What is this Ayurvedic thing I’m seeing everywhere though😁😞 ??? What does it do?? Where is it from? How do i get it??? How do I prepare it?? Does it work???? What are Some “local” names.??
Well guys all your questions and more will be answered today…. I also had all these questions running through my head, then I decided to search the internet for this topic. Here it is 😀
An Ayurvedic hair care regimen usually includes herbal mixtures and natural oils that are minimally processed, or in many cases, used whole. Although, Ayurveda is usually discussed with regard to natural black hair, anyone can benefit from its principles. To decide if Ayurvedic hair care is right for you, it’s important to first understand “Ayurveda”???
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a 5,000 year old system of preventive medicine and healthcare that originated in ancient India. Ayurveda means “knowledge of life span”. Ayurveda looks to create a balance between body, mind, emotion, spirit and environment, and places emphasis on the ability of the human body to heal itself, with the assistance and support of a variety of non-toxic therapies. Hmmmm no wonder indian ladies have long healthy hair +gene too though lol ☺️Interesting right???
Today, many of the health and medical “discoveries” being heralded as breakthroughs by scientists every day were long ago observed and documented by the Ayurvedists. Basically, Ayurveda says that everything from a healthy head of hair to a healthy heart is determined by your emotional well-being. Hmmm 😌
Ayurvedic medicine requires that you get in tune with your emotions and inner thoughts and then pursue a lifestyle that keeps you feeling balanced and stress free. That’s a powerful concept, especially for today’s women who are busy with work, school, bills, kids, etc. Its important to know what Ayurvedic is before you add it to your regimen.
Ayurvedic Hair Care Treatment
Henna, Indigo, Amla, Neem, Shikakai…those are just a few names you might read when seeking natural hair care advice on the Internet. They are herbs and plants that are usually included in a Ayurvedic hair care regimen. Many African American women who decide to go natural, explore Ayurvedic hair care as a way to promote healthy hair and use more natural remedies.
Growing your hair doesn’t have to be hard, but adopting a hair regimen that varies from the typical may be worth a try. Ayurveda hair care might be the thing for you if you’re seeking long, luscious locks. Many African American women end up exploring Ayurveda hair care at some point during their natural hair journey. Ayurveda hair care, and essentially, the lifestyle, is beneficial for those looking to maximize natural hair growth, like the indian ladies 😜. It also comes with several lovely side effects like relaxation and clarity of mind.
Enough said 😃Lets get to know more about this healthy herbal methods and turn hair growth up to the maximum 😊
SOME COMMON AYURVEDIC POWDERS
- Amla: Known for having the highest content of vitamin C, Amla is especially good for boosting the immune system. In hair care, Amla is used in oil infused tonics or in powder form to provide added strength to hair roots, to add shine, encourage hair growth and addresses premature greying. In skin care, face masks using amla paste provides nourishment and reduces dullness. I remember playing with the fruit when I was little chai😝
- Bhringraj: Bhringraj is an ancient Ayurvedic herb widely known for its effectiveness against hair ailments. In Ayurveda, the herb is used for treating hair loss, improving hair texture, and to stop premature balding and graying and various skin allergies. Alopecia sufferers will also find bhringraj to be beneficial in promoting hair regrowth. Even without suffering any ailments, bhringraj aids in luxurious hair growth. Infusing bhringraj in an oil such as coconut or sesame oil to massage onto the scalp will help with baldness and can cause a regrowth of hair. Use as a paste in combination with amla, brahmi, shikakai, tulsi, and/or neem to see wonderful growth and hair conditioning benefits.
- Brahmi: is best known traditionally for its rejuvenating properties affecting brain cells and bringing improvements to memory functions. For hair care, Brahmi is best used in combination with amla, bhringraj, shikakai, tulsi &/or neem powders to provide not only stronger roots, but also thicker hair and relief from itchy scalps. used in a paste, a tea spritz for hair or in an oil infusion.
- Cassia: Cassia, also known as neutral henna, is used by many who want the benefits of conditioning that comes from henna, but without dramatic color changes. Cassia will turn gray hairs a pale blondish color, but shows no color difference on darker hair.
- Henna (Lali): works to stop breakage by strengthening the hair shaft. Henna also works to seal and repair the cuticle which makes for more manageable hair, a plus when it comes to detangling. Although Henna is mainly known as a mega strengthener, Henna has conditioning properties as well, which leaves the hair shiny, soft and fully of body.
- Hibiscus Petal (zobo leaves): In Ayurveda, Hibiscus (Jaswand) is known as one of the best secrets to beautiful and healthy hair. Hibiscus promotes hair growth, stops hair fall, gives hair a healthy luster with bounce, and delays premature graying. Hibiscus has been a wonderful ingredient in hair treatments that combine other Ayurvedic herbs such as Amla and brahmi. For henna color treatments, hibiscus is used to achieve a burgundy to black cherry color on hair. It is also slightly acidic and helps to aid in a faster henna dye release. As a drinkable tea, hibiscus is a natural body coolant and makes a great refreshing drink (ZOBO 👯💃). Even better is using hibiscus powders and in a tea rinse for hair! This is zobo leaves ooo 😄😛
- Kapur Kachri: Kapur Kachri promotes growth by stimulating the roots. It also has antiseptic properties benefiting the scalp.
- Kalpi Tone: works to strengthen hair at the root and hair shaft, as well as to promote hair growth. It leaves your hair noticeably stronger, softer and full of body.
- Neem Powder (dogonyaro leaves): Neem is known in Ayurveda for its powerful effectiveness in fighting diseases. Its properties are naturally antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral. In skin care, a paste made with neem will remove excess oils from the face and clear pimples. It will also aid with scars. When used in a soap or oil, neem can help to relieve dry skin as well as the itchiness and redness from eczema. Using neem to make a tea or face mask will help to treat acne. In hair care, neem promotes shiny, healthy hair, combats dryness of scalp, and fights scalp infections and dandruff. Stimulates Growth. Undiluted neem oil will help treat head lice. This tree is everywhere around me oo. 😝
- Reetha: commonly known as soapnuts, is a natural cleanser. Soapnuts have gentle insecticidal properties and are traditionally used for removing lice from the scalp.
- Shikakai: herb known in ayurveda for its cleansing properties and natural mild foaming properties. Literally meaning “fruit for hair”, it has been traditionally used for beautiful and healthy hair as a mild shampoo. Shikakai has anti-dandruff properties and is known to aid with detangling of hair. Mixing shikakai with amla promotes hair strengthening and conditioning. This naturally astringent herb will also promote a healthy scalp and stronger roots. Best for all hair types. However, for hair that is prone to dryness, shikakai is best used sparingly and mixed with an additional herb, such as amla.
- Tulsi/Holy Basil/ Scent Leaves: is known to promote health and for having healing properties. It is a purifying herb and additionally has antiseptic properties. The powder form has a purifying action for the blood. It addresses all sorts of skin diseases when prepared properly, such as ringworm, skin eruptions, scabies, eczema, minor wounds, itching, and scalp irritations and infections. In beauty, tulsi is effective in removing blemishes, treating acne, and for removing dirt deep in pores. I use this to cook oo didnt know it was this 😝
WHERE TO BUY
- www.Olori.com.ng or 08101846752 or 08138969905 or pick up at Address: 4th Floor, 112 Funsho Williams (formerly Western) Avenue, Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria
They have the Oils and Powders.. Powders ranging from 500NGN to 1000NGN. 😃Go get yours!!!! They Deliver NATIONWIDE!!!😉
I just Ordered Mine today, Neem powder and bhringraj powder!! Whoop!!
2. Www.Sizzelle.com Address: Cherub Mall, KM 18, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos, Nigeria. Call: +234 8168072140
3. www.Konga.com The Kinky Apothecary sells Ayurvedic powders on there.
Happy shopping!!! 😄
How To Make An Ayurvedic Leave-In (Infusing Powders)
When using herbs and powders on your hair, in order to get the full benefit, they need to be left on the hair for long periods of time or used in leave-in conditioners; any other way and you’re simply washing the benefits of the herbs down the drain.
You can use oils such as coconut and olive or you can use water.Whatever you use, you want it to be something that will penetrate the hair shaft.
What you’ll need:
– A clean sauce pan
– Rubber band
– Coffee filter (you can use a heat seal-able tea bag)
– Herbs of choice ( amla powder, fenugreek powder, brahmi, and horsetail)
– Water (preferably filtered)
– Preservative (or store in refrigerator)
– Empty bottle
1. Place a tablespoon of each herb into the coffee filter
2. Tie the coffee filter closed with a rubber band
3. Boil 16 oz. of water in sauce pan. After the water get to a rolling boil, add your homemade tea bag
4. Turn burner on low after adding tea bag. 1 hour later.
5. Turn burner off and let sit covered for 2-3 hrs. This is after 3 hours.
6. Pour into a bottle, add *preservative and spritz hair as often as needed.
7. If you choose not to preserve your mixture, you will need to keep it refrigerated. This a tea and will grow mold if left out without being properly preserved.
How To Make Ayurvedic Oil Rinse
Ayurvedic Oil Rinse:
– Coconut Oil
– Neem oil
– Amla Oil
– Shikakai oil
1. You can mix popular Ayurvedic oils like Coconut Oil (restores moisture), Amla oil (combats hairloss and premature graying), Neem (promotes hair growth), and several other oils.
Play around with how much of each oil to add.
2. Warm the oils on the stovetop. Pour over your hair but make sure it isn’t too hot first. Make sure your entire hair shaft and scalp is coated.
3. Massage it into your scalp with the tips of your fingers.
4. Leave in for an hour if you have time and then carefully rinse out all of the oil.
How To Make Ayurvedic Homemade Shampoo
Use a cleansing powder and any other depending on function. E.g:
-Methi Shikakai Shampoo
– Shakakai Powder- A natural cleanser
– Fenugreek(methi) Powder- Fights hair loss
1. Mix the shakakai powder and the fenugreek powder with water to make a very light paste.
2. Make sure to cleanse your hair and scalp.
3. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly. This acts as a gentle cleanser.
– Reetha Shikakai shampoo.
Take some dry soap nuts(reetha) and soak them in water overnight.
Mash them in the morning and strain the soapy solution.
Add a tsp of shikakai powder and wash your hair.
– Amla Shikakai shampoo
For healthy hair use herbal shampoos with the following ingredients: 100 grams of Reetha seeds, 100 grams of Amla Powder, 100 grams of dried shikakai powder, 20 grams of Aloe Vera juice and 3 glasses of hot water. Soak the rita seed in warm water and squeeze out the juice . Add to this amla powder,shikakai powder and aloe vera juice and use as regular shampoo.
How To Make Ayurvedic Scalp Treatment
– Amla Powder
– Tulsi leaves- Anti-fungal agent for dandruff
1. Grind the Amla powder and Tulsi leaves and mix with water to create a paste.
2. Rub the paste all over your scalp and leave it in for 30 minutes and rinse.
1) 1 tea spoon fenugreek seed powder mixed with 1 cup of yogurt. Apply and leave for ½ an hour before washing.
2). About 10-15 minutes before you wash your hair, rub a lot of aloe vera gel into your scalp. leave it on for 10 minutes, and shampoo your hair like you regulary do. if you do this everyday the dandruff will stay away.
3). Boil a handful of neem leaves in 4 teacups of water. After cooling and filtering, use for rinsing.
–For Thick and Black Hair
Take hibiscus leaves (yerupu onti rekha mandaraakulu) and curry leaves (karivepakulu) in equal quantity. paste it with water. now apply this to oil applied hair. wash off after an hour with shikai/reeta powder. shampoo is alternate.
by doing this for once in a week for atleast three you can see your hair grow thick-black-strong.twice in a week is also advicable.
addition of few neem leaves would keep your scalp away from dandruff/allergies.
– Neem Powder Hair mask
This mixture contains:
Neem powder, coconut oil and water.
Mix together until smooth and not too watery, then apply to hair, leave in for 30mins to 1hour. Rinse out, shampoo and condition.
DISCLAIMER: Some of the write ups and Pictures where sourced from different places on the internet!!!
Hope you all know what Ayurvedic products are,functions, how to use them and all?! Let me know what you feel about this. Now I cant wait to incorporate this in my regimen.
Have you used Ayurvedic herbs or oils? Do you include them in your regimen? Does it work for you? Does it make hair grow? How does your hair feel after this treatment??? Im eager to know all these, please share your experience in the comment section.
Thanks and stay Blessed!😙