Rujuta Diwekar, celebrity nuritionist and dietician lists down her top favourite superfoods to combat hairfall this monsoon.
1 Fenugreek (Methi)
Fenugreek or methi dana is effectively used to combat hairfall in the monsoon. Fenugreek seeds contain high amounts of protein which is good for new hair to grow out. People suffering from hair thinning or baldness can apply a fine paste of methi seeds soaked overnight alongwith coconut oil. Best results of fenugreek is obtained if it's rightly massaged into the scalp, followed by a hair wash.
Nutmeg constitutes anti-microbial properties which enables it to keep the hair scalp clean. It acts as an anti-fungal treatment to keep dandruff at bay. The Indonesian origin spice is the main ingredient in many hair masks and hair oils. It has essential vitamins and minerals like Magnesium, Folic acid and Vitamin B6 which accelerates hair growth. It has proven to detangle the hair and make it soft.
3 Turmeric (Haldi)
The humble haldi has been a resident of Indian households since ages. The magic kitchen ingredient just does not add flavour to the food, but has several other benefits. The healing properties of turmeric are used in medically to treat hair allergies and scalp infections. Ayurvedic science claims that the herb is a natural exofilator. Wild turmeric revitalises hair health, thus reducing breakage.
Ghee or clarified butter has hydrating properties which helps in moisturising the hair follicles from the roots to the ends. It brings life into hair by rejuvenating the shine in it. Heat a small amount of desi ghee. Apply the melted liquid onto the scalp gently. Leave it on overnight as a deep hair conditioner. This treatment will leave you with straighter and smoother hair the next day after washing.
5 Curd (Dahi)
Curd is a common ingredient used in Indian households to treat bad skin or hair. Regular application of curd has proven to increase the rate at which hair grows. Biotin is a vital component present in curd which acts as a hair promoter. In addition, dahi has zinc and Vitamin B7 which help in strengthening the hair strands. The anti-inflammatory property of curd gets rid of dandruff and keeps the hair frizz free.
6 Garden Cress (Aliv)
Aliv seeds, commonly known as Halim seeds are loaded with essential nutrients such as iron, folic acid, calcium and protein. Garden cress seeds originated in the Middle East and is widely adopted into Arab beauty regimen. Trichologists use boiled cress seeds in patients suffering from severe hair loss and scalp diseases. It possesses Vitamin C which makes the hair look healthy and voluminous.
The beautiful flower Hibiscus is not just meant to beautify your garden as an ornament. Hibiscus petals and Hibiscus leaves are used in making organic shampoos and natural conditioners. Hair oils infused with hibiscus essence penetrate into the hair shaft and make it stronger. Keratin in present in the form of amino acids in hibiscus which helps in hair regrowth. Dried hibiscus poweder is a herbal remedy.
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