The problem of hair fall, for both men and women, goes beyond a cosmetic issue. It can impact mental health and overall wellbeing, often leading to body-image concerns and low self-esteem. It’s normal to shed 50-100 hair strands daily, but if you see more strands than usual on your hairbrush or pillow, you may want to revamp your hair care routine. Changing the shampoo and the conditioner is an essential step in combating hair fall and preventing further hair loss. Cutting down excess products and taking a simple, Ayurveda-based approach can be a game-changer and do wonders for your hair.
Dr. Sanchit Sharma, Founder and Director, Ayouthveda, told HerZindagi that "the 5000-thousand-year-old Indian science of Ayurveda takes a holistic approach to treat hair fall issues by naturally nourishing the scalp, strengthening the hair follicles. Ayurvedic hair treatments have effectively shown results against hair-related problems, be it fizziness, split ends, lackluster hair that falls flat. Witnessing the effectiveness of Ayurveda in treating hair fall issues, Ayurvedic rituals are found to be most talked about in the industry and have widely gained approval from dermatologists and modern beauty experts, and hairstylists in combating hair troubles."
Here is the top Ayurvedic hair care regimen shared by Sharma, that you can follow to reduce hair shedding and restore new life into your mane.
(head massage with natural oils)
Regular oiling of hair with natural oils such as coconut, sesame, and almond boosts blood circulation in the scalp and helps in distressing the mind. Depending on your hair type, you can either leave the oil on your hair overnight or wash it after 3-4 hours with a gentle shampoo. Try to incorporate the hair-oiling ritual at least twice a week, resulting in thicker, fuller strands with minimal hair fall. Natural oils also help in smoothening the hair texture while improving the nutrient flow to your hair follicles, leading to nourished hair that is strong from within.
Hair Cleansing With Potent Herbs
When it comes to hair cleansing, remove harsh sulfate-based products that can wash away the oils produced naturally in the scalp. Ayurvedic practitioners recommend using potent herbs such as Reetha (soap nut), Shikakai (soap pod), Amla (Indian gooseberry), and nimba (neem) as natural hair cleaners to gently remove dirt and impurities without stripping off moisture from the hair. Don’t wash your hair every day, and avoid using hot water while washing as it dehydrates the hair strands, making hair brittle and more prone to breakage.
(hair mask made with Ayurvedic herbs)
According to Ayurveda, using a herbal hair mask once a week can go a long way in maintaining the health of your hair. Make a paste of hair strengthening herbs such as Bhringraj, Jatamansi, Brahmi, Triphala, and apply it both onto the roots and along the strands to nourish your hair deeply. If you suffer from itchiness or dandruff problems, add curry leaves and neem leaves into the mixture as they have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. For best results, leave the mask on for about 10-20 minutes and wash it off with normal water.
Hair fall can be caused by external and internal factors, including environmental aggressors, stress, nutritional deficiencies. A sudden increase in hair fall can even be a sign of significant disease. While identifying and addressing the underlying issue is the first step to control excessive shedding, targeted Ayurvedic therapies can be an effective antidote to hair loss and create a healthier environment for your locks to grow.
Follow these remedies and take the advice of the ayurvedic expert you generally consult for more advice.
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