Amla – The Ultimate Hair Care Expert

By: Shabana

Amla is known since centuries to be a superfood for the hair. Regular use of this ingredient is said to give you super thick, shiny and black hair.

It is also a potent herb to reverse ageing. There are a lot of living testimonials out there who swear by its anti-graying benefits. People who consume its juice daily say that they never need to dye their hair.

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There are new researches conducted every day on amla and it has been found that amla boosts immunity, improves eyesight and also known to have anti-cancerous properties.

What makes amla such a super herb is its high presence of antioxidants and vitamin C. It contains 20 times more vitamin C than an orange.

Its mineral content is also very impressive. It is known to reduce cholesterol level, lower blood sugar and also dissolve kidney stones. But it is most famously used for hair problems.

The list of benefits of amla is an exhaustive one. Including amla in your everyday hair-care routine will leave you with healthy and shiny locks.

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Below are 10 ways in which you can include the superfood amla in your hair care routine, to get thick luscious hair which you have always dreamt of.

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1) Amla Powder For Soft Silky Hair

The easiest way of using amla is in its powdered form. It is cheap and easily available.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of amla powder
  • Any hair oil depending on the hair length

Method:

1) Mix the amla powder into your regular hair oil to get shiny and bouncy hair. It will also help increase hair volume.

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2) Amla Powder And Henna For Hair Growth:

When mixed with henna powder, amla's potency increases. Both are good for the scalp and promote healthy hair growth. Henna is also a natural colorant that gives a lovely reddish-brown tint to the hair.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of amla powder
  • 3 tablespoons of henna powder
  • Water as required

Method

1) Mix both the powders along water and make a thick paste.
2) Let the mixture rest for 5-6 hours.
3) Apply it evenly onto the scalp and hair.
4) Keep for 2 hours and wash off with a mild sulphate-free shampoo.

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3) Amla Water To Reduce Hair Fall:

This can be used for washing hair or as a last rinse after shampooing to reduce hair fall.

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 amlas
  • Water

Method:

1) Cut the amla into pieces.
2) Keep the water for boiling and add the amla pieces to it.
3) After 15 minutes, strain the mixture and let it cool.
4) Use this to wash your hair or rinse your hair with this water after shampooing.

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4) Amla And Shikakai Hair Mask For Healthy Hair:

Shikakai is another wonder ingredient for the hair. Mix it with amla to end all your hair woes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of amla powder
  • 2 tablespoons of shikakai powder
  • Water

Method:

1) Take both the powders into a bowl.
2) Add water to it and make a thick paste.
3) Apply it onto the hair scalp and length and keep it on for half an hour.
4) Wash it with cold water.

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5) Amla Oil To Combat Dandruff And Itchy Scalp:

Amla oil when used daily can reduce dandruff significantly. It will nourish the scalp and moisturize it, thereby soothing a dry and itchy scalp. Amla oil also strengthens hair follicles and conditions the hair.

Ingredients:

  • Any carrier oil of your choice.
  • 3-4 amlas cut into pieces.

Method:

1) Heat the oil of your choice along with the amla pieces.
2) Let it stand for some time for the amla to infuse in the oil.
3) Apply this onto the scalp and hair length and leave it overnight. Cover the head with a shower cap to avoid oil stains on the pillow.
4) Wash off in the morning.
5) This is preferable if done on a daily basis.

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6) Amla Juice For Strong Hair:

Using amla juice daily will make your hair resilient to damage and will strengthen your hair from the roots.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of amla juice
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

Method:

1) Mix both the ingredients together in a bowl.
2) Apply it onto the scalp and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
3) Wash with plain water.

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7) Amla Juice For Clean Scalp:

The vitamin C in the amla juice has cleansing properties. Mix it with an egg to nourish your scalp.

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of amla juice

Method:

1) Beat the egg in a bowl.
2) Add the amla juice to it.
3) Apply this onto the scalp and leave it on for 20 minutes.
4) Wash it with cold water.

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8) Amla Shampoo

This is a recipe for a home-made shampoo. The great thing about this shampoo is that it uses other potent ingredients such as reetha and shikakai, which are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. It will also instantly improve the quality and texture of your hair.

Ingredients:

  • 250 ml of water
  • 1 teaspoon of amla powder
  • 3 reetha pieces
  • 3 shikakai pieces

Method:

1) Soak all the above ingredients in the water for 6-7 hours.
2) After 6-7 hours, boil the complete mixture for 5 minutes.
3) Let it cool and strain.
4) This strained liquid can be used as a paraben and SLS-free shampoo.

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9) Amla And Bhringraj Hair Mask:

This hair mask is an excellent remedy for dry and damaged hair.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of amla powder
  • 2 tablespoons of Bhringraj powder

Method:

1) Mix both the powders along with some water to make a paste.
2) Apply it onto the scalp and let it dry for 15-20 minutes.
3) Rinse with warm water.

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10) Dry Amla With Tulsi To Eliminate Dandruff

Dry amla when used along with tulsi can help you get rid of dandruff in no time.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 dry amla pieces
  • 10 tulsi leaves
  • Water

Method:

1) Boil some water in a bowl.
2) Add the amla pieces and tulsi leaves and bring it to a boil.
3) Let it cool and strain the mixture.
4) Use this as a last rinse after shampooing.

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Story first published: Friday, August 4, 2017, 8:00 [IST]
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