Give your hair and skin a makeover with curd!
As Reported On http://health.india.com
Kriti Saraswat January 3, 2014 at 9:33 pm
Curd or dahi is a great digestive aid and cooling drink to have but it can also be a great way to enhance the appearance of your hair and skin. Though eating it will benefit your body internally, applying it directly on your face and scalp will have added benefits. Chuck expensive salon treatments and give yourself a hair and skin makeover at home using curd.
Benefits of curd for your hair
Helps tame frizzy hair
People with curly locks often end up with a lot of frizz. In order make it more manageable, make a paste using 3 tablespoons of dahi, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, and 4 tablespoons of aloe vera gel. Apply this paste on your hair and leave to dry for half-an-hour. Wash with a mild shampoo. This will help soften the hair and also add some shine to your locks.
Adds shine to dry hair
Hair usually becomes rough and dry in winters. This can pose a problem for many but you always need expensive haircare products. Whip out half cup of curd with 2 tablespoons of almond oil and 2 beaten eggs. This paste may be a bit messy but will give you good results. Apply it on your scalp as well as hair and wear a plastic cap to let it nourish your hair. Wash away with a shampoo after 30 minutes.
Gets rid of dandruff
Curd has anti-fungal properties which makes it apt for getting rid of dandruff. Besides this, it contains lactic acid since it is made from fermenting milk. Take a cup full of curd and stir it well to smooth out any lumps. Now slather it on your scalp and let it be for an hour before you wash your hair thoroughly. You can also add a few ground, roasted black pepper corns to curd for an added effect.
Reduces hair fall
Don’t lose your mind over hair loss. Control it with curd. Make a paste of dahi and some ground fenugreek seeds (methi). Apply it on your scalp regularly before your hair wash to see results. Do keep it for 45 minutes at least.
Gives silky locks
To make your mane silky, you need to give it ample protein and nourishment. Make a rich paste of curd, eggs, lemon juice and honey and apply on hair. Tie your hair into a bun and wash it after a good 30 minutes.
Benefits of curd for your skin
Undue sun exposure can give you a tanned appearance which also results in uneven skin tone. Though you cannot get rid of it in one go, using this paste regularly will help regain your original complexion. Mix gram flour or besan with curd and lime juice and apply on the tanned skin. Keep for 15 minutes and wash off with water.
Add a natural glow to your skin with this home-made pack of curd, masoor dal and dried orange peel. Grind them together with a few drops of honey as well and apply on the face for 15 minutes.
If you have an acne scar or insect bite which has left a mark, apply curd diluted with water on it to not only cool it but also lighten it. It contains zinc which lightens blemishes and provides relief from the redness.
If you have oily skin, you are prone to breakouts or acne. To prevent this, make a past of curd mixed with some turmeric powder or haldi, some sugar and sandalwood powder or chandan. Now massage this on your face and rinse it with cold water after some time and pat dry.