With the release of Soft Sheen Carson’s new product line, Amla Legend, several of you have asked my opinion and the benefits of amla oil for hair. Before using any new product(s) I like to do my research, and I learned a great deal about how amla oil promotes healthy hair which I would like to share with you.
To be quite honest, I wasn’t exactly sure what an “amla” was prior to a quick Google search. Turns out, it is a fruit and often called Indian gooseberry! The Amla (Emblica offcinalis) tree is indigenous to India and many Indian women use oil produced by the amla fruit as a hair conditioner. As much as we admire Indian hair, I knew it had to have great benefits. After all, they’ve been using coconut oil for years while the rest of us only recently learned how wonderful it is. I decided to present the information I found in two parts, what research shows and how Indian women traditionally use amla oil for hair care.
Benefits of Amla Oil for Hair
Traditional Hair Uses
- Used as a hair dressing, daily to nourish hair
- Amla fruit does not directly product oil so it is cut into pieces then dried, preferably in shade and finally boiled in coconut oil – the resulting oil is then applied to the hair as a conditioner after washing and rinsed out after several hours.
So, as you can see there are a plethora of benefits of amla oil for hair care. Aside its applications for hair, amla is arguably the most common ayurvedic herb of eastern medicine and has a number of health and medicinal uses. I would caution you to check with your physician before using amla oil for hair care, particularly if you have any preexisting conditions (hypertension, diabetes, immunosuppressioon, etc).
Outside of traditional Indian uses described above, many Black women have began to use amla oil. I perused the archives of Long Hair Care Forum to learn their experiences with Amla oil. It seems most use it as a prepoo or hot oil treatment. One of the most popular brands, Dabur, contains mostly mineral oil diminishing the effects of the amla herb so a lot of ladies actually make their own by purchasing the herbal powder from their local Indian marketplace. This process involves steeping the herbs in water to create a strong herbal infusion then adding that water to an oil (usually coconut, I would recommend Vatika since it is an Indian brand). The oil is then warmed gently until all the moisture has evaporated.
I’ll be honest, while that sounds amazing I am soooo not about that homemade hair product life! So I found a few brands of amla oil that do not contain any mineral oil or additives and are infused in other popular Indian oils and herbs:
Hopefully you enjoyed reading about the benefits of amla oil for hair and found this article helpful. If you are a regular user of amla oil, please share your experiences below in the comments – let us know how you use it and what your results have been. I’m planning to implement it into my regimen so I wanna know too!
- Srivasuki K.P. (2012) Nutritional and health care benefits of Amla. Journal of Pharmacognosy, ISSN: 0976-884X & E-ISSN: 0976-
8858, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.-141-151.
- Patkar K.P. (2008) Herbal Cosmetics in Ancient India. Indian J Plast Surg. 2008 October; 41(Suppl): S134–S137.