I'm now fully natural. Now what? Here are a few suggestions to get you started on your way to stronger, healthier hair ... the Ayurvedic way!
Just as every person is different, so are hair regimens.
So now that you have decided to really take care of your hair, whether your goal is to gain length or just improve the health of your hair, you will need a regimen. A hair care regimen is a routine on how you plan to take care of your hair. The regimen you choose should be easily incorporated into your lifestyle, while addressing your hair's needs.
Using different herbs, plants, oils and spices for your Ayurveda treatment is the best method to get the hair you want. Moreover, they are paraben-free and developed through ethical processes.
The human hair is made up of approximately 85% complex protein called Keratin. The balance consists of water, lipids and melanin pigments with trace minerals like calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and phosphorus. There is nothing as attractive as a thick head of hair which glows with natural health. Indian herbal oils and powders encourage scalp and hair health, giving strength, shine and softness to the hair. Shedding (hair fall), dandruff and thinning are reduced or eliminated. Growth and length retention can be achieved with proper use and a regular regimen. Regular use of the oils and powders give hair a richer, denser look and feel.
The basic regimen involves oiling the hair and massaging the scalp. One way is to apply and massage the oils the night before washing. Another is to warm the oils and use as a hot oil treatment 30 minutes prior to washing.
The powders come in two basic types: cleansing and conditioning. It is known that the cleansing herbs, both in bar form and in powder form, tend to be drying. Pre-oiling the hair is a MUST if you are planning to wash with Ayurvedic shampoo bars or cleansing herb pastes.
Ayurveda for Hair:
You should definitely try using herbs, oils and different spices if you want to apply the concepts of Ayurveda in your hair care regimen. Ayurveda for your hair necessitates the use of herbs, specifically Bhringaraj and Gotu Kola. Both of these herbs are essential in increasing your hair's nourishment, restoring balance and getting lively and bouncy hair. When it comes to Ayurveda, the concept is pretty simple. By improving your overall health, you do wonders for your hair.
Recommended Hair Oils:
Kapha: Olive or Sweet Almond oil (keeps pores open, thus reducing oiliness in hair)
Vata: Sesame oil (reduces stiffness in the scalp and is an excellent source of nourishment for hair)
Pitta: Coconut oil (an ideal source of nourishment for the hair and scalp that wards off premature hair problems)
If your hair is prone to dryness, be sure to moisturize your hair daily, paying special attention to the oldest part of the hair...the ends.
Hot oil treatments work to restore moisture to hair that has been lost due to blow drying, coloring or other styling procedures. Typically utilized once a week, a hot oil treatment can provide strength and body to dull, damaged hair. The restoration process almost has an immediate effect once applied to the hair. This is achieved by the oil reaching every strand of hair upon the initial application to the scalp. This provides an end result of more natural, healthy looking hair.
Massage 1 tsp of Herbal Hair Oil into scalp for 10 minutes. Wrap head in hot towel and leave on for 5-10 minutes. Do once a week for dry scalp or dandruff. The best time for treatment is first thing in the morning or before bed. Massage increases circulation to the scalp.
Try using natural henna. As a conditioner, henna strengthens the hair, is an anti-fungal and reduces the occurrence of dandruff. It conditions the scalp, slightly loosens the curl pattern, helps to detangle and make hair more manageable, and provides a natural and healthy sheen and shine to the hair. As a natural source of color, henna provides a beautiful and natural auburn for dark hair.
If you feel that your hair can benefit from a deep oil conditioning prior to your henna application, apply the oils and deep condition your hair the day or night prior to your henna application. If conditioning rather than color is your priority, do not wash the oils out and henna your hair knowing that the henna will seal in the conditioning oils. If excellent color and conditioning is your priority, then pre-wash the hair to remove some of the oil.