Withstanding the Test of Time: A Guide to Ayurvedic Hair Care

Rooted in Ayurveda

What is Ayurvedic hair care? And why does it have such a good reputation? Read on to find out about the benefits of Ayurveda for your hair.

Finding the right hair care routine can be tricky. Most hair care lines are made with toxic substances that you probably can’t even pronounce. So how do you find a natural hair care routine that will leave you with your best possible hair?

Ayurvedic hair care can help to promote hair growth and keep your hair lustrous and rich in color. Read on to learn how to use ayurvedic techniques to get your most beautiful hair.

Dosha Hair Types

Before we dive into specific ayurvedic hair treatments, let’s take a quick look at the different types of hair according to Ayurveda. The three basic types are Vata hair, Pitta hair, and Kapha hair.

Vata Hair

Healthy Vata hair is relatively thin and may be straight, curly, or somewhere in between.

It grows quickly and can be somewhat unruly and challenging to style.

Vata hair tends to be dry, brittle, and prone to frizziness and split ends.  

A nourishing diet is fundamental to keep dry Vata hair healthy and glowing.

Low oiliness — dry hair and scalp

Thickness — thin hair strands

Elasticity — low, hair strands easily break after stretching

Hydration — hair easily becomes frizzy and dry

Texture — coarse hair

Maintaining a supportive diet is key for Vata. Warm, hearty foods like root vegetables, healthy fats, and hot liquids nourish Vata. On the other hand, eating raw or dry foods or skipping meals altogether can throw Vata off balance. Take the dosha quiz to learn how to balance Vata dosha.

Pitta Hair

Pitta hair is straight and soft with moderate thickness.

This hair type is usually manageable and easy to style.

But Pitta hair tends to premature thinning, early graying, and baldness.

Avoiding internal and external heat in the hair follicles is crucial to avoid Pitta hair imbalances.

Oiliness — moderate

Thickness — medium hair strands

Elasticity — medium, hair strands can stretch a bit

Hydration — hair never becomes frizzy nor sticky

Texture — soft

It’s important for Pittas to be mindful of certain triggers that threaten their balance, such as summer, intense heat, and excessive sunlight. Cool, calming meals like fresh fruits, raw salads, and lean proteins nourish Pitta. Take the dosha quiz to learn how to balance Pitta dosha.

Kapha hair

Kapha hair is strong, full, and thick.

Healthy Kapha hair is typically wavy and lustrous.

But a Kapha imbalance leads to excessive oiliness in the scalp and heaviness in the hair.

It's essential for Kaphas to use mild hair care products that gently clean without stripping hair from its natural oils.

Oiliness — abundant natural oil

Thickness — thick hair strands

Elasticity — high, hair strands can stretch without breaking

Hydration — hair can become sticky

Texture —naturally smooth hair

Kapha is increased in the early morning, late evening, and during the springtime. Kaphas should be the most mindful of their diet during those times, avoiding heavy breakfasts and emotional kitchen raids.Take the dosha quiz to learn how to balance Kapha dosha.

Shampoo and Conditioner

When you're shopping for a shampoo, you should look for something plant-based and cruelty-free. Many shampoos contain sulphates, damaging compounds that can wreak havoc on your hair. Instead, use shampoos that contain healing botanicals like Shikakai, Reetha, and vitamin E-rich Neem, used in Ayurvedic haircare for their proven results for healthy, glowing hair.

Likewise, your conditioner should avoid silicone, a blocking chemical found in many other conditioners. Coconut, sesame, and castor oils can moisturize your hair and give it luscious shine without weighing it down. Not only will you get additional softness and volume, you'll also moisturize your scalp in the process.

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Learn More About Ayurvedic Hair Care

Ayurvedic hair care can be a wonderful and natural way to get the hair you’ve always dreamed about.

Be sure to use quality products and follow your dosha recommendations. Within a few weeks, you should notice that your hair is becoming the best possible version of itself.

Ayurveda has a holistic approach to beauty. Take our dosha quiz today to find out to naturally balance your hair, your body and your mind.


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