Most hair care products adorning the shelves of supermarkets and heavily endorsed by celebrities are loaded with artificial chemicals. These chemicals can quickly dry out your hair and leave you with an itchy, irritated scalp.
However, luckily, you will find plenty of ingredients for your hair in nature. These natural ingredients offer major benefits for your hair, regardless of whether you are looking to moisturize and hydrate your hair, reduce dandruff or protect your color-treated tresses.
Most of the natural hair care ingredients contain vitamins, antifungal agents, and so on. Take a look at some of the best natural ingredients that can help you achieve your hair goals.
- Coconut Hair Oil
Coconut oil is a very common household item in India. Before the advent of chemical-laden hair oils, coconut oil used to be the go-to oil for getting head massages from grandmothers during the weekend. You may have forgotten about this lovely ritual, but it is not too late to revive it so that your tresses thank you.
Coconut hair oil is hydrophobic which means that it repels water. This enables the oil to penetrate deeply into the scalp and prevent the breakage of hair. It also protects the hair cuticle from damage. Due to its ability to deeply penetrate into the hair shaft, coconut hair oil helps in reducing protein loss in hair. Other advantages of using this oil include better hair growth, added shine to hair, and stronger hair strands.
An unexpected benefit of using coconut oil is the protection of your hair from the harmful UV rays and also chlorine (found in swimming pools). The oil can be used by everyone because it is known to cause any allergic reaction. However, if you’re not a fan of the smell of coconut, move on to the next natural ingredients on this list.
- Castor oil
Castor oil is popular because it helps to nourish the fiber of your hair deeply. It also promotes hair growth as it contains reparative properties.
The oil even contains vitamin E and fatty acids which help to protect, nourish and revitalize your tresses. You can use this oil from time to time to boost your hair’s health and growth. Moreover, this oil increases blood flow to the scalp and ensures that your hair gets all the essential nutrients that it needs to grow.
Just like coconut hair oil, all you have to do is massage castor oil gently for shinier, fuller hair.
- Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is known to be more beneficial for your scalp than your hair itself. It has antifungal properties and can reduce itching which might have been caused due to fungal dandruff.
However, you need to be careful when applying tea tree oil to your scalp. You must not overuse this ingredient and if you have sensitive skin, it is best to apply it on a small patch first to make sure that you are not allergic to this oil. Also, you must always dilute tea tree oil before using it.
- Amla oil
Ayurvedic amla hair oil is a natural remedy for your hair and it is made from the fruit of the Indian gooseberry tree. Even though the tree is native to India, it is also commercially grown in various regions of Asia and the Middle East.
Amla oil is rich in vitamin C, along with other nutrients and antioxidants. The potential benefits of this oil for your hair and scalp include reduction of premature pigment loss from hair, strengthening of the hair and scalp, reduction of hair loss, stimulation of hair growth, prevention of scalp infections, and so on.
If you apply amla oil regularly, you will notice visible changes to the appearance of your hair.
- Aloe vera
The aloe plant can help both your hair and scalp. It keeps hair hydrated, moisturized and the resultant effect is smooth hair. If you have brittle hair, aloe vera can particularly help you in achieving hair growth.
There is also research showing that aloe vera helps in the fight against dandruff. It has antifungal and antibacterial properties. This means that it can help to reduce dandruff and also fight fungal infections that might make your scalp itchy.
In addition, if you are dealing with greasy hair or scalp, aloe can help decrease the excessive amount of oil and keep your scalp clean. Furthermore, aloe contains collagen and helps in repairing damaged hair.
- Jasmine oil
Comes from the jasmine plant, jasmine hair oil is a fragrant essential oil that offers myriad benefits for your hair. The oil acts as an emollient to lock moisture in the hair and scalp. It also offers antimicrobial benefits. Most importantly, jasmine hair oil helps in uplifting mood and its soothing odor calms the nervous system. It is best if you use this oil mixed with coconut oil, amla oil, or castor oil for the best results.
Honey is extremely rich in antioxidants and it can help to combat damage to your hair from oxidative stress and free radicals. It can even help to reverse damage from spending a lot of time under the sun and exposing your hair to environmental pollutants.
Honey also helps hair in retaining moisture and prevent hair breakage. There are a few studies suggesting that honey helps with dandruff and can free you from an itchy scalp.
These natural ingredients are available for your hair and you can include them in your hair care routine as it is or look for products that contain these ingredients. Whatever you do, make these ingredients a part of your hair care regime so that your hair becomes healthier, shinier, and thicker without having to rely on chemicals.
Get started and do not waste another minute to achieve your hair goals.