Becoming a curly or coily hair mixtress can be intimidating. Some mixtresses we see on YouTube or on blogs seem to have it all together. They are making soaps, conditioners, lotions, and teas. It can become overwhelming and intimidating. If you add trying to be an Ayurvedic mixtress, then you really add some complexity into the mix (pun intended) because for many of us we are not that schooled in Ayurveda herbs for hair care.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Ayurveda is considered one of the oldest healing sciences that have a holistic approach to health. It is designed to help people live a long, healthy, and well-balanced life. It has been practiced in India for at least 5,000 years. It has recently become popular again in western cultures and is used to treat illnesses and maintain balance in the body, mind, and consciousness through proper eating, drinking, and lifestyle.
Ayurvedic Hair Shampoo
The main components of this shampoo are 2 part cleansers, 1 part conditioner, and 1 part liquid, usually water. Choosing your cleansers and conditioners to use is completely up to you!
Examples of cleansers
- Aritha (soap nuts) is a natural cleansing agent and great for oily hair and will improve volume.
- Shikakai powder is a cleanser and mild conditioner that improves dandruff and promotes hair growth.
- Neem powder will help exfoliate, cleanse, and nourish the scalp.
- Amla stimulates hair growth and will prevent graying while strengthening hair at the roots.
- Marshmallow root will nourish the hair follicles and scalp with its conditioning properties.
- 1 cup distilled water
- 4 tsp. shredded marshmallow root
Ayurvedic Hot Oil Treatment
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp. Brahmi powder
For Absolute Beginners
If these recipes are too complex, then do not worry I have you covered. You can add a few teaspoons of Ayurvedic powders to your regular shampoos, daily conditioners, and deep conditioners to incorporate Ayurveda into your regular routine. For shampooing, add a 1-3 teaspoons of one of the cleansing powders listed above to your current conditioner. For conditioning, add a 1-3 teaspoons of one of the conditioning powders above to your current daily or weekly conditioner. This is a great way to slowly incorporate Ayurveda into your hair regimen and to find out which herbs you like.
Have you ever tried Ayurveda? Any tips for other Ayurvedic newbies?