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Curry leaves known as “kadi patta” in Hindi, “karuvepillai” in Tamil is commonly used in Indian cuisine. But today we are going to see how to make hair oil with curry leaves. Curry leaves oil (karuvepillai ennai) is very effecting in treating many hair related problems. Making curry leaves oil at home is very easy. This oil smells good and is very effective in preventing hair fall. I personally use this hair oil and have never suffered from dandruff or any hair related problems all these years. Today we will learn how to make curry leaves oil at home to prevent hair loss and premature greying.
Benefits of Curry leaves oil
Promotes Hair Growth.
Stops hair loss and thinning.
Prevents premature greying when applied regularly.
Treats damaged hair.
Strengthens your hair and prevents dandruff.
Wash curry leaves, pat it dry and spread it on a cloth to dry in shade. There should be no moisture in the curry leaves.
Grind curry leaves without adding water. It need not be a paste. You can also add the leaves as such.
Heat a cup of coconut oil, add a tsp of fenugreek seeds and curry leaves.
Cook on medium low heat stirring continuously.
When the bubbling subsides and the leaves turn crisp, turn off the heat. Leave it to cool.
Let the leaves remain in oil overnight.
Then filter it and store it in a clean bottle. Curry leaves oil is ready to use.
How to use Curry leaves oil
Take some oil and apply it on your entire scalp using your finger tips.
Remain for an hour, then wash your hair normally using shampoo or homemade herbal shampoo.
This can be down twice a week.
This oil is safe and can be used for daily application also.
Note – Use pure or virgin coconut oil and organic curry leaves (free of pesticides) for making this curry leaves hair oil. I have used curry leaves from my kitchen garden.
Do try it and give me your feedback.
You can also include curry leaves in your diet to prevent hair fall. Check out recipes using curry leaves HERE.
Most shampoos available in the market has chemicals in it especially sodium lauryl sulfate. It is a detergent which causes dryness of hair, hair loss and even allergic reaction in some people.You can make your own herbal shampoo at home without any synthetic chemicals using natural ingredients. It is not only very cheap but also cleanses and conditions your hair effectively and wonderfully.
1.Herbal Shampoo using shikkakai
Sikkakai -1 kg
Dried Lemon peels – 10-15
Curry leaves (dried) -1 cup
Hibiscus flowers (ordinary red flower alone)- 1 cup
Fenugreek -250 grams
Green gram – 250 grams
Soap nuts (deseed it, dry it ) – 100 grams
Dry everything in the sun and give it for grinding to the flour mill or you can buy all these powder (pure) separately from the market, mix it and use it.
We have never had any dandruff problem or lice problem or any scalp problem. Do you want to know the secret behind it? The secret is-my mother grinds a handful of dried neem leaves and tulsi leaves along with shikkakai.Since neem has powerful antiseptic properties,we have never had any problems related to hair.
You can grind henna leaves and gooseberries also along with shikkakai to prevent your hair from premature graying.
Method to use -Take 2-3 tbsp of Sikkakai powder, mix it with a little water and cook on low flame till it starts thickening. Switch off and let it cool. We do this to prevent the sikkakai from sticking to our scalp.
2.Herbal shampoo using Bengal gram or green gram flour :
Mix green gram flour (payatha mavu) or Bengal gram flour (kadalai mavu) with buttermilk and use it to wash your hair. The hair becomes very soft, clean and shining. This works wonders for persons with dry hair.
Soak fenugreek seeds overnight, grind it to a paste. Mix it with one portion of shikakai and 1/2 portion of green gram flour and use it as a shampoo.
Take 15 hibiscus leaves and 5-6 hibiscus flowers (use only ordinary red variety) and boil them in a cup of water for 5 minutes. After it cools, grind it to a paste.
Mix this with 1/4 cup of gram flour or as required and wash your hair with it.
Alternatively, you can dry hibiscus leaves and flower in the sun, powder it, mix it with gram flour (kadalai mavu) and use it like a shampoo to wash your hair. It does not lather like the shampoos you get in the market but will cleanse your hair well.
5. Egg shampoo for people with hair fall and dandruff problems.
Take egg white alone, mix it with a little sour curd and apply well on the scalp. Wash with warm water and bengal gram flour after 20 minutes of application.
6.Arisi Kanji/Rice kanji for washing hair
Mix rice kanji (the excess water drained after cooking rice) with gram flour and use it to wash your hair. It cleans and conditions your hair naturally.
Tips – As far as possible avoid washing your hair with chlorinated water or salt water. Always rinse your hair well 2-3 times in fresh water.
Dry hair looks dull and lifeless due lack of moisture and oil. It needs plenty of nourishment and care. The causes of dry hair may be due to environment conditions, poor diet, harsh shampoos, presence of chlorine in water used for washing hair, improper care and styling practices, chemical treatments to your hair etc. All you have to do is to take special care of your hair and keep it well moisturized and nourished.
Find below easy dry hair care tips which will help combat dryness of hair.
Excessive shampooing will strip the hair of its natural moisture and makes it dry. Before shampooing your hair, apply natural oil like coconut oil, olive oil or avocado to your hair, leave it for 15 -20 minute and then wash with a mild shampoo. Avoid shampooing often.
A good moisturizing shampoo helps to combat dry hair.
Use creamy conditioners, apply it on your hair, leave it for 2 minutes and rinse your hair well. Use cool water to rinse your hair.
Warm oil massage helps to combat dryness of hair. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo after an hour.
Do’s and don’ts
It is advisable to avoid treatments like bleaching, coloring, perming, straightening as far as possible as they make the hair brittle and weak.
Also, the heat from hair dryers, curling iron dries the hair further. Hair spray also aggravates dryness of hair. So avoid or limit using these products.
Wear a hat while you are outdoors to protect your hair from the heat of the sun as exposure to strong sunlight can dry your hair further.
Wear a swimming cap while swimming to protect your hair from chlorinated water.
Trim your hair regularly to get rid of split ends.
Drink enough water to keep yourself hydrated and include a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, greens, safflower oil, nuts, sprouts and beans . Also see to it that you have a good protein intake. Lastly maintain a healthy lifestyle.