Amla has been eaten, or been made into tonics, pastes and oils for years, for issues that range from hair loss to autoimmune disorders. Whether you choose to take it down as a shot in the AM to boost cell growth and immunity, or apply it to your strands as a pack, amla is a must-have for hair, particularly if you’re looking to improve growth or scalp health. “Amla or the Indian gooseberry contains lots of essential fatty acids that strengthen hair follicles, giving the hair strength and lustre,” states dermatologist and hair transplant surgeon, Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi. While it may be an Ayurvedic remedy to start with, it has found favour in modern haircare products too, becoming a key ingredient in shampoos, hair growth elixirs and oils.
1) Amla can boost hair growth
When applied topically, “the vitamins and minerals along with the phytonutrients present in amla increases the blood circulation in the scalp, which stimulates the hair growth,” he says. Blood circulation ensures that the scalp gets all the essential nutrients and oxygen to be healthy. Plus, subcutaneous blood flow helps in the anagen phase of the hair, making them grow longer. He suggests applying a blend of amla powder and egg white to the roots of the hair for best results.