09 July 2010
Beautiful and lustrous hair is what all women long for. No matter which part of the world we inhabit, maintaining a healthy crowning glory is an aspired trait. To get the sheen in your hair, you can choose from a range of haircare products in the market.
But can you guess what primarily goes into the making of most of these haircare products? The green, fleshy fruit commonly known as ‘amla’ or the Indian gooseberry.
This berry is not only endowed with natural vitamin C, but is a good source of antioxidants. It stops the regeneration of radicals which are responsible for ageing and cell degeneration. It can be used externally and can be accommodated in your daily diet too. Regular intake of amla results in a stronger healthier digestive system and an improved immune system. It helps detoxification and acts as a laxative. It is also known to increase the metabolism rate and helps one lose weight.
Dr S K Luthra, deputy head, (R&D), personal care, Dabur India, says, "Our hectic lifestyles and the lack of proper nutrients and minerals in our diet play havoc with our skin as well as our hair. The scorching heat of the sun robs the lustre of our hair and also makes it dry and brittle. The rich antioxidant and vitamin C found in amla helps free the body of radicals. It not only rejuvenates, but also energises."
The ‘keshya’ effect
Amla is used in haircare products such as hair creams, lotions and oils for its medicinal properties. Its ‘keshya’ effect strengthens the hair and hair root and stabilises the blackness of hair as well. Reveals dermatologist Dr Narendra Patwardhan, "We usually prescribe the use of amla for premature hair loss, balding and greying. It has been identified for its key properties that give black and lustrous hair. Besides, it aids in water uptake and water retention supported by the astringency of the skin. Finally, it helps tighten the skin, stimulates the circulation of the scalp and offers protective care."
Ayurveda extensively propagates the use of amla in daily healthcare routine. Amla when mixed with oil and applied to hair makes it long, dense, soft and lustrous. It can be used with henna for hair to retain their natural colour. Amla is sometimes used in the form of a ‘tailam’ as a cure for mental disorders. The extract of the dried fruit can be used as a shampoo for cleaning the hair as well.