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5 HOMEMADE OILS FOR HEALTHY HAIR

It is rightly said that hair is the crowning glory of a woman, and for that reason it is essential to look after it with care. Hair oils hold great significance when it comes to shielding our hair from everyday wear and tear. But your regular hair oil contains harmful chemicals and toxic ingredients that might get in the way of your journey to a healthy hair experience. So why not take matters into our hands and prepare our own chemical-free oil suiting the needs our hair demands?

Bid farewell to your dry, frizzy hair and unhealthy scalp ‘cause these 5 homemade hair oils are gonna make a ton of difference to your hair health and growth and make way for fuller, voluminous hair. 

1.Onion hair oil:

One can hardly put a finger on an Indian dish that doesn’t contain onion. But did you know that onions are also multi-beneficial when it comes to treating hair-related problems? It is known to ward off bacteria and fungus, thereby protecting your scalp from infections while also adding strength to your hair and preventing it from breakage and thinning. So wouldn’t it be a win-win situation if we infused onion in our hair oil?

Key ingredients:

  • 2 medium sized onions
  • 300gms of coconut oil
  • ½ cup curry leaves (optional)

Method:

  1. Roughly chop the onions and transfer them into a blender. 
    1. Add curry leaves as well, if you prefer.
  2. Grind the mixture into a coarse paste.
  3. Transfer the blended onion pulp into a pan.
  4. Turn on the heat and pour 300ml of coconut oil into the pulp.
  5. Stir the mixture until the onion paste comes to a boil.
    1. Make sure you don’t overdo it and burn the oil.
  6. Let the oil cool off for a while, then strain it out using a cheesecloth.
  7. Preserve the onion oil in an airtight container.

Note: Although the shell life of this oil can go on for about 6 months, it is advisable to make a fresh batch after 2-3 weeks so that the onion smell doesn’t come off strongly with passing days.

2. Aloe vera hair oil.

Also, Vera does wonders for your hair and there’s not a single person out there who isn’t aware of this fact. That’s how much of a natural remedy it is, waging war against dry hair and scalp. Let me give it some brownie points as it also adds nourishment to the hair follicles, allowing the locks of hair to flow down all smooth and silky. 

Key ingredients:

  • A whole aloe vera leaf
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • Rosemary essential oil (optional).

Method:

  1. Cut the aloe vera leaf into two halves and slice the gel off the leaf.
  2. Heat ½ of coconut oil in a pan.
  3. Add the aloe-gel to the warm oil and keep stirring on low flame until the gel blends in.
  4. Allow the mixture to get to room temperature and add 4 drops of rosemary oil, if you prefer.

3. Camphor oil

Camphor is mostly used for religious activities, but it is no wonder if you worship the holy grail of an ingredient as it is a saviour when it comes to treating dandruff and scalp related problems. After all, a healthy scalp is required for luscious, shiny hair, and camphor does the job in a snap as it is packed with antibacterial properties and natural goodness.

Key ingredients:

  • 2 camphor tablets
  • 1  cup of extra virgin coconut oil
  • 20-25 neem leaves

Method:

  1.  Crush the whole camphor tablet into a powdery substance.
  2. Add ½ cup coconut oil to a pan and heat it up in medium flame.
  3. To the hot oil, add the camphor powder and stir occasionally until it dissolves.
  4. In a separate pan, add the other ½ cup of coconut oil and heat it.
  5. Add neem leaves to the heated oil and let it simmer for a couple of minutes.
  6. Mix both the camphor oil and neem oil and let it rest until it cools off.
  7. Filter the oil using a cheesecloth, and you’re done!

4. Amla hair oil

Amla, the Indian gooseberry, is yet another powerful ingredient in the hair care regime as it is loaded with nutritious value and the vitamin C content is an added bonus. Its main area of treatment is around parasitic infections of the scalp and it also reduces premature greying. Let’s also give it some credit when it comes to stimulating hair growth.  

Key ingredients:

  • 400gms of amla
  • 1 litre coconut oil
  • 100gms of fenugreek seeds.

Method:

  1. Roughly dice the amla and de-seed them.
  2. Grind it into a coarse paste in a blender.
  3. Add the amla paste to a pan of coconut oil and let it heat up on a medium flame.
  4. To this, add 100gms of fenugreek seeds and stir the mixture until it changes colour.
  5. Let it cool down for a while, and strain the residue using a filter.

5. Herbal hair oil:

With more ingredients comes more benefits and hence this herbal hair oil would be the right fit for almost all your common hair issues right from flaky dandruff, dry scalp and non-stop hairfall. Disclaimer: Do not back off seeing the ingredients list. It might seem a little too much, but trust me, it’s way effective. 

Key ingredients:

  • 10 hibiscus flowers
  • 3 handful of hibiscus leaves (25-30 in number)
  • 8 stems of curry leaves
  • 20-30 Neem leaves
  • 1 Aloe vera leaf
  • 8 sprigs of tulsi leaves
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of onion seeds
  • 2 tablespoon of fenugreek seeds
  • 1 litre coconut oil
  • Essential oil (preferably lavender or tea tree oil)

Method:

  1. Put all the above-mentioned ingredients into a blender and pulse them up to a rough mixture.
    1. Prep the fenugreek seeds by soaking them in water for half an hour.
    2. Cut the aloe vera leaf into small pieces.
  2. Transfer the herbal paste to a pan and saute it on medium heat for a minute.
  3. Heat the mixture with 1 litre of coconut oil.
  4. Keep stirring until the moisture dries out and the colour changes to green.
  5. Allow the processed oil to cool down for a few hours and then strain them into a jar.
  6. Add essential oils of your choice for a subtle scent (optional).

Hair oil does its job effectively when it is slightly heated before use. Oil your hair the right way by applying it on your scalp and massaging it with your fingertips for killer results, because hair is the crown you never take off. Let us know in the comments which one worked out the best for you. 

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