Our hair is one of the most important and attractive features for most women. No matter the texture, colour or style, we all want our hair to look picture-perfect, don't we? This is the reason why we stress about having a good 'hair day' as it majorly equals to having a pretty good day! So, we end up trying our best to make our hair look it's absolute best. While some of us get tempted to wash our hair on a daily basis for a fresh look or use loads of conditioner to acquire a silky-smooth texture, others may end up straightening their hair to make it shiny and manageable.
However, all that glitters is not gold. Having beautiful looking hair is honestly, never enough. 'Healthy' hair is what we should aim for! And this ain't possible without some care and awareness. We may think we have it under control by oiling it on a regular basis or by preventing the use of chemicals and heating appliances - but how do we protect it from its natural dangers?
The worst of all the natural aggressors is the weather itself. If you thought winter was your biggest enemy for dryness of hair, you might be in for a surprise. Summers can be a greater threat - even to your perfectly-oiled and well-conditioned hair. Overexposure to the sun's UV rays is as equally harmful to your hair as it is to your skin. It dries out your hair follicles, turning them completely flat, limp and lifeless. Your scalp becomes greasy due to the excessive sweat and dirt and gets exposed to sunburns due to the harshness of the heat. This further, damages your roots, causing hair loss, split ends and brittle hair.
So, should you stop heading out for the same reason and let it affect your daily lifestyle? Not really! We know of a protective little shield that will not only protect your hair from getting damaged and dry but make it 10 times healthier, shinier and softer - in a natural way. And who can do this job better than nature itself? Believe it or not, herbal shampoos will be your best friend for all seasons to come.
How do herbal shampoos work their magic on your hair? Read on to find out:
1. Infused with natural oils, herbal extracts and minerals, they maintain perfect moisture in your hair follicles to prevent them from getting dry or damaged.
2. They strengthen your hair follicles to promote natural hair growth and help in the formation of new, healthy roots.
3. They help in reducing the secretion of *extra* oil in your scalp by maintaining a correct amount of natural oil in the hair, which makes them soft and smooth.
4. They contain essential, antiseptic properties which soothe sunburns and maintain the health of your scalp by preventing skin infections.
5. They enhance the natural colour and shine of your hair whilst keeping your scalp, well-moisturised.
6. They are non-allergic, which makes them suitable for all skin types - even the most sensitive ones.
7. By stimulating a healthy growth, they give your hair a lustrous bounce and treat all the split ends.
8. They also, help in reducing the production of dandruff in your scalp, thereby preventing breakage.
With a unique blend of herbal ingredients like shikakai, tulsi, mehndi, lemon, trifala to name a few, this shampoo gives deep nourishment to your hair follicles and keeps your tresses gorgeous in the harshest of weathers. With anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties, it prevents your hair from getting damaged and helps it remain smooth and frizz-free for longer hours of duration. And guess what? It even makes your hair grow twice as faster!
Pros - It's SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) and paraben-free, and contains no artificial colours.
Cons - It has a very runny texture which makes it prone to spilling.
Price: Rs 280. Buy it here.
Being a rich amalgamation of herbs like Brahmi, henna, neem and bhringraj along with soy proteins, this shampoo protects your hair from damage, strengthens your roots and nourishes your hair from deep within. Not only does it add a great amount of volume to your hair by making it shiny and lustrous but also prevents itchy scalps, hair fall and dandruff. Furthermore, it works as a powerful conditioner to make your hair a lot softer and smoother than before - naturally!
Pros - It smoothes out all the tangles in your hair and makes it super manageable. It also contains no overwhelming fragrance.
Cons - The flip cap is a bit too tight.
Price: Rs 188. Buy it here.
Apart from being an expert remedy for breakage and damaged hair, it also deeply conditions your hair and gives it a natural shine and bounce whilst maintaining the overall health of your scalp. Ingredients like reetha, amla and shikakai protect your hair from bacterial infections and strengthen your hair follicles. What's even better is that it has a sweet, mild fragrance that lasts throughout the day.
Pros - It's sulphate-free and quite inexpensive for such great results.
Cons - It might take some time to show noticeable results.
Price: Rs 165. Buy it here.
If you're looking for a shampoo that strengthens your roots and makes your hair softer with each wash, then your search ends right here. With a unique formula of ingredients like licorice, fenugreek extracts, chickpea, amla, black myrobalan and aloe vera, this shampoo gives your hair its much-needed proteins to fight breakage, control frizziness and add volume to your dull and brittle hair.
Pros - It makes your hair silky-smooth from its first use itself and reduces the amount of breakage that you might have been initially dealing with.
Cons - It might make your scalp a bit itchy (varies from person to person).
Price: Rs 129. Buy it here.
This Ayurvedic goodness is an amalgamation of coconut oil with natural extracts of ghritkumari, methi, bhringraj and heena that gently restores dryness, boosts your hair follicles and promotes healthy growth. It provides your hair with the exact kind of nourishment and moisturisation it requires in harsh weathers. Turns out our mothers were right all along about the wonders of coconut oil, weren't they?
Pros - It deeply cleanses your hair, makes your tresses softer with each wash and prevents split-ends.
Cons - The quantity might be a bit less for long hair.
Price: Rs 95. Buy it here.
This unique herbal shampoo works both, as a shampoo as well as a conditioner. Its natural nutrients like oils of hibiscus and cinnamon leaf, henna, amla, shikakai, tulsi, neem, bramhi and bhringraj together nourish and strengthen the roots of your hair follicles. It further contains aloe vera gel that works as a scalp soothing agent and a natural conditioner for giving your hair a smoother and healthier bounce.
Pros - It makes your hair ten times smoother, prevents dryness and has a natural, soothing fragrance.
Cons - It takes some time to show noticeable results.
Price: Rs 153. Buy it here.
Pamper your hair with the goodness of green apple extracts and sea algae for nourishment that goes deeper than your hair strands and works like wonders to maintain the overall health of your scalp. Not only does it purify your scalp with vital minerals and proteins but also leaves your hair twice as refreshed, shinier and healthier. For those who wish to wash their hair daily, this is your ultimate boon!
Pros - It's sulphate-free, doesn't dry your scalp and retains the natural shine of your hair.
Cons - It has a strong fragrance that not everyone would be comfortable with.
Price: Rs 132. Buy it here.
Infused with the powers of lemon and mint, this gel-based shampoo will put an end to your dry as well as oily hair woes - naturally! While the lemon controls the production of oil and dandruff in your scalp due to weather changes, mint acts as a cooling agent and prevents the breakage of hair. Containing anti-bacterial properties, this shampoo also prevents the scalp from all kinds of skin infections and gives your hair a healthy shine that's worth being noticed!
Pros - It refreshes your scalp and gives a cooling sensation that makes it an ideal choice for summers.
Cons - It takes some time to show noticeable results.
Price: Rs 350. Buy it here.
Khadi Herbal shampoo is the best option for those with dry hair in summers as its refreshing, herbal ingredients naturally, cool your scalp while keeping your hair smooth and frizz-free in the hottest of weathers. They have a wide range of herbal shampoos from which you can choose according to your own preference or requirements. (One of them have been mentioned above)
Biotique Bio Margosa Fresh Daily Dandruff Expertise can treat dry hair in winters, perfectly. A blend of unique herbs like reetha, gandhak and margosa will not only provide nourishment and rejuvenation to the roots of your scalp but help you get rid of excessive dandruff in your hair, simultaneously.
Apart from some simple tips like avoiding the use of heat-stimulating, styling appliances, indulging in deep-conditioning and hot oil massages, you could also create several hair masks from natural ingredients at home to prevent your hair from dryness. One of the easiest and most effective natural home remedies for dry hair is of moisturising your hair with shea butter, castor oil or avocado oil.
Yes, using certain herbal shampoos every day can be safe considering that you're aware of its ingredients and effects. Also, make sure that your shampoo is extremely mild and does not contain any chemicals or artificial ingredients that may damage your hair if used on a daily basis. If you use home-made herbal shampoos, you can wash your hair daily without less hesitation - but only with cold water. This tightens your hair cuticles and locks in the moisture, leaving your strands strong and shiny.
One of the best tips to having softer hair instantly is applying coconut or virgin oil on the dry ends of your hair (avoiding the scalp) and wrapping it up in a towel for a little while. In fact, if you leave your hair undisturbed, overnight, you will definitely wake up to smoother and shinier hair.
So, go on and get that lustrous shine to make everyone weak in their knees!
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