Hair

Are length checks necessary?

Okay, so we all like to check for progress every now and then right? It’s not bad. However, I have noticed that most people get carried away with the length checks and become obsessed with the desire for length. We all want long hair but we must take time to enjoy the natural hair journey.

Growth differs in every individual and comparing your growth to others will just leave you stressed out. Whilst it’s good to check your progress after a couple of months you have to ensure the health of your hair in order to actually get some progress. It’s easier to retain the length of healthy hair. I’d advise anyone on this journey to focus on the overall health of their kinky crown.

Love your hair, enjoy the journey and growth will be imminent. Natural hair is more than just a trend!!! Get the right products for you and stick to them, follow a set regimen and enjoy each and every stage of your hair journey. I am somewhere between the twa stage and the awkward stage but I am embracing the phase I am in and loving my journey nonetheless. So instead of being obsessed with length and doing constant length checks take time to love your hair the way it is ensuring you keep it healthy. The length should be a bonus.

You can follow some of these tips to ensure you maintain healthy hair and retain as much length as possible:

1. Lightly oiling your scalp with a natural oil

2. Massage your scalp daily

3. Avoid daily manipulation of hair

4.Avoid pulling your scalp and edges

5. Use the LOC method or it’s variations to moisturize your hair

6. Clarify your hair

7. Seal your ends

8. Opt for natural hair colour like henna and avoid chemical dyes

9. Pre-poo using oils

10. Dry hair using a t-shirt

11.Use a wide tooth comb

12.Sleep in a satin or silk scarf

13.Moisturise daily

14.Trim regularly

15.Deep condition hair regularly

16. Do protein treatments once a month

17. Practice the baggy method once or twice a week to keep hair moisturised

18. Find products and a regimen that works for you and stick to it

19. Stop obsessing about length, be patient

20. Lastly, love your hair!

Happy hair growing naturalistasđź’ś

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Hair

Ayurveda Part 1: The science behind hair growth

I am in a lot of natural hair groups on Facebook. Mainly because when I started my natural hair journey I was clueless about a lot of things and these groups helped me so much. I would follow people's hair care questions and the comments. If I didn't get much clarity I'd take it further to research on the subject matter. The groups really helped me with the basics and also fueled my interest. Someone posted in one of the groups about Ayurveda. To be honest I thought it was another natural hair brand (I was completely clueless 🙈) until I read further in the comments and looked it up on google. I didn't really find many articles that explained in detail what Ayurveda is in relation to hair. Most were just lists of Ayurvedic herbs to use for hair and their benefits or a holistic definition which really didn't exactly answer my particular question. I then tasked myself to look into Ayurveda as a whole and then narrow it down to hair in particular in order to give other people like me a much better understanding. This can easily turn into a boring article that's why I decided to split it into parts so you can take breaks in between and resume later. I pray I keep you engaged. I do not want to exhaust you!!!!!!

WHAT IS AYURVEDA?

Ayu meaning life;

Veda meaning sacred knowledge

It is traditional Hindu medicine based on balancing the body's system using diet, yoga and herbal treatments. It is the herbal pastes and oil treatments in particular that are used for hair growth.

THE DOSHAS 

Doshas are three substances believed to be in the human body.  Ayurveda is based on the tenate that the body is healthy when the three doshas are balanced. The three elements are:
1. Vata 

Responsible for movement in the body

2. Pitta 

Responsible for digestion

3. Khapa 

Responsible for immunity 

I will explain the vata in detail as it contributes to hair growth.

THE ROLE OF THE VATA DOSHA

The vata dosha is responsible for the transportation of nutrients in the body. An imbalance of this dosha  may result in the inhibition of nutrients to your scalp and hair cells. According to Vaidya Manohar this lack of nourishment may lead to , "dry scalp, dry hair, split ends, and finally, thin hair or hair loss".
There are several panchakarma treatments one can use to increase and restore hair growth. These include the Shiroabhyanga and Shirolep.

WHAT IS SHIROABHYANGA?

It is an Ayurvedic head massage performed using scented oils. This hair and scalp treatment nourishes the roots and prevents excessive hair loss. The warm oil prevents a dry scalp. It also gives the hair lustre. They use oils like:

  • Coconut oil
  • Almond oil
  • Olive oil 
  • Sesame oil

These oils are infused with a few drops of essential oils like:

  • Rosemary oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Jasmine oil
  • Rose oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Neem oil

I have shared some oil combinations you can use and their benefits in part 2.  


WHAT IS SHIROLEP?

It's the application of medicated herbal pastes to the scalp and hair to promote hair growth. Examples of the herbal powders are:

  • Henna
  • Bhringraj 
  • Shikakai 
  • Amla 
  • Neem
  • Brahmi 

These powders are mixed with water, coconut milk or oils to make a smooth paste. 
I hope you found this article captivating and helpful. I have posted some DIY combinations of shirolep and shiroabhyanga here. Happy hair growing!!!!!
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