There is now a growing recognition that the chemical products we normally used that were supposed to “rejuvenate and refresh” our hair isn’t the best sources of hair care out there. In fact, they possibly do more harm than good, as the kind of long-lasting damage associated with these products only become more visible over time.
Hence, the trend is changing and moving towards more natural treatments and remedies, nature’s cures that the older generations used for their beauty and hair care regimes. This adoption of healthier and safer hair care practices is made easier for you today, through telling you how you can get stronger hair by using natural products available at your home for day-to-day use in your kitchen! Of course, for best effects of these products, one must adopt not just natural remedies, but also a healthier lifestyle in general – healthy eating supplements and add to the benefits of these holistic “food items”!
Papaya is a fruit that is rich in vitamins and antioxidants, making it ideal for stronger hair. Additionally, the direct benefits of the fruit itself are far greater than using chemically derived extracts of the fruit in shop-bought products. Using a papaya-based remedy makes your hair shine better and adds volume to it, making it bouncier and healthier looking.
Different masks can be made using papaya as the base, making it a multi-faceted remedy. For stronger hair, the ideal combination is using coconut oil and olive oil along with a few papaya pieces, and blending these ingredients to make a product to apply on to your hair for about half an hour before washing it off. This leaves the hair feeling lustrous and helps fix the damage done to your hair!
Amla (or the Indian gooseberry)
The Indian gooseberry, referred to as amla locally, can be quite beneficial for strengthening your hair. Similarly rich in antioxidants, its abundance of vitamin C and Gallic acid make it a good natural remedy for your hair. It is recommended that the oil derived from this fruit be used at least twice a week because of its beneficial effects on the scalp.
Additionally, the dried and powdered form of this fruit can also be heated alongside a few tablespoons of olive oil – the resultant mixture can be applied to one’s hair after it has cooled a little, and can be washed off within 30 minutes to an hour to see its effects.
Yogurt is one of the more common natural ingredients used in order to promote hair growth as well as making it stronger. It is also an ingredient more easily found in most kitchens. The incredible properties of yogurt are due to the high amounts of vitamins and fatty acids present in it, making yogurt an excellent natural conditioner.
One of the methods in which yogurt is commonly used is by mixing it with olive oil and diluting the mixture with some water before applying it on the scalp. However, there are other combinations that are equally good for helping prevent damage to your hair. For instance, a small amount of yogurt can be mixed with a mashed banana as well as honey in order to make a paste that should be applied all over your hair (from scalp to tip). This paste can then be washed off half an hour later, leaving your hair feeling smooth and bouncy.
Eggs are not only an incredible source of ingested nourishment; the same nutrients can do wonders for your hair. Egg contains essential fatty acids as well as high well of protein that contribute to the shine and strength of your hair. Not only this, the antioxidants help repair hair that was previously damaged or dull, bringing it back to a healthy scalp.
There are various packs one can use that require egg as the base ingredient – while some use just egg whites, others suggest using both the egg white and the yolk for overall benefits. For the purpose of making your hair stronger, the best remedy is using the egg yolk. Egg yolk used in combination with a tablespoon of yogurt and honey, along with a teaspoon of olive oil can be used to make a hair mask that can be liberally applied on your hair. Let this pack stay for a little longer than the others – wait for a couple of hours before washing it off, leaving your hair strong and silky.
Avocado is one of those wonder fruits that seem to confer all kinds of health benefits. It has also been historically used as a natural conditioner, making it a great fit for the purpose of strengthening your hair. The oil from the fruit is easily absorbed by the scalp, and thus makes its benefits even more easily visible.
A good hair mask to repair hair damage and strengthen your hair in the process would be a combination of the fruit with olive oil and honey. As you may have previously guessed, honey is a great natural remedy for your hair as it contains many vitamins that makes hair stronger and protects it from further damage. You can mash a full avocado along with a couple of tablespoons of honey and olive oil to make this hair mask – apply all over your hair liberally and rinse after about 45 minutes to see its beneficial effects.
The humble baking soda can be used as a shampoo substitute quite easily, and is a common ingredient found in a lot of kitchens. Commercial shampoos tend to coat the hair shaft with chemicals that leave the scalp feeling greasy after a day or two, while prolonged use of these shampoos can damage your hair. On the other hand, baking soda is an easy substitute that naturally (even if slowly) restores natural oils and strength back to your hair and scalp. Initially, about a tablespoon of baking soda can be mixed into a cup of water and used as shampoo, but as time passes, lesser amounts of baking soda can be used to similar effect!