Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine, offers holistic approaches to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth. Incorporating these Ayurvedic techniques into your routine can address the root causes of hair issues and promote a healthy scalp and hair growth. However, individual results may vary, and consulting with an Ayurvedic practitioner for personalized advice is recommended.
Here are seven Ayurvedic techniques by Dr Shailendra Chaubey, Head of Ayurveda at Traya that can help maintain healthy hair:
1. Scalp Massage (Abhyanga): Regular scalp massages with Ayurvedic oils such as coconut, sesame, or Brahmi oil stimulate blood circulation, nourish hair follicles, and promote relaxation, reducing stress-related hair loss.
2. Balanced Diet: Ayurveda emphasizes the importance of a balanced diet to maintain overall health, including hair health. Including nutrient-rich foods like amla (Indian gooseberry), curry leaves, and almonds in your diet can provide essential vitamins and minerals for hair growth.
3. Herbal Hair Cleansers (Shikakai and Reetha): Replace chemical-laden shampoos with natural alternatives like shikakai (Acacia Concinna) and reetha (soapnut). These herbs cleanse the scalp without stripping natural oils, promoting a healthier environment for hair growth.
4. Ayurvedic Herbs and Supplements: Herbs like amla, Bhringraj, and ashwagandha are known for their hair-strengthening properties. Additionally, Ayurvedic supplements containing a combination of these herbs can be beneficial in preventing hair loss and promoting hair growth.
5. Yoga and Meditation: Stress is a significant factor in hair loss. Yoga and meditation help manage stress levels, improving overall well-being. Poses like AdhoMukhaSvanasana (downward-facing dog) and Pranayama (breathing exercises) enhance blood circulation to the scalp.
6. Ayurvedic Hair Masks: Applying natural hair masks with ingredients like yoghurt, aloe vera, and fenugreek can nourish the hair, reduce dandruff, and strengthen the hair shaft, preventing breakage.
7. Lifestyle Modifications: Ayurveda emphasizes a balanced lifestyle. Avoiding excessive heat styling, protecting hair from environmental pollutants, and maintaining a regular sleep schedule contribute to overall hair health.