Ayurvedic treatment for Dry Hair

Dry Hair

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  • Definition
  • Causes
  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Management
  • FAQS
  • References

Definition

Dry Hair Ayurvedic treatment

WHAT IS DRY HAIR?

Dry hair is caused when the normal sheen and texture of the hair is not maintained due to less moisture and oil.1

According to Ayurveda, normal functioning of the dhatus (tissues) is responsible for the health of hair. The nutrient from the digestion of food nourishes the dhatus; so healthy nutrient will produce healthy hair. Poor diet, lack of proper hygiene, illness, and nutritional deficiencies can affect the hair and cause various problems.2 Vitiated vata is also responsible for dry and rough appearance of hair.

Causes

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DRY HAIR CAUSES

Some causes of dry hair are:

Symptoms

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DRY HAIR SYMPTOMS

Brittle, lackluster appearance of hair 

Diagnosis

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DRY HAIR DIAGNOSIS

Though the condition is easily identifiable for severe cases diagnostic tests that may be performed include:

  • Examining the hair under a microscope
  • Blood tests

Management

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DRY HAIR AYURVEDIC TREATMENT

Ayurveda recommends balancing dosha for strengthening dhatus (tissues) leading to good hair health. Ayurveda has given various dietary, lifestyle and herb suggestions to maintain good, lustrous hair.

Diet Recommendations (Aahar)

  • Increase intake of foods such as pumpkin seeds, flax oil, and dark green vegetables
  • Include foods such as rice bran, dairy broccoli, carrots and soybeans into the daily diet. They help in nourishing hair and scalp
  • Consume plenty of poultry, meat, and whole grains to increase your iron levels, which helps to provide oxygen to the hair
  • Hydrate the body by drinking plenty of water which will keep the hair from drying out.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol
  • Avoid cakes, cookies and other sugary snacks

Lifestyle changes (Vihar)

  • Regular cleansing and brushing stimulates the sebaceous glands that produce natural oil, giving shine to the hair
  • Lemon is effective for shiny and lustrous hair
  • Henna provides good conditioning for hair
  • Powder of amla and shikakai mixed with curd is a good conditioner
  • Warm oil massage to scalp and hair with warm oil is an effective way to nourish the scalp and hair

FAQS

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

References

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  1. Dry hair. Medline Plus 2014. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003245.htm 
  2. Ayurvedic Hair Care. https://jiva.com/articles/ayurvedic-hair-care/
  3. Home Remedies for Very Dry Hair. http://www.livestrong.com/article/156214-home-remedies-for-very-dry-hair/ 
  4. Can You Get Rid of Dry Hair With Food?. http://www.livestrong.com/article/85000-rid-dry-hair/ 

Keywords: Dry hair, Dosha, Ayurvedic medicines

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