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Homemade Lustrous Lakshmi Hair Mask

Whole Beauty (Artisan Books, 2018), by Shiva Rose, is a beginning guide for readers to learn natural recipes and daily rituals for beauty practices.  Rose encourages readers to begin on her path in order to grasp techniques, but she also encourages creativity and listening to intuition with the goal in mind to branch out on their own paths.  Ritual is at the heart of her book and her practices.  Readers can learn to honor themselves and enhance their well-being by drawing attention to details and the time commitment it takes for a successful beauty ritual.

All hair types

Recommended Use
Once a month
 • 1 tablespoon fenugreek powder
 • 1 tablespoon shikakai powder
 • 2 tablespoons amla powder
 • 1 tablespoon fenugreek powder
 • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt

Named for the Hindu goddess of fortune and prosperity, this mask adds some love to your locks as it conditions, stops dandruff, and makes your hair grow longer, stronger, and faster. It’s a tridosha mask. Fenugreek seeds are an Indian spice known for their sweet smell and helpfulness in treating hair loss and baldness. Shikakai powder comes from a common Asian shrub and is high in antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and K. It helps to balance the pH of the hair and make it shiny. Amla fruit has three times more vitamin C than an orange. It nourishes hair from the scalp to the ends. If you are having trouble finding these herbs in your area, you can order them from Banyan Botanicals or Dual Spices.

1. Soak the powders in water (5 or 6 tablespoons should be enough, but add as much as you need to thoroughly wet the powders into a pastelike consistency) in a bowl for a few hours.
2. Stir in the yogurt and let sit for an hour.
3. Apply to your hair and scalp.
4. Leave on for an hour, then lightly shampoo.

More from Whole Beauty:

DIY Surface & Floor Cleaner

Homemade Simple Shampoo

• DIY Toothpaste

Homemade Shimmering Body Oil

From Whole Beauty by Shiva Rose (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2018. Photographs by Ngoc Minh Ngo.

  • Published on Jul 17, 2018
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