Last updated: August 18, 2022, 14:41 IST
One of the ills of the modern lifestyle is premature graying of the hair. Those dreaded silvery-white locks pop up in your early 20s or 30s. Graying hair usually occurs when the body does not make enough melamine. Certain nutrient deficiencies and underlying health conditions or genetics can be the cause of premature graying. But environmental factors such as pollution, stress, diet and lifestyle can also be the cause.
While dadima’s champi has long been associated with hair care and nutrition and this hair ritual has been passed down from older to newer generations. There is one natural ingredient that can be found in your kitchen (or garden) and can prove to be beneficial and that is Curry Leaves or Kaddi Patta in Hindi.
Curry leaves have been used in cooking food dishes to add a distinct flavor to the dish. But this ingredient is packed with benefits. Curry leaves are packed with B vitamins and help restore the melamine pigment in the hair follicles and prevent further graying. It is also a rich source of beta keratin and prevents hair breakage.
Here are a few hair masks with curry leaves that you can try at home –
Curry leaves and coconut oil hair mask
Heat 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a pan. After turning off the heat, add 10-12 curry leaves. Let it sit for 20 minutes. When the concoction has cooled enough to touch, massage it into your hair and leave it on for 45 minutes to 2 hours. Shampoo and rinse your hair thoroughly. Repeat this once or twice a week.
Curry leaves and Yogurt hair mask
Take a bowl and mix 1/4 cup curry leaves and 1/2 cup yogurt until a paste forms. Apply this paste to your hair and scalp and leave it on for 30 minutes. Repeat two or three times a week.
Curry leaves and water hair rinse
Boil 15-20 curry leaves in 2 cups of water until the amount is halved. Let it sit and cool a bit. After washing your hair, rinse your hair with curry leaf water. Repeat as and when you feel like it.
Disclaimer – Natural ingredients generally take time to show their effectiveness. Long-term use may produce results. If you are allergic to curry leaves, do not use them. You can refer to a doctor to help you with your premature graying.
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