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Ayurveda Tips for Healthy Hair from Kate Towell

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is how to maintain healthy hair and prevent hair loss and graying. Ayurveda treats hair loss two ways from the inside-out and the outside-in. According to Ayurveda the health of your hair is a reflection of both your internal health and the level of stress you endure.
Simple tips on preventing hair loss and maintaining healthy locks. Photo credit: Kate Towell's blog.

The following article is being reproduced with permission of its author, Kate Towell. Kate is a holistic wellness counselor who supports individuals to create the balanced, vibrant life they imagine.

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is how to maintain healthy hair and prevent hair loss and graying. Ayurveda treats hair loss two ways from the inside-out and the outside-in. According to Ayurveda the health of your hair is a reflection of both your internal health and the level of stress you endure.

For many people the loss of hair is often sudden and can be severe. Hair loss can be caused by increased stress, imbalanced hormones, poor nutrition and mineral deficiencies. No matter the reason Ayurveda offers a number of diet and lifestyle suggestions to restore balance and hair health.

Top Tips for Healthy Hair

1. Use Oil

Your hair is craving oil. This may seem like a foreign concept in our culture but in Ayurveda oil has been used for thousands of years to create healthy hair. I oil my hair once a week and leave it on overnight. Massage a small amount of oil onto your scalp and throughout your hair before bed. Oiling your scalp not only supports healthy hair but promotes sound sleep. This practice can be done daily as needed.

The best oil to use is Bhringaraj herbed oil. Bhringaraj is known as the “lord of hair” and has been used since ancient times to rejuvenate hair and skin. Premature hair loss and graying is considered a pitta imbalance. Bhringaraj also helps to calm and cool down pitta dosha, strengthening resistance to stress.

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Other great choices are sesame, coconut or Argan oil.

2. Mind Your Minerals

Eating a diet rich in whole organic foods is the foundation of Ayurvedic nutrition. In Ayurveda, healthy hair is related to bone tissue health. Mineral depletion can weaken bone tissue and therefore affect hair health. Keeping the proper pH balance is key to maintaining mineral balance in our bodies. See my blog on pH for more. Consume foods that are naturally high in minerals Ca, Mg, iron and zinc including sea kelp, dark leafy green veggies, sesame seeds, sprouts, nutritional yeast, nuts, pumpkin seeds, figs, berries and whole grains.

3. Relax

Stress is one of the biggest factors in hair loss and calming the nervous system will go a long way in restoring and maintaining your luscious locks. Keeping up with your self-care practices is key to maintaining healthy hair. Daily meditation, yoga, exercise and any other activities that bring you joy and lighten your mood are essential to any healthy hair routine.

Nourishing your hair and scalp through diet, Ayurvedic herbs and oils can not only produce healthy lustrous hair, but can also calm the mind, balance the nervous system and strengthen your overall wellbeing.

Wishing You Vibrant Living,

Kate

In my practice I support busy folks to create a life they love through the everyday wisdom of Ayurveda. By exploring food and lifestyle choices in a holistic way I guide you on a practical and personal journey into what it takes to create vibrant living; mind, body and Spirit.

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