3 100% natural homemade products for the overall nourishment of hair. This includes a shampoo, a conditioner, and hair oil. They are more economical and last longer than most of the commercial products that you use.
Let’s begin with shampoo. The purpose of using shampoo is to remove dirt, dead skin cells, sweat, and extra oil from the scalp. Still, the problem with most commercial products is that they’re packed with so many dangerous chemicals which when regularly come in contact with the scalp occasionally irreparably damage the hair causing hair problems. Well, there’s one natural product that’s capable of doing everything that a shampoo is supposed to do without damaging the hair. It nourishes them. It’s soapnut, known as reetha.This wonder fruit is the perfect hair cleanser. Due to an impressive nutrient profile, it renders the hair naturally strong and lustrous. To use it, you simply need dried soapnuts which you can easily get offline from a provision store at Rs 300 per Kg. Add them in a grinder and turn them into a powder. Then transfer it into an airtight container and your natural hair cleanser is ready. It will easily serve you for a good one year. Keep this container in your washroom. Along with it, also keep a small bowl. Whenever you want to shampoo, just take some of this reetha powder. Add some water and using your fingers, give it a good mix. You will see a few soap bubbles forming that’s when you apply it evenly onto your hair just like a normal shampoo. The only difference will be that it won’t form much lather and it is not important. The beauty of reetha powder is that it removes the excess oil, making your hair aptly dry after the wash. If you stick to Reetha powder for washing hair, be sure that you have taken a major step to eradicate problems like hair fall, dandruff, premature greying of hair, scalp Itching. Split ends and head lice. It’s that effective. Of course, to make it more nourishing, you can add equal amounts of dry amla and shikakai which are equally priced, and then follow the same process. But not doubt that reetha powder alone is enough. And what’s better is that comparing it with a popular commercial shampoo, it costs less than 1/4th of its price.
Next is a hair conditioner your hair needs conditioning to smoothen the hair cuticles, add volume, and reduce hair Thinning but you don’t need a hair conditioner. Yes, we must understand that any oil can condition the hair. It’s similar to using a moisturizer after a face Wash. So, if you regularly use hair oil, you can skip using a conditioner. However, if at all you want to use a separate hair conditioner, ensure that it is 100% natural. Aloe Vera gel is a good option. Curd is among the best hair conditioners which is not just oily but has sufficient protein and probiotics to strengthen the hair follicles and soften the hair. Apart from applying the oil, if you just once a week apply curd on your hair and then wash off with reetha powder, your hair will be properly conditioned. Buttermilk and whey water, since time immemorial, have been used to wash hair.
Finally, let’s make a hair oil, not just any hair oil but onion hair oil. An oil not only protects the hair from wear and tear but also strengthens its roots. And the red onion-infused hair oil is a step ahead as it effectively promotes hair growth and combats hair fall which is why so many brands have launched their products. However, apprehensions may arise about their high cost, low concentration of onion in them, and added fillers in the form of artificial fragrances, synthetic colours, mineral oil, and chemical preservatives that instead of solving, create new hair problems. So why not make an authentic red onion hair oil which is easy, economical, effective, and requires just two ingredients? Onions and cold-pressed sesame oil. To start with, finely chop 4 medium-sized onions. Turn on the flame and place a kadhai over it. Put about 500 ml of the cold-pressed sesame oil in it. If you want, you can change the base of oil to mustard or coconut oil also. Just make sure that they are cold-pressed and not the regular ones which are of low grade. The benefit of using sesame oil is that it is highly medicinal and is suitable for all hair types. Now add the freshly chopped onions. Ensure that the flame is on low. Now, you just need to cook the onions in it for about 20 minutes. You will notice the oil turning dark. Now, turn off the flame, cover it with a lid, and let it sit for a good 4 hours. The oil will get cool, and the medicinal properties of the onions will properly seep in. Once cool, strain it and transfer the oil to a bottle, and is ready to nourish your hair for the next 6 months. You can discard the leftover. When using, rub it in between your palms to heat it, and then gently apply it onto your hair in a circular motion. Made using a cold pressed base oil, and fresh onions in proper quantity without any fillers or additives, it is the real red onion hair oil that your hair deserves. And the price, again is less than 1/4th the cost of a commercial onion hair oil.