Ayurveda & Split Ends
Is there anything more annoying than split ends? The condition known formally as Trichoptilosis effects many of us, and it is only natural to feel a little anxious when it does. Therefore, it is important to know how to treat the condition in an holistic way. This is where Ayurveda comes in. In this article we’ll discuss some simple, natural ways to handle the nuisance of split ends, to get your hair looking fresh and lively as ever!
While the signs and symptoms of split ends are fairly obvious, many don’t know the causes of the condition. According to Ayurveda, the splitting of hair follicles are the result of Ruksha (dryness) of the hair. In order to avoid this, the hair must be neither too dry nor too oily. Furthermore, split ends may be caused by vata imbalances in the hair, such as Kharata (roughness) and Laghuta (lightness). Similarly, Ayurveda dictates that those with vata-dominated body types are the most likely to be victims of hair prone to splitting at the ends. However, Kapha and Pitta Doshas are also prone to developing split ends. In addition, poor hygiene, the use of shampoos which are overly chemical in nature and exposure to toxins or pollution in the air may lead to split ends.
What Can Ayurveda Do?
There are a few simple measures you can take to reduce your chance of contracting split ends. Staying hydrated, and integrating other liquids such as fruit juice or coconut water into your diet may help to reduce the dryness, and in turn, split ends. Conversely, it is important to avoid consuming large amounts of spicy foods, as these may aggravate the vata dosha and promote dryness in the body. You may also like to try washing your hair with coconut milk or aloe vera, rather than commercial shampoos.
Ayurveda believes that split ends cannot be guarded against using chemicals, but rather, may only be treated or protected against using natural methods which promote hair hygiene. Therefore, other ways to avoid split ends include using soft combs, trimming your hair regularly and washing your hair after exercise or swimming. In order to replenish oils and restore impurities in the hair, we recommend a traditional Champi massage with Neelbrigadi oil.
If you would like to learn more about the Ayurvedic treatments used to treat split ends, one of our consultants may be able to recommend additional, natural prescriptions. It is important never to self-medicate, however, as Ayurveda is based on the belief that medicine must be customised to each individual’s nuanced body type. Therefore, consulting one of our doctors is essential, as they will be able to assess the best possible treatment for your specific needs.
Whatever your ailment of affliction, Ayurveda can offer a solution that is holistic, organic and stems from teachings over 5000 years old! Today, nobody has any time to spare, so we can not afford to be operating below 100%. Leading an Ayurvedic lifestyle can help keep your body, mind and spirit in balance with each other and improve your overall health and well-being.
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