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Are you wondering what is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?
Do you dream of having the same beautiful long dark hair as Bollywood movie actresses and don't know what hair oil treatment they use?
Are you wondering which beard growth oil you should choose?
You lose your hair, they're greying, they're whitening?
Like me, you dream of not having gray hair when you're 44?
During my second trip to India, I discovered the secret of the Indian women: they use amla for hair!
At that time, I was desperate in front of my split ends and broken roots.
I had tried several types of care, without much success.
Since then, I've been a fervent fan of amla power. I explain everything below, the before and after amla for my hair, amla oil benefits for hair, how to use amla oil for hair growth, oil and amla powder, alternative products, the truth about hair growth with amla, where to buy amla-based products, amla power for health...
You will find some links to buy directly the products on Amazon. Although it will help me to maintain the blog at no extra cost for you, be aware that it's cheaper to buy it directly in India if you travel there.
You should read this comprehensive guide if you are looking for the best oil for hair growth and thickness or beard growth oil or if you want to know everything about amla power. Although you are on a travel blog, this guide has been made and regularly updated following the many requests and questions of my readers.
In this guide, you will learn:
- What is amla.
- Which one is the best oil for hair growth and thickness.
- Amla hair oil: for which color and type of hair?
- Amla as a beard growth oil.
- How to use amla in hair.
- How to use amla powder for hair growth.
- Amla oil benefits for hair. Is amla efficient against hair fall and greying?
- Amla oil before and after.
- Should you use Navratna oil for hair?
- Is amla efficient against dandruff?
- What is the secret of the Indian tribes for their hair?
- The products I recommend... or not.
- How to use the complete amla power for improving your health.
- What my readers say about amla.
1. What is amla?
It is a yellow gooseberry from India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet and Nepal.
It is also the name of the tree that bears this fruit.
It is known under various names: amalaki, Phyllantus Emblica and Emblica Officinalis.
It is considered sacred in Asia.
Its core is used to make oil.
But one can also extract an edible juice from the fruit.
To find out more about this Asian gooseberry, read this.
2. Which one is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?
Different amla oils are produced in India.
Dabur amla hair oil review.
The most known and used by the Indians is Dabur amla hair oil. It unfortunately contains paraffin.
Several articles deal with the precautionary approach to this substance, which is used in many cosmetic products. In particular, it would prevent the skin from breathing properly.
That said, I did not notice any particular problems with my scalp.
The other disadvantage of this brand is its rather unpleasant smell if you don't choose its jasmine version.
However, these last months I only had this oil and it keeps my hair strong and healthy. I wouldn't stop using amla oil if I only could use this one.
Emami amla plus review.
The first amla oil I used was Emami's oil, without paraffin and with henna, aloe vera and almond. It's my favourite and the one I recommend.
Unfortunately, I can no longer find it in the Indian shops in Paris, in Jagdalpur in Bastar, or on Amazon. I'll try to find it in Delhi or in another big city during my next trip. If you find some, please inform me and I'll update the article!
Emami amla plus has both a pleasant consistency thanks to almond and a sweet perfume. I used it for years and it's the one that made me addicted to amla oil.
Navratna oil for hair.
In Sri Lanka, I tested Navratna oil, based on amla, mint and vetiver. Sri Lankan women use it for both hair health and relaxing massages. I wouldn't recommend it for hair care. It is not very effective. It even made my hair dry like straw!
However, Navratna oil is great for relaxation. You can also use it in your bath, instead of essential oils. It's very relaxing.
Bio amla hair oil.
It's easy to find organic ayurvedic products. It is more expensive but 100% natural and often mixed with another ayurvedic plant like brahmi for more efficiency. The smell and texture are generally excellent.
3. Amla hair oil: for which color and type of hair?
Sorry for blond and red hair: Amla oil is made for dark hair.
Its components enhance the colour of black and brown hair.
Amla oil delays the arrival of grey or white hair.
Men and women can use it, whether for hair... or beard!
On the other hand, for light hair, you can use the ayurvedic powder of Kachur Sugandhi, known for its beautifying effect and stimulating action of growth.
Amla is very effective on dry and damaged hair like mine was, but also apparently on frizzy hair.
4. Amla as a beard growth oil.
As mentioned above, men can use amla oil for their beard.
Nevertheless, some of my Indian friends use mustard oil instead, which would also delay the arrival of white hairs and gray hair while fortifying the hair.
For having tested this oil on my hair, its smell is much more masculine and its consistency is different, which makes it more suitable for male hair than female hair.
5. How to use amla in hair?
It is extremely simple! I use it as an overnight hair mask.
- Pour the amla oil into the palm of your hands.
- Apply all over the hair by massaging.
- Emphasize roots and tips.
- Leave it on overnight.
- The next day, do your usual shampoo.
- Repeat the operation twice a week.
6. How to use amla powder as a hair growth mask?
You can mix amla powder with other Ayurvedic powders to prepare a densifying mask for your hair.
This mask is indicated against hair loss and the appearance of grey and white hair.
- Put 5 grams of amla powder, 5 grams of nagarmotha powder and 5 grams of bhringaraj powder into a bowl.
- Add about 45ml of mineral water, depending on the desired consistency.
- Add a few drops of an essential oil that you like to smell (the grapefruit blends well with this recipe).
- Apply after shampooing.
- Massage the scalp with a little water.
- Leave for 15-20 minutes.
- Rinse with clean water.
For blond hair, replace amla with Sugandhi kachur powder.
In India, people keep the amla oil on their hair all day long. That's why they're so brilliant.
7. Amla oil benefits for hair. Is amla efficient against hair fall and greying?
With Amla, my hair grows much faster, they are healthier and always brown at 44!
Before, my roots tended to be brittle, hence some unsightly loops at the top of the skull...
I couldn't have them very long, otherwise the tips were very quickly split.
The floor of my apartment was often covered with hair.
Since my amla oil masks, my roots are healthy.
My tips are no longer split at all and I don't need to have them cut very often.
At 44 years of age, I never colour and rarely discover a lost white hair (genetic, you might say. Maybe... My parents have a lot of advantages in that regard. But maybe not... My two sisters had their first white hair well before 40 years of age, and I've been using shampoos with henna for years, and now amla).
My hair tends to wiggle slightly, which I love and which gives it a very vital look, rather than looking dull and without volume when it was too long before.
And I don't spend my time sucking hair off the floor anymore!
When I happen to be out of stock, I quickly see the difference.
8. Amla oil before and after.
The two top photos were taken in 2012, at the age of 39.
The next two photos were taken at my birthday party in India in 2015, at the age of 42.
9. Should you use Navratna oil for hair?
I also used Himani's Navratna oil, which was not a complete success and seems more suitable for relaxing massages.
My roots have tended to be brittle again, and my tips a little split...
10. Is amla efficient against dandruff?
A priori, not amla oil alone.
But most ayurvedic products combine other plants with amla, and are effective against dandruff (khadi amla, Bhringaraja Amalaki).
For example, you can test the recipe for the amla/bhringaraj/nagarmotha mask shown above.
Alternatively, you can use the recommended products listed below.
11. What is the secret of the Indian tribes for their hair?
In Bastar district (Chhattisgarh state), the tribes use 100% natural oil made from Mahua flower.
Double problem: it doesn't smell very good, and I only saw this oil there, sold by the people of the tribes who make it themselves!
It's contained in large metal cans and is poured into a small plastic or other bottle.
It is used only by tribal people, because of the smell that scents others.
Mahua oil is however very effective.
I was able to test it on one hand, which remained incredibly soft two days later!
Don't expect a nice refined oil.
The pure mahua oil of the tribes looks more like melted butter than a liquid oil.
So you must visit my favorite region of India, Bastar, if you want to test this oil!
During my next trip to Central and North India, I'll try it and tell you how it worked.
12. The products I recommend... or not.
Do not hesitate to test Emami Amla Plus oil if you find it, or even Dabur amla hair oil if you are not afraid of paraffin (the two brands most used by Indian women).
Choose scented versions over jasmine, especially for the Dabur brand, whose natural smell is rather unpleasant.
However, even if the price is higher, I would recommend 100% organic ayurvedic products like Khadi Amla or Bhringamalakadi Taila Oil BIO.
As for Navratna oil, the first one I used, seems to me much better than that of the Himani brand, in any case for the relaxing aspect.
However, I prefer the Tiger balm for pain, aches and pains or headaches (also effective against insect bites, etc.).
13. How to use the complete amla power for improving your health?
Amla can be used for beard and hair care, both in oil and powder. Personnally, I prefer the oil that nourishes better my dry hair.
You can also prepare an exfoliating and antioxidant facial treatment with amla powder:
- Apply the mixture on the face.
- Keep it for 10-30 minutes.
Many of my Indian friends are doing amla juice cures for their hair and skin, regulating their weight and taking care of their health.
In November 2015, I drank this juice every morning to fight my allergy to dust, because amla strengthens the immune defenses.
Read the comment of Vijay and Srikumaran in the next section below as he talks about amla power for health and especially organes.
14. What my readers say about amla.
Ami Bhat from Thrilling Travel - India:
I discovered amla a few years ago for my daughter.
The combination with coconut oil is fabulous for hair.
Ajay from Travelure - India :
Amla is definitely a grandmother's recipe in India!
Ashley Renne Simpson from the blog Travel Lushes - Indian mother :
I love amla oil - my mother brought it back from India when I was younger and I use it often. My hair retained its length, dark color and strength.
Vijay Rao from the blog Voyager - India:
Amla is indeed a magic berry, other than long and lustrous hair, it has various other health benefits owing to it being rich in Vitamin C., It enhances food absorption, balances stomach acid, fortifies the liver, nourishes the brain and mental functioning, supports the heart, strengthens the lungs, regulates elimination of free radicals, enhances fertility, helps the urinary system, increases skin health, promotes healthier hair, acts as a body coolant, flushes out toxins, increases vitality, strengthens eyes, improves muscle tone and, acts as an antioxidant.
Because it is packed with antioxidants, Amla works as a blood purifier. It also increases haemoglobin and red blood cells count.The Indian Gooseberry belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family. This fruit ripens in the autumn in wet, forested, hilly areas on the Indian subcontinent. In India it is considered a sacred tree. The fruit is very nourishing, but it tastes sour. Both dried and fresh fruits can be consumed for their health benefits.
It provides remedies for many diseases, so it is widely used in Ayurvedic treatment. Gooseberry is very rich in Vitamin C, and contains many minerals and vitamins like Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Carotene and Vitamin B Complex. Amla is also a powerful antioxidant agent.
The secret of Indian women, amla, prevents greying and falling hair.
It makes hair stronger, darker and grow faster.
The other products: I also use amla shampoo.
You can find these products at an Asian shop in a big city everywhere in the world, in India and Asian countries of course, and online by following the links in the article.
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