With a multitude of products on offer, and so much conflicting advice available at your finger-tips, there is much confusion regarding a proper men’s hair care routine. Here’s when Ayurveda can come to your rescue.
Apart from improving the quality of the hair, an important benefit of using these natural products to treat all hair related concerns is that it helps one avoid chemical based treatments that affect overall health in the long run.
According to Ayurveda, the health of hair depends on the proper functioning of the dhatus or the tissues since hair is derived either as a by-product or produced as a breakdown product of Asthi (bone tissue). The nutrient plasma produced from the digestion of food nourishes the dhatus or the tissues. Any disturbance in this tissue metabolism, which very much depends on the digestive fire, can affect the health of the hair.
The condition of your hair is often a reflection of the overall health of your body. Diet, age, health, illness, lack of proper hygiene, hormones, seasonal changes and nutritional deficiencies can affect hair growth and cause hair loss. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Here are some common hair concerns you may relate to and solutions for them.
Hair Loss & Thinning of Hair
It is difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of hair loss as hair fall can be triggered by myriad reasons, such as genes, stress, poor nutrition, hormonal changes and environmental pollutants.
The right therapeutic care in the form of a shampoo specifically formulated for hair that is prone to thinning and breakage can help reduce hair fall. An ideal pick would be the Forest Essentials Hair Cleanser Bhringraj and Shikakai. Bhringraj improves hair growth and reduces hair fall. Shikakai infusion and liquorice contain micro nutrients that help control dandruff and stimulate the growth of new hair.
You can also add the Forest Essentials Bhringraj Hair Vitalizer to your hair care routine. This extra light formulation is enriched with Ayurvedic herbal extracts to deliver optimal anti-breakage benefits and strengthen hair follicles.
Premature Graying of Hair
Graying of hair is a normal process that comes with age but when it starts as early as in your thirties, it can become a cause of concern. People who have excess Pitta in their body are likely to be prone to premature graying of hair. In Ayurveda, hair loss is treated by pacifying Pitta through a customized diet and lifestyle regime. Pitta is increased by hot climatic conditions, excessive intake of spicy, salty and sour food, hot and sharp food, tea, coffee, alcohol, meats and excessive smoking. Eating too much fried, oily, greasy, and acidic foods also aggravates Pitta. Pitta balancing herbs including Shatavari and bitter vegetables improve the quality of Asthi dhathu and are effective in treating premature graying of hair.
Weekly scalp massages is one of the most beneficial treatments for maintaining beautiful hair and combating premature graying of hair. You can opt for a head massage with a nourishing hair oil like Forest Essentials’ Bhringraj Head Massage Oil. Forest Essentials’ nourishing, Ayurvedic head massage oils are made with a combination of coconut and black sesame cold-pressed, organic oils. These are blended with the finest quality herbs and botanical extracts to arrest hair loss, promote the growth of healthy new hair, thicken the hair and improve its overall texture. Bhringraj aids hair growth and is very effective for hair loss and scalp problems.
Scalp massage increases oxygen supply to the brain and helps to increase blood flow to the hair follicles and supports the growth of healthy hair. It is especially beneficial for dry hair as the increased circulation facilitates production of natural oil thus restoring lost lustre. Oil massage also relaxes the body and mind.
Dandruff is caused due to irregular cleansing of the scalp. Always try to keep the scalp clean. Use a mild hair cleanser like the Forest Essentials’ Amla, Honey and Mulethi Hair Cleanser which is a nutrient rich Sulphate free shampoo which gives natural shine, swing and fragrance and is suitable for all hair types. These hair cleansers wash away the dirt without washing away the natural moisture.
Another convenient and novel product to add to your hair care arsenal is the Bhringraj & Shikakai Hair Thickening Spray. This is a soft silkening hair serum infused with Bhringraj, Shikakai and Fenugreek seeds amongst its other potent ingredients to strengthen the hair follicles, prevent hair loss and increase the density of hair.