One of the best things you can do for your hair is use all natural products.
There are many ways to incorporate all natural products into your hair care regimen for healthy hair. You can use foods like avocado, eggs and mayonnaise or you can choose to use Indian and herbal hair powders mixed with store bought products or each other.
Indian ladies have used herbal hair powders to strengthen, growth, thicken and maintain their beautiful locks of hair for many generations. Meanwhile, those of us in Western culture are using hair care products heavy laden with chemicals.
It’s time to stop using all the toxic hair products and start valuing our beautiful God given crowns by caring for them with the best possible substances on earth…natural ones.
While I’m still considered a newbie with respect to Indian herbal hair care, I’ve still managed to build a substantial collection of herbal hair powders. Below is a list of those herbal powders and how I use them.
Herbal Powders for Healthy Hair
Aloe Vera Powder – In powder form, aloe vera adds moisture to your hair care products, especially DIY recipes. It also conditions the hair and nourishes the scalp to encourage new growth.
Amla – Rich in essential fatty acids, Amla adds lustur to the hair shaft and strengthens the hair follicles.
Aritha/Reetha Powder – With it’s anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, Aritha (also known as Reetha) can be used to create a shampoo that’s gentler than what you will purchase in stores. It makes hair shinier & softer and helps treat dry scalp conditions.
Ashwaghanda Powder– This herb stimulates hair follicles which can lead to hair growth. The antioxidants in ashwagandha reduce the risks of premature greying.
Bentonite clay – Made from volcanic ash, bentonite clay is rich in minerals including silica, calcium, copper, magnesium, iron, potassium and sodium. The clay binds with heavy metals and chemicals in the hair to remove toxins and other impurities. This clay is effective at cleansing and detoxifying the hair.
Bhringraj/Maka Powder – This herbal powder can be used in combination with Amla, Brahmi, Shikakai and/or Neem. They can be mixed to create a paste to condition the hair and scalp.
Brahmi Powder – A very widely used medicinal herb in India, brahmi is known to help prevent split ends by strengthening the fibers of the hair and also combats dry/itchy scalp. Mixing brahmi with amla and ashwagandha powders makes it a super packed conditioning treatment for the hair.
Rhassoul/Ghassoul/Red/Moroccan Clay – Harvested from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, rhassoul clay has so many benefits. Quite similar to bentonite clay it detoxes the hair, removes product build up, improves hair elasticity and reduces frizz. It also helps helps to clear clogged pores in the scalp and is particularly moisturizing to the hair – more so than Bentonite clay.
Curly Proverbz Green Tea (Growth) Rinse – The moisture and managability received from this rinse is wonderful. In addition to the obvious (green tea), this rinse includes lavender essential oil, calendula, chamomille, comfrey, sage, red clover and hops. Could you DIY this? Absolutely but the cost of this is actually pretty decent as a little product goes a long way and it would also be more time consuming having to assemble all of the herbs. This green tea rinse also helps reduce excess shedding and stimulates hair growth.
Curly Proverbz Henna Gloss – Cassia has been termed, “neutral henna” as it conditions the hair much like henna but without color deposit. When combined with a deep conditioner, it aids in strengthening the hair follicles and the hair shaft. The result is stronger hair that defies breakage.
Hibiscus Powder – This powder can be used to create a natural hair coloring. Makes hair bouncier, combats hair loss and strengthens hair. Hibiscus powder can be used to create a hair oil, cleanser or conditioner.
Nupur Henna Blend – This is a powerful blend of herbal powders with henna being the largest most abundant ingredient and other herbs including: Brahmi, Shikakai, Aloe Vera, Methi, Bhringraj, Amla, Neem, Hibiscus, and Jatamansi. I used to use straight henna but this henna blend is even more potent and conditioning for the hair and it also provides full grey coverage. Score!
Shikakai Powder – A natural conditioner, Shikakai can also be used as a shampoo. It strengthens the roots of the hair and promotes hair growth.
Rose Powder – This herbal powder offers some surprising benefits as it increases blood flow to the hair follicles, thereby strengthening the hair shaft when used as a hair mask. Hair is also smoother and shinier after just one treatment.
Fenugreek seeds or powder will also find its way into my hair regimen in the near future but for now I don’t need Fenugreek as the Nupur Henna Blend contains it. Methi = Fenugreek. There’s also a plan to add Neem powder to my supply. It’s been known to combat acne effectively and that’s yet another thing I have to deal with.
How to Combine The Herbal Powders
Create Hair Oils
– with Henna, Amla, Brahmi and natural oils (ex: olive, coconut, grapeseed)
– Nupur 9 herb blend + Grapeseed oil and MSM
Create Hair Washes
– Bentonite and/or Ghassoul clays with aloe Vera powder and water
– Shikakai, Aritha, Bhringraj
Create Hair Masks
– Rhassoul, Hibiscus, Rose and Aloe Vera
– Shikakai, Aloe Vera
– Aritha, Aloe Vera
– Bhringraj, Brahmi, Hibiscus
– Brahmi, Amla, Ashwaghanda
– Cassia, Hibiscus, Amla
– Rose + Aloe Vera
Create Hair Rinses
– Green Tea blend + Hibiscus, water, peppermint or eucalyptus EO
– Henna, Amla, Shikakai
I don’t follow Ayurveda in the traditional sense since I’m Christian but I do use the herbal powders mentioned (all provided by the Creator anyway) for my hair care. I find my hair is most responsive to all natural hair products. The herbs mentioned have been used in Indian culture for centuries by women.