Ayurvedic Remedies To Deal With Postpartum Hair Fall
Giving birth to a child is probably the most beautiful feeling in the world, but the horror of finding large clumps of hair on your comb can be your biggest nightmare. Postpartum hair fall is the most natural phenomenon of your body, and it’s entirely normal for hair to shred in the first 2-6 months after delivery.
Our bodies go through a change of hormones before and after pregnancy. While pregnancy causes a rise in levels of progesterone, oxytocin, estrogen and prolactin, after pregnancy, the levels drop quickly to the normal level in just 24 hours. Your scalp then makes up for the lost period, and you start experiencing an ocean of hair fall.
What Does Ayurvedic View Say?
The balance of three vital energies in your body, Vata, Pitta and Kapha, determine the overall health of your hair. To prevent excessive hair loss, Ayurveda recommends doing Vata-Pitta pacifying treatments from the beginning of the pregnancy through diet, lifestyle and herbal therapies.
Struggling with post-pregnancy hair fall? Well, we’ve got your back!
Massage your scalp with hair oil
Massaging stimulates hair growth by boosting the blood circulation to our scalp, and if you use herbal oils to massage your scalp, it can pacify the overflowing Vata and Pitta energies from the scalp. There are some Vata and Pitta pacifying herbs used in the hair oils, such as amla (Indian gooseberry), jatamansi (Indian spikenard), kumari (aloe vera) and shatavari (wild asparagus).
Directions for use: Take a warm Ayurvedic oil and gently massage your scalp; wash your hair with Ayurvedic shampoo. You can do the massage at least once or twice a week.
Natural hair masks
There are many natural hair masks that you can easily make at home to give proper conditioning to your scalp. You can use fenugreek seeds, egg whites and coconut milk to nourish your hair. These natural ingredients promote healthy hair growth and deep conditioning.
Directions for use: You can use the natural hair masks at least once or twice a week
Since Ayurveda says to pacify Vata energy in the body, it’s essential to include Vata controlling foods such as moong dal, old rice, carrots, beets, squash, gourds, sweets etc. in your diet post-pregnancy. Vata and Pitta aggravating foods such as potatoes, baked foods, peas, cabbage, fried foods, and aerated drinks must be avoided by pregnant women and new mothers.
Note: Since the suitability of any remedy is based on your medical history, always consult your Ayurvedic practitioner or doctor before trying any Ayurvedic remedy mentioned in the article.