My reasons for trying Amla:
After doing my research on amla, I knew I would begin to incorporate not only it but other Indian hair products into my hair regimen. In short, amla has anti-fungal, bacterial and inflammatory properties, strengthens hair at the root, naturally darkens the hair and provides a lustrous shine (see the original post for more information). I decided to use Amla primarily to prevent (more) grey hairs and give a brilliant shine to my hair.
My process of applying:
My local Indian grocery only had amla powder and amla with mineral oil and a bunch of other additives so…sadly I was stuck using the powder as a trial. Although the instructions on the box said to mix with water to create a paste, I also found a few articles around the web that stated it could be mixed with coconut oil. So I also grabbed a jar of coconut oil (not extra virgin) from the Indian market for only $2.99!!! I mixed the amla powder and coconut oil together to make kind’ve a goop-y concoction. I parted my hair into four quadrants and poured it directly onto my hair and then spread it evenly throughout by sectioning and smoothing the paste from root to tip with my fingers (I wore gloves). Then I covered it with two shower caps, sat under my heating cap for about an hour and then allowed it to sit for an additional hour. Most of the online sources said to leave it on the hair for a few hours…but I wanted to finish my hair the same day so I rinsed after only two hours.
My initial impression:
As I anticipated…I did not enjoy the prep work involved. Some ladies like being product mixologists, but I don’t. The mixture was messy – a bit like applying color. As I rinsed the amla mixture from my hair, I noticed the water flowing down the drain was dark brown. It didn’t stain the tub or anything (mine is white) but kinda came in handy to be able to tell when I had gotten it all out of my hair. My hair felt very strong…almost as though I’d done a protein treatment. The most surprising part was that I felt as though my hair was thicker and definitely a bit darker after just one application. Maybe it is all in my head, but it is honestly the impression I got. Also, it felt clean. Like you know how you can use clay masks to clean your face (mud packs, clay masques, etc)? That’s the best way to describe how my hair felt. However, after I finished my entire wash day I will proceed to shampoo next time. I am very anxious to see the results with continued use although I do intend to purchase the Amla/Brahmi oil online so I can forgo the mixing process.
The entire steps of my wash day:
(1) Prepoo with Amla/Coconut oil mix. As I said above this seemed to clean my hair and I didn’t want to strip my hair so I skipped the shampoo. (2) Deep condition with Vatika Naturals Olive Deep Penetrating Conditioner (3) Applied Aveeno Clear Glaze in shower (4) Applied Bee Mine Deja’s Hair Milk as a leave in along with Jane Carter Wrap n’ Roll. (5) Wet wrapped my hair extremely smoothly and sat under my hooded dryer for about 30 minutes, then went to bed. I’m going to have to talk about my wet wrap experience in a separate post because this one is long enough…but I wanted to journal the details on my first time using Amla.
If any of you would like to see exactly how I mixed the Amla powder, let me know and I’ll record a video next time. Thanks for reading!