Healthy (Natural) Hair
Ayurvedic hair care
What does ayurvedic mean?
Ayurvedic is the traditional, holistic approach of medicine and body care that is based on diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing.
As a woman of color with natural hair, maintaining healthy hair can be a bit of a struggle. Our hair is so unique and typically an assortment of textures all in one.
Recently, I came across an article on ayurvedic hair care. I was intrigued. I purchased several ayurvedic herbs and oils, looked up DIY recipes, and started the clock towards healthier, fuller hair.
What are the benefits?
Ayurvedic hair care routines use natural herbs in powder or oil form. These herbs are claimed to have nourishing, straightening, and growth-enhancing properties. After some research, I learned there are some herbs that are definitely staples in ayurvedic hair care.
FYI – I found all of the powders listed below on Amazon and have provided the links. The links are affiliate links and allow me to receive a small commission for qualifying purchases.
Amla is great as a hair conditioner. While conditioning, it strengthens, nourishes, and increases hair luster. Full of vitamins (particularly Vitamin C), minerals, and antioxidants, alma oil relieves scalp irritation and infections with its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties and cooling effect. Amla has been reported to prevent hair loss and graying hair (wish I had known that sooner), fight dry scalp and dandruff, and increase circulation and strengthen hair follicles which promotes hair growth. Amla restores your scalp to its optimum pH levels to aid in overall hair health.
Acts as an antibacterial powder that is widely used to cure, or control dandruff, therefore promoting a healthy scalp. Best used as an oil, neem oil is the best remedy to combat dandruff, dryness, and lice (anti-microbial properties). Neem oil also prevents hair loss and promotes hair growth.
Brahmi is known for its antioxidant properties, ability to reduce hair loss and premature greying ability to promote growth and hair strengthening. Head massaging using Brahmi oil increases blood circulation in the scalp and makes the roots of the hair stronger. Brahmi oil is used to treat the dry, flaky scalp, and dandruff. One bonus benefit of Brahmi is that can aid in reducing stress and clearing the mind.
Used as a natural conditioning agent as well as hair loss reducer, Bhringraj is also known to prevent premature greying. Bhringraj fights against hair loss by strengthening the hair follicles, fighting dandruff, and improving hair color and texture. It is also known to improve sleep and fight against skin allergies.
Shikakai means “fruit for the hair” has several hair benefits such as cleansing the hair, promoting hair growth, preventing dandruff, detangling, and strengthening hair follicles. Shikakai’s low pH level prevents it from damaging or stripping the hair of its natural oils.
Hisbiscus conditions the hair prevents hair loss and also known to thicken new growth. It combats dandruff, premature greying, and increases shine. Hibiscus is high in vitamin C and A, iron, and has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-bacterial properties.
Methi is also known as fenugreek and is exceptional for hair care. It prevents hair fall, promotes growth, soothes dry, itchy scalps, and eliminates dandruff. Full of folic acid, calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, iron, potassium, and lecithin, fenugreek seeds have a high protein and nicotinic acid content which aid in treating hair thinning and baldness.
Henna is a natural dye as well as a hair strengthener and shaft thickener. It promotes shine and smooth hair.
You can apply these powders by making a paste mixed with an oil such as coconut oil, jojoba, sweet almond, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, etc. Spread the paste evenly on your hair as a mask. After 10-15 minutes, remove and carefully rinse out all the residue. In some cases, I have even added the powdered herbs to my deep conditioner instead.