This Ayurvedic Treatment is my Healthy Hair Secret
I often get asked what’s my hair secret and it’s that the health of your hair is a byproduct of your lifestyle. Oftentimes we see hair products as commodities we can consume to get a desired result. Instead of looking within ourselves to learn and understand our own unique hair type, we try all these different products in an attempt to get that “look”.
What I love about the Ayurvedic approach to hair care is that is takes me off of that hamster wheel of looking for that next product and instead has me looking at everything in my environment. It recommends herbs, oils and lifestyle modifications that will bring out the best in your own unique hair type. It’s an amazing opportunity to broaden your hair regimen to include not only nourishing ancient herbs, but to consider how food and the way you manage stress affect your hair. By boosting your digestive fire, we can have healthier organs and tissues that improve the hairs luster, strength and shine and your overall well being.
I’m teaming up with Mountain Rose Herbs, who is the largest provider of organic herbs and oils on the make this nourishment packed Ayurvedic Herb Infused Henna treatment. It’s really important to get the freshest best quality herbs that are free of pesticides and other chemicals. Mountain Rose Herbs is committed to making sure that no conventionally grown herb or spice enters their packaging facility. By empowering yourself to buy organic herbs and oils, then making your own products, you are minimizing your intake of toxins that lead to nervous and endocrine system disruption.
Ayurvedic Hair Types
In Ayurveda, there are 3 doshas that make up your constitution. We each have all 3 but 1 or more of the types may dominate.
Healthy Vata-Type Hair is relatively thin, but often a bit coarse, may be straight, curly, or a combination of the two, grows quickly, and can be a bit unruly—potentially making it more challenging to style.
Healthy Pitta-Type Hair is straight, soft, predictable, and of moderate thickness, but very fine.
Healthy Kapha-Type Hair is typically wavy, lustrous, full, strong, coarse, and thick
Take so time to fill out the quiz on Banyan Botanicals to see which profile resonates with you. My hair type is primarily Vata with a little bit of Pitta. Treatments that are moisturizing and provide strength work wonders for curly hair which tends to more delicate and brittle.
Herb Infused Henna Treatment
Henna is a plant that grows in the deserts of Middle East, North Africa and Asia. This plant contains hannatannic acid that when mixed with hot water, will coat the hair. It seals in oils, tightens the cuticle giving your hair a rich, healthy shine. The Indigo Black Henna from MRH comes premixed with Henna, Amla, Turmeric and Aloe, Beet root and many other amazing herbs that naturally add a semi permanent color to the hair. It won’t color the hair permanently and usually washes out in 3 months. Instead of plain hot water to mix, I brewed some Green Sencha and Marhsmallow Root tea to add to the Henna because caffeine is known to stimulate hair growth.
6 Tablespoons Black Henna
1 Tablespoon Senna Leaf
1/2 tablespoon Green Sencha Loose Leaf Tea
1/2 tablespoon Marshmallow root
Combine Henna and Senna Leaf in a bowl. Put the Green Tea and Marshmallow Root in a cup to steep the herbs. Bring a pot of water to boil and pout over the tea. Once the tea is ready add roughly 1-2 cups of it to the henna mixture until you achieve your desired consistency. Add the remaining tea to a spray bottle and use to detangle the hair in small sections. Put on some gloves then apply the henna to your hair starting at the root and working your way down. Leave in for 2-3 hours before thoroughly rinsing with warm water. Allow hair to air dry and then follow up with a deep conditioner!
You’ll notice after repeated uses, the henna will have a cumulative affect on the hair which leads to less breakage and shedding over time. In the next post, we’ll explore the small lifestyle modifications that Ayurveda recommends to maintain a balance between mind, body and spirit and thus healthier overall hair and health. In the meantime visit www.mountainroseherbs.com to check out their selection of organic herbs and oils. Have you done a henna treatment before? Are you curious to add more herbs and oils to your regimen? Check out this mix in action in the video below: