Color hair with Henna

Its been over 10 years that I got started with chemical treatments on my hair from hair coloring to perms, I did them all. Obviously these made me look fab but the end result was not that great. Gradually my hair got thinner, weaker and lifeless. I spent a bomb on hair spas & conditioners to compensate for the damage done but not much changed. To add to this I saw a few grey hair on the scalp, now I decided to opt for a natural method to color and nourish my hair. My only option was “henna”. But I was skeptical as I did not want to land up with an orange shade on my colored hair (with brown highlights). So I did my research, made some calls, spoke to some women I knew with gorgeous hair and took the plunge!
Result – fabulous deep burgandy, almost black (unless you are in the sun) colored hair, great texture, thickness, shine, reduced hair fall and no damage done as the process was completely natural.
This is the best recipe I recommend, it’s a 2 day process but completely worth the effort.
The proportions given below are as per my shoulder length, average volume hair, you can use the below to make a suitable paste for your hair length and volume.

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Ingredients:

Henna powder 50 grams ( I use a shahnaz or habib brand)
Lemon juice 1 tbsp
Egg 1
Olive oil 1 tbsp
Honey 1 tbsp
Strained tea water 40 ml (boil 1 tsp tea in 1 cup water until the deepest color comes, let it cool & use)
Curd 2 tbsp

To apply:
Day 1 at night :
Use an iron container to mix and store the contents.
Add lemon juice to the egg & mix well, now add this mix and the rest of the ingredients one by one to maintain a toothpaste like consistency. Incase you mixture is too dry add some more lemon juice.
Now leave this mix for atleast 4 hours in this container.

Day 2:
Next morning you will the color changed of this paste, hence it is ready for application. Please use rubber gloves to apply on your washed hair, section wise. Incase you are unable to manage ask for prior help from a salon or house help to apply on your scalp and hair evenly. Make sure you are wearing dark and old clothes to avoid staining. Keep this for atleast 2 hours on your hair.
Now wash off with luke warm water only. Do not use any shampoo or conditioner on your hair today.
After your hair dries, follow with a good nourishing and conditioning hair oil massage. Use enough oil to deeply condition your hair. Do not use coconut oil as it frizzes the hair out. Your options are a mix of olive, castor & vitamin E oil, or plain mustard oil. Leave this oil overnight or more if possible.
Remember to put an old rag on you pillow to avoid staining at night.

Day 3:
Wash the oiled hair with a not so strong, mild, if possible organic or herbal shampoo. I used dove. Follow with a soft and smooth conditioner.

Voila! Your hair shall be colored with no damage and more nourished instead.
Please note the hair color will get deeper in the next few days after this wash as well.
It is recommended to do this once a month for darker color and healthier hair.

PS:
Do not apply chemical hair color before or after 3 months of henna application.

No Hair fall please!

Hey Wannabe ‘Rapunzel’s I know this kills you everyday, when you see that trail of hair on your floor, brush or that pillow! And you often wonder, “Is this ever gonna stop?”

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“Hair fall” is as common as having a “Cold”, sad (Sigh) yet true!

But what is even more common – The cures for it, not through expensive products but simple age old home remedies that can fit your pocket & schedule both! Remember you will have to put in some effort & be consistent in your treatment, as nothing comes for free.

So you better do this sincerely or you may have to end up spending a bomb for that hair transplant later :p

PS: If you have any serious health condition or have a severe medical treatment going on, pls check with your doctor before using any home remedy!

Here are some fantastic ways to stop your hair fall and have gorgeous, thick & ever growing hair!

  1. Start taking a multivitamin tablet with anti-oxidants everyday.
  2. Please start exercising for at least 30 mins daily. If you dont have the time just promise yourself to use the stairs, NO MATTER WHAT!
  3. Comb or brush your hair at least 2 times daily. This increases circulation in your hair follicles/scalp.
  4. Increase your intake of fish, eggs, sprouts, milk and fresh fruits & salads.
  5. Soak 5 almonds(badam) + 5 Black raisins(kishmish) every night in a bowl of water, next morning have them all at breakfast or before. This is an old trick to increase hair growth and to stop hair fall.
  6. Change your shampoo every 2 months to avoid product built up in your hair.
  7. Use less of styling products & tools.
  8. Magic oil recipe #1:Take a glass bottle add 1 part methi(fenugreek seeds) and 3 parts coconut oil. Let it rest for at least 3 days. Once its color starts taking a slight yellow look, it means your oil is ready. Then use the oil on the scalp at night, atleast 2 times a week. Then wash it off next morning. See results after the 1st week itself.
  9. Magic oil recipe #2:ย  Take 1 part pure coconut oil, 1 part almont oil, 1 part olive oil. Use a double boiler to heat this mixture. Later add a few drops of lavender for fragrance. Apply this 2 times a week. Since this smells nice you can keep it on the hair during day time as well.
  10. Mustard oil is like a magic potion – its slightly pungent & tingles a bit too. But its fantastic for dry, rough & weak hair. Warm some in a double boiler and apply on the hair at night.
  11. Magic Hair mask #1: I love this one. Do this once in 10 days. 1 egg, 1 Table spoon ofย  honey, 1 table spoon curd, 1 table spoon aloe vera gel (fresh from the plant), 1 tea spoon amla (indian gooseberry) powder, 2 teaspoon soaked fenugreek seeds paste, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice. Whisk well into a thick paste, easy to apply on the scalp + hair section by section.ย  Incase you have hair longer than mid shoulder length, just double the proportion of the ingredients. Just Leave for 45 mins to 1.5 hour, then wash off with a mild shampoo. If you use a harsh shampoo the effect of the pack fades away shortly, so if you can afford to just rinse off with a herbal shampoo do that. Let your hair dry naturally. the next day you can oil it and let the oil sit overnight before you get back to your regular shampoo & conditioner routine.

Try these for at least a month and trust me you will have great hair like never before.

Do Tell me if it worked for you ๐Ÿ™‚