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Treating hair problems with ayurveda.

Updated: Feb 13, 2021

For most of us, a good hair day instantly puts us in a good mood. Such is the importance of our hair.Though every single person experiences some amount of hair fall on a daily basis – in fact, even animals do! The question is the extent of hair loss. They say as many as a hundred strands a day is normal! So, the problem is when you have more hair loss than that and falling hair do break our heart Or, when there is no compensating hair growth.

Our mood is even affected by a rare bad hair day, imagine how dreadful it’s to deal with your precious hair locks beginning to fall off.


After a certain age Hair loss, hair thinning, signs of early greying and balding of hair is a normal phenomenon. But now they are increasingly common in a majority of young people these days. one should look for care to prevent white hair and promote natural regrowth of hair.


So, what should you do? How do you deal with this problem and eliminate it from the root?? Well, one possible solution is Ayurveda for your hair loss woes. To rescue you from the dull, greying, frizzy and thinning hair our team of doctors is ready to help you. Make your first step to have dense, long and lustrous hair again and you might find this article useful as we have compiled our best advice on managing hair loss at its early stages.


Ayurveda and hair


The Ayurvedic system is based on the concept of keeping the three dosha levels - Vata, Pitta, and Kapha - in balance. According to Ayurveda, hair fall occurs when there is an imbalance in these doshas, which form your innate Prakriti. Thus, in order to reverse hair loss, you need to work upon balancing your Ayurvedic doshas.


In order to achieve and maintain such a balanced state of dosha levels, one must follow Ayurveda on regular basis and when you do, you will see the improvement in your over all health not just reduced hairfall.


Below are the fundamental aspects responsible for dosha imbalances in your body:


1. Poor Nutrition

When your diet lacks essential nutrients [1] like Vitamin A, B, C, D, E, and K along with iron, magnesium, zinc, protein, etc., it leads to the elevation of Vata dosha in your body, leading to hair fall and hair loss.


2. Stress & Anxiety

Pitta levels in the body spike up when you undergo severe emotional and physical stress. When you are stressful and anxious, your body secretes excessive hormones to prepare itself to combat any potential threat it assumes to receive.


These sudden hormonal changes in the body affect hair growth. Unless it is a life-threatening situation, it is not good for your body to undergo stress-related hormonal changes.


stressed worried woman with hands on head


3. Poor Lifestyle

If factors like toxic or polluted environments, alcohol, smoking, etc., are part of your lifestyle, then you may have severe hair loss due to the build-up of excess oxidative stress in your body.



Increased hair fall in ayurveda is termed as khalitya and is classified under shiroroga.


Romakupagata / keshamulagata vitiated pitta (bhrajaka pitta) along with vitiated vata leads to dis-lodgement or withering of the hair from the hair roots. Further to this, vitiated sleshma / kapha along with rakta will cover and causes obstruction to the hair root, which results in no further hair growth from that place.


Increased intake of fried, sour, spicy, salty, and fermented foods, as well as tea and coffee, aggravate the Pitta Dosha (Ayurvedichumour representing Fire) in the body. This Pitta accumulates in the skin of the scalp, leading to hair falling out and greying prematurely. Factors like excessive anger and stress are also responsible. Excessive consumption of alcohol and meat also aggravate Pitta.



Khalitya is primarily a Pitta predominant tridoshajanya vyadhi (all three doshas vitiated disease). But based on the predominance of dosha, is divided into following types.


Vataja Khalitya : In this type, Keshbhoomi or scalp appears as if it is Agnidagdha(thick like the scars of burn) and it becomes brittle and brownish.When Vata dosha spikes in your body, it dehydrates your scalp tissues. Your hair follicles lack protection from harsh conditions like UV radiation. This creates breakage and split ends in your dry hair. The roots also become weak and hair falls off from the damaged follicles. Eventually, these damaged follicles become dormant, causing hair loss.

If you display an imbalance in Vata dosha symptoms, your hair is susceptible to become excessively dry, frizzy and brittle. Normal vata hair is dry and brittle.


Pittaja Khalitya : In this type the colour of scalp appears as Peeta, Neela and Harita. The scalp is surrounded by the Siras (venous congestion). Sweat may be found all over scalp.

When Pitta elevates in your body, your scalp tissues receive excess heat from inside. This causes inflammation in your follicles, which weakens your hair roots. The inflamed follicles fail to nourish the hair, leading to hair fall and premature greying.

If you display an imbalance in Pitta dosha symptoms, you are likely to have receding hairlines and a thinning texture in your hair. The heat in the scalp leads to colour changes. For instance, your hair might manifest a brownish tinge/shade, if it is not normally brown. This can lead to greying of hair and balding. Normal pitta hair is thin and can be brown.


Kaphaja Khalitya : In this type, the colour of the scalp is more or less same as the colour of skin but here it is Ghana and Snigdha in appearance and the colour tends towards whitish tinge. The scalp becomes more thicker.

When Kapha level raises, your scalp starts over secretion of sebum. The sebum build-up clogs the hair follicle receptors, from where it receives nutrients from the blood. This prevents hair growth. Greasy scalp with oily dandruff is caused due to Kapha aggravation in your body.


If you display imbalance in Kapha dosha symptoms, you are likely to have excessively oily and sticky hair. This can lead to blocks in the follicles of your scalp. This leads to hair fall. Normal kapha hair is thick.



Sannipataja or Tridoshaja Khalitya : In this type of Khalitya, characteristic of all the three Doshas are observed. The scalp looks like burnt and it bears nail like appearance.


How hair becomes when doshas are in imbalance


Vata - Tendency to become dry, brittle Frizzy and brittle hair with dandruff and split ends


Pitta- Tendency to become thin, oily,silky Premature greying and balding of hair


Kapha - Tendency to become oily, thick, Clogged and extremely oily scalp


In every condition, there is a need to remove toxins from your system, whether you know the cause of it or not. So detoxification is of the essence.




NOTE

As per Ayurveda, hair is a direct by-product of the quality of your bone tissue. If there is weakness in the bone tissue, hair loss is a natural result.


 

To understand more let’s study the structure of our hair strands. A hair follicle anchors each strand of hair into the skin, and a hair bulb forms the base of the hair follicle. Inside this hair bulb, living cells divide and grow to build the hair shaft. The blood vessels nourish these cells in the hair bulb and deliver hormones that modify hair growth and hair structure at different times of life.


Hair tends to grow at different rates in different people, on average, though, it grows around one-half inch per month. Since, on average, you can lose up to 100 strands of hair in a day, but for most people, the rate of hair new hair growth is such that it compensates for the daily loss of hair. But in some cases, this cycle of hair growth and shedding is disturbed when the hair follicles that we talked about earlier in this section get destroyed and replaced by scar tissues.


The normal cycle of hair growth lasts for 2 to 6 years and each hair grows approximately one centimeter (less than half an inch) per month during this phase. About 90 percent of the hair on your scalp is growing at any one time. About 10 percent of the hair on your scalp, at any one time, is in a resting phase. After 2 to 3 months, the resting hair falls out and new hair starts to grow in its place.


Both men and women tend to lose hair thickness and amount as they age. But with regular care and nourishing routines it can be delayed and slowed to quite an extent.



 

HAIR DISEASES, PROBLEMS AND THEIR CAUSES:



1.Due to diseases such as typhoid


2.Iron deficiency ( low haemoglobin ,anaemia ): Not getting enough iron can lead to hair loss.


3.Hormonal imbalances(thyroid disorders)


4.Frequent headaches


5.Not oiling hair: Hair do not get adequate nourishment.


6.Not taking balanced diet


7.Baldness in family ( genetic problem): Male pattern baldness or thinning of hair (which could be of hereditary origin), Genetic baldness is caused by the body’s failure to produce new hairs and not by excessive hair loss.

It is the most common cause of hair loss in men. Men who have this type of hair loss usually have inherited the trait. Men who start losing their hair at an early age tend to develop more extensive baldness. In male-pattern baldness, hair loss typically results in a receding hair line and baldness on the top of the head.


8.Tension, stress: Experiencing a traumatic event(e.g., death of a loved one or divorce,after effects of accident) can cause hair loss.


9.dandruff .

The dandruff can be of many types; scaly dandruff is like big thick scales which when plucked cause hair to fall,

granules like dandruff which looks like wheat flour

and there is invisible dandruff too which is visible only under magnifying glass and is gathered near hair root and inhibits many parasites.


10.Thinning of hair in females after delivery,Giving birth: After giving birth, some women have noticeable hair loss. Falling estrogen levels cause this type of hair loss.Women may develop female-pattern baldness. In this form of hair loss, the hair can become thin over the entire scalp. The hair loss is temporary. In a few months, women see their hair re-grow.


11.During Menopause is a routine occurrence for women: Hair loss is common during menopause. This loss is often temporary. Hair re-grows with time. If a woman is 40 years of age or older, she should not expect her hair to have the fullness that it did when she was younger


12.Using of various hair styling products which might harm hair and its roots: Among women, regularly tying the hair too tightly with rubber bands, and using hair brushes which are not wide-toothed, can cause hair loss - this is also known as Traction Alopecia.

Your hairstyle and even some of the products you use on your hair can cause hair loss.


Example: Frequent bleaching, Regular or improper use of dyes, gels, relaxers, hair sprays, Blow dryers, flat irons, and other devices.

Frequent use of a blow dryer tends to damage hair. The high heat from a blow dryer can boil the water in the hair shaft leaving the hair brittle and prone to breakage.


Hairstyles

Years of wearing hair in a style that pulls on the hair such as a ponytail, cornrows, or braids can cause a type of hair loss known as traction alopecia.


13.Alopeia

There exist more types of Alopecia, called ‘Alopecia Areata.’ In essence, an autoimmune disease that affects up to 2% of the population, it causes round patches of hair loss and can lead to complete baldness, however, the good news is that the hair usually grows back.

Alopecia areata: Researchers believe that this is an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune means the body attacks itself. In this case, the body attacks its own hair. This causes smooth, round patches of hair loss on the scalp and other areas of the body. People with alopecia areata are often in excellent health. Most people see their hair re-grow.


Women, on the other hand, tend to keep their hairline. They see noticeably thinning hair. The first sign of hair loss for many women is a widening part. In rare cases, men see noticeably thinning hair. And in rare cases, women can see a receding hairline or bald patches. The reasons for this are unknown.


Cicatricial (scarring) alopecia: This rare disease develops in otherwise healthy people. The disease destroys a person’s hair follicles. Scar tissue forms where the follicles once were, so the hair cannot re-grow. Treatment tries to stop the inflammation, which destroys the hair follicles.


Central centrifugal cicatricial (scarring) alopecia: This type of hair loss occurs most often in women of African descent. It begins in the center of the scalp. As it progresses, the hair loss radiates out from the center of the scalp. The affected scalp becomes smooth and shiny. The hair loss can be very slow or rapid. When hair loss occurs quickly, the person may have tingling, burning, pain, or itching on the scalp. Treatment may help the hair re-grow if scarring has not occurred.


14.Illness: Significant hair loss can occur after an illness. A major surgery, high fever, severe infection, or even the flu can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss is called telogen (tee-lə-jen) effluvium (ih-flu-vee-uhm).


Ringworm of the scalp: This disease is contagious and common in children. Without effective treatment, ringworm can cause balding.


Trichotillomania: This medical disorder causes people to repeatedly pull out their own hair. They often feel a constant urge to pull out the hair on the scalp. Some sufferers say they feel compelled to pull out their eyelashes, nose hairs, eyebrows, and other hairs on their bodies.



15.Weight loss: Some people see hair loss after losing more than 15 pounds. The hair loss often appears 3 to 6 months after losing the weight. This hair loss is common. The hair re-grows without he