Malai or fresh cream is something we Indians are crazy about. The smell can be a bit repelling for some of us but its benefits and uses are innumerous. From health to glowing and clean skin to a supple body, it has many positives. Yes when it comes to diet, a limited amount is recommended but did you know that it is a brilliant ingredient for lustrous hair?
Malai is made from whole milk when the coagulated protein rises to the surface and then skimmed off. It has lactic acid, an ingredient that helps in boosting the production of elastin and collagen which takes care of wrinkles, dark spots and discolouration. It takes away the dullness and when it is mixed with fine exfoliants like chickpea flour it makes an excellent body scrub especially for dry skin.
The fat in the malai quenches the parched skin but what I am using it for right now is for reviving my hair. As the season changes, my hair gets confused and becomes frizzy for some reason and starts losing its lustre. So I started using the cream my mother skimmed off from the boiled toned milk and made a few hair masks which have worked well on my dry, super wavy and long hair.
Use these budget-friendly hair masks which use ingredients that are easily available in your kitchen or off the counter. Malai is great to combat static which is common with changing seasons. So check out what rocks your boat and appeals to you the most, try and get and smoother and lustrous hair.
Banana & Cream
If you step out a lot or love basking in the sun in your balconies or terrace then your hair faces sun damage for sure. So to take care of that issue, mask together with a ripe banana, 2 tablespoons of malai, 1 teaspoon milk to make a smoother paste. Mix in a few drops of your favourite essential oil and blend well to make a protein-rich mask. Keep it on for 1 hour with a shower cap on to let it work well. This will smoothen and soften your hair and work on the damaged tresses. Use this mask twice a week and see the magic.
Honey & Malai
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This one is a deep conditioning mask when you suffer from frizziness, dryness and harsh wind damage. All you need is 3 tablespoons of fresh cream, 1 tablespoon of honey. Mix well and if you want it to be thinner, go for some more honey. Make sure you use organic honey and not the sugar-infused ones.
Apply from root to tip and let it stay for 30 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water. Here honey has keratin which helps in preventing hair breakage and strengthening the hair strands. Those who suffer from brittle hair will love this mask which also helps in cell regeneration and gives us a healthier scalp.
Coconut Milk, Malai & Olive Oil
Mix two tablespoon of each and to make it thicker just add in more cream. This revives dull hair and the effect is often instant. The fragrance is also very good thanks to the coconut milk. Keep the mask on for 30 mins with a covering of a shower cap and you are sorted.
So which mask do you plan on trying? Do you know of any other mask recipe? Stay tuned to HerZindagi for more on hair care.