These are the 15 Natural Ways to Get Long and Shiny Hair:
Being rich in proteins, selenium, phosphorous, zinc, iron, sulphur and iodine, eggs are one of the best hair care ingredients to fight hair loss. Eggs also help in thickening of the hair strands. Add to this, some olive oil and you have an excellent hair pack.
How to apply: Make a smooth paste comprising of an egg white, and a tablespoon each of olive oil and honey. Apply it uniformly on your scalp and leave it for an hour. Rinse it off with cold water and shampoo. Olive oil would help to strengthen dry and damaged strands.
Potato juice: A lesser known remedy; potato juice helps to fight hair loss and thicken your strands. So, if you want to see your hair grow naturally, use some potato juice.
How to apply: Use potato juice on your scalp and leave it for 15 minutes, before you wash it off. Vitamin B in potatoes makes your hair longer and stronger.
Henna pack: A well-known natural conditioner for hair; it has also been nicknamed as 'hair alchemist' for its ability to transform grey and dull hair, into shiny ones. It also works on the roots of your existing hair to promote hair growth.
How to apply:Mix half a cup of curd with a cup of henna powder, and keep it aside for a couple of hours. After that apply the paste on your scalp. Wait till it dries completely and then wash it off.
Cayenne pepper: This pepper has the special ability to stimulate hair growth. It also resists thinning of hair.
How to apply: Mix 1 part of pepper with 2 parts of olive oil and apply it on your hair. Rinse it off with cold water.
Coconut milk: Coconut milk being rich in proteins, iron, potassium and essential fats, reduces hair shedding and breakage.
How to apply: Take coconut milk and apply it on the scalp. Keep it overnight and rinse it off the next day. (Also read on Beauty Benefits of Coconut Water for Skin and Hair)
Green tea: Green tea being rich in antioxidants helps to fight hair problems. It is also rich in polyphenols and has anti-inflammatory properties which facilitate hair growth.
How to apply: Prepare a solution, by taking two green tea bags and soak them in a cup of hot water. Use this water to rinse your scalp. Also, include green tea in your daily diet to combat hair loss.
Amla: Amla is a storehouse of vitamin C and antioxidants. It not only promotes hair growth, but also helps to fight scalp pigmentation.
How to apply: Mix equal portions of amla powder and lime juice. Apply this mix on the scalp. Allow it to dry, before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Also, regular application of amla oil will make the hair black and strong.
Grape seed oil: This particular oil stimulates the hair follicles and helps in hair restoration. It is also good for those with curly hair, as it would make their hair more manageable.
How to apply: Massage your scalp with this oil before you go to sleep at night. Wash it off the next morning for good hair growth.
Aloe vera and honey: Aloe vera is rich in vitamin A, B, E, selenium and many other nutrients. It is good for your hair as it conditions your scalp and gets rid of dandruff.
How to apply: You can apply aloe vera gel on your scalp and leave it overnight. Wash it off the next morning for a clean scalp. You can also take some aloe vera gel and mix it with honey, in equal parts. Apply it on your scalp. Leave it undisturbed for 30 minutes and then wash it off with cold water.
Oatmeal hair pack: Oatmeal is a great natural moisturiser for the hair. It not only makes your hair smooth and strong, but also helps to get rid of dandruff.
How to apply:To make an oatmeal hair mask, mix half a cup of oats with 2 tablespoons of almond oil and a quarter cup of milk. Apply this mask from roots to tips. Leave it on for at least 20 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. Always make sure that your hair is tangle-free and dry before you apply this mask.
Onion juice: Onions being rich in sulphur help in the production of the collagen tissues, which in time will regenerate your hair follicles. Other than this, onions also stimulate circulation of blood, and help in keeping your scalp clean.
How to apply: Cut a few onions into small pieces and squeeze the juice out of them. Apply this juice on your scalp; keep it for at least 30-45 minutes, before applying a shampoo. Since onions have a pungent smell, you can add some rose water or some honey to it.
Apple cider vinegar: Vinegar helps to restore pH balance in your hair, in case of an alkaline disturbance. Restoration and maintenance of acidic balance helps to accelerate hair growth. It also makes the hair strands shinier and stronger. It also removes residues of the chemicals of your hair products, from your scalp.
How to apply: Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar with water, and use this mixture for your last rinse after shampoo. This will leave you with healthier hair.
Lemon juice: Similar to vinegar, lime juice helps to balance the pH level of the scalp and promotes hair growth.
How to apply: Soak a handful of almonds in water overnight. Next morning remove their skin and grind them. Mix this with 2 tablespoon of lemon juice. Massage your scalp with the paste and leave it on for 20 minutes. Wash it off once it has dried.
Eat right and reduce stress: Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, meat and fish. Eat the right kinds of fat and stay away from oily stuff. Make sure you are getting a sufficient intake of iron, zinc and vitamin C. Stress is one of the prime accused in aiding hair problem. Reduce stress from your life- both emotional and physical. Get some fresh air periodically and do some sort of exercise daily. So, get enough sleep and maintain a healthy lifestyle. (Also read on How to Combat Hair Loss Due to Stress)
Reduce styling damages:
Excessive styling can hurt your hair. Mechanical curling, straightening, chemical bleach and colour, or using gel in inappropriate amounts can hamper your hair considerably. Always brush your hair sparingly and comb delicately. Clean your hair carefully and do not stress your hair unnecessarily.