Amla fruit, or Indian gooseberries, can be dried up and then ground into a highly potent health powder. Amla is one of the oldest ingredients used in many Ayurvedic medicines to treat many diseases.
Amla is especially regarded for its anti-inflammatory effects. It is one of the leading organic herbs that is most commonly used in making many beauty and cosmetic products. But can Amla, if added to any hair treatment, lead to a healthier scalp?
Answered below are some very frequently asked questions about how to use amla powder for hair and some DIY amla powder home remedies.
How Amla Powder Benefits Your Hair
- Provides Nutrition to the Scalp
Amla is naturally considered to be an immunity booster. It contains fatty acids, which strengthen hair follicles providing your hair with all the strength it needs. Amla is nutritious and contains vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, iron and antioxidants that improve blood circulation around the scalp, leading to better hair growth.
Oil Based DIY for Strengthening Your Hair
Take a few teaspoons of any oil and heat it in a pan. Add 1 spoon of 100% organic amla powder to the oil, mix into a thick paste, and let it cool down. Massage your scalp evenly with this mixture. Wash off with any mild organic shampoo.
- Arrests Premature Greying of Hair
When the base of your hair stops producing the natural color pigment melanin, you start getting white hair. This happens because of vitamin B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 deficiency can happen either due to some deficiency in the body, or simply due to age factor. Research says that by the time we enter our 30s our body starts producing lesser and lesser amounts of vitamin B12, resulting in the weakening of the color-producing pigment melanin turning our hair white. Experts say that once your hair turns white you can never reverse it. That is why we must take all necessary steps at the earliest to prevent premature greying. Adding 100% organic amla powder to your hair care routine can help you in preventing and even reversing premature greying as it supplements your body with all the deficient vitamins and minerals it needs.
DIY Mask for Curbing Premature Greying
Beat two eggs together and add 1/2 cup of 100% organic amla powder to it and make a hair mask that’s rich in proteins. Apply the hair mask an hour before you wash your hair for best results.
- Helps Reduce Dandruff
Dandruff is basically a skin disease called Seborrheic Dermatitis, it’s a red rash that is itchy, with white or yellow flakes. This condition badly affects our scalp. Dandruff is so common that it affects more than half of the population anywhere in the world. Instead of immediately hopping on to chemical remedies, we should try some home remedies as well that include amla powder.
DIY Mask for Anti-Dandruff
Add some shikakai and amla powder in some yogurt and mix into a thick paste. Apply 30 mins before you wash your head with shampoo. Try switching over to any mild organic shampoo for best hair care.
General Guidelines for Applying the Above DIYs
Amla powder application methods will vary according to the different ingredients that you use with amla. Before using, read and follow all directions given on the product labels carefully.
- Apply all the DIY solutions evenly on your entire head, starting from your scalp to the ends of your hair.
- Let the mixture sit for 30-45 minutes.
- Try using lukewarm water for rinsing off for better results.
- Apply the hair masks or the oil-based DIY two or three times a week.
An ingredient that is 100% natural and full of nutrition is generally suitable for all skin types. There have, however, been a few cases where allergies were caused by amla, resulting in redness or skin irritation. So, those sensitive to vegetables or pollens should perform a patch test 48 hours before application. And if the patch test is successful, you can use any best-reviewed 100% organic amla powder available online. Breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women should consult their doctor before use.
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