I always underestimated kitchen ingredients and I always regret doing so. The latest ingredient that made it to my list of underestimation is kadi patta or curry leaves.
I’ve always thought of kadi patta as just another spice that adds flavour to rice, chutneys, soups, stews, and dals. But you know what? Curry leaves turned out to be a real saviour for my dry, dull, brittle, and thinning hair.
Here’s how I used them to obtain a magical potion
I soaked curry leaves in water overnight and used this water for the final rinse after shampooing my hair the next morning. After waiting for 15 to 20 minutes, I rinsed my hair with water. And that was it.
You can even boil the curry leaves in water to obtain a concentrated liquid packed with the goodness of these leaves. Allow it to cool down and then use it to rinse your shampooed hair.
Alternatively, you can blend curry leaves with water in your food processor and strain the juice.
Curry leaves salvaged my hair
First off the bat I noticed that my hair was no longer frizzy and was much smoother than before. After a few washes, my hair became stronger, looked less damaged, and my hair fall reduced. Curry leaves can also boost hair growth, though it may take upto three months of consistently using this concoction (twice a week, please!) to see the results.
Sounds too good to be true? Well, thank curry leaves’ nutritional profile for it
Firstly, curry leaves are rich in antioxidants and also possess anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Which means, it can ward off dandruff, minor scalp infections, and dead skin blocking your hair follicles, thus, letting your hair roots breathe in peace. The result? Stronger hair, no thinning, and increase in hair growth if you’re lucky.
Secondly, curry leaves are packed with protein, vitamin B and beta-carotene which works wonders for your hair shafts which have been damaged by hot styling products, pollution, hair sprays, chemical treatments, and whatnot! As an added bonus, you can even regain your hair’s lost lustre and flaunt your shiny mane. What more do you want from life?