A healthy mane is a reflection of your inner health and personality, and attaining one is not such a mammoth task as it is made out to be. In fact, the secret to gorgeous hair lies in your own kitchen.
The magic ingredient talked about here is Amla or the Indian gooseberry. Known for its medicinal and healing properties, Amla is a storehouse of nutrition for your hair.
Here are 4 ways Amla add a value to your hair care:
1. Stops hair fall
Amla is one of the richest sources of Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant. Vitamin C stimulates the growth of hair follicles and stops hair fall. Amla strengthens the hair shaft and prevents breakage. Apply fresh Amla paste, or amla juice mixed with a few drops of lemon juice, thrice a week, on your hair to see a visible reduction in hair loss. Eating raw Amla is also said to prevent hair loss and promote healthy hair growth.
2. Prevents premature greying
Amla is known to prevent greying of hair. It naturally darkens hair color and stops the loss of color pigment (melanin) from the hair. Environmental pollution that gives rise to free radicals in the body is also known to accelerate premature greying of hair. Amla has free radical scavenging properties that help reverse the process of hair greying.
3. Treats dandruff
Dandruff is a type of fungal infection. Amla has antifungal properties that help get rid of the pesky dandruff. It provides nourishment to the scalp and relieves dryness. Amla is also added as an ingredient in hair oils and shampoos to reduce the occurrence of dandruff.
4. Improves blood circulation within the scalp
Amla oil, when massaged on to the scalp, seeps into the pores and helps improve blood circulation within the scalp skin. It contains essential fats that nourishes the follicles from within for better hair growth. Also, it helps restore the pH balance of the scalp.
Step-wise ways to use Amla in your daily hair routine
Here are a few ways you can use Amla in your everyday hair care routine:
Boil dried amla fruit with coconut oil to make a nourishing hair oil.
Mix half a cup of fresh amla juice with some water and apply this concoction on your scalp to fight away the grease. It is a highly beneficial remedy for those who have oily hair.
Soak dried amla pieces in water overnight. Use this water as the last rinse when washing hair. It will boost hair growth.
Make a paste of amla powder and water. Apply the paste onto your hair. Leave for 30 minutes and wash off.
Now that you know the innumerable benefits of amla for your hair, don’t forget to make it an indispensable part of your hair care routine. After all, who doesn’t love a head full of long, luscious, and healthy-looking hair!
Neha Garg is a clinical dietician and health writer with an outstanding academic and clinical background. A post-graduate from the prestigious Lady Irwin College, she was also a Delhi University topper. With a work experience spanning more than a decade, she has worked for renowned healthcare organizations such as Indraprastha Apollo Hospital and HealthifyMe. An avid reader and health enthusiast, she also develops customized diet plans along with personal diet consultations. Presently, she is working with EbixCash as a senior medical writer.