In order to maintain a healthy scalp it is important to clean your hair with a good shampoo at least twice a week. Just like the skin our hair also becomes oily due to secretions from sebaceous glands. The oil attracts dirt, grime and bacteria to the scalp. These pollutants can cause scalp problems like dandruff. Hence regular cleaning of hair to remove extra oil and pollutants becomes necessary. While shampooing hair one must lather well taking care to massage the scalp lightly but thoroughly. Rinse hair really well to remove all traces of shampoo.
Never use hot water to wash hair. Hot water can cause damage to hair follicles and also destroy the texture of hair. Using a conditioner post shampooing depends on individual choice. However, conditioner helps restore softness and shine to hair.
People with normal hair should ideally shampoo after every five days.Dry hair should be washed once every seven days and oily hair can be cleaned every alternate day. Women who travel long hours to work prefer washing their hair every day because of the harmful pollutants in the atmosphere.
Frequent washing of the hair can cause damage to them because of the chemicals present in the shampoos. For this reason, people who wash their hair every day can prepare all organic shampoos at home.
There are plenty of recipes available for home-made shampoos and one can try preparing a shampoo at home depending on the hair type.
Panama Wood Shampoo – For Normal And Oily Hair
Take 75 gm Panama wood and boil it in 700ml distilled water. Once the mixture starts boiling turn off the flame and let the liquid steep for an hour. Allow the liquid to cool. Now strain the mixture. Pour the resulting liquid in a lidded bottle and use it for cleaning your hair. The shampoo will not lather but will leave your hair squeaky clean.
Egg Shampoo – For Dull And Oily Hair
This is perhaps the oldest shampoo recipe known all over the world. Egg is a good source of protein and when used in a shampoo infusion it imparts health and shine to hair. Take yolks of two eggs and beat them well. Pour the beaten yolks in an ounce of hot water and mix well.
Add three teaspoons of roasted and powdered coffee beans in the egg-water mixture. Using coffee helps avoid the smell of eggs on hair. Use your hands to spread the mixture on the hair. Leave on the shampoo for thirty minutes. Wash off using warm water. Your hair will be clean and shining with health.
Rum Shampoo – For Limp And Dry Hair
Many women often raid their husbands bar in order to get hold of rum. Rum makes an excellent shampoo for limp and dull hair. Regular use of rum to clean the scalp makes it healthy and helps add shine to the hair.
Take an egg and beat it well. Add three ounces rum to the beaten egg. Grind three tablespoons of flax seed and add it to the egg-rum mixture. In case you don’t have flax seeds then use two tablespoons of flax seed oil. Apply the mixture on the hair and scalp. Keep for an hour and then wash off with lukewarm water.
Mint Shampoo – For Normal Hair
Take 100 gm mint leaves, 30 gm Indian Lilac and two medium sized Indian Gooseberries. Boil the three ingredients in about 700 ml water. Switch off the heat once the water begins to boil. Let the mixture infuse for an hour. Strain the mixture and apply the resulting solid mixture on the scalp. Leave for an hour.
Use the liquid to wash off the mixture from hair and scalp and finally rinse with clean water. Indian Lilac has anti-bacterial properties and is very good for curing dandruff. Mint cleans the scalp well and Indian Gooseberry is good for promoting hair growth.
Fuller’s Earth Shampoo – For Oily Hair
Fuller’s earth is used in preparing masks for Oily hair can also benefit from Fuller’s earth shampoo prepared using rose water. Add powdered Fuller’s earth in about four ounces rose water.
Make a paste of spreadable consistency. Add water if the mixture becomes too thick. Apply the paste evenly on the scalp and hair. Leave on till the paste dries. Use cold water to rinse the shampoo. You will require plenty of water for rinsing.
Hibiscus Shampoo – For Hair Growth
Hibiscus flower is readily available in many parks and gardens. Simply collect about 8-10 large hibiscus flowers and let them boil in two ounces of distilled water. Once the mixture cools down strain it and add two tablespoons of henna in it to make a paste. Apply the paste on scalp and hair. Let it dry and wash off with water.
Hibiscus flower has properties that help stimulate the hair follicles which encourages the growth of hair. Henna is good for cleaning the scalp and adding shine and bounce to hair.
Indian Lilac Shampoo – For Dandruff Cure
Indian Lilac or Neem has been used since centuries to clean hair. However, it is only recently that the West has become aware of its medicinal properties. It has anti-bacterial properties which discourage the growth of dandruff causing bacteria on the scalp. When used regularly people will see a marked improvement in the scalp and also notice the health of hair. Indian Lilac makes the hair thicker and longer.
Take about 200 gm of Indian Lilac. Wash the leaves properly. In a grinder pour a little quantity of water and add the leaves. Make a paste and apply the paste on the scalp and hair. Leave for thirty minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water. You can use this shampoo daily if you suffer from severe dandruff. To keep dandruff at bay use the shampoo twice a week.
Organic shampoos are easy to prepare and the ingredients are readily available. They make better shampoos than those available in the market for the simple reason that they are absolutely chemical free.