Let me tell you the truth.
One of these Ayurvedic hair oils is certainly going to rescue your hair!
Hair loss and thinning hair, baldness, dandruff and scalp problems, split ends and premature graying of hair are common hair problems. If you suffer from any of these woes, then it is time to reconsider your regular hair oil.
Coconut oil is known to be the best for hair. And herbal infused coconut oil? Even better! If you are wondering what exactly is an Ayurvedic Hair Oil, then I am going to tell you exactly that. For that, let me address your queries one by one.
How does Ayurveda explain hair loss?
According to Ayurveda, hair loss (fall) occurs due to excess of Vata, particularly in the site of Kapha. The treatment principle therefore adopted is to regulate Vata and strengthen Kapha. It can also occur due to rasa vaha srotodushti which is blockages in the channels carrying the rasa/lymphatic fluid. (I know that’s a bit of techy! But that’s how serious Ayurveda is about hair loss.) A hair oil is selected depending on the root cause of hair fall.
What should you look for in an Ayurvedic oil if you have hair fall?
Bhringaraja (Eclipta prostrata ), Amlaki (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Aswagandha (Withania somnifera), Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) and daruharidra (Berberis aristata) are the main herbs used in most of the Ayurvedic oils.
- Bhringaraja helps prevent hair fall, rejuvenates the hair and restores the natural colour of hair.It strengthens the roots of the hair and prevents split ends. It also makes hair more manageable and brings damaged hair back to life.
- Amla (Amlaki/Indian gooseberry) reduces all the aggravated doshas by balancing them. It strengthens the hair follicles and reduces the inflammation of scalp. The juice of amla fruit reduces the burning sensation of skin.
- Yastimadhu also balances the tridoshas, (mainly Pitta). It acts as an emollient that prevents dry, itchy skin. Its anti-inflammatory pitta-reducing effects are commonly employed to treat red, hot, inflamed skin disorders.
- Daruharidra also acts on the pitta rakta dhatus.It is a specific herb for treating imbalanced rakta dhatu agni. Daruharidra pacifies Kapha and Pitta and is useful in the management of the diseases resulting from the aggravation of Kapha/ Pitta or both.
- Ashwagandha (Indian ginseng) pacifies vata dosha. It is indicated in various problems like stress,insomnia,which results in hair loss.
- Bibhitaki is a rejuvenative to aid hair growth and acts as a natural hair dye to reduce premature graying of hair.
What are some classical Ayurvedic oils for hair problems?
You cannot make a choice of hair oil by looking at these herbs alone. Hence I am providing you with some top rated classical hair oils.
- Kaiyyonyadi Tailam: A very popular hair oil, Kayyonyadi tailam is made of coconut oil using herbs like bhringaraja, guduchi, amalaki, yastimadhu, daruharidra and cow milk. This is right for you if you have split ends, grey hair and hair fall.
- Neelibhringadi Tailam: Another favourite of women, Neelibringadi oil is contains the extract of neeli (Indigofera tinctorea), bhringaraja, amla, liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) and daruharidra. It would surprise you if I am to tell you that Neelibringadi contains not only the essence of coconut milk but also goat milk and buffalo milk. You should try this if you have itchy scalp, scalp related disorders, aloepecia, premature graying, hair fall, and dandruff. This oil promotes hair growth and has cooling effects. It is not ideal for people who suffer from sinus and respiratory disorders.
- Bhringamalakadi tailam: This is excellent for scalp problems and insomnia. With bringaraja and amla as the main ingredients, Bringamalakadi is soothing for the head and the eyes. It is also used in the treatment of eye disorders.
- Durvadi kera tailam: Itchy head and dandruff? Durvadi it is! Prepared in coconut oil (or sesame oil), Durvadi relieves dandruff with the potent effects of durva leaves (Cynodon dactylon).
- Dhurdhurapatradi Thailam: If you prefer sesame oil to coconut oil, then you can use Dhurdhurapatradi tailam to treat hair fall. It is made of the juice extract of dhurdurapathra (Datura metel) and is good for itchy scalp and dandruff. Just note that some companies do prepare this oil is coconut oil base too.
- Chemparathyadi Thailam: I love this! My mother prepares a variation of this at home. Chemparathyadi is made of ingredients including the juice of hibiscus, leaves of bilwa (Aegle marmelos), paranti (Ixora coccinia), betel leaf, tulsi leaf, neeli, vasini, tamalaki, paste of jeeraka (cumin/ Cuminum cyminum)) and krishnajeeraka (Carum carvi). This is very effective for skin and scalp conditions like eczema, scabies, pruritis and dandruff. You may without doubt use this as your regular hair oil to prevent scalp problems and to promote hair growth.
- Malatyadi keram: Malatyadi is coconut oil infused with the extracts of malati (jasmin), naktamala (Pongamia pinnata), karaveera (Nerium indicum) and Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica). It is very effectively used not only in hair fall but also aloepecia, dandruff and premature baldness. It promotes hair growth.
- Kunthalakanti Tailam: This is a highly cooling and soothing hair oil that mainly treats dandruff and premature graying of hair. The ingredients include vibhitaki, bhringaraja, amalaki, jambeera taila, neeli panchagandha and milk.
There are so many hair oils in the market. How to know what is genuine and what is not?
Every day there is a new product in the market and an exciting commercial to promote it. You are not going to get carried away by the words of your favourite celebrity talking about the product. You are going to look at the labels, identify the ingredients and consider the authenticity of the product. At best what you can do is to buy from a trusted dealer and of a known brand.
I feel you should opt for a classical Ayurvedic hair oil rather than follow the latest commercial.
Listen, your hair is waiting for you.
(My sincere thanks to Dr. Arati Varma who provided all necessary information on Ayurvedic herbs and oils for this article.)