Not all of us are blessed with long, thick, shiny hair – regular words that are used to describe healthy hair. However, taking care of the hair you have makes a difference on how well your hair grows and appears.
If you have not been able to improve your hair growth or maintain them with the regular hair products, then, give Ayurveda a chance to help you.
Bhringraj, scientifically known as Eclipta alba and popularly known as False Daisy, is a powerful herb that has been in use for centuries.
Bhringraj oil extracted from the herb has been used for many purposes including problems concerning hair health. Let’s examine the benefits of bhringraj for your hair.
Benefits Of Bhringraj Oil For Hair
Bhringraj oil is an Ayurvedic preparation that has proved to help promote hair growth.1
- Repairs damage like split ends
- Strengthens hair follicles
- Prevents premature graying
- Protects hair from pollution and other impurities
- Calms the mind and beats stress
Because of its hair growth promoting properties, this oil can be used to fight your daily hair worries like dull, damaged hair and more. Here are a few common hair woes that most people face in their daily lives and how you can use the oil to fix them.
The lack of a proper hygiene, use of hair products like hair sprays, and dry, cold climatic conditions are a few causes of dry scalp that may lead to dandruff.
Bhringraj hair oil can treat dry scalp, moisturizing it enough to prevent the formation of dandruff. To obtain effective results apply the oil overnight before bedtime.
How to use:
- Heat the bhringraj oil and apply the warm oil onto the scalp.
- Allow the oil to remain on the scalp overnight.
- The following morning, apply some lime juice on the scalp before rinsing with mild shampoo and water.
2. Hair Fall
As mentioned earlier, bhringraj oil promotes hair growth. A lot of factors can cause hair fall – from the lack of nutrition to stress.
Stress can hinder the growth of hair due to certain imbalances in the body.2 Bhringraj oil, due to its cooling effect, can bring down stress and help maintain your hair. It improves the blood circulation from the roots, thereby activating the hair follicles and keeping hair strong.
This can also help treat thinning hair, which can eventually lead to baldness. This condition is termed androgenetic alopecia, which is common among men and women.3
How to use:
- Apply the oil to the scalp and massage it in a circular motion for ten minutes.
- Let the oil remain on the scalp and hair for an hour.
- Rinse with water and a mild shampoo if required.
3. Premature Graying
Premature graying is primarily caused due to the lack of melanin (the pigment that gives color to your hair) in the hair follicles. This is usually a genetic problem and nothing much can be done.
However, there are other factors that may cause premature graying like pollution and the use of chemical hair dyes. Bhringraj hair oil can help eliminate premature graying due to factors like these. A black dye obtained from the herb can be used to maintain dark hair.4
How to use:
- Mix amla or Indian gooseberry hair oil and bhringraj hair oil.
- Apply the oil on your scalp before bed and leave it overnight.
- The next morning, rinse with water.
- You can also mix the oil with neem oil for effective results.
Apart from these hair problems, bhringraj hair oil can also add volume and a natural shine to hair. You can get rid of split ends, too. Using the oil with other hair-promoting ingredients like amla, coconut oil, and shikakai doubles the benefits for your hair.
So, fight your daily hair worries with bhringraj oil. With the regular application, you will be able to achieve desired results.
However, do remember that it is not only important to take care of your hair from the outside. It is equally essential to take care of your hair from the inside with a proper, balanced diet rich in proteins, iron, zinc, and other nutrients.
|↑1||Datta, Kakali, Anu T. Singh, Ashok Mukherjee, Beena Bhat, B. Ramesh, and Anand C. Burman. “Eclipta alba extract with potential for hair growth promoting activity.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology 124, no. 3 (2009): 450-456.|
|↑2||Peters, Eva MJ, Yvonne Müller, Wenke Snaga, Herbert Fliege, Anett Reißhauer, Thomas Schmidt-Rose, Heiner Max, Dorothea Schweiger, Matthias Rose, and Johannes Kruse. “Hair and stress: A pilot study of hair and cytokine balance alteration in healthy young women under major exam stress.” PloS one 12, no. 4 (2017): e0175904.|
|↑3||Male Pattern Baldness.
|↑4||Review of Literature.