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For stress-free, beautiful hair

Beauty expert Shahnaz Husain's tips on how to keep your hair healthy and lustrous.

india Updated: Oct 30, 2008 21:52 IST
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Can I apply amla powder on my hair? Tell me how to do it.
— Aarti

Amla powder can be added to oil or henna. You can add 10 to 15 gms of amla powder to 100 ml pure coconut oil or sesame seed (til) oil. Put the mixture in a glass jar with a tightly fitting lid and keep it in the sun for 15 days, shaking it daily to stir the amla. Then, strain the oil and keep. It can be applied on the hair to nourish it.

Amla can also be added to henna paste. You can buy whole dry amla. Soak a handful of amla in about 3 cups of water overnight.

Grind the amla the next day. Do not throw away the water. Both the water and the ground amla can be added to henna paste, along with 4 teaspoons each lemon juice and coffee, 2 raw eggs and 2 teaspoons oil.

Amla is said to check graying and also keeps the scalp healthy. Of course, henna will leave a reddish brown colour on white hair, but will not colour dark hair.

Give me some tips for frizz-free and split-end free long hair.
— Prakriti
Cut off the split ends. Avoid tying the hair with rubber bands. Avoid hair dryers and brushes for some time. Use a wide toothed comb. Twice a week heat pure coconut oil and apply on the scalp and hair. Apply on the ends too. Then dip a towel in hot water, squeeze out the water and wrap the hot towel around the head, like a turban.

Keep it on for 5 minutes. Repeat the hot towel wrap 3 or 4 times. This helps the hair and scalp absorb the oil better. Use a mild herbal shampoo. Use less shampoo and rinse well with water.

Avoid very hot water to wash the hair. After shampoo, apply a creamy conditioner, taking less quantity and massaging it lightly into the hair. Apply on the ends too. Leave on for 2 minutes and rinse off with plain water. Applying egg yolk half an hour before shampoo would also help.

Tell me home remedies to make my hair straight and long.
— Monika

Home remedies soften the hair, but do not straighten it. You can use a hand-held dryer at home to straighten the hair. The effect will last till the next shampoo. After washing the hair, while the hair is still damp, divide it in sections. Hold the end of a section with a comb or brush.

Holding it straight and slightly downwards, use the hand held dryer to dry the hair. Repeat this with each section. Hold the dryer at least 6 inches away from the hair. However, excessive use of the hair dryer can cause dryness. Diet is important for hair growth. Have a small bowl of sprouts daily and include fresh fruits, salads, leafy green vegetables, curd, in your diet.

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First Published: Oct 30, 2008 21:46 IST