Ayurvedic treatment for Damaged hair

Damaged hair

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Damaged hair Ayurvedic treatment


The hair that has lost its natural shine and luster and looks rough, frizzy and is called damaged hair.

According to Ayurveda, hair is a byproduct of bone formation; the tissue which is responsible for bone formation is also responsible for the hair growth. Healthy hair are a symbol of balanced dosha in body and good overall health.4


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Hair damage could be due to various reasons such as

  • Too much use of hair products and chemical on hair
  • Exposure to pollution and dust
  • Poor nutrition
  • Using very hot water for hair wash
  • Repeated hair straightening, curling
  • Combing wet hair


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The hair becomes brittle, dry, dull and porous


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Your doctor will examine the hair and ask other symptoms to identify the cause of damaged hair. He may also assess your nutrition to find if there is any issue


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Ayurveda explains that good hair are a sign of good, balanced state of tridosha and imbalance in the tridosha can lead to poor hair health. The management is balancing the vitiated dosha and strengthen the dhatus by appropriate diet, lifestyle and herbs. Herbal oil massages are also important part of hair health. Herbs such as brahmi, amla, ashwagandha, ritha and neem are good for hair health.

Diet Recommendations (Aahar)

  • Include foods such as eggs, beans fish, low fat cheese, yeast, soybean, and yoghurt which will help in proper hair growth.
  • Increased intake of iron as it is essential for hemoglobin and blood formation. Increase the quantity of raisins, dates, green vegetables, etc.
  • Avoid foods responsible for thinning of hair. These are animal protein, excessive raw food, tofu, tomatoes, burger, cold, spicy, sugary foods, fried foods, caffeine, carbonated drinks, etc.
  • A lettuce and spinach juice helps in encouraging hair growth

Lifestyle changes (Vihar)

  • Oily hair should be washed more frequently. The number of times the hair is to be washed depends on the oiliness of the scalp.
  • Oily scalp should be washed at least one a day.
  • For chemically treated hair, hair should be washed less frequently as it may be dry.
  • If the hair contains flakes, it is necessary to shampoo properly, it may lead to scalp diseases and dandruff.
  • While washing hair, clean the scalp properly, as washing only the hair may make it coarse and dry.
  • Always use a conditioner after shampooing to improve the look of damaged hair, increase it shine, decrease static electricity, improve its strength and protect against UV rays.
  • The conditioner should be used on the tips and not on the length of hair or scalp.
  • The shampoo and the conditioner should be chosen depending on the hair type.
  • While swimming the hair should be protected from harmful effects of chlorine


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  1. My daughter is 8 months old. There are white patches on her scalp which are also flaky. Can you suggest any ayurvedic remedy for the same?

Your child may be at risk of cradle cap. Cradle cap are the oily or crusty scaly patches on a baby's scalp. It isn't itchy or painful; but leads to formation of thick white or yellow scales that difficult to remove. Cradle cap is a self-limiting disease and usually goes on its own. Ayurvedic management of the disease recommends balanced diet and lifestyle for mother and child along with use of herbs to strengthen the hair health. 

Aahar recommendations:

  • Breastfeeding mother should avoid consuming foods prepared out of maida, curds, and oily foods.
  • Eating healthy food during pregnancy helps prevent cradle cap. Include fennel seeds, cumins, garlic, turmeric, ginger and pepper in the diet.

Vihar recommendations:

  • To loosen the scales formed on the scalp, massage with baby oil, olive oil or petroleum jelly
  • Gently massage the affected area and brush off the loosened scales, later washing them away with a shampoo.
  • A paste of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) on the scalp for ten minutes helps in removing the scales.
  1. How do I know if my hair is damaged?

You may be at risk of damaged hair if your hair appears Brittle, Dry, Lifeless or Shineless.

  1. What are the ayurvedic remedies for dandruff?

Aahar recommendations:

  • Eat fruits such as mango, pomegranate, lemon, coconut
  • Include vegetables such as drumstick
  • Use ghee in moderate amount
  • Have food rich in vitamin E (almond, pine nuts, peanuts, spinach, flaxseed oil, soyabean) and omega 3 fatty acids (flax seed, walnut, sardines, salmon, soyabean, tofu, shrimp) for good scalp health
  • Avoid wrong food combinations (for e.g. fish with milk)
  • Avoid drinking cold water

Vihar recommendations:

  • Massage scalp with sesame oil
  • Applying paste of neem leaves
  • Apply green gram powder
  • Massage aloe vera on your scalp may be beneficial.
  • Practice asanas like Shirshasana and suryanamaskara. It enhances blood circulation to head and brain nourishing the scalp with necessary nutrients
  • Practice meditation, as it helps in controlling stress and anxiety
  • Mix of lemon juice + coconut oil may be beneficial to control dandruff
  • Mixture of coconut oil + camphor may be beneficial to control dandruff
  • Fine paste of methi seeds can be applied on scalp for controlling dandruff
  1. Does oil massage really benefit dry hair?

Warm oil massage to scalp and hair is an effective way to nourish the scalp and hair.

  1. My hair is often frizzy and unmanageable, what could be the possible reason for it?

Frizzy hair may be due to:

  • Not eating a balanced diet and drinking enough water.
  • Not enough oil production on scalp.
  • Not choosing right type of hair product.
  • Certain medications.
  • Chemical hair treatments.
  1. I am suffering from hair thinning leading to low hair density. What are the foods that I should be consuming?
  • Increase intake of healthy nutritious balance diet
  • Protein rich foods will help prevent hair fall and baldness. Include foods such as eggs, beans fish, low fat cheese, yeast, soybean, and yoghurt which will help in proper hair growth.
  • Increased intake of iron as it is essential for hemoglobin and blood formation. Increase the quantity of raisins, dates, green vegetables, etc.
  • Avoid foods which may lead to thinning of hair like spicy, sugary foods, fried foods, caffeine, carbonated drinks, etc.
  • A lettuce and spinach juice helps in encouraging hair growth.
  1. What are the ayurcedic remedies to treat head lice?
  • Lemon juice and almonds are effective home remedies for killing head lice.
  • Massaging hair with olive oil helps in head lice treatment.
  • Applying alcohol over the hair helps in eliminating lice.
  • Neem paste and tulsi leaves application on hair gets rid of head lice
  • Avoid using personal items of the person suffering from head lice.
  • Prevent the scalp from drying, it may lead to head lice and dandruff.
  • Always keep scalp clean and apply coconut hair oil.
  1. I have oily scalp and hair. Is it advisable to use conditioner after hair wash?

Leave shampoo on hair for at least 5 minutes before rinsing. Use conditioner only on the ends of the hair. Avoid putting it directly on the scalp.

  1. What are the causes for premature greying of hair?

The causes of premature greying of hair are:

  • Heredity
  • Medical Conditions like vitiligo, pernicious anemia and thyroid disorders
  • Medications like methotrexate, lithium
  • Smoking
  1. What practices for hair care are to be followed to prevent split ends?
  • Avoid brushing hair frequently
  • Use less heat on hair
  • Use conditioner regularly
  • Protect the hair from extreme hot or cold weather
  • Regularly get haircuts and trims.







Damaged hair
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