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Using amla, reetha and shikakai can prevent greying and make your hair long and shiny

Updated on:7 October 2020, 16:19pm IST
A potion made out of amla, reetha, and shikakai can promote hair growth, stop hair loss, prevent dandruff and prove to be magical for your hair.
Shreya Gupta
Amla shikakai reetha have the power to strengthen your hair! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Ayurveda has been an integral part of India’s medicinal system since ancient times. Due to its benefits, even Western countries are adopting it. Ayurveda has earned its reputation at a global stage for all the right reasons. Not only is it completely chemical-free, but it also doesn’t have any side effects because it is completely natural.

For this exact reason, Ayurveda is the perfect solution for all those facing hair woes. There are three ingredients from the world of Ayurveda that can prove to be magical for your tresses. These are amla, shikakai, and reetha. These will protect your hair from the chemical damage that cosmetic shampoos cause and will also have a plethora of benefits to offer. 

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Here’s how these three ingredients work magic on your mane:

1. Amla
Known as the Indian gooseberry, amla is known for its herbal properties. Amla is rich in antioxidants and vitamin A which can be extremely beneficial for your hair. A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology noted that amla promotes hair growth by inhibiting the activity of alpha-5 reductase which is responsible for hair loss. The antioxidants in amla reduce the damage caused by free radicals, resulting in improved hair quality.

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Amla and its vitamin C content has many benefits for your hair: Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Reetha
Reetha is known for promoting hair growth. The anti-inflammatory properties present in it soothe the scalp by getting rid of the itchiness and irritation. Reetha has a powerful cleansing effect on the hair and scalp. Washing your hair with it can leave your tresses soft and shiny.

3. Shikakai
It has truly earned the reputation for being the ‘fruit for the hair’. Just like reetha, shikakai is an excellent cleanser which removes oil from your scalp without stripping off the natural oil. A study published in the International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences found that shikakai has excellent antioxidant properties that can prevent damage to the hair.

Also, read: Meet triphala, the Ayurvedic preparation that can press pause on your hair loss

You can use these three ingredients together in the form of a shampoo, oil or hair mask. Truth be told, no matter how you use them, you’re sure to reap an abundance of benefits. Here are a few ways in which these three can benefit your tresses:

1. Can help in managing oily hair
We know it can get really difficult to manage oily hair. Shampooing the hair frequently isn’t advisable but an oily scalp leaves no other option. This can further strip the hair of natural oil, resulting in dull and damaged hair.

If you want to convert your bad hair day into a good hair day, these Ayurvedic herbs can be of help! The herbal formulation of amla, shikakai and reetha helps in getting rid of the excess oil without affecting the levels of natural oil. This potion will also inhibit the growth of dandruff and other infections due to the anti-fungal and cleansing properties.

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Oily hair can be really troublesome. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Can give you lustrous hair of your dream
If you want strong and shiny hair, trust these ingredients to work magic on your mane. Since a mix of these ingredients makes for an excellent cleanser, your hair looks vibrant and glossy after each wash. The presence of shikakai ensures that your hair stays manageable.

3. Can prevent greying of hair
If you’ve been noticing your hair becoming grey, it is time to start taking care of your mane. For this, you can trust amla, shikakai and reetha. The combination of these three herbs makes an excellent source of antioxidants which nourish the hair. This helps in preventing premature greying of your hair.

The easiest way to incorporate them into your hair care routine is to make a powder of these three ingredients and use it at home. Feel free to add other ingredients to this mix for more benefits!

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Shreya Gupta Shreya Gupta

Finding nirvana in good food, Shreya also loves reading books and is a die-hard Potterhead. Confident and motivated she's fun to be with. Plus food. Always.