How to Stop Hair Loss – The Ayurvedic way to Long, Strong & Healthy Hair
Your hair is your crowning glory and is the first thing that anyone notices about you. When it starts falling prematurely, it naturally raises a lot of concern and also a lot of health questions. Hair loss is a big concern as it affects the self confidence of the person suffering.
There could be many reasons for Hair Loss, the most important being –
- Hereditary hair loss where the genes trigger hair loss at a certain age
- Pitta Dosha imbalance causing premature graying and hair loss. This is the leading cause of Hair loss in most people.
- Dryness and dandruff which can lead to dry, frizzy hair with split ends and tendency to break easily
- Fungal infection and hormonal imbalance
- Mineral deficiency – Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc
We will focus here on the most common cause of hair loss which is related to Pitta Dosha Aggravation. According to Ayurveda, Hair is a by-product of Bone formation and hence Hair health is directly related to the health of the bones. Hair problems could be an indicator of potential bone problems such as osteoporosis. Some of the therapies presented here to help with hair loss would also help in improving bone health.
Excess Pitta Dosha in the Hair follicles or inflammation of the hair root leads to hair fall. Hence, people with Pitta constitution (prakruti) are more prone to hair loss. Increase in Vata or dryness can also lead to hair loss, split ends and breaking of hair. That is why it is very important to consult an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach to identify the precise problem and get the appropriate treatment.
Ayurvedic recommendations to stop Hair Loss :
– Oil Massage of the Head – “Shirobhyanga”
Ayurveda recommends head massage with a Pitta Ayurvedic Hair Oil 2-3 times a week. Herbal Oils with Brahmi and Bhringraj (Eclipta alba) are very useful too. Another effective way to pacify pitta is to massage the soles with Cooling Oil (with Sandalwood oil) and apply a few drops to the vital spot on the Head at bedtime. In addition to the benefits provided by the herbs, the act of massaging improves blood circulation to the scalp and hair follicles, thereby providing nutrients and strengthening them.
– Herbal Hair tonic :
Aloe Vera based gel with extract of Jaswand flower (Hibiscus) is a good leave in tonic which not just stops hair loss but also improves the quality of the hair. Recommended application – every time one washes the hair. Aloe Rosemary Gel is another good tonic which as to be massaged into the scalp and washed in 2 hours.
– Herbal dandruff therapy and antifungal agent :
Aloe vera gel with extract of Neem and Tea Tree oil (Neem Gel) has excellent antibacterial and antifungal properties and can be applied once a week or fortnight mixed with the Jaswand Gel.
– Relieve stress in the neck : Stress in the neck has also been seen to contribute to hair loss. Shoulder and Neck massage for 5-10 min with Herbal Body Massage Oil followed by a warm shower will help in relieving stress.
– Food for healthy hair : Diet, Nutrients and Minerals
A Pitta pacifying balanced diet* with dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt is recommended. Cooked apple, white radish, cabbage and coconut are nourishing too. Take care if you have high cholesterol or are unable to digest dairy products. Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc are useful mineral supplements for Hair health and could be taken at bedtime. Use rock salt instead of regular salt as it does not aggravate pitta. Cutting out fats totally from the diet can contribute to hair loss too, hence, an intake of 1 tbsp Cow ghee per day is recommended.
– Herbal tonic and Herbal Tea :
- 1 tbsp fresh Aloe Vera Gel (scoop aloe gel from fresh aloe leaf) with Cumin powder is good to reduce Pitta in the Hair.
- Herbal Pitta Pacifying Tea made with a coarse ground mixture of Cumin seeds, Coriander seeds, Cardmom, Aniseed and Dashamoola (10 herb mixture). Boil 1 tsp of the mixture in 1 cup water for 10 minutes and drink 2-3 times a day after meals.
- Anti-stress Tea with Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi)and Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri) once or twice a day.
– Pitta Pacifying Detox :
A pitta detox would help remove the Pitta toxins and balance the doshas. Ayurvedic Detox or Panchakarma also improves the overall strength of the body and its ability to heal itself. It is based on do-It-yourself herbal oil massages and does not require any oral medicines to be taken.
– Yoga and Exercises to improve blood circulation to the scalp and relieve neck tension :
Yogasanas such as Camel, Cobra and Cow poses along with Spinal twist are very useful. Simple neck exercises such as turning the head side ways, left to right and back, front and back, would be beneficial too.
– Tips on Ayurvedic Hair Care :
- Oil hair and leave overnight before washing. Use mild Herbal shampoo with Neem and Tulsi.
- While washing hair, let the water fall on the back of the head, not on the crown
- Wash hair after showering the body. Use luke warm water, not hot water.
- Use a thin towel to dry hair. Do not comb hair while they are wet. Untangle wet hair with your fingers. Comb hair when dry with a wide-tooth comb as it stimulates circulation to the root of the hair.
- Use a Nourishing Hair Pack once or twice a month
About the Author : Shail Guggali is an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach specializing in Ayurvedic Detox or Panchakarma, Skin and Hair care, Yoga and Meditation. You can write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org
* for Pitta pacifying diet refer to article