How to Make Henna Shampoo at Home
For centuries, Indians have used henna to make homemade shampoos of their own. Although many people buy ready-made shampoos from the market, most of them are skeptical about their effectiveness, safety and reliability. If your delicate hair does not get along well with the harsh ingredients used in most market bought shampoos, you can make your own home made shampoo with henna and other ingredients at home. It is especially good for the care of red-dyed hair and for hair dyed with Indigo or black henna. Here at OneHowTo.com, we are going to discuss about how to make henna shampoo at home.
In order to make Henna shampoo at home, there are some specific ingredients you'll need. Take a look at each of their properties to understand why they're great to make shampoo.
Henna or Lawsonia inermis
It is the powder of a natural herb that is effective not only in coloring your hair, but also in preventing a number of scalp problems, like scalp itching and dandruff. It also works as a hair conditioner, and is helpful in growing the hair too.
Shikakai or Acacia concinna
It is a climbing shrub that Indians have been using for centuries for cleansing hair. It acts as a natural detangler, and is effective making your hair soft and smooth. Rich in vitamin D and C, it has essential phytonutrients that promote hair growth and nourish hair follicles.
Reetha or soap nuts
It contains saponins, the foaming agents that are helpful in removing grease and dirt from the hair. Being a natural hair softener, reetha works as a hair conditioner too.
Amla or Indian gooseberries
Amla has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties that help in maintaining the health of the scalp. Amla is traditionally known to encourage growth of hair, strengthen the hair roots, and cope with pre-mature graying.
Take 10gms, of henna, 10gms of shikakai, 10gms of reetha, and 5 gms of dried amla in a pan, add 1 liter of water to it, and let them soak overnight. Now heat the mixture in the morning and let it boil. Once it starts boiling, lower down the heat and let it simmer for half an hour. Remove from heat and allow it to cool. When the mixture comes to room temperature, crush the amla, shikakai and reetha with your hands, and strain before using.
How to use henna shampoo
It is a natural shampoo that you can normally use just the way you use a market bought shampoo. Wet your hair, massage the shampoo on your scalp, and start moving towards the hair ends. Let it stay for a couple of minutes and rinse. Although the mix will not lather too much, it will naturally clean your hair very well. If your hair is oil, you may need to add some multani mitti or fuller’s earth to it as well. Take a look at our article on how henna works for more information.
If you're not a fan of commercial shampoo, take a look at these all natural alternatives to shampoo that are as effective as Henna.
Benefits of this shampoo
After using this shampoo, you will not need to follow up with a conditioner, as it already has conditioning properties for your tresses. This homemade shampoo is suitable for all types of hair, and does its job without stripping natural hair oils. The ingredients are easily available in the market, and it is easy to make too. If you don’t want to make it every time you wash your hair, you can freeze it in the freezer and defrost it whenever you want to use it.
You can also use henna to cover grey hair, it is natural and effective.
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