I was writing down some goals the other night and decided to incorporate my hair into them, the same way I would my work, relationships and body. Why not? I really respond to ‘to do’ lists, deadlines and goals setting. So, having this hair goal will force me to really take care of my hair and pay attention to how I’m treating it and explore new ways of treating it. Maybe the Ayurvedic way… Plus looking at my sister’s hair, I realize a lot of it has to do with taking care of my body from the inside out.
Anywhoo, I straightened my hair two nights ago to do a length check. As you can see, my hair doesn’t really straighten that well. I had it in a bun for literally 5 minutes and it took to the curl immediately but it was good enough to check my length. I was happy to see that it has grown but I’d like to get it all one length in the back with some layers that make a little sense. I know I’m going to have to cut my hair in order to do that but I refuse to until it gets a little longer. So, my goal is to get my shorter pieces in the back to catch up with that one long piece. That way I can get my curls more properly shaped to face without a drastic change in my length. Too ambitious? We’ll see.
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Written by Leah U. Hawkins
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|Leah Before Her Big Chop|
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What is Ayurveda?
The University of Maryland Medical Center defines it as “the oldest healing science, Ayurveda is a holistic approach to health that is designed to help people live long, healthy, and well-balanced lives. The term Ayurveda is taken from the Sanskrit words ayus, meaning life or lifespan, and veda, meaning knowledge. It has been practiced in India for at least 5,000 years and has recently become popular in Western cultures. The basic principle of Ayurveda is to prevent and treat illness by maintaining balance in the body, mind and consciousness through proper drinking, diet, and lifestyle, as well as herbal remedies.”
What is an Ayurvedic Hair Care Regimen?
A lot of naturalistas are reaping the benefits of Ayurvedic practices. It is a regimen that includes herbal mixtures, rinses, prepoos and natural oils. This practice stems from Ayurveda, a traditional medicine native of India. Ayurveda is Sanskrit for “the complete knowledge for long life”. To find out what Ayurvedic regimen is right for you take this quiz.
I was first introduced to Ayurvedic hair care by the fabulous Moptop Maven. If you haven’t visited her site you should! Mop top says:
“One of my favorite and most effective regimen’s thus far [and unfortunately most complex] has been my Ayurvedic Regimen. I can honestly say it greatly contributed to the growth, thickness, and overall health of my hair. Ayurvedic regimens are effective, and easily customizable to suit your hair needs.
Some Ayurvedic Herbs and Products-
Henna- for cuticle repair, promotes growth &shine, thickens hair, temporarily loosens curl pattern
Neem- is anti-fungal, soothes the scalp, treats head lice, promotes shine, combats dryness
Amla- most potent anti-oxidant on earth, improves circulation within the scalp, conditions, prevents graying
Brahmi-strengthens and nourishes hair at the root, promotes growth
Hibiscus- detangles hair, thickens hair, discourages split ends
Methi- promotes curls, promotes growth
There are many more but these are enough to learn as an introduction.
Here are some example Ayurvedic Hair Recipes from Mop Top Maven:
In a large bowl, mix 1/4 cup of Neem Oil with 6 drops of Tea Tree Oil. Pour oil mixture over head, massage into scalp, and cover for about an hour. - Use this treatment on dry, unwashed hair.
Coconut Milk Protein Treatment: This is an easy, inexpensive way to do an all natural protein treatment at home. The nutrients in Coconut Milk encourages healthy hair growth, and also helps strengthen hair.
In a large bowl, mix one can of Coconut Milk, 4 tbsp of honey and 4 tbsp of Olive Oil. Carefully pour mixture over head, and cover for about 30 minutes. - Use this treatment on dry, unwashed hair.
Hibiscus Rinse: Doing a final rinse with Hibiscus Petal Powder leaves your hair feeling soft and conditioned [from the mucilage], it also makes detangling woes, and excess hair loss a thing of the past.
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, then remove from heat. Add 4 tablespoons Hibiscus petals and allow to steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain liquid through sieve, or cheesecloth and discard petals. Pour mixture over your head after rinsing out conditioner. Massage thoroughly, then rinse with cool water after about 5 minutes.
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Places to Buy:
This can be a bit difficult. I suggest you find a local India grocer.
- Washed my hair with Kinky Curly’s Come Clean Shampoo
- Did a quick protein treatment using Giovanni’s Extreme Protein Hair Infusion
- Deep Conditioned with Miss Jessie’s Super Sweetback Treatment
- Applied Giovanni’s Direct Leave In Conditioner
- Straightened my hair (only to take length and goal pics)
- Applied Moroccan Oil
|Gina before going natural|
|Gina after her 2nd big chop
and weekly ayurvedic treatment