For a glowing skin and lustrous hair, begin your day with a warm glass of water to which a teaspoon of honey has been added. Gorge on fruits for breakfast and salad before lunch and dinner. Have a cupful of curd daily.
For glowing hair, grind a few whole green grams, lemon peels, a handful of curry leaves and few 'reethas' to a paste and apply to the hair before washing off.
To get rid of nits in the hair, mix equal quantities of vinegar and water and apply on the hair and scalp. Leave for an hour before washing. Brush your hair backwards with a fine-toothed comb. Doing this for a few days will get rid of the nits.
A few crushed camphor tablets added to hair oil will keep the hair free from lice and infection apart from keeping the scalp cool.
For long and healthy hair, wash with tender coconut water.
Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to the henna mixture before applying to the hair. This will give the hair a rich, coppery color and get rid of dandruff while leaving it shining.
To prevent hair fall, rub amla, neem and fresh coconut milk to the scalp.
Get rid of dandruff with beetroot juice or a mixture of curd, egg and lime. To prevent graying of hair, rub a mixture of curry leaves, amla and fresh coconut milk tothe scalp.
For soft and silky hair, rinse it with tea decoction to which 1 tablespoon of lime juice has been added.
To give your hair an auburn tinge, boil grated beetroot with teaspoon 'kattha', I-teaspoonful methi powder and water. Strain and add it to the henna' powder mixed with ateaspoon of coffee powder. Let ' it stands overnight. In the morning add cup curd to the concoction, mix well and apply to the scalp.Wash off after 3 hours.
To prevent hair loss, dry, powder and mix together each of bay and neem leaves and 25 gms of tulsi leaves. Add 5 teaspoons of this mixture to 50 ml water and apply to the scalp once a week.
Dry, powder admix together lemon peels, rose and hibiscus petals, curry leaves and shikakai powder. Mix a tablespoon of this mixture with egg white and .use as a conditioner to arrest falling of hair.
Hair conditioners don't come in bottles and jars only. Crushed spinach leaves make an excellent hair conditioner.
Boil cup water with 12 lemon slices in it. When the volume reduces to half, mix in a teaspoon of Vodka and cool. Use this solution to style hair.
For a natural hair dye, soak rusted iron nails in water in an iron container. Strain the water, make a paste with 'trifla' (all spice) powder and apply on the scalp for2 hours. Wash off with water and you will have shiny, black hair.
To control split ends and treat rough and coarse hair, warm a combination of castor, mustard and olive oil and massage into the scalp for 20 minutes. Steam towel after 2 hours.
Rinse lifeless hair with a solution of 100 ml light tea mixed with teaspoon vinegar.This helps in adding bounce and luster to the hair.
If you end up with cold every time you apply henna on your hair, add a few cloves to the henna mixture. The warming properties of cloves will keep you from getting cold.
Massage the contents of a vitamin E capsule into the scalp to revitalize and condition stressed hair. Leave for half an hour and rinse thoroughly.
Many people,especially babies, develop scalp rashes during summers. To prevent summer rashes on the scalp, mix castor, gingerly and coconut oil in equal proportions,leave on the scalp for some time.Wash away with cold water.
Mayonnaise is a good way to add oils to dry hair. Massage it into the hair and wash off after an hour. Do this about twice a month. You get the double benefit of eggs and oil into your hair.
Pluck off a leaf from aloe plant; take the hard green covering off with a knife. The jelly like substance that you get should be mixed with 2-tablespoon vaseline and applied to the hair for moisturizing effect.
Once a week, mix a little baking soda with your shampoo, work up a good lather and leave for a minute.This leaves the hair shiny and squeaky-clean.
For rich burgundy sheen to your hair, boil 2-3 teaspoons of tea, 1-teaspoon coffee, a small piece of kattha powder and red sandalwood, in water. Mix this red water with henna powder, add 2 teaspoon of mustard oil and 1 teaspoon of eucalyptus oil (optional). Apply this to the hair for at least 2 hours and then wash.
For a lovely black sheen to the hair, boil 8-10 pieces of amla, 2-3 pieces of shikakai, 25gm harar, and 25 gm bahera and soak overnight, in an iron vessel. Sieve the water and mix henna powder. Apply for 2 hours and then wash it off.
For an emergency henna of hair, sprinkle a little brown powder blush-on and apply on the hair.The hennaed effect will last till the next shampoo.
To stimulate-hair follicles, take 2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds, grind and add to the henna mix. The methi seeds can also be mixed with curd and applied, to prevent dandruff.
If you don't have the time to wash and dry our hair, sprinkle talcum powder on it and brush vigorously. The powder soaks the excess oil and leaves the hair dry and fluffy.
Massage the paste of 1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds, 1 teaspoon black pepper powder and cup milk gently into the scalp, to get rid of dandruff.
Boil a handful of curry leaves in 100 ml coconut oil and massage this oil into the scalp,twice a week. This prevents loss of hair.
Remember the time when we used to stick chewing gums in each others hair, in school. Your child may also have been coming back from school with chewing gum stuck in the hair and you may be at your wit's end trying to dislodge the same without pulling out all your child's hair. To remove chewing gum from the hair, rub a little honey over it.
To get rid of split ends in the hair, mix together 1 tablespoon of almond oil, 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 egg yolk and smear all over the scalp. Leave it on for about 30minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water.
Lice and nitrate a big nuisance. Every mother has to face the problem of finding her child's hair infested with them at some time or the other. Lice can be removed from the hair by wrapping the hair in a towel full of basil leaves and leaving it overnight. Do it for a week.