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Surprise Benefits of Multani Mitti for Hair; 8 DIY Hair Packs

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Every problem seems to have a solution. The world of beauty and personal care is no different. Oily skin? An active cleanser. Dry hair? Deep conditioning. Patchy makeup? Hydrating primer. The list is honestly endless. Today, in this blog we discuss one such problem…. And that is... *drumroll please* Hair! Yes, just hair, the ones present on your head.

We firmly believe hair (or lack thereof) can add a lot of personality to someone’s look. But, they’re also difficult to care for (at times). Since we live in the 21st century, the array of product options to use on your hair only continues to increase, but does that mean they’re the best choice for you? We think not!

One item, however, we recommend with enthusiasm is Multani Mitti (also known as Fuller’s Earth). We know it sounds bizarre but, hear us out. Washing hair with Multani mitti is an old Indian traditional hair care practice that has been followed for centuries. Undoubtedly, it has now lost its popularity with the advent of commercially produced shampoos and hair masks, but that is not indicator of its loss in effectiveness.

Multani mitti with white towel is on the table that has been covered around with rose petals

Benefits of Multani Mitti for Hair

For the longest, Multani Mitti has been viewed as an ingredient only good in natural skincare but in reality, its wonders aren’t just limited to the skin. Following are some of the many benefits of Multani Mitti when it is applied to the hair:

  1. Cleanses the Scalp - In its very nature, . It is highly absorbent so it soaks up all the gunk and grime from your scalp when used appropriately and leaves behind a fresh, clean and healthy scalp.
  2. Promotes Hair Growth - It takes away all dirt or bacteria from your head, Multani mitti leaves a clean scalp which allows for a good environment for the growth of new hair. The gentle but effective properties of this ingredient boost blood circulation on the scalp and in turn, promote hair growth.
  3. Aids in Deep Conditioning - This simple and easy way-to-find ingredient is known for its deep conditioning properties. It is a great option for people with curly hair or hair that frizzes up a lot, especially during humid weather. It soaks up all the unnecessary oil but packs in the right amount of hydration for your hair to appear as well as feel healthy and soft.
  4. Prevents and Repairs Damage - Multani Mitti over time repairs the damage caused to your scalp and lengths because of harsh chemical treatments, it nourishes your hair and helps with preventing any further damage.
  5. Strengthens the Hair - Multani Mitti is rich in minerals and nutrients that great for your hair’s overall health. These enriching properties with continued use, make your hair follicles not only healthier but also stronger, meaning less breakage and faster growth.

Lady is washing her hairs with multani mitti

8 Effective DIY Multani Mitti Hair Packs

So, now you know just how much Multani Mitti can do for you and why you must include it in your hair care routine! We’ve curated the following list comprising the best and most effective  , packs and cleansers that you can make and use simply from the comfort of your home:

1. Multani Mitti hair pack for Dry Hair

Ingredients needed: 3 tsp Multani Mitti powder, 2 tbsp aloe vera gel, 1 tbsp milk

Time: 2 minutes to prepare; 40 minutes usage

How to make: In a small, clean bowl, combine all of your ingredients. Try to get your hands on fresh aloe vera gel straight from the plant. If using store-bought, avoid the fragranced, coloured versions. Also, preferably use raw milk at room temperature. Mix till they form a smooth paste.

How to use: Apply this paste to your scalp and lengths using your hands or brush. Cover your head with a shower cap and leave it on for the suggested time. Wash off with a mild shampoo and lukewarm water. Use a light conditioner or serum for the lengths once the hair is air dried.

2. Multani Mitti hair pack for Dandruff

Ingredients needed: 1 ½ tbsp Multani Mitti powder, 2 tbsp yoghurt, 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (ACV)

Time: 2 minutes to prepare, 30 minutes usage

How to make: In a small clean bowl, mix all of your ingredients till they come to a lump-free consistency.

How to use: Apply this paste to your scalp and lengths using your hands or brush. Cover your head with a shower cap and leave it on for the suggested time. Wash off with a mild shampoo and lukewarm water. Repeat once every week till the dandruff is gone.

3. Multani Mitti hair pack for Hairfall

Ingredients needed: 3 tbsp Multani Mitti powder, 2 tbsp fenugreek pulp and extract, 1 tbsp water

Time: 10 minutes to prepare, 30 minutes usage

How to make: Boil your fenugreek seeds (methi dana) for 5 minutes and blend them into a paste. Transfer to a small, clean bowl, add in the rest of the ingredients and mix till smooth.

How to use: Apply this paste to your scalp and lengths using your hands or brush. Cover your head with a shower cap and leave it on for the suggested time. Wash off with a mild shampoo and lukewarm water. Repeat once every week till the hair fall stops.

4. Multani Mitti hair pack for Smooth & Straight Hair

Ingredients needed: 3 tsp Multani Mitti powder, 2 egg whites, 1 tbsp rice flour

Time: 5 minutes to prepare; 1-hour usage

How to make: Crack two eggs, separate the yolks (use them for a face mask or kitchen recipe, don’t waste them!), and add them to a clean bowl along with your other ingredients. Whip them to a smooth but slightly fluffy consistency.

How to use: Apply this paste to your scalp and lengths using your hands. Cover your head with a shower cap and leave it on for the suggested time. Wash off with a mild shampoo and cold water. Repeat as needed.

5. Multani Mitti hair pack for Oiliness

Ingredients needed: 3 tsp Multani Mitti Powder, 2 tsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp water

Time: 2 minutes to prepare, 20 minutes usage

How to make: In a small clean bowl, mix all of your ingredients till they come to a lump-free consistency.

How to use: Apply this paste to your scalp and lengths using your hands. Cover your head with a shower cap and leave it on for the suggested time. Wash off with a mild shampoo and cold water. Repeat as needed.

6. Multani Mitti hair pack for Hair Growth

Ingredients needed: 2 tsp Multani Mitti powder, the pulp of one small onion, 1 tbsp water

Time: 10 minutes to prepare, 30 minutes usage

How to make: Roughly chop and blend a small onion with some water till it turns in to smooth paste. Add to a clean bowl with the other ingredients. If you have a sensitive scalp, run the onion paste through a fine mesh cloth, extract the juice, add that instead and discard the pulp.

How to use: Apply this paste to your scalp and lengths using your hands or a brush. Cover your head with a shower cap and leave it on for the suggested time. Wash off with a mild shampoo and lukewarm water. Repeat once a week.

7. Multani Mitti hair pack for Damaged Split Ends

Ingredients needed: 2 tsp Multani Mitti powder, 1 tbsp honey, 2 tsp olive oil (EVO preferred), and some water if needed

Time: 2 minutes to prepare, 30 minutes usage

How to make: In a small clean bowl, mix all of your ingredients till they form a smooth paste.

How to use: Apply this paste to your scalp and lengths using your hands or a brush. Cover your head with a shower cap and leave it on for the suggested time. Wash off with a mild shampoo and lukewarm water. Repeat once a week till the split ends are repaired.

8. Multani Mitti hair pack for Healthy Scalp

Ingredients needed: 2 tsp Multani Mitti powder, 1 tbspn black pepper powder, 3-4 neem leaves, water as needed

Time: 5 minutes to prepare, 45 minutes usage

How to make: Take your neem leaves and pound them in a mortar using a pestle till they form a sort of paste. Add them to a clean bowl with all your other ingredients and mix till they come to a smooth consistency.

How to use: Apply this paste to your scalp and lengths using your hands or a brush. Cover your head with a shower cap and leave it on for the suggested time. Wash off with a mild shampoo and cold water. Repeat once a week or as needed.

 

Multani Mitti bowl with oil bottle has been is on table

Bottom Line

Using  Multani Mitti is a great way of gently exfoliating your scalp. When combined with enriching ingredients such as milk, honey, yoghurt, vitamins etc., it can be a god send miracle for people with hair issues. Though Multani Mitti is generally associated with oily and acne-prone skin, its addition to your hair care regimen can be beneficial as it is easy to find, affordable and a true staple in most Indian households. Most people tend to believe that Multani Mitti is only good for application on the skin but judging the versatile list of hair packs and masks we’ve curated for you, that certainly isn’t true.

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