Most women experience an increase in their hair density and volume during pregnancy period, owing to the hormonal changes in their bodies and nutritious food consumed. If not properly maintained, this welcome change may not last long after delivery. A foolproof way to ensure the beauty and health of your crown of glory would be to include a natural hair shampoo in your postpartum hair care ritual.
Here I discuss a natural hair shampoo (‘thaali’ in Malayalam) which we use to get rid of the oil and dirt from hair while maintaining its natural gloss. If used regularly for washing your hair after applying hair oil, this will help in hair growth. This is a very simple recipe, which can be easily made in 5 minutes.
- Leaves and flowers of hibiscus plant (‘Chembarathi’ in Malayalam) – 4 handfuls
- Leaves of Cardiospermum halicacabum (‘Valli Uzhinja’ in Malayalam) – 2 handfuls
- Water – 2 cups
- Grind all the ingredients together in a mixer grinder to form a pulp. If the mixture looks too thick, you can dilute it by adding extra water. Just take care not to make it too runny, since you won’t be able to apply it properly on to your scalp and hair.
- Separate out liquid from the ground leaves by forcing the mixture through a wide spaced sieve, or through a cloth with wide spaced woven threads.
- Your shampoo is now ready. Apply this mixture on to your hair, starting from scalp right through to the tips while taking your medicinal bath. Unlike conditioner, it is good if this thaali is applied on your scalp, which will benefit from the nutritious blend of fresh leaves.
- If you are unable to get ‘valli uzhinja’ for this, please go ahead with just the hibiscus leaves and flowers.
- This natural shampoo can be applied everyday, if needed. No harmful side effects as this contains only pure natural ingredients.
- It is always good to apply a good natural hair oil on to your scalp and hair, and leave it on for at least 30 minutes before applying shampoo.
- The effect of this thaali may not be same as the shampoos bought from market. You will see that even after washing off the thaali, a small protective layer of oil remains on your hair. If you are uncomfortable with that, please wash your hair using thaali again, or use green gram powder / gram flour to wash off the excess oil.