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Meet Your Hair Dosha

Why your hair behaves the way it does

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By the Hairsutras Team

The central philosophy of Ayurveda is balance, echoes the ancient texts. Balance of what? The energies within us, that define who we are. Physiologically, there are three types of energies or doshas - Vata, Kapha and Pitta. Each person is usually a combination of two or three doshas, but identifying the most prominent ones can help determine your diet, lifestyle and even hair oil choices.

Here’s a quick introduction to each of these three doshas. Knowing them will help you identify your dosha, understand why your hair behaves a certain way and how to take care of it, and ultimately, regain balance.

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  • Vata Dosha

    Vata Dosha

    Elements: Space and Air
    Nature: Propels mobility and dynamism

    Defining characteristics:

    • You prefer warmer temperatures
    • Your skin tends to be rough and dry
    • Your lips are often chapped
    • Your sleep is light and interrupted
    • Your energy comes in short spurts

    What is Vata Hair like?

    Vata hair is known to have a life of its own. It can’t be tamed easily. When your Vata dosha is balanced, it grows fast and straight, silky and fine. But when imbalanced, it can tend to thin out and break. Vata dosha’s hair problems are usually dryness, split-ends and frizz.

    How to balance Vata Hair

    Give yourself a hair massage twice a week of 10-20 minutes with sesame oil. To find out the best technique to combat dryness, use this recipe.

    Eat fresh food that is warm and cooked. Add a generous amount of ghee and warming spices to your diet. A gentle cardio routine like yoga, walking and swimming, will help regulate your energy. Set a regular time for your meals and sleep.

  • Pitta Dosha

    Pitta Dosha

    Elements: Fire and Water 
    Nature: Responsible for metabolism

    Defining characteristics

    • You prefer cooler climates
    • Your hands and feet tend to be warm
    • Your sleep is short, but uninterrupted and sound
    • Your skin tends to break out easily. It is prone to rashes and acne
    • Your energy levels are steady

    What is Pitta hair like?

    The protein content and pigmentation of your hair is determined by the Pitta Dosha. Pitta characteristic hair is fine, soft and lighter coloured. When Pitta is in excess, it can lead to early greying and hair loss. If you’re a Pitta Dosha type, you usually deal with scalp irritation or inflammation and hair fall.

    How to balance Pitta hair

    Avoid mustard oil, as it increases heat. Use coconut oil for hair massages and include Mukha Abhyangam in your daily routine.

    To douse out the fire that comes with Pitta, avoid spicy food. Eat sweet fruits like apples, oranges, pears and plums and vegetables like broccoli, potatoes, sprouts and leafy greens. Avoid exercising during the heat, or out in the sun. Include relaxing activities during the day, along with work.
     

  • Kapha Dosha

    Kapha Dosha

    Elements: Earth and Water.
    Nature: Enables lubrication and the smooth functioning of the body

    Defining characteristics

    • You are uncomfortable in cold climates
    • You tend to have a runny nose or blocked sinuses
    • Your sleep is deep and prolonged
    • You have normal to oily skin, with large pores
    • You are calm, laid back and have consistent stamina

    What is Kapha Hair like?

    Kapha charachteristic hair is thick, shiny and lustrous. It’s abundant and grows fast, tending to be curly at first, but straightens out as hair grows. Kapha dosha is responsible for the sebum activity of the scalp. Imbalance leads to greasy scalps, lifeless hair and toxins that affect hair growth. 

    How to balance Kapha hair

    Oil pulling helps with excess mucous that Kapha is prone to. Warm sesame oil or coconut oil for daily massages will help you regain balance. 

    Kapha dosha should ideally eat warm and light foods. Kapha should drink room temperature or warm drinks. Keep up an energetic daily routine and exercise regularly with challenging and dynamic activities that keep you on your toes. 

    Ayurveda’s holistic approach to hair starts by listening to, and understanding your hair. Now that you know your hair a bit better, what’re you waiting for? Hop onto the Ayurveda bandwagon, and take the steps towards regaining balance for your hair. 

    To understand more about Ayurveda’s relationship with hair and oil, read about Ayurveda’s favourite oils here.

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    Vata Dosha

    Vata Dosha

    Elements: Space and Air
    Nature: Propels mobility and dynamism

    Defining characteristics:

    • You prefer warmer temperatures
    • Your skin tends to be rough and dry
    • Your lips are often chapped
    • Your sleep is light and interrupted
    • Your energy comes in short spurts

    What is Vata Hair like?

    Vata hair is known to have a life of its own. It can’t be tamed easily. When your Vata dosha is balanced, it grows fast and straight, silky and fine. But when imbalanced, it can tend to thin out and break. Vata dosha’s hair problems are usually dryness, split-ends and frizz.

    How to balance Vata Hair

    Give yourself a hair massage twice a week of 10-20 minutes with sesame oil. To find out the best technique to combat dryness, use this recipe.

    Eat fresh food that is warm and cooked. Add a generous amount of ghee and warming spices to your diet. A gentle cardio routine like yoga, walking and swimming, will help regulate your energy. Set a regular time for your meals and sleep.

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    Pitta Dosha

    Pitta Dosha

    Elements: Fire and Water 
    Nature: Responsible for metabolism

    Defining characteristics

    • You prefer cooler climates
    • Your hands and feet tend to be warm
    • Your sleep is short, but uninterrupted and sound
    • Your skin tends to break out easily. It is prone to rashes and acne
    • Your energy levels are steady

    What is Pitta hair like?

    The protein content and pigmentation of your hair is determined by the Pitta Dosha. Pitta characteristic hair is fine, soft and lighter coloured. When Pitta is in excess, it can lead to early greying and hair loss. If you’re a Pitta Dosha type, you usually deal with scalp irritation or inflammation and hair fall.

    How to balance Pitta hair

    Avoid mustard oil, as it increases heat. Use coconut oil for hair massages and include Mukha Abhyangam in your daily routine.

    To douse out the fire that comes with Pitta, avoid spicy food. Eat sweet fruits like apples, oranges, pears and plums and vegetables like broccoli, potatoes, sprouts and leafy greens. Avoid exercising during the heat, or out in the sun. Include relaxing activities during the day, along with work.
     

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    Kapha Dosha

    Kapha Dosha

    Elements: Earth and Water.
    Nature: Enables lubrication and the smooth functioning of the body

    Defining characteristics

    • You are uncomfortable in cold climates
    • You tend to have a runny nose or blocked sinuses
    • Your sleep is deep and prolonged
    • You have normal to oily skin, with large pores
    • You are calm, laid back and have consistent stamina

    What is Kapha Hair like?

    Kapha charachteristic hair is thick, shiny and lustrous. It’s abundant and grows fast, tending to be curly at first, but straightens out as hair grows. Kapha dosha is responsible for the sebum activity of the scalp. Imbalance leads to greasy scalps, lifeless hair and toxins that affect hair growth. 

    How to balance Kapha hair

    Oil pulling helps with excess mucous that Kapha is prone to. Warm sesame oil or coconut oil for daily massages will help you regain balance. 

    Kapha dosha should ideally eat warm and light foods. Kapha should drink room temperature or warm drinks. Keep up an energetic daily routine and exercise regularly with challenging and dynamic activities that keep you on your toes. 

    Ayurveda’s holistic approach to hair starts by listening to, and understanding your hair. Now that you know your hair a bit better, what’re you waiting for? Hop onto the Ayurveda bandwagon, and take the steps towards regaining balance for your hair. 

    To understand more about Ayurveda’s relationship with hair and oil, read about Ayurveda’s favourite oils here.

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