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Ayurveda Haircare Routine: 7 DIY Tips For a Healthy Mane

Ayurveda Haircare Routine: 7 DIY Tips For a Healthy Mane

Ayurveda is a holistic health care branch, which falls under the Indian traditional system of health care.

In an individual, condition of hair is reflection of complete constitution of his / her physical state.

Beautiful hair associates with health and well-being. As a prominent part of our appearance, for many it can also be a significant part of our identity. And while there are as many types of hair and hairstyles as there are people in the world, most of us can agree that we want our hair to feel healthy, strong, and beautiful.

In Ayurveda, Ahara-Vihar (diet and lifestyle) are two major factors that influence our body and health of our hair. Irregular dietary habits, poor diet, illness and deficiencies of any vitamin and mineral affects quality of hair, giving rise to problems like dandruff, early baldness and premature graying.

According to Ayurveda, hair is a vital tissue which closely links to both bone marrow and the central nervous system. So, caring for our hair starts from the inside-out and depends upon our overall state of balance, nourishment, and well-being.

Ayurveda provides some basic guidelines that one can follow for well-being of one’s hair.

7 DIY Ayurveda Haircare Tips To Follow

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Regular Scalp Massage

Always keep your hair and scalp clean to avoid clogged hair follicles and itching of scalp. Cleanse with a gentle herbal shampoo. Excessive use of shampoo, especially a harsh one, can lead to drying of scalp and damaged hair.

Use lukewarm or fresh water to wash your hair, and follow with a natural conditioner. Let hair dry naturally rather than blow-drying. Trim hair regularly to take care of split-ends and natural wear and tear.

Regularly cleaning and brushing hair is important in ayurveda. Brushing helps stimulate oil-producing glands in scalp. This natural oil makes hair healthy and glossy.

Healthy Dietary Habits

Food must be eaten in properly ventilated, quiet corner and one should not do any other job while eating. For good digestion, avoid drinking too much water during meals. Proper time to drink water is half an hour after food. Drink lukewarm water if oily, spicy and non-vegetarian food is consumed. 

By following these rules, you can keep your body free of ama (toxins). Toxins obstruct nutrients from reaching cells and tissues and so, bad food habits like excessive intake of tea, coffee, alcohol, meats and smoking should be stopped. Eating fried, oily, greasy, spicy, sour and acidic foods in excess is harmful. Chemical or synthetic medicines should be avoided. 

Hence, our diet needs attention for a perfect hair care.

Regulate Sleep Patterns

As per Ayurveda, sleep is important for well-being of our body. Improper or irregular sleeping schedule causes disturbance to our body clock. Sleep is a phase when our body repairs tissues and reorganises systems.

One should retire to bed before 10pm and finish dinner two hours prior to sleep. Light dinner with less spice followed by a glass of milk (an hour after dinner) is always found to induce good quality sleep. Lack of sufficient sleep can lead to poor health of hair.

Manage Your Stress

Excess stress, worry, and overwhelm can cause vata and pita doshas to increase, leading to hair loss and premature graying. Once stress is addressed, hair can literally regain its strength, luster, and shine.

Daily stress management practices in ayurveda may include meditation, yoga, Nadi shodana, pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing), gardening, or walking in nature. It’s also important to get adequate restful sleep each night to allow the body time to renew and rejuvenate.

Herbal Hair Care

Try the Om Botanical Anti-Hair Loss Organic Shampoo, which contains reetha, or the Havintha Natural Hair Shampoo Powder with amla, reetha, and shikakai. The iHeart Nature Organic Bar Shampoo is another option that contains amla, shikakai, neem, and hibiscus.

Amalaki is another great herb for hair. High in antioxidants, it enhances the hair’s strength, shine, curl, and volume. Mix 3 tablespoons amalaki powder with filtered water until it forms a thin consistency. Apply this paste from the roots to the tips of your hair, let it sit for 30 minutes, and then thoroughly rinse. Your hair will shine radiantly!

Right Combing

Combing is one of the effective ways to enhance blood circulation on your scalp. It helps in detangling your hair and spreading your scalp’s natural oils evenly over your hair strands. But, vigorous combing can damage your hair by stretching it and this may lead to hair breakage and split ends.

Ayurveda suggests you comb your hair once or twice gently using a wooden blunt-toothed comb. Also, wash your comb regularly to avoid dirt accumulation and do not share your comb with others.

Protection From Free Radicals in Environment

Environmental pollution and UV radiation damage your hair follicles by tampering with your scalp’s natural oils. It also makes your hair brittle and dull. On top of that, excessive intake of alcohol and cigarettes may worsen your condition causing severe hair loss.

Make sure you wear a cap or scarf to protect your hair when you go outside or swim in chlorinated water. Avoid the consumption of cigarettes and alcohol for better hair health.

“Ayurveda suggests applying oil to your hair before going under the sun as it acts as a protective layer to your scalp and hair tissues,’’ says Dr. Zeel.

Takeaway

The ancient Indian wellness system recommends the use of herbal supplements, oils, and creams to enhance skin and hair health. These herbs are found in nature and have been used for centuries. They are time tested and the lack of chemicals in them makes them safe. There is no doubt that if you are looking for a gentle and natural way to improve your skin and hair health, then the Ayurvedic approach can be helpful. It is the best way to take care of your hair and skin.


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