AYURVEDA FOR HAIR
I thought about the topic of this article for a while and then I noticed in one of the Facebook groups that there are a lot of questions about excessive hair loss. I had the same problem years ago, and I can tell you that this was an extremely stressful time for me. I was in the middle of studying to become an esthetician and my days looked something like this: I got up in the morning, quickly ate something and went to work (student work). After work, I jumped for lunch and then went to lectures or practical work that lasted until the evening. And this was at least 3x a week.
At that time, my hair was long and I noticed that I was losing a lot of it during washing, but I did not pay any special attention to it, I was sure it will pass. My hair was getting thinner and thinner, but I was still in denial. I vividly remember the morning when I stepped into the kitchen in my pajamas, started eating croissants and my mother yelled, “Aldiana! Your hair, you're bald! ”PANIC! Shock! What's happening?? I immediately rushed to the mirror and noticed a small area with no hair on the back of my head. I picked up the phone and called my hairdresser who advised me to see a doctor. I went to the doctor and we did a checkup and some blood tests (thyroid). Everything was ok. I still wasn't calm and so I went to a dermatologist. She explained to me that circular hair loss, alopecia, can occur due to a variety of causes: thyroid problems and the resulting hormonal imbalance, inflammation somewhere in the body, or stress. Great. How can I not be stressed, if I'm bald? Accepting the fact that I cannot control everything, that I need time for myself to breathe, calm down and accept the situation, was not easy. Of course, I didn't want to talk about it at first. Later, I learned that this was not an isolated case at all. Hair loss is a common occurrence, but we don't usually want to talk about it.
During that period I started to research a lot about hair care products and tried many things. I ate (and still eat) a lot of millet and oatmeal, added vitamin D... But I will not write about nutritional supplements and nutrition in general because I do not have enough knowledge and do not want to spread the wrong information. But I can talk about the products I used. I still use some of them. Before alopecia, I didn't pay too much attention to my hair care product and I didn't care which shampoo I grab. The important thing was that it cleaned my hair. Masks? Too much work. I take time for my skincare, but I never found time for my hair. What the hell am I supposed to do in the shower while waiting for the mask to soak in?
I bought castor oil, which didn't help me much and took forever to wash out. In fact, there were many times when I still found oil in my hare even after 2-3 shampoing sessitons. Later, a friend from Belgrade brought me Brahmi & Amla hair oil, which is green in color and has a rather specific scent. A blend known from Ayurvedic medicine promotes hair growth, prevents hair loss and nourishes from root to tip. I used to use it once a week, but now maybe once a month, or less. I apply the oil to my scalp, massage for a few minutes and leave on my hair for a few hours, sometimes overnight. To prevent the spread of odors and greasy stains on the pillow, I wrap my hair in a shower cap. I also discovered amla powder in one of Ljubljana's healthy stores, which you can simply mix with water. Allow the prepared paste (yogurt consistency) to stand for 15 minutes and then apply it to the hair as a mask. Then wrap your hair in plastic wrap and leave for one hour. Wash your hair normally. Research shows that amla fruits have antiviral and antimicrobial activity. As I mentioned earlier, Ayurvedic medicine has been using it for hair and skin care for ages. It is an antioxidant (rich in Vitamin C), prevents hair graying and restores pigment with regular use. Contains tannins, so it is also used in dyeing hair in brown shades. Of course, I tried that too. I bought the henna powder, which was also supposed to strengthen my hair, mixed it with amla and indigo, which gives brown shades of hair. Great for hair, but very time-consuming. Also, I never know the shade I used, so I gave up. When I say that the process is time-consuming I do not mean a few hours, but the whole weekend practically. You're supposed to mix the henna powder with warm water and leave it in a covered container for 12 hours to remove the pigment. Then you add water mixed with indigo and allow to stand for 15 min. Then blend it all together and apply it to your hair. Again, your head should be wrapped in transparent foil for 2-3 hours, or overnight. Great for hair, a nightmare for impatient people like me.
I also tried sena, sometimes called "colorless henna". The process is similar to that with henna, except that there is no need to wait for the pigment to develop. You mix the dust with warm water and that's it. Much faster. The mixture is then applied to the scalp and covered with food foil, left to stand for one hour and washed as usual. Sena is a great conditioner, giving it flexibility, shine, and a silky feel. It is also more suitable for blond hair as it gives them a golden luster. Should be used once a month for intensively nourished hair.
From all the things I listed, I still use Brahmi & Amla oil and sena which I am currently running out of. In addition to these, I also bought Pura D'or shampoo and balm for thin hair. By the way, on Amazon, this shampoo has almost 10,000 five star reviews. Right now, my hair is short and I don't feel the need to care for it so intensively. They are denser and stronger than ever. I also cut them regularly. I hope that my experience will help any of you who are experiencing more severe hair loss or those who want to nourish your hair in an alternative way. It takes patience but in the end, it pays up when you take a little more time.