Ayurvedic Hair Care

Ayurvedic Hair Care

What it do?!

I mentioned the term Ayurveda in my review of Henna Sooq’s Cocoveda Shampoo Bar and I wanted to expand on the basics of Ayurvedic haircare, based on research I’ve done on the web. I stress the word basics because I am no pro at this and the concept of Ayurveda can be deep…so I’m keeping it simple for the purpose of natural hair…

Ayurvedic hair care is part of a 5,000+ year old holistic healing practice that originated in India. It is no secret that Indian women have been blessed with absolute gorgeous hair that is strong, long, thick and shiny….an Ayurvedic hair care regimen is why! Us naturals can take note and adapt a few things from Indian women.

Ayurvedic regimens consist of natural herbal/plant mixtures and powders that yield wonderful benefits like stronger, thicker, healthier, shinier and my favorite benefit…stronger roots! This means waaayy less shed! I am all for using the most natural, chemical free products to help me achieve healthy hair and I plan to introduce more Ayurvedic remedies to my regimen. I recently purchased some Alma powder, Alma oil and Vatika Oil from my local Indian market (India Bazaar if you’re in the Montgomery County area). I will post about my experiences with each of these items as I use them.

I know for some newly naturals, it may be a bit scary to come out of your comfort zone and jump into the whole Do-It-Yourself, holistic mentality of some hardcore naturals but the results of a more natural regimen are worth it, even if it’s incorporating at least one type of Ayurvedic practice into your regimen. You will see a difference!  Just remember, God created plants and herbs for the benefit of man WAY before chemicals and other synthetic ingredients were invented (by man not God) so it makes perfect sense that natural ingredients work better for natural hair :o) Another great thing about an Ayurvedic/all-natural regimen is that it is CHEAP!! Most products are under $5 and you can mix and match to make your own blends.

Here’s a few of the most commonly used Ayurvedic items for hair and a few of their benefits:

  • Henna
    • Natural way to color hair with red tones
    • Conditions, thickens and strengthens hair
    • Increases shine
    • Loosens curl pattern
    • Reduces split ends
    • Alleviates dandruff and kills lice
  • Indigo
    • Mixed with henna creates brown, black and blue tones in hair
  • Aritha
    • Cleanses hair (naturally lathers)
    • Creates bounciness in hair
    • Clarifies scalp
  • Amla
    • Strengthens roots
    • Defines curl pattern
    • Promotes hair growth
    • Strengthens hair
    • Tones down the red in henna treatments and darkens hair
    • Is a natural astringent
  • Neem
    • Promotes smooth, shiny hair
    • Anti-fungal, anti-bacterial
    • Alleviates scalp ailments like psoriasis, eczema
    • Astringent
    • Kills lice
  • Brahmi
    • Strengthens roots
    • Darkens hair
    • Makes the hair denser and shinier
    • Delays grey hairs
    • Reduces hair loss
    • Controls dandruff and treats eczema and psoriasis
  • Shikakai
    • Cleanses hair
    • pH balanced
    • Detangles hair
    • Strengthens roots
    • Prevents dandruff
    • Increases bounciness and silkiness of hair
  • Bhringraj
    • Encourages hair growth
    • Reduces hair loss
    • Reduces shed
    • Delays grey hairs

The only downside, in my opinion, to an ayurvedic hair care regimen is you must have discipline and do treatments consistently for best results. Most treatments, you’ll need about 30-60 mins to allow it to work. If you are able to incorporate the practices habitually then you are good! I plan to try and do a treatment at least once a week.

There are sooooo many herbs and natural rememdies to great hair so do your research and find what works for you! Don’t be overwhelmed by all the choices, experiment and have fun with it! Lots of the powders can double as facial masks!

here are a couple of links to help get you started! Hesh and Dabur are very popular brands and super cheap! Just make sure you buy them from reputable vendors and always check expiration dates on boxes.

Have fun!

— What Ayurvedic practices do you incorporate in your regimen?

11 Responses

  1. Hey Lauren,

    I have always believed on natural products for my hair and skin. My mother always used to tell me the benefits of natural products. I never believed her until i started using it. And today i can say there is nothing better then the natural products. They are harmless and really effective.

    I really like your article on Ayurvedic hair care where you have focused on natural remedies and tips for hair care. I really appreciate your effort. Would like to share with you an article which focuses on natural remedies for hair care too. They have recipes of some really nice hair packs there. Hope you like it and it adds value to your post.

    http://beautyonaclick.com/5-amazing-hair-pack-recipes-for-all-hair-types

    • Hi Ayana!! YES I totally agree with you and wish I had used natural remedies my whole life, not just in these past years. Oh well, I can from here on out :o) I will definitely check out the article you posted and see what goodies I can find. Thank you so much lady!!

  2. I love, love, love ayurvedic hair care. It helps to keep my hair supple and is one of the only things I’ve found to noticeably decrease my shedding. I like to do mixes; rarely do I use just one powder at a time. My favorite powders to mix-and-match include rhassoul (conditioning, softness), amla (full, bouncy curls), bhringraj (reduces shedding, said to be good for shine and growth), brahmi (strength, reduces hair loss), hibiscus petal powder (moisture) and bentonite (great for cleansing, defining curls and face masks!). Love to add honey, oils, butters and essential oils to my treatments to increase the moisture and counteract the tendency of some of the clays to be drying. I do treatments about once or twice a month, usually as a pre-poo. My hair is so healthy, and I have to credit ayurveda for some of this. I can tell when my hair is acting up amd when it’s due for another clay treatment. Ayurveda forever!

  3. hello dear, thanks for this wonderful post, I was wondering since I heard that hesh products might be contamined it kinds off make me fell cautious about buying their products, and allayurveda.com products are way too expensive, around 70 bucks or more!!! I thought I could order from Ayurnatural but It seems the website shut down, and I can’t find an indian store in my area either. Do you know of any brand or website that carries affordable ayurvedic powders that ship worlwide or should I have to order hesh? Thank you

    • hello! Yes I have indeed heard about some of Hesh’s products. I believe there were a couple of batches that were recalled and you could check by the Lot number on the package. I believe they were from 2011 so if you buy fresher powders from them then you should be ok. You can always Google the recalls. But like you said, you’d want to buy them on the ground from a store so you can see the expiration date. I haven’t used powders from any other brand but check out http://www.hennasooq.com and see if their powders are any cheaper. I buy soaps from them and their products are of great quality! Good luck! I really want you to reap the benefits of these powders!

    • Hello again! I just stumbled across fromnaturewithlove.com. Check out their products. Their prices seem pretty reasonable for large quantities too!

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    • I have yet to try henna. I am debating on just doing strait henna or adding indigo so that my hair will be black. I need to do more research, I love red but I also love black! Ahhh I torn lol