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May 8, 2017

Simple Tips to Control Hair Fall


Simple Tips to Control Hair Fall

Hair Fall.. Hair Fall.. Hair fall! Half of today’s generation is suffering from this issue and most of them are left with no proper solution to prevent it. Well, hair fall is not only a hereditary problem but it can occur due to improper diet, hormonal and health issues, iron Zinc and vitamin D deficiency,pollution , etc .You just need to take a good care of it and your problem is solved. Now the question is – How?? So, here are some Simple tips to control hair fall naturally.

 Coconut milk for hair fall control

Take a bowl full of fresh coconut milk and apply it to your scalp with the help of a hair dye brush. Then cover your head with a towel and leave it on for about 20 minutes. After that, just remove the towel and wash off your hair with cold water. Rinse off with mild shampoo.

Coconut milk is a natural moisturiser which nourishes your hair with extra care leaving it strong and hydrated.

 Say no to hair fall with hibiscus

Heat 12 to 15 Hibiscus flowers in 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Strain the solution and collect the oil. Apply this oil to the scalp and hair, leave overnight and wash in the morning.

Say no to hair fall

Another age-old remedy is to use the hibiscus leaves and flowers

To use the hibiscus leaves, grind them into a fine paste and apply the paste to the scalp and hair. Leave it on for 30 min to 1 hr. Rinse off with warm water.

Banana Hair Mask

Mash ripe banana properly & mix it with egg yolk. Now, apply the banana mask onto your scalp and leave it for at least 30 to 40 minutes. Finally, rinse it off with a mild shampoo and cold water.

Banana hair mask is rich in potassium, vitamins, antioxidants that helps in hair fall control.

Brahmi oil for hair

Get ½ cup of Brahmi juice, 1 cup of unrefined sesame oil and mix them thoroughly. Now, take 1 tsp of fenugreek seeds along with 1 tsp of dried amla and grind it to make a fine paste. Now mix it with the oil and apply on your scalp as well as hair.

Use of Brahmi herbal oil makes the scalp healthy and hence supports hair growth. It gives complete protection against hair fall by strengthening the hair roots. Brahmi oil also acts as a conditioner that softens your hair making it smooth and silky.

Use these simple hair-fall tips and you will get rid of hair fall problems without any doubt. Just remember, these recipes are organic and results are a little slower at the beginning. But have a little patience and you will be benefited with the magic of true nature.

December 26, 2016

Do You Know Why Oiling Reduces Hair Fall?


Do You Know Why Oiling Reduces Hair Fall?According to Ayurveda, excessive heat generated in the scalp(pitta)causes hair loss.Ayurveda recommends keeping the scalp moist and cool with oil massages of herbal hair oil made by infusing coconut oil or sesame oil with extracts of amla, Brahmi, hibiscus and fenugreek which cool the system and scalp and encourage the growth of hair.

Oiling is one of the best ways to nourish your hair. This process helps in relaxation as well as in curing of a headache and migraine. You can apply one oil or a mixture of more than one oils accordingly to get the best hair care benefits. Basically, there are two types of oils –  carrier oils and essential oils.

Carrier oils are our regular oils used as a base into which the more concentrated essential oils are mixed.

Essential oils are more highly concentrated. After diluting them with a carrier oil, you need to only apply them to the scalp and hair roots.

It’s up to you whether you want to apply carrier oil alone on your hair or mix essential oils in it.

Basic Steps to apply Oil:

  • Prepare your hair by combing it thoroughly. It will help prevent tangling of your hair and messy oil application.
  • The oil should be made lukewarm by slightly heating it. It makes the oiling more effective as the oil gets absorbed better when it is slightly warm.
  • Now, part your hair and apply the oil on the scalp with your fingertips.
  • Avoid pouring oil directly on the head. Instead, dip your fingertips in the oil and apply small quantities all over the scalp.
  • Don’t rub your hair with the palms of your hands, instead, try using fingertips gently to massage the oil in which will help to prevent the hair from breaking.
  • Massage your scalp for 10 to 15 minutes and then leave the oil in your hair overnight or for at least an Wash it off with your regular shampoo.
  • Steaming the hair for 10 minutes using a hot towel just after oiling helps the scalp to absorb the oil better. Oil your hair at least twice a week to get the optimum benefits of the oil and absorb all its goodness

Oils for Different Types of Hair

Normal Hair: Normal hair has got balanced moisture levels and hence, people with such hair can use jojoba, amla, and almond based hair oils.

Dry Hair: Dry hair is usually dull, contains split ends and prone to tangle easily. The oils like coconut, castor oil, mustard oil, jojoba oil, cocoa butter oils are best for dry hair type.

Oily Hair: Oily hair arises from excess production of sebum or oil on the scalp. Hence, the oil that is used should have the ability to balance the respective oil secretion glands of the scalp. Olive, sesame, or jojoba oils have been proven to be the best help for such hair types

Dandruff Hair: Dandruff can be caused by either fungal infections, dust or other scalp issues like dryness of scalp, allergic conditions. Essential oils like tea tree oil,  rosemary oil are highly effective in curing the dandruff issue by aiming directly at the root of the problem. The tea-tree oil is the best oil for treating dandruff problems.

Precautionary Measures:

Avoid oiling your hair during humid climate, longer outings, and having an oily scalp.

Do not keep the hair oiled for more than 1 day as it may accumulate dirt and dust.

Keep tuned in for more tips on the different types of oil massage techniques which can help reduce hair fall and dandruff- coming up soon!!

January 6, 2014

DIY Tips to identify and manage dry, curly, oily or damaged hair


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It has been rightly said that your hair is your crowning glory- any wonder that we all worry about it so much;) One of our foremost desires is to have thick, healthy, shiny , bouncy hair isn’t it… and we would do anything to get them looking absolutely fabulous!!

For that we need to know more about our hair type, its porosity and density so that we can choose hairstyles or products that are best suited to it and highlight its strengths . Find out more in detail about your roots and the detailed structure of the hair here.

Did you know that the angle at which the hair comes out of the follicle is related to its shape??The shape of the follicle determines the shape of the cortex, and the shape of the fiber is related to how straight or curly the hair is!!!Straight hair shoots straight out from the scalp and is round in cross section.Wavy hair is oval in shape and comes out of the scalp at an angle,whereas curly hair is flattened and comes out of the scalp at an extreme angle…so blame whatever hair you have on your genes;)

The thumb rule to distinguish between dry, oily and normal hair and scalp is to watch its behavior for 4 days post a hair wash with your regular shampoo and conditioner with a test called the DAY 1234 test courtesy Dr Aparna Santhanam- a leading hair& skin specialist -am a big fan of hers!!
Day 1. After a day, If both the scalp and hair feel greasy to touch- You have OILY HAIR/SCALP
Day 2. 2 days after a shampoo, if your hair needs a wash and your scalp is greasy-you have NORMAL HAIR/SCALP
Day 3. 3 days after a shampoo, if your scalp feels greasy and your hair is limp, you have NORMAL TO DRY HAIR/SCALP
Day 4. 4 days after a shampoo,if both your scalp and hair are still dry – then you have DRY HAIR/SCALP

 Few more pointers to distinguish the different hair types :
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A. DRY HAIR/SCALP , FRIZZY HAIR

Dry,frizzy  hair is dull, lackluster and usually characterized by a feeling of dryness, split ends or hair that is brittle and breaks easily. This type of hair feels rough,and not smooth and silky and is generally indicated by frizziness, fly away hair  and a lack of shine .Dryness can be caused by insufficient oil production by the  sebaceous glands on the scalp or due to hormonal imbalances, diets deficient in proteins and vitamins or due to chemical treatments.

People with dry hair need to deliver moisture to the hair’s inner cortex while keeping the cuticle well lubricated and tight.
Dry hair needs protection in the form of emollients and lubricants like herbal hair oils which will lubricate the outside cuticle layer of hair,and create a shine as well. Humectants like aloevera are also needed to retain the moisture within this type of hair.

B.   Curly Hair
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curly hair Curly hair gets tangled easily is difficult to manage & is also often prone to becoming extremely dry. That’s because the curl keeps the hair away from your scalp and sebum which is the scalp’s natural moisturizers sebum does not reach the hair strands . Therefore  the trick is to  moisturise curly or frizzy hair  without weighing it down with heavy, damaging residues or making it oily and more likely to collect dirt. Light products like aloe vera based gels or light hibiscus or aloe vera based  shampoos suit curly frizzy hair better.
Tips for people with dry hair or curly frizzy hair:
1.Massage your hair with nourishing  oils like olive oil, coconut oil or almond oil or pamper your hair with a natural hairmask  of eggs,curds or  papaya   before a hairwash . Use  a pre -wash hydrating conditioner as far as possible
2. Wash your hair 2 times a week with a mild shampoo and products formulated  for dry hair containing natural moisturising conditioning agents like aloe vera, hibiscus etc.
3. Use a rinse off  or leave in conditioner based on natural oils like olive, jojoba oils
4. Have  a healthy diet fortified with proteins&vitamins  like eggs, sprouts etc &drink lots of water

C. Oily Hair and Scalp:

oily-hairOily Hair usually  goes hand in hand with an oily scalp.The sebaceous glands in this case work overtime& hair tends to take on a  limp,greasy look. A diet rich in oily and junk food can also lead to an oily scalp

Tips for Oily Hair/Scalp:
1.Wash your hair 3-4 times a week with a natural shampoo and products formulated  for oily hair with amla ,shikakai,reetha to cut down the grease and restore the bounce.
2. Apply light oils or gels before a shower or a paste of fenugreek , but avoid leave in conditioners which can make the hair very limp.
3. Add flaxseeds &  chia seeds  to your diet , and cut down on oily food and junk.

Normal Hair:

normal hair
Lucky are the ones who have normal hair!!! Normal hair is hair that is strong,resilient, moisturised and shiny and a normal scalp is one that is moist and pink without any flaking,irritation or bumps.The goal of people blessed with normal hair is simply to maintain it in the same balanced state.
Tips For Normal Hair:
1.Wash your hair 3-4 times a week with a natural shampoo formulated  for normal hair .
2. Apply  a pre wash conditioner or hair mask or lightly massage the scalp with coconut or olive oil to maintain the shine and bounce of your hair.
3. Condition with a mild conditioner
4. Add colored fruits, strawberries, peppers and asparagus to your diet

Colored,  Straightened or Permed Hair:

coloured hairIsn’t it ironical that   those with curly hair get it straightened and those who are bored with poker straight hair get it permed or curled…Well,the grass is always greener on the other side isn’t it’;) …..C’est la vie!!:D
However it is our poor hair than bears the brunt of all these chemical treatments which include colouring hair as well.

The hair’s outer cuticle is normally made up of a very tightly packed network of cells which do not allow moisture to escape and keep it moisturised and soft and is responsible for  shiny, healthy hair,. The alkalis used for Colouring ,perming or straightening  treatments  first cause swelling of the cells that form your hair’s outer cuticle.  The chemicals used in dyes  then    penetrate the swollen cuticle and move into the underlying cortex, and peroxide first  bleaches out the pigment that’s there in the first place,so that the pigments can then change the colour of your hair. The first one or two times,the cells may shrink back to its original tight mesh.But the problem arises when we repeatedly subject our hair to chemical treatments.The  more often you do this, the less likely it is that these cuticle cells will shrink back into the tight, smooth network and thus become dry and frizzy. There is no way to totally replace damaged cuticle on existing hair -the only solution is to wait for new hair to grow.
Use  a good conditioner like aloevera or jojoba oil will act by filling in the gaps formed between the damaged cells and replacing  the lost moisture,thus restoring some softness and shine to the hair.

Tips for people with coloured, straightened or permed hair:
1.Massage your hair with nourishing oils like olive oil, coconut oil or almond oil or pamper your hair with a natural hairmask  of eggs, curds or  papaya   before a hairwash . Use  a pre -wash hydrating conditioner as far as possible
2. Wash your hair 2  times a week with a mild shampoo formulated  for damaged hair containing natural moisturising conditioning agents like aloe vera, hibiscus  etc.
3. Use a moisturising rinse off conditioner or leave in conditioner based on natural oils like olive, jojoba oils
4. Have  a healthy diet fortified with proteins, chia seeds &vitamins.

Hope this helps you decide on the right products and regimen to suit you hair type. Will be updating soon on tips to also estimate the density and porosity of your hair with simple DIY tests…keep watching this space 🙂

December 31, 2013

2013 in review- Beauty Blog Crossed 1,00,000 hits!!!!! :)



Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 67,000 times in 2013 alone and crossed a milestone of 100000 views in 2013. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden,
it would take more than several sold-out performances for that many people to see it
….Any wonder  we are feeling just on top of the world!!:)


The busiest day of the year was June 25th with 392 views. The most popular 
post that day was   Fenugreek reduces hair fall,dryness and dandruff naturally!!

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TOP VIEWED POSTS IN 2013   Views
Fenugreek reduces hair fall,dryness and dandruff naturally!!   43,609
Home page / Archives   17,278
Banish those darkshadows-Undereye circles forever…….   9,201
Papaya Aloevera facepack reduces acne,pigmentation,dryness and adds a glow!!   5,054
Go Coco Nutty!!A coconut fenugreek hairmask to reduce hairfall,and dandruff…   4,596
Apple cider vinegar drives dandruff, hair loss and acne away……   3,848
Reduce Hair fall and dryness of hair with natural remedies!!   2,492
Beat the heat with a Refreshing Summer drink from black grapes……Enjoy!!!:)   2,405
Home made Nourishing Aloe Vera Papaya Hairmask to reduce dryness and frizziness of hair   2,235
Glow food for the skin-Yummy Strawberries!!!   1,742
Fenugreek-Nature’s Boon For All Round Health!!   1,344
UNVEILED………CLEOPATRA’S BEAUTY SECRETS!!!!   1,296

 We  had viewers from all over the world- 171 countries in all!!
Most of our visitors came from India ….however The United States & The United Kingdom were not far behind 🙂
India: 43027 views        USA: 23283 views     UK: 6372 views

We thank our fabulous viewers all over the world for helping us cross the  super milestone of 100000 views  and for your immense faith in us . 
We promise to make a new beginning from 2014 to bring forth a fresh bouquet of fabulous DIY skincare tips  and  haircare tips , using the best of what nature has to offer!!
Wishing you all a fresh beautiful and fabulous 2014 from the Prakriti Herbals team !!! 🙂 🙂

 

September 21, 2012

Hibiscus…a godsend to reduce hair fall &dandruff



Lord Ganesha’s favourite flower-the lovely red hibiscus or the shoe flower as it is popularly called has unique medicinal properties in its flower and leaves & is truly a godsend for reducing both hair fall and dandruff, and conditioning our crowning glory beautifully .

In the Indian traditional system of medicine, Ayurveda,  the humble white hibiscus and red hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis), have always been  considered to have medicinal properties from the age old times.  As a hair treatment, the flowers and dried leaves are boiled in oil along with other spices like fenugreek to make a medicated nourishing hair oil. The leaves and flowers are ground into a fine paste with a little water, and the resulting lathery paste is used as a natural shampoo plus  conditioner.
Read more at  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibiscus

The leaves and flowers are good for  promoting the growth and dark colour of hair (Nadkarni 1954, Kurup et al 1979) and reducing dandruff and hair loss.
Home made Hibiscus Hair oil :The flowers and dried leaves are boiled in coconut or gingelly oil with fenugreek seeds and then applied to the hair. About 10 flowers or a handful of dried leaves can be used for about 150-200 ml of oil.
Natural Hibiscus Shampoo:  Natural dyes are also prepared from extracts of the flower. The leaves and flowers are mucilaginous and condition the hair . They can be ground with soaked fenugreek seeds and applied to the hair for a cooling effect and to reduce dandruff and hairfall.

So make the most of this lovely God’s gift… available at your very doorstep 🙂