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Herbal Hair Care FAQ Part 1

Herbal Hair Care  F. A . Q.                          

by  Janice Kumar

 I have received a number of emails with requests for more hair care information and have compiled a frequently asked questions list. I have tried to provide some answers which maybe useful for your hair condition. Please do go through this information before contacting me. Due to the volume of mails I receive, it becomes very difficult to answer queries on a personal basis. The internet is also not a good medium when it is important to have more in depth information before a solution can be suggested. In these cases, it may be important to find a herbal care professional in your local area. 

What is a good tonic for hair ?

A combination of olive oil,  almond oil, and coconut oil blended equally is an excellent source of nourishment for your scalp and hair. Blend the three oils equally in one small container and apply weekly and leave over night. Wash off in the morning to find soft silky, healthy hair. This is an excellent hair care tonic for long term usage.      

Is there a quick hair care solution for dry and unhealthy hair?

A quick solution can be found in lemon juice. Lemon juice helps provide and maintain the correct pH balance in the hair which can go awry during extreme weather conditions. Squeeze one lemon into a mug of water and rinse your hair after a normal hair wash with this lime water. This will help provide bounce to the hair and also help in getting rid of minor infections if any. Do this once or twice a week, for two to three weeks and then stop.

Can lemon juice really help in curing dandruff?

There are many causes of dandruff. When the pH balance of the scalp/hair is affected and excessive oil is secreted by the scalp, it is important to get the pH balance normal again. In this case, mixing the juice of one lemon in a little coconut oil and applying directly on the a hair and scalp can help regain that pH balance quickly. It is important to rinse off this mixture after half and hour or so and apply it at least twice a week for two to three weeks to find a gradual improvement in the dandruff condition. Lemon juice can also help kill off minor scalp infections which can help in dandruff control.

Incase, the dandruff is caused by some other reason, this may not really work.

Can you suggests a special pack for thinning hair?

First of all, I suggest you start with the hair tonic given above. This will help in the long run.

Now to create a quick fix for thinning hair, try this special hair pack. Mix one egg, two teaspoons (10ml) castor oil, one teaspoon vinegar, one teaspoon glycerin and one teaspoon fenugreek powder to smooth paste. Massage this paste into the hair and scalp. Now cover your head with a warm towel  (a towel, soaked in hot water with the water squeezed out). Wait for twenty minutes and then wash the hair with warm water to find bouncy, thicker looking, smooth and beautiful hair. You may try this, once a week and it will help the hair. Fenugreek seeds will help in preventing hair fall while the glycerin will give the hair bounce. The vinegar helps in restoring pH balance.     

Is there a herbal cure for falling hair?

There can be multiple health, diet and lifestyle related factors contributing to hair fall. Stress and poor diet can play havoc with hair. You need to understand the cause before you can treat hair fall.

To start with  get the pH balance right with the lemon and coconut oil massage described above. Then prepare a hair fall herbal oil as follows. Crush 20 grams curry leaves and 20 grams fenugreek seeds and a garlic clove to prepare a paste. Boil this paste in coconut oil and allow the mixture to cool. Bottle this oil and use twice a week in the night and wash off in the morning. This should help in controlling hair fall in many cases.   

How do I treat brittle hair and split ends, the herbal way?

Brittle hair leads to split ends. Split ends have to be treated/trimmed by a hair dresser. Brittle hair can be fixed with a powerful protein boost. Provide the hair with a protein hair mask by mixing an egg with 20ml curd and juice of one lemon. Massage this mixture into the hair. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then shampoo it off. Do it twice a week for the first two weeks and then once a week for two to three months and find your hair becoming soft and manageable. 

4 thoughts on “Herbal Hair Care FAQ Part 1

  1. Hi my husband comes from a family whose men have bald heads in their 30’s. is there an oil or some treatment u can suggest for this. He had dandruff and one use of baking soda to wash hair with has removed all the flaky skin. oil or any other treatment would be good please. Thank you.

  2. Hi Farah. Mainstream doctors generally claim that hereditary baldness can’t be cured. Herbalists say otherwise. I came across an article claiming to have a possible cure called “Alefacept.” http://www.ssdds.org/ena/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=161&Itemid=1

    Info from MSN: Baldness, or alopecia, a partial or complete loss of hair, primarily affecting the scalp. Baldness may spread over the entire head, or it may occur only in spots. Known causes of baldness include hereditary factors, aging, diseases affecting the entire body, scalp disorders, ionizing radiation, and reaction to drugs.

    II Hereditary Baldness

    In hereditary baldness, the hair follicles and oil glands in the scalp deteriorate and the hair gradually becomes thinner until only a few strands of fine, downy hair remain. The most common form of inherited baldness is male pattern baldness, which spreads evenly, usually beginning with a partial loss of hair on the upper temples and on the crown of the head. This condition appears most frequently in men over 30 years old, although in some cases it may occur prematurely, even as early as the mid-teens. This form of heredity baldness may be due in part to the hormonal changes that accompany the aging process.

    Women become bald less often than men, but they carry the genes that determine pattern baldness and pass them on to their children. When inherited female pattern baldness does occur, it normally affects menopausal women—that is, women around the ages of 45 to 50 years old, suggesting a link to hormonal changes.

    III Diseases That Cause Baldness

    Several diseases, particularly those characterized by prolonged high fevers, may cause baldness. Typhoid fever or scarlet fever can cause sudden loss of hair from the head or entire body. Gradual loss of hair may be caused by malnutrition, disorders of the endocrine system, drug poisoning, and other diseases. Alopecia universalis causes a permanent and total loss of hair over the entire body including the eyebrows and eyelashes. The cause of alopecia universalis is unknown.

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