Natural Beauty Care Guide

Greying Hair

The pigment Melanin controls the colouring of your hair. With advancing age, the quantity of pigment produced decreases, and your hair starts greying. Heredity too plays a major role in greying of hair. Pollution in the atmosphere and high chlorine content in water play havoc with your hair and cause premature greying. Natural treatment can arrest and delay this process. The watchword? Patience and continuity of treatment.

SAGE AND TEA APPLICATION :

Put 2 tablespoons tea leaves and a handful of sage in a pan. Add half litre of water. Let it boil for 5 minutes. Cool sufficiently, strain the concoction and apply it to the roots oi the hair. A very effective hair darkener.

HENNA :

The universal favourite since the beginning of time. Used for colouring and covering grey hair. Acts as a tonic too, but has a drying effect; therefore best used along with a mixture of amla powder, boiled tea leaves in water and a little mustard oil. Apply this paste on your hair and leave it on for 2 hours. Wash off with water.

ONION PASTE :

Few are aware of the magical properties of onion for your hair. Regular use of onion paste restores the original colour to your hair. Again, be patient and regular.

BLACK PEPPER AND CURD PACK :

Take half cup curd. Add to this one tablespoon of ground black pepper and the juice of one lemon. Apply this paste on your hair. Regular use helps in darkening your hair and the restoration of pigmentation.

WALNUT APPLICATION :

Crush the fruit of the walnut and power the outer shell. Boil in water. Strain and keep aside till it cools. Use generously and massage deep into your scalp. Leave it on for 20 minutes, then rinse with water. Helps in the retention of pigmentation of your hair.

FENUGREEK (METHI) APPLICATION :

Powder fenugreek seeds or chop fenugreek leaves very fine and boil in mustard oil. Cool, strain and then apply on your hair. Controls pigmentation loss.

AMLA. SHIKAKAI APPLICATION :

Take 5 tablespoons of amla powder; 5 tablespoons of shikakai power and 2 tablespoons of tea leaves. Put them on to boil. Pour the entire contents into an iron wok (karhai). Leave it overnight. The herbs absorb the iron from the wok and the mixture turns a deep black. Apply this thick paste all over your scalp, ensure that the strands and hair ends are also coated. Leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse and wash off with water.

BITTER GOURD (KARELA) APPLICATION :

Chop the bitter gourd along with the skin into thick round pieces. Soak in a bowl containing 1 cup coconut oil. Leave it for 4 days. Boil, cool and strain after squeezing the bitter gourd juice into the oil. Use this oil regularly. Helps in darkening the hair and restoration of pigmentation.

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