I've been sitting on this review for quite some time. I'd started using Amla Hair Oil in my deep condition treatments about a year ago. However, I slacked off becuase I started using other products to condition my hair. Recently, I was cleaning out my cabinets and came across my bottle of Amla Oil. Hmmm - why'd I stop using this stuff?
Amla was recommended to me by the guy who threaded my eyebrows. The Indian man said that Amla was the best thing to help my struggling eyebrows grow. In addition, a friend of mine swore by the stuff saying it helped her eyebrows and the edges of her hair grow quite nicely. And lets face it?We are all looking for the 'magic' growth oil that will give our natural coils super growing power.
Amla is actually Indian Gooseberry. To my knowledge, Indian Gooseberry is dried then added to other essential oils to create the Amla Oil produced by the Dabur company. Indian Gooseberry (and it's byproducts) are used in all types of creations from food to shampoo. Women and men in the nation of India swear by the oil. Many websites say it helps with premature graying, increased shine and elasticity, and giving hair a darker/richer appearance. (source, source)
So, if it promises all this great stuff, why did I stop using it? Why isn't it more popular among the natural circuit? Well, in addition to the goodness of the Gooseberry fruit, the other ingredients used to make Amla oil are not so popular? Paraffin, minarel oils, and lots of dyes! Check out the ingredient list:
Ingredients: Paraffinum Liquidum, Canola Oil, Palm Glycerides, Emblica Officinals (Amla) Extract in Canola Oil, Fragance, t-Butyl Hydroquinone (Anti oxidant), Colors: D&C: Yellow No.10, Green No.6, Red No.17Oh yeah, the stuff doesn't smell too good either. So that's why I stopped using it. I just never really took to the stuff and the promises of supernatural hair growth weren't enough to make me a believer.
However, if you'd like to give Amla oil a try, check out Amazon.com.