Every time you see a bulk of your frail hair strands tangling in the hairbrush, it terrorizes you, right? We know exactly how you feel. With most hair products in the market being chemical-leached or adulterated, how can you deal with it safely?
Thankfully, the great Indian sages have left us with their incredible wisdom of Ayurveda! " We have a plethora of healing therapies and herbal formulations along with holistic health routines in Ayurveda. It offers you powerful and natural remedies to strengthen your innate hair growth competence without side effects".
So, let’s understand how you can regrow your lost hair and maintain its strength with the help of Ayurveda.
The Ayurvedic system is based on the concept of keeping the three dosha levels - Vata, Pitta, and Kapha - in balance. According to Ayurveda, hair fall occurs when there is an imbalance in these doshas, which form your innate Prakriti. Thus, in order to reverse hair loss, you need to work upon balancing your Ayurvedic doshas.
"But, to achieve and maintain such a balanced state of dosha levels, you must take a vow of consistency in Ayurveda. Ayurveda is not just about curing illnesses, but also a lifestyle that prevents the occurrence of illnesses".
Factors Causing Hair Loss As Per Ayurveda
When Vata dosha spikes in your body, it dehydrates your scalp tissues. Your hair follicles lack protection from harsh conditions like UV radiation. This creates breakage and split ends in your dry hair. The roots also become weak and hair falls off from the damaged follicles. Eventually, these damaged follicles become dormant, causing hair loss.
When Pitta elevates in your body, your scalp tissues receive excess heat from inside. This causes inflammation in your follicles, which weakens your hair roots. The inflamed follicles fail to nourish the hair, leading to hair fall and premature greying.
When Kapha level raises, your scalp starts over secretion of sebum. The sebum build-up clogs the hair follicle receptors, from where it receives nutrients from the blood. This prevents hair growth. Greasy scalp with oily dandruff is caused due to Kapha aggravation in your body.
Below are the fundamental aspects responsible for dosha imbalances in your body:
1. Poor Nutrition
When your diet lacks essential nutrients like Vitamin A, B, C, D, E, and K along with iron, magnesium, zinc, protein, etc., it leads to the elevation of Vata dosha in your body, leading to hair fall and hair loss.
2. Stress & Anxiety
Pitta levels in the body spike up when you undergo severe emotional and physical stress. When you are stressful and anxious, your body secretes excessive hormones to prepare itself to combat any potential threat it assumes to receive.
These sudden hormonal changes in the body affect hair growth. Unless it is a life-threatening situation, it is not good for your body to undergo stress-related hormonal changes.
3. Poor Lifestyle
If factors like toxic or polluted environments, alcohol, smoking, etc., are part of your lifestyle, then you may have severe hair loss due to the build-up of excess oxidative stress in your body.
Smoking can even damage your DNA and speeds up the hair fall condition. Hence, individuals, especially with genetic baldness, are highly recommended to avoid poor lifestyle choices to prevent faster hair loss.
Your hair cells are the second fastest-growing cells in your body, after your intestinal cells. However, your body does not prioritize the high energy needs of hair as it comes under the category of non-essential tissues (unlike your liver or kidneys). Therefore, it is crucial to support your hair with regular maintenance, a healthy diet, and a lifestyle for stronger hair growth.
Ayurvedic Ways To Regrow Your Hair Naturally
In Shirodhara, warm oils or liquids formulated with soothing Ayurvedic herbal ingredients are poured on your forehead from an oscillating container hung above. While the medicated liquid or oil travels down from the forehead to your scalp, the therapist gives a gentle massage on your scalp. This has an immensely soothing and cleansing effect on your nervous system.
Shirodhara therapy is exceptionally beneficial to balance Vata and Pitta doshas in the body. Besides decreasing your hair loss, Shirodhara has a calming effect on your mind. It reduces stress, induces sleep, regulates fluctuations in blood pressure, and relieves you from migraines.
B. Shiro Abhyanga
Shiro abhyanga involves massaging the head, neck, upper back and shoulders with warm Ayurvedic oils. It is a therapy to relieve stress from muscles and tissues in your upper body along with your scalp. According to Yogic science, Shiroabhyanga balances the three upper chakras - Anja (between eyebrows), Sahasrara (top of head) and Vishuddha (in the throat).
The warm medicated oils are gently poured on the area of action and massage is given by various kinds of hand movements to stimulate pressure points in that area. The head massage in Shiroabhyanga enhances the flow of oxygen and blood into your scalp, thus, ensuring nutrient supply to your follicles. A regular Shiroabhyanga promotes healthy nourishment to your hair.
C. Shiro Lepa
In Shirolepa, different Ayurvedic herbs in dry powdered form are mixed into a fine paste as per powerful Ayurvedic formulations in ancient texts. After applying this paste thoroughly, your scalp is covered with banana leaf, leaving the top portion of the scalp, from where a medicated Ayurvedic oil is poured on to the lepa. This enhances the interaction of medicinal paste with the deeper scalp tissues.
Shiro Lepa is best used to pacify Pitta dosha and is extremely beneficial in treating premature greying, hair fall, and dandruff. Besides balancing aggravated doshas and providing nourishment to your hair follicles, Shiro Lepa relieves you from the issues of headache, the heaviness of head and stress.
Ayurveda suggests Nasya  as one of the best therapy for hair loss related to the imbalance in tridoshas. The practice of lubricating your Nasal passages with Ayurvedic herbal oils is called 'Nasya' Kriya.
In Nasya kriya, you need to lie down horizontally and slightly tilt your head backward. Few oil drops are instilled into the nostrils and allowed to hit the back of your throat internally. Practicing Nasya in the morning is best to treat Kapha related problems, afternoon for Pitta disorders, and evening to relieve Vata disorders. Nasya also aids in enhancing immunity by strengthening the mucosal pathway and clearing your sinuses.
You can perform Nasya at home every day with Sesame oil. It has a warming and calming properties that help in balancing your nervous system. Also, you can use Brahmi Ghee for treating elevated Pitta dosha, Tikta Ghee for pacifying Vata or Pitta doshas, and Vacha oil for treating imbalanced Vata or Kapha doshas.
E. Regular Massaging With Ayurvedic Hair Oils
While your busy lifestyle and tight schedules make it difficult for you to take regular therapies of Shirodhara and Shiroabhyanga, you can adopt regular scalp massages with Ayurvedic oils at home to keep your doshas in balance. All you need to do is gently massage your scalp for about 15 minutes with pure Ayurvedic hair oil.
This stimulates your blood vessels and enhances blood circulation in your scalp. You can use hair oils with medicinal herbs specific to your elevated dosha, which soaks into your scalp tissues and heals the specific scalp disorders caused by imbalanced doshas. Thus, you can successfully prevent hair loss with regular oiling and scalp massages.
Here are some Ayurvedic Oils that will kick start your routine:
BRINGRAJ HAIR OIL--For hair conditioning
AMLA HAIR OIL--For hair growth
BRAHMI HAIR OIL--Growth, dry scalp, and conditioning
F. Regular Hair Cleansing With Ayurvedic Herbs
If you don't clean your hair regularly, the oils secreted and external pollutants clog your hair follicles, which leads to scalp irritation, itching, and hair fall. For best results, avoid chemical-free shampoos and start using Ayurvedic herbal shampoos which are mild.
You can also use natural Ayurvedic herbal solutions as hair cleansers, which boosts your hair growth by providing nourishment to your scalp besides cleaning action. It is best to have hair wash at least twice or thrice in a week to keep the scalp clean and healthy.
Ayurvedic Herbs Used As Hair Cleansers
Shikakai (Soap Pod), Reetha (Soap Nut), Triphala (Haritaki+Bibhitaki+Amalaki), Kumari (Aloe vera), Amla (Indian Gooseberry), Japa (Hibiscus), Methi (Fenugreek), Nimba(Neem), etc. are some of the commonly used Ayurvedic ingredients for Hair cleansing.
Ayurvedic Herbs For Hair Regrowth
Below are some of the most commonly used herbs you can seek as ingredients in the above mentioned topical Ayurvedic treatments for hair regrowth.
a. Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)
b. Bhringraj (Eclipta Alba)
c. Kumari (Aloe Vera)
d. Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng)
e. Japa (Hibiscus)
d. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Whether you choose topical therapies or a more general approach with diet and lifestyle regimens, Ayurveda involves a holistic and intrinsic approach in treating your hair loss problems by addressing the root cause. Based on your current dosha levels, Vadik Herbs helps you to incorporate the most effective hair care regimen with natural Ayurvedic products customized for your hair.