The Benefits of Turmeric for Natural Hair



Developed in India over 3,000 years ago, Ayurvedic medicine or Ayurveda for short, is one of the world's oldest holistic i.e. whole-body, healing systems. The foundation of Ayurveda is that health and wellness depend on the intricate balance between the spirit, mind, and body and its principal objective is to promote good health, not to fight disease. Ayurvedic medicine gives us a lot of great options for hair. Henna is perhaps the most well-known ayurvedic herb used in haircare but there are many others including amla, brahmin and turmeric — the benefits of which we will take a closer look
at below.

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DIY Ayurvedic Conditioner for Natural Hair Growth



by Emilia Obiekea of AdoreBotanicals.com

I enjoy making and creating products when I have free time. Ayurvedic herbs are wonderful for the hair and skin.   

"According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Ayurveda is considered one of the oldest healing sciences that have a holistic approach to health. It is designed to help people live a long, healthy, and well-balanced life. It has been practiced in India for at least 5,000 years. It has recently become popular again in western cultures and is used to treat illnesses and maintain balance in the body, mind, and consciousness through proper eating, drinking, and lifestyle.  Our hair, which is a vital parameter of external beauty, can also benefit from Ayurvedic treatments to maintain its health and look beautiful. These time-tested herbal hair care remedies have been the backbones behind the healthy and long hair of Indian women. Whether dealing with scalp problems, nourishing the hair follicles, or trying to steer clear of sulfates, parabens, or ingredients you cannot pronounce, Ayurveda can bring health and beauty to your tresses."
I am sharing my own recipe for a home pre-poo/conditioning treatment that encourages healthy hair growth.

Here's The Ayurvedic Oil That Will Change Your Hair

Stock photo courtesy of Asha + Miel 

Written by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

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Amla: Miracle Oil or Too Good to Be True?!



Where Does it Come From? 
Among the many botanical based ingredients currently popular in hair care routines, amla is perhaps the one that seems the most mysterious, at least from a chemistry point of view.

Amla is derived from the fruit of the Indian gooseberry or Phyllanthus emblica L., a deciduous tree found in both the tropical and subtropical portions of the Indian and Southeastern Asian countries.
The lemon-sized fruit is greenish yellow with attractive vertical striations and has a bitter, sour, and sweet taste. While amla fruit is primarily composed of water, it also contains a variety of sugars, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, minerals, and contains very high amounts of ascorbic acid (vitamin C). For many centuries it has been prized by practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine as well as many other groups for its reportedly amazing medicinal attributes as well as for its beneficial properties for hair and skin.

What Does it Do? 
Advocates who support topical use of amla for hair claim that it is has many uses:
  • cleansing agent
  • deep conditioning treatment
  • dandruff remedy
  • prevents graying of hair
  • darkens hair without use of dyes
  • imparts shine
  • improves hair growth
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DIY: Ayurvedic Conditioning Custard for Natural Hair

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by Emilia Obiekea of Adorebotanicals.com

I love Ayurvedic herbs, flowers and everything natural!  It's a new year and winter is taking its toll on our strands. When my hair needs a big dose of nourishment I whip up this easy, DIY mask. It is enriched with strengthening and softening ingredients to smooth and moisturize your natural hair. Check it out.

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How I Grew Long Natural Hair Using the 'Indian Oiling Method'



by HadassaH. of NappilyNigeriangirl.com

I'd like to share a method I've incorporated into my regimen to help me retain length.

My hair had been growing longer but I noticed that the older parts (the ends) would get dry and were prone to breaking off easily.

Usually at this point, I'd trim my hair, but since I decided to challenge myself to grow my hair to waist length, just because, I decided it was time to adapt length retention techniques into my regimen.
The henna and protein treatments had helped strengthen my hair and made it less porous overall, but it didn't stop my ends from getting dry.  And while the LOC method has proved effective in providing daily moisture, I felt I still needed more to reinforce my fine hair and make it stronger to withstand manipulation.

 late 2013

My quest for length retention led me to the 'Indian Oiling Method'.   I've been consistently using this regimen since 2013 and have made changes along the way to better suit kinky, curly hair of different textures with the help of feedback from the naturalistas around me.

This regimen is especially useful if you're suffering from unexplained dryness, brittleness, breakage, hair shed and dullness. Where this is excessive, please see your doctor.

During the period of adopting this regimen, it has really helped my hair by:

- preventing breakage and improving length (I was able to finally grow my fine hair down to my waist!)-- I have waist length hair!
- improving elasticity and strength
- improving sheen and softness
- improving moisture retention
- improving styling

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