One thing I absolutely love about natural hair is the different ways you can explore with your hair. This post is about Ayurveda, a holistic hair practice that Tita aka Ultimate fro_up will take us through.
My name is Titamenji Kamanga or Ultimate fro_up as I am known on social media. I am the founder of naturally rooted kinks where I sell Ayurvedic herbs.
In October of 2016, I decided to put away the relaxer and big chopped a year later on the 25th of September 2017. my hair was growing pretty well until it wasn’t. At the beginning of this year, I started researching how to grow stagnant hair and that is when I came across the term Ayurveda. You are probably unfamiliar with this term. Ayurveda is a holistic practice developed in the stages of India centuries ago. this holistic practice puts emphasis on finding the root of the problem and then creating a solution through the maintenance of herbs. Ayurveda is divided into three categories called Doshas (energies). These doshas are known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
Kapha = Earth, and water
-This dosha is responsible for the strength, structure, and lubrication of hair)
– Hair is usually low in porosity.
*Pitta = Fire (Those with a dominant Pitta dosha tend to be hot-headed)
– Premature graying and hair loss is due to a Pitta imbalance.
* Vata = Air and Space
– Vata dosha is the result of dry, frizzy, brittle, and thin hair.
According to Ayurveda each one of us is made up of a combination of all three but one is typically more dominant than the others. There are different methods that you can use to balance out your Doshas to grow healthy hair (which are up on my Instagram page). You can also make use of natural organic herbs which are easily found in your kitchen like thyme, rosemary, sage, green tea, black tea, and so forth. It is important to note that you shouldn’t only focus on the external, Ayurveda is about healing the whole body through exercise and diet, most of us know that what we put on the inside reflects on the outside.
If you are interested in giving Ayurveda a try then start small. For beginners, I recommend starting with tea rinses and a gloss (ayurvedic powders such as amla and henna mixed with your favorite MOISTURISING conditioner). When using henna it’s important to mention how strengthing it is and should be used as a protein treatment. Alternate between tea rinses and glosses. Tea rinses are great for reducing shedding. I would suggest green tea and black tea because the caffeine in these herbs are able to block DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) which causes shedding. Some people even use coffee to rinse their hair because of the caffeine.
Making a tea rinse:
What you’ll need –
* 3 to 5 tea bags for a strong brew or less than 3 for a weaker brew
* 2 cups of boiling water
* essential oil (optional)
How to brew and use the tea:
* steep the tea bags in the 2 cups of water for 30minutes
* add your essential oil
* After shampooing your hair, pour the tea over your hair and begin to massage your scalp (do not rinse it out yet)
*, add your deep conditioner on top of the tea for a power conditioning session.
*Place plastic over your hair for an hour then wash it and proceed with washday.