Now a days there are lots of different shampoos available in the markets under different names ranging from ayurveda to herbal but have you ever though what all does your shampoo contain. Lets take a look into them.
The most common ingredient in the shampoo is detergent, a class of surfactants known as straight-chain alkyl benzene sulfonates. An example is Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate. The detergent cocamidopropyl betaine is mild on the skin and in properties is thicker than the others. It also has anti static properties which prevent the hair from generating electric charge.
To add fragrance to the shampoo honey, herb extracts and oils of plants are added. Sodium Cholride is used as a thickner and it causes irritation in the eyes. Whereas expensive thickners are used in costlier shampoos in place of salt.
Sodium Benzoate kills bacteria, yeasts and fungi and works in acidic mixtures so it is used as the preservative in shampoos. The foaming agent is Cocamide DEA as it makes lather. Glycol Distearate is a kind of wax which makes shampoos opaque. It has tiny flakes that mix well with surfactants and stay in solution. They also add to the thinning qualities.
The main factors that affect the qulaity and life of your hair is your diet, vitamin deficiency and the absence of minerals in your food. This leads to problems like hair thinning, dandruff, balding, premature greying and so on. If a person is not healthy then it reflects on your hair. There are three body constitution types according to ayurveda. Its Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
In Kapha the hairs are thick wavy and shiny.
In Vata constitution the hair is dry, frizzy, dark and it tangles very easily. This hair has dull texture, dandruff and split hairs.
In the Pitta type the hair is not black could be light brown and the hair is thin and silky. This hair turns white easily and it turns oily soon.
Taking good care of your hair can be the only way out and also having a proper balanced diet. Regularly wash and brushing hairs will make you scalp stimulated which will help the oil producing glands to produce the natural oil which makes the hair shiny. For giving shine to the hair, after washing the hair rinse the hair with a few drops of lemon juice, or a few drops of vinegar.
My hair is falling a lot what do I do?
Loss of hair can be related to a lot of factors like stress, deficiency of vitamins, hormonal imbalance, using a lot of cosmetics and so on. To combat this problem, massage your hair daily with coconut oil or olive oil. Boil neem leaves in water and wash your hair in it. Eats lots of protien rich foods, green leafy vegetables, milk, fruits and so on.
Some common hair related problems are as follows:
When the amount of hair lost grows higher than the normal hair fall that takes place due to the change in environment, increasing age or growth of new hairs, it is referred to as hair loss problem that needs special care. Improper or poor diet, exposure to a lot of chemicals or cosmetics, hormonal imbalance, stress, anxiety and mental tension are some causes of hair loss.
Massage the scalp gently with coconut or almond oil daily for 10 to 15 minutes.
Boil neem leaves in water. Cool, strain and rinse hair with it. Eat lots of green vegetables, protiens, milk, buttermilk, grains and nuts.
Dry skin flaking off the scalp and itchiness is referred to as dandruff. The aggravation of Vata generally causes this dryness.
Add 1 teaspoon of camphor to half a cup of coconut or neem oil. Store it in glass container. Dosage: Massage this oil into the scalp before bed.
Mix 1 teaspoon of castor, mustard and coconut oil each and massage into the scalp.
Mix one part of lemon juice with two parts of coconut oil. Massage into the roots of the hair regularly.
Graying of hair
Graying of hair is a natural process that happens with increasing age, but if the hair starts graying before the age of 35, it is termed as premature graying that occurs due to the aggravation of Pitta dosha. Excessive intake of tea, coffee, alcohol, meat, fried, oily, greasy, spicy, sour, and acidic foods increases pitta and leads to graying prematurely.
Apply a paste made from 2-Tsp. henna powder, 1-tsp. curd, 1-tsp. fenugreek seed powder, 1 tbsp. coffee, 2-tbsp. mint juice and 2-tbsp. basil juice. Apply this paste to the hair for two hours. For a darker color, leave this paste in for 3 to 4 hours. Wash hair with any natural shampoo.