Hair care: Amla is used in many hair tonics because it enriches hair growth and hair pigmentation. It strengthens the roots of hair, maintains color, and improves luster. Eating fresh gooseberry or applying its paste on hair roots improves hair growth and colour. Amla oil is very popular in India because it has been shown to reduce the chances of hair loss and baldness. This quality is due to the carotene content of Amla, as well as its iron content and general antioxidant capacity, which reduces hair loss by not allowing free radicals to damage hair follicles or impact the hormones that can cause premature hair loss.
Brahmi - is another Ayurvedic herb that is known to strengthen hair roots and prevent hair loss. This herb works well in combination with Amla.
Lavender - is gentle and calms irritations and inflammation of the scalp that can lead to hair loss. It is a mild antiseptic and has restorative properties.
Fenugreek - Fenugreek is a natural herb with extremely potent seeds, which have a medicinal effect to reduce balding, hair fall, and hair thinning. For hair fall and dandruff, the crushed or boiled seeds alone have been found to restore the hair shaft. The seeds contain hormone precursors that replenish hair growth. Additionally, fenugreek seeds are a good source of nicotinic acid and protein. Protein is highly important in rebuilding and strengthening the hair shaft. In fact, protein balanced diets are emphasized to reduce hair loss and stimulating hair growth. The amount of protein in fenugreek alone may explain its restorative ability on damaged or falling hair.
Amla oil seems to work best on freshly washed hair that is still damp. preferably could wash your hair with my raw sulfate free shampoo just before making up the oil so it is clean and still slightly wet before application.
Wearing gloves is recommended as the brown oil can get under fingernails and be difficult to get out. To start, dip both fingers into the oil and begin massaging it into the top and center of your scalp. Once you’ve pressed the oil into your scalp from the top to the sides, you can slowly finger comb it over both the top of your hair and from underneath to cover it as much as possible. Having an old towel around your neck is a good idea to catch any drops.
When you’ve got as much of the amla hair oil as you can on with your fingers, use a wide bristle comb to gently work it through even more. Stop if you come to any tangles. These are the much easier to get out later so it’s best to leave them for now.
Once the amla herbal oil is worked through your hair well, cover it with a shower cap and leave it to do its magic. If the oil gets on your skin just wash it off with a little soap. This product can stain so be wise in your application and cover your clothes well.
How long you leave this amla oil hair treatment on will depend on the time you have available but I’d suggest at least half an hour, more for a deeper restorative treatment. The longer you can leave it the stronger the effect, this is feeding your hair so let it feast!
Once it feels like the gritty residue has been washed away, lather in a small amount of shampoo. This is just a quick wash for any excess oil on the hair itself. You want the amla oil to stay in the hair shaft to complete the restorative effects..
Curly/thick/coarse hair in particular may need a really good rinse and a little extra shampoo to remove all the amla particles. Interestingly, people with curls often report much better hair with amla oil so a little extra time washing the treatment out should be well worth it.
Your hair should look really healthy, nourished, shiny and feel both soft yet thicker and much fuller after this treatment.