3 DIY hair rinse for healthy scalp and beautiful hair

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Your hair problems can be triggered by pollution, chemical treatments and lack of nutrition. Here are some hair rinse ideas that can be saviours.

It’s winter time and your hair demands that extra TLC from you. But, hair care can be a tricky subject because not one size fits all. Hair problems like dandruff, frizz, dryness, flaky scalp, and hair fall are so common that they keep us on the look for new remedies and solutions to tackle them. To add on one more extra step in your hair care regime, introduce a herbal hair rinse.

A hair rinse is not a replacement for the conventional water-washing method we have been using for years. In this method, all you need to do is just a final rinse of your hair with these herbal hair potions. Once you’ve washed your hair with a shampoo, rinse your hair with these hair tonics and let your hair air dry.

Dr Nivedita Dadu, Dermatologist, Founder and Chairman of Dr. Nivedita Dadu’s Dermatology Clinic, spoke to HealthShots about the goodness of the ingredients used in these herbal hair rinses.

3 DIY hair rinses for shiny and healthy hair:

1. Rosemary infused hair rinse

This aromatic herb can not only add flavour to your food but is amazing for your hair health. Rosemary contains ursolic acid, which can also be found in the peels of fruit. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant.

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Let your hair do the talking with this rosemary hair rinse. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Here’s how you can make this rosemary infused hair rinse to reap ultimate benefits:

  1. Place 6-8 twigs of rosemary in a glass jar.
  2. Add boiling water to the rosemary twigs and let it steep like a powerful tea.
  3. Close the lid and store it on your kitchen rack.
  4. Place in the refrigerator to prolong its shelf life.

Here’s what this hair rinse does for your hair:

  1. This hair rinse can increase circulation in the scalp and stimulates the hair follicles to grow faster.
  2. It helps to calm an inflamed scalp while bringing more oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles.
  3. Rosemary creates an ideal environment for hair to grow faster, or for new hair to start growing again.
  4. Rosemary hair rinse can help darken the hair over time if used regularly.
  5. The high number of antioxidants in rosemary not only helps to darken the hair, but they revitalize the hair.
  6. This rinse also removes any product buildup.

2. Amla hair rinse

Ayurvedic fruit Amla, also known as Indian Gooseberry is an absolute delight for hair. It contains nutrients like Vitamins C and tannins. Amla is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and phytonutrients which can benefit your hair health to a great extent.

Amla is an Ayurvedic ingredient that has multiple benefits for your health and hair! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Here’s how to make this Amla hair rinse for hair health benefits:

  1. Place 6-8 pieces of dried Amla in a glass jar.
  2. Add boiling water to the jar and let it steep.
  3. Close the lid and store the mix on your kitchen rack.
  4. Place in the refrigerator to prolong its shelf life.

Here’s what this hair rinse does for your hair:

  1. This amla hair rinse can increase the circulation of blood significantly throughout your scalp.
  2. By providing enough oxygen and nourishment to the hair follicles, this amla hair rinse can make your hair fibers strong and stop hair fall.
  3. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties are very effective in stopping dandruff formation.
  4. By clearing the build-up of impurities from the scalp and restoring optimum pH levels of the scalp, this amla hair rinse helps in reducing the itchiness resulting from dandruff.
  5. It contains oodles of essential fatty acids that penetrate into the follicles, making the hair softer, shinier and voluminous.
  6. Amla hair rinse as a final step to your hair wash routine can stimulate hair growth due to its high iron and carotene content.

3. Green tea hair rinse

Green tea is beneficial for your hair growth. It is packed with vitamins A, E, and C. In addition to this, it also contains minerals like zinc, selenium, chromium, and manganese that makes it highly nutritious for the scalp. Green tea hair rinse can highly increase your hair growth activity.

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Green tea is not just good for your overall health but your hair health too. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Here’s how to make this green tea rinse for hair health benefits:

  1. Place 4 green tea bags in a glass jar.
  2. Add boiling water to the tea bags and let it steep like a powerful tea.
  3. Close the lid and store on your kitchen rack.
  4. Place in the refrigerator to prolong its shelf life.

Here’s what this hair rinse does for your hair:

  1. Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties due to the antioxidant properties of the polyphenols, Polyphenol called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) helps with hair growth.
  2. The caffeine in green tea can stimulate blood flow to the follicles, helping with healthy hair growth.
  3. The caffeine in green tea acts to reduce hair loss by blocking dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a byproduct of testosterone that hinders the hair follicles from producing hair.
  4. Green tea hair rinse helps to grow hair by increasing the circulation of the scalp and stimulating hair follicles.
  5. Not only this, but this green tea rinse helps to calm ailments like psoriasis and dandruff by improving the scalp’s health.
  6. Green tea rinse as the last step can also close the cuticles of porous hair to create a healthier and shinier mane.

To achieve all the benefits of these herbal hair rinses, gently rinse the scalp once a week after using a mild shampoo. Be consistent to see the results!

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