It’s hard not to get upset and quite a panic attack after seeing clutches of tangled hair on pillow, hairbrush and where not. Hair fall really sucks but we all have to deal it at some point. Especially a lot of ironing, dying and excessive use of shampoo and conditioners contribute in hair fall. Not to be surprised, there are lot many harmful chemicals in shampoo, conditioner and hair dyes. So what’s the alternative to these synthetic and harmful chemicals in hair products? You’ll be happy to know that there is definitely some light at end of the tunnel. Many of you are aware of natural, ayurvedic for hair care.
Ayurveda and Hair Care
Ayurveda or ayurvedic medicine is a system of healthy-lifestyle which is deep-rooted in Indian history back to 5000 years. Ayurveda undertakes healthy balanced food and life choice. The sureties are more preventive rather than cure. Recently, ayurvedic treatment is gaining popularity for its natural and herbal treatment and ingredients. So, here in this article, we will cover some of the ayurvedic herbs which can help you to get rid of hair fall and hair thinning.
THE SCIENCE OF AYURVEDIC HERBS
Considering the fact that nature always has a better alternative for us, Ayurveda is a much-appreciated option. The natural herbs used in ayurvedic treatment is free of any harmful chemicals. Moreover, these contain many useful components which not only help to promote hair growth but also prevent hair fall. These herbs contain alkaloids and hibiscus which promote hair growth. Naturally occurring antioxidants prevent oxidative damage to hair follicles. There is plenty of research which supports the fact that ayurvedic treatment help to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth.
THE ROLE OF TRI-DOSHAS
Tridosha defines the three major types of body and fundamental energies which drive these both on a physical and emotional level. ayurvedic science believes that hair fall is directly linked to body type-dosha. These tridosha are Vata, pitta and kapha. Every individual has a complete harmony and unique balance of these energy types.
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Hair loss is associated with pitta dosha. Pitta dosha is the one which over see digestion and body metabolism. Usually, our eating choices, anxiety and depression cause imbalance of pitta dosha. Moreover, drugs, alcohol and too much caffeine, abnormal sleeping pattern, spicy and junk food also create its imbalance. Eventually, this imbalance of pitta dosha results in hair loss.
Three levels of Ayurvedic Self care:
- Nidana (Diagnostic level)
- Ahar (Prevention of disease)
- Chikitsa (Support and self-care)
Therefore, ayurvedic natural herbs are a good alternative to choose to prevent hair thinning and hair loss. Here are some of the top ayurvedic herbs for hair care:
Ritha (commonly known as soap nuts)
Excessive use of shampoo damages hair. Ritha is a natural herb which helps in hair growth as well and improves their texture and gives volume. By using ritha as routine care, you can cleanse your hair daily without damaging your hair.
Tip to use Ritha
Take a handful of ritha or soap nuts and soak them overnight
Then boil them in the same water for 15 minutes. This boiling will extract all the natural ingredients of ritha in that water.
Now stain the water and let cool.
Wash your hair with fresh water and now massage with ritha water.
Rinse your hair with fresh water.
This routine is good to use at least once a week or alternate days if possible.
The Indian gooseberry- Amla
Amla fruit is effective not only for ayurvedic hair care but also for improving digestion. Amla herb is rich in vitamin C, ascorbic acid, ellagic acid, polyphenols and flavinoids. All these ingredients make it useful for hair growth. These promote scalp health and help to get rid of dandruff. Some people use its mixture with shikakai- another ayurvedic herb. Both these impart brownish colour as useful as natural hair dye.
Tip to use amla
Take 5-6 tablespoon of amla powered and half cup of water.
Make a paste of amla powered.
Apply this paste on hair and rinse it after 10 minutes. Try this tip twice a week for better results.
Moreover, you can use a blend of amla and shikakai herb. Amla juice can be extracted from fresh fruit and is as much useful as oil.
Ashwagandha is also well-known as Indian Winter Cherry. This herb is a major consistent of ayurvedic hair care products. this is because of its usefulness for hair re-growth. The stress hormone, cortisol is one reason of excessive hair loss. Moreover, the under-secretion of melanin hormone also affects the hair health. This herb is effective to reduce the levels of cortisol. Moreover, it stimulates the release of melanin hormone to in order to prevent hair fall.
Tip to use ashwagandha
Take ashwagandha powder along with amla herb powder and make a consistent paste with water.
The ideal ratio of these ingredients is 1:1:2 respectively.
Apply this paste in hair roots and scalp and keep for 30 minutes before rinsing it.
Thrice a week application is ideal for better results.
Thin hair is something us girls are not fond of. Chemical dye and excessive ironing make hair thin and damaged. For this problem, Brahmi is an effective ayurvedic herb. Its regular application promotes hair follicle growth. Moreover, it reduces dandruff and as well as split ends. The herb constituents coat the hair follicles. Therefore, the hair becomes thick and lustrous.
Tip to use Brahmi
- Take fresh leaves of Brahmi herb along with neem and ashwagandha herbs. Boil all these in water and keep the solution overnight.
- This herbal solution is useful for hair thickening and better to use after shampoo.
- Another way is to use Brahmi powder along with amla, neem and yoghurt. All this make a paste which you can apply on the scalp.
- Later, wash it with lukewarm water. Additionally, thrice a week application is effective.
For a long time, neem is the prominent herb for it natural properties as insecticide and germicide. These properties of neem are because of its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances. Both of these types of substances help prevent oxidative damage to cells. Thereby, neem helps to promote hair growth by preventing hair follicles. Moreover, neem is effective for excessive sebum, scalp dryness, eczema, and dandruff and skin dryness. Therefore, neem or neem extract is useful as ayurvedic hair care
Tip to use Neem
- Boiling neem in water for 10 minutes, extracts all its effective antioxidants.
- Washing hair with this neem water is effective for hair care.
- On the other hand, making a paste of neem leaves along with some other herbs is another choice.
- Apply this paste at hair root up to the tips, for two to three times a week.
BHRINGRAJ- FALSE DAISY
Bhringraj is also known as false daisy. This is a medicinal herb and quite ‘the king of herbs.’ Commonly available as herb, powder and as herbal oil, this is effective for promoting hair growth. Its scalp massage helps to relieve insomnia
Tip to use Bhringraj
- This herb is available both as dry powdered form as well as herbal oil.
- You can choose between its pastes in water or else, scalp massage with its herbal oil is even more effective for hair care.
- Fenugreek- Methi Dana
METHI DANA- FENUGREEK
Commonly known as methi dana, this ayurvedic herb is an essential part of culinary fare. This herb is well known for its health-related benefits. This is because of its richness with folic acid, vitamin C, K, A as well as minerals such as potassium and iron. Not only this, fenugreek is effective for maintaining blood cholesterol levels and helps scale dryness. On the whole, fenugreek in the diet is one best thing you can do for healthy body and hair.
Tip to use Fenugreek
- Apart from its use as a spice in cookery, you can use its oil as well as paste in water for hair care.
- Moreover, its blending with some of the above-mentioned herbs is effective for hair growth and prevents hair thinning.
This herb is effective for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. its constituent substances help to prevent hair thinning and dandruff. The overall impact is that this herb along with coconut oil helps you to get a volume of thick shiny hair.
Tip to use Triphala
- A few leaves of Triphala when blended with count oil makes an ideal hair care remedy for thick and shiny hair.
- Moreover, routine application twice a week is recommended.
Aloe vera is all-rounder herb. This is effective not only for hair care but also for skincare and much other health issues. Its antioxidants boost up scalp health. Thereby, this is effective to control hair fall. Moreover, it helps to prevent premature greying of hair.
Tip to use Aloe Vera
- A blend of pure aloe vera gel, with two tablespoons of honey and coconut oil makes a perfects ayurvedic tonic for hair care.
Ayurvedic herbs are effective for promoting hair growth and preventing hair fall. Their routine application is recommended for ideal results. Moreover, here are some more tips to prevent hair damage at first place.
- Avoid excessive use of shampoo, especially those which contain chemicals.
- Excessive ironing damages the hair. Instead, try some gel to keep your hair straight.
- Stress, anxiety lack of enough sleep, all contribute in hair fall. So, try to avoid these as much as you can.
Maintaining a healthy body means healthy hair. Therefore, a healthy, balanced and nutrient-rich should be your priority.
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