Believe me or not, my hair is 38″ long, black and straight. Well, I don’t give the credit to any beauty products. It is so because I owe my hair to my genes in combination with the hair care my loving mother gave me from childhood.
I was pampered with herbal oils and medications since I was born. My maternal grandmother who learned Ayurveda ardently and my paternal grandfather who believed in Ashtanga Hridaya played a major role in this affair. When I traveled to Maharashtra, people asked me for hair care tips. I did not know what to tell them until I learned about my own hair oil which my mother would bring me religiously in tight bottles.
The most common hair problems are hair loss and dandruff. Hair oils do not help in all conditions. The hair problems are also related to your health, life style, diet, climatic conditions and so on. Vitamin deficiencies poor health or illnesses, overweight, strenuous life situations, not taking proper and regular baths, regular use of products like hair sprays, not giving proper internal and external nourishment- all contribute to different hair problems like graying and thinning of hair, split ends and what not.
Ayurveda links all health conditions to the Tridosha system. It maintains that a person with Vata constitution will have dark, dry and frizzy hair. He or she easily gets split ends and dandruff. Pitta people will have oily, light brown, blonde or red hair prone to premature graying. Hair will be thick, wavy and shiny for kapha people. Oiling your hair is an age-old traditional practice in India. There are dissensions with regard to whether you should oil your hair when you have dandruff. However, at home we make oil with ground curry leaves (some use neem too) for dandruff. It has a strong smell but works well. You can use and experiment with oils like coconut oil, almond oil and olive oil which are good for both skin and hair.
Some hair care tips:
Last not the least, do not worry if your hair is not thick by nature. All you need is healthy hair.
-Aparna K V