Daily Hair Care Routine – Simple Everyday Tips To Follow
Practice makes for perfect hair
We’ve complicated things way too much. The truth behind good health, glowing skin and gorgeous hair doesn’t lie in some convoluted formula of chemicals. A well-rested mind and a healthy tummy take care of it all. Sometimes, I feel we end up condoning the bare truth which is clearly known to us all for something more complex, maybe even more attractive like a very expensive hair spa or hair products that promise long and strong tresses.
But when it comes to your hair, Ayurveda has the best solutions, if only you could make it a routine. Soft, healthy and gorgeous hair is achievable with some extra time in your daily routine for your hair. It does not require a lot of effort, yet the results are very promising. I rely on this non-toxic routine for adding shine and silky-softness to my hair. For many of you, these habits will also help in keeping hair problems at bay or fighting hair problems that you may currently have.
Your Hair Loves Almonds
Almonds are a rich source of magnesium which helps in improving hair growth, and makes your hair stronger with healthier strands. It is also known to play a role in delaying the process of greying. The best way to eat almonds is to soak a few overnight and eat them in the morning.
Try Fresh Tulsi Leaves
Tulsi cleanses the blood and moderates Pitta which is related to heat in your body. The best way to eat Tulsi is to pluck the fresh leaves in the morning and have them as is but if you prefer slurping it down with your fruit smoothie then the results will still be the same. It puts a check on early greying and helps you flaunt lustrous and healthy hair. Tulsi is also known to have a calming effect on your body which reduces stress and helps you avoid hair fall caused by stress.
Add Amla to Your Diet
Amla is a valued ingredient in many Ayurvedic medicines. It is known for its oxidation abilities which help in reducing the overall aging process. The same nutrients in Amla also slow down premature greying of hair. Additionally, Ayurveda deems Amla to be one of the best means of stay youthful.
Detoxify Through Nasya Karma
Nasya Karma is a detoxification process which helps in the purification of blood flowing through your face and scalp, and is best practiced in the morning before you take a bath. Seat yourself comfortably in a chair and prop your head backwards. With the help of a dropper, pour 3-4 drops of coconut, mustard, or sesame oil in each of your nostrils. Strongly inhale and you are done. If you feel the oil in your throat then spit it out and gargle. Simple as it may seem, the process has a lot of benefits for both hair and skin.
Ayurveda believes that the nose is the gateway to the brain, eyes, ears and hair. So doing this will help your hair stay healthy and beautiful. Point to note: picking the right oil can make a notable difference. If you know your Dosha, then you can choose an oil that complements your dosha as it will help you take better advantage of the benefits of that oil.
Store bought coconut oil usually has excess water so bring it to a boil and cool it down before using. To increase the benefits of the oil, you can heat a little oil and add Bhringraj to it. You will first have to crush the herb in a mortar pestle which will help in obtaining a liquid extract that can then be added to the oil. Adding Neem oil to your main oil can be helpful too.
Make Mukha Abhyanga a Daily Morning Ritual
Once you get into the habit of doing it every day, you will notice that mukha abhyanga can be a very relaxing process. It harps on the fact that when the 12 Marma points on our face are massaged, it increases circulation which results in glowing skin and healthy hair. The Marma Points are located in parts of the body where two types of tissues conjoin. They are considered to be points of prana or life-giving breath.
Massage your face with coconut or sesame oil for 5-10 minutes, focusing on the 12 Marma points and you will start relaxing as your face feels a rush of blood circulating through it helping you maintain a glowing skin. The oil enters your blood stream and reaches your scalp, thereby increasing the health of your hair.
A good way to end the mukha abhyanga ritual is to use steam to open the pores and sweat glands of your face fostering better circulation and purifying the skin in the process. This is known as Nadi Sweda.
Don’t Forget Your 100 Comb Strokes
How often we have nonchalantly dismissed our mother’s constant advice to comb our hair after our morning bath? Did you know that combing your hair to ensure that dirt and grit loosen off not only improves circulation of blood in the scalp but improves overall hair health? After your usual 100 strokes, scrunch your hair back into the crumpled look that you love – no harm done! Use a wooden comb to take your healthy hair ritual a step further.
With just a few changes to your daily routine, you can make these healthy hair habits your own. After all what are a few minutes for gorgeous hair?
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