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To have a clean dirt and odour-free scalp and hair, it’s very healthy to switch to a home-made cleanser at least every alternate days for best results. For a person like me who works-out everyday (except weekends, due to kids being home), using a regular marketed shampoo daily strips my hair of the shine plus natural oils and makes my hair dry, frizzy and duller looking. And with any physical activity of 45 mins, by the end of it we do feel smelly and sticky all over. So as our body needs a bath to freshen up, it’s just advisable to wash your hair with a natural cleanser than suds-based all the time.
Here’s WHAT I do (and guilt-free plus pleasurably):
- ¼ cup filtered water (if you do not have a filter, boiled water would do)
- A small pinch of tea leaves
- 1 tbsp Honey
- Few leaves of Tulsi or Basil (omit this if you do not have at home, generally all Indian homes do have this plant. You can use dried version of the leaves too.)
- A few drops of any Essential Oil (EO) you please – optional
Start heating water, once it starts boiling near the sides of the pan; add in the Basil and a pinch of Tea. Let it come to a boil and switch off the heat. The Tea will lend a golden hue as well as its distinct aroma. Strain this concoction. Add Honey and leave it to cool. Once warm, add the EO. Wet hair and scalp thoroughly first, then use this directly on your scalp. Yes, this is a runny cleanser. It’s meant to be like that. This portion is enough to cover the scalp. Massage well for a few minutes and rinse thoroughly. Follow it up with Lemon Hair Rinse (recipe here).
Here are the WHYs:
Honey’s PH balance is around 4 and our scalp’s is between 4 and 7. So being acidic in nature, honey maintains equilibrium of scalp’s oil ratio as well as fights dandruff. Honey is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal plus a great humectant. Thus, it moisturises the hair beautifully. All things we need in our shampoo for our lovely hair.
- Black Tea on the other hand has a PH of 4.9. Again very suitable for maintaining acidic levels and pulling down bacteria formations. It also soothes any irritations on the scalp and reduces hair fall.
- Basil is widely known for its disinfectant, germicidal and fungicidal properties. It’s a great stress buster so helps scalp in relaxing, thus more production of healthy hair. It contains Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Phytonutrients and the essential oils in it are excellent antioxidants to protect from any damages caused by free radicals.
Phew!! I’ve given you enough reasons to switch to natural and home-made cleansers. Not to mention the expense we pay to buy full of chemical shampoos.