These 7 Ayurvedic herbs for hair loss and hair growth will help eliminate common hair and scalp issues and optimize hair health and length. I also share the best way to use these Ayurvedic herbs on curly hair.
Ayurveda originated from India over 5,000 years ago. Ayur means life and Veda means knowledge.
Ayurveda is a lifestyle created to maintain optimal balance and harmony between physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
This all sounds great but what does it have to do with hair loss and hair growth you’re wondering?
Part of Ayurveda believes that hair loss is a function of excess Pitta dosha in the body.
Pitta dosha is responsible for digestion, metabolism, and energy production in the body.
An excess of pitta dosha occurs as a result of too much tea, coffee, smoking, fried and oily food, overly acidic foods, etc in the body.
In Ayurveda, hair loss is treated via a better diet, yoga, meditation, herbal treatments, and incorporating natural oils into hair care.
Yoga and Meditation for Hair Loss
Yoga has a lot of inverted poses, which contribute to increased blood flow to the scalp area.
Additionally, combining yoga with deep breathing exercises can help balance the body and reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety.
Yoga for hair growth was one of the topics covered extensively in The Ultimate Hair Growth Guide: Stop Hair Loss. Regrow Bald Spots. Fill in Thin Areas.
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Ayurvedic Herbal Treatments for Hair Loss
These remedies are cheap, cost-effective, simple, and very useful in the early stages when you start experiencing hair loss issues.
1. Bhringaraj Powder for Hair Loss
This herb is aka the false daisy and comes from a plant species in the sunflower family. The plant is commonly found in Brazil, Thailand, India, China & Nepal.
The literal translation of Bhringaraj is “king of hair,” pointing to the traditional use of the herb in Ayurveda as a hair loss treatment.
Bhringraj powder helps rectify hair loss and prevents premature graying.
2. Shikakai Powder for Hair Loss
Shikakai means “fruit of hair” powder and comes from a tree that grows in central India. Shikakai powder contains vitamins A, C, K & D.
The seeds from the tree are dried and then ground with the leaves and bark into a fine powder.
The saponins contained in the bark make the powder a natural cleanser and can be a great replacement for shampoo.
It won’t strip your hair of natural oils, makes detangling easier, and softens hair. It can also help to control the pH balance of your hair.
3. Reetha (Soap Nut) Powder for Hair Loss
Reetha (soap nut) powder is the ground shell of the soap nut fruit. The shells contain saponins as well and can be used as a replacement for shampoo.
However, shikakai powder works best for strengthening hair and enhancing silkier and shinier hair.
It has also been shown to help eliminate scalp conditions like dandruff and itchiness, which might contribute to hair loss.
4. Methi (Fenugreek) Powder for Hair Loss
Fenugreek powder is a common ingredient in Indian cooking where it’s used both whole and in powder form.
In haircare, fenugreek is a very effective solution for dandruff. It contains lecithin, an emulsifying component that conditions hair.
It also helps hair retain its natural color, and nourishes and strengthens hair follicles. As a natural moisturizer, it helps hair recover from dryness and damage.
5. Brahmi Powder for Hair Loss
Brahmi is a herb used for its relaxative and healing properties as well as for actively increasing blood circulation.
Brahmi powder is obtained by drying the leaves of the plant then grinding it into a fine powder. Brahmi powder helps strengthen the hair and prevent split ends.
Brahmi powder is often used in combination with neem powder. If you’re unsure, you can conduct a strand test on a few strands of shed hair before trying it out.
6. Neem Powder for Hair Loss
Neem powder is made by drying and grinding the neem flower (aka Indian lilac) as well as its parts.
It’s a rich green color with a strong but not unpleasant odor. Neem powder has antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
It’s excellent for maintaining hair color and treating scalp conditions. Use it in combination with Brahmi powder for a more effective treatment.
7. Amla Powder for Hair Loss
Amla/amlaki is aka Indian gooseberry and is an effective, quick-acting remedy for hair fall caused by hard water, reaction to products, or unnecessary shedding.
The gooseberry plant grows in India, and parts of the Middle East & Asia. Amla powder contains significant amounts of Vitamin C.
Additional nutrients include calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, and vitamin B. The carotene, iron, vitamin B & C in amla works to prevent hair fall by fortifying the roots.
If you have colored your hair previously, the tannin content also enhances and maintains the color especially black, and improves shine.
Amla powder is produced by drying up the pulpy fruit from the tree. It is then ground into a fine powder.
You can also create hair oils with these herbs. I am currently working on an article about creating your own hair oil with ayurvedic herbs and will upload it shortly.
The Ayurvedic treatments will work more effectively when combined with other hair growth methods.
Ayurvedic recipes and how to combine them with other hair growth methods are covered more extensively in The Ultimate Hair Growth Guide.
Abi is a curly hair expert who delved into the world of natural oils after severe hair loss issues. Through her research, study, and testing, she was able to regrow her bald spots & a healthy head of hair. She is the founder of Healthy Natural Hair Products & Ade Ori Hair Care, and the author of the highly-rated Healthy Hair Care Series. She continues to study hair science, Ayurveda, and natural and healthy solutions for hair and skin. Learn more about our Editorial Guidelines…
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