Ayurvedic hair powders, available online, from specialty markets and health food stores, are hair powders that originated thousands of years ago in India. Crafted from bark, seeds, leaves and other plant parts of medicinal herbs, these traditional hair care ingredients are known to increase volume, encourage growth, boost color, impart silkiness and improve overall manageability of hair without the use of toxic chemicals.
Shikakai Fruit Powder and Coconut Oil Healing Hair Mask
Shikakai fruit powder, made from a prickly shrub found throughout the jungles of India, has been used for centuries for dried-out, dull and lifeless hair that feels rough, exhibits split ends and is difficult to comb or brush. Shikakai fruit powder is an excellent treatment for both dry and oily hair. The word shikakai means “fruit for hair” and when mixed with water is a traditional shampoo that leaves hair clean, soft and shiny.
Shikakai fruit powder, blended with coconut oil and other healing natural ingredients, combine to create a healing hair mask that strengthens hair from the root to tip and supports new hair growth. Shikakai fruit powder works as a natural astringent for hair and is also a great dandruff control and detangler.
- ¾ cup of extra-virgin coconut oil
- ½ cup organic honey
- ½ cup aloe juice
- 3 tablespoons shikakai fruit powder
- Juice of one lemon
Combine ingredients in a blender, mix well and set aside. Rinse hair with warm water and towel dry. Work in a generous amount of the conditioner (refrigerate extra) and comb to distribute evenly. Massage well into the scalp. Wrap hair in a hot steamy towel and leave for 30 to 45 minutes. Rinse well and towel dry.
Brahmi Hair Rescue Mask
Brahmi powder helps nourish hair roots and accelerates hair growth by thickening the roots. Brahmi also helps to the keep the scalp healthy and strengthens the hair follicles; regular application of Brahmi powder can help reduce split ends dramatically.
Brahmi powder, also known as water hyssop, or thyme-leaf gratiola, is a plant native to India that has been used for ages to nourish hair roots and accelerate hair growth. The potent powder is obtained by grinding dried Brahmi leaves into a fine powder. Brahmi makes hair dark, dense and lustrous. This hair mask is especially effective if your hair is very kinky or curly.
To craft a hydrating, conditioning and growth stimulating hair mask, combine the following ingredients in a high-speed blender and mix well. Set aside. Shampoo hair with a gentle, organic shampoo and towel dry.
- ½ cup powdered Brahmi leaves
- 1 cup almond or grape seed oil
- 12 drops rosemary essential oil
- 12 drops thyme essential oil
- ½ cup plain yogurt
- ½ cup coconut milk
- 2 egg yolks
- ½ cup honey
Apply blended ingredients generously to scalp and work the mixture through to the ends (refrigerate extra in a tightly sealed container.)
Wrap hair in a moist, hot towel and cover with a shower cap to retain heat. Leave the mask on for 45 minutes. Rinse hair thoroughly, shampoo with organic shampoo, and rinse well with cool water and towel dry. Because both Brahmi leaf powder and rosemary have a tendency to darken the hair, natural blondes should use a ¼ cup of Brahmi leaves and substitute chamomile essential oil for the rosemary oil.
Soothe Hair and Scalp With Cassia Powder
Is your hair brittle, flyaway and difficult to manage? Cassia powder offers body, bounce, and beautiful hair. For hundreds of years, cassia powder has provided a safe and chemical free hair conditioning for persons with all hair types. It is especially helpful for those plagued by eczema, psoriasis, dandruff or dry irritated scalp. Cassia powder provides the deep conditioning benefits of henna without the brassy orange highlights that result from the use of henna. Cassia, however, will give a touch of blonde to light or white hair. The coloration effects are not visible on darker tones of hair. Cassia and soya calm irritation and make hair soft and smooth.
- ½ cup cassia powder
- 1 cups soy milk
- ½ cup yogurt
- ½ cup olive oil
- 8 drops Holy Basil essential oil
Combine ingredients and mix well. Set aside. Rinse hair with warm water and towel dry. Apply mask mixture and massage well into the scalp, refrigerate extra. Allow the mixture to remain on the hair for 15 to 30 minutes wrapped with a shower cap. Shampoo, rinse, and style.