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What is Ayurveda? It's an ancient Indian system of natural healing. And its principles are perfect for keeping your scalp and hair follicles clean. In this article, we will be discussing:
- The importance of Ayurveda in maintaining healthy hair
- How to use shampooing and conditioning correctly with Ayurveda principles
- How often should I wash my hair with Ayurveda.
In Ayurveda medicine, there are many natural tools to keep our hair and scalp clean and conditioned which keeps our body away from bad chemicals that lower your quality of life.
1. Why do we condition and shampoo our hair?
Shampoo removes dirt from your scalp and hair. Removing the grease and giving nutrients a chance to soak into your strands are the biggest perks of shampooing. In contrast to the shampoo, conditioner should be applied from just beneath the hairline and ends of your hair only. Conditioning your hair can make it shiny and smooth while improving its strength against breakage as well as reducing static.
2. What is wrong with using regular shampoo and conditioners?
If you use a chemical-based shampoos, compounds like sulfates and alcohol found in them can strip off the natural oil from your scalp. This results in your scalp getting weaker over time resulting in balding hair and early onset alopecia.
In contrast to regular shampooing, conditioners with essential fatty acids throw moisture and a protective layer on the shaft of your hair. However, they often don't address dryness on the scalp - resulting in just more layers built up on top of each other that weaken the holding power for your strands.
3. How does Ayurveda helps you condition and shampoo your hair?
First, you need to understand what is your hair type. Ayurvedic wisdom asserts that every individual has three forces of nature consisting of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each person's physical being is made up by this balance in proportions which form the unique Prakriti.
Some people have a dominant do-havea-do material nature or more than one, often called doshas. The dominant share of dosha levels in your body plays an important role in determining the physical characteristics of your hair.
A key to successful Ayurvedic hair care is understanding your personal dosha, which is a combination of three body constitutions that are represented by three different colors.
- If you have Vata dominant type of constitution, you have thin and dry hair with coarse texture.
- If a person has the Pitta dosha in dominance, then they are more likely to have straight and soft hair with medium thickness.
- If you have a Kapha dominant dosha, curly hair and thick volume may be your norm.
4. Take care of your hair by conditioning it with natural oils and using a daily organic shampoo during Ayurvedic week.
In Ayurveda, various herbal oils and hair masks are used for nourishing, strengthening, and conditioning your hair.
First Step. Choose Ayurvedic herbs that best match your hair’s type in order to balance dosha levels, as well conditioning your scalp and hair.
You can also use generic oils like coconut oil, sesame oil, argan oil, etc., which act as best conditioning and nourishing agents for your scalp and hair. In example, our Pure Bhringraj and Amla help balance Vata-pitta hair type. Using the powder from our pure herbs, you can make a paste to apply and condition your hair.
Second Step. The night before your next hair wash, moisturize your scalp and hair with a light paste by massaging it into the roots for 15 to 20 minutes. Massaging your scalp is an easy way to relieve stress and lift energy. It also helps improve blood circulation in the brain, which reduces inflammation within the body. Oiling hair overnight allows hair cells to absorb Kesha dravyas for deeper penetration and conditioning.
Other Conditioning Treatments
It may be possible to deep condition your hair as well with masks with a few of the natural ingredients below can work wonders.
- Aloe Vera
One way to maintain a healthy hair routine is to use both traditional Ayurvedic oils and masks. Some of which can be used as alternative hair treatments for each type of hair.
5. How to shampoo your hair with Ayurvedic herbs.
It can be difficult to choose the right type of herbal shampoo for your hair, especially when you have different dosha levels. Here are 7 Ayurvedic herbs that work well as cleansing agents:
- Shikakai (Soap pod)
- Aritha (Soap Nut)
- Amla (Indian Gooseberry)
- Methi (Fenugreek)
- Neem (Nimba)
- Hibiscus (Japa)
- Aloe Vera (Kumari)
In Ayurveda, you always condition your hair before shampoo, so you can apply the natural powder paste of your choice (better to try something that goes with your dosha) unto your hair and cover for around 10-15 minutes to allow the natural ingredients to condition your scalp.
- Wet your hair with mildly warm water (hot water damages the natural oils in your head).
- First, find a shampoo that is sulfate-free and paraben-free. Start by massaging your scalp with gentle pressure for 5-6 minutes before lathering up the length of your hair.
- Lukewarm water is the key to ending shampoo-related hair issues, so you should initially use it for rinsing.
It is appropriate to wash your hair 3-4 times a week.