This is not the first time we have looked to Ayurvedic practices for inspiration. The South Asian secret to shiny, silky hair has been known for a long time. Hair oil treatment or “deep conditioning” is now a must-have in salons, studios, spas and labs around the world. The more Ayurvedic consonance there is, the better. Our hair guide reassures you about the Indian Hair Oil beauty trick.
Shiny and silky hair is guaranteed by Ayurveda
If you are a follower of the Ayurvedic diet, you are aware that it works for the unique balance of internal energies. When it comes to scalp and hair health, essential oils are your best allies. Their application separately or synergistically addresses a multitude of problems. As a commented woman, you would like to highlight your hair and the goal is to get shiny, silky hair naturally.
Ayurvedic principles differ radically from how to make hair oils for the open market. Following the hair lubrication method, prescribed to be beneficial, doesn’t mean that every weekend you have to extract neem oil from the leaves to get silky shiny hair. Either way, the solution is also not to apply a processed mixture of coconut oil, lavender, and jojoba to your scalp.
According to Ayurveda, there are three doshas (vital energies) that cross the body – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The excess of one of them unbalances the functioning of the whole organism, but its consequences are manifested mainly by the way it affects the hair.
The scalp, according to Ayurveda, is made up of multiple energy points called marmas. Hair oiling is therefore considered a rejuvenation tool, as it helps to extract any excess doshas that accumulate in the head, seat of all decision-making, reflection and stress. As a result, balance is restored and negative effects faced such as premature graying, hair loss, rough hair and dandruff automatically resolve.
In addition to rejuvenation, Ayurvedic hair oil has the added benefits of strengthening the roots and nourishing the hair shafts, promoting new hair growth, softening and conditioning them, protecting them from the harmful effects of the sun, and improving circulation blood in the head and neck region. The gestures to have shiny and silky hair are endless.
When and how to lubricate hair?
Ayurveda suggests oiling and washing your hair once a week. If they are exceptionally dry or have a lot of dandruff, you may benefit from a hair oil two or three times a week, but no more.
The best easy-to-perform hair oiling method is as follows: put hot (not hot) oil in a small bowl, dip your fingertips while separating the hair at the top of your head with your other hand, and apply the oil on the scalp. Then part the hair in an adjacent place and apply oil repeating this process until you have lubricated the entire head. It is not recommended to cover the entire length of the hair with too much oil.
Finally, gently massage the scalp with small circular motions to stimulate blood circulation and encourage oil absorption, thus cooling the head.
Ayurveda suggests proceeding at night so that the oil penetrates deeply and washing your hair the next morning with warm water with a light shampoo. An oil head massage an hour before sleep can also improve sleep quality.
What oils work well on hair?
The first step in choosing a hair oil is to understand what type of hair you have, depending on your Ayurvedic constitution.
Thin people, prone to splitting and frizzy tips have vata dominant hair. Those with fine hair that is prone to thinning (hair loss) or premature graying have Pitta-dominant hair, while those with thick or oily hair have Kapha-dominant hair.
The second step is to look for the most organic form, that is, 100% virgin oils without chemicals. The result can offset the price.
If you have Vata-dominant hair, almond oil or sesame oil can be very nourishing and will reduce scalp stiffness. If you’re predominantly Pitta, coconut oil is an ideal choice because of its soothing properties and argan oil is a pretty close substitute. If you are predominantly Kapha, sesame or olive oil is your best choice. If you are struggling with dandruff, a biweekly oil and neem oil wash session can work wonders.
However, for best results, it is important to remember that Ayurveda is a holistic lifestyle. It includes regular hair oil in combination with proven herbs like amalaki (Emblica Officinalis) and bhringraj (Eclipta Alba) and substances like ghee, honey, almond milk and ginger tea in your diet. This is the right formula to have shiny and silky hair.