We all want healthy and shiny hair. But in our fast-paced lives, we often don't pay attention to our hair care routine. This negligence leads to hair damage, including dullness, dryness, breakage, split ends, dandruff, etc. Instead of panicking about the current situation, it's time to do something for your hair!
Do you know unhealthy hair reflects a lousy diet and lifestyle? Yes, it does! Traditional Ayurvedic beliefs upon the interdependence of your hair and overall health, including the food you eat and how you manage your lifestyle.
Lifestyle Practices that Impact our Hair for Good
To cure the dullness and dryness of our hair, we need to undertake certain steps like eating well, sleeping on time, etc. Let's have a look!
- Know your Hair Type
Before selecting any Ayurvedic product for your hair, it is best to know your hair type. The doshas determine our hair type and health, i.e., Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Here's how you can classify them.
- Vata Hair Type: This hair type tends to be thin and straight with high porosity. This dosha causes dryness in your scalp, leading to frizzy, untamed hair.
- Pitta Hair Type: Pitta hair types tend to be wavy and thick. Premature greying, scalp build-up and clogged follicles are caused by this dosha.
- Kapha Hair Type: This hair type tends to be thick, lustrous, and curly. However, if this dosha is dominant, you can experience itching, hair fall, greasy scalp, etc.
- Choose the Right Hair Oil & Shampoo
Ayurvedic herbs calm the aggravated doshas. Thus, if you choose the wrong oil shampoo, it will worsen your hair condition, causing imbalance.
- Vata dosha: Vata dosha hair types are dry and need moisturization. Thus, look for herbs that nourish your scalp and hair like Onion, Rosepea, Krishna Tila, Ashwagandha, etc.
- Pitta dosha: Pitta dosha hair types are normal. They are neither too dry nor too oily. Thus, herbs like Yashtimadhu, Japa, Nimba, Karanja, etc., will suit this hair type the best. These ingredients will keep the Pitta dosha balanced and give you medium-density lustrous hair.
- Kapha dosha: Kapha dosha hair type is oily. Thus, look for herbs like Grapeseed, Methika, Karpoora, Kushta, etc., in oils and shampoos. These ingredients will help restore the natural shine and vibrancy of your hair. They will also help in regulating sebum production in the scalp.
- Oiling is a Must!
Oiling is a rejuvenation tool that regenerates the hair follicles and extricates aggravated doshas accumulated in the scalp. A regular scalp massage will promote healthy, strong, and lustrous hair.
- Vata Hair Type: This hair type needs intense moisturization. Regular oiling is a must if you have a Vata hair type. Oil your hair before you wash them. Look for herbs like Bhringraj, Shatavari, Ashwagandha, etc.
- Pitta Hair Type: People having Pitta hair types do not need intense moisturization. But sometimes, the scalp can look dry. Therefore, oiling 2 days a week is acceptable for Pitta hair type. Go for herbs like Amla, Brahmi, Hibiscus, etc.
- Kapha Hair Types: If you have Kapha hair type, there isn't much need for oiling. Once a week, oiling is enough. But don't worry if you don't oil at all, as your scalp has enough oil. But if at all you oil your hair, apply oil with herbs like Triphala, Shikaki, Reetha, Methi, etc. This will make your hair healthy.
For oiling your hair, you can use Methi Bhringraj Oil for Hair Growth by TAC. This hair oil is infused with Ayurvedic herbs that can reduce premature pigment loss and greying. It treats your hair woes, thereby giving you shiny, lustrous hair.
Oil your scalp 2-3 times a week with this hair oil and get effective results. Just warm the fat a bit and apply it overnight to be benefitted from its conditioning properties.
- Wash Your Hair
Excess oil, dirt, and grime can damage your hair in a significant way. Regular hair washes with Ayurvedic herbs can clear up the build-up and breathe life into your hair. Here's how to wash your hair if you have either of the three doshas.
- Vata Hair Type: For Vata hair type, you need intense nourishment. Thus, it is best to apply hair oil for at least 12 hours before shampooing your hair.
- Pitta Hair Type: If you have a Pitta hair type, you first need to apply oil for at least 2-3 hours. Let your hair condition a bit. Afterwards, you can wash it off with an Ayurvedic shampoo.
- Kapha Hair Type: For Kapha hair type, you can apply hair oil. Make sure to leave the oil for 30 minutes and not more than that! Wash your hair afterwards with a sulfate-free shampoo.
Now, to wash your hair after oiling, it is best to choose Methi Shampoo with Bhringraj and Natural Keratin by TAC. As the name suggests, the shampoo is infused with Methi, Lotus Oil, and Bhringraj, which cures your numerous hair problems. Methi stimulates hair growth, and Keratin strengthens the hair. This shampoo is best for all three doshas. It cleanses your hair without over-drying it, providing longer, robust, and glossy hair.
- Condition Your Hair
After oiling and washing, the other important step is to condition your hair. Conditioning is the most beneficial therapy that makes your hair look nourished and moisturized. Conditioning with a hair mask helps you combat internal hair loss like stress, anxiety, etc. There are different types to condition your hair for different hair types.
- Vata Hair Type
For Vata hair type, here is a hair mask you can try:
- Take equal quantities of mango and papaya and blend them in a bowl.
- Then add some Aloe Vera gel to the bowl. Further, add identical coconut oil and olive oil to the mixture.
- Blend the ingredients in the mixer grinder and apply them to your hair.
- Let it stay for 30 minutes to one hour. wash it afterwards with cold water.
- Pitta Hair Type
For pitta Hair Type, here's what you can try:
- Grate a cucumber and extract juice from it. Add 5-6 tablespoons of yoghurt to it and Apple Cider Vinegar and Olive Oil.
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and apply this creamy mixture to your hair.
- Leave it on your scalp and hair for at least 20 minutes.
- Wash your hair afterwards with lukewarm water.
- Kapha Hair Type
Try this hair mask for Kapha's hair type.
- Add two tablespoons of grounded cinnamon, a spoon of honey, and a few drops of coconut oil.
- Mix all the ingredients and apply them to your scalp and hair.
- Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and further wash off under running water.
These are the Ayurvedic hair masks. However, if you do not intend to use them, you can try Methi Bhringraj Hair Growth Mask by TAC. This hair mask woks well for every hair type. The ingredients in the conditioner minimize hair fall and reload nutrients in the scalp, thereby providing you with voluminous, glossy, and smooth hair. The hair mask strengthens and replenishes your hair while improving overall hair and scalp health.
- Eat Right
Our diet and habits affect a lot when it comes to hair. A balanced nutritional diet is one of the predominant factors determining our hair health. Ensure that your food has essential nutrients such as Vitamin A, B, C, D, K, minerals, and protein. Here are some of the eating tips to balance the doshas:
- Vata Hair Type: People having Vata hair type have dry, thin, and weak hair. It is best to eat nourishing foods, like nuts, seeds, healthy fats, etc.
- Pitta Hair Type: People who have Pitta hair type have medium hair density and thickness. To control this dosha, you must refrain from eating spicy food. Stick to alkaline foods that are cool. Drink more water.
- Kapha Hair Type: Kapha's hair is smooth, well-hydrated, and lustrous. Thus, it is best to include light foods made with dry cooking to control this dosha. Go for baked or grilled food.