According to Ayurveda, the hair is a by-product of the bone tissue, as are the nails and teeth, making all of these tissues intimately connected. The hair is also linked to the nervous system and the gut, so if the health of any of these tissues deteriorates, the hair is likely to be affected.
What does Ayurveda say about hair?
According to Ayurveda, your hair type and health is determined by the dominant dosha in your body.
It is recommended that you oil hair two-three times a week with almond oil, castor oil, olive oil or sesame oil infused with hair strengthening herbs like bhringraj, liquorice, shatavari, ashwagandha, etc . Vata-Pacifying Herbs like Palandu (onion), Gunja (Rosepea), Yashtimadhu (Licorice), Devdar (Cedar), Krishna Tila (black sesame), Saireyaka (Barleria Prionitis), Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) , Shatavari (Asparagus Racemosus), etc. can be used
The pitta haircare regimen
Use coconut oil infused with cooling herbs like hibiscus, amla and kalonji seeds. Include weekly masking with ingredients that repair such as hibiscus and brahmi, Pitta-Pacifying Herbs like Yashtimadhu (Licorice), Japa (Hibiscus) , Kamala (Nelumbo Nucifera), Nimba (Neem), Lodhra (Symplocos Racemosa), Karanja (Pongamia Pinnata), etc.can be used
The kapha haircare regimenThe Ayurvedic kapha hair care regime focusses on hair and scalp cleansing two-three times a week with natural hair cleansing herbs like reetha, shikakai and triphala powder. Kapha Pacifying Herbs like
Gunja (Rosepea), Grapeseed, Kushta (Saussurea Costus), Methika (Fenugreek), Karpoora (Camphor), Jyotishmathi (Celastrus Paniculatus), Daruharidra (Berberis Aristata), etc. can be used
Tridosha Haras (Herbs To Pacify All Three Doshas)
Kumari (Aloe Vera), Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri), Bhringraj (Eclipta Alba), Amalaki (Indian Gooseberry) , Tagara (Valerian root), etc. can be used too.
Oil Your Hair Regularly
One of these important Dinacharyas, is the daily application of oil on the head , and the numerous health benefits that accrue to us from head oiling done regularly. It is very important to note here that oil application on the head is recommended to us in a medical textbook as a fundamental daily habit for good health – it is not merely cosmetic, neither is good hair the main benefit. Head oiling / Shiro Abhyanga forms part of the larger Dinacharya of Abhyanga, which includes body and head oil application – this offers tremendous health benefits
Eat RightA balanced nutritional diet is one of the predominant factors which keep your doshas in balance, and thus, your hair in good health. Besides choosing your foods based on your Prakriti, make sure your foods include essential nutrients for hair growth like Vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K, and minerals such as iron, zinc, etc. along with protein.
Wash Your Hair Regularly
It is recommended that you wash your hair twice a week and oil them afterward. Washing the hair more than that may strip the scalp of its natural oils and discourage proper hair growth.
Use Hair Masks regularly
Hair masks can help moisturize and nourish your hair. They're especially beneficial for dry, damaged, or frizzy hair. Some hair masks may even improve the health of your scalp and boost the strength of your hair.
You can use Ayurvedic herbal powders like Amalaki, henna, fenugreek and solvents like egg white, aloe vera gel, etc. to prepare your nutrients rich hair masks. Apply the mask from your roots to hair tips and leave it for about 30-40 minutes before rinsing it off with water.
Avoid Heat Styling
Overuse of heat styling tools like blow-dryers , straightening or curling irons, etc. leave your hair moisture-less over time, which may lead to serious damage to your hair.