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Through New Age Ayurveda and Holistic Living Practices, we are going back to our roots, literally. Although Ayurveda and the sustainable lifestyle were making a comeback, the practice of hair oil was probably the only habit that never became completely obsolete. How we evolved from using vegetable oils in the 1970s to adopting the ubiquitous Parachute Coconut Oil is a very interesting marketing case study.
In fact, many of us have stayed in the kitchens to create our own blend of herbal oils with all the qualities available in our kitchens.
With all the pollution (luckily exposure has dropped significantly since the start of the pandemic), nutrition and lifestyle changes, hair care is one of the biggest concerns of the day. To beat them all, we’ve been reintroduced to the world of Ayurvedic hair oils incorporated with the magic of all herbs, some rare and others less rare, but all meant to restore your strands to their former glory.
Ultimately, a question arises: do hair oils keep all of their promises?
To answer this question, we need to understand that when we talk about hair care, hair oiling is just one of the additional or topical measures we take to protect the hair. The ultimate nutrition for hair follicles comes from the quality of the food we eat, which decides how your hair behaves. If you really want to experiment, try eating a balanced diet for just a week and you will see the difference. It won’t be significant but you will definitely notice it.
When it comes to hair care, the rule of thumb is to follow a treatment or practice for at least 6 months before deciding to change. In 6 months, you would have grown 3 inches (½ inch per month on average) of new hair, which can show you some difference. If you are going to try any treatment or product for less than 6 months, it is very likely that you will not notice any difference in the new growth.
So, let’s see what your Ayurvedic hair oil can do for you?
Hydrate your scalp
Yes, your Ayurvedic hair oil, either store bought or made at home, can definitely hydrate your scalp health. The oil contains emollients and fats that can help replace lost lipids on your scalp. This loss can occur due to regular washing of the hair or from excessive heat or chemical treatments performed on the hair. It is the same as applying oil to your body to hydrate it. Oiling can take care of dry, scaly scalp.
Using the right type of oil is essential. Did you know that using pure coconut oil alone can dry out the skin and scalp. This is generally why a mixture is always preferred when it comes to oils, to counter the different properties of different types of oils.
May help reduce dandruff or scalp issues
Dandruff can occur for many reasons. If the cause is a dry, scaly scalp, yes your hair oil can help, but only to a limited extent. If the cause of dandruff is excess oil on the scalp, skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, or hormonal imbalances, your hair oil won’t do anything for you. The health of the scalp and hair is usually an indication of the overall health of your body and it is always a good idea to seek medical advice if you notice any irregularity.
Cleanse your scalp
It sounds counterintuitive, but oiling the scalp to cleanse is similar to the oil cleansing method for cleansing your face. Oil cleansing can remove oil or product buildup on the hair and scalp. You can also use this method to exfoliate your scalp. There are specific oils intended for cleaning purposes. Most preferred is a mixture of coconut oil and castor oil in a 60-40 or 80-20 ratio as they have cleaning properties.
3 Ayurvedic and Regular Hair Oils I Tried This Year
Mother Sparsh 30 Herbal Oil
As the name suggests, Mother Sparsh 30 Herbs Oil is a blend of 30 herbs including bhringraj, brahmi, amla, hibiscus, curry leaves, shikakai, indigo, turmeric, aloevera, black pepper, rose, camphor oil and neem oil. Neem, Camphor, Turmeric, and Black Pepper are all antibacterial and antifungal in nature and help care for a healthy scalp by preventing infection.
I remember a long time ago when my hair started to fall out my mother’s first oil was Ayurvedic Bhringraj oil. And then when I started some DIY things, I ended up making an oil made from coconut and almond and added black pepper, curry leaves, onion and a few other things. Now that we have a blend of Mother Sparsh’s 30 herbs, we no longer need to resort to such DIY or single herb oils.
The oil should be applied at least once a week. The smell of the oil is definitely Ayurvedic and strong and the texture is a bit thick so it applies very easily to the hair and coats the strands well. Keeping it on overnight is okay, but I have personally realized that if you keep the hair oil on for an hour or overnight, the oil delivers the nutrients to your hair follicles in optimal time and stimulates blood circulation.
If you are looking for a hair oil that can help reduce your hair loss or promote hair growth, you can definitely try this product. The best part is that this oil contains black pepper and camphor which are extremely helpful in stopping itchy scalp which can lead to hair loss and the spices are also helpful in stimulating new hair growth.
Kama Ayurveda Brigandi Intense Hair Treatment
This is the most luxurious Ayurvedic hair oil I have used to date and I would recommend it to anyone. I love using this hair oil and the texture is so creamy and it really leaves the hair shiny and luxuriously soft after washing.
Read the full review here – Kama Ayurveda Brigandi Intense Hair Treatment
Hamdard Rogan Badam Shirin
Although it is not Ayurvedic hair oil it is unani medicine and I love this almond oil and would recommend it to anyone. It works for everything from hair care to nose and ear care. Again, readily available in all medical stores, not very cheap but definitely something to try. Since this is a regular oil, you can DIY with all the herbs on hand in your kitchen.
Read the full review here – Hamdard Rogan Badam Shirin
Now that you know how Ayurvedic hair oil can help your hair and scalp, you can instill hair oiling with Ayurvedic hair oil into your regular routine. And, remember, what you eat is what you get and this is especially true in terms of hair. Eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly to increase blood circulation will help you get those shiny strands you always envy others.