Color hair with Henna

Its been over 10 years that I got started with chemical treatments on my hair from hair coloring to perms, I did them all. Obviously these made me look fab but the end result was not that great. Gradually my hair got thinner, weaker and lifeless. I spent a bomb on hair spas & conditioners to compensate for the damage done but not much changed. To add to this I saw a few grey hair on the scalp, now I decided to opt for a natural method to color and nourish my hair. My only option was “henna”. But I was skeptical as I did not want to land up with an orange shade on my colored hair (with brown highlights). So I did my research, made some calls, spoke to some women I knew with gorgeous hair and took the plunge!
Result – fabulous deep burgandy, almost black (unless you are in the sun) colored hair, great texture, thickness, shine, reduced hair fall and no damage done as the process was completely natural.
This is the best recipe I recommend, it’s a 2 day process but completely worth the effort.
The proportions given below are as per my shoulder length, average volume hair, you can use the below to make a suitable paste for your hair length and volume.

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Ingredients:

Henna powder 50 grams ( I use a shahnaz or habib brand)
Lemon juice 1 tbsp
Egg 1
Olive oil 1 tbsp
Honey 1 tbsp
Strained tea water 40 ml (boil 1 tsp tea in 1 cup water until the deepest color comes, let it cool & use)
Curd 2 tbsp

To apply:
Day 1 at night :
Use an iron container to mix and store the contents.
Add lemon juice to the egg & mix well, now add this mix and the rest of the ingredients one by one to maintain a toothpaste like consistency. Incase you mixture is too dry add some more lemon juice.
Now leave this mix for atleast 4 hours in this container.

Day 2:
Next morning you will the color changed of this paste, hence it is ready for application. Please use rubber gloves to apply on your washed hair, section wise. Incase you are unable to manage ask for prior help from a salon or house help to apply on your scalp and hair evenly. Make sure you are wearing dark and old clothes to avoid staining. Keep this for atleast 2 hours on your hair.
Now wash off with luke warm water only. Do not use any shampoo or conditioner on your hair today.
After your hair dries, follow with a good nourishing and conditioning hair oil massage. Use enough oil to deeply condition your hair. Do not use coconut oil as it frizzes the hair out. Your options are a mix of olive, castor & vitamin E oil, or plain mustard oil. Leave this oil overnight or more if possible.
Remember to put an old rag on you pillow to avoid staining at night.

Day 3:
Wash the oiled hair with a not so strong, mild, if possible organic or herbal shampoo. I used dove. Follow with a soft and smooth conditioner.

Voila! Your hair shall be colored with no damage and more nourished instead.
Please note the hair color will get deeper in the next few days after this wash as well.
It is recommended to do this once a month for darker color and healthier hair.

PS:
Do not apply chemical hair color before or after 3 months of henna application.

Ayurveda cures acne marks!

I have returned absolutely delighted from my holiday to Kerala, mainly because i was in the Ayurvedic epicenter of the country surrounded by organic & super beneficial herbs and spices. Lots of conversations and exploring led me to find 2 magical substances to cure Acne & acne marks.

Now this is a simple one but try to be consistent with it.

What you need?

Amba haldi, an Ayurvedic haldi used for medicinal purposes, it has a strong odor and mustard yellow color Amba Haldi with its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties has been extensively used for the preparation of skin care products.. It contains curcumin, vitamin A, protein, fatty acids, minerals and carbohydrates and has anti-inflammatory properties as well as strong antibiotic ones.

And,Rakhta chandan, popularly known as red chandan or Red Sandalwood Powder/Pterocarpus santalinus. It is dark maroon in color and doesn’t have any fragrance to it. It is different from sandalwood powder.Some of its powerful benefits are:

  • It is an antiseptic, wound healing agent.
  • It is an age-old effective remedy to fight acne, skin rashes, sunburn, blemishes and premature aging.

Both of these will be available in any authentic Ayurvedic shop, in case you are lucky to have someone in Kerala or traveling from there do ask for a packet each. In Pune you can find them in Kalidas Gandhi stores near Shivaji market, MG road.

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Recipe:

This one will help you get rid of deep acne, acne marks, even out the skin tone, remove suntan, improve skin texture and heal pits.

1 teaspoon Amba haldi powder

1 teaspoon Rakhta Chandan

Half teaspoon Aleo vera gel ( I use the most organic one i can find, current its Divya pharmacy(ram dev baba) product) If you have a plant then that is the best option, just slice open a leaf and scoop out a teaspoon of gel.

Half teaspoon lemon juice or rose-water.

A few drops of honey to maintain skin moisture, remove tan, age spots and speed up skin healing.

Mix it all in a small bowl to apply, make sure the mix is not watery, it needs to be thick and creamy so that it can spread easily and not drip.

This gives you a strong and potent mix for your active pimples, spots and marks. Just apply it on your clean face for 15 to 20 mins and wash off.

In case you have any irritation on the skin or sensitive skin, don’t use the lemon juice, just replace that with rose-water. In case you have very dry skin just add some milk.

This mix has many benefits for your skin and you can add more things to it to reduce its potency and increase other beauty benefits. For eg. you can add some besan (gram flour), green tea water, neem powder, oatmeal powder, a pinch of cinnamon.

P.S: After application of this mask your face will have a yellow tint so its best to apply it in the night,wash off and sleep with that yellow tint and let your skin absorb the pack’s nutrients all night. When you wake up wash off with a mild face wash.

Be natural, be beautiful!