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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.
There are many reasons for hair loss. It is absolutely normal to loose 80-90 hair per day as it is usually replaced with new hair.There are many reasons for hair fall or hair loss like
Fungal infection of the scalp
Poor diet and nutrition
Side effects of some drugs etc
Some forms of hair loss can be prevented with natural home remedies and a healthy lifestyle. But if one observes sudden increased loss of hair, it is advisable to consult a dermatologist or a trichologist.
Do’s and Don’ts
Certain practices like tying your hair tightly, combing the hair back, drying the hair vigorously with a terry towel, treating your hair with chemicals, combing vigorously causes the hair to break and results in hair fall. Try to avoid such practices as it will affect the overall health of the hair.
Include a diet rich in iron, protein, zinc and other nutrients.
Water is vital to proper hydration and also flushes out toxins from the body. It is necessary in order, for all nutrients to be utilized properly by the body, proper functioning of every cell in the body including hair follicles.
Keep yourself free of stress as stress is one of the reasons for hair fall.
Natural Home Remedies to prevent Hair Fall
Grind grated coconut with a little water and squeeze out thick milk. Massage this milk into the hair roots 3 times a week to prevent hair loss naturally.
Apply paste of gooseberry powder to prevent hair graying and falling. You can add gooseberry powder to henna paste also. Include amla or gooseberry in your diet as it is a rich source of vitamin C. (Few gooseberry recipes – Gooseberry raita, gooseberry rice etc)
Grind fenugreek seeds soaked in water overnight and apply the paste on the scalp and wash it off after half an hour. This is an age old natural remedy for hair fall.
Apply Egg white on the scalp and wash it off after 15-20 minutes. It controls hair fall and also nourishes the hair because of the protein in the eggs.
Fenugreek tea is not only good for the health but also nourishes and promotes hair growth if taken regularly.
Dandruff hinders hair growth and leads to hair fall. So take necessary step to get rid of dandruff.
Amla Oil (gooseberry oil) prevents greying and also stops hair fall. It nourishes and promotes hair growth. Check out homemade hair oil recipes to prevent hair fall and promote hair growth.
These home remedies will help to stop mild hair fall, if your problem is severe, kindly seek medical help.
A glowing and silky hair can be a great beauty asset for a person, provided it is taken care well. One has to devote some time to take care of the hair everyday. Find below a few natural hair care tips that can be easily followed at home for a glowing and healthy hair.
Tips for healthy and silky hair
1. Diet plays a very important role in maintaining the health of the hair. According to hair experts, vitamins and minerals are essential for healthy hair. One should include cereals, lots of leafy green vegetables, fruits and sprouts in one’s diet. Take food rich in protein, essential fatty acids, carotenes, iron, silica, zinc, Vitamins E , C ,Vitamin B (especially biotin) to have a healthy head of hair. Good sources of protein : milk, fish, eggs, cheese, soy.
2.Washing your hair is a very important part of hair care. Choosing the right shampoo for your hair is equally important. Avoid harsh shampoos as it will strip the hair of its natural oil. One can also use natural ingredients like sikkakai or besan or paste of fenugreek seeds to clean the hair. If that is not possible, then go for herbal or mild baby shampoos.
3. Always dilute shampoo in a little water and use it. Do not use it directly. Wet your hair first and then apply this diluted shampoo and lather it well.
4.Conditioning your hair is also an integral part of hair care. Conditioning moisturizes, protects your hair from damage, keeping it soft and healthy. Conditioning makes it easy for you to manage your hair. Rinse your hair well after shampooing and then apply conditioner. Choose a conditioner that is suitable for your hair texture. Follow the instructions on the pack for applying it. Thoroughly rinse the conditioner as its residue can make the hair look dull.
5.Massage your scalp with olive oil or warm coconut oil using your finger tips. Remain for half an hour and wash hair well. This natural remedy is an excellent conditioning treatment. It also helps in blood circulation. Follow this natural remedy once in a week for healthy hair. It also controls frizz.
6.Mayonnaise is an excellent conditioner for dry hair. Massage your scalp with mayonnaise and leave it for half an hour. Then shampoo as usual. Always rinse your hair well so that no traces of shampoo is left behind.
7.Do’s and Dont’s – Avoid using or limit using hair dryer to dry your hair. Dermatologists recommend letting your hair partially air dry before you style or comb. In this way, there is lesser chances of hair damage. After washing hair, avoid drying vigorously, instead dry it by blotting the hair with a towel.
8.Use wide toothed comb to remove tangles and do not comb wet hair as combing wet hair can stretch the strands causing them to break.
9.Do not tie your hair tightly or use normal rubber bands, as they break the hair. Always use coated rubber bands or soft hair ties of fabric.
10.Brush your hair daily using a brush with rounded tip bristles to improve blood circulation. Do it gently
11.Cover your hair with a scarf or shawl during travel to prevent tangles and to protect your hair from dust.
12.Avoid chemical treatment on your hair as they damage the hair and make it brittle. Dying, perming, bleaching, straightening cause damage to the hair, so try to avoid such practices.
13.Drink 8-9 glasses of water daily to keep yourself hydrated
14.Exercise for 5 days a week as it improves blood circulation to your scalp.
Follow these simple hair care tips to have a healthy and silky hair.
To sum up, the way you wash, style and treat your hair can go a long way in maintaining the health of your hair. So treat your hair with care and do not abuse it. Lastly maintain a healthy life style, as the health of your hair is related to your lifestyle.