Now that we’ve covered Ayurvedic physical health practices, we want to make sure you have all the knowledge, tips, and tricks on Ayurvedic hair care. Ayurveda is based on holistic ideology, so when it comes to the hair it’s not just about topical treatments and products. It’s a lifestyle.
When it comes to growing out your hair, a routine is queen! Having a stable and consistent regimen helps your hair remain healthy, balanced, and thriving. Ayurvedic hair care revolves around natural ingredients and TLC.
Today we’re breaking it down.
BUT FIRST, LET’S ADMIRE THESE AMAZING RESULTS
Look at all of Julia’s progress!
“I really am sooo glad I joined this challenge, don’t have a pic from 1 feb tho (my hair really grows slow normally) but this is the growth I’ve seen so far and I’ve had a mini chop on my ends for the challenge. Pretty amazing right?”
“Hey ladies! I’m new to the group. So I thought I should start by posting my progress pics. In the beginning, my goal was just to get back to my pre-cut length but to my surprise, I already reached that. I have also seen a decrease in shedding and breakage and an increase in the thickness of my strands of hair. I am really loving the results.”
If you haven’t tried pre-pooing in your routine, you’re truly missing out–it’s a game changer. Pre-pooing is short for “pre-shampooing.” It’s a process done before washing the hair meant to make wash days much easier, usually using oils to detangle or even aloe vera. This way, the hair is nice and tangle free, making washing easy breezy. Plus, the hair is prepped with nutrients before cleansing.
You can pre-poo thirty minutes to an hour before shampooing, or even the night before to really allow the oils seep into the hair and scalp and work their magic.
Use an infused hair oil to give your scalp a nice massage, first with your hands, and then going in with a vibrating scalp massager. This helps exfoliate the scalp to get rid of debris, which could impede hair growth.
If using a DIY Oil use a lighter oil–infusing it with our GREEN TEA LENGTH STRENGTHENING TEA RINSE with other herbs—on the length of her hair strands. She recommends using any oil you like on the length of your hair; olive oil, macadamia oil, avocado oil, whatever oil works best for you!
STEP 2: MASSAGE
Massage is a huge component of Ayurveda; it allows for healthy blood flow and circulation in the body, plus it feels amazing. Scalp massages are incredible for stimulating and nourishing the hair follicles, and when paired with Ayurvedic herbs–match made in heaven!
Giving yourself a scalp massage 2-3 times per week is super relaxing, plus it adds incredible nutrients to the hair and stimulates the scalp. This is a huge factor in hair growth. With curly hair, it’s difficult for the natural oils the scalp produces to travel down the hair shaft, which is why curly-haired people often have dry hair. By adding oils to the scalp during a scalp massage, the scalp and hair are able to maintain necessary moisture levels throughout the week, leaving the hair super healthy.
Starting out on wet hair, apply the wash to the scalp and down the length of the hair in sections, twisting each section as she goes.
Allow the cleanser to sit for a few minutes and rinse with warm water when ready. Follow up with a deep treatment (we’ll go over that Friday).
STEP 4: HAIR MASK
The is an incredible treatment for the hair, HENNA STRENGTHENING HAIR GLOSS. Henna adds structure to the hair by filling in weak gaps in the hair cuticle. Going in with a henna mask alone can be a lot for the hair to handle, so this recipe is considered a henna gloss–meaning it includes other ingredients to add balance, but henna is the star of the show. The glosses are formulated to be strengthening and moisturizing treatments all in one! This henna gloss features marshmallow root for slip, green tea to stimulate hair growth and avocado oil to hydrate the hair.
First off, it helps to mix the Henna Gloss with a bit of water or aloe vera juice– and press out all of the lumps–before mixing with another ingredient. This helps the mask and added ingredient blend well together.
Mix 1-3 teaspoons of the gloss with your favorite deep conditioner or fresh ingredient–like avocado, banana or yogurt.
You can also use the Henna Gloss with a store bought deep conditioner. She applies the mask generously to her hair in sections and twists as she goes. Let the Gloss sit for at least one hour. Rinse with warm water. *We recommend co-washing after toensure that all of the gloss is out of your hair before styling.
BENEFITS AND INGREDIENTS OF THE HENNA HAIR GLOSS
Henna: mends the hair cuticle and adds serious shine
Marshmallow Root: deeply moisturizes, provides slip and prevents breakage
Avocado Oil: hydrates the hair
Green Tea: stimulates hair growth and prevents hair loss
Apple Cider Vinegar: rids split ends and combats tangles
For the full ingredient list, head over to the site!
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HENNA GLOSS AND A FULL HENNA MASK?
Often people wonder what the difference is between a henna gloss and henna mask, and which to choose. When it comes down to it, henna glosses are much more beginner friendly than henna masks. As we discussed, a henna gloss includes other ingredients and is paired with a fresh ingredient or conditioner. This means that the amount of henna used is in much smaller quantities than in a mask, and because it’s paired with other ingredients, the moisture component is already there.
With a henna mask, the ingredients are simply henna and water (or aloe vera juice, something to form a paste), so the strengthening effects of the henna are much more intense, meaning after the henna mask, you must follow up with a moisturizing deep conditioner. This process is a lot longer than using a gloss. Also, you must be super careful with your hair while using a henna mask; since it’s so strong you don’t want to manipulate your hair carelessly, this could cause it to break. If you are experienced with henna and feel comfortable, definitely try a full mask! Your hair will be super defined and mega strong.
HERE ARE SOME AWESOME HENNA MASK DIY’S FOR THE MORE SEASONED FOLKS.
STEP 5: PROTECTIVE STYLING DURING THE WEEK
GREEN TEA RINSE
To add strength and moisture to her hair during the week, Curly Proverbz applies the GREEN TEA LENGTH STRENGTHENING TEA RINSE to her hair and scalp. Green tea is great for boosting hair growth, but this rinse also has lavender, black tea, and chamomile–all great for increased thickness and moisture. You can use it as a rinse treatment, or for hydration throughout the week:
When your hair in a protective style, like twists or braids, you can spray this rinse every other day. While rocking a wash n go, CP advises spraying the rinse every other day, or up to three times per week. Don’t forget the scalp!
Be sure to follow up the rinse with a moisturizing leave-in conditioner to maintain the perfect balance between strength and moisture.
Protective styles cut down on manipulation of the hair. Over manipulating the hair–through constantly changing styles, using heat, etc.–can be too much for the strands and cause them to break if not adequately moisturized. Also, protective styles keep the ends of the hair up and away from the elements and drying fabrics in our clothes. This helps to retain length and ensure healthy hair.
BENEFITS AND INGREDIENTS OF THE GREEN TEA RINSE
Green Tea: boosts hair growth and prevents dry scalp
Lavender: balances oil production on the scalp and promotes growth
Black tea: increases thickness and reduces shedding
Calendula: restores hair strands and increases collagen production in hair follicles
Chamomile: a natural moisturizer that promotes growth and adds shine For the full ingredient list, check this out.
Ladies and gentlemen, that is how you boost hair growth and health with Ayurvedic herbs and methods. Seems simple enough, right? It just takes a bit of effort and the right ingredients, and you’re set. If you try any of these products or methods and fall in love, show us your results! Tag us on social media using the hashtag #MyBelleBarRitual so we can see your amazing progress!