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Amla: How to use its amazing benefits for beautiful hair.

If your hair is dark like mine, you certainly wonder which product you should use to give it the right care.

It’s never easy, especially if it’s long, to see the broken roots and the lost hair on the hairbrush.

Before finding the secret of Indian women’s beautiful long hair, amla, I tried several hair cares but the result was always deceptive.

Today, I’m totally addicted to amla oil for my hair and I will tell you why.

This article is a complete review of amla : how to use it, how my hair was before and after amla, the benefits for the hair, amla oil and powder, the alternative products, the truth on hair growth.

long beautiful amla hair

In this article, you will learn…

1. What is amla.

2. What are the oils with amla for hair care.

3. Amla oil : for who ?

4. How to use amla for hair.

5. The effects of amla oil. Is amla efficient against hair fall and greying ?

6. Before / after amla.

7. What to think about Navratna oil ?

8. Is amla oil efficient against dandruff ?

9. What is the secret of the tribes for their hair ?

10. The amla products I recommend… or not.

11. The other uses of amla.

1. What is amla.

It is a yellow gooseberry from India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. It’s also the name of the tree. It is considered as sacred in Asia.

The stone is used for making oil. But it’s also possible to make a drinking juice from the fruit.

To know more about this Asian gooseberry, read this.

2. What are the oils with amla for hair care.

Several oils exist. The most famous and used in India is Dabur Amla Oil, that unfortunately contains paraffin wax. Several articles talk about the side effects of paraffin wax, although it’s used in a lot of cosmetic products (actually, more French articles talk about it). But I never had any problem. The other major problem with this brand is the bad smell. That’s why I recommend using the jasmine Dabur amla oil.

The first oil I used was from Emami. Unfortunately, it’s more difficult to find, both in France and India. There’s no paraffin wax inside and it’s also made with henna, aloe vera and almond. My favourite one.

In Sri Lanka, I also tested Navratna Oil, with amla, mint and vetiver. Sri Lankan women use it both for hair care and relaxing massages. I don’t recommend it. It’s not so efficient.

The ones I now use are ayurvedic products (100% bio). But it’s more expensive and the quality mays vary.

3. Amla oil : for who ?

Sorry for blond and redhead people : amla oil is for dark hair only. The gooseberry and some other components as henna, can darken fair hair while it reinforces the darkness of others. Guess what it means ? This oil avoids premature graying.

Men and women can use it, both for hair… and beard.

4. How to use amla.

  • Put the oil into your hands.

  • Massage the whole hair with the oil.

  • Insist on the roots and tips.

  • Keep it for the whole night.

  • Shampoo as usually.

  • Do it twice a week.

In Asia, men and women put it on morning and keep it for the whole day. That’s why their hair is so shining.

5. The effects of amla oil. Is amla efficient against hair fall and greying ?

With Amla Plus, my hair grows really faster, it is in a better health and always dark at 42 years old !

Before, it broke so much that I had curly unsightly broken hair on the top of the head. I couldn’t keep it very long. Otherwise, I had split end. It was dull and had no body when they began to be too long. I also always had a lot of fallen hair in my flat.

Since I do amla oil masks, my hair is really in a better health. Split end is finished and I don’t need to cut it often.

At 42 years old, I never colour my hair and I rarely discover a white one (although my sisters had a lot before 40). They are more thick, curly and vigorous. When I’m out of stock, I quite fast notice the difference.

My hair falls “normally” when I brush it only.

6. Before / after amla (42 years old)

7. What to think about Navratna oil ?

I have also used Himani Navratna oil, that wasn’t a success and is more for massages. My hair broke again and I had split end.

Nevertheless, it’s very efficient if you hurt your head because of your mischievous westie dog !

8. Is amla oil efficient against dandruffs?

I don’t really know as I don’t have dandruff. Amla doesn’t seem to be against dandruff but some ayurvedic oils also contain herbs against dandruff (khadi amla, Bhringaraja Amalaki).

9. What is the secret of the tribes for their hair ?

In the state of Chhattisgarh, my favourite Indian place because of its Bastar tribal people, the tribes use a 100% natural oil made from Mahua flower. Double problem : the smell is not good and it’s only possible to get the real one there, sold by tribals who make it by themselves. Only tribal people use it, because of the smell.

Mahua Oil is very efficient. I could test it on one hand, that was always very soft two days after !

Don’t expect a beautifully refined oil. The pure mahua oil of the tribes looks like melted butter.

I will buy some for sure during my next trip in Tribal Chhattisgarh.

10. The products I recommend... or not.

Don’t hesitate to try Emami Amla Plus Oil (one of my favourites), or Dabur if you’re not afraid of paraffin wax. It’s the most common known in India. Prefer jasmine perfume ones, especially for Dabur brand because of the bad smell.

Although the price is higher, I rather recommend 100% bio ayurvedic oils, as Khadi Amla or Bhringamalakadi Taila Oil Bio. This is the ones I use now.

The gooseberry is also sold in powder. In this case, you will have to prepare your own shampoo mixing the amla powder with water. Once it gets a lotion consistency, apply it on the whole hair, starting from the roots. Keep it at least 30 minutes, massage and rinse. You even don’t need a shampoo as it cleans the hair.

Considering Navratna Oil, I used another best brand when I was in Sri Lanka. But I would recommend it only for massages. But I really prefer tiger balm against headaches, aches and insects bites. Except if you hurt your head.

11. The other uses of amla.

Amla can also be used for beard care, both the oil or powder.

You can also prepare an exfoliating and antioxidant face treatment with the powder. Just mix the liquid of your choice (raw honey will treat breakout, yoghurt for its acid lactic and probiotics effects or rose water for the tone) with the powder. Keep it for 10-30 minutes and rinse.

A lot of my Indian friends drink amla juice time to time for hair and skin care, their weight and health. In November 2015, I have drunk this juice each morning to fight against dust allergy, as it improves immune defences.


The secret of Indian women, amla, prevents greying and falling hair.

It makes hair stronger, darker and grow faster.

The other products : I also use amla shampoo.

You can find these products in an Asian shop in a big city everywhere in the world, in India and Asian countries of course, and online by following the links below.

What my readers say about amla

Ami Bhat from Thrilling Travel – India:

I discovered amla a couple of years ago for my daughter.

The combination with coconut oil is awesome for hair.

Ajay from Travelure – India:

Amla is definitely a grandma recipe in India !

Ashley Renne Simpson from the blog Travel Lushes – Indian mother:

I love amla oil – my mother brought me some from India when I was younger and I used it often. My hair has maintained it’s long length, dark colour, and strength as a result.

Vijay Rao du blog Voyager – India:

Amla is indeed a magic berry, other than long and lustrous hair, it has various other health benefits owing to it being rich in Vitamin C., It enhances food absorption, balances stomach acid, fortifies the liver, nourishes the brain and mental functioning, supports the heart, strengthens the lungs, regulates elimination of free radicals, enhances fertility, helps the urinary system, increases skin health, promotes healthier hair, acts as a body coolant, flushes out toxins, increases vitality, strengthens eyes, improves muscle tone and, acts as an antioxidant.

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12 thoughts on “Amla: How to use its amazing benefits for beautiful hair.

  • srikumaran

    Because it is packed with antioxidants, Amla works as a blood purifier. It also increases haemoglobin and red blood cells count.The Indian Gooseberry belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family. This fruit ripens in the autumn in wet, forested, hilly areas on the Indian subcontinent. In India it is considered a sacred tree. The fruit is very nourishing, but it tastes sour. Both dried and fresh fruits can be consumed for their health benefits.
    It provides remedies for many diseases, so it is widely used in Ayurvedic treatment. Gooseberry is very rich in Vitamin C, and contains many minerals and vitamins like Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Carotene and Vitamin B Complex. Amla is also a powerful antioxidant agent.

  • Christina

    What a timely post. I was just complaining about my graying hair and had started looking into natural products to add to my hair care routine. I am bookmarking this post as I try to decide which product will work best for me. Amla sounds very promising.

    • Stephanie Langlet Post author

      Wow, that’s great you needed such a tip! I hope it will work for you the same way.
      As I said, one of my friends who has fabulous hair uses a mixture coconut oil + henna she prepares by herself. I hope to try it soon also.