Amazing inexpensive homemade shampoo and conditioners recipes to treat your tresses without harsh chemicals, natural home remedies and cures for head lice, get rid of dandruff and to control hairfall naturally at home.
What Is a Beard Oil?
DIY Beard oil can be best explained as the oil used for nourishing the beard. Oil is often considered as a cause of greasiness and clogged pores in beauty care. but when it comes to hair care using oil to moisturize, smoothen and strengthen hair is considered very important.
Most of the posts here are about beauty care for women, but during this lockdown imposed by the Covid19 pandemic, men were found worrying about their facial hair as their visits to salon were barred. This is what inspired me to write this article which is absolutely dedicated to men. The skin underneath the beard is just as the skin on the rest of the body and that too needs moisture and nourishment to stay healthy.
The hair of the beard is beard hair is typically coarse in texture, very different from the texture of your head hair. Ingrown hair and itchiness in beard hair is very common.
While beard has always had its own trend like French beard, stubble etc, maintaining it has been a common concern. If your choice is a Goatee or a stubble you will probably have less itchiness and irritation. But if you like to don full beard you will need to take special care to keep your beard smooth and healthy. To take proper care of your beard you must use products that are specifically designed and formulated for beard. Beard Oil, Beard Conditioners and beard Comb are some products that you must invest in.
DIY Beard Oil Recipe to make at Home
Before you start making your beard oil you need to have the ingredients handy. Now this recipe is very simple, it does not require any infusion through sunlight, we just require to blend the oils together.
The two types of oil that goes in your DIY Beard Oil recipe are the carrier oils and the Essential oils.
Which Oils Are Best for Beards?
The carrier oil can be selected depending on the availability and the properties you are looking for in your beard oil.
The Carrier Oils For Homemade Beard Oil
Sweet almond oil
Sweet almond oil is one of the most popular carrier oils used in the making of skin and hair care products. It is used both in Ancient Chinese Medicine and in Ayurveda for eg Rogan Badam Shirin. It absorbs very well and moisturizes the skin.
Jojoba oil has amazing benefits for hair because it, boosts shine,it is a natural conditioner for hair and scalp, deals with dryness, strengthens the hair follicle, and makes frizzy hair manageable. Jojoba has excellent conditioning properties thus it makes an amazing beard conditioner.
Argan oil is a native to Morocco. It is also a very lightweight oil and does not leave the skin greasy. Ideal for making skin care products for daily application. It is rich in fatty acids, Vitamin E and antioxidants. Thus, it makes the hair smooth, repairs damage and stimulates growth. Because of these properties Argan oils is used in many leave-on hair serums.
Cold pressed virgin coconut oil makes a perfect hair oil all by itself. It is a fantastic product for people with dry and damaged hair. It also promotes hair growth.
Castor oil is particularly known for its hair growth and strengthening properties. In India Castor oil ( Erand ka tel in Hindi ) has been used since time immemorial. What adds to its glory is its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Because of which it again gains a merit to find a place in the ingredient list of your favorite beard oil
Best Essential Oils For Beard
Essential oils add many beneficial qualities to your beard oil and also allow you to customize your oil with a scent your man is sure to love.
Essential oils for Dry Hair: Clary Sage, Rosemary
Essential Oils for Oily Hair: Lemon essential oil,
Essential oils for Itchiness: Rosemary essential oil, Chamomile
Essential oil s for hair growth: Vtiver, Peppermint, Cedarwood essential oil
Essential oils for dandruff treatment: Lemon Essential oil
DIY Beard Oil Recipe
Even if you are not a diy type, just give this beard oil a try. It is only blending and you are done.
15ml argan oil
7.5 ml jojoba oil
7.5 sweet almond oil
2drops Cedarwood Essential oil
2 drops rosemary essential oil
Take the Carrier Oils in a glass jar
Add in the essential oils with a dropper.
Gently swirl the jar to blend together the carrier oils and the essential oils.
How To apply:
Drop sufficient amount of oil in one hand and apply on the beard.
Use a beard comb to set your beard.
For best results, apply daily to washed, dry beard.
Among the various hair problems that one faces, danduff is the most embarrassing one. White flakes falling off from the scalp are often spotted on victim’s shoulders. There are several factors can be held responsible for causing Dandruff. Stress, residues of cosmetic hair products, excessively dry skin etc. are a few to name.
How to Deal With Dandruff Naturally
When you find yourself suffering from dandruff, you must immediately become proactive and start taking measures that will stop the worsening of the condition.
- Wash your hair regularly (or more frequently)
- Start oiling your hair if you are not doing it
- Check your daily routine, sleep timely and sufficiently
- Avoid Stress
- Prepare this anti-dandruff hair pack and start using it right away
If the cause of dandfruff is only on the scalp like dryness of skin and poor scalp hygine, it can be treated with herbal remedies, but if the dandruff is occuring as a result of some underlying skin condition like eczema or Psoriasis, treating the causative factor is the ideal mode of treatement.
Herbal and Natural Remedies for Dandruff Treatment
The natural remedies usually involve the use of following
Herbal / Ayurvedic Hair Oils
Herbal Hair Packs
Natural Hair wash Powders
How To Make Herbal Anti-dandruff Hair Pack Powder
Bhringraj Powder – 100 gms
Neem Leaves Powder – 30 gms
Amla Powder – 50 gms
Hibiscus Flowers 4-5, if you dont have fresh Hibiscus flower petal you can also use Hibiscus powder but it should be pure.
If you are using all the ingredients in powdered form you can just mix everything together and store in an airtight jar. Keep this away from moisture.
For using fresh Hibiscus flowers you can grind the petals in a mortar and pestle and add it into the hair pack right before the application.
Benefits of Using This Homemade Anti-dandruff Hair Pack
Bhringraja: Eclipta Alba as it is Botanically referred, is called False Daisy in English and Bhringaraja in Sanskrit. It has been used in various Ayurvedic formulations that used in a treating a wide range of hair related problems like Hair loss, thinning of hair and dandruff. Bhrigraja is also used in treating severe hair conditions like Alopecia.
Neem Leaves : While Neem bark is an excellent remedy for Acne, Neem Leaves on the other hand have proven microbial properties that helps in getting rid of dandruff.
Amla : This indeed is a wonderberry, Indian Gooseberry as it is called in English and Amalaki in Sanskrit is extensively used in Ayurveda for curing a variety of Diseases. It is the richest source of Vitamin C and also a good source of Vitamin A. It is also a vital ingredient in several Ayurvedic Keshkalps. Amla is one of the three ingredients in Triphala. Amla fruit is dried and ground to fine powder (traditionally pounded) and is then incororated in Hair Oils, Hair masks and Natural shampoos. It is used for preventing premature greying of hair and as an anti dandruff ingredient in hair products.
Hibiscus Flowers have properties that are effective in dealing with dandruff and dryness of scalp.
Try this simple hair pack if you are combating dandruff, if you are allergic to any ingredient used in this herbal powder just avoid the ingredients.
It’s hard to keep a healthy shiny hair nowadays and most of us try to avoid the effort by cutting the hair short. However, this is not a solution because despite your its length, unhealthy hair easily shows. There are many factors that can cause hair damage like harsh shampoos, washing or drying it too frequently, excessive exposure to UV rays or cold temperatures etc. Luckily, there are plenty affordable natural hair treatments that can work wonders for our hair. Let’s take a lookat top ten magic ingredients.
This is a nourishing element that enhances both your skin and hair through its powerful nutrients. Coconut oil is used to protect the outer layer of the hair also called cuticle and enhance its resistance.
You can apply warm oil directly on the scalp and massage it for a couple of minutes. Let it penetrate the hair for several hours (or overnight) and wash it with a gentle shampoo afterward.
Olive oil is a terrific treatment for dry hair. This trick will definitely tempt you:
- warm the olive oil and apply it on your hair massaging your scalp for about 5 minutes.
- then cover the hair with a warm towel and let the nutrients in the olive moister your hair
- wash with warm water and mild shampoo after an hour
Tea is a very good color and shine enhancer. You should use it at the end of your bath after you washed your hair with shampoo. If you have blond hair, chamomile tea is the right type for you, whereas black tea does wonders for dark hair. There are several reputable homemade shampoo recipes that include these ingredients, so rest assured that they work.
Avocado is super rich in vitamins, fatty acids, and oils: that’s exactly what your hair needs if it looks dull and dry. This ingredient will enhance your hair’s elasticity and natural shine:
- make a blender mixture out of an avocado and teaspoons of olive oil and apply it on your hair. Wash it after at least 40 minutes.
This is one of those tips to help you control the oiliness in your hair. Put two tablespoons of salt and some drops of your shampoo together and mix them until you get a paste. Then rub your hair with this mixture for a couple of minutes and rinse when you’re done.
Eggs are another mega nourishing ingredient that will boost your hair’s health; they are rich in essential proteins and fatty acids. Whisk two eggs and massage your scalp with the content for 5 minutes, then wait for half an hour and wash off with shampoo.
Honey is moisturizing and contains many essential enzymes and vitamins that protect the hair. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey with a cup of warm water and apply it on your hair. Leave it for about half an hour then rinse it with warm water.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Use apple cider vinegar to enhances your hair’s shine and mitigate dryness; mix two tablespoons with half a liter of water and rinse your hair with this mixture after shampooing.
Bananas are nourishing both as a food and as a natural hair treatment. They can enhance your hair’s softness and shine; mash 1,5 bananas and apply them on your scalp covering the full length of your hair. Wash it off with shampoo after at least one hour.
This might surprise you, but beer is an efficient homemade hair remedy that contains plenty B-vitamins your hair needs. Mix a glass of beer with an egg yolk and apply the mixture on your hair. Leave it for about 45 minutes and wash it with cool water.
These recipes are easy to make natural home treatments that can boost your hair’s health and your confidence. Read more about healthy options and try them out before you purchase some expensive product which promises wonders.
Are you losing those precious strands, nothing is more distressing than finding out that you are losing your lustrous mane. Many of us do not realize hair fall until we see a bunch of hair in our comb. Treating hair fall becomes easy when you have figured out the cause, at the same time you can try homemade hair packs for addressing unexplained hair fall.
Nutrition is the basic requirement for the well being of Hair and Skin. A diet that ensures a balanced intake of all the essential nutrients will result in good hair health. Apart from improper nutrition which is the most common cause of poor hair health, some external factors like poor scalp hygiene, pollution, reactions caused due to the chemicals present in hair care products also effect the hair in negative manner leading to an array of health related problems like hair loss, dandruff, premature graying, frizzy, dull and lifeless hair. Another scenario that affects the hair health is any underlying medical conditions, in this case priority should be given to diagnosing and treating the condition. Seeking medical assistance is a must in such situation.
Hair Packs and Hair Oils act as a medium to carry the nutrients to the roots. Natural Homemade hair packs can be made at home easily with the ingredients from your Kitchen. All you need is some time and patience, as natural hair packs will require time for preparation and application. It takes a few repeated applications to see the desired results. if you are expecting your homemade pack to do a wonder overnight then you probably must not enter the lane of DIYs and homemade beauty treatments.
Homemade Curry Leaf and Mung Beans Hair Pack for Stimulating Hair Growth
Curry Leaves For Hair
Using Curry leaves in everyday cooking is common in India, but since it is used only for tempering the dish the nutrients present in it are not utilized. Curry Leaf is rich in several nutrients like Iron, protein, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Carotene, Iron and so on.
Curry Leaves are Good in:
Preventing graying of Hair
Strengthenig the roots and enhancing hair growth
Mung Beans or Green Gram For Hair Growth
Green Moong lentils make a wonderful hair pack all by itself. Mixing it with Curry Leaves enhaces the properties of the pack thus helping in getting the desired results fast. Mung beans are rich in Protein which is one of the most important nutrients required by the hair to grow and also to remain healthy.
Both curry leaves and Mung dal (whole green Moong beans) are capable of controlling excessive hair fall and stimulating fast hair growth without using any additional cosmetic hair product.
How To Make
- Soak Mung dal (green grams) overnight
- Next morning Grind to make smooth paste without adding any water to it
- Grind curry leaves also and mix it with mung paste.
- The ratio of Mung dal and Curry Leaves Should be 2:1 respectively.
- Apply this paste from scalp to tip and cover your head with a shower cap.
- Let this hair pack do its magic on your hair for 20 minutes, then wash off.
Applying this pack fortnightly, will help in battling a number of hair problems like Dandruff, hair fall, premature graying.
Variations For Different Hair Type
For Normal hair type this pack does not require any additional ingredients
For Dry Hair: Add Curd
For Oily Hair : Add Lemon Juice
Some Enriching Add Ons
Hibiscus Flower Petals
Few drops of essential oil
Hair needs to be taken proper care of for it to stay healthy. And for proper care, one needs to understand his/her hair properly and use the right treatment packs for its well-being. There are several wonder ingredients available right in our kitchen that have proven to be more effective against general hair problems like hair loss, acne, dandruff and hair breakage than the pricey chemical stuff.
Using fenugreek (Methi seed in Hindi) for hair has existed since the time of our forefathers and you would have your grandma suggest it quite a lot of times. Of course, we probably never understood the gravity of the situation then. Alas! It still isn’t too late. Fenugreek has been tried, tested and proven to offer a myriad of solutions to your everyday hair problem struggles, chief of them all being hair loss (everyone’s nightmare!) and re-growth. These are easily found in your pantry or at the max you will have to reach an Indian grocery store and it won’t even cost that much!
How does fenugreek aid hair growth?
Hair is basically made of a protein, keratin and hair requires a generous amount of protein, vitamins, and minerals like iron, potassium and sulfur for its proper growth and fenugreek/ fenugreek seeds has these aplenty in addition to possessing medicinal properties, nicotinic acid and lecithin which are all good fodder for your hair follicles to feed on. These treat your follicles and are extremely effective in strengthening of hair which in turn prevents hair breakage and causes an increase in hair volume due new hair growth. Additionally, a hormone antecedent, diosgenin present in fenugreek seed exhibits estrogen like properties and is extremely helpful in hair growth. Estrogen is a wonder hormone that helps greatly in hair growth, the reason why pregnant women seem to have been exempted from hair loss problems, for a short while. Fenugreek seeds also possess moisturizing properties that bring shine, luster and bounce to your hair.
How to use Methi Seeds For Hair Care?
Fenugreek can be used alone or in combination with other ingredients, also easily available in your pantry like lemon juice, coconut oil, curd, coconut milk etc. Read on for tips on how to use the wonder ingredient for the betterment of your hair.
1. Soak 1/4th cup of fenugreek seeds in a cup of water and leave it overnight. The next day, use the soaked water to rinse your hair once and let it stay. After an hour, wash using lukewarm water. This helps in growth of hair in the long run as shown in this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?
2. Alternately, soak the fenugreek seeds well overnight and grind them into a paste the next day. To this paste, add coconut milk/ coconut oil/ olive oil and mix well and apply to your scalp and leave for 30 minutes before washing off with a mild shampoo or just water. You can also use powdered fenugreek seeds instead of soaked fenugreek paste. This helps in attaining the benefits of both coconut oil and the fenugreek seeds and also aids in preventing hair loss and curing areas with damaged hair.
3. Fine, smooth paste made from overnight soaked fenugreek seeds mixed with one tablespoon of lemon juice when applied to your hair proves effective against dandruff.
No medicine shows these instant effects. For you to be able to reap the effects of your hard work, you would have to follow a strict routine. Use fenugreek seeds for your hair for at least a month or 6-8 weeks to be able to see results. You’ll see a visible change in the way your hair looks and feels!