Sunday, August 12, 2007

Hair Care & Coloring

I am giving some hair remedies below that are suggested by noted beauty expert Blossom Kochhar.
Remedy for split ends: For split ends trim your hair regularly, do not wash hair with warm water, use luke warm or cold water. Add one teaspoon of lavender oil to a bottle of Castor oil or coconut oil. Heat the mixture & massage it into your scalp at night, rinse in the morning. Do this at least twice a week.
Remedy for hair fall: Mix the milk of half a coconut with the juice of half a lemon, massage this into your scalp, leave it on for 6 hours & then wash off.
Natural hair color: 2 cups henna powder, 1 cup warm water, 1 teaspoon lime juice. Mix these together & keep aside for an hour, after that add 1 tablespoon ground cloves to darken the shade. (A dark brown shade can also be obtained by mixing 1 part henna with 3 parts indigo.) Before applying to hair add curd & 1 tablespoon mustard oil to counteract the drying action of henna.

Here is my version of natural hair color: Boil 1 tablespoon tea in 1.5 cups of water. After this cools down, add enough henna in this to make a thick paste, add 1 teaspoon coffee powder, 2 tablespoon amla powder. Mix all this in an iron vessel, as the iron also imparts a blackish color to the mix along with the amla powder. I leave this mixture overnight in the iron vessel & next day before applying on hair I oil my hair with coconut oil. Finally add 2 egg yolks (optional) and 2 tablespoons curds to the mix & apply on hair making small sections & covering from root to hair end. If the weather is cold add a few ground cloves to the mix so that you don't catch a cold.
If you want to only condition your hair leave this mix on your head for half an hour, if you wish to color your hair then leave it for 2-3 hours, then wash off with luke warm water. Do not shampoo. When your hair is dry oil them again & the next day you shampoo them. Voila !! lovely lustrous hair are yours' to stay

Don't forget to use rubber gloves while applying henna on your hair. But in case you get henna on your hands, take some sugar on your hands & rub a cut lemon on them, this will remove the color.

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