Premature Balding or Graying of the Hair
Balding and graying of the hair does not necessarily indicate old age and poor health. It occurs earlier in the Pitta (fiery) constitution, sometimes in the late twenties and often in the thirties. Balding and graying may be caused by stress; emotional trauma; too much thinking and worrying; excess sexual activity; or smoking.
Some other factors include hormonal changes; medications, especially diet pills; or allergies.
Pitta type hair grays at an early age, and Pitta type balding often follows blood loss or high fever. The treatment is anti-Pitta (See Daily routine for your dosha; Six tastes; Ritucharya-seasonal routine). Herbs for hair growth include Amalaki, Shatavari, Gotu Kola, and Bhringdraj. You may buy these herbs here
Vata type hair loss involves dry skin, anxiety, insomnia, constipation, and irregular digestion. It follows fright or severe illness. Its treatment involves a nutritive anti-Vata diet and herbs (See Daily routine for your dosha; Six tastes). Some good herbs are Amalaki, Ashwaganda, Bala,and other tonics.
Kapha types usually have thick strong hair.
A massage of the scalp with Bhringaraj or Brahmi oil nourishes and rejuvenates the hair roots so they can once again produce healthy hair.
Chyavanprash, the famous herbal jelly, is used for these conditions as a nutritive tonic (See Chyavanprash).
TODAY’S TIP: Use gentle Ayurvedic shampoos with Neem, Amla, or Shikakai extracts.