What are the Top 10 Hair Problems?
Well! So its a Weekend party and you want to wear your nice black suit. The next moment you dread the white flaky dandruff
which will cover the shoulders of your beautiful dress. Alas! So rather than your dress being admired, people would embarrass you with the flakes on your shoulders. In a similar manner , you may want to wear a white flared dress. But its a dream only for you as your heavy hair fall would be likely to be noticed more than you beautiful white dress. Hair fall and Dandruff are most common of the top 10 hair problems.
We all live in a fast paced world where stress , paucity of time is the new normal. And therefore the result is hair and skin problems.Hair problems like dandruff, hair fall, thinning of hair, Dry & Frizzy Hair etc. So lets look at the top 10 hair problems in a 2 blog series. Here we deal with top five ones of the top 10 hair problems. We have covered next five in our part 2 of this blog.
Just before we delve into the problems and reason for each- here is a quick refresher on the dosha Imbalances.
In Ayurveda, All problems are because of imbalance of Vata , Piitta and Kapha Doshas. Vata is the element of air and ether. Vata Imbalance causes excess air related problems such as dryness, cold etc. On other hand Pitta is the element of Fire and Water. Imbalance of Pitta causes increase in Fire, Volatility. Pitta or Fire Drives our digestion and Metabolism and its imbalance causes Problems in Digestion/Metabolism. Kapha is the element of Earth and Water. Imbalance in it causes excess of Earth and manifests as excess secretion of oil , excess weight as these are all qualities of earth. To Bring balance to each of these , we need to treat the qualities with opposing qualities, for eg when we have excess vata causing dryness – we treat with opposite elements of kapha to balance it.
So coming to Hair problems, Ayurveda based treatment starts with determination of hair type – whether its Kapha , Pitta or Vata and then determining what is out of balance. Then we treat it with the balancing elements.
So Lets see what each is the reason for each condition and how we can treat them with Ayurveda. Before we understand the reason for each, as per Ayurveda, any condition is result of Dosha Imbalances. Our Body is made of balance of Vata , Kapha and Pitta elements. Its when one of these are not balanced , some dis-ease or health condition happens.
According to Ayurveda, Darunak or dandruff is categorized as a Shudra Roga.It is said to be due to an imbalance of all three doshas (Ayurvedic biohumors). The primary Doshas that cause this problem are Kapha and Vata. While Kapha represents softness and stickiness, Vata can be dry and rough. In a more severe condition, the Vata-Kapha imbalance can cause impurities to accumulate in the deep tissues of the scalp causing this condition which is dry and sticky in nature. So to cure dandruff one has to restore the Kapha-Vata Imbalance . Use a holistic combination of cleansing with Kapha-Pitta Restoring Herbal cleansers such as Sutatva Sulfate Free Shampoo or Natural Hair Cleanser. Also Ayurvedic oils like Healthy root oil and , Diet and Yoga/Mediation helps immensely. Read in detail about the Ayurvedic Dandruff regime here in our another blog.
Hair Fall is the second most common hair problem after Dandruff/Flaky Hair. As per Ayurveda , the root cause for Hair Loss is because of the Pitta Dosha. Pitta controls our digestion and when pitta is imbalanced, digestion and metabolism gets upset leading to overall health deterioration and loss of hair. To Balance the Pitta , and restore hair, we need to treat it with opposing qualities of coolness, heaviness (nourishing) and dryness. Herbs and Diets consisting of Bhringraj, Amla, Neem, Ritha, Ashwagandha, Brahmi, ALoe vera provides the necessary cooling. One also needs ayurvedic oil massage with oils containing all these ingredients. Sutatva Hair & Scalp Tonic has all the ingredients. Massage at least 3 times a week. Even better use a hot towel post usage so that the elements can seep into the root of the hair.
Greasy Hair means oily hair. This is caused due to the production of excess sebum from the hair gland. Sebum is the natural oil secreted from our scalp to nourish our hair. In Ayurveda, oil hair is due to the imbalance of the Kapha dosha. A proper diet, Ayurvedic products and proper lifestyle can pacify the Kapha doshas. Use of Henna powder with curd, Lemon Juice and Aloe Vera products such as Aloe Vera Gel can be very helpful. These are light and cool and hence contain Kapha balancing elements.
Dry Hair is a Vata Dosha. Vata is made of air and ether and has qualities of coolness, dryness and lightness. An excess of it causes dry hair. This imbalance is usually caused by hard water for washing your hair or shampooing too much, which removes the natural oil and causes imbalance of vata. To restore the vata balance it is important tp nourish the scalp and hair.Hence it is essential to give them a blend of proteins and fats. For the purpose, you should oil your hair twice in a week with oils like cold pressed coconut oil, cold pressed almond oil etc.
Frizz hair is is hair that does not align with the surrounding hairs. Rather they stand up or curls independently, and create a fuzzy / irregular texture. The three reasons for frizzy and dry hair are Heredity, hair damage, and humidity.As per Ayurveda, Excess Vata causes the hair to be dry, frizzy, brittle, and lusterless. One of the effective ways to treat Frizzy Dry Hair is with cold pressed coconut oil. Coconut Oil is High in Fat and Nutrition and Has Opposite qualities to Vata. Hence It is very effective in treating Frizzy hair and any other condition where Vata Dosha is not balanced.
Please do get in touch with our Hair and Skin Specialist to understand the Type of Hair and Also to treat any of these remedies in case you have them.