Herbs have been in use in hair care and hair wash since time immemorial in Tamil culture and medicine. There are numerous traditional herbs that are used in hair wash in Tamil culture.
Here is a list of traditional Tamil Herbs used for Hair Wash. These, herbs are the ingredients in most hair washes prepared using Tamil herbs. If you plan to make your own herbal hair wash you may pick a few and make your own, adjusting the quantities to suit your needs.
Shikakai (Acacia concinna): The dried fruits of the tree are used to cleanse hair, restore shine, promote growth, strengthen hair root follicles and control hair-fall.
Soapnut (Sapindus mukorossi): dried fruits of the tree are used to cleanse, helps lathering reducing surface tension and facilitates cleansing.
Amla (Phyllanthus emblica): fruits of the tree strengthen hair roots, promote scalp skin health, restore natural sebum, reduce fizziness, improve hair pigmentation and prevent pre-mature greying.
Arappu (Albizia amara): the dried young leaves of the tree naturally conditioning, soften, lather and cleanse.
Hibiscus (Hibiscus Rosa sinensis): The leaves and flowers of the plant condition hair deeply, prevent hair fall, stop split-ends and restore softness and shine.
Curry leaves (Murraya koenigii): The dried leaves of the tree are a rich source of hair vitamins, minerals, and some essential amino acids that increase hair growth, strengthen hair root follicles and maintain scalp moisture. Also remove dead cells and thus eradicate dandruff.
Green gram (Vigna radiata): Seeds de-grease, cleanse and maintain scalp health.
Fenugreek (Foeniculum vulgare): The seeds prevent dandruff, restore hair vitamins and minerals, strengthen hair and prevent split ends.
Vettiver (Vetiveria zizanoides): The smoky, woody fragrant roots of the grass, impart nurturing oils to hair, provide anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
Brahmi (Centella asiatica): The dried leaves provide soothing effect along with hair nutrients that promote improved hair growth.
Neem (Azadirachta indica): The dried leaves of the provide anti-fungal, anti-bacterial activity, promotes scalp health and reduce lice.
Tulasi (Ocimum tenuiflorum): The dries leaves of the herb promote hair growth, reduce itchining, prevent dandruff and adds nice fragrance.
Rose petals (Rosa indica): The dries flower petals control excess oil, stabilize pH balance, reduce frizziness adds imparts wonderful fragrance.