Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Whats in your Ayurvedic Mix?

I love henna. It has really made a difference in my hair, However it may be knocked down to a second runner up in regards to my Ayurvedic paste mix. Amla keeps my curl pattern in tact something fierce. I just love washing my hair with my mix and adding my leave in and styler. It’s simply amazing to be able to just shake my head and go!

I used to add Amla, Brahmi, Shikakai and Aritha. My mix has been changed and I’ve been sticking to it faithfully for the last 3 months. It now contains Amla, Brahmi, Maka, Fenugreek, Coconut milk powder, Aritha, Shikakai, and Kalpi tone. I mix enough with tepid water to make a medium thick paste. I part my hair in four sections and smooth thru in a downwards motion. Once dry I don’t touch it because its rock hard almost. I leave in for as long as I want. Usually around 30 minutes at the least. After that I can condition but most times I could go straight to leave in and styler. I have to say for a wash and go using this paste is like setting the ground work.

Emblica Officinalis, Amla powder, is tan, with an acidic astringent smell like a combination of raw cranberries and oak tree bark. The paste makes hair glossy and silky, enhances waves and curl, and leaves a clean, healthy scalp. Amla can make henna and indigo dye your hair a cooler brunette. When you scrub your face with the paste, your skin feels firm and tight

Brahmi powder is a remedy for people with chronic hair problems. Brahmi can make hair dark, dense, and lustrous. It strengthens hair roots, thus controlling hair fall.

Bhringraj aka Maka is one of the distinguished medicinal herbs used in preparation of ayurvedic medicines. It is one of the prominent herbs used as an ayurvedic medicine for treatment of Hair loss, premature greying, ect

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum graecum) prevents hair fall, contains lecithin and promotes hair growth

Aritha Powder cleans hair completely, recommended for washing oily hair. The soap nut powder has excellent foaming and shampooing properties * must add amla or brahmi as aritha is drying to curly/textured hair

Shikakai Powder being a natural conditioner for hair, Shikakai strengthens hair roots and promotes luxuriant growth.

Kalpi tone has a mixture of Amla Fruit (10%), Maka Leaves (10%), Mandoor (10%), Japakusum Flower (9%), Narangichal (8%), Shikakai Fruit (7%), Kumari Leaves (7%), Kapoor Kachli (6%), Brahmi Leaves (5%), Methi Seed (5%), Wala (5%), Khadir Stem (3%), Chandan (2%), Neem Leaves, Sitaphal Seed Powder, Sugandhi Dravya. Kalpi Tone helps control dandruff, hair loss and premature graying of hair.

Usually I can get most of my items locally but the Maka, and Fenugreek is a little harder to find. I usually purchase from this wonderful vendor! If you are a member of LHCF and Nappturality she gives a discount. Her shipping is outstanding and her customer service is just wow!!!! http://www.ayurnaturalbeauty.com/


Moni said...

Where do you buy your herbs? I'd like to try using herbs to wash my hair, since I currently use bentonite clay the same way (apply to 4 sections, let sit, then wash out). Do you use it when doing protective styles or just for wash and gos? Thanks!

Shawnystheone said...

HI Moni. I found a local Indian store in my area that sells mostly everything I need. I however get my Maka, Kalpi Tone and Fenugreek from EkuaSoul( her name on NaturallyCurly). She has an ecrater site as well as an estore called ayurnatural. I will post the link for you.

Amina said...

so far I keep my mixes safe
I am infusing an oil with amla, shikakai, neem, make

caribbelle said...

I placed my order this weekend with ayurnaturalbeauty and can't wait to get it.!!!

Shawnystheone said...

oh caribbelle, please let me know what you got and how you like and plan to use it??

Chinye said...

thanks for this! i'm having a bad case of the itchies that regular shampoo (kckt) won't fix. i'll be getting some powders to make a paste with.

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