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Ayurvedic tips for winter hair care

Though winter is a cosy season of warm blankets, hot drinks, and happy holidays, it still brings its own set of hair-related problems. Our hair becomes dry, leading to dandruff, dry scalp, loss of hair, split ends to mention a few. There are a plethora of ways in Ayurveda that address all of those issues to give your hair the relief and remedy it needs.

As we are all aware, Ayurveda is an ancient science of natural cure, a holistic way of treating and healing that helps to maintain a balance of nourishment and wellbeing. Since the days of yore, Ayurvedic treatments have been used to treat Shirorogas, which means hair problems, and promote hair growth.

And now, we’ve got for you’re a list of wholesome, holistic remedies to keep your hair in the best of health, all through winter. Read on to know more.

Oils

According to Ayurveda, the first step is to massage your scalp with warm ayurvedic oil, depending on your hair type. Applied from time to time, it gives remarkable results, especially for those who suffer from dandruff. Oiling hair can keep your scalp hydrated during the dry winter season and give you bouncy, bright hair.

For dry hair

Neem Oil

Neem is known to be a comprehensive healer addressing many health problems and beauty concerns. This Ayurvedic traditional oil is ideal for treating fungal and bacterial infections, making it an excellent remedy for fungi such as Malassezia and Candida which are known to cause dandruff as well as itchiness and inflammation that arises because of it. Adding to the pluses, it also helps maintain the pH balance of the scalp. Thus preventing dandruff. This all-cure oil also hinders greying of hair and prevents head lice. It is no wonder then that neem tree is known in ayurvedic text as ‘Sarva Roga Nivarini’.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is effective in hydrating the scalp. It contains EFA (Essential Fatty Acids) that is extremely healthy and promotes the wellbeing of your hair. Apart from preventing dryness, its antimicrobial properties settle any infection of the scalp by more than 50%. This includes dandruff, eczema, and resultant inflammation of the scalp. Moreover, it protects the cuticle of your hair and helps retain moisture, thus keeping your hair well-hydrated.

For dandruff

Bhringraj Oil

This Ayurvedic hair oil works like magic and is an excellent treatment for dandruff. A highly potent treatment for scalp irritation and dandruff, it cools and soothes the scalp to reduce itchiness. Bhringraj oil also prevents premature greying, helps blood circulation, and keeps your hair nourished and healthy.

Brahmi Oil

Botanically called Bacopa Monnieri, Brahmi is an incredible ayurvedic herb. It has anti-inflammatory disinfectant properties which are beneficial for hair problems. Its natural oils heal wounds and promote a healthy scalp. Brahmi is also used as an ingredient in shampoos that are known to boost blood circulation thus giving your hair a lustrous shine.

Aloe Vera

This is one of the most soothing natural components and is popular for its medicinal properties. Aloe is an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal ingredient that calms the itchy irritated scalp and combats dandruff. Aloe shampoo is an effective remedy when you are fighting against dry winter scalp and dandruff.

Shampoos

Ayurveda has an all-cure for your winter hair problems and there are a host of ancient, well-known herbs that help you maintain a clean, healthy scalp and gorgeous hair all through winter. You can find them shampoos too. Here are some key ingredients you need to look out for.

Shikakai

An organic shrub from the Southern parts of India, this cleanses the without stripping it of its natural sebum or oils. It is highly effective in detangling hair Shikakai has low pH is therefore soothing to the scalp.

Reetha or Aritha

This has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which are effective in treating dandruff and other scalp issues. It is the fruit of the Soap Nut Tree that has natural lathering properties and helps wonderfully in promoting hair growth and maintaining healthy hair.

Amla

This is the famous ‘Indian Gooseberry’, and is also an antioxidant herb that stimulates the scalp. It also nourishes dry hair and strengths hair follicles. It is high in Vitamin C content which ensures strong, healthy hair, all winter long.

Other tips

1. Consume Jaggery

Jaggery is best when consumed during winter and works wonders for hair. It helps in numerous ways like aiding digestion and haemoglobin and keeping the body warm. It also contains Iron, Calcium, Zinc, and Copper which are essential for hair. You can also satisfy your sweet craving by eating jaggery.

2. Make energy balls

Energy balls not only keep you healthy but help your hair too. Take Sesame, Ghee, and Jaggery and make them into balls. Enjoy them during winter for amazing hair.

3. Eat ghee

Ghee is extremely useful in moisturizing your gut or stomach but a ghee massage also ensures healthy hair. It is rich in nutrients that will keep your hair well-nourished and hydrated.

4. Have Amla

Amla not only boosts immunity but also helps in promoting healthy hair. You can either eat it as is or dry it and consume it as a powder. Either way, this will ensure your hair is strong all winter long.

5. Watch your diet

In winter, we tend to eat more. Be mindful of what you eat and avoid junk or oily food. Include a lot of healthy vegetables and fruits in your diet to keep your hair healthy inside out.

6. Methi seeds

If dry hair is causing dandruff, here’s a simple remedy. Soak 2 tablespoons of Fenugreek seeds (Methi) overnight. Grind them into a fine paste the morning after and apply to the scalp. Wash after half an hour and see the results.

7. Use lemon

Add one tablespoon of lemon to a tumbler of water and wash your hair with it. This will strengthen hair and keep it healthy.

8. Apply curd

Curd promotes the growth of new hair follicles. Apply curd on your hair and wash after 15 minutes. Rinse with a mild shampoo for best results.

Adopting the Ayurvedic way of life is indeed life-changing and hair changing. It not only gives you healing remedies but also plenty of options to prevent ailments for your overall hair and overall health too. And as Ayurveda believes, wellbeing starts inside out. When you’re healthy from within, it shows on the outside. Try these simple Ayurvedic remedies and enjoy great hair all winter long. Let your hair down, enjoy the season and enjoy good hair days, every day.

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