Also known as Indian gooseberry, the amla fruit grows on the myrobalan-tree, native to India and Burma. According to Purdue University, amla has medicinal properties capable of soothing sore eyes and relieving skin infections. The amla fruit also benefits the hair when applied as a conditioner. Dried amla fruit, ground into a fine powder, coats and nourishes the hair and scalp. A homemade amla powder mask can also add texture and volume to your hair.
Scoop ½ cup of amla powder into a small bowl. Add ¼ cup of warm water to the amla powder in the bowl.
Stir the amla powder and water using a whisk to combine the two ingredients. The amla powder and water mixture should form a thin paste.
Apply the amla powder to your hair while it is dry. Scoop the amla from the bowl using your fingertips.
Massage the amla powder paste into your scalp and hair roots using circular motions. Apply the amla powder to your hair ends afterward.
Pile your hair on top of your head and slip on a plastic shower cap. Leave the amla paste on your hair for 15 to 30 minutes.
Remove the plastic cap after the waiting period. Rinse the amla powder from your hair until the water runs clear. Shampoo and style your hair as usual.
Give your hair an amla powder treatment every two weeks.
If the amla powder paste is too thick, add water slowly to thin it out.
Rinse the amla powder immediately if your skin begins to burn or show signs of irritation. This could be the sign of an allergic reaction. If burning or redness continues, seek medical attention immediately.
Jonae Fredericks started writing in 2007. She also has a background as a licensed cosmetologist and certified skin-care specialist. Jonae Fredericks is a certified paraeducator, presently working in the public education system.