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A breakdown of Ayurvedic ingredients for your hair care

At Belle Bar, you know we’re all about wellness. Feeling good, looking good, and living life as naturally as possible! And that’s why we love Ayurveda, and use it as the basis of our haircare. Ayurveda translates to ‘the science of life’, and is a Hindu system of medicine that has been practised by over 3000 years. It’s based on the belief of balance in the body using diet, yoga, and herbs. 

Ayurveda is very much a lifestyle! And it’s one that forms the basis of our products here at Belle Bar. Ayurvedic herbs are potent, powerful superfoods that often have multiple benefits and can be used in a number of ways, and many of our Belle Bar organic hair care products include them (which we’ll talk all about below!). We love Ayurvedic ingredients because of their ability to give better results than harsh chemicals, and we’re here for it!

Henna 

Henna is probably the ultimate protein treatment. It’s full of hair strengthening properties that basically rebuild the hair and protect it from further damage. Consistent use of henna can rebuild the hair strand by creating a protective layer of moisture and strength. It works by basically filling in the gaps in the hair cuticle, creating a stable layer of hair, and with time, henna can make breakage a thing of the past! It also helps repair split ends. Trimming the very ends of your hair every few months is a must if you want it to look and feel healthy, and adding henna to your routine will slow down the splitting and it has also been used to promote hair growth too! 

Porosity: Henna shouldn’t be used more than two times a month for high porosity hair, and no more than once a six week (if at all) for low porosity hair. This is because it can be too strengthening and lead to breakage and dryness. 

Top tip: When you use henna, always follow it up with a deep conditioner to balance out moisture levels! Henna is mostly and popularly used as a natural hair dye. The color deposit of henna can range from auburn to jet black and is an excellent alternative to drugstore hair dyes, which contain damaging and toxic ingredients.

BBO products with henna: Henna Strengthening Hair Gloss

Cassia

Similar to henna because of its conditioning properties, cassia obovata has a long history of being used for hair care. Traditionally, it was used to treat and heal fungal and bacterial infections. It’s easily one of the best natural hair conditioners, because it’s gentle, leaves the hair feeling soft and moisturized, and it doesn’t deposit any color the way henna does (if that’s not your thing, of course!). However, it has been found to deposit a yellowish tint on silver hair. Cassia helps to keep the scalp healthy and balanced, promoting a healthy environment for the hair to grow long and strong while giving hair some pretty intense shine. It’s moisturizing and helps restore the hair but, unlike henna, the effects don’t build up over time.

Porosity: Cassia isn’t as strong as henna so it can work for all porosities.

Top Tip: Cassia needs to be maintained every 3- 4 weeks as the results aren’t permanent. So be sure to use it regularly to see the best results. 

BBO products with Cassia: Chebe Powder Growth Hair Mask

Shikakai

Another amazing herb that’s native to India, shikakai comes from a shrub plant and translates to “hair fruit.” An appropriate name because it has a ton of vitamins and antioxidants that contribute to the overall health and cleanliness of the hair. It’s often used as a shampoo that is excellent for cleansing the hair and scalp without stripping the hair. Shikakai contains high amounts of vitamins A, E, D, and K, all of which are necessary for supporting healthy hair growth, and like bhringraj, shikakai can also help prevent dandruff on the scalp! It prevents premature graying, curbs hair fall, and nourishes the follicles. When it comes to our skin, those vitamins and antioxidants work wonders. It’s a super effective treatment for spots and pimples too, especially when mixed with anti-inflammatory turmeric! It’s also great for treating and healing minor cuts.

Porosity: Shikakai is great for all porosities!

Top tip: Shikakai acts as a cleanser in your wash day routine in replacement of your clarifying shampoo. Irrespective of your hair’s porosity, you can use shikakai.Make sure to pre-poo your hair first. Then mix some shikakai powder with water (you can pretty much eyeball it for how thick or light you want the mask, and how much of it you need to saturate your entire head of hair). Use an applicator bottle for easy application, and massage into your scalp, let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse off. And deep condition your hair after to give it moisture!

BBO products with Shikakai: Onion & Garlic Thickening Ayurvedic Herb Hair Oil, Ultra Nourishing Guacamole Hair Mask

Fenugreek

Another example of big things coming in small packages, fenugreek seeds have great regenerative properties. They are packed with fibre and protein, plus minerals like iron and magnesium. Fenugreek is often used in food, and is actually a delicious spice — it’s great for digestion and inflammation inside the body. On our hair, it’s able to strengthen the hair from the follicle, preventing hair thinning, while regenerating and restoring already thinning hair. It’s an excellent ingredient for people experiencing hair loss or anyone who wants to give their hair an extra boost! It’s also a source of protein. 

Porosity: Because fenugreek is rich in protein, it’s great for high porosity hair. If your hair is high porosity, you can use it twice a month to strengthen your hair. If you’re a low porosity girl, or protein sensitive, you shouldn’t use fenugreek more than once every 4-6 weeks.

Top tip: Our Intense Fenugreek Regeneration Hair Mask goes grea  the fenugreek and gives it moisture. This mask is a great shot of protein which will strengthen your hair, and the pumpkin perfectly balances it out by providing intense moisture.  On the other hand, if you’re looking for a pure moisture boost, mix the pumpkin puree with our nourishing Chebe Powder Growth Hair Mask.

BBO products with fenugreek: Intense Fenugreek Regeneration Hair Mask, Chebe Powder Growth Hair Mask

Green tea

By now you’ve probably heard of the benefits of green tea. From its high antioxidant content, to its ability to keep you alert and energized without the coffee jitters. Green tea can do just about anything for our hair and skin too. It fights signs of ageing, gives moisture and prevents hair from falling out.  

It inhibits the growth of DHT – a hormone that hinders hair growth. Because of its antioxidants and its antibacterial properties, green tea helps to keep the scalp healthy by fighting against germs, pollution and other factors that can inhibit hair growth. It also has Vitamin E, also known as ‘the beauty vitamin, because of how it works wonders for skin hair and nails. Because vitamin E works wonders for the skin, it does the same for your scalp too. It’s an antioxidant which means that it can prevent and slows down the damage to hair follicle cells caused by free radicals – ultimately aiding in hair growth. 

Porosity: Green tea can be used by all hair porosities.  

Top Tip: Aside from using green tea as a rinse, you can also use it as a curl refresher! Pour your brewed green tea into a spray bottle once it has cooled. Use this tea refresher gently – no more than 2-3 times a week.

BBO products that contain Green Tea: Hibiscus & Black Soap Moisturizing Hair CleanserGreen Tea Length Strengthening Tea Rinse

Bhringraj

Otherwise known as the false daisy because of their similar appearance, bhringraj is a widely used Ayurvedic herb that’s native to India. It has some bomb detoxing abilities and has traditionally been used to cleanse the liver. Bhringraj has antifungal properties as well, making it excellent for healing and preventing skin conditions like eczema. It’s often praised as one of the best herbs for hair growth too. It’s detoxing and antifungal properties work in tandem to deliver a healthy scalp environment, which encourages healthy hair growth. When used in oil form, bhringraj boosts circulation to the scalp and stimulates growth by increasing hair follicles during the growth process. It’s also one of the best herbs for preventing hair fall and it even prevents premature graying.

Porosity: Bhringraj is great for all porosities as it is deeply nourishing and won’t dry out your hair. 

BBO products that contain Bhringraj: Onion & Garlic Thickening Ayurvedic Herb Hair Oil

Hibiscus

We love hibiscus here at Belle Bar – a bright pink flower commonly used in Ayurveda for its healing properties. Hibiscus is often turned into a tea (which is delicious) and consuming it has been found to help with the common cold, digestive issues, and UTIs. So it’s good for our insides, and incredible for our outsides too. Hibiscus is a natural source of alpha hydroxy acids, or AHAs, which are amazing for exfoliating the skin and unclogging and tightening the pores. The AHAs in hibiscus are gentler than the ones you find at your drugstore, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t powerful! It’s an effective moisturizer too, and it doesn’t leave your skin feeling tight and dry once you’ve washed it off. 

Since it’s slightly on the acidic side, it cleanses the hair and skin gently, but deeply. It helps balance the skin’s pH, as well as the pH on the scalp, supporting healthy hair growth. It’s healing properties extend to the hair too and can help restore hair damaged by heat and chemicals. One of our best selling hair masks uses hibiscus as it’s star ingredient for this very reason! 

Porosity: Because hibiscus is gentle, it works great for all porosities and will do wonders for balancing pH and nourishing both your scalp and hair. 

Top tip: You can mix our Restorative Hibiscus Hair Mask with a handful of blueberries. Blueberries are rich in Vitamins A and E which are essential for healthy hair growth, and work well alongside our hibiscus hair mask to leave your hair nourished. BBO products that contain hibiscus: Hibiscus & Black Soap Moisturizing Hair Cleanser, Restorative Hibiscus Hair Mask

Neem

This traditional Ayurvedic herb comes from a tree native to India. Neem has a long history in the world of natural healing — around 4,500 years! The plant itself is extremely versatile. It’s most often made into an oil, but you can also get it as a powder or an extract, which is excellent for issues like asthma and diabetes. Neem is pretty notorious for its strong smell, which is often described as musky and garlicky. The smell dissipates pretty fast, but it can be off-putting at first! It has tons of other benefits for the body, especially the reproductive system, immune system, and circulatory system. 

It’s the ability to detoxify and increase blood flow is super beneficial for the skin and scalp. Neem oil is a powerful antimicrobial, so it helps fight acne. The conditioning benefits of neem help to fight frizzy hair, leaving it stronger and shinier. Plus, it’s an effective split end treatment and it can even improve the overall texture of the hair. It’s antifungal benefits work on the scalp too, fighting off issues like psoriasis, ringworm, and eczema. Neem oil can be used on the scalp as a natural dandruff treatment, and it can help get rid of nail fungus, too! Always remember to dilute your essential oils with a carrier oil before applying it to your skin!

Children, pregnant women, or women trying to conceive should not use neem oil! Research has shown that it can lead to infertility, miscarriage or infertility.

Porosity: Neem is great for all porosities. 

Top tip: Mix a few drops of neem essential oil with a carrier oil like jojoba, or olive oil, and massage into your hair for the perfect pre-poo. If your hair is low porosity, be sure to heat it up a little so that it can penetrate your strands properly.        BBO products with Neem: Onion & Garlic Thickening Ayurvedic Herb Hair Oil, Intense Fenugreek Regeneration Hair Mask, Argan Oil Shine & Moisture Hair Butter

Aloe Vera

Truly a miracle plant, aloe vera is loved for its versatility. Dubbed the “plant of immortality” by ancient Egyptians, aloe vera has been used medicinally for centuries. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals that work just as well on our insides as they do on our outsides. Ever come home from the beach with a mean sunburn and your mom immediately breaks out the aloe vera gel from the fridge? Although the one they sell in the bottle at your local drugstore isn’t totally natural, it can provide the same relief natural aloe vera gel can and it’s easily the most common and effective sunburn treatment available. And because of its antibacterial and antiviral properties, it’s also an amazing acne treatment. You can use it as a moisturizer, in your hair to nourish your scalp and clear up dandruff, and it’s also able to prevent signs of ageing because it’s full of antioxidants! 

Porosity: Aloe vera is fine for all porosities, but if you’re low porosity, don’t be too heavy handed with it as it can potentially be a little drying if you don’t counterbalance it with enough moisturizing ingredients.  

Top tip: For your LCO or LOC method, use also vera juice as your ‘liquid’. It’s nourishing,moisturising and provides great slip. 

BBO products that contain Aloe Vera: Rice Water Health & Strength Hair Mask, Hibiscus & Black Soap Moisturizing Hair Cleanser, Onion & Garlic Thickening Ayurvedic Herb Hair Oil, Intense Fenugreek Regeneration Hair Mask.

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