By Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), PhD
Hair care is a most incoming generating business in the world. Even though shampoo, soap, hair gels, colorants etc have significant amount of share, hair oil also takes major portion in this respect.
Handsome amount of advertise revenue also generated due to this in all media too. However the search of a best oil is still continuing with everybody, irrespective of gender and age.
Here is a quick review of classical hair oils and its main indications. Even though this is not ultimate, on due consultation with your personal physician this can be used in future days(because the expert physician will tell the way of its usage and the particular company that can be opted etc)-
Hair oils for Vata Prakriti
For Vata prakriti people –
Asanabilvadi taila – used in the treatment of diseases related eyes, ear and headache.
Malatyadi taila – used in treatment of alopecia, premature baldness, dandruff and excessive hair fall.
Hair oils for Pitta Prakriti
For Pitta prakriti individuals –
Chandanadi taila – It is a natural coolant oil. It is used to relieve burning sensation, dizziness, etc.
Triphaladi taila – used in the treatment of headache, hair fall, grey hairs, etc.
Asanaeladi taila – used in the Ayurvedic treatment of headache, ear and eye diseases.
Hair oils for Kapha Prakriti
For Kapha prakriti individulas-
Read related: Ayurvedic Hair Care – Principles, Herbs, Oils And Medicines
Oils for thick hair
For getting thick/dense hair –
Bhringaraja taila / Tekaraja taila, – Learn how to make bhringaraj hair oil at home
Kayyonyadi taila, Chembarutyadi taila,
Oils to overcome grey hairs
For overcoming the grey hair-
Amalaki taila / Amla hair oil – Learn how you can prepare it at home, easily
Oils to reduce burning sensation of scalp
To reduce the burning of scalp-
Read related: Oral Ayurvedic Medicines For Hair Loss And Hair Growth
Oils to reduce itching
To reduce the itching, dandruff of the scalp-
Oils to reduce hair root pain
To reduce the pain of the hair roots-
Oils for healthy hair
To get long and healthy hair-
Oils for blisters of scalp
To overcome the blisters/boils on the hair root/scalp-
Jatyadi taila etc
What a noble thinking of our Acharyas…..!
Each and every detail is inspected and accordingly, suitable oil is prescribed. Individualistic drug approach made Ayurvedic prescriptions unique and more accurate.
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Heating of oil
Should you heat the hair oil before application?
As per Ayurvedic principles, once the oil is prepared, it is best not to reheat.
Between hotness and coldness, coldness is healthier for the scalp, hair roots, face and eyes. This is why, Ashtanga Sangraha, an ancient Ayurvedic textbook recommends cold water wash for head and warm water bath for the rest of the body.
So, if you do not live in an extremely cold place, then there is no real need for heating your hair oil. Just apply it as it is.
But if you are living in a very cold place, if the hair oil has a coconut oil base, then it can solidify. Only in this case, it is best to warm the oil a little, before application.
There are two more unrelated points to consider –
Though cold water wash for hair is recommended, if you have applied the hair oil, before hair wash, it is best to use lukewarm water to wash hair. Because the cold water will not get rid of the oil from hair completely.
If you are living in a very cold place, it is not ideal to use coconut oil as hair oil. Coconut oil is a coolant. Remember, for all practical purposes, Ayurveda recommends sesame oil. Sesame oil is slightly hot in nature. So, generally, sesame oil for hair is best. But for people in extremely hot places, coconut oil, which is coolant is ideal for hair.
Summing up, if your coconut hair oil has solidified due to cold weather, only then warm it a little. During cold winters, it is not ideal to use coconut oil has hair oil. Sesame oil is better.
During extreme hot summers, coconut oil is a better choice for hair when compared to sesame oil.