Many factors affect our hair growth and condition ranging from improper diet and lack of proper hair maintenance and diet. While food rich in omega3 fatty acids, Vitamin A, B – Complex, C, E, and minerals like Copper, Iron, Zinc and Silica can greatly enhance hair growth.. Most women lose some hair as they get older and after menopause it tends to become thinner, some suffer great hair loss after child birth. So it’s imperative we adopt a natural hair care routine.
Below are some natural hair care remedies
Jojoba oil is well known in the natural hair care industry as one of the essential oils in the manufacturing of hair care products, very effective in reducing dandruff and enhancing hair growth.
Usage: Heat a little quantity of Jojoba oil and apply it to scalp, comb through and cover with a shower cap and leave for at least 30 minutes, wash with a very mild shampoo.
Ginger Root with Sesame oil/Jojoba/Olive oil:
Ginger helps in getting rid from dandruff problems, and also an effective remedy for hair loss as it strengthens the roots of your hair and helps fight dry hair making it very essential in natural hair care.
Usage: Take 1 tbsp ginger root. Grate it into a small bowl add 1 tbsp of olive oil or jojoba oil to it and mix it well. Massage on your scalp thoroughly using a circular motion. Rub it with your finger tips for 5 minutes. Leave it on your hair for minimum of 30 minutes. You will start to feel the warmth. Now wash it off with a shampoo. Don’t use conditioner just after rinsing it.
Usage: Add handful to cold water, simmer for 15 minutes and afterwards apply to scalp and thoroughly before shampooing.
Onion is a wonderful source of sulphur which is essentially for healthier hair. Onions can be juiced with a juicer or blended and applied to the scalp.
Add a cup of cider vinegar to half litre of hot water for final rinse use chamomile shampoo.
At bedtime massage your scalp thoroughly with Hazel extract or add a few drops of tea tree oil to your normal shampoo. Final rinse can be made from a handful of catmint leaves, steeped in boiling water for 10 minutes, strained and left to cool
For fair hair:
To enhance blonde hair, make a final rinse from an infusion of mullein, strained and cooled, or from chamomile or nettle teabag.
For dark hair:
Condition the hair with a mixture/solution of 1 cup of beetroot juice to 4 cups of hot water with a teaspoon of salt. Massage through the hair, and then rinse out.
To cover grey:
This is a natural treatment for covering grey hairs that you can make at home.
Usage: Add 4 large spoons of chopped sage leaves to a jug of boiling water cover and leave for at least half an hour before straining. Use a brush or sponge to apply the liquid to the grey root. Don’t wash out.
Take one cup of sage or 2/3 sage and 1/3 rosemary and add 3 cups of boiling water. Simmer for 15-20 minutes gently.
Let it cool. Add 2 spoons of apple cider vinegar.
Rub or spray a little on your hair 4-5 times a week and let dry or use as a rinse after washing.
For dry hair and flaky scalp.
Warm a cup of olive oil in a bowl of hot water, massage it into scalp and hair, wrap your head up in a towel for 1 hour then shampoo and rise out with chamomile and cider vinegar mix.
For dry hair on its own
Add an egg yolk and a teaspoon of natural gelatin dissolved in a little boiling water to your favorite herbal shampoo.
For oily hair
To make the ideal shampoo for oily hair, mix together half a cup of rosewater, two whole eggs and a generous dash of dark rum.