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What to Expect & Tips When Switching to Indian Herbal Hair Care

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Who says the ladies from India have carde blanche on herbal hair care?

OK Maybe they do (a little) but while a lot of herbal hair care practices stem from the Middle East, the herbs themselves were put here by the Creator.

There’s quite a bit we can learn from Indian herbal hair care. I’ve been dabbling in it to care for my own fine natural hair for over a year now. Before that, I used to do occasional henna treatments but now I’m fully onboard with using herbs for my hair care.

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Indian herbal hair care (popularly called Ayurvedic hair care….I don’t use the term. Here’s why) goes far beyond doing the occassional henna treatment. If you’re considering transitioning to the predominant use of herbs to care for your own hair, here are some tips that can help you transition, as well as a little eye opener as to what you can expect.

1- Can-be messy

Following Indian herbal hair care practices can be a bit messy. All of those herbal oils and powders that need to be mixed together could be tricky to mix and apply without creating a mess. Oils can be drippy and when applying powders to your hair to condition, even though they mixed with other ingredients (oils, conditioners, etc), it’s difficult to rinse your hair completely. There can also be some fallout of herbal powders from your hair. This is especially true if you use herbs which aren’t finely sifted.

2- You need time

While the application process of herbal treatments may not take very long, many mixtures need to sit for hours up to a few days so the herbs can infuse. Such is the case when creating your own DIY Herbal Hair Oil. So, be prepared for an investment of time.

3- Organic is Best

When purchasing herbs for your hair care, it’s best to buy Organic whenever possible. May of the powders and herbs come from overseas and you want to make sure what you are getting is as pure as possible. Just like you’d want the food you eat to be as free of pesticides as possible, your herbs need to be the same.

4- No more clarifying shampoos

When switching to Indian herbal hair care treatments, you likely won’t need to clarify your hair ever again. Usually those who co-wash or use lots of styling products need to clarify. If you are washing your hair with clays and powders theres no need to do so anymore. Clays like Bentonite and Rhassoul effortlessly remove toxins, chemicals and product build up from the hair. If you use heavy butters, wax products or wash with conditioner, clarifying will still be in the cards for you. Alternatively, Apple Cider Vinegar can be used to clarify your hair. It’s an all natural option but you can prevent the need to clarify in the first place with Indian herbal hair care products. I’ve found that even my oils are easily washed out with clays.

5- Expect increased shine and strength

Herbs have incredible power. Here’s a list of many of the Indian herbs used to protect, strengthen and improve the vitality of hair- even the weakest of hair.

6-Saves Money

Aside from the initial investment of buying the many herbs you’ll need to grow your collection, you won’t need to constantly restock you products. A little goes a long way and many recipes require as little as two tablespoons of a given herbal powder. This makes your hair products last longer. I buy most of my organic powders for as little as $4/5 for a pound. Of course, there are others that cost a bit more, with organic herbs costing the most but y’all know you can buy a deep conditioner for way more money than that.

The decision to switch to Indian herbal hair care is a good one for many reasons. It eliminates synthetic dangerous chemicals and the properties of all the herbs have the ability to infuse your hair with strength and beauty.

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Growing and thickening fine natural hair with herbal hair care

Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

6 Comment

  1. It started with Amla oil and now I’m fully in the throws of Ayurvedic Hair Care. I haven’t used Henna yet, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time. I’m so glad I just ran into your blog. I saw the link you just posted and I’m going to check out what you’ve been using on your hair. Thank you for sharing this!

    1. Hi Kim, You’re welcome! I was going to purchase an amla oil but notice they are all mixed with either mineral oil or something we likely don’t want to use in our hair. So I’m going to make it myself

  2. Thanks for the post. I have used henna just once on my hair and I loved it. It was years ago and asides sheer laziness, there’s nothing stopping me from using it again. I’d like to know the powders you use and their functions and how they really measure up as against using non- ayurvedic products. Thanks in advance.

  3. Hi Michelle, I have Androgenetic Alopecia in the front of my edges (front hair line). By switching to the Indian Herbal hair care from the traditional hair products, we buy from the local CVS ,Target store or Walmart help grow my hair back. Patients wait for your response. Thank you

    1. Hi Jacqueline, I’m not a professional so I can’t say for sure. What I do know is if the hair follicles are completely damaged, there’s no type of product to revive them. I know that’s not what you want to hear but what you can do is try and see. Focus on massaging your balding areas with oils and herbs that promote stimulation in the scalp.

      I really hope this helps.

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