There are hair foods that can transform your tresses from dull to dazzling in a jiffy. And these products are right in your kitchen. Tried and tested for years, these ingredients have been used in hair care and the recipes have been handed down from mother to daughter for generations. After all, mother knows best.
From her early years itself, treat your little princess' hair with utmost care, so that she goes on to have healthy and gorgeous hair.
The power and popularity of this white wonder is not unknown to anyone. Mix it with certain other ingredients for strong and shiny hair, and to beat dry and frizzy hair woes.
The main component of hair is protein. Milk is a high-quality protein food and should be consumed regularly, especially by vegetarians.
It also contains fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and various other minerals. Vitamins such as folate, B6 and biotin help in hair growth, and so does calcium. Milk also has high-quality proteins such as whey and casein, and trace amounts of iron and zinc, which are beneficial, too. Adults, who are weight watchers, should have low-fat milk.
Honey is known for its medicinal and healing properties, and aids in weight loss, too.
Honey contains iron, calcium, potassium, sodium, vitamins B and C, enzymes and amino acids. It can be applied externally for beauty purposes, as it is a powerful humectant. A humectant attracts moisture from the atmosphere to the skin or hair.
There is a common misconception that honey, when applied to hair, leads to greying. However, there is no evidence that honey leads to greying of hair, as it isn't a bleaching agent. In fact, honey makes hair soft, smooth, lustrous and healthy.
Massaging coconut oil stimulates blood circulation to the follicles and softens hair texture. However, don't rub vigorously. Pure coconut oil is most commonly used in India. It is nourishing and promotes hair growth, too.
Coconut milk is rich in protein, essential fats, iron and manganese, and helps hair growth. Apply it to the hair, leave it for two hours and rinse with plain water. This makes hair soft, silky and manageable.
Olive oil is rich in vitamins A, B, C, D and E, and iron, too, and is a powerhouse of antioxidants. It has several nourishing, moisturising and conditioning properties, and improves the strength and elasticity of hair. It is one of the best sources of oleic acid and omega-9 fatty acids.
It can be used either in a hot oil treatment or mixed as one of the nourishing ingredients in a hair mask. Small amounts of olive oil combed through dry, curly and frizzy hair will help tame the strands.
olive oil hair treatments help reduce the stress caused by the chemicals in products. A treatment with egg yolks and olive oil smoothens and moisturises the hair, and provides lustre, too.
They are crunchy and yummy, and extremely healthy, too!
Rich in iron, copper, phosphorous, vitamin B1 and proteins, almonds help in the formation of haemoglobin and new cells, which, in turn, keep hair healthy. Almond oil mixed with two-three teaspoons of almond milk is a satisfying meal for our hair roots.
This 'king of nuts' is a highly nutritious food. Almonds contain vitamin E, which is a strong antioxidant that protects hair from pollution and UV rays. One of the causes of hair loss is zinc deficiency and almonds contain zinc in fairly good amount.”
The best way to consume almonds is to blanch them and peel the skin before eating. The peel absorbs the harmful alkaloids present in these nuts.
Just one a day can keep a number of health-related issues away
Eggs are packed with proteins and essential amino acids. They promote healthy hair, thanks to their high sulphur content, and vitamins (A, D and E) and minerals present in them.”
The high protein and lecithin content in eggs strengthen hair follicles, thus minimising breakage and providing smoothness. The nutrients condition the hair and add volume, shine and texture. An egg white or yolk is often mixed with olive oil, lemon juice or avocado to make a hair mask and conditioner.
The yolk, thanks to its high nutritive value, protects hair from chlorine, pollution and harmful UV rays.
They add the quintessential flavour to any Indian curry or gravy.
Curry leaves or kadi patta are loaded with vitamins B1, B2, B3, B9 and C. They are rich in beta-carotene, iron, calcium and phosphorus. They give a darker pigment and a healthy sheen to the hair. Mothers who have experienced early greying could save their daughters from this plight by massaging curry leaves with other juices to maintain darker hair.
Soak 10-15 almonds overnight. Next morning, peel and grind them with some warm water and 15 curry leaves to make a thick, velvety paste. Massage it to the scalp for five minutes and then wash your hair with a mild herbal shampoo. This can be done at least once a week.