Ayurveda views hair loss as a symptom of various disturbances occurring in your body, so when treating hair loss, it is important to take into account the imbalance of doshas (energy), as well as dhatu (tissue) . Ayurvedic experts emphasize that Ayurveda aims to manage the root cause of hair loss with the help of shamana (calming therapy) and shodhan therapy (purifying treatment) along with dietary and lifestyle modifications.
In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Vani Ahuja, Co-Founder and Director, Naturecode, suggests 5 simple Ayurvedic hair care routines that everyone should know:
1. Ayurvedic Medicine – The concept of purifying, renewing and balancing your body’s energy is the foundation of the science of Ayurveda. Ayurvedic treatments like Panchakarma, which includes intensive nourishing and purifying procedures like Nasya, Basti, Shirodhara, Shiro Abhyanga and Shiro Lepa, can be done once a month in addition to your regular at-home hair care routine. These remedies balance your doshas, purify your blood and encourage fine hair growth, as well as calm and relax your mind and body.
2. Apply oil regularly – According to Ayurveda, your scalp is made up of several energy-relieving sites known as “marmas”. Applying oil to your scalp and hair is a rejuvenating technique to get rid of any excess or severe doshas that may have accumulated on your scalp due to marmas. The nourishing, root-strengthening and conditioning properties of Ayurvedic oils used in scalp and hair massage often promote the growth of healthy, strong and shiny hair in addition to rejuvenation. Ayurveda recommends applying oil to your hair two to three times a week. According to ancient Ayurvedic practices, you should apply the oil for at least 20 minutes before washing your hair. For optimum results, massage the warm oil into your scalp and hair at night. Shampoo your hair the next day. It’s great for hair, and
3. Always trim your hair – Split ends and damaged hair will make your hair tips sparse and stiff. You can avoid this by regularly trimming your hair to remove split ends. Trim your hair every 8 to 12 weeks to make sure your split ends are gone.
4. Use non-chemical products – It is possible for harsh chemicals in hair products to alter the pH of your scalp, while also stripping the protein layers from your hair and the natural oils from your scalp. Instead consider using Ayurvedic products, which are silicone, sulfate and paraben free and contain natural herbal ingredients and essential oils, to achieve hair health without any risks.
5. Use hair butter and masks to condition your hair frequently Shiro Lapas, or Ayurvedic hair masks, are among the best treatments for deeply nourishing and conditioning your scalp and hair. To maintain the health of your scalp and hair while helping you conquer the underlying causes of hair loss, including stress and anxiety, Ayurveda recommends applying a hair mask per week or once every two weeks. You can use egg whites and aloe vera gel with solvents as well as Ayurvedic herbal powders like amalaki, henna and fenugreek to make your own nutrient-rich hair mask. Apply the mask to your hair from root to tip, then wait 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing it off with water.
Dr Manisha Mishra Goswami, Medical Consultant, Charak Pharma Pvt Ltd shares, “Good hair and scalp health is easy with Ayurveda. Like a good skin care regime, a good hair care regimen can help improve your hair growth, reduce hair fall and improve shine, density, shine and thickness.” Included in the list of -to-follow Ayurveda tips which include:
1. Healthy Diet – Healthy hair is possible with better nutrition. Eating a well-balanced, regular diet that is rich in proteins, minerals and healthy fats along with carbs helps in better hair health. Amla, sesame, ghee, dates and raisins should be a part of daily diet for healthy hair. Stay away from overly sweet and salty food as they cause inflammation which leads to hair fall.
2. Good Sleep – Sleep is a time of restoration and repair. Deep sleep of 7-8 hours helps in promoting hair growth.
3. Regular hair massage – Weekly scalp massage with oils such as sesame, coconut or almond stimulates the scalp, reduces dandruff and nourishes the hair roots and strengthens the hair shaft. You can also use a clinically tested Moha; 5 in 1 hair oil that improves hair growth and reduces hair fall. In fact, scalp massage also induces sound sleep and reduces stress which is conducive for better hair growth.
4. Hair Hygiene – Wash hair with a mild shampoo and avoid using very hot water to clean hair and scalp. Cold or lukewarm water is recommended in Ayurveda. Condition your hair every week with a hair mask made from natural ingredients like fenugreek, curd, triphala and hibiscus to make your hair silky and strong.
5. Protect Your Hair – Always remember to protect your hair while leaving the house. Umbrella, cap, scarf are simple ways to protect your hair from sun damage. Avoid heat and chemical treatments for the hair as they can damage the hair cuticle.