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Welcome to hair buddha!

I am so glad you are here.

Whether your hair is too thin, too thick, curly, damaged or frizzy, there is a way to fix it.

I will give you tips and natural recipes to transform your hair into shiny, bouncy, and gorgeous looking tresses.

The first step is to love and accept your hair the way it is. Stop saying mean things like ‘I hate my hair’. Instead opt for a optimistic thought like ‘“As I take care of my hair, it gets healthier.”

Happy thoughts relax your mind and body. They also boost scalp circulation, bringing nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicles. Thus promoting stronger and healthier hair growth.

Sometimes the root of the problem is an unhealthy diet, harsh shampoos, or damage from chemical treatments. But whatever the case, a positive attitude is always necessary to radiate true beauty, from the scalp down.

Let’s start with the basic hair care…

Your daily rituals – washing, grooming, and styling play a big role in how your hair looks and feels. The less synthetic chemicals you put on your hair, the better your hair will be. So, as much as possible choose pure and natural ingredients.

Natural Shampoo: Conventional shampoos are loaded with harsh detergents, which can strip away the natural protective oils from your scalp and hair, causing scalp and hair problems.

Here are some shampoo ideas that you can make at home:

Ree-Shi shampoo: This shampoo works great on all hair types.

Chickpea flour shampoo: It works well on fine and oily hair.

Egg shampoo: This shampoo is excellent to remove oil, grease and will add volume to your hair.

10 Natural hair cleanser: Here you have choice for all hair type.

Hair Rinse/Conditioner: Herbal rinses are a great substitute for market brought conditioners. They will nourish your hair and make it bouncy and vibrant. Here are some ideas on how to make them.

Other conditioning hair masks:

Miracle Hair Mask for Hair Growth, Thickness and Dandruff

Castor oil and Egg Hair Mask to Make Your Hair Grow Faster and Thicker

The Ultimate Homemade Conditioner for Dry, Frizzy and Coarse Hair

Reverse Hair Washing: The Secret to Gorgeous Hair

Oil Massage: Head massage is very important for healthy hair growth. It stimulates hair follicles and boosts scalp circulation. Prefer cold pressed oils for massage, or you can also use homemade amla hair oil, which is very nourishing for hair.

Here are some good oils for hair growth….

Oily hair: coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil and sunflower oil

Dry: almond oil, sesame oil, argan oil and avocado oil

Nutrition: Your hair root is very much alive and gets its nutrients from what you eat. So what you eat will reflect on the health of your hair.

Here is more on best vitamins for hair.

Exercise: If you desire beautiful hair, exercise is a must. It improves blood flow to the scalp, bringing oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles. Exercise also reduces stress, which is one of the major contributor of hair loss in today’s fast paced world.

Does exercise make your hair grow faster? We ask the expert

yoga nidra to reduce stress and help you sleep better.

Affirmations: While you are doing everything right but are worried and stressed, you will not have glowing skin and vibrant hair. Holistic living involves more than just taking care of your bodies, you also have to take good care of your mind, your thoughts and your outlook in general. Here are some affirmations for strong and beautiful hair.

Hair loss: I have been through the pain and agony of of hair loss. But thankfully, I have regained all my hair back. Here’s what has helped me regrow my hair. I hope it helps you too.

Dandruff: With overuse of synthetic shampoos and bad food habits, many people are suffering from chronic dandruff.

Here are some ways to combat dandruff.

5 ways to get rid of dandruff completely

Miracle Hair Mask for Hair Growth and Dandruff

Dry Hair: Dry hair occurs when your hair lacks moisture. So the simple answer to get rid of dry hair is to increase its moisture content. Frequent moisturising will increase your hair’s elasticity – which is greatly lacking in dry hair. Plus, well hydrated hair feels soft to touch and appears healthy, shiny and lustrous.

Top 3 Homemade Hair Masks for Dry and Damaged Hair

The Ultimate Hair Mask for Dry, Frizzy and Coarse Hair

Rice Water for Gorgeous Hair and Flawless Skin

Oily Hair: While you most likely are born with oily scalp, but there are certain things you can do to keep the oil production under control….

How to Add Volume and Thickness to Fine Hair: 11 Tips

10 Tips to Prevent Your Hair From Getting Oily Too Fast

Greying/ Natural Colour: Conventional hair dyes contain numerous toxic chemical, which can cause hair loss, more grey hair and even adversely affect your health. Fortunately nature provides us with simple and safe natural remedies that have been used since ancient times.

15 Natural Remedies for Grey Hair that Really Work

What Causes Grey Hair and How To Stop It

Rosemary Hair Rinse: Darkens Hair and Stimulates Growth

Take good care of your hair and it will last you a lifetime 🙂

 

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82 comments
Sumy Mathew says

Hi Minaz,
Can you use the consumable amla powder with henna to use it on the hair? Thank you.
Sumy

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Pratibha Kanitkar says

Hello Minaz, I am happy to have found Hair Buddha and have signed up for newsletter, as I have chosen a more holistic approach, giving up on commercial products years ago, looking for natural ways to cleanse and heal. I am 60 and never color my hair. Suffering from hair loss and gradually thinning hair over the years. However, I have an extremely oily scalp and pre-shampoo oil massage makes hair fall even worst. What would be an ideal hair care routine for an overly Oily scalp like mine, coupled with thinning and falling hair. What can I consume/apply to help boost hair health ? Your advice and tips would be much appreciated, Thankyou in advance !

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    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Hi Pratibhaji, I am so glad you like hair buddha.

    At 60 the estrogen levels are quite low and that can cause hair loss.

    I suggest you apply this Miracle Hair Mask. It contains methi, which is a source of plant based phyto-estrogen and helps with hair loss and thinning. You can then wash your hair with this homemade shampoo.

    I would check for any deficiencies like iron, calcium and vitamin D, your doctor would know the best.

    Include foods such as sesame seeds, flax seeds, amla, coconut, ghee in your diet. Focus on clean eating and avoid junk, processed foods. Hope this helps.

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    Pratibha Kanitkar says

    Thankyou so very much, Minaz, I will try this -Hair mask once a week, and Shikakai shampoo twice a week.
    Any suggestions for keeping oily-ness at bay between shampooing. hair gets greasy by next day ! Also, I believe
    Licorice -Jeshthamadh helps ?

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Gita Shah says

Hi Minaz, I have been suffering from hair for about 3-4 years now. It is very depressing. I have gone through some of your posts. Requesting you to share some affordable products (eg: some Patanjali products maybe) like shampoo, hair oil etc that can be used on a daily basis and also is easily available in the market.
Thanks a lot.

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Gita Shah says

Hi Minaz. I am 20 years old. My hair is falling since past 3-4 years. It is very depressing. I have gone through some of your posts. Would request you to recommend some affordable shampoos and oils that are easily available in the market. I like the wooden comb idea. Searching for some cheaper options. Also, I have dry curly hair with thinning ends. Requesting you to recommend an affordable shampoo for my damaged hair. Thanks.

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Gita Shah says

Hi Minaz. I am 20 years old. Have been suffering from hair loss since 3 years. I have gone through some of your posts. Requesting you to share some affordable, easily available shampoos for my dry damaged curly hair. Thanks.

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satish says

Hi Minaz,

I am suffering from hair loss for 3-4 years, I have tried a lot of things but nothing has helped.
I also have strange dandruff which somehow remains stuck with my scalp.

Can you please advise a remedy for dandruff and hair loss.

Thanks

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Vinoth K says

Hi Minaz
I have severe DANDRUFF. I have tried many doctors and Ayurveda medicines but NO luck. I always use Sikakai instead of Shampoo. Within next day i used to get dandruff again, I will apply coconut oil. Dry hair and I have heat body….Please Suggest a solution and oil.

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    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Hi Vinoth,
    Try coconut oil and lime juice for dandruff.
    Even this hair mask is very good to eliminate dandruff.
    For shampoo use shikakai powder with licorice powder (jestamadha).

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Prajakti Awade says

Hi Minaz I have naturally very Frizzy hair.I have tried oil massages but my hair still looks the same.What to do about it?

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asif says

hi mam i’m suffering with much hairloss,receding hairline can u help?

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kamal says

Hi Minaz,
I have soaked fenugreek seeds overnight. This afternoon I have made a runny paste and stored in the fridge. My question is (1) I have put 3 tbsp. of fenugreek paste in my henna paste to cover grey hair, Is that enough? shall I add more? (2) Can I use this mixture alone to my hairtips for colour it? (3) can I use this fenugreek mixture as a hair conditioner? Many Thanks.

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    kamal says

    Hi,
    My colour came out deep orange shade, NOT BRIGHT ORANGE) . so I am motivated to put some more in my henna paste next time. Not so sure if I can use fenugreek paste as my conditioner too.

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    Minaz says

    Hi Kamal,
    1-2 tablespoon fenugreek paste is enough.
    Yes you can, or you can add 1 teaspoon amla, bhringraj powder to it.
    And fenugreek paste can be used as a conditioner.
    Let me know how it works for you.

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Maniaha says

Hi, i m 24 years old from last year i m having very bad hair fall, which have resulted in extreme thinning of hair line& my scalp can be seen easily. Please help me out, because this affects me a lot.
Is there any way out.

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    Minaz says

    What natural remedies have you tried so far?
    Do you think you may have some vitamin deficiencies like B12, vitamin D, iron?

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jennifer pagano says

Need help with scalp 2 years ago doctor said have sebboric dematitis my scalp always feel like I have an open wound and someone poured acid on it and won’t stop what do you suggest? Please Help ME

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    Minaz says

    Have you tried coconut oil on your scalp?

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achala says

my hair is dry, fizz and not look shine. I am using argon oil only. How to use coconut milk ?

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    Minaz says

    See this

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Rachna says

Dear Minaz, I just wanted to say, your remedies have really helped me improve my hair texture than before in the easiest way possible. I was wondering, do you also have a blog for homemade skin remedies ? I see many others but I can’t put the same trust in the others much. Hair Buddha happened to me by chance and I swear I am loyal to it. I only wish if there was something similar for our skin as well. ….Thanks, Rachna

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    Minaz says

    Dear Rachna, thanks for your kind words.
    I am so happy to know that your hair is getting better.
    I recently posted tomato face mask. And by public demand, I will share more such skin tips in future 🙂
    Do you want to send me a email with your success story.

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Sana says

Hi Minaz,
I found your blog very recently and wanted to ask if there were any tips to fix hair loss from androgenic alopecia, and having PCOS. I’m only 22 and I have lost 3/4 of my hair in comparison to it’s original amount and it has thinned excessively, so much that my scalp is easily visible from all sides. Right now I’m using almond oil on my head, but let me know if there are other things I should do.

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minha says

Hi Minaz,
I wanted to ask if you have any tip to take care of combination curly hair. I’m starting to lose hair and its frizzy but oily at the scalp and dry at the end.

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    Minaz says

    Hi Minha, Try the following hair masks:
    1. Egg and olive oil (or castor oil) hair mask
    2. Miracle hair mask
    3. Coconut milk hair mask (I have posted it as ultimate hair mask for dry hair)

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Deepashree says

Hi…have just discovered hair buddha and am super excited to try all the natural remedies. Minaz i needed a diy hair color mask thats effective for my grey hair. Could you help?

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    Minaz says

    Hi Deepashree, You can do henna hair mask every two weeks. I use beetroot and clove tea to make henna paste. You can also add amla powder and fenugreek powder to henna paste.
    Check out more tips under hair colour/greying.

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Carol says

I made the amla coconut conditioner last night and left it on as prescribed. After two wash then let dry cycles, my hair is still so oily!
Should I reheat and add mor amla?
Thanks as I am in a pickle!

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    Minaz says

    Hi Carol, Don’t add more amla. What did you use to wash your hair?

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Olivia says

Wanted to check if you manufacture hair products. I want to propose a natural hair products for African hair for children

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    Minaz says

    Hi Olivia, I don’t, but I am planning to.

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nerti says

Hi,
I love your site, a lot of great info, thank you for that 🙂
I would like to order some herbs for my hair, but I am a little confused, which form is the best (and why) for use in DIY shampoo and/or conditioner? Powder or essential oil?
I usually wash my hair with a blend of garbanzo beans flour, fenugreek or slippery elm and honey or aloe. I like it how it works but I don’t really like the smell, especially the fenugreek smell, so I would like to add chamomile or lavender or something else to the blend. But I am confused, if I can just add the lavender/chamomile powder to my blend or do I need to boil it first like a tea? Or it is better to use the essential oil from these herbs?
Thank you very much and have nice day Nerti

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    Minaz says

    Hi Nerti, you try marshmallow root powder/flax seeds powder for fenugreek.
    And lavender and chamomile may also work in powder form.

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Rashi Garg says

Hi,
I am 26 years old. I have been experiencing hairfall since 4-5 years. Initially it was normal to high but since 6 months it is severe. My hair are everywhere. I try to ignore it and be positive but it doesnt seem to help. I have tried homeopathy, alopathy, ayurvedic medicines, meditation, natural products, etc. Nothing seems to help. My hair have reduced to 1/10th of the original strength.
Please help.

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mohammed aayan khan says

asslamwalaikum mam,
I am aayan khan,i am leaving in Saudi Arabia,i want to know my hair fall & gaps,before 2 years my hair is very strong and shiny but now a days I am very depression for my problem hair fall gaps…mam I used one cream that name was softonic hair straighting cream & lotion before 2 years then my hair was straight but not a strong naturally …that’s the reason mam please tell me about how to grow up my hairs please…

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    Minaz says

    asslamwalaikum mohammed,
    Yes, the cream could have caused damage to your hair follicles.
    I have shared lots of tips on hair loss, have a look.
    Also, oil massage once or twice a week with pure oils like olive, almond or coconut.
    Plus, exercise regularly – but don’t over-exercise which causes more harm.
    Best wishes.

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Archana says

Hi Minaz, I came across your website in a desperate search for some tips to save my hair from hard water effects.I shifted to a hard water region a year back and have been suffering from dry and brittle hair along with hairfall.Also I was startled to see some grey hair.
Please help me with some tips to get hold of the problem.Looking forward to hearing from you soon. 🙂

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    Minaz says

    Hi Archana, I have shared some useful tips such as using reetha-shikakai homemade shampoo, which helped me a lot.
    if you go on my blog, there is a search section on top right corner.

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ruchi says

hi mam
myself ruchi…i have very thin hair ,by birth,…i try many things but not working plz suggest me..what i do for their thickness as they also unmanageble as silky
so i cant make any style

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Stacey Shillington says

Hi Minaz,
I love your site! Thank-you so much for sharing such incredible information. I have fine blond hair, which I have been highlighting for years. I am now in my 40s, and I need to make a change – my hair has been falling and I have been wearing my hair in a ponytail for almost 7 years! I am trying a lot of natural recipes but I have yet to find the perfect combination. My hair is oily at the roots, but it is dry at the ends due to the colouring.
I have been trying to coconut oil massage prior to shampooing, but my hair feels as though it is even greasier afterwards. What is the best shampoo to remove the oil if one has fine hair? My hair also tangles a lot so I am excited to try the marshmallow rinse. Is there anything I should add to it so it does not weigh down my hair? Thank-you for your help.
Stacey

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    Minaz says

    Hi Stacey, thanks for your kind words.
    Use an egg shampoo to get oil out of your hair. Egg will also give you bounce and texture.
    When I don’t oil my hair, I love to use the shikakai deep cleanse shampoo.
    Let me know how it works for you.

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M mohamed halith says

Hello i had alopecia i think from 16, now i am 22, i had relief from it for 3 year now it come again largely in my head and little in my hand and eyebrows, plz recommend me a way to cure it soon, because i really feel bad and stopped going out of my room plz give me reply mam thank u

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    Minaz says

    Hi Mohamed, read my post on stress and alopecia. It will help you.

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Stuti says

Hi Minaz,
I have extremely oily hair at the scalp level & hair strands themselves are generally dry:(
I tried the egg shampoo & for the day my hair were perfect & shiny & clean- but within gap of one day, the scalp has turned oily again- I would not like to rinse my hair on daily basis- not sure if its healthy and also because it is time consuming- can you suggest a concoction that will prevent oily scalp atleast for 3-4 days while keeping the strands shiny?

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    Minaz says

    Hi Stuti, here are some tips to keep your hair from getting oily.

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Haya says

hi Minaz,

i have a problem that my top part of my hair, the upper half, is very frizzy. i tried cutting it but it only made it worse. the rest of my hair is soft and healthy except the upper part. what should i do?

thank you in advance 🙂

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    Minaz says

    Hi Haya, Use one of the hair masks. They should help settle the frizz. And if you can, sleep on a silk pillow case – it’s much gentler on your hair and will not ruffle it.

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Jugnu says

His Minaz, I like your hair care tips a lot. My daughter is 5 years old and she has very soft and silky hair. But now suddenly hair falling problem has erupted. I have been using Mahabhringraj oil before shampoo and little bit almond oil after shampoo. using mother care baby shampoo since she was born. but just now realized that it contains SLS which is not good Tried with amla reetha shikakai sage fenugreek neem shampoo but left her hair very hard and hair loss was even more. since its start of winter she has got a Lil bit of dandruff. I am hesitate to use egg shampoo due to smell. please suggest better hair care procedure that I can follow for her.

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    Minaz says

    Hi Jugnu, just use plain shikakai, you can add licorice or marshmallow root to it.
    Is the mahabhringraj oil pure, and doesn’t contain any mineral oil, artificial perfume, colour. If the product is from India, they don’t list all the ingredients, so it’s difficult to know.

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Denisa says

Hi Minaz!
You have no idea of much of a relief it is that I found your blog and you! All of your remedies and tips are very interesting and I can’t wait to use them! I suffer from mild trichotillomania( extreme hair pulling disorder) it hasn’t gotten to the stage where I have bald patches over my scalp but I do have some mild patches where there is barely any hair. I am trying to recuperate and not touch my hair that often. I have very fine thin medium length hair. It’s a bit damaged now from university stress and trichotillomania, I have a lot of split ends and I trying to take care of it. I have been using castor oil as a remedy. I put 3 teaspoons of castor oil mixed with aragan oil and I apply it to damp(no wet) hair. Although my hair looks thicker and shinny when it dries, it caused me a lot hair loss when I try to rinse out. I might change my routine to leaving it for 40 minutes. Before I used to leave it overnight to get the oils absorbed. It did do great things to my hair but the hair shed freaked me out a bit. But I saw a recipe with castor oil and egg on your blog and I might try that one? Either way your blog is amazing andI am glad I found now since I am beginning my journey to more natural hair care 🙂

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    Minaz says

    Hi Denisa, Nice to see you on the blog. You can also try egg and olive oil or miracle hair mask.
    Also, yoga, walking and spending time in nature help deal with stress and stress-related hair loss.
    Best wishes.

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Shrey says

Hey thanku so much for lovely tips can u just tell in how much time i will start seeing effect

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    Minaz says

    It depends, it took me 1 year to see any changes in my hair growth.
    Best wishes to you.

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Rupal says

Hello ma’am!
I am a 21 y/o girl. I have dandruff in my hair all over the year also i have almost gone bald. My scalp is oily and hair is dry. My hair is also very thin. Could you please suggest to me what I should do for the above mentioned problems?

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    Minaz says

    Hi Rupal, for dandruff use this hair mask. It will also help with hair growth.
    Also look after yourself, eat fresh home cooked foods. Get rid of biscuits, packaged items as they are not good for overall health.
    Exercise regularly. Practice yoga and pranayam.

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Saby says

Hi Minaz
Your site is one of THE best sites I have come across on hair care. Your content is sooo well organized. Great work…keep going 🙂
My daughter had wonderfully thick and lustrous hair as a child. Shes 13 now and has waist length hair. But now its become dull and brittle and looks extremely unhealthy and thinnned out. I apply coconut oil every week and leave it in for 2 to 3 days and then wash it off. Is this causing the dandruff that I have noticed recently. She also has a lot of itching after applying the oil. Please advise how I can rejuvenate her hair and bring it back to life. Many thanks.

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    Minaz says

    Hi Saby, may be coconut oil is not suiting her. Try one of the natural hair masks:
    miracle hair mask or
    egg and olive oil mask

    Hair thinning can be due to a number of factors:
    Does she have vitamin deficiencies like vitamin D, iron B12.
    Does she do sports and exercise?
    Is she a picky eater?

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Shirley says

I made a mint hair rinse using mint leaves for my scalp after I wash my hair, but what I want to know is can I also use as a mister for hydrating scalp and hair between washes, if so would I need to add a preservative .

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    Minaz says

    Keep it refrigerated. It will stay for a week.

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VINEET SHARMA says

Please guide me, how to regain thickness and hair density. Which oil i should use, how many times wash hari in a week with what kind of shampoo and what diet to follow?

Please help.

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    Minaz says

    Use pure coconut oil for head massage. And a homemade reetha shikakai shampoo makes hair healthy and strong.

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Darshil says

Hello,
Your blog is really amazing. Thank you for writing all this amazing stuff. I have heard of the water only method and would like to know your views on it and whether it will work.

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    Minaz says

    You can use water only. But I will also use a tea/infusion made from shikakai to wash hair lightly. It will add shine and bounciness to hair.

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Shenaz says

Hi minaz i have problem using oils in my hair i try different oils,when putting oil too many hairs falls out with the oil,can You Please help me because i love oils for my hair.thank you

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Divya says

Applied henna 3weeks ago –dont like red color -is it ok to apply indigo to get dark color -dont want to overdo henna again as it makes my hair rough

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    Minaz says

    Yes, you can apply indigo after henna.

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Divya says

If i put yogurt in henna (as only henna makes it rough)then will it catch indigo color. As my main purpose to put henna is color my hair brown black by coloring with indigo later
Really appreciate your help Minaz🙏🏻

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    Minaz says

    Yes of course you can put yogurt in henna. You can also add fenugreek seed powder/olive oil/mustard oil/egg.

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    Divya says

    It will still give henna and later indigo color effectively after applying yogurt

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    Minaz says

    Yes. Add like 2-3 tbsp.

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Divya says

Can we add honey to miracle mask

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nisha says

Which rice water is good brown rice or polished rice.. Please sugest which one is good for hair n face..

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nisha says

My hair is falling after i am applying aloe Vera and olive oil

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    Minaz says

    Don’t use it, maybe the combination is not suiting you. I recommend you apply hair mask: here are some choices

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    nisha says

    Thanks a lot..

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Raymond says

Hi, what do you think if im using jojoba, sandalwood, coconut, rosemary, & ylang oil for hair growth?

Can all these oil mix together just in one bottle, or does it will affect the nutrients on it?

Thank you.

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Divya says

I’m not sure where i asked question to use combination of kesh king plus essential oil which i am not using now .
Currently i am using jojoba,grape seed ,castor oil with peppermint,rosemary,thyme,lavender oil.please recommend any oils ,mask .my problem is i have hypothyroid and my hair is brittle ,and it falls .i really want to stop hair breakage.i also get scalp acne sometimes .as i stay in usa winter is month to have more hair problems.Minaz you have mentioned your sister has thyroid somewhere..please recommend
me oils ,mask (no eggs)and any other remedy like hair vitamins etc.I will really appreciate your help🙏🏻

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