oil is better for
long term use.
In an iron skillet mix the following ingredients in the 3:1:1 ratio. that is
100 gms of shoeflowers and 100 gms of curry leaves for 300 gms of coconut oil.
Heat on medium flame till it stops forming bubbles. Do not heat beyond this
point. Remove from the fire. Cool and strain into a clean bottle using a muslin
Apply this oil using your finger tips or using cotton swabs on ur scalp.
Massage gently for 10 minutes with your fingers. Do not hurt you scalp with
your nails while massaging. Wash with cool water after an hour. You can use any
mild herbal shampoo or herbal hair-wash powders, while washing.
Hibiscus Hair Pack:
Hibiscus leaves – 10, henna leaves – 20, full Shikakai – 2. Grind all three
together and apply on scalp as hair pack. Rinse after 10 minutes. Wash your
hair this way once a week. Hibiscus removes the dandruff and makes the hair
shiny. The Shikakai cleans the hair.
Homemade hibiscus leaves-shampoo for silky shiny hair:
Boil 10 hibiscus leaves in water. The leaves will become soft. Discard the
leaves, add shikakai to the water and use it to wash hair.
Hibiscus Hair Oil
Hibiscus flowers = 10 gm, cinnamon stick – 10 gm, fenugreek – 5 gm, dried
champak flowers (Michelia Champaca) – 5 gm. Put them in ½ liter of coconut oil
and keep in the sun daily. After a week, the essence will blend into the oil.
Use this oil daily. Hair will be clean, and will start growing well. Hair will
(English)/Aritha/Reetha (Hindi)/ Boonthi vidhai (Tamil)/ Botanical name:
Sapindus Trifoliatus or Sapindus mukorossi
Reetha powder is prepared from dried fruit of Reetha. It can be used as a face
pack to improve facial complexion. It is used as a hair application to make
hair shiny. It also removes dandruff and lice in hair. It can also be used to
clean jewellery and for washing woolen clothes. It is used in Ayurvedic
preparations and Herbal Shampoos. Soapnuts are known as excellent hair tonic .
Why Wash with Soapnuts?
I've actually found soapnuts to be
superior to all commercial products I tried! And shampoo bars, too! Some of the
things I love about them are:
-way less shedding!
-nice clean scalp
-all natural, and has very little processing
-no need for conditioner or acid rinse
How to use:
MIXING YOUR PASTE with Aritha powder :
1: Place required amount of powder in a bowl then add water and mix well to
create a thick paste.
2: Gently massage the paste into the hair and scalp rotating with your finger
3: Wait for 2 to 5 minutes.
4: Wash thoroughly with water
With the aritha powder, shikakai powder and amala powder can also be mixed.
Equal portions of each can be used.
Making the Soapnut Liquid (for
oily hair and scalp) is 1 c. soapnuts (approx. 22 nuts) soaked overnight in 1
c. water. (I just use lukewarm tap water). This will make 8 - 16 washing's
NOTE: Be sure your soapnuts do not have seeds inside - if they do,
crack them open with a nutcracker and throw the seeds out.
Strain out the soapnuts (I use a strainer and a funnel)
Add 1 T. fresh lemon or lime juice to the liquid. The lemon/lime helps cut
grease, although it also seems to really help add shine and avoid dryness for
me too - my hair looks and feels much better with the juice added. FYI -lime
juice works really great and is my preference!
The liquid will be a medium brown color and will make 8 oz. total
(which makes 8-16 washings!)
Store your liquid in the fridge for best preservation (some ppl
even store it in ice cube trays in the freezer - each cube will equal 1 oz.).
Some folks have had success leaving it out of the fridge for up to one week.
Leave on between 30 seconds to 2 minutes, then rinse out. (If you've oiled, it
works well to leave it on longer before rinsing out, as the longer time helps
remove the oil). No rubbing or friction needed while rinsing! As the liquid is
already acidic, I find no need for conditioner or acid rinses.
And here u get !! Shiny, bouncy, naturally and gently cleaned hair and scalp!!
How long does this liquid last in the fridge? Well, I've never had mine go bad,
but I usually use it up within 2 weeks.
Aloevera shampoo recipe for dry hair
1/4 cup liquid Castile Soap
1/4 cup aloe vera gel or juice
1 teaspoon glycerin
1/4 teaspoon sweet almond oil
1 tbsp of honey
1. Mix together all
2. Store in a bottle
and always shake well before using;
3. Apply to hair and
allow to sit for a few minutes;
4. Rinse well with
cool water. Please make changes to it to suit your need.
For aloevera hair oil
recipe use aloevera powder ( u can get Hesh brand in any indian grocery store)
& combine it with different herbs in a suitable
Edited by Rumbera - Jan 13 2012 at 12:36pm
Joined: Aug 16 2008
Posted: Jan 13 2012 at 11:41am
Make your own hair oil..
Take 5% of your chosen herbs/flower e.g amla, brahmi, aloevera, hibiscus
petals and infuse into 95% of your chosen base oil ....so that would be 5g to
every 100g. Place the herbs/petals and oil into a heatproof dish and heat
gently for about 1 hr over a pan of simmering water (the double boiler method)
and then strain with a sieve or muslin cloth. Your infusion can then be used as
a simple hair oil.
I hope it helps..
Manduki & Brahmi : Centella asiatica (Brahma Manduki )/ Gotu Kala
(Singhalese)/Sanskrit:Mandukaparni/Vallarai (Tamil)/Brahma Manduki
(Hindi)/Indian Pennywort (English)
It is often confused with Bacopa monnieri which is the more famous
"Brahmi"; both have some common therapeutic properties in Vedic texts
and both are used for improving memory. It is a brain tonic and stimulates hair growth.
The whole plant possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifebrile, and
diuretic properties. It has a positive effect on the circulatory system. It
improves the flow of blood while strengthening the veins and capillaries.
Relieves stress and depression, energizes flagging mental powers, fights
sterility, wards off a nervous breakdown, and improves reflexes. Induces good
HAIR OIL PREPARATION:
Brahmi taila (Ointment): The leaves of 'Brahmi' or 'Mandukaparni' can be used
to make the oil. Leaves of 'Mandukaparni' or Indian penny wort (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 your hair.
To use Brahma Manduki (Centella asiatica) powder for hair, make a hot water
infusion with the powder and strain it. The tea can be used to rinse the hair
Bacopa monnieri (Brahmi)/Neer Brahmi
Bacopa monnieri: (Brahmi) Leaves improve memory and is used for brain tonics.
Bacopa has been revered for centuries in the Ayurvedic herbal tradition
of India to enhance clear thinking and support memory function. Brahmi is one
of the best nervine tonic and is widely used in treating epilepsy, hysteria
The medicated oil of brahmi with triphala (three myrobalans), karcura (Curcuma
zedoaria and usira (Vetiveria zizanioides) augments the hair growth
Edited by Rumbera - Jan 13 2012 at 11:44am
Joined: Aug 16 2008
Posted: Jan 13 2012 at 11:42am
Curry leaf (Other names: karivepilai (Tamil)/ karibaavu (kannada)/
karipatha (Hindi)/ also called Sweet Neem Leaf/ Botanical name: Murraya
Uses: It is a tropical tree. The leaves are used
in cooking just like bay leaves and are not part of the
“curry powder”. It is used in digestive disorders, for
diabetes and can relieve pain associated with the kidneys.
Liberal intake of curry leaves is considered
beneficial in preventing premature greying of hair. These leaves have the
property to nourish the hair roots. New hair roots that grow are healthier with
normal pigment. The leaves can be used in the form of chutney or the juice may
be squeezed and taken in buttermilk or lassi.
Hair Oil to prepare at home:
The best hair oil can be prepared at home.
Take ¼ liter of coconut oil and heat it. When
slightly warm add a bunch of curry leaves and a handful of mehendi (henna)
leaves to it. Leave until the oil gets the green color and bottle it when cool.
This oil helps to darken the hair and acts as a cooling agent.
oil (Homemade - to stop hair shedding):
Take a good quantity of coconut oil,
add some castor oil
(optional) into it, put it in a iron pot and boil it till it smokes slightly.
Now, make a paste of the following herbs:
5 petals hibiscus,
- Jeera (cumin seeds) ¼ tsp,
- Dry Fenugreek seeds (methi) ¼ tsp,
- Vettiver (this is a root),
- Vallarai(Brahmi) powder (a little - this is
also a herb),
- Karisalanganni (bringhraj)powder (this is a
herb which has darkening effects on the hair and it makes the hair voluminous
- Adhimadhuram (liquorice root)(this is a herb
which cures itch and prevents dandruff).
Add little water and grind it to a paste. Now,
switch off the boiling oil, and add this paste slowly.
Here's one more recipe
to prevent hair fall :
In a pan, collect the
following: shoeflower (Common names: China Rose, Hibiscus, Gurhal गुढ़ल (Hindi)(you can use both the leaves and the
flower - if you don't find the flower, just use leaves), fenugreek seeds, curry
leaves, pepper powder and cumin powder. Heat the ingredients until the leaves
become a little dry.
Add coconut oil and heat over a low flame. When you see
oil bubbling (usually a white froth forms), then switch off the flame.
Let the oil cool, preferably overnight. Strain and store
in a cool place. Apply on your scalp 30 minutes before a shower.
The original recipe I saw in the magazine also had henna
leaves in it. But I don't want my hair to change colour, so I don't use henna.
Also, henna has cooling properties, and it's easy to catch a cold when oil is
infused with henna,esp. where I'm living.
Another aspect is the pan itself.
Traditionally, a heavy iron pan is used for heating hair oil. The oil is left in the pan
to cool overnight, it is believed that the iron reacts with the oil, adding
some of its properties to the oil. In the same way u can experiment with
different herbs as well...
3)To use instead of shampoo:
1 Mix equal quantities of
shade-dried curry leaves, lime peel, shikakai,
fenugreek seeds and green gram
Grind them finely
Store and use as substitute of shampoo or soap.
Curry leaf -Coconut Milk-Hair Pack for Hair
handful of curry leaves and 2 tbsp. Coconut milk
leaves and coconut milk together and make a hair pack
Wash in cold
water. Do this every other day.
6) Coconut oil with herbs:
a)one small cup
of freshly ground curry leaves leaves paste.
b)one small cup
of Fenugreek (methi) seeds paste(soak methi seeds in pure coconut oil the
c)one small cup
of Gooseberry (amla) extract paste(either frozen-thaw it or fresh)-optional
because you may or may not get it in Indian stores. You can also use dry amla
(dried Indian gooseberry pieces)
It is good if
the ingredients are fresh.
Heat the oil,
add Amla (Indian gooseberry) extract slowly, be careful the oil may
splatter..so add slowly, stir for 10 minutes till the essence goes deeply in
oil. Add curry leaves extract slowly, stir for 10 minutes..
(methi)paste and stir the oil till all the moisture evaporates and u will get
consistency of ingredients separated from oil(this will definitely takes time
so, please be patient). Filter the oil . This oil can be used for up to 3
months or more depending on usage. This hair tonic is very good for hair
The oil is
ready. (Note: Be careful when adding the fresh ingredients. Don't overheat the
oil before adding ingredients as splattering may occur. So add in medium heat
and add slowly.)
7) Coconut oil preparation with many herbs –
I) Fresh ponnanganni (Bot.:Alternanthera sessilis/English: sessile joyweed)
Garundi, Guroo • Manipuri: Phakchet • Marathi: Kanchari • Tamil: Ponnanganni • Malayalam:
Ponnankannikkira • Telugu: Ponnagantikura • Kannada: Honagonne • Oriya:
Madaranga • Konkani: Koypa •Sanskrit: Matsyaksi)leaves - one bunch
bringra.j leaves (karisalanganni in Tamil) - one bunch
b) Fresh curry
leaves - one bunch
c ) henna
leaves(optional)- a handful (optional)
grind the above
leaves into a thick paste and prepare like patties shape in hand(3-4 patties
per liter of oil is sufficient),dry it in sun thoroughly. There shouldn’t be
any moisture. it should be totally dry. Now these dried pieces are ready to fry
II. a) Big fresh gooseberries (amla) & cut gooseberries (amla) into pieces
removing seeds. Dry the gooseberries (amla) in sun totally for one week in sun.
There shouldn’t be any moisture. It should be brown in color.
b) Vetiver( Khus
Khus grass- in Hindi)- a handful like a bunch
c) rose petals
(baby pink in color) - about a handful, dried thoroughly in sun.
Fenugreek(methi) seeds - one tablespoon(The seeds can be used directly - no
e)One liter of
Heat the oil
not too hot but it should be in medium heat like frying consistency.
First add the
prepared and dried leaf patties and deep fry them, so that the oil will turn
Do not remove
the patties; now add dried gooseberry pieces into the hot oil; the size of the
pieces will become three times as big or bigger when it is fried.
Vetiver and deep fry it
Next add dried
rose petals in oil
fenugreek seeds and let it all together mix in hot oil and do not remove them
from oil. Lower the heat . Stir slowly for 15-20 minutes, till all the
ingredients' essence goes deeply. Don't leave the oil to overheat as the smell
of oil will be bad
turn off heat
and let it sit for one day
after it has
been totally cooled, filter the oil.
Edited by Rumbera - Jan 13 2012 at 11:53am
Joined: Aug 16 2008
Posted: Jan 13 2012 at 11:42am
foenum-graecum/Methi (Hindi)/ Vendhaiya(Tamil)/ Bockshornklee(German)/alholva
POWDER:Bengal gram (cicer arietinum) 1 part, green gram (phaseolus mungo/ mung
bean) 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
for Dandruff: Take fenugreek seeds, lime seeds, little pepper and aloevera,
grind it to a paste and use it on the scalp. Using this twice in a week may be
beneficial. Do not keep it for longer hours on the scalp, since it may be so
POWDER WITH SPROUTED DRIED FENUGREEK (COMPLICATED!!):
Take 100 gm
of methi seeds,and soak this in 500 ml of aloevera juice.( remove the skin of
the aloevera leaves, take out the pulp and with the blender or juicer take out
the juice). Keep the mixture covered with a net, and keep in a shaded place.
After four or five days it will start sprouting. Take out the methi only and
keep in sun. In the evening put the methi again in the old aloevera juice.
Repeat this until all the juice is soaked by the methi. When the methi sprouts
are dry, powder it and keep in a airtight container.
SCALP MASSAGE OIL WITH FENUGREEK SEEDS:
tablespoon coconut oil and 1 teaspoon methi powder, and double boil the
mixture. Strain the fenugreek powder and discard. Apply the oil to entire scalp
and massage scalp lightly. After 30 minutes, wash with herbal shampoo(or
Washing the hair
with Hibiscus leaves & buds ground together or shikkakai powder gives a
alternative method: 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.
oil recipe to prevent hairfall:
seeds / Methi seeds - 4 tsp
3 to 4tsp
Amla - 3 to 4
fenugreek seeds overnight / 5 to 6 hrs. Remove the seeds from fresh amla. In a
blender, add presoaked fenugreek seeds,henna powder,chopped amla. Grind into a
fine paste.( u can add little water if needed)
this paste overnight / 6 to 7 hrs. so that all the ingredients blend
together.Then in a deep wok add coconut and sesame oil.
heat the oil
at low flame, when the oil starts heating add the paste.
after some time u'll see froth coming from the oil so be careful,don't
stir the oil,other wise more froth will form,after few mins the froth will
decrease and then the paste will settle down, then stir carefully.
repeat the process till all the bubbles have gone, which means the oil
has absorbed all the moisture from the paste.
This process takes 30 to 40 mins, when the oil gives nice aroma turn off
the flame, let it cool & then with the help of muslin cloth or clean
hankerchief drain the oil into a clean bottle.
the paste will settle on the cloth, tie the cloth and squeeze out the oil
as much as you can & then trash the paste.
Whenever applying the oil on hair, just warm the oil & massage it to
the scalp and hair.This is the best exercise for hair and helps to improve
(5)METHI-LEAF DRINK FOR HAIR GROWTH:
Wash and clean a bunch of Methi leaves in water. Without adding water,
add black pepper, a few drops of lemon and salt to taste and boil. Churn this
in a mixer or juicer and drink this concoction. Drinking this regularly will
increase hair growth.
(6) METHI-HENNA HAIR PACK:
Henna: 1 teacup
Cumin seeds- 1 teaspoon
Methi seeds- 1 teaspoon
Water- as per requirement
Method of preparation:
Cumin and methi seeds are fried till golden brown on a pan and soaked in
water overnight. Next morning a fine paste of it is made and mixed with henna
and applied to the scalp for 2 hours.
(Here, the henna acts as a dye and a conditioner that helps in building
the melanin and retention of hair color from the root base. Cumin seeds are
responsible for improving the blood circulation and hence promote hair growth.
The methi seeds help in cleaning the scalp from the dirt accumulated on the
(7) SIMPLE HAIR PACK:
Make a paste by grinding fenugreek seeds with water. Massage on the scalp
after oiling the hair and leave it for one hour before washing. Repeat it every
morning for a month.
( 8 )ANTI-DANDRUFF HAIR PACK:
To control hair loss, try this home-made hair growth and anti-dandruff
pack: 6 tsp Feenugreek seed paste (soak the methi seeds overnight and grind
them into a fine paste) 4 tsp green gram flour (sabut moongdal powder) 3 tsp
curry patta paste 2 tsp fresh lemon juice 2 tsp amla powder 2 tsp shikakai
Mix all the ingredients and grind them finely. Store the mixture. Use it
as a hair pack. Leave it on for 15 min. and wash it off. This paste prevents
hair fall and dandruff
(9) Fenugreek-Sesame Oil
Take a bunch of fresh green methi (fenugreek) leaves and grind smoothly.
Make them into small balls and keep in the sun for two days or more (till the
moisture evaporates). Heat Sesame oil (gentle heat) and put in the dried
fenugreek-leaves balls. Keep on slow fire. Cool the oil. Keep aside. After ten
days, strain out the fenugreek-balls and use the oil. This is good for
luxuriant hair growth.
(10)FENUGREEK-CURRY LEAF-YOGURT DRINK:
Take one cup of warm milk and add a teaspoon of yoghurt to it and keep it
outside (not in fridge) and add fenugreek seeds and curry leaves to the
yoghurt. Next morning, drink this yoghurt on empty stomach. This is good against
shedding. Buttermilk also may be used instead of yogurt.
leaves has a unique mix of constituents such as proteins, vitamins &
minerals like vit C & K, iron, calcium etc. which contributes to
maintaining healthy looking hair & well nourished scalp. One can not have
long hair if suffering from various hair problems like dandruff, white flakes,
split ends & premature hairfall, fenugreek helps in solving these problems
& thus indirectly promotes hair growth. it is thought to work by dialation
of blood vessels to the scalp, thereby improving blood circulation &
nutrient supply to the scalp.
(Cocos nuicfera)/ Thengaai (Tamil)/ Narial (Hindi)
The coconut is known as the
"Wonder Food". It is a near perfect diet, as it contains almost all
the essential nutrients needed by the human body. Coconut is rich in potassium,
sodium, magnesium and sulphur. The protein content of coconut is of high
quality, containing all the amono-acids.
Coconut Oil improves the texture of
hair and helps in hair growth.
Coconut milk is made by processing
grated coconut with hot water or milk, which extracts the oil and aromatic
compounds. It should not be confused with coconut water, and has a fat content
around 17%.When refrigerated and left to set, coconut cream
will rise to the top and separate from the milk. The milk is used to produce
virgin coconut oil by controlled heating and removing
the oil fraction.
Coconut Milk Soak: Apply coconut milk
on your scalp. It feels cool and relaxing and regular use would make your hair
silky and also improves hair growth.
Coconut Milk-Hair-Pack II: Squeeze the
milk out of a half a coconut, add the juice of half a lime and massage into the
scalp. Leave it on for 4-6 hours. Wash it with a mild shampoo or crushed
hibiscus leaves mixed with a tablespoon of crushed fenugreek (methi) seed and
made into a paste.
Coconut Milk- Hair-Pack III: Mix Amla
powder (1 tsp), fenugreek powder (1 tsp), Henna powder (t tsp) in 2 tsp of
coconut milk and apply on hair as hair-pack. Rinse hair in one hour. Do this
once a week for black hair (or to retain the color of your hair)
Herbal hair Oil Preparation:
Take equal weights of Avuri (indigofera
tinctoria), Henna leaves, Bringhraj (Eclipta prostrata), Amla and Hibiscus
flowers in equal quantity of coconut oil and grind to pase. Mix the paste with
an equal quantity of coconut oil and heat on a medium fire till the moisture
evaporates. Cool and filter and store in a bottle. Rub on the scalp and hair
Remedy for Itchy Scalp: Add 1 teaspoon
of camphor to half a cup of coconut oil and store it in glass container.
Dosage: Massage this oil into the scalp
Beetroots have as much as a third of
its weight in starch and gum. Other constituents are saponiside, phytosterol,
betaine, leucine, tyrosine, betacyanin, beta carotene, manganese, potassium,
iron, sodium, phosphorus, calcium, iodine, iron, copper, and vitamins B1, B2,
B3, B6 and C.
The juice of the red beetroot was
traditionally used for its astringent and antiseptic properties. It was
believed to have a cleansing effect.
Beetroot has been used as a blood
building food and to treat anemia since long ago. The beetroot's organic iron
will not cause constipation or irritation.
Beetroot is good for treating the
headache and all brain disorders. It is also recommended to prevent against
baldness and hair loss.
Beetroot can make the skin and hair
shiny and is used in hair care treatments.
1)For coloring hair/shiny hair: Grind a
bunch of avuri leaves (indigo leaves) soaked in beetroot juice. Apply this as
hairpack and wash hair after half an hour. Grey hairs will become blue-black
& shiny too.
2) To stimulate hair growth and for
Needed: Adhimathuram powder (liquorice
root powder) – 1 tablesp.
Fenugreek powder- 1 tablespoon
Grind the above 2 ingredients in
beetroot juice. Apply on scalp and wash after half an hour. The fenugreek
powder is cooling. The adhimadhuram (liquorice root) powder stimulates hair
growth. Beetroot juice makes the hair shiny and soft.
3) Against Dandruff:
Keep 2 teaspoonful of castor
oil in a small metal bowl, and place in a vessel with boiling water.
Remove from fire, when it is moderately hot. Mix 2 teaspoon of beetroot juice.
Add fenugreek powder to it, enough to make a paste. Apply all over scalp. Wash
hair. As final rinse, use a mug with lime mixed in water. This can be done
twice a week, for removing dandruff and for shiny hair.
4) Henna + Beetroot – Hair Coloring
(For black/dark hair)- (Note: Not sure how it would turn
out for blond hair or other lighter hair types ):
a) Boil 25 gm tealeaves in water. With
that add 50 gm Henna powder, 5 gm Tulsi powder, 5 gm Haritaki powder and keep
in a vessel. After half an hour, place this vessel in another larger vessel
with boiling water, till the smaller vessel containing the henna powder mixture
gets heated up.
b) When cooled, add half cup of
beetroot juice, one lemon juice.
c) Next day, in the same way as
previous day, boil the mixture in the smaller vessel, placed in a larger vessel
with hot water. Now add some hibiscus powder to it. Remove from fire.
d)Add this paste to hair and keep for
maximum 3 hours and minimum ½ hour. Rinse hair. It gives a cool burgundy color to the hair. The hair feels soft too.
5) Grate a medium sized beetroot and
boil it in a cup of water with half a tsp of kattha .Strain and mix it with a
cup of henna powder. Add a heaped tsp of coffee powder (pure) to it .Leave it
overnight in an iron vessel .Add 1/4 -1/2 cup of curd to it in the morning.
Apply it to the scalp and wash it off after 2-3 hours for an auburn tinge.
For dark brown shade, mix half a
teaspoon cloves powder (or powder 3-4 cloves) in the morning to the henna
For rich copper color, add a few drops
of eucalyptus oil to the henna mixture in the morning.
For silky hair, beat an egg and add to
the henna paste in the morning
Note: Do not
go for chemical hair dyes as they might cause allergies. Mix sikkakai with
juice of 1 beetroot and wash your hair with this mixture. Do this regularly
once in a week.
a deeper color if it is left on the hair for more time.
Henna leaves have been used to dye hair
for thousands of years . They have red-orange dye molecule, lawsone, which
penetrates skin and hair and bonds to the keratin. Henna dye blocks UV so your hair doesn’t become sun
damaged, strengthens your hair so it won’t get split ends, makes your hair
glossy and shiny, eliminates dandruff and ringworm, and kills head lice and
nits. Allergic reaction to
henna is extremely rare.
Indigo has also been used as a hair dye
for thousands of years ,it has a dye molecule which turns blue in contact with the air. Henna
and indigo used in combination dye hair from warm brown to blue-black safely,
without any chemicals .
using henna on hair :
Henna has some undeniable benefits for
hair, which is why so many people use it and love it. Some of the benefits
Stronger Hair - The lawsone (dye) molecule goes into the hair it
penetrates the hair shaft some, binding with the keratin in the hair. This
makes hair stronger, but also is one of the qualities that makes henna removal
near impossible. Henna also coats the hair and fills in rough spots on a frayed
cuticle. This adds a second layer of strength, but it does not lock out
Smoother, Shinier Hair - Henna, as stated above, does coat the hair, but it is
a permeable coating that does not lock moisture out. The henna helps fill in
rough spots on the cuticle. With the cuticle rough edges smoothed over the hair
feels smoother and the cuticle takes a lot less damage during combing and
manipulation. It takes several days for Henna to stabilize. It becomes more
flexible and durable as it oxidizes and cures--it is in fact a plant resin that
is flexible and solvent enough to penetrate the hair at the cuticle, carrying
pigment with it.
Non-Fading Red- Anyone that has used red chemicals dyes knows how badly
they fade. Henna may fade a little after the first application, but after the
second application fades very little.
o The Absence
of Chemicals - Chemical
dyes are not only very damaging to hair, they can also cause cancer so be
How do you mix henna and indigo
for your hair? First, mix your henna.
o Mix henna with enough lemon juice to
make a paste as thick as mashed potatoes. If your skin is sensitive to lemon
and is itchy after using henna, use orange juice, grapefruit juice, or some
liquid less acidic than lemon juice.
o Cover your henna with plastic wrap and
let it sit overnight at room temperature, 70 F or 21 C. As your henna rests, it
will release dye. The dye must be released from the plant leaf so it can
migrate into your hair. This slow, acidic release will get you the best
results. If you’re in a hurry, put it in a warm place, but not a hot place!
Your henna will be ready in two hours at 95F or 35C.
When you’re ready to dye your hair, mix the indigo, put your indigo powder
into a bowl. Stir enough water into the indigo to make a paste as thick as
Mix the henna paste and indigo paste together. Add some water or fragrant
tea or other herbs to make it as thick as stirred-up yoghurt. Indigo has to be used immediately. Do not wait for dye
release. Mix your indigo with water just before you’re ready to use it. Do not
add lemon juice to indigo. Just use water.
o Comb clean, dry hair and section it.
You can use squeeze bags or squeeze bottles to apply the henna/indigo mix, but
you can also smear it in by hand.
o Wrap your hair in plastic and clean off
your ears and hairline. Keep the mix on your hair a few hours.
To make a medium brunette color mix equal amounts of
henna and indigo. You can make a warm brunette color by mixing 2/3 henna and
1/3 indigo. You can make a dark brunette color, by mixing 1/3 henna and 2/3
indigo mix ratios:
Mix henna and
indigo to dye hair reddish brown:
Do the same as above, but use two parts
henna to one part indigo.
Mix henna and
indigo to dye hair dark brown:
Do the same as above but use one part
henna to two parts indigo.
Mix henna and
indigo to dye hair very dark brown:
Do the same as above but use one part
henna to four parts indigo.
Mix henna and
indigo to make henna look less coppery red:
Do the same as above but use four parts
henna to one part indigo.
amla and indigo for a cooler brown hair dye:
when your henna is ready to mix with
the indigo, Mix 1 part amla into 3 parts henna, then stir in enough water into
the mix to make it as thick as yoghurt.
Cassia- has neutral coloring.
Indigo- Blue coloring, often needed for browns and blacks
Amla- though Amla does not have a dye of it’s own, it has properties that help
with the uptake of dye. It also tends to tone down the red in henna and make it
more brown. Amla is also acidic, so you can refrain from adding an additional
liquid acid if you use amla. Amla may also combat the curl reducing properties
of henna. Amla in large amounts has been found in inhibit the uptake of henna
into the hair, so if used it should be restricted to a smaller amount.
o Other herbs-There are lots of other things you can
add to your henna mix to help alter the color. Be warned, it takes a LOT to
push the color of henna one way or other.
Acids( like lemons, oranges or grapes )- They may speed dye release, too much
acid in a mix may lead to dry hair. Use only a little. Newer research has shown
that lemon actually inhibits the lawsone molecule, so while lemon juice does
help keep the henna color lighter, the same results could be achieved by simple
dilution with conditioner or cassia. More information has also shown that indigo
does best with a PH around PH 8, while henna likes something a bit closer to
neutral (PH of 7). Acids also can dry out the hair and scalp, potentially
leading to dandruff irritation or other scalp sensitivity.
Teas - Many teas can be used. True tea (white, green or black) does have some
acid in it, as well as tannins. To much acid or tannins can contribute to
dryness in hair. Herbal teas (chamomile, rooibos, etc) may be used in the mix,
but tend not to be as drying as true tea.
Scents - Some people dislike the scent of henna mixes. If you choose to add
something to alter the scent, please use an Essential Oil.
Waiting for Dye Release:
Henna takes time to release its dye
after it is mixed. The warmer the liquid you add, and the warmer the place you
put your henna to sit, the faster you will get dye release. Note that using
boiling water may be enough to kill the dye outright, or at least cause the dye
to demise quickly in some hennas. If your henna is in a bowl, look for the
henna to be darker on the surface. Once scraped away there should be a lighter
green underneath. Another method to determine dye release is to put the mix
into a plastic bag and place a white paper towel underneath. If the paper towel
shows yellow or orange, the henna is ready. Spot checking on skin is also
effective. Place a small dot of henna on your skin and allow it to sit for 30
seconds or so. Rinse. If there is a pale orange spot, the henna is ready to go.
Right after you henna your hair may feel dry, thick, and
just…strange. Do not panic, that’s perfectly normal. Your hair has been
smoothed and coated with henna. Henna has bound to the keratin, and it will
take the oxidation process for it to completely settle down. During the rinsing
process, you have also taken off any remaining oils on your hair. Take a small
amount of oil or a leave in conditioner, apply to the ends, and damp bun your
hair. It should adjust within a few days.
Expect your color to change, specifically, to get a
little darker and less orange. The oxidation process takes about 3 days and
then you will know your final color. So if your hair is a little shocking, calm
down and give the color time to settle.
o Everybody’s allergic to something ….
And no matter what it is, somebody’s allergic to it. Test first!
o Lemon juice is your best bet for henna,
but it might be too harsh for your scalp and hair. If your hair seems dry or
your head itches, switch to orange juice.
o Don’t add boiling water to your mix.
That will make your henna will fade fast.
o Don’t use vinegar or wine to mix your
henna unless you can cope with a really stinky mix.
o Freeze your extra henna powder and
extra henna paste. Frozen henna is food for many months.
o Do not freeze your indigo powder. That
will kill it. Keep your indigo powder in a dark drawer. You cannot save
leftover indigo mix. It will demise within one hour.
Do not use terps in your mix. It doesn’t help the stain in hair (only on
skin) and it will give you a headache.
Edited by Rumbera - Jan 13 2012 at 12:00pm
Joined: Aug 16 2008
Posted: Jan 13 2012 at 12:02pm
Besan= Flour from chickpeas/garbanzos
A complexion lightening mask
Take four almonds with a teaspoon and a half of gram flour, a teaspoon of milk
and four drops of lemon juice. Mix it and apply it on your face. Leave it on
for the bleach to take effect.
Take lemon juice, mixed with gram flour, milk cream and honey for dry skin. Replace milk cream and
honey with sandalwood powder and curd for oily to normal skin. Apply it on your
face to ensure a clear complexion.
Add milk, rose water, carrot
juice and cucumber juice to the above to remove freckles. Leave on for 15
minutes and rinse off.
A complexion revival mask
Mix together a teaspoon of gram flour with a pinch of turmeric powder, a few
drops of lemon juice and half a teaspoon each of olive oil and milk. Apply it
on your face. Remove after 10 minutes.
A face wash
Take a teaspoon each of turmeric powder, milk cream, sandalwood powder and
besan. Use it daily.
Removing unwanted facial hair
Take a teaspoonful of gram flour and make a paste by mixing water in it. Apply
it daily and scrub it off when dry.
Whitening the knees, neck and hands
Mix lemon juice and gram flour and apply it on the knees, hands and neck to
A besan pack
Take one spoonful of besan, a pinch of turmeric (haldi), half a spoon of honey
and half spoon of olive oil. Mix it well and apply.
A cooling mask
Take a spoonful of besan, two spoonfuls of curd. Mix well, and apply it on the
face. Let it stay for half an hour and wash off.
Add curd to gram flour to make a paste and apply it on the face. Completely rub
it off before it dries. Repeat every two days. This is also good for removing
blemishes. Make curd out of skim milk for oily skin.
Warm some honey and add some besan to it. Apply this paste to your face. Wash
with warm water after it dries
For blemished skin
Add cucumber juice to some besan to form a paste. Apply it to the face and wash
off after it dries. This will also tighten the skin pores.
Besan for oily skin
Make a thick paste out of curd and besan. Just apply it on your face and leave
it to dry for a few minutes.
Besan for dry skin
Use full-cream milk instead of curd to make a paste with besan. Apply a mixture
of the milk and gram flour onto your skin and leave to dry.
To take care of chronically
dry skin, mix a teaspoon of milk cream with gram flour and a teaspoon of honey
and a pinch of turmeric. Apply this regularly on your face.
A skin glow mask
Soak tamarind root for some time. Grind and mix it with a little gram flour and
apply it on your face, hands and other parts
of your body. Your skin will have a golden glow after you wash this off after
For healthy hair (all types)
Mix a cup of curd, two teaspoons of besan, an egg white and the juice of half a
lemon. If you have very dry hair, substitute the egg white with a teaspoon of
Mix together a tablespoon each of besan and corn flour. Use this mix to wash
your face and body. This is an excellent scrub and will remove your dead skin
cells, leaving you feeling clean and glowing.
Mix some fresh cream and besan. Apply this paste on to your body. Avoid the
area around the eyes, eyebrows and lips. Shower after five minutes. This will
make skin smooth.
Unwanted facial hair
Apply a mixture of fenugreek powder and besan on the unwanted hair. Let it dry
and rub off.
Mix besan, milk and turmeric (you can add lemon juice and sandalwood powder)
and apply on face. Let it dry and rub off in a circular motion.
Mix besan, lemon juice and malai. Apply on areas with excess hair and rub
Joined: Aug 16 2008
Posted: Jan 13 2012 at 12:10pm
SAGE, ROSEMARY, LAVENDER AND CEDARWOOD
Archives of Dermatology (1998; 134:1349-1352) finds that aromatherapy can promote new hair growth and safely and effectively treat temporary hair loss due to alopecia areata. The study was performed by Scottish researchers who had half of their patients massage thyme, rosemary, lavender, and cedarwood essential oils onto their scalps each day. The other patients massaged in "carrier" oils jojoba and grapeseed oil.
After seven months of treatment, 44% of the patients using the essential oils showed significant improvement in hair growth. The group using carrier oils showed just 15% improvement. In addition, the aromatherapy caused no significant side effects. Researchers concluded that not only did the aromatherapy work, it was also far safer than traditional alopecia treatments including conventional steroids. The results included one man who regrew a full head of hair from an almost completely bald scalp, says Isabelle C. Hay, MRCP, the medical doctor and specialist in dermatology who spearheaded the study. The above comments were excerpted from Prevention Magazine.
BIOENERGISER EXTRACT - Pelvetia canaliculata laminacia digitata -
available from Aromantic http://www.aromantic.co.uk
"A natural remedy for temporary hair loss. Bio-energiser is a red-brown liquid made from two brown algae (Pheophycaes) found in the Brehat archipelago in Brittany, France and extracted by a hydroglycolic solvent. Activity tests have shown that when used in Hair Care products (twice a day for two months) it increases the number of hairs by 10% while increasing hair growth by 27%. Use 5% in your recipe and reduce water accordingly. "HERBS
Herbal remedies increase circulation, disinfect the scalp and stimulate hair growth.Horsetail
Horsetail is a good source of silica. Silica keeps your hair strong and shiny looking.Stinging Nettle
Studies show that loss of hair in both women and men is connected to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels. Though there have currently been any studies conducted on the effects of nettle on hair loss, some research points to the fact that nettle root.Dong Quai
Dong Quai contains substances known as phytoestrogens. Studies have shown that these substances can stabilize and sometimes even reverse the effects of genetic hair loss.Red pepper-
This herb can be mixed with water and applied to the affected areas of the scalp. The pepper irritates the skin and causes the release of histamines in the area. These histamines can alter cell division and encourage hair follicle production.Rosemary and sage-
These two herbs can be boiled together to make a rinse that promotes hair growth. After steeping strain the water form the herbs and use it as a rinse after shampooing. The rinse will help stimulate hair follicle production and end extended resting phases in the hair growth cycle. Aloe, Arnica, Birch, Burdock, Catmint, Chamomile, Licorice, Marigold, Parsley, Marshemallow Root, Ginseng, Gingko Biloba and Southernwood, are other major herbs that are used for hair growth.
is the herb that prevents hair loss and helps in the thickening of hair.
is a herb that makes the hair strong and shiny. It is a good source of silica which helps in making the hair stronger from the root.
is used to fight dandruff and destroy it which is also a major cause of hair loss.
**Burdock and marshmallow powder tea
is to be taken daily which is a medicine for dry hair.
, stinging nettle, birch leaves and watercress are excellent blood and skin cleaners
**Rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar and sage tea. This helps hair grow.
**Catmint or chamomile
infusions used as a final rinse can help with itchiness, a source of hair loss.
**Nettle, rosemary, birch, and horsetail
to massage your scalp regularly for stimulating the hair growth.
**Tea made from burdock and marshmallow is good for dry hair
Ayurvedic Herbs: Brahmi, Jatamamsi, Dashamoola , Bhringaraj, Aloe, Amla, Henna, Yastimadhu. Tulsi, Nimba, Satavari, Ashwaganda
Chinese herbs for hair growth. They are the Psoralea seeds, Mulberries and the Oyster. Psoralea seeds when exposed in UV rays will stimulate hair cells.
Edited by Rumbera - Jan 13 2012 at 12:12pm
Joined: Aug 16 2008
Posted: Jan 13 2012 at 12:14pm
Kapoor Kachli - promotes hair growth, thickness and lustre
Aritha (Soapnut powder) - as a natural shampoo, recommended for oily hair, also improves texture
Amla - natural astringent and toner for hair and skin, strengthens hair, helps prevent premature greying
Bhringaraj (Maka) - hair growth, darkens the hair, helps with premature greying of the hair
Jatamamsi (Indian Spikenard) - hair growth, helps maintain colour
Lemon peel powder - tightens and tones the skin, sebum (oil) regulator
Lodhar - for mild skin infections, irritations and spots
Maka - clears the scalp of build up, dry skin; also used for skin problems
Manjistha - improves blood circulation, useful for wrinkles, blemishes
Neem - antiseptic, removes excess oil from the skin or hair, useful for dandruff, prickly heat, rashes, spots and is a natural deodorant
Harde - helpful for skin conditions - itchiness, dull skin
Orange peel powder - cleansing and stimulating to the skin, clears the pores, good for acne, spots and blemishes. Helps to make the hair soft, shiny and supple
Shaikakai - clears dandruff, powerful astringent to the skin and scalp, strengthens hair roots and promotes growth
Tulsi leaves (Holy Basil) - antibacterial, protects and moisturises the skin, useful for dandruff
Rose Petal - coolant for skin, so useful for hot, inflamed and irritated conditions
Brahmi Leaves (Indian Pennywort/Gota Kola) - helpful for hair loss, hair thinning, premature greying, strengthens the roots, clears dandruff.
They can be used in different ways
**Mixed up with water and applied as a Herbal Hair Treatment Pack, Scalp/Hair Cleanser....if you use them this way, make sure you do a deep condition afterwards...they can also be mixed up with water and applied as a face or body mask
**Mixed with Oils and heated up to make a herbal hair infusion, strain with a sieve or muslin cloth. I normally do about 5% Herbs to 95% Oils, place them all in a heatproof dish (I use a Stainless Steel Balti dish used for Indian cooking), place on top of a pan of simmering water for about 1 hr, then strain and pour into the bottle
**Couple of teaspoons added to your deep conditioner
**Mixed with Oils and used as a Scalp Exfoliator
Joined: Aug 16 2008
Posted: Jan 13 2012 at 12:34pm
Clay Hair Mask
Methi 10g I have these ayurvedic herbs already mixed together in a big jar
Fullers Earth/Multani Mitti 30g
Bentonite Clay 30g
Mix with enough Water or Floral Water (I am using Sandalwood and Rose) to
make the mask
Add any essential oils @ 2% (always check for safety when using essential
oils)...I used Rose and Sandalwood
I have pre-poo'd my hair overnight with Coconut Oil, apply the mask to dry
hair and wash out, followed by a deep condition.
50% Aloe Gel, 10% Rose Water, 20% Glycerine heat and melt in
a double boiler/bain marie
20% Virgin Coco Oil, 3% BTMS (Behentrimonium Methosulphate - a
conditioning, detangling emulsifer to enable the ingredients to bind)
heat and melt in another double boiler/bain marie
Whisk, add a pinch of Guar gum or Xanthan gum to thicken
whisk some more
if your Aloe Gel already contains preservative (most of them do) then you
will be OK
if not, add a preservative of your choice - otherwise it will grow mould
and bacteria very quickly
Henna/Indigo Gloss...with Cocoa Butter and Macadamia
This is a recipe based on a product from one of the natural product
big boy/girl companies
60g Cocoa Butter
10g Macadamia Oil
heat on a double boiler
2 tbs lemon juice
mix together and then add the heated butter and oil
allow to set, this wil make a really interesting solid product
once you're ready to use, reheat and apply to freshly washed hair
I then slapped my deep conditioner over the top as I didn't want to do the
Gloss and then wash and then deep condition
Flaxseed Gel for Curl Definition and Frizz Taming
OK, so I tried this before and I couldn't strain it so ended
up binning it!!! However, this time it worked
with a muslin cloth to strain...an old tight/stocking (clean!) would also
do the trick
As always, I have a video in the videos section
½ cup of flaxseed, 2 cups of water, boil and strain once it's turned to
Add 2 tsp of Guar Gum to thicken, 1 tbs of Castor, Jojoba and Glycerine,
Blend just to get a smoothe consistency
Add Preservative, Lavender and Rose Geranium Essential Oils
Moisturising Hair Spritz and Conditioner for Growth
These are both request recipes using a selection of herbs,
distilled water, aloe juice, shea butter, coconut oil
several carrier oils and hair growth promoting essential oils.
I loved making these two products and tried them both yesterday and they
felt lovely, very moisturising and refreshing due to the herbs and
essential oils I used.
25g each of Brahmi, Methi, Fenugreek and Hibiscus Powders
2 tbs of Rose Petals infused in some water for 20 mins, add to the Powders
7 tbs of Olive Oil
2 tsp of Honey
Rose, Geranium and Vetivert Essential Oils
I am going to use this as follows:
Pre poo overnight with Oil
Shampoo Hair in the morning
Apply the Hair Mask for about 1 hour
Rinse and see if I need to Deep Condition or Conditioner Wash it out (the
Ayurvedic Powders can be drying and leave grit in the hair and scalp)
Ayurvedic Shampoo and Hair Spritz
Shampoo - I did 250ml
1 part Organic Liquid Castille Soap 87ml
2 parts Rose Water infused in Amla and Shikakai and Honey Powder - I did 1
teaspoon of each in about 166ml of Rose Water
First, put the herbs and honey powder and rose water in a heatproof dish
and place over a pan of water on the stove, allow the mix to heat and the
herbs to infuse
Remove from heat
Add the Rose Herbal mix to the Organic Liquid Castille Soap
Add any other bits and pieces
I added 0.5% Preservative and Ylang Ylang, Orange and Patchouli Essential
1tsp of Glycerine and 2 tsp of Olive Oil
You could also add Silk, Panthenol etc
Ayurvedic Hair Spritz
Use Distilled Water or Floral Waters (e,g Rose Water) and add your Herbal
Do the same as above to infuse the herbs
Remove from heat, add Glycerine and more water if its too thick or pongy!!!
Add Preservative and any other bits and pieces you fancy
Henna and Indigo for New Growth of Grey Hairs
1/2 Henna, 1/2 Indigo (50g total) - I put more Indigo in as the Henna is
starting to go a bit tooooo red for my taste
2 tsp of Amla, Brahmi, Methi and Fenugreek (available on my online shop com)
I prepared the Henna first with a little lemon and warm water
After dye release (overnight), I added the Indigo and Herbal Powders, a
touch of Olive Oil, 1 tsp of sugar (to smoothe out the consistency) and
slapped it on freshly shampoo'd hair (kind of dampish), hood for 30 mins
with plastic cap then wrapped in an old towel for another 1.5 hrs
Rinsed off with cheap conditioner, followed by DC and my normal rinse.
Homemade Vatika Oil
These are the Original Ingredients for the Dabur Vatika Oil,
I havn't got all of them and don't want to put Henna in, so am going to
have to do a little mix up ting that is slightly different:
Coconut oil (Cocos nucifere oil)
Neem (Azadirachta indica Leaf extract)
Brahmi (Centella asiatica Plant extract)
Fruit extracts of Amla
Bahera and Harar (extracts of emblica officinalis Terminalia belirica and
Kapur kachri (Hedychium spicatum rhizome extract)
Henna (Lawsonia inermis leaf extrac)
Rosemary oil (Rosmarinus officinalis oil)
Lemon oil (Citrus limonum oil)
TBHQ (t-butyl hydroquinone)
Anyways, here goes my own version
Solid Coconut Oil 70%
Avocado, Fractionated Coconut and Olive Oils 30% (all penetrate the hair
shaft due to their low molecular weight...bit of chemistry there!)
1 to 2 tsp of each herbal powder, heat these first on a double boiler
(heatproof dish over a pan of water, bring the water to boil then simmer)
for about 1 hr
Once heated and infused, strain.....then add the infused Oils
to the Solid Coconut Oil, mix in well and even whisk once it starts to go
go solid again if you like for a Whipped Vatika
I did try mixing the Solid Coconut Oil with the liquid Oils and herbs all
together, heat and strain but it went a bit mushy
So I prefer to do the liquid Oil infusion first, strain it and then add it
to the Solid Coconut Oil
Once the mix has cooled down at 2% Total:
the hair growth promoting mix
Homemade Shampoos & Cleansing Hair Masks
1) Shampoo Bar - wayyyyy to stripping even though it was full of lovely
butters and oils
2) Water with Surfactants - boy, getting the
moisture/bubble/cleansing/thickness mix is a challenge...so far, I have got
the cleansing and thickness, but not the moisture...If I add too much oil,
the cleasning goes down and in reverse, it strips...so the experiments
3) Organic liquid castille soap...lovely lovely lovely...very mild, non
stripping, gentle bubbles and cleansing...I added panthenol, liquid silk
and essential oils
4) Liquid Black soap, added the same bits as no 3) this was a lot more
foamy and slightly harsher, did not strip, but still not as gentle as no 3
**Hibiscus Rhassoul Clay Hair Mask
1/2 cup hibiscus water
1 cup water
2 tablespoons rhassoul clay
2 tablespoons irish moss powder
Hibiscus Hair Mask
3 oz Hibiscus Powder
3 tsp Honey
6 tsp Aloe Gel
Coconut Milk and/or Full Fat Plain Yogurt to mix
**Rose, Banana, Honey, Olive Oil Mask
Soak half a cup of rose petals in hot water for fifteen minutes then strain
Take one packet of Pure Banana Baby Food (or one whole, ripe mashed banana
but I do hear it gets stuck in the hair),
one tablespoon of honey, and a
tablespoon of olive oil.
Blend all the the ingredients in a blender. Massage well into your hair and
scalp, and leave the treatment on for about half an hour. If you can wrap a
warm towel around your head the treatment will have a better effect. Wash
off the conditioner thoroughly with a mild shampoo
**Curly Nikki’s recipe a la Anita Grant
1 can of coconut milk
2. 1 heaping tablespoon of organic cocoa powder
3. 2 heaping tablespoons of rhassoul clay
4. 3 heaping tablespoons of honey
4. (Optional) 1 splash of vanilla extract
5. (Optional) 1 tablespoon of whey protein
Just heat (on a low heat) add the honey, clay and powders....a little
Xanthan or Guar Gum would thicken this up, just a pinch at a time and whisk
Add the vanilla once cooled
I think thei recipe would be nice with a tbs or so of Hibiscus Powder too
I love my full Henna treatments and Henna Glosses, but wow
the greys are going like coppery gold and the red is coming out really
So I like to tone that down a little with the Indigo Gloss, its really easy
3 tbsp of Deep Conditioner
4 tbs of Indigo (this was a bit too much, next time I will just add 2 to 3
Extra Virgin Olive Oil to add more slip to the mix
Slap it on, plastic cap, heat 20 mins, wrap in turbie towel for a couple of
hours (still with cap on)
Rinse off, you may need to Co Wash rinse it off
Natural Hair Growth Oil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Fractionated Coconut, Avocado Oil
mixed with Seaweed Powder (for growth) - I add about 10% Seaweed powder and
Heat on a low heat for about 30 mins and strain with muslin cloth
Once cooled, add Essential Oils: Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme and Cedarwood -
all hair growth promoting.
I use this at night, drop some onto my Scalp, massage in and follow with my
normal nightime routine...little moisturiser or spritz if needed
Satin scarf and Bonnet.
I have revised this (see videos section) and based it on the
**Moe Growth Oil - a lot of positivie feedback about this one...
Nettle leaf extract (just leaf for infusion)
6oz of jojoba oil
2oz aloe vera juice/gel
2 tblsp of horsetail (shavegrass) herbs
Prepare the Herbal infusion first, I just add herbs and oil to a heatproof
dish, place on top of a pan of simmering water for 1 hr and strain
Then once cooled a little, add your Aloe Gel/Juice - not sure how this will
mix in, so will see.
I ended up adding a whole heap of hair growth promoting herbs and subbed
the aloe vera juice/gel for powder to make it easier to mix up. Will put
the video in my vids section
Henna Gloss Cubes using Coconut Milk
Milk Henna Gloss Cubes
1/2 can of coconut milk
dash of lemon
3-4 heaped teaspoons of henna
mixed up and poured into ice cube trays, popped in freezer. Will put into
my deep dish the night before Hair Play Day.
Lasts for up to 3 months in the freezer.
Yogurt Pre Poo Treatment for New Growth or
A new mix up, inspired by the ladies who use yogurt to
soften and loosen their natural curl pattern.
To make up enough for 2 treatments - long, thick hair
6 tbs full fat natural yogurt
1 tbs each of honey, glycerine, avocado, fractionated coconut and extra
virgin olive oils
1 tsp each of amla, brahmi and cassia
6 drops total of peppermint and rosemary
combined, these ingredients will:
loosen and soften the curls, add and help draw moisture to the hair,
strengthen the hair, stimulate the scalp and therefore hair growth
I have done two full Henna Treatments now and this is my
1 tbs Lemon, 1 tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp sugar (to help smooth the consistency)
3 tbs of EVOO
Hibiscus/Water infusion for the main mixing ingredient
Just add it all together, leave overnight on top of my storage heater.
Apply to Hair, leave on for 3 hrs or so, Co Wash out x 3 or 4 times
Deep Condition and Air Dry with Styling Products
To make the Hibiscus infusion, I add about 5tbs of Hibiscus to about 500ml
of water, put in a pan on the stove.
Bring to the Boil and then simmer for 20 mins, strain into a measuring jug.
Once cooled a little, add to my Henna mix, just a little at a time.
Any Hibiscus Infusion I have left over, I pour into ice cube trays and
Hibiscus is good for strengthening the hair, softness and shine.
Apple Cider Vinegar, Hibiscus and Honey Rinse
I use this as my Final Rinse after DC'ing.
1) About 5 tbs of Hibiscus in 500ml of water, put in a pan, bring to the
boil, simmer for 20 mins and strain
2) Add 500ml of Apple Cider Vinegar
3) Plenty of Honey, I don't measure, but about 5-6 tbsp
Voila! When I come to use it, I just add about 200ml of the mix to 800ml of
water to dilute it a little
Pour over my Hair after rinsing the Deep Conditioner off
Leave on for a couple of minutes and rinse with Cool Water.
Helps to Close and Seal the Cuticles, Adds Shine and Tones the Scalp.
Staple Homemade Hair Products
**Organic liquid castille soap...lovely lovely lovely...very mild, non
stripping, gentle bubbles and cleansing...I added panthenol, liquid silk
and essential oils and did not water down
**Liquid Black soap, added the same bits as above this was a lot more foamy
and slightly harsher (althought does not strip) so I use this as a
HAIR OILS - for Pre Poos
**25% Coconut Frac, 10% Avocado, 20% Soyabean, 10% Jojoba, 20% Castor, 5%
1 tsp of Kapoor Kachli, Amla, Orange Powder, Brahmi
Pinch of silk powder; Triple Tea, Pseudo Collagen, Sea Silk
**1 tsp nettle, comfrey, coltsfoot, marshmallow root, sage, ½ burdock root,
100ml fractionated coconut, 100ml EVOO unfiltered, cold pressed
**1tsp amla, Brahmi, nettle, comfrey, sage, burdock, coltsfoot, 2 tsp
marshmellow, 50% Grapeseed dispersable, 50% avocado/calendula infusion,
frac coco and unfiltered EVOO, 2% Sea Silk, 5% Bio Energiser, Eos:
Lavender, Geranium, touch of Sandalwood
**Homemade "Vatika" - Virgin Coconut Oil, about 2/3, mixed with
one of my liquid Hair Oils and then whipped...I lurrrrrrve this...because
the Coconut tones down the strong smelling Herbal Oils...I also sometimes
add Hair Growth (Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme, Cedarwood) or Scalp
Stimulating/Toning (Ginger, Rosemary, Lemon) Essential Oils to the mix
CO WASH MIXES - love these two products, if I need a mid week Co
Wash....first I pre poo with Oil overnight, apply one of these in the
morning with plastic cap for 30mins, wash off in the shower.....
1/4 cup coconut oil - used organic virgin
1/4 cup wheatgerm oil
1/4 cup shea butter - used unrefined
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup Apple cider vinegar - I subbed this for Coconut Milk
3.5 oz banana baby food or 2 overripe bananas - I used Organic Banana and
Apple Baby Food
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup molasses
water (as needed to thin) - I didn't need any water
I also added 1 tbs of Emulsifying Powder as it really did not want to mix
Some recipes say use Corn starch, I will not be using that. Love this,
great for Transitioning Hair as it makes the two textures look more
**Coconut Cream/Milk Curl Loosener
OK, I am over the moon about this new Coconut Milk Pre Poo that could
easily be used as a Deep Conditioner, maybe with a few more bits and pieces
1 can of Coco Milk
4 tbs of Coconut Oil, 4 tbs of Coconut Cream
1 tbs Xanthan Gum (to thicken and avoid the drippage)
1% Panthenol and 10% Glycerine, 1% Preservative
Heated gently on the stove, added the Xanthan Gum, then Whisked. Added the
Panthenol and Glycerine and then Refrigerated
Hoping that the preservative and refrigeration will prevent mould and
bacterial growth, but keep an eye on it if you make a big batch ladies, we
don't want no nasty Scalp infections :0)
Am wondering whether to add just a little Liquid Silk Amino Acids as well,
but not sure yet.
If you live in a Cool Climate and leave your mix overnight/in the fridge,
you may have to heat up the mix very gently before you use it as the
Coconut Oil may turn hard and bitty. Alternatively, you could just slap it
on with the bitty bits in and go under the Hood dryer, the Coconut Oil will
soon melt with the heat.
60% Distilled Water OR Floral Waters OR Aloe Juice, 15% butters ( e.g Shea,
Mango, Coconut), 12% liquid oils (e.g Macadamia & Avocado), 5%
Glycerine, 5% Emulsifying Wax, 3% Cetyl Alcohol, 0.5% preservative, 2.5%
I also like adding herbal powders to my DCs...normally add 1 tsp of each
like Cassia, Oatstraw, Henna etc with maybe 1ts of honey and/or blackstrap
molasses and a little oil to make the mixture at bit easier to apply
EMERGENCY BREAKAGE TREATMENT
2 dollops of Deep Conditioner
1 tsp Brahmi, Maka, Amla, Orange Powder, Kapoor Kachli, Red Henna
Drizzle of Hair Oil
1 tsp of egg powder, 1tsp of Brewer’s Yeast Powder
1 tsp of Molasses
Applied with mask brush like a relaxer to new growth up to the demarcation
1/3 Unrefined Shea Butter, 1/3 Aloe Gel, 1/3 Grapeseed Oil, Splodge of
Glycerine and a little Serum. Melted the Shea down a little first, mixed
the Aloe and Grapeseed Oil in. Added the Glycerine and Serum last.
MOISTURISING SPRITZES to pep up the hair during the week
**¼ Fractionated coconut, Solubiliser, Distilled water, carrot seed,
geranium, sandalwood, lavender essential oils
**3% Hibiscus Extract, 3% Oats Extract,
1% Panthenol, 5% Honey Quat, 5% Glycerine,
5% Bio Energiser, 3% Sea Silk, 50ml Dispersable Grapeseed Oil (in 150ml
bottle) and water to make up to the 100%
AYURVEDIC TEA AND ROSE WATER SPRITZ
**1/2 a teaspoon total of amla, brahmi, methi, hibiscus, brhingaraj and
kapoor kachli mix ( I store the mix in a jar so its already blended) mixed
with about 50ml of water, heat and strain.
Add 50ml of Rose Water, 20ml Glycerine, Essential Oils and Preservative.
LEAVE IN CONDITIONER/DAILY MOISTURE (
Water 30% Aloe Juice 33% Glycerine 10%
3% Conditioning Emulsifier
2.5% Panthenol, 2% Triple Tea – both with water phase
Tiny, tiny pinch of Guar Gum
Edited by Rumbera - Jan 13 2012 at 12:35pm
Joined: Jul 22 2008
Posted: Jan 13 2012 at 9:26pm
Thanks for sharing
Joined: Jul 17 2009
Posted: Jan 13 2012 at 9:27pm