With the busy lifestyles people have today, it is difficult, if not impossible, for people to devote too much time to taking care of their hair.
But the diet we follow, the stressful lives we have, and the pollution in the air around us take their toll on hair more than they did a few decades back.
That is why, in spite of the busy schedules, it is important to send some tender, loving, car the way of our hair to make them look better and have a longer, healthier life.
Ayurveda is an age old practice of medicine originated and practiced in India. It takes a holistic view of the body (and mind) as a combination of different chakras and seeks to maintain the perfect harmony and balance between them.
Across the world, Ayurveda is finding more and more practitioners for a variety of bodily ailments, and hair problems also feature on that list.
A number of people are turning to Ayurveda and other natural ways of taking care of their hair and getting admirable results.
This blog is about hair care, but the focus would be on natural ways of taking care of your hair using home remedies and natural ingredients, using the overall landscape of Ayurveda.
Recognize Your Hair
The first step towards good hair is recognizing your hair. Your hair could be of a few broad types, and for you to be able to take good care of your hair, you must first know which your type is.
If there are a few strands of hair, then you have thin hair. The opposite is when you have an abundance of hair on your hair, in which case you are said to have thick hair.
The thickness of each strand of hair also determines the hair type. If the strand of hair is very narrow, then you have thin hair, otherwise, you have coarse hair.
Spend some time examining your hair in the mirror to understand your hair type, and if you are not sure, ask a friend.
In terms of Ayurvedic theory, the different types of hair listed above are given some specific names. Thin hair that could be either straight or curly is usually referred to as healthy Vata-type hair.
This type of hair usually has faster growth, and could sometimes be a challenge to style and keep in place. The healthy pitta-type hair is even finer, and usually has waves (not curls).
The third category is the healthy kappa-type hair which is wavy and lustrous. It is usually quite lustrous and usually coarse and thick. If you are keen to go the Ayurvedic way to take care of your hair, it is important for you to understand these distinctions, because these terms are also used to describe the different imbalances in your hair.
When you have excess Vata in your hair, it becomes dry and brittle. You might see your hair coming off in your hand/comb or even falling out in clumps. Frizziness of hair and split ends are common problems when you have more Vata in your hair.
If you get more pita in your hair, then the heat is more of a problem than the dryness. Baldness and thinning are side effects of more pita in your hair, but it also likely that even if your hair doesn’t thin out, it could grey prematurely.
Finally, those with oily scalp and hair could be suffering from excess Kapha in their hair. Their hair becomes heavy and thick.
Natural Remedies and Ayurvedic Healing Methods
Let us now come to how you can use natural remedies and Ayurvedic healing methods to easily set up an easy and effective hair care routine.
While there are different schools of thought in Ayurveda which insist that hair quality depends on what you eat and how you live, the scope of this blog would be limited on the topical hair treatments which you can follow.
The right diet, a stress-free life, and proper rest and exercise are all things which result in great looking hair, but those would be the subject of a complete blog by themselves.
This blog would focus more on Ayurvedic and natural ingredients that can be applied to your hair for best results.
In fact, the science of Ayurveda mentions energy points called marmas on the scalp and head which are energized when you apply any external influences or nourishment to your hair.
The most common Ayurvedic application is the use of oil to your scalp. This has many benefits like aiding in blood circulation to your scalp, removing dryness in hair, and actually promoting the growth of hair.
Oil has to be typically applied using the fingers. The clumps of hair need to be parted gently and the oil massaged into the scalp in those gaps.
An oil massage just before a shower is most common and convenient, but better results are seen if you can apply the oil and leave it overnight before rinsing it off the next morning.
Shampoos and conditioners are not used only as a cleansing agent after you apply oil to your scalp. There are several shampoos and conditioners which contain natural ingredients instead of harsh chemicals.
Application of such shampoos and conditioners on a regular basis can be as useful for your hair as the oils mentioned above. Let us look at four of these ingredients:
It is a water-soluble vitamin. Biotin is a part of the Vitamin B family. The biotin we need for our body is usually available in adequate quantity in the food we eat.
Eggs, almonds, cauliflowers, mushrooms, and cheese are just a few examples of common foods which provide biotin.
But additionally, there are several formulations in the form of biotin enriched shampoos which you can use, in order to provide the necessary nourishment to your scalp.
This is an oil obtained from a plant that is native to certain parts of Mexico and the US. The seeds of the plant are the source of the oil, which has several proven benefits.
There is evidence that jojoba oil helps control skin blemishes like acne, psoriasis or even sunburn. But the most popular utility of jojoba oil is in aiding the regrowth of hair.
It is also used as an emollient for softening and smoothening hair. Again, if you find it difficult to procure pure jojoba oil, you can opt for natural shampoos which contain this ingredient.
The light texture of sunflower oil makes it a popular choice to control frizziness. Even if you are missing out on the use of conditioner, you can depend on sunflower oil to maintain the luster of your hair.
Even an application once a week for some time will show quick results and you will feel the difference. You could also use conditioners whose labels mention sunflower oil as one of the ingredients.
The three important ingredients in Argan oil are vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. And each of these three has its own benefits for hair.
Not only would the frizziness be controlled and the dull outlook is changed to a shiny one, but you will also see the difference in terms of making the hair more elastic.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the best way for taking care of your hair, but the application of shampoos or conditioners which do not have harsh chemicals but contain some or all of these ingredients would go a long way in ensuring good hair.