Specialty Ingredients for your hair Length retention

Specialty Ingredients for your hair Length retention
    Specialty Ingredients for your hair Length retention

    The majority of home hair growth recipes call for familiar, easily accessible ingredients, but sometimes wildcards pop up. Specialty ingredients run the gamut from exotic to unusual to slightly bizarre. Some specialty ingredients can simply be found at a health store or specialty market, but others need to be hunted down over the internet.

    In addition to being somewhat bothersome to find, specialty ingredients can also be a bit more expensive. However, some of the most dramatic results occur with the use of more exotic or limited ingredients. If you are adventurous or curious about these items, this section is for you.

    Don't allow unusual ingredients to intimidate you if you want to make any recipe calling for something you have little knowledge about or have never even heard of. Trying new things makes life fun, and your hair will thank you for giving it a chance to experience the potency of ingredients that are often commonplace in other parts of the world but work wonders on the hair of black women and men. All it takes is a bit of research to track down where to find the ingredient.


    Amla is simply another name for the Indian gooseberry. It is well-known for its wealth of antioxidants and vitamins. The Indian gooseberry is a very common ingredient among ethnic hair products but is not widely available on its own. Amla can be purchased at Indian food markets or on the internet.

    Indian gooseberry comes in many forms, including fresh, frozen, oil, powder, and pills. Be aware of what the recipe calls for, or what form would work best with a recipe.

    Amla can also alter hair pigmentation, making it a highly sought after remedy for graying or dull hair. The amla brightens the color of your hair and makes it more vibrant. Better color is an extra incentive to track down his ingredient.

    Amla Scalp Treatment

    Ingredients :

    2 teaspoons amla juice or powder

    2 teaspoons lime juice

    Directions :

    1) Mix together the amla and lime juice.

    *Note: Make as much or as little as you need for your hair, using the recipe measurements as base guidelines.

    2) Coat the entire scalp and allow the treatment to completely dry.

    3) Rinse off the treatment using warm water, massaging the scalp as you do.

    Amla and Coconut Oil Treatment

    Ingredients :

    1 Tablespoon dried amla

    2 Tablespoons coconut oil

    Directions :

    1) Bring the oil to boil in a saucepan. Add the amla and simmer gently for 10minutes.

    2) Strain out the amla and let the oil cool until it can be easily handled.

    3) Massage oil into scalp, and tuck hair into a shower cap.

    4) Leave the treatment on overnight.

    5) Shampoo hair to remove the oil residue.


    Caffeine is stimulating in many ways. It can liven up dull hair and encourage growth while preventing damage to the hair follicles and strands. Now, there are many articles, blogs, and tips available on the web that suggests simply pouring a pot of cooled coffee over your head while you shower. That's just one way your hair can get a caffeine fix. Many health shops sell caffeine powder that allows you to adjust the amount of caffeine you want to use. It is also great for the people who are not coffee drinkers and wouldn't have the product in their kitchen.

    There is a warning, however, be careful how potent you make the following recipe! You can experience headaches from the potency or frequency of use, so cut down on both if you are having headaches.

    Caffeine Shampoo

    Ingredients :

    8 ounce bottle of your favorite shampoo OR an 8 ounce spray bottle of water

    4 teaspoons caffeine powder

    Directions :

    1) Add the caffeine powder to the shampoo bottle or spray bottle and mix it very well.

    2) Use the shampoo as you normally would, or spray hair as a leave-revitalizer for your hair.

    Curry Leaves

    Curry is technically a spice, but curry leaves are not easy to find in a regular store, so it has been moved to the specialty item section. Indians have reaped the benefits of curry for centuries. Curry leaves stimulate hair growth, slow down the spread of gray hair, and help trap moisture in the hair. Curry leaves can often be found in Indian food stores, or if one is not near you, the internet sells it in tins.

    Curry Leaves and Coconut Oil Treatment

    Ingredients :

    Fresh curry leaves coconut oil

    Directions :

    1) Melt a jar of coconut oil.

    2) Bring to a boil and add a handful of curry leaves. Simmer until the oil forms a black residue. Be careful that the oil isn't too hot or it will fry the leaves.

    3) Collect the residue, make sure it is not too hot and distribute throughout hair and scalp.

    4) Wash hair using a mild shampoo.


    Fenugreek or Methi seeds are actually a spice used primarily in Indian cuisine. The spice also possesses medicinal qualities. In fact, fenugreek seeds have compounds similar to steroids, which help ramp up hair growth and strength. Fenugreek can be found at specialty food stores, and, sometimes, your own grocery store.

    Fenugreek Hair Growth Treatment

    Ingredients :

    1 teaspoon fenugreek paste

    2 teaspoons coconut milk

    Directions :

    1) Mix the ingredients thoroughly, adjusting the measurements as needed.

    2) Apply to scalp and through hair.

    3) Let sit for 30 minutes.

    4) Wash hair with a gentle shampoo.

    Floral Rinses and Pastes

    Hibiscus Flower

    The hibiscus flower has the amazing ability to prevent shedding, strengthen hair, cleanse the scalp,

    thicken hair follicles, delay signs of aging in the hair, and promotes hair growth. Fresh hibiscus plants

    can be found at your local plant nursery, some health stores sell dried hibiscus petals and/or leaves,

    or in the form of tea. The dried versions may be easier to find on the internet.

    Hibiscus Flower Hair Growth Paste

    Ingredients :

    1/4 cup dried hibiscus flower

    coconut oil

    Directions :

    1) Place the dried hibiscus into a bowl and add as much or as little coconut oil as you need to form a workable paste.

    2) Spread the paste over the scalp and through the hair, allowing for little to no build-up of excess.

    3) Let sit for 10 minutes.

    4) Rinse and wash hair with a mild shampoo. Conditioning should not be necessary.

    Stinging Nettles

    Stinging nettles have a bad reputation that is entirely deserved. There is a good chance you are familiar with nettles but weren’t even aware of what they were called. If you have ever walked through the brush with bare legs, and encountered a weed that fought back in the form of prickly, itchy thorn-like little needles, you’ve encountered stinging nettles.

    The knowledge that this ingredient is a loathsome weed may be enough to turn some people off from using it, but keep in mind that stinging nettles are used to grow hair for a good reason. They work like a charm. However, like with a few of the other ingredients already explored, precautions should be taken when handling this ingredient.

    The richness of vitamins and minerals present in the nettles is what fortifies hair for extra strength, brightens your hair’s color, softens hair, stimulates hair growth, ironically cures itchy scalp, and gets rid of dandruff.

    The drawback to using stinging nettles is that they will sting if touched with a bare hand. The best suggestion given is to use gloves whenever you need to touch fresh nettles. If you are really concerned, it probably wouldn’t hurt to double-glove your hands as long as they don’t inhibit your mobility.

    Stinging Nettle Rinse

    Ingredients :

    1 cup fresh or dried stinging nettles, chopped

    4 cups boiling water

    Directions :

    1) Boil water in a medium-sized pot. Add the nettles and continue to boil for 20 minutes.

    2) Turn off the burner, cover the pot with a tightly fitting lid and let the liquid steep for 1 hour or until completely cool.

    3) Strain out the nettles before using the rinse.

    4) Pour into a bottle for use.

    5) Shampoo and condition hair as you normally would.

    6) As a final rinse, pour the nettle water over your hair and massage gently into the scalp. Do not rinse, but leave in the nettle water.

    Stinging Nettle Vinegar Rinse

    Ingredients :

    1 cup fresh nettles

    2 cups apple cider vinegar

    1 cup water

    Directions :

    1) Bring the vinegar and stinging nettles to a boil in a saucepan and simmer for 30 minutes.

    2) Allow the vinegar to cool completely.

    3) Strain out the nettles and pour the vinegar into a storage bottle.

    4) For the rinse, combine 1/2 cup of the vinegar and the 1 cup of water.

    5) After shampooing and conditioning hair, pour the rinse over your hair.

    6) Rinse out with water if the vinegar scent is too strong.

    @Posted by
    writer and blogger, founder of Hairzee .

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