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Ayurvedic hair care

Updated: Mar 3, 2022

for beautiful & lush hair naturally

Traditionally, beautiful lush hair has always been a symbol of beauty but more importantly, of health. Ayurveda recommends working from the inside out to bring health and balance to your scalp & hair. Ayurveda’s whole-body approach can be infinitely more effective than superficial hair treatments alone.

Usually hair loss is a sign of excess Pitta which also leads to excess Vata.

Causes of hair loss

  • Stress

  • Poor nutrition

  • Hormonal imbalances (Thyroid, PCOs...)

  • Harsh chemicals in shampoo & haircare

  • Excessive exposure to sun

  • Overuse of heat styling

  • Cigarettes, drugs, alcohol

  • Inadequate sleep

  • Unhealthy & irregular lifestyle

How to improve your hair from the inside out

In Ayurveda, hair is a by-product of the bone tissue (asthi dhatu) and it is also linked to the central nervous system and gut. This means any weakness in the bone tissue, nervous system and digestive system will naturally result in hair loss or diminishing hair growth.

Any imbalances in your body & mind type (doshas) will lead to physiological imbalances visible in your hair structure.

Vata is a combination of Air + Space - DRY HAIR

  • Hair type: thin, dry, rough, frizzy, brittle, porous, unruly, grows quickly

  • Vata imbalances: Dandruff, breakage, excessive dryness, split ends, lusterless, hairfall (in clumps), shorter

Pitta is a combination of Fire + Water - SENSITIVE HAIR

  • Hair type: Moderate strength and thickness, straight but very fine

  • Pitta imbalances: Excessive heat can damage the hair leading to receding hairlines, hair thinning, premature greying, inflamed scalp, redness

Kapha is a combination of Water + Earth - OILY HAIR

  • Hiar type: Thick, lustrous, coarse, strong, slightly oily hair

  • Kapha imbalances: The excess oil blocks the follicles of your scalp, which leads to wet and sticky dandruff along with heaviness.

Focus on gut health

Focusing on the gut health, i.e. what you consume is a crucial aspect of hair health.

Eating a wholesome diet with freshy and homemade food and minimizing processed foods will work wonders in improving your hair health.

There are a number of nutrient-rich foods that are especially supportive of hair health:

  • Soaked & peeled almonds

  • Fresh coconut

  • Walnuts & cashew nuts

  • Pumpkin seeds

  • Amla - juice or powder

  • Protein rich foods

  • Green leafy vegetables

  • Avoid refined sugars, ice-cold drinks and foods, leftovers, packaged foods and deep-fried foods.

External hair treatments

Hair growth mask

Amla pacifies pitta, helps to remove excess heat from the head, protects the color and luster of the hair, and serves to prevent excess hair loss.

2 tablespoons amla powder

2 tablespoons shikakai powder

4 tablespoons coconut milk or water

Other ingredients for hair mask:

Fenugreek powder

Tulsi powder

Hibiscus powder


Mix the powders with water to get a smooth, consistent paste.

Apply this paste as a hair mask to your hair and scalp. Once your scalp and hair are fully covered, leave the mask on for about 30 minutes.

Wash your hair with cool water. If you have relatively clean hair, you can skip shampooing as shikakai has cleansing properties.

Use this once a week for best results.

Ayurvedic hair shampoo

10 g organic shikakai powder

5 g organic amla powder

750 mL water


Boil the water with the ingredients and soak them overnig


In the morning, strain the liquid and store it in a shampoo bottle.

Rinse your hair with water and use the shikakai solution in place of your regular shampoo.

You may have to wash your hair twice with the shampoo for it to lather. (Unlike store-bought shampoos, this will not lather much)

When a slight lather appears, it means your hair is clean and can be rinsed.

A ready made blend of ayurvedic herbs including Amla, Shikakai, Aritha, Hibiscus, Fenugreek to use as a shamoo and mask.

Do a warm oil massage on your sclap and hair using organic oils with Amla, Brahmi & Bhringraj for 10 minutes twice a week.

These are powerful herbs that prevent hair loss, condition & clean your hair and promote natural hair growth.

Keshini hair oil with Amla, Brahmi, Bhringraj and Jasmine is a perfect hair growth oil.

Make your own Ayurvedic hair oil - full recipe on my Youtube channel.

‘The nose is the doorway to the brain, mind and consciousness.’

2/3 drops of Nasya oil in each nostril can nourish the whole head region and promote hair growth from the inside.

Use organic sesame oil or Nasya oil.

Other tips

  • Avoid sun exposure and heat styling

  • Do not wash hair everyday, twice is week is enough

  • Wash your hair with lukewarm (not hot) water

  • Braid your hair when you sleep or stay home

  • Avoid harsh chemicals in shampoos

  • Viparit Karni and head stands bring circulation towards the head region and promote hair growth

  • Alternate breathing pranayama

  • Maintain a healthy sleep & daily routine (check this video)

Hope you enjoyed these hair care tips, don’t forget share ❤️

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