Haircare: Make herbal shampoo at home
Herbal shampoos made with natural ingredients nourish your scalp and hair to promote healthy hair growth. Read on to know more about homemade natural shampoo.
Herbal homemade shampoos use organic ingredients like amla, reetha, shikakai, neem, fenugreek seeds and flax seeds to protect your hair from any damage. Many hair products and treatments available in the market contain a lot of chemicals that harm the hair and scalp leading to severe hair problems like scalp allergy, hair loss, hair damage, dandruff, split ends, etc.
Homemade shampoo is free from artificial chemicals and ingredients like detergents, parabens, sulphates, propylene glycol, diethanolamine, perfumes, etc. These harmful ingredients can be toxic to our hair, body as well as the environment.
Why should you use homemade herbal shampoo?
- It maintains pH balance of hair and scalp.
- Made from natural ingredients.
- It prevents hair loss.
- It promotes hair growth.
- Makes your hair frizz-free, shiny and manageable.
- Heals itchy and dry scalp that causes dandruff and scalp irritation.
- Shikakai Reetha Amla Herbal Shampoo
Shikakai is a climbing shrub found in central and south India. Shikakai is also known as “fruit for hair”, rich in antioxidants, Vitamin A and C, and micro-nutrients.
Shikakai provides nourishment to the hair follicles and promotes healthy hair growth. It also acts as a great conditioner that helps to keep your hair hydrated, soft and bouncy. The antibacterial and anti-fungal properties present in shikakai, reduce scalp dryness and irritation, remove dandruff and prevent greying. Shikakai maintains the natural pH balance of hair without removing the natural oils from the hair.
Reetha or soap nuts contain natural surfactants called saponins, which are good foaming agents that remove grease and dirt from your hair. Reetha provides necessary antioxidants to the hair to promote frizz-free, smooth and healthy hair growth.
Amla or Indian gooseberry is loaded with antioxidants and Vitamin C, which can protect hair follicles from any damage and also strengthens and nourishes the dry & damaged hair.
How to make your herbal shampoo?
You will need 5-6 shikakai pods, two reetha berries, 5-6 amla pieces, one teaspoon fenugreek seeds and one teaspoon flaxseeds. Shift all ingredients in a pan, add 500 ml of water and heat the mixture till it starts to boil and allow it to simmer for 10-15 minutes on medium flame. Remove from heat, cover and let it cool overnight. Before using this shampoo, crush all the ingredients with your hand and strain it in a bottle.
How to use?
You can use it as a regular shampoo. Wet your hair, then massage the herbal shampoo on the scalp, and move towards the ends of your hair strands. Let it sit for 2-3 minutes and then rinse with normal water.
This shampoo is suitable for all hair types and maintains the natural pH and oil balance of the hair.