Amla powder is one of my favourite powders to use in a DIY hair rinse. The powder originates from India and comes from a fruit which is also called gooseberry. The fruit has a high vitamin and mineral content and is especially high in vitamin C. Other than vitamin C, amla also contains vitamin A, E, some B vitamins, folate and various minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and manganese (1).
I have yet to find something that works just as good in a hair rinse as amla (if you have suggestions, let me know in the comments!) I have experimented with a lot of different ‘no-poo’ methods and have used amla as a hair rinse either after washing my hair with shikakai or clay, or mixed together with shikakai so that it wasn’t as drying.
Amla can be used as an acid rinse after using a basic ‘no-poo’ method like clay or soap, since it has an acidic ph.
Related: No poo, things I’ve learned.
Other things I noticed when using amla regularly, was that my hair grew very quickly! I used it a lot of times in combination with shikakai, which can be used for lightly cleansing the hair (in the long term, shikakai was not cleansing enough for me, as I have oily hair, if you have dry hair, this might work better for you.)
Amla also darkened my hair over time, which I was not too happy about since I prefer my own blonde color. I do not use amla that regular anymore only because I do not want my hair darkened over time. If you want to darken your hair slightly over time then it would be a good option to try out. Amla also enhances waves and curls in the hair.
What you need:
Making a hair rinse is very easy. You just boil the water, add 2 tbsp of amla powder and boil it for about 10 minutes.
Then you pour it into a cup while using a tea strainer so that the powder stays behind. You can leave the tea strainer inside the cup so that the powder steeps a little longer in the water.
Leave it cooling until lukewarm and take the tea strainer with the powder out. Voila! Your hair rinse is ready to use!
How to use the hair rinse:
After your preferred method to wash your hair, you just pour the mixture over your head and slightly massage it into your scalp. It is not required to massage it into your scalp if it isn’t practical or if it makes your hair tangle.
Leave it your hair for a couple of minutes and then rinse it out.
The amla rinse might not always feel great in your hair when you pour it over your head, but after rinsing out I always get amazingly soft and shiny hair and the rinse encourages waves and curls.
Writing this, I’m thinking of making an amla hair rinse soon, as I have not used it for a long time and always love the results!
What does amla do for your hair? Have you ever tried it out? Let me know in the comments below!
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