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.
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.
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.