Today, I bring you another one of my favourite traditional ingredients – Amla Oil.
First of, what is Amla? Amla is actually Indian Gooseberry. This Gooseberry Tree grows in India, the Middle East and some Southeast Asian countries hence, they are popular with people from these regions.
Benefits of using Amla Oil:
- Prevents breakage and hair loss as hair is strengthened from the roots.
- Prevents grey hair as it stops melanin loss while naturally darkens hair.
- Treats dandruff and other scalp problems due to anti-fungal, anti-bacterial properties.
- Has twice the anti-oxidants power of acai and 17 times that of pomegranate.
- Chelating agent that binds copper and iron.
Cons of using Amla Oil:
- Messy application.
- Has a very strong spicy scent that lingers when hair is not washed thoroughly.
- Not suitable for blond or dyed hair as product leaves greenish tint in light hair and may discolour dye.
I’m quite familiar with this oil because I remember my mother applying this onto my hair as a child quite regularly whenever she had my hair in pigtails and braids. I stopped using Amla as I got older because I got teased in school for the smell. Amla Oil gives off a very strong spicy scent that, to be honest, not many people can handle. I’ve only started using it again this year because my medications are causing my hormones to go coo-coo resulting in a few strands of half-white hair. So if you decide to use it, here are some advice on how to apply and remove Amla Oil.
Apply Amla Oil
- Separate your hair into sections.
- Cup a hand and pour a good amount into it.
- Use your fingers or cotton pad and soak it with Amla Oil from cupped hand.
- Dab along the scalp of separated section of hair.
- Repeat cycle for next sections of hair until whole scalp is covered.
- Massage scalp.
- Comb hair with brush.
- Leave on for 2 – 3 hours or sleep on it till next morning.
Remove Amla Oil
- Soak hair in water.
- Wash scalp and hair with shampoo twice to remove smell.
- Apply conditioner to hair.
- Wash and dry hair.
I must say though that I reaped the rewards of applying Amla Oil since young because my hair has always been quite resilient and manageable with little to no fizz. Now as I’m in my 30s, to prevent white hair and hair fall, I apply Amla Oil twice a week.
The Amla Hair Oil that I use is by Dabur and you can purchase it from Mustafa Centre, Little India (Singapore) or Indian Pharmacies/Medical?Provision shops in your area. For my Singapore friends, if you’re having a hard time looking for it, you can PM me on Facebook (link at end of this post), I can help you with that.
That’s about all the info I can find on Amla Oil and I hope this has been helpful. If you have further enquires regarding this, please leave a comment below or reach me on the Love Bella Vida Facebook Page for more beauty or fashion tips.
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