Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Care for your Silver Strands Naturally



The scorching heat and dry winds do not harm only your skin, but also your hair. And you need to be extra attentive and put in extra efforts if your hair has urn salt and pepper. Catch up with our guide to care for your silver strands naturally. Start reading…




Natural remedies and treatment-

  • Apply curd or milk on the hair, leave it on for 10 – 15 minutes and wash it off with a mild shampoo. This will not only leave your hair smooth and shiny but also prevent it from turning grey premature. hair.
  • Ayurveda offers a host of herbs to tackle hair problems. A combination of amla, reetha and shikakai is the famous remedy advocated for washing hair. Soak a few pods of amla, shikakai and reetha (in a lesser quantity than others) overnight in an iron vessel. Next day boil the mixture, mash it with hands, strain it and use it as a normal shampoo.
  • Regular oiling of the roots with medicated oils also strengthens the roots and prevents early greying. Brahmi, jatamansi, bhringraj and yashtimadhu are some other herbs, which nourish the hair follicles.
  • Use of coconut oil is highly recommended for application.
  • A decoction prepared from the leaves and root of til (seasamum indicum) helps to colour the hair black.
  • Massaging the roots with the juice of the plant of bhringraj (eclipta alba) and neelini (indigofera tinctoria) restore the colour of the hair in the long run.
  • Above all, keeping the hair clean is of utmost importance to keep the colour, texture and sheen in good condition.

Food wise:

The foods recommended for healthy hair are – good quality proteins e. g. soya proteins, generous intake of green leafy vegetables, eggs, dates, sprouts, raisins, fresh fruits, iron rich diet, whole grains, cereals, nuts, olive oil, walnuts, flax seeds, apricots, milk, meat and sea food. Silica is present in the outer layers of potato, cucumber, green and red pepper. It is therefore advised to consume them with skin.

Remember: If you want to keep the grey at bay –keep caffeine and cigarettes away!!

- Inputs from -Dr. Preeti Chhabra, Consultant Ayurveda, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital

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