I can’t remember when last I used a store-bought shampoo on my hair, for the past few years I have been using my homemade Ayurveda scalp detox shampoo. This product has done wonders to my hair, I am very big on multipurpose products, so products which combat hair and scalp issues are my go to. I detox my scalp and hair every 4 to 6 weeks and a little goes a long way.
- Cinnamon bark- powder or stick, I prefer stick because of the color.
- baking soda- I use half a tea spoon because other ingredients have cleaning properties.
- Aloe vera juice or gel ( I use juice because I get enough slip/slim from the fenugreek and flaxseed.
- Apple Cider Vinegar ( ACV).
- 1ml of peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops of Rosemary essential oil.
Add fenugreek, flaxseed, and cinnamon back in a mason jar, and pour apple cider vinegar bring it to full and cover, let it infuse up to 24 hours (I infuse my overnight). Then filter the infused water, add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
Storage: Stor in a bottle, if well preserved, it last up to 4-6 months.
- Prevents Premature Grey Hair: The high content of potassium in fenugreek seeds makes it an important kitchen spice that is capable of tackling premature greying of hair.
- Promotes Hair Growth: Fenugreek seeds not only kill the bacteria and fungi present on the scalp but strengthen the hair follicles and promote hair growth.
- For Shiny Conditioned Hair: These seeds not only condition the hair strands but also their roots and follicles.
- Fights Dandruff: Dandruff can make you scratch your head like never before. This can break your hair that eventually falls out. Blame fungi and bacteria for this! While they are somehow present on the scalp, an imbalance in their numbers can lead to dandruff. Thankfully, both antibacterial and antifungal properties of fenugreek seeds make it useful to treat an itchy scalp and dandruff.
- Prevents Hair Loss: Fenugreek seeds are very effective in making the hair strong from their roots and dealing with the follicular problems. These seed fights irritation on the scalp and dandruff, which are two main reasons for hair loss.
1. Great Source Of Vitamin E: Vitamin E is one of the best vitamins you could use for hair growth because of its strong antioxidant properties which prevent hair and scalp damage. It helps improve the efficiency of capillaries, boosting blood circulation. Flax seeds help balance pH levels and oil production. These are two factors that directly affect the rate at which your hair grows and its health. Flax seeds soothe the scalp and help calm the sebaceous glands, so they produce the right amount of oil for healthy hair growth.
2. Nourishes Your Hair: Flax seeds are a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are essential for healthy hair growth. They nourish the follicles and hair shafts, making them stronger and less prone to damage. This also ensures that the new growth is strong and healthy. Omega-3 fatty acids help improve hair elasticity.
4. Keeps Your Hair Conditioned: Flax seeds help condition your hair, making it smooth and manageable. It helps bind moisture to the hair shaft, controlling issues like breakage, split ends, dryness, and frizz.
5. Soothes The Scalp: the regular use, or even ingestion, of flax seeds, prevents issues like acute hair loss, scalp eczema, and dandruff.
Flax seeds are a great source of both soluble and insoluble fibers. Apart from using it as a topical treatment, consuming the seeds can also greatly benefit you in terms of hair growth.
- Cinnamon: can help remove build-up from the scalp, allowing for healthier follicles that in turn promote better hair growth. Cinnamon also helps encourage healthy hair growth by causing a tingling sensation, which is thought to draw more rushing blood to the scalp for stimulation.
Warning before you use cinnamon: While cinnamon is used in many beauty products of today it is important to remember that some skin is too sensitive to its use. Before using any type of product that contains cinnamon on your scalp you should do a skin patch test on your arm to verify that you will not react.
Baking soda: This treatment works well for many individuals, making hair clean, revived, and softened. It is also environmentally friendly and cost-effective.
- Baking soda’s alkali pH makes it an excellent cleanser for your scalp and hair. It removes dirt and buildup from the scalp, leaving it clean. But the normal pH of your scalp is acidic, with a pH between 4 and 5. Outside of this pH window, your hair cuticles open and lose moisture, making your hair rough, frizzy, dry, and less manageable. Hence, Why I dilute my with ACV and use low dose as half a teaspoon.
- In general, baking soda is abrasive and can leave your hair and scalp dry. Using the powder as shampoo is more likely to be effective for people with extra oily hair. People with dry hair should consider following the rinse with a conditioner to moisturize the scalp.
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