Hair is the reflection of one’s personality and can do wonders for a person’s confidence. There are lots of factors that are responsible for hair loss. Some of it could be due to Stress, Living conditions, hereditary(which is quite common), pollution and medication or due to excessive use of chemicals like hair colour and hair dye.
It is quite heart breaking to find a pile of hair on the pillow early in the morning or just strewn away in the house.There are many high end treatments available in the market that help people re-grow their hair, however the flip side is that these treatments are pretty expensive. Not all can afford them, hence there are plenty of home-made remedies that can help people regain their lost hair.
The bright side is that even if people can afford the expensive therapies and treatments, there is no harm in trying home-made remedies which have absolutely no side effects and are all available at the convenience of one’s home. All these remedies can be found in the kitchen or at the local grocery shop easily.
Some of the effective treatments or masks which can be useful for hair growth are mentioned below:
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1 The Egg mask:
Egg is as good for the body as it is for the hair. It provides the much required protein to the hair which makes it strong. Sometimes due to excessive styling the texture of the hair is spoilt and becomes brittle, which results in breakage of the hair either in the middle or at the roots.
The Egg mask has to be beaten well and applied evenly on hair and scalp, leave it for 15 – 20 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water and a mild shampoo to get rid of the smell.
2 The Banana Mask:
Banana as a fruit is extremely beneficial for skin and hair as it contains Vitamins A, B, C and E. Banana helps prevent dandruff and gives that lost lustre back to the hair. A spoonful of honey with mashed bananas will do wonders for it, leave it on the scalp for few minutes and rinse off with warm water for desired results.
3 Curd/lime juice mask:
Curd/ lime juice is the best home remedy for dandruff, which is one of the main reason for hair fall. Curd or Lime will wash away all the dry flaky skin from scalp. A tablespoon of curd or lime juice rubbed against the scalp will restore the moisture of the skin. Let it rest for 15 -20 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water. Curd is a natural conditioner for hair, once washed away does not require additional conditioning.
4 Curry leaves mask:
A mixture prepared with dry and roasted curry leaves soaked in coconut oil should be applied regularly, this mixture can be stored for a month. Curry leaves give strength and lustre to the hair. It also prevents the hair from greying at an early age.
5 Cinnamon Mask:
For those of who love to colour their hair but are worried about the side effects of chemicals, cinnamon mask is perfect, it gives the hair the much deserved colour along with the nutrition that prevents the hair from becoming brittle. A spoonful of cinnamon powder, with honey and walnut paste applied once in week for 3 months would give you the desired colour.
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6 Honey and almond mask:
Almond is rich in Vitamin E, which gives the hair its strength from roots. A spoonful of almond paste mixed with honey and rosewater applied for 30 minutes and rinsed with warm water and a mild conditioner improves the hair quality.
Amla (Indian Gooseberry ) mask:
Squeeze out juice from a fresh amla and apply it directly on scalp and leave it for an hour and later rinse with warm water. Amla is high on Vitamin C which naturally conditions the hair and gives it strength.
7 Honey and milk mask:
Honey and milk are one of the best conditioners. They are often used in shampoos and conditioning products. This one can be simply made at home without any difficulty. A table spoon of honey mixed with half cup of milk has to be applied half an hour before the wash. Voila! Hair is nice and supple and full of volume and shine, It de-tangles the hair hence it becomes easy to comb resulting in no breakage.
8 Strawberry, Coconut and honey mask:
Fresh strawberry has Vitamin C and Silica which prevents bald patches and restricts hair fall. Fresh strawberry, mixed with coconut oil and a spoonful of honey should be applied for 20 minutes and then rinsed. Strawberry and coconut prevents dandruff and strengthens hair roots. It also prevents hair from splitting and gives the hair a beautiful fragrance.
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9 Green tea mask:
Green tea is an antioxidant, it flushes out toxins from the body and does wonders for the skin and Similarly, It also helps the hair. A paste of green tea along with an egg applied for 20 mins will reduce the baldness and also prevents hair thinning. Rinse it with a mild shampoo and conditioner to wash away the smell. Being a natural coolant it eases pressure.
10 Aloe Vera and olive oil mask:
Aloe Vera is a good source of protein which helps in hair growth and gives shine and volume to the hair. A mask of Aloe Vera and Olive oil is the best thing the hair could get. Olive oil gives a natural glaze and shine to the hair and Aloe Vera gives it the strength. Take 4 – 5 Table spoons of Aloe Vera juice and mix it with Virgin Olive oil and rub it on the scalp and hair, leave aside for 30 mins and rinse it off well with a mild shampoo and conditioner.
11 Henna Mask:
This one is the most commonly used hair mask. It is inexpensive, non-fussy, easy to use hair mask. Henna can be combined with water or green tea or lemon for use, this paste needs to be applied for at least 30 minutes and then washed off. It gives a natural colour to the hair, conditions, at the same time works like an anti-dandruff treatment, which prevents hair fall.
These are some effective and homemade masks which can be easily prepared and applied at the home and does not have any side effect. Using these can reduce the hair fall up to 80% the remaining depending upon your lifestyle. Apart from the above, other certain tips wh must be kept in mind are-
Hair should always be covered while travelling
Avoid mid-morning sunlight.
Drinking plenty of water, keeping the body hydrated.
Using lukewarm water for washing hair, avoiding too cold or very hot water.
So, Happy Hair Care…!!