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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

How to Make your own Hair Oil for Thick, Long and Lustrous Hair

My friends say that one of the reasons I have thick, long and black hair from my childhood is the fact that I am a Bengali who eats fish every day! But of all the surmises, I think, apart from good genes, I have been initiated to the right path regarding hair-care by my mother.
Stress and age has rendered my mother’s whole bunch of tresses gray, but she still retains the thickness and texture that I had seen her have during my teens.
Having a few almonds and including fish in every day diet definitely helps. Apart from that, Ma always used to remind me that it is very important to have a perfect digestive system and that comes only from having your meals bang on time.

Today, I am sharing my mother’s recipe of her home-made hair-oil which I have been applying from when I was about 7 years old. The ingredients required for the concoction are:
Coconut Oil
Almond Oil
Castor Oil
Olive Oil
Bhringaraj Leaves
Amla (Indian Gooseberry) Juice
Neem Leaves
Red Hibiscus Leaves
Once you make the oil and store it in a clean container, it can be used for upto 6 months. The oil may cloud a bit with time, but that does not degenerate the goodness of this natural, home-made product.

Many of us do not know the wonderful effects of red Hibiscus leaves on hair which is included in this recipe. It is a great conditioner for hair and makes the hair soft and adds lustre. Red Hibiscus leaves also help add a darker shade to the original hair colour. It is a great source of natural pigmentation to the hair follicles.

The photograph I have shared here in this blog is of myself taken by a friend, Rana Basu Thakur a few weeks ago. He is a fantastic photographer – the best I have come across.
This recipe has worked wonders for me and I hope it will be of use to you too!

Method of application:
  • Warm the oil and massage gently on the scalp.
  • Apply ample amount on the strands covering from the roots to the tip.
  • Wrap your head with a steaming, warm towel. When the towel becomes cold, dip it again in hot water, wring it and wrap it again and continue to do so for 20 minutes.
  • Leave it on for another 20 minutes.
  • Shampoo your hair with a herbal shampoo of your choice and comb using a wide-toothed comb.

Please note that this is a very heavy oil and so, applying and leaving it overnight is not recommended as you may end up with a running nose. It is recommended that the oil be kept on for not more than an hour.