Beautiful Hair-Naturally

Hibiscus

I posted on Facebook about my new hair cut with the pic below on 16th February 2016.

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Following which I received a number of questions on my hair care routine. While I am no hair care professional, I would like you to read through, try and see what works best for you. Well that’s exactly how I arrived at these methods for myself.

I had been waiting to start this new blog, all the questioners did give me enough drive to get down to do it. Thank you for asking!

Roughly about 3 years ago, I started experimenting to see what are the natural options for all the cosmetics and toiletries that I use. I tried a few things, for body I use home made scrub mix of Chickpea flour, Rice flour and Kasturi turmeric powder but I do end up using soap etc when I am in a hurry but with my hair I have completely been able to avoid shampoo.

I am actually quite proud of being able to keep up the commitment so far. Few times in between I have used shampoo while getting a hair cut but If I find a stylist open to experimenting I would like to forgo that too.

Genetically, I am blessed with good hair. I do not like to spend too much time styling it daily but over the past few years I have taken responsibility to at least not harm it using harmful chemicals.

November 2014-A year after giving up shampoo usage.

I strongly believe the chemicals in all the products and even the so called natural products are eventually going to pose a big threat to my overall health. That is what lead me from shampoo to no poo.

The baking-soda Vinegar method widely known as one of the very famous No-poo method. DSC_0004

  1. Baking Soda is diluted with water and that water is used to wash the hair.
  2. Vinegar diluted with water is used to balance the ph after the baking soda wash.

Starting with a tsp of baking soda with a cup of water I eventually figured 3tsp works for me( I had long hair then. I mix it in warm water till it dissolves well and add cold water and then wash my hair and scalp with the solution. It took me around a month to transition and feel comfortable with the ratio of baking soda and water etc. Plus initial 2 weeks wasn’t all that awesome. The hair just didn’t feel that good. I stuck to it as most people face this initial transitioning discomfort.

As I kept shortening my hair, I kept reducing the amount of baking soda I use. Also if I haven’t oiled my hair I use much less amount of baking soda. *Basically a trial and error method and you have to arrive at your own ratio.

I still continue to use this every time I travel or even at home if I am too lazy to go pluck leaves. Since I wanted to go completely natural I tried the age old “Thali” –leaves of hibiscus and flowers.

Hibiscus in my backyard

I pluck and wash the leaves and flowers. Grind it in a mixer with some water.

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I apply it and leave it on for 5 mins and wash it off. Some people recommend keeping it on longer but since I catch a cold easily I avoid keeping it on unless its summer and I am feeling all well.

IMG_7252Aloe Vera is my best friend, I have been using it on my skin as a substitute for moisturizer. I used to scoop it and blend it  and apply but it is a tedious process and leaves a lot of particles on the skin and hair and straining the solution takes ages.

My mom showed me a much easier way, so now I can use it anywhere everywhere. I carry a few leaves with me anywhere I go. Just slice it and apply the gel follow by scratching the surface to get more gel and repeat.smallI usually apply the gel directly from the leaf onto my scalp after a hair wash. It has no smell or residue if you have been gentle enough in the scratching process.

These are the things I have been using over the last 2-3 years apart from coconut or sesame oil.

I color my hair using Henna and Neelamri (the hair doesn’t feel all that great on first day after application but it gets better and since I am not using too many harsh things to wash i just need to apply them once a month or even twice in 3 months.

Whats your natural hair care tip? I am open to trying new things as long as its a locally available solution and has least environmental impact.

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