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In the age, we are living right now, it’s not a question of if your hair is damaged but of how bad the situation really is! Before it becomes obvious and you clearly start noticing your hair thinning out, it is time that you give some importance to your hair care routine!

In general, the major causes of hair fall are nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances especially thyroid imbalance, side effects of medications as well as overuse of chemicals in shampoos, hair dyes etc. Acute illness, high stress, sudden weight loss and high fever could also cause thinning of hair.

According to Ayurveda, hair thinning is caused due to an imbalance in your doshas. It is seen that people with excess Pitta Dosha are more prone to premature hair thinning, greying, and hair loss.

Therefore, in Ayurveda, we target the balancing of Pitta dosha using the right diet, lifestyle, and herbal remedies to help with hair loss & thinning!  We focus on pitta pacifying diet, use of potent herbs, meditation, aromatherapy, massage with herbal oils, deep breathing exercises, and yoga that bring pitta back to balance.

You must have also noticed that hair fall is increased in hot climatic conditions, excessive intake of hot, spicy, salty and sour food. In fact, over use of tea, coffee, alcohol, meats and excessive smoking could also lead to hair loss. Eating too much fried, oily, greasy, and acidic foods aggravates Pitta. Therefore, Pitta balancing diet and lifestyle would highly benefit people experiencing hair issues.

As per Ayurveda, hair is a product of Asthi Dhatu (bone tissue). Any disturbance in this tissue, can affect the health of the hair. And we very well know that the health of all tissues in our body depends on our digestive fire (Agni). Now, if our digestion is weak, it could lead to AMA (toxin) formation in the body which could disturb the delicate balance of doshas in the body. And this could be the beginning of disease! After all we are not just what we eat, but also what we digest!

Here are some general recommendations and tips to maintain healthy hair: –

First of all, it goes without saying, if you want to reach to the root cause of hair thinning or hair loss, then you need to focus on balancing doshas in your body. It’s all about Balance! Therefore, eat a healthy well balanced, pitta balancing diet and lifestyle!

A high protein and an iron rich diet is recommended for hair loss. An adequate intake of good quality proteins, lots of vegetables full of micro-nutrients, especially green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits & salads must be included in the diet on a regular basis. A mixture of carrot, apple & pomegranate juice is good to induce hair growth.

Avoid spicy, fried, oily, and fermented foods. These foods might create an imbalance in your pitta (fire) dosha, causing hair thinning and hair loss.

Excessive use of meat and alcohol or emotional factors such as extreme anger and anxiety are also responsible for the Pitta aggravation.

Avoiding caffeine! Caffeine dehydrates the body and creates excess Vata, which can also lead to hair thinning over a period of time.

Reduce Toxins in your body. The more toxins you accumulate in your body, the more these toxins will have an effect on the delicate balance of the 3 doshas within your body. Toxins will affect the weakest link in your body. And if your hair is already weak, then these toxins will further accelerate damage to your hair. At least start with developing regular bowel hygiene on a daily basis. In case of constipation, a mild natural laxative can be taken. Triphala is very useful.

Regular physical exercise is very beneficial as it helps in balancing the aggravated doshas.

Manage your stress levels. Stress is the major cause of hair thinning and eventual hair loss. You can practice yoga and meditation for stress management.

Do not use shampoos with a long list of ingredients that you cannot even pronounce. Instead, use natural ayurvedic shampoos.

Here comes the action of powerful ayuredic herbs that help the body to reduce toxins and heal it from within. You can see visible results when used regularly.

Amla/Gooseberry is the most common remedy for hair thinning and hair loss suggested in Ayurveda. It is rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants. 1 Amla can be consumed directly or applied in the form of hair oil. The amazing benefits of amla are that it helps reverse hair thinning, greying, and hair loss. Your hair becomes healthier and stronger from within.

Brahmi works well with balancing pitta dosha, especially sadhaka pitta (which is closely related to the intellect and intelligence) and bhrajaka pitta (located in the skin).

In addition, brahmi works on several of the dhatus (tissue layers of the body), including asthi (bone). We know that hair is a by-product of the asthi dhatu.

Brahmi also encourages a healthy appetite, working to gently enkindle agni (the digestive fire) and promote overall digestive health. Applying Brahmi Oil is especially beneficial for hair thinning as it helps in stimulating the hair follicles and improving circulation to the scalp.

Neem is a powerful blood purifier and helps you remove impurities from it. Also, you can use neem oil to promote hair growth and reduce hair thinning.

Fenugreek Oil – Fenugreek or “methi” has been used in Ayurveda for hair growth. It is rich in iron, vitamin C and protein, a unique combination that prevents premature greying, promotes hair growth, and prevents hair loss.

Curry leaves Oil – Curry leaves have been used all over India in meal preparations. These are rich in beta carotenes and have proven to be beneficial in hair thinning and hair regrowth. The curry leaves oil is easy to prepare and can be applied directly to the affected areas. You just need to cook some curry leaves in coconut oil. Cool down the oil and strain the leaves. This oil can be applied directly before washing the hair.

Oiling and massaging of scalp is very beneficial for stopping the hair loss. Put oil on the scalp, and massage gently into the roots of the hair. You may Rub your scalp after washing the hair. It increases the blood circulation.

Getting into a hair care routine is fun, just like you do it for your skin! Once you’ve found one that works for you, you’ll rarely stray. But the process of finding that routine can be challenging, especially when there’s numerous options out there.

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Preeti Syal
M.Sc.R.H.N., Certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant

The content provided in my blogs are for knowledge sharing purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.