Your crowning glory is symbolic of not only your health but also of how dedicated you are towards cosseting it. And no doubt, voluminous hair certainly grabs eyeballs. They don’t just look gorgeous but its also a sign of proper nutrition and when you see a person with such locks, isn’t it worth it to have a sneak-peek into what all goes into their hair? So, today I am going to enlist a few tried-and-tested ways to add volume to your hair naturally from the comfort of your home and using ingredients that won’t burn a hole in your pocket either. Let us get started.
1. EGGS & CURD MASK
The proteins in egg strengthen one’s hair. Curd eliminates dandruff, adds volume and leaves you with a luminous mane that you just can’t resist admiring!
METHOD – Simple whisk 2-3 whole eggs in adequate amount of curd. Apply on your scalp and wash after an hour. Since eggs produce a foul odour, feel free to add a few drops of your favourite/go-to essential oil to camouflage the odour of the eggs.
2. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR RINSE
Apple cider vinegar is packed with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. It works to cleanse the scalp thoroughly while adding an enviable sheen to your crowning glory. Apple cider vinegar removes clumpy residue and gunk in your hair which happens from product build up. It also works as a natural detangling agent. When used regularly in one’s natural hair care routine, apple cider vinegar can revitalize one’s hair, leaving it soft and smooth. The vinegar also works by closing the cuticle of the hair, which makes light reflect off of it. In other words, it makes your hair lustrous and voluminous!
METHOD – You can use apple cider vinegar as a last rinse on your hair by adding half a litre water to 5-6 tbsp of apple cider vinegar. Yes, normal white-wine vinegar is admissible but apple cider is way more effective and potent that the former.
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3. ALOE VERA, ROSE WATER & GLYCERIN MASK
The wonder plant- Aloe Vera that ancient Egyptians used to tend to their wounds works its magic on your hair by moisturising it, enhancing growth and eliminating dandruff. It adds sheen and volume too. Use of rose water (called Gulaab Jal in hindi) after shampooing can help in prevention of hair loss and help in better blood circulation. It nourishes, strengthens and nurtures the scalp thereby, leaving one with a mane that is shiny, glossy, healthy and voluminous. Pssst…your hair would emanate a soothing fragrance too!
Glycerin being a humectant binds in moisture to your scalp. This mask is particularly suited for those with dry, damaged and brittle hair with little or no volume.
METHOD – Simply add a tbsp. each of rose water and glycerine to half a cup of fresh extracted aloe vera gel. Keep them in a spritz bottle. Shake vigorously. Spray on your hair as often as you desire during half an hour after hair wash. There is no need to wash it off unless you feel discomfiting. Prepare a fresh batch every time you intend to use it. I would suggest use within half an hour for aloe vera tends to mould bacterial growth after that.
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4. METHI SEEDS, CURD & ALOE VERA MASK
Aloe Vera is one of the best and natural ways to increase hair volume. In fact, regular use of Aloe Vera helps one control hair fall and increase hair’s volume naturally. Fenugreek seeds help to increase the volume of the hair. When you have planned to use methi or fenugreek seeds you just need to soak them (adequate amount) a night before in water. Curd (Dahi in hindi) helps to eliminate dandruff, cleanse scalp, rid one off scalp infections, add shine/lustre and soften your tresses.
METHOD -Simply extract the gel of an Aloe vera leaf. Add 3-4 tbsp of curd and a paste of soaked methi seeds. Methi seeds, by the way need to soaked in sufficient water overnight so that they are swollen the next morning. In the same water in which you have soaked methi seeds, you need to grind the methi seeds. Add the mix to the curd+ Aloe vera mix and mix thoroughly.
Apply to your strands. Wait for half an hour and then wash off. Not only will your locks be voluminous but the sheen would certainly make you realise that this much endeavour was worth it!
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5. AMLA,REETHA & SHIKAKAI PODS’ SHAMPOO
Amla-Indian gooseberry cures hair loss problem and gives you lustrous hair in a very short period of time. It prevents the hair from getting dry and dull and enriches hair colour.
Due to the ill/side effects of chemical shampoos, the relevance of soap-nuts/ Reetha is again gaining momentum. Washing one’s tresses with reetha provides one with gorgeously lustrous hair. Finally, shikakai which has been used for thousands of years is useful both for the hair and the scalp. Its pH level helps restore your mane’s moisture and prevents stripping off of essential oils. Not just that, it makes your hair grow longer, thicker and stronger.
METHOD -All you have to do is buy half a kilogram of dry Amla, Reetha and Shikakai pods from a local Ayurvedic shop/online store. Soak them in two litres of water overnight. In the morning, they would have softened. Ignite the stove. Let them boil for 15 minutes. After that, the water content in the vessel would have reduced. It should become around a litre and a half. Switch off the stove. Once the contents in the vessel have cooled down, crush the Amla, Reetha and Shikakai pods manually to release all their goodness into the resulting concoction. Separate the liquid from the solid contents using a sieve. Pour this liquid on your hair as a shampoo/last rinse. Be very (read: veryyyyy) conscientious for if it enters your eyes, it will same as being poked by a hundred arrows! Gently massage your hair for 5 minutes and then wash off with water. Welcome gorgeous locks!
Guest post by Nidhal S.
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