Friday - - Beauty -

Q I’m 27 years old and have been los­ing my hair for the past 10 years. It started with dan­druff and ex­cess oil on the scalp. Are there any Ayurvedic treat­ments avail­able?

A Vata-con­sti­tuted peo­ple have dry, thin, dark, coarse, curly and scanty hair. Pitta-con­sti­tuted peo­ple are char­ac­terised by fine, soft, blond, red­dish or brown­ish hair that tends to go grey early. Kapha types usu­ally have oily, dark or dark brown hair that’s, strong and abun­dant.

The nor­mal cy­cle of hair growth lasts for four to five years. Each hair grows around 15cm a year dur­ing this phase. Kapha body types have faster growth and a longer growth phase of up to seven years. The re­sult: peo­ple with this body type of­ten have hair down to their hips.

It is nor­mal to shed some hair each day. Hair loss may oc­cur if your hor­mone lev­els are out of balance. Hor­mone-re­lated hair fall may also re­sult from an in­creased sen­si­tiv­ity of hair fol­li­cles to an­dro­gens (Pitta im­bal­ance). Scalp in­flam­ma­tion and ex­cess oili­ness of the scalp could ag­gra­vate hair loss.

Many Asians in the Gulf com­plain of hair loss, dry and dull hair, and dan­druff. The causes in­clude a hot cli­mate, air con­di­tion­ing, chlo­ri­nated wa­ter, wind and stress lev­els.

Veg­eta­bles such as as­para­gus, bit­ter gourd and snake gourd are ef­fec­tive in treat­ing hair loss. Proper nu­tri­tion is es­sen­tial to good hair, as is proper rest. Eat well, drink plenty of wa­ter, in­clude more green leafy veg­eta­bles, sal­ads, milk, fruit, fish, wheat­germ, soy­beans and ghee in your diet. Car­rot and let­tuce juices are also good.

Try a ta­ble­spoon of brahma rasayanam (avail­able in In­dian su­per­mar­kets) at bed­time.

Oil­ing and mas­sag­ing of the scalp is ben­e­fi­cial. Use Ayurveda oils like Chemparuthyadi keram or Th­ripha­l­adi keram prior to sham­poo­ing. Use co­conut oil in which fenu­greek seeds have been soaked and kept un­der di­rect sun for seven days for your scalp and hair. Con­sult a doctor to rule out hor­monal im­bal­ances or health con­di­tions.

DR VL SHYAM is a Dubai-based Ayurveda prac­ti­tioner

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