Hair is an important part of the body which apart from functioning to serve many bodily functions is an essential component to enhance an individual’s beauty quotient. Who does not want strong, thick and beautiful hairs ? But having healthy and attractive hairs also require some good care towards it as hairs are vulnerable to many a problems like hair fall, premature graying and dandruff etc.
Ayurveda is an ancient form of medical science which supports a holistic view of wellness. It targets to balance the energy components of the body to treat a problem which is not the conventional form of treatment. It has gained high popularity throughout the world for its natural and effective ways of treatment. Following are the recommendations made by Ayurveda for taking proper care of hair.
Proper Nutrition in Diet
A balanced diet with a variety of nutrients is as important for hairs as it is for any other part of the body. Some of the food items that you should include in your diet are coconuts, raw and green leafy vegetables, dairy products like milk and yogurt, sprouted beans, whole grain and nuts etc. Use the spices and herbs that help the body in digesting the food like coriander, turmeric, black pepper etc. Keep distance from bad habits and intakes like tobacco, nicotine and alcoholic drinks.
Maintain Cleanliness of Hair and Scalp
There are certain toxic substances that hamper the supply of nutrients to the hair roots and thus lead to various kinds of hair problems. These toxic substances are generally formed as a byproduct of the digestive system. It is important to cleanse your body once in a while to prevent the accumulation of these toxins. Use the benefits of 'triphala' to cleanse the digestive system.
Ayurveda suggests going to sleep before 10 pm which is the start of Pitta period. A good amount of sleep is needed for proper functioning of the body that includes good hair too. Lack of sleep may cause weak and un attractive hairs.
Stress Management and Hair Care
Continuous emotional and mental form of anxiety or stress may attract several hair diseases like hair fall , premature graying and thinness. Try to get rid of stress by using mild yogic exercise and meditation etc. herbs like Ashwagandha and brahmi are helpful to fight stress also.
Use Ayurvedic Herbal Supplements
Ayurvedic medicines aim towards balancing the doshas in the body which are believed to be the root cause of the problems. Pitta dosha is generally related to the hair problems, so have 'amalaki' which acts as a pitta pacifying agent. Bhingaraj is a famous herbal Ayurvedic medicine that is known to balance Pitta dosha and promote growth of healthy hair. Apart from this brahmi also have qualities to prevent hair fall and hair graying problems.
Healthy Eating Habits for Strong Healthy Hair
Healthy eating habits are very important for a proper digestion and thus proper absorption of food. A healthy digestive system is directly related with good hair health. Apart from choosing the proper food to eat, it is important to eat the food calmly and with attention. After the food is over, you should not immediately rush to work or sleep, but sit in 'vajrasana' for five minutes at least.
Take Care of the Hair
Avoid combing the hair roughly or when the hair is wet. Hairs are more likely to fall when they are wet as the roots will be weak. Let the hair dry and then comb slowly through them to remove any knotted portions and style them carefully. Hair trimming is also advised to avoid the growth of split ends.