Take Care of Your Hair With Ayurveda
Hair is our crowning glory — we do everything we can to get it to look just right and sometimes we just can’t get it to look or stay the way want. Many people suffer from broken hair and complete hair loss which can take it’s toll on one’s emotional level. It can even bring in bouts of depression. Using the medical science, Ayurveda, you can learn more about your hair according to your dosha and how to maintain a beautiful head of hair.
According to Ayurveda, hair is considered to be a tissue. It uses the same nutrients as the bones and is formed as a bi-product of the bone tissue. Each dosha body type has different classifications of hair types.
Vata: People who are predominantly vata generally have dark, coarse, wiry or frizzy hair. It’s the type that gets tangled easily and is prone to the dreaded split ends.
Pitta: If you are a pitta — your hair is predominantly brown or blonde, light, fine and silky. You are more likely to face problems like premature graying or baldness. There is also the problem of becoming oily in hot and dry weather which also leads to dullness of the hair.
Kapha: Those who are kapha have do have dark or light hair. It is thick, heavy, wavy and slightly oily. Most kaphas have the pleasure of lustrous hair.
A lot of different circumstances can lead to unhealthy hair. Hormonal imbalance, sebum clogging the pores, bad diet, and sometimes, unfortunately, it’s just hereditary. Using the practice of ayurveda you can help combat these problems.
Ayurveda requires you to maintain some simple diet regimens in order to keep your hair at its healthiest.
- High protein – milk, buttermilk, soybeans, and ghee should be eaten
- Seeds, nuts and grains should be consumed on a regular basis.
- Fruits and vegetables that are in season
- Sprouts made from Moong or Chana dal are highly recommended.
- Eating food items that can help cool the body are extremely beneficial.
On top of these diet do’s, there are some physical measures that one must take to ensure healthy hair.
- Use all natural shampoos. Anything that is sulfate-free is an excellent option
- Using oils that we mentioned in our Abhyanga blog post — can be massaged into your scalp on a daily basis. Some easy to find oils like coconut oil or mustard oil are excellent. If you need something stronger you can use Mahabhringraj oil, Amla oil and Arnica oil.
- Massage your scalp vigorously after showering to ensure blood flow and to ensure that your sebaceous glands are activated.
- Licorice paste ground in milk can be applied to bald patches to stimulate hair growth. You can also use lemon or black pepper.
- Yoga or pranayama are excellent ways to overcome stress and anxiety which are some of the leading causes of hair loss.
If the problem persists or is chronic — it is best to seek professional help from a dermatologist. Living the ayurvedic lifestyle has many benefits for a longer, healthier life and can be extremely helpful for those who want to take an all natural approach to health. After discovering your dosha, these tips should help you down the path to a luxurious and healthy head of hair.