Does it really work as a hair treatment?
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Get ready to meet the newest addition to your hair care routine: amla oil. People have been swearing by this natural beauty oil for centuries. It is used to strengthen hair, reduce hair loss and prevent grays. But what does science say? Here is the truth.
The homies went gaga for the gooseberries for year. Traditionally, amla oil is made by soaking the dried fruit in a base oil. The oil is then filtered and purified.
Unfortunately, you won’t find real Indian gooseberries at Whole Foods. In fact, it’s almost impossible to find these cool guys in the United States. You’ll have to stick to its powdered form if you want to DIY it.
Message of public interest : Although amla oil comes from edible fruits, it is not meant to be ingested. So don’t drink it. Seriously.
Indian gooseberries are a total #superfood. They are packed with powerful antioxidants and loaded with vitamin C. Yet there is not much research to prove that amla oil is an effective hair treatment. But many people swear by it anyway.
Ayurvedic practitioners say of amla oil:
- promotes hair growth
- neutralizes scalp conditions (goodbye, dandruff!)
- strengthens your strands all the way to the roots
Some claim that amla oil can also:
- treat fungal or bacterial problems
- boost your ~lewk~
- slow down or prevent grays
- soothe an itchy scalp
- slow hair loss
Hydration station: A little hair oil (amla or not) can help bring dry, damaged hair back to life.
Bald is beautiful. But if that’s not your thing, amla oil might help. According to a 2012 study, amla oil can inhibit the enzyme 5-alpha reductase and promote hair growth, which means it could be an effective remedy for hair loss.
A 2017 animal study found that a blend of six herbal extracts (including amla oil) helped hair grow about as much as minoxidil, a drug for male pattern baldness. Not too bad!
More research is still needed to prove that amla oil works as a hair loss treatment. If you are concerned about hair loss, talk to your doctor. They can help you determine the best treatment plan.
Overall, amla oil is completely safe to use. But with any new skincare product, you should patch test first. Dab a little oil on a patch of skin – maybe on your forearm – and wait 24 hours. If you don’t notice any redness or irritation, you should be good to go!
In rare cases, amla oil has been reported to trigger Lichen planus pigmentosus, a rare immune response that causes irritation or swelling of hair, skin and nails. But TBH, the biggest threat is crappy products.
Some amla oils are mixed with inexpensive carrier oils. Poor quality hot pressed oils can cause irritation. Make sure your amla oil is blended with responsibly sourced cold-pressed organic oils.
You can buy amla oil in line. Just make sure you get the right stuff! Avoid oils that have added synthetic fragrances and preservatives. Health food stores and Ayurvedic stores are likely to carry high quality versions. You can also DIY it!
Using amla oil is simple. Simply replace it with your normal conditioner a few times a week. Here’s how:
- Pour some amla oil into the palm of your hand.
- Work it into your hair and scalp.
- Put on a shower cap.
- Leave on for up to 15 minutes.
- Rinse it. Here !
Some bloggers suggest leaving amla oil on overnight for an extra dose of hair TLC. There’s no science to prove that it provides additional benefits, but it can’t hurt to give it a try!
If you opt for an overnight hair treatment, be sure to protect your sheets. Wear a shower cap and cover your pillow with a towel. You may also want to invest in some nose plugs. Not everyone digs the smell.
You won’t find Indian gooseberries in your local grocery store. But you can still make amla oil at home with dried amla powder and a neutral base oil (like coconut oil or rosemary oil).
- In a stainless steel saucepan, mix 1 tbsp of amla powder with 5 tbsp of carrier oil.
- Gently heat the mixture over low heat.
- Stir occasionally and make sure it doesn’t simmer or boil.
- Turn off the heat when the mixture begins to form small bubbles. (This usually takes about 5 minutes.) It should also smell musky and astringent at this point.
- Cover the pot and let the mixture steep for 24 hours.
- Strain through a fine strainer and pour into a sterilized glass jar.
- Store in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year.
While the scientific jury is still out, some swear by amla oil. And we understand why ! Amla oil could give your mane the shine it deserves! It can potentially stimulate growth, repair breakage, and even prevent baldness.
Just be sure to stick to high-quality, organic products for the best results. *haircut*