Let’s Know More About Hair

Hair a wise stare

A human skin is covered with hair except for the areas of palms, soles and eyes.
Hair is engaged in the functions like temperature control of body, excretion of unwanted materials and obviously beautification.

Soft, moisturised, multiple hair from one root are some good signs to have normal hair according to Ayurveda.
It is described differently according to its occurrence on various areas of skin.
The hair on body parts are called Rom or Lom. Scalp hair are generally referred to as Kesha.

It’s well said that scalp skin is an extension of facial skin, just with difference of number of hair.
Like everything, hair have a sequence of happenings in its life cycle; origin, maintainance and fall out.
These all happen under the influence of Tridosha.

Whenever there are alterations during these conditions, problems are set to arise.

Hair and Tridosha

Hair and Tridosha

Hair has the areas under the actions by each Dosha.

Kapha is prevalent at the hair root and follicle level.
The normal Kapha holds the hair in place, moisturises the follicle and shaft which is why a habit of regular oiling is important to feed this Kapha as natural oils like Coconut oil have the same properties as that of Kapha.
The Kapha loss at follicle level can make hair dull, scalp skin dry, flaky and itchy, even can make hair fall out from root.

Pitta has its area of action at the shaft.
Normally, it maintains the texture, colour of hair.
However exposure to sun, pollution, procedures like
hair styling, chemically colouring can make it abnormal which may result in early greying, loss, thinning or even cuticle damage.

Vata prominently resides and shows its actions around the end part of hair.
It is responsible for normal maintenance of hair.
Tight bandages, pulling, often use of hair procedures can make it abnormal and thus results in the failure to grow, split ends, dry, dull, spiky appearance of hair.

Hair is closely related to Asthidhatu (bone structures).
It can be said as produced from Asthi. Therefore the stronger bones can result in healthy hair.
The treatments given to improve bone health may show nice results on hair too.
Hair is also said to be related to Majjadhatu (which has close resemblance to nervous system ).

The characters of hair density, strength, growth patterns vary from person to person, still dependant on Dosha.
Their can be external and internal reasons of making these dosha move from their pace.
As stated above, external causes are very common to find.

Internally, that all depends on one’s dietary habits, sleeping patterns, stress conditions.
Those all can alter the bond of harmony in between Dosha.
Spicy, salty food, lack of exercise, abnormal sleep, stress are the factors responsible for many issues.

Listen to Your Hair

It’s really not a dream to have smooth, soft, growing, manageable, moisturised hair.

Daily or at least twice a week oiling with natural oils, gentle exfoliation of scalp skin and hair, using nutritious scalp and hair masks, choosing hair products wisely by taking a look at their ingredients will be the saviour.

Also, Avoiding spicy, salty food, eating fresh veggies and fruits, good enough sleep, regular exercise with meditation can alleviate the unwanted effects of stress.
These measures will not only guard your hair but will show happy changes in body too.


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