When looking to switch over from traditional hair care to natural herbal hair care (referred to by some as Ayurvedic hair care), it can be a bit overwhelming to know what to use.
There’s literally scores of herbs that can be incorporated in to your hair care regimen, not to mention all the different combinations that can be made among them. Yet, many of the herbs around can perform double or even triple duty.
I’m assuming you don’t want to have a whole host of herbs in your closet while wondering what to do with them, Let me help you out by narrowing down a few that you can use for every step of your hair care routine:
Notice this doesn’t include styling. That’s because let’s face it. A girl needs her assortment of stylers.
Below are five of the best herbs you can use to create a complete herbal hair care regimen.
One of the best herbs around, Amla is used to strengthen, thicken and improve manageability of natural hair.
It can be used to create a pre-poo or a mask to strengthen while also adding shine and helping to balance moisture in your hair.
Amla can be mixed with a conditioner, oils, and other natural ingredients.
You can create hair masks with Amla by combining it with apple cider vinegar, olive oil, Aloe Vera and so much more. The possibilities are numerous.
A super herb, henna can be used to strengthen your hair as well as add shine and coverage of gray hair.
It’s so versatile that Henna can also be used to create a strengthening hair tea spray or a hair growth oil.
Henna can be used as a full strength treatment or added to your deep conditioner to create a henna gloss. When first starting out with henna, it’s good to start slow. Try it as a gloss before using it full strength.
Here’s a Beginner’s Guide to Using Henna
This herb can be used to create a cleanser and because it’s rich in vitamins, it can help nourish and fortify your strands.
Shikakai can also be used to create a hair mask for dry hair by mixing it with amla.
It can detangle, add shine and soften the hair.
When using herbs, your hair may need an extra boost of moisture and Aloe Vera is a great one to help you do so.
Aloe Vera can be combined with Shikaki to create a moisturizing hair wash or to help you balance out moisture with strength in your other herbal treatments.
Check out the instructions given by Henna Sooq for using Aloe Vera powder
Fenugreek, also called Methi helps eliminate frizz, add shine, promote hair growth and strengthen the hair against breakage. Talk about a super herb!
Fenugreek seeds or powder can be mixed with oils like coconut and grapeseed to create a stimulating hair growth oil.
You can also create a simple strengthening hair spritz using nothing more than filtered water and fenugreek seeds. If you want to add more benefits, toss in some Aloe Vera powder and some essential oils.
Aritha, also called Aretha or soap nuts can also be used to create a hair cleanser as it has properties that help it to foam up naturally.
This herb can be combined with Shikaiki, Amla and Fenugreek to cleanse and condition the hair.
As you can see, each of these herbs can be used together to do great things for your hair.
This article concludes The Herbs for Hair Care Series