Let me tell you about our brand new product called amla powder!
What is Amla Powder?
Amla powder is a tan powder that has been used as a staple in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It is made from drying Indian gooseberry, a small greenish yellow berry native to India. Now we will discuss the many benefits of amla for hair!
What are the benefits of amla for hair?
There are many benefits of amla for hair:
- Adds body and shine to the hair
- Creates cooler toned browns when mixed with henna
- Prevents indigo from fading
- Enhances dye uptake for those problematic roots
- Darkens henna colors
- Prevents the relaxing of curls and waves that can be caused by henna
- Keeps the hair from turning brassy when used with the Light Blonde Henna.
How do I use it?
We have discussed the benefits of amla for hair, now we talk about how to use it! You can use amla by itself or you can mix it with any of the henna colors. Here are some specific instructions based on your color preference:
Red Henna or Light Blonde Henna (Cassia)
Mix 2.5 tbsp amla to entire packet. Next mix in some warm water until it is of yogurt consistency. Let sit 8-12 hours, then apply as directed.
- Light Brown – Use 2 tbsp amla
Amla can give henna a darker, cooler tone.
- Medium Brown – Use 1.5 tbsp amla
- Dark Brown – Use 1 tbsp amla
Mix amla with brown HENNA powder. Next mix with warm water until it is of yogurt consistency. Let sit 8-12 hours, then use indigo as directed. Never add amla directly to indigo as it will inhibit the dye release.
Mix 2.5 tbsp amla with entire pack of black HENNA powder. Next mix with warm water until it is of yogurt consistency. Let sit 8-12 hours then use as directed.
Amla as a curl restorer or conditioning treatment
Mix amla with warm water until it is of yogurt consistency. Let sit 15-30 minutes, then apply to hair. Leave on hair for 30 minutes, then rinse.
*IMPORTANT NOTE: DON’T USE TEA, LEMON JUICE, OR APPLE CIDER VINEGAR IN ANY OF THE HENNA COLORS WHEN USING AMLA*
*DISCLAIMER: OUR AMLA POWDER IS FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY, PLEASE DO NOT INGEST.*
Written By: Katie Hamilton of Morrocco Method April 21, 2015
UPDATE MAY 27/15: We here at Upaya, tried the Amla ourselves on a base of rich med/dark brown hair, and the results are indeed accurate. What we noticed right away was that the Amla did darken or cool the red henna colour, almost to a nice auburn. On the hair that had blond streaks, the Amla (mixed with 95% Red and 5% med brown) turned it a vibrant red. However already knowing that from the above information posted earlier, we were not surprised. It turned out a nice dark auburn with red streaks/highlights. Each time we use henna we get a slightly different result as we mix up how much of the brown and red we use, just to keep things interesting!
The other difference compared to using henna on its own, was that the amla certainly allowed the hair to stay more pliant or keep its natural wave/curl. Without the amla, the natural wavy hair takes on a more coarse straightness that doesnt hold wave or curl in the same way or as easily. With the amla, we got the great vibrant colour and kept the natural wavy/curly texture. This is our first time using Amla with the Henna and look forward to using it again in the future.