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A collection of my favourite products that I recommend for hair, skin and everyday life. I have created a helpful list of oils, herbs, conditioners, supplements, for every hair type.

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 Dry Hair

  Oils for Dry Hair

    You can use these oils two ways as a leave-in hair serum or as head massage oil (pre-conditioning treatment).

  • ​Hair serum: You can use the oils to tame the frizz and combat split ends. Apply a small amount to damp or dry hair for smoothing and shine. Avocado oil, almond oil and argan oil make fantastic leave-in conditioner for dry hair
  • Massage oil: Use on damp or dry hair (for dry hair damp hair works better). Apply on your scalp and hair and massage gently for a few minutes so all the oils gets soaked in. Massaging also boasts scalp circulation, so you bring oxygen and nutrients to hair follicles. Leave it on for a few hours (or overnight if you can), then wash using a natural shampoo.

Cleansers (Shampoo) for Dry Hair

Make your own shampoo (or no-poo) with this cleansers for dry hair. Apply to wet hair, massage into your scalp and hair. Let it sit for 2 to 3 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with warm water.

​   Herb

   Benefits

Shikakai 

Yucca root powder 

Aloe vera juice

Rhassoul clay 

Coconut milk

Egg yolk

Shikakai is a superb cleanser for dry hair. It cleans the hair without stripping it of its natural oils and leaves hair feeling soft, shiny and bouncy.

Yucca root is a mild cleanser and also helps with dandruff and hair loss.

Aloe vera gel wash is good to freshen up yourhair. It moisturises hair, increases shine and thickness of yourhair

This brown clay from Morocco makes a nice shampoo for dry hair. When mixed with rose water, it moisturises hair, improves its elasticity and makes it silky soft

​This is a two in one – shampoo plus conditioner.When combined with aloe vera it makes a lovely shampoo for dry hair. It also promotes faster hair growth

​For days when you need a good cleansing of your hair, use egg yolk

Hair Rinse (Conditioner) for Dry Hair

You can use these herbs as a conditioning hair rinse. Just make their tea infusion and use as a last rinse after shampoo. You can also use their powders or tea infusion in a hair mask or with your shampoo.

  Herb

   Benefits

Marshmellow root

Very moisturising and conditioning for hair. It is a must have for dry hair as it provides amazing "slip" to help detangle easily

Oat straw

Promotes softness, body and shine to hair. It’s also soothing to dry, flaky, and itchy skin. Oat rinse adds highlights to blond hair.

Lavender flower

Promotes growth, reduces hair loss and helps to balance scalp’s natural oils. It also has inflammatory action and antiseptic properties which make it useful for scalp conditions.

Elder flower

Moisturises, conditions and adds shine to dry and damaged hair. Elder flower hair rinse is said to make hair silky soft. It may also help with itchy, irritated scalp.

Fenugreek seed powder

Moisturises and adds shine to hair. The high mucilage content helps to soften hair and makes detangling very easy. It’s also useful in hair loss and dandruff.

Rosehip

Loaded with Vitamin C. It rejuvenates the scalp skin and conditions the hair. Regular use of rosehip rinse will add reddish tint to your hair.

Chamomile flower

Helps condition hair and scalp. It also soothes irritated scalp, strengthens hair follicles and promotes healthy hair growth. Chamomile adds golden highlights to fair hair and sheen to dark hair

Comfrey leaves

Contains natural allantoin which improves the elasticity and softness of hair while giving it a slight glossy effect. Comfrey also soothes irritated scalp and is especially useful for the treatment of dandruff. (Comfrey can darken hair over time)

Orange peel

Conditions hair and helps to get rid of product build up. If you have hard water then consider adding orange peel powder in your shampoo or hair rinse. It will bring out incredible shine and softness to your hair.

Licorice root

Also known as Muleti or jestamadh, helps to hydrate the scalp and imparts natural shine to hair. It’s also said to be beneficial in skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis

Parsley

Rich in antioxidants and protects the scalp from free radicals – which can cause hair thinning. Parsley is highly moisturising and adds lustre to dry hair. It is also said to be useful in treating head lice.

 Oily Hair

  Oils for Oily Hair

    You can use these oils two ways as a leave-in hair serum or as head massage oil (pre-conditioning treatment).

  • ​Hair serum: You can use the oils to tame the frizz and combat split ends. Apply a small amount to damp or dry hair for smoothing and shine. Avocado oil, almond oil and argan oil make fantastic leave-in conditioner for dry hair
  • Massage oil: Use on damp or dry hair (for dry hair damp hair works better). Apply on your scalp and hair and massage gently for a few minutes so all the oils gets soaked in. Massaging also boasts scalp circulation, so you bring oxygen and nutrients to hair follicles. Leave it on for a few hours (or overnight if you can), then wash using a natural shampoo.

Cleansers (Shampoo) for Oily Hair

Make your own shampoo (or no-poo) with this cleansers for dry hair. Apply to wet hair, massage into your scalp and hair. Let it sit for 2 to 3 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with warm water.

​   Herb

   Benefits

An excellent cleanser for oily hair. It also helps with hair loss and dandruff, and leaves hair feeling squeaky clean.

Shikakai is a gentle cleanser. It also acts as a conditioner and makes hair soft and bouncy. Shikakai combines well with reetha to form a nourishing natural shampoo

Aloe vera is more like a conditioner, it moisturises hair and adds shine and volume to it. You can use it post shampoo to condition your hair or in between shampoo just to freshen up your hair.

Multani mitti cleans the oily hair beautifully. Plus, the natural minerals in the clay help strengthen the hair shaft, and may also help with dandruff. Multani mitti combines well with shikakai to provide natural shine and softness

This is another wonderful cleansing clay for oily greasy hair. It is rich in minerals such as silica, which helps to decrease breakage and add lustre to hair. It combines well with aloe vera juice to makes your hair clean and beautiful looking

This brown clay is the mildest of all clays. It moisturises and gentlecleans your hair. It combines well with rose water, and leave hair feeling soft and silky

One of the best hair cleansers for oily hair

Besan is a traditional cleanser used by Indian women. It’s packed with protein which helps to make hair more manageable and shiny, while strengthening the hair at the same time. Combine it with orange peel powder and aloe vera juice to make a lovely hair cleanser

Rye flour is another magical flour to clean oily hair. Combine it with aloe vera juice to make a super hair cleanser

Is what people used in olden days. Many people still swear by it today. It can be harsh for some people, so if it doesn’t work for 2-3 times don’t try it the 4th time.

Hair Rinse (Conditioner) for Oily Hair

You can use these herbs as a conditioning hair rinse. Just make their tea infusion and use as a last rinse after shampoo. You can also use their powders or tea infusion in a hair mask or with your shampoo.

   Herb

   Benefits

Aloe vera

A natural astringent and a great moisturiser. It is especially beneficial for oily hair and makes hair incredibly shiny, smooth and fuller looking

Amla

Packed with vitamin C, antioxidants and other vitamins, making it very nourishing for hair. It’s an excellent conditioner, and helps to increase texture and thickness of hair

Lemon or lime (peel)

Makes a very good rinse for those with oily hair. The detoxifying, astringent and antiseptic properties of lime aids in purification and rejuvenation of scalp skin and help with dandruff. Lime also helps to remove any build up and leave your hair silky smooth. (You can also use orange peel)

Calendula flower

Conditions hair and adds shine and softness to it. Calendula has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic benefits and helps to soothe sensitive scalp. It also creates golden highlights in hair

Chamomile flower

An excellent tonic for hair. It conditions the hair, restores shine and brings out natural highlights in fair hair. It also strengthens hair follicles and promotes healthy hair growth

Horsetail

Nourishing and hydrating for oily hair. The silica in horsetail helps to keep hair strong and adds shine and luster to hair

Lemongrass

Has potent clarifying and astringent properties which make it especially useful if your hair is extra oily. It also adds luster to hair and promotes hair growth by stimulating scalp circulation

Peppermint

One of the most popular help for oily hair due to its astringent and cooling effects. Mint is also very refreshing and hydrating for hair

Nettle

Also known as assisnu, kandeli, and bicchū-būṭī, is a great hair conditioner and especially useful for oily hair. Rich in plant hormones and mineral, nettle helps to add body and luster to hair. This herb is also used to prevent hair loss, reduce dandruff and promote a healthy scalp

Thyme

Often used in deep cleansing shampoos due to its ability to cleanse and purify the scalp and normalise oil production. Thyme also makes hair shiny and helps with hair loss

Sage

One of the best scalp clarifiers. Whether you have hard water or product build up, sage will remove all the residues and leave hair feeling soft and shiny. Sage also helps to darken grey hair and thicken hair shaft

Witch Hazel

An astringent and natural skin refresher. It’s great for oily hair and helps balance and refresh hair

Dandruff

Dandruff affects about 30 to 40% of world population. And it is not easy to get rid of; you will have to try out few things to see what really works for you. Below are top ingredients that have helped many people become dandruff free.

​   Ingredients

   Use/Benefits

Neem oil is great natural remedy for dandruff. It not only relieves your scalp of itching and redness, it is a strong anti fungal and helps to eliminate dandruff causing fungus. To use mix 1 teaspoon neem oil with 2 tablespoon olive oil, massage and let it sit for a few hours then wash it

Aloe vera can bring instant relief from itching and scalp soreness. Aloe will also help clear up all the skin flakes and its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties will give you relief from dandruff. You can use aloe vera on its own or combine with equal amounts of olive oil and massage into your scalp.

Coconut oil has natural anti-dandruff qualities which target and kill the dandruff causing organism and leave your scalp clean and clear. Use coconut oil on its own or add equal amounts of lime juice and massage onto your scalp and wash after an hour.

This essential oil is very useful in dandruff and other scalp conditions, thanks to its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti fungal and anti-septic properties. It’s also soothing to the scalp skin-especially when it is sore or itchy. Mix 3-4 drops of lavender oil with 1 tablespoon olive oil and massage into your scalp.

This is another useful essential oil for dandruff. Mix 2 drop cedar wood, 2 drops of rosemary oil with 1 tablespoon olive oil and massage into your scalp.

ACV helps to restore your scalp ph balance – this prevents the growth of dandruff causing fungus. It also works as a natural hair clarifier and helps clean clogged pores and dandruff flakes. Mix ¼ cup vinegar with 1 cup warm water. Apply to your scalp and wash it off after 5 minutes.

Honey is natural antibiotic as well as moisturiser. To make anti dandruff rinse: mix 1 tablespoon of honey with 1 cup of water. Apply this mix into your scalp and let it sit for 5 minutes, then rinse off

Lime juice is simple and easy way to treat dandruff. Mix it with olive oil or coconut oil and massage into your scalp. Leave it on for an hour and wash off

Fenugreek contains anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that help with dandruff, scalp irritation and acne. For quick dandruff relief: mix fenugreek powder with yogurt to make a smooth paste. Apply on your scalp and leave it on for 20 minutes then wash off.

Baking soda is a mild exfoliant and helps to clear out excess dead skin. And it also helps to get rid of the fungus. Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda with 1 cup warm water, massage into your scalp, then rinse off.

Aspirin contains salicylic acid, which is an active ingredient in many commercial anti-dandruff shampoos. Dissolve 1 aspirin tables and mix it with your regular shampoo and apply to your scalp. Let it sit for 2 minutes then rinse off.

Unrefined sea salt is a natural exfoliator, and works great for scrubbing off dandruff flakes. It also contains essential minerals that help improve scalp health. Mix a teaspoon of sea salt with your regular shampoo and massage into your scalp, rinse off after 2 minutes

Taking care of your internal health is important to get rid of dandruff permanently. Below are few foods/ supplement that help fight dandruff causing fungus, as well as provide hydration to your scalp skin.

​   Food/Supplements

   Benefits

Ghee or clarified butter is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, as well as vitamins A, D and E. It’s a great dandruff remedy and also helps to boost your hair and skin health. Always buy organic grass fed ghee

Extra virgin organic coconut oil is another nutritive food that can reduce the flaking and scalp irritation. Use it for cooking or eat a spoonful daily

Aloe is rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which are beneficial for healthy scalp maintenance.

Not only can probiotics help inhibit dandruff, but they can boost your overall gut health by providing it with beneficial bacteria.

Fish oils can make a difference. Taking omega 3 oils help to reduce inflammation and provide much needed hydration for your skin; thereby reduce the severity of dandruff.

Hair Vitamins 

Your diet may be missing key nutrients that are essential to grow strong, healthy hair.Here’s a list of herbs, healthy fats, minerals, and amino acids that naturally promote longer, thicker, and shiner hair.

​   Food/Supplements

   Use/Benefits

Rich in vitamin C and chock-full of antioxidants, amla is one of the best herbs for hair growth and to stop hair loss.

Almonds are rich in vitamin E, biotin, copper, calcium, and magnesium – all of these are essential for healthy, shiny hair

It’s a seaweed and an excellent source of iodine- an essential mineral for hair growth. Other iodine source is Nori seaweed – which is used in sushi making

Also known as brahmi, gotu kola is tonic for hair. It also helps with stress and relieves tension in the scalp.

A lack of vitamin D can cause hair loss. The best source is sunlight, but if you live in country where you don’t get enough sun, a vitamin D3 supplement is advised

Vitamin B12 is necessary for development of healthy hair cells. The deficiency is common in vegetarians and vegans.

These essential fatty acids help to nourish hair follicles and add shine, and elasticity to dull strands. They also prevent dry, flaky scalp and work to combat dry damaged hair, slow hair growth and even hair loss.

Wheat grass is a powerful antioxidant and helps to grow your hair faster and thicker. Wheat grass also works to reduce greying, brings back the original hair colour.

These are good bacteria that aid in better absorption of vitamins and nutrients from the foods that we eat. You can eat sauerkraut, Khimchi, live yogurt and home-made pickles which are also good source of probiotics.

Ghee or clarified butter is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, as well as vitamins A, D and E. It’s a great dandruff remedy and also helps to boost your hair and skin health. Always buy organic grass fed ghee

Healthy fats nourish hair follicles and promote healthier new growth. They also prevent scalp dryness and keep the hair moisturised and shiny. Some good sources of healthy fats are sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seed, flax seeds, almonds, walnuts and cashews. You can also use unrefined oils for salad dressings.

Magnesium is an important mineral for strong and healthy hair. Its deficiency is getting very common these days. One good way to replenish magnesium is by soaking in Epsom salt. It will also energise and refresh you.

Sea salt that is unrefined and unbleached is a source of important minerals and macro-nutrients from the sea which are beneficial for your hair as well as your health.

Collagen provides nutritional support to build strong shiny hair, supple skin and fast growing mails.

MSM (or methylsulfonylmethane) is a natural source of sulphur. It’s great for healthy hair growth, and also helps to make the joints, cartilage,and nails strong and healthy.

Pomegranate seeds are rich source of antioxidants phyto-nutrients which help to prevent hair loss and early greying of hair.

Ashwagandha has antioxidant and hormone balancing effects which help to reduce hair fall and promote healthy and shiny hair. Ashwagandha also works to preserve our natural hair colour

Grape seed extract is a powerful antioxidant and helps to rejuvenate ageing hair and skin.

Black seeds oil nourishes and strengthens the hair follicles and promotes stronger and healthier hair growth. It is also said to be a natural DHT blocker

Mung beans are rich in iron, calcium, protein, magnesium, zinc, B vitamins. Include them in your diet for healthy hair and healthy you

Horsetail tea is rich in silica, and helps to build strong and shiny hair. It also works to strengthen nails, bones and teeth

Black strap Molasses is a healthful sweetener that contains variety of minerals that promote your health – these include manganese, copper, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and selenium. It helps to reduce greying, hair thinning, and promotes shiny hair and clear healthy skin

​According to ayurveda, aloe vera is one of the best remedy for hair loss and greying. You will see results in few months time

Rice contain a unique ingredient called ‘inositol’ which protect hair from damage

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