Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Ayurvedic Hair Spa at Home - Feedback Post

A month ago I had chanced upon a wonderful blog, while looking for a DIY hair spa. And I found a great mask here which, I knew would work on my dry and frizzy hair. But sadly, I didn’t find dried hibiscus flower as directed in this blog, so edited the spa recipe a little bit for my benefit.

What you need?

  • Reetha (Soap Nut) – 2-4 pieces
  • Shikakai – 2-4 pieces
  • Amla/Awla (Indian Gooseberry)– 2-4 pieces
  • Methi (Fenugreek) – 2 tsp
  • Olive Oil – 4-6 tbsp
  • Aloe Vera – 1 leaf / 5 tbsp of gel
Olive Oil and Aloe Vera are meant for dry hair. If you have oily hair, add lemon juice and if you have normal hair, you can add aloe vera only. Non-vegetarians and eggetarians can add eggs too. I personally hate the smell of eggs, so excluded it altogether.

Here’s how I proceeded…

  • Soak the methi seeds separately in a bowl of water the night before. Add enough water as methi soaks up water.
  • Soak the reetha, amla and shikakai together in a glass of warm water. You could boil these together for 20-25 mins the previous night.
  • The next morning when you are ready for hair spa, add the soaked reetha, amla and shikakai in the grinder and make a paste.
  • Take out the pulp of aloe vera. You can use aloe vera gel too. Add enough gel to the mixture you have made.
  • Now, put methi seeds and then add water carefully so that the consistency is paste-like and not too runny. Make a smooth paste out of the above items.
  • Lastly add olive oil. If you have dry hair, you can massage your hair with olive oil first, and then apply the mixture. You can also add the olive oil to this mixture directly.
I kept the mixture for 1 hr 30 mins followed by a shampoo. The result was bouncy, shiny and smooth as silk hair.

The Pros:

  • It’s dirt cheap and very healthy for your tresses.
  • Requires very less time, unlike coloring your hair with henna.
  • Your hair dances with joy literally.
  • Didn't require much effort, as I had all the items at home.
The Cons:
  • You need to make preparations in advance.
  • Some ingredinets might not be handy and you may have to search for them.

This is a wonderful hair mask and it does show great results.

My hair felt fabulous and I'll continue to try this over and over again.