Hair Fall is the major problem amongst everyone these days. We all had to deal with it at a certain point. But you will be happy to know that there are several Ayurvedic treatments which are helpful in controlling hair loss. Ayurvedic treatments are popular and are very effective for hair loss because they incorporate natural ingredients and have been an effective cure for hair fall problem since ancient times. According to Ayurveda hair type is directly related to body type and it has been classified into three categories: Vata, Pitta, Kapha. There could be multiple reasons for hair loss which varies from person to person.
People with Pitta constitution are more prone to hair fall. Pitta controls the internal process such as digestion and metabolism. A balanced Pitta leads to a healthy body and mind. Once the pitta dosha is identified it becomes easy to correct it. Wrong eating habits, anxiety, and stress causes Pitta dosha, which may, in turn, lead to hair loss. Excessive intake of tea, coffee, alcohol, meat, fried and spicy food can cause an imbalance in Pitta.
According to Ayurveda, there could be other reasons for hair loss like hormonal imbalances, stress, bad eating habits, lack of sleep, dandruff or fungal infections etc.
Few ayurvedic herbs which are beneficial in the prevention of hair fall are given below:
Amla: Amla is a blood purifier and an effective ingredient used in Ayurveda for hair fall. Amla improves scalp health by tackling dandruff and scalp aggravation. Eat fresh amla every day to get the maximum benefit.
Neem: From ages neem has been used to treat skin problems and hair loss. Regular use of neem on the scalp improves blood circulation and strengthens the roots which promote hair growth. It can also be used to treat dandruff. If the scalp is affected by dryness, scaliness, dandruff, eczema, psoriasis and excessive sebum – the hair roots get damaged. Neem helps battle these conditions, soothes the scalp and promotes healthy hair growth. Neem can be mixed with oil and applied to the hair.
Brahmi: Brahmi helps strengthen hair and promotes hair growth. It provides nourishment to the roots and promotes new follicle growth. Regular use of Brahmi makes hair thick and lustrous. It is also useful in reducing dandruff. Brahmi hair packs help lessen the itchiness of the scalp. When applied regularly, it reduces split ends. Brahmi makes a covering around the hair follicles with a protective layer which, in turn, makes hair shiny and thick.
Reetha: Reetha nuts have been used by women for centuries as a natural shampoo. Reetha promotes hair growth, improves hair texture and volume. Soak Reetha overnight in water, sieve the liquid and use it as shampoo, as it gives rich lather and cleanses the hair.
Shikhakai: Shikakai is ‘fruit for hair’ when combined with water the fruit forms slight lather and can be used to cleanse hair effectively. The antioxidants present in it makes it perfect for restoring scalp health and treating hair fall. Shikakai won’t strip your hair of its natural oils. It makes the hair soft, detangles them, reduces dandruff and makes the hair luscious and manageable.
Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha is also known as ‘Indian Winter Cherry’ is an amazing herb for hair regrowth. When applied to the scalp, Ashwagandha controls cortisol (a hormone responsible for hair loss) levels and reduces hair loss. It also boosts antioxidant activity and helps blood circulation. It is an excellent remedy to treat dandruff and stimulates the production of melanin, which is known to be essential for hair growth.
Hot Oil Massage: A hot oil massage using Amla, coconut, maha bhringraj, arnica, sesame seed, Brahmi or almond oil helps to improve blood circulation, rejuvenates your hair follicles, which leads to better blood circulation to the roots. You can expect increased volume and length within a span of 6 months when done regularly.