Dandruff is mentioned as ‘Daarunak’ in Ayurvedic texts. It is thought to be caused due to excess of Vata & Kapha.
Treatment: Mix 2 teaspoons of camphor in 1 cup of coconut oil and set aside until the camphor completely dissolves in the oil. Leave on the hair for 1 hour, and then wash the hair with the Triphala water cleanser.
2) Premature graying of hair:
According to Ayurveda, prolonged anger, grief & exertion leads to aggravation of Pitta Dosha. This increased body heat goes to the head region and cause early graying of the hair. Other factors like the intake of Pittta aggravating foods like excessive alcohol, tea or coffee, sour and spicy food and irregular sleep pattern also contribute to the problem.
a) Make a Paste of sesame seeds, Indian gooseberry (Amla), Licorice & honey. Apply to the scalp for at least 1 hour before washing. This nourishes the hair and helps retain its pigment.
b) Use of henna leaves (Lawsonia inermis) as a hair tonic and herbal dye has been in popular practice in India. Henna delays premature graying and is an excellent natural dye and natural conditioner. It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and thus protects the scalp.
3) Hair loss:
Hair loss is named indra lupta (patchy hair loss) or khalitya (male pattern baldness) in Ayurvedic texts. It is thought to be caused by the obstruction of the nourishing channels of the hair.
The major causes of hair loss are hormonal, nutritional deficiencies, complications from other diseases, medications, stress, chemotherapy and sudden weight loss.
The first step is to avoid Pitta aggravating foods and lifestyles.
a) Taking Triphala at bed time with milk or water helps to arrest hair loss.
b) An Ayurvedic hair oil called Brihat Bhringraj oil has been found very effective in preventing baldness and hair loss.