Hair Mask at Home
Today we will be making a hair mask at home with a fraction of a price from the store-bought mask. So easy to make that will make you wonder why to buy a hair mask from out when you can make it at home.
Hair is a big part of our looks and health. Hair is the first thing we notice in a person and it defines our personality.
Having good hair day is what we as a girl always want to boost her self esteem, but it is seldom so especially on our special days.
First let us see What is Hair? Then we will talk about how to make a hair mask at home.
What is Hair ?
Hair is a protein called Keratin which is found in hair follicles that are on the top layer of the skin called dermis.
It is said that our scalp has more than 1 Lac hair follicles and over 5 million all over our body.
Hair is made from dead cells that we pushed out of the body just like our nails. Hair originated from a bulb-shaped structure inside our skin. When these follicles are nourished they perform a complicated process of keratinization which gives rise to our hair as we know it.
When this follicle does not receive proper nourishment that leads to dull hair full of breakage and split ends.
The first step to a good hair care lies within us.
The food we eat plays a major role in deciding how healthy our hair will be, be it any type of hair.
If you wish to know your hair type please check out my blog post on types of hair it will give you in dept knowledge about hair and its types and the science behind it.
So coming back to giving nourishment.
As much as eating good food is important it is also important to nourish the hair tropically.
Today we will be discussing just that.
Hair Mask at Home
For centuries in India our grand mothers have given us home remedies to help nourish and maintain the health of our hair thanks to Ayurveda.
We will be discussing basic Ayurvedic ingredients to make a hair mask at home with fraction of a price from the store brought hair mask and we do not need to spend thousands in parlour too.
Within one use of this hair mask you will know the difference I promise.
Ingredients for Hair Mask at Home.
First ingredient that we will be using is Dahi / Yogurt / Curd.
Dahi / Curd / Yogurt
Dahi or yogurt is used in India since ancient times. Be it as a facemask or hair mask. I wish it was considered as super food as there are so many benefits to it when you eat it or apply it tropically.
It is excellent choice for a low budget moisturizer.
Curd is a rich source of fatty acids, vitamins and mineral which is good for the health or your hair and gut. The probiotics in the curd help keep good bacteria in your stomach and intestine in its optimum health.
Ayurveda recommends to have curd atleast once a day usually afternoon is preferred. In some states of India like Gujarat, Andra Pradesh and Telegana curd is had with every meal.
Constituents of Curd
Curd is rich source of
- Fatty acids
- Vitamins B5 and D
These all components of curd make it a super addition to your meal and hair care routine.
Benefits of Curd when applied tropically on hair and scalp
- Helps to get rid of dandruff
- Soothes itchy scalp
- Prevents scalp infection
- Moisturizes the hair and scalp
- Makes it shinier and healthier looking
- Provides nutrition to the hair follicles
- Makes hair straight (in some cases by avoiding fuzziness)
The next ingredient that we will be using is Fenugreek Seeds or Methi seeds
Fenugreek seeds / Methi Seeds
Fenugreek or Methi is such a beautiful ingredient that used in Indian Kitchen to flavor food. It is my favorite flavoring ingredient that enhances the taste of the food. In Ayurveda it is used as a medicine to take care of diabetes and sugar issues, digestive issues, soothe irritated skin and scalp etc
Fenugreek is also used as natural remedy for hair issues like thinning, dullness, itchy scalp and dandruff.
I love to eat fenugreek leaves in stir fried version let me know in the comments section what kind of leafy vegetable do you like.
Constituents of Fenugreek
Fenugreek is a rich source for the following macro and micro nutrients needed by hair and body to maintain optimum health
All the above nutritiens make fenugreek anti inflammatory and antifungal agent which helps to take care of dandruff.
Benefits of fenugreek
- Anti inflammatory
- Skin soothing
- Wound healing
So now that we know of our two main ingredients lets talk about the recipe
Recipe for Hair Mask at Home
1 Cup – Curd or Yogurt
1 tablespoon – Fenugreek seeds
Rose water or simple water as required
Grin the fenugreek seeds in a mixer grinder and make it into powder
Finer the better to apply
Take 1 cup of curd into a bowl you can use the liquids and solids both for this hair mask
Add 1 tablespoon of ground fenugreek seeds in the curd
Let it sit for 15 – 30 minutes
Fenugreek will soak up all the water in the curd and puff up.
It will turn into a gel like consistency
Once it is all swelled up you can add rose water as required for the applicable consistency.
Made a judicious guess as per your hair length.
You can increase or decrease the amount as per your requirement.
Now apply this evenly from root to the ends
Let it sit for 1 hour minimum on the hair.
Then wash hair with gentle shampoo bar
If you wish to make a shampoo bar here are some recipes
If you have oily hair this mask should be applied once a week
If you have dry hair apply at least 2 -3 times a week for best results
You do not need a conditioner after this hair mask
For people who have lactose intolerance please make informed choice
If you wish to have long hair faster you can add onion seed powder to this.
You can also mix Ayurvedic Herbal Hair Oil to this hair mask for better results.
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Watch me make this Hair Mask at Home
Do let me know how it works for you.
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