with the right tools, says beauty therapist and
naturopath Nirmala Shetty
Unlike your skin your hair cannot repair
itself. That's why you need to care for it and protect it - for
the state of your hair reflects your internal health. To revive
your hair's natural health and shine, follow this:
- Keep your scalp clean and cool.
- Nutrients are the key to healthy hair, but to be effective,
they must reach the roots. So, whatever you use, you must learn
to massage it in well, using the pads of your fingers.
- Tension in the scalp or fatty deposits block blood circulation,
drying the sebum and thus starving the hair roots. So, message
scalp with a god oil to improve circulation and free the hair
roots of dry sebum.
- Make a pre-shampoo conditioner with natural herbs like henna,
'shikakai', neem, sandalwood, 'amla' and 'brahmi' and add curd
and eggs to it. Apply to scalp to beat dryness and lend bounce
to otherwise limp and dull hair.
- Follow a balanced diet rich in minerals, proteins and vitamins,
the essentials for healthy hair. Especially good are iron, sulphur,
zinc-B complex and vitamin C.
Herb it out!
Treat specific hair conditions
the herbal way:
Message well with a herbal oil at least twice a week. Follow a
diet rich in zinc. Use a mild herbal shampoo and avoid harsh ones
since the chemicals in them can strip hair of its outer protein
layer, further drying the scalp. Do not use electric curlers and
Wash hair every alternate day and rinse out with lemon. Use oils
and shampoos rich in need and henna. A head massage with a herbal
oil helps maintain the pH level of the scalp. Avoid oily foods
and binge on green leafy veggies and fruits.
Message scalp with essential oils like rosemary, cedar, lemon
and eucalyptus to reduce flaking and itchiness of the scalp. 'Methi'
seeds are also helpful in fighting dandruff. Soak them overnight,
grind the next morning, mix in the juice of need leaves and apply
on the scalp. Avoid fatty foods and red meat.
A diet lacking in zinc, minerals, proteins, vitamins and B-complex.
Excessive body hat, stress and tension, hormonal imbalance, thyroid
imbalance, prolonged illness and excessive medication. The chemicals
used in perming lotions and hair colourants. They are all responsible
for hair loss. The remedy: Change your diet to include healthy
food; massage hair with essential oils and treat hair to nourishing
With age, the middle layer of hair loses its pigment, resulting
in grey hair. Besides, excessive body heat and the heat generated
by constant mental activity can lead to premature greying. And,
of course, perming, colouring and bleaching work to promote greying,
If you want to colour your hair, try doing
it naturally. Use henna along with other herbs like 'amla', 'shikakai'
and brahmi'. Add coffee for that dark brown colour. Those of you
with no option but to use a dye, remember to keep the scalp nourished
with vegetable juices.