8 DIY Home-Remedies For Healthy Hair Growth

Struggling with dandruff, hair loss, and breakage? These 8 kitchen ingredients are the ultimate secret to lustrous, voluminous hair.

'Crowning glory', they call it. However, it may only be glorious if most of it remains! In today's time, there is pressure like never before to have a head full of lustrous, voluminous hair. "While it's a person's most prized possession, people often forget to nurture it as much. Poor hair quality, dandruff, split ends, and hair loss results when the hair doesn't get the required amount of nutrients," claim Dr. Vaidyas & Dr. Surya Bhagwati, Ayurveda Doctors, Practo.

Hair fall can certainly be controlled, if not entirely stopped, with the help of natural remedies. From a pungent serving of egg yolk for hair growth, to an even worse alternative, onion; most of us have tried it all. Dr Rekha Kumar Naidu, Ayurveda Physician, Practo, advocates that hair fall must be dealt with from the roots; understanding the root cause. Given the current pandemic scenario, it's best we make use of what we have. After all, our kitchen ingredients are our best bet right now.

Here are some expert-approved DIY remedies to promote healthy hair:

ALOE VERA

Aloe Vera is like a natural moisturizer for the hair. The application of this herb helps balance the pH value of the scalp and keeps it nourished. It even promotes rapid hair growth, resulting in minimal hair loss. Just take a fresh leaf of aloe vera and scrape off all the gel inside. Apply this gel to your hair and massage gently for it to penetrate through the scalp. Wash it off within 15-20 minutes.

COCONUT

Coconut is enriched with essentials that the hair demands. It contains vitamin E and fats, which help moisturise the hair. Its rich potassium content also promotes hair growth and prevents hair fall. Washing your hair with coconut milk prevents breakage, and its oils can act as a protective layer that promote hair growth. Massage coconut oil into your hair and keep it on overnight. You may also add sesame and castor oil in the mix. Wash your hair the next morning, for a smooth and lustrous shine.

FENUGREEK SEEDS

Shiny, strong, and long hair? Fenugreek seed is the ingredient to pick! Simply soak some seeds overnight, and apply the paste on your hair for approximately 20 minutes. Wash afterwards. One must do this at least once a month, for desired results. You can also soak 10 hibiscus flower petals overnight, and add it to the paste. Rich in vitamin C and amino acids, the flower improves blood circulation under the scalp to stimulate healthy hair growth.

LICORICE ROOTS

Do you struggle with consistent dandruff? Turn towards licorice roots. These roots have healing properties that eliminate dandruff effectively and soothe the scalp for better hair quality. Make a paste by adding a tablespoon of ground licorice root and a quarter teaspoon saffron to one cup milk. Apply this to your scalp and hair length, and leave it on overnight.

NEEM LEAVES

Neem leaves can help a person get rid of dandruff. The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of neem eliminate any kind of bacterial formation on the scalp. It also stimulates blood flow, nourishing the hair roots to make them strong. Make a paste of neem leaves, add it to a bowl of curd, and apply all over your scalp. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse off. This paste helps exfoliate, cleanse, and nourish the scalp.

INDIAN GOOSEBERRY (AMLA)

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for hair growth and strengthening, and Indian gooseberry, popularly known as 'amla', contains vitamin C in abundance! This herb helps build collagen, and absorbs iron in the body, both of which promote hair growth. Apply amla juice on the scalp and massage mildly to promote healthy hair.

ONION

A foul-smelling, yet popular hair-loss method, onion does well in promoting hair growth. Its high sulphuric content also improves blood circulation and treats the infected hair follicles effectively. You may rub a small onion on your head for desired results.

EGG & YOGURT

Egg yolk is rich in the vitamins that may make hair more resistant to damage, while yogurt is full of proteins which provides nourishment and moisture. Mix one cup of yogurt with egg and lemon, to make a paste. Apply the paste to the hair for 20 minutes and cover it with a shower cap. Wash your hair with warm water and a mild herbal shampoo, afterwards.

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