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Q) My hair stays dry at the ends whereas my scalp gets very oily. Thus, I find it hard to use both hydrating or oil control hair products. How can I remedy this?
~ Reema Parekh
Ans) This is common when the pores of the scalp are clogged, or when there is dandruff. The clogging of the pores interferes with the proper distribution of natural oils along each hair shaft. Therefore, the hair becomes dry, while the scalp is oily. This condition can also lead to split ends. Heat olive oil or til oil and apply on the scalp, using cotton wool and rubbing gently to loosen the flakes. Apply on the hair and the ends too. Then do the hot towel wrap. This helps to open the pores. Leave on overnight. Next morning, rub the juice of a lemon on the scalp and wash your hair after 15 minutes. After shampooing, add two tablespoons apple cider vinegar to a mug of water and use as a last rinse.
Q) Apart from henna, is there a way to naturally colour the hair dark?
~ Rita Solanki
Ans) Some natural ingredients do help to colour the hair. In the olden days, people used walnut shells to colour hair. Coffee can also be used. Make strong coffee, mix two tablespoons with a leave-on conditioner and apply on the hair after shampoo. Leave on for an hour and rinse off. Then add two tablespoons apple cider vinegar to a mug of water and use as a last rinse. It helps the colour to be stronger. Strong tea can also be brewed and similarly used. Walnut shells can be crushed or powdered and then boiled for 20 to 30 minutes, till the water reduces to half. Strain and apply on grey hair with cotton wool. Apply with care, as it can stain the forehead and other parts of the skin. We have formulated a 100% chemical-free hair colour, using henna, indigo and catechu (kaththa), along with other herbal extracts that are beneficial to the hair.
Q) I am 16 and have already started developing greys. While I cannot reverse this, how can I slow down the process?
~ Diksha Khurana
Ans) Amla is said to check greying. So, you can have the juice of one raw amla daily, after adding it to a glass of water. You can also add amla to henna powder. However, henna leaves a reddish brown colour on white hair, as you know. It will not colour dark hair. If you would like to try it, you can soak a handful of dry amla in about two to three cups water overnight. Next morning, strain the water, but do not throw the water away. Grind the amla. To the henna powder, add the ground amla, four teaspoons each of lemon juice and coffee, two raw eggs, two teaspoons oil and enough amla water, so that the henna mixes into a thick paste. Keep the paste for two to three hours and then apply it on the hair, so that the netire head is covered. Keep it on for at least two hours and wash off with plain water. Ask your doctor to prescribe vitamin B-Complex and vitamin C.
Q) I am a 39 year old woman with early signs of alopecia. Can you suggest a natural way to help control this?
~ Deepti Mirza
Ans) The causes of alopecia are not really understood. However, doctors feel that people may be genetically predisposed to it, or it could be an autoimmune disorder. Stress and anxiety can compound the problem. Many remedies have been tried. Among these are building up the immune system, administering corticosteroids orally or using ointments containing steroids, minoxodil solutions, etc. Other remedies are also tried, like acupuncture, aroma therapy, evening primrose oil, zinc, vitamin supplements and herbal tonics and packs. We have treated alopecia at our clinics, giving a course of scalp treatments to stimulate the follicles, so that they start growing hair. It also helps to stimulate blood circulation to the hair follicles, to encourage the flow of nutrients to the follicles. Hair tonic and packs containing Ayurvedic ingredients are applied. Measures are also taken to increase the penetration and absorption of the hair tonic.