Revitalize Your Locks: Why Ayurvedic Shampoo is the Game-Changer Your Hair Needs
Ayurvedic shampoo is one of the best hair care products. It's a natural and organic product made from herbal ingredients that help to treat dandruff, dry scalp, flakes, itchy scalp and other problems related to hair loss. ayurvedic shampoo can be used on both men and women as well as children with great results!
Shampoos are a great way to care for your hair. They condition, cleanse, and protect your scalp. The shampoo you pick should be made from natural ingredients that will not damage the hair or scalp. There are many different types of shampoos today, but ayurvedic shampoos are special because they’re made from all-natural ingredients that can be used by everyone.
Ayurvedic shampoos and their benefits
As the new era of technology and revolutionary pharmacological innovations progresses, you might be interested to know what the Ayurvedic field has imbibed into its core of formulations. from cosmetic creams to herbal shampoos, the Ayurvedic manufacturing industry has adopted tremendous positive changes.
In the previous lore, mostly Soap nut powder and Reetha made your herbal hair wash. Nowadays, along with such herbal ingredients, preservatives and some chemicals like SLS also occupied a place in at least some of the so-called ayurvedic shampoos.
It might be interesting for you to know some of the useful herbs used for making different types of shampoos.
Types of Ayurvedic shampoos
- First comes the name of ayurvedic shampoo for hair growth and preventing further hair loss. In this category, Bhringaraj, Amla, Hibiscus, etc come first.
- In the second place, anti-dandruff shampoos come and Datura, lemon, and Eucalyptus ingredients occupy an important position here.
- Coming to ayurvedic shampoo for different purposes, scalp care, lice prevention, etc. Neem can produce wonders in this area. For added conditioning effect, Henna is preferred.
Benefits of ayurvedic shampoo
- The pure ayurvedic shampoo does not contain added synthetic perfumes and chemical ingredients like SLS, Paraben, silicates, etc. They ensure safe and effective natural hair care; regular use makes your hair clean, soft, and shiny. They will promote hair growth and prevent further hair loss. They also do not cause allergies caused when chemicals come into contact with the scalp.
- As they are free from harmful chemicals, you can use them as a mild daily shampoo.
- They are biodegradable
- They are made from organic ingredients.
Common ingredients of ayurvedic shampoo
- Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) acts as a conditioning agent
- Amla (Emblica officinalis) acts as an anti-dandruff agent
- Shikakai (Acacia concinna) acts as a detergent
- Soapnut (Sapindus indica) acts as a detergent or foaming agent
- Cassia (Cassia auriculata) acts as an anti-dandruff agent
- Bhringraj (Eclipta prostrate) promotes hair growth
- Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) acts as a coolant
- Neem (Azadirachta indica) acts as anti-bacterial
- Lemon juice acts as anti-microbial
- Rose oil acts as a fragrance
- Nagaramotha (Cyperus rotundus) acts as a hair root stimulator
- Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) nourishes hair and relieves stress
- Neeli (Indigofera tinctoria)helps to retain the blackness of the hair
How to use ayurvedic shampoos?
As pure herbal shampoos are herb-based, they may contain less color, fragrance, and lather. Take a sufficient quantity of shampoo on the palm, apply slowly to hair roots, and massage the scalp for 2 minutes. Use water to form a lather and wash it off after that.
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Always select herbal shampoo brands free from SLS, paraben-like chemical ingredients as these are carcinogenic – may give rise to cancer due to prolonged use.
How to prepare your own ayurvedic shampoo at your home
Adding soap nuts is considered to be one of the essential steps in preparing an ayurvedic shampoo. Nevertheless, for a simple hair wash at home, mixing herbal powders to make a wonderful hair care paste and then washing it off using Shikakai powder can also be done.
Take 1 tsp each of Amla powder, Indigo powder, and 1 tsp sesame oil and mix it to paste. You can also add henna powder for added conditioner effect to this. After applying the paste carefully to your hair strands, wait for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, wash the paste using Shikakai powder.
For dandruff – you can wash your hair with a mix of Shikakai powder and rice water at least once a week for two weekends.
Keep in mind before you buy ayurvedic shampoo
- All herbal shampoos are not ayurvedic shampoos
- All ayurvedic or herbal shampoos are not chemical-free
Research studies done on herbal shampoos
Mohamad et.al (2009) formulated herbal shampoo powder possessing antidandruff properties using Ocimum sanctum and Azadiracta indica as anti-dandruff agents along with Acacia concina, Hibiscus rosa sinesis, Trigonella foenum graecum, Lawsonia inermis, Sapindus laurifolia as other ingredients of shampoo powder. The herbal shampoo powder was evaluated and was found to possess all characteristics of an ideal shampoo to be harmless, effective, and economical. (Mohamad et al. 2009)
In another study, a commercially available neem shampoo based on seed extract of Azadirachta indica (neem tree) was compared with a permethrin-based product. Neem shampoo was concluded to be more effective than the permethrin-based product. The author proposed that complex plant-based compounds may replace the well-defined chemical pediculicides. (Jorg et al., 2006)
Ravichandran et.al (2004) reported the clinical efficacy and safety of “Herbal Antidandruff Shampoo” in the management of dandruff. A polyherbal shampoo containing the extracts of Rosmarinus officinalis, Vetiver zizanioides, Nigella sativa, Santalum album, Ficus bengalensis, Citrus limon, and oil of Melaleuca leucadendron was used in the study. The study concluded that the test formulation is effective due to the synergistic anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and local immunostimulatory actions of its ingredients. The herbal antidandruff shampoo formulation was found to be effective and safe in the management of dandruff.
In Manipur, research studies were conducted on herbal shampoos used by the Meitei tribe. These natural shampoos are used for a wide range of common hair care like anti-aging of the hair and smoothness of the hair. It is prepared from young leaves and tender stalks of shoot of trees or shrubs, or whole plants of the herbs and fresh fruits boiled with local sticky rice water locally called ‘Chinghi’. Fermented lime peel is also used as a herbal shampoo. On the basis of the information from the elderly people (30–75 ages of both the genders) through interviewing they revealed that regular uses of these shampoos give a black shininess and softness to the hair.
List of plants used in herbal shampoo (a) Centella asiatica (b) Oxalis sps. (c) Hydrocele asiatica (d) Emblica officinialis (e) Meyna laxiflora (f) Spondias pinnata (g) Mussaenda roxburghii (h) Portulaca oleraca
The limitation of this traditional tribal shampoo is that – Although this traditional herbal shampoo is a good source of nutrients for the hair, those ingredients which are collected from the wild should be free of contaminated toxic residues of insecticides and fungicides (which may increase hair fall). Another important limitation is the lack of different ingredients for preparing this herbal shampoo due to urbanization and deforestation.
Coming to a conclusion is never easy when it comes to Ayurvedic beauty care. As the market is flooded with green-washed herbal products, finding the right shampoo also is a time-consuming mammoth task. Using self-prepared herbal hair washes and if at all required, selecting pure organic brands which are top-notch in quality can be beneficial. The available brands of herbal shampoos also range from authentic Ayurvedic medicinal brands to herbal cosmetic brands like Kama Ayurveda, Forest essentials, Bipha Ayurveda, etc. You have to select the right choice based on your condition and the ingredients in the shampoos. Where there is a will, there is a way. Add sustainable practices in your life, and adopt pure herbal products for your hair care.
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- A, V. “FORMULATION AND EVALUATION OF HERBAL SHAMPOO”. Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research, vol. 11, no. 16, Dec. 2018, pp. 121-4, doi:10.22159/ajpcr.2018.v11s4.31713.