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Does your hair feel extremely dry at the tips and oily at the roots at the same time? Then you probably have combination hair.

Managing combination hair type might be a little tricky as there is no one-size-fits-all product that would match your hair texture. However, you can follow some simple and effective hair care tips and remedies to make your hair look beautiful.

Let’s take a closer look at what combination hair is and how you can manage them.

What Is Combination Hair Type?

When your scalp's natural oils do not get distributed to the hair shaft properly, your hair tends to be dry and damaged and your scalp becomes excessively oily. This is called combination hair.

Moisturizing combination hair could lead to an oily scalp. Also, if you focus on eliminating the excessive amount of oils and sebum[1] from your scalp, then your hair becomes even drier and leads to split ends eventually. Hence, while treating combination hair, you need to focus on the problems of both oily scalp and dry hair with a balanced approach.

What Causes Combination Hair?

As per Ayurveda, your hair health depends upon the equilibrium of three vital energies of your body, which are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha doshas. While the derangement in Vata dosha causes dry hair, an imbalance in Kapha levels leads to the overproduction of scalp oils and sebum. So, we can say that a combination-hair is the result of elevated Vata in your hair shaft and elevated Kapha doshas in your scalp.

A. When your hair is exposed to harsh chemical-laden products and shampoos which strip away the natural scalp oils, your hair tends to dry out. But, this also triggers your scalp to produce excessive sebum to optimize your scalp's pH [2]. This can result in combination hair.

B. It is difficult for the scalp oils to travel down to the tips of extremely curly, frizzy, or long hair. This results in oil trapping in the scalp region with dry traces.

C. Stress, poor diet, and an imbalanced lifestyle can also lead to the vitiation in your Vata and Kapha doshas, which eventually lead to combination hair problems.

How To Take Care Of Combination Hair?

1. Hot Oil Treatment

Treating your dry hair shaft with oil provides it with deep nourishment and conditioning. If the oil has Vata-Kapha dosha balancing herbs, it can also control the sebum production on your scalp.

“Gunja, bakuchi, brahmi, sariyaka, ashwagandha, kushta, karanja, methika, jyotishmati, tulsi, nimbuka, etc. are some of the multi-beneficial herbs that have properties to balance the vitiated Vata and Kapha doshas on your scalp and hair,” says Dr. Zeel.

Warm-up your hair oil with Kapha-Vata balancing herbs before applying it evenly over your scalp and hair. Massage your scalp and hair gently for 5-10 minutes and leave it overnight. Next morning, wash your hair with mild Ayurvedic hair cleansers. Repeat this at least three times a week to bring your doshas to balance in your combination hair.

2. Essential Oils

The following essential oils have properties to balance the oiliness on your scalp while providing your dry and damaged hair with rich nourishment.

  • Grapeseed oil
  • Cedar oil
  • Sage oil
  • Carrot seed oil

You can add 4-5 drops of any of these essential oils to your hair oil or shampoo to keep your combination hair healthy.

Nutritionists believe that proanthocyanidins present in grape seed work to inhibit DHT(dihydrotestosterone)[3], which is one of the predominant hair loss factors in men.

3. Home Remedies

A. Honey Mask

Add two spoons of honey [4] to a cup of water. Mix the solution well and pour it over your scalp and hair. Massage your scalp and hair to distribute the solution evenly. Leave it for half an hour and wash it off properly using cold water. Repeat it at least twice a week.

B. Yogurt-Egg Mask

Mix ½ cup of yogurt and one egg white. Add each spoon of baking soda and lemon juice into the mixture and prepare a smooth paste. Apply this over your scalp and hair. Rinse it off with normal water after half an hour.

C. Tomato Mask

Prepare the puree from a ripening tomato. Add a spoon of fuller’s earth to it. Apply this to your scalp and hair and wash it off after 30 minutes.

homemade tomato hair mask

4. Never Forget To Brush Your Hair

Brush your hair gently at least twice a day with a soft bristle comb. This helps the softening sebum from your scalp to get distributed to your hair tips.

5. Avoid Heat Styling

Heat styling or blow-driving can worsen your combination hair problems. The heat dries out the moisture from your hair, which in turn triggers an over sebum production on your scalp, which builds up without getting down to your manes. Hence, it is better to stay away from heat styling when you have combination hair.

6. Practice Healthy Lifestyle Habits

  • Avoid eating sweet, salty, fried, and junk foods as they tend to aggravate your Kapha and Vata doshas
  • Manage your stress levels with physical activity or take some time for relaxation therapies such as meditation.
  • Stay away from pollution and avoid smoking [5] and alcohol consumption.

Which Shampoo Is Best For Combination Hair?

With a combination hair type, you need to pick a shampoo that is gentle to your hair. The cleansing agents in the shampoo should be mild and efficient enough to remove the dirt and oil buildup from the scalp while it should not dry out your hair.

Shampoos with natural herbal ingredients such as aloe vera, bhringraj, triphala, gunja, etc. work greatly for a combination hair as they tend to have multiple benefits for your hair,” says Dr. Zeel.

Among chemical-based shampoos, you can choose the one that contains ingredients such as clay, glycerin, lactic acid, dimethicone, etc. Ensure that your shampoo is free from sulfates, sulfonates, alcohols, and parabens.

How Often Should You Wash Combination Hair?

When you have combination hair, it is better to wash your hair twice or thrice a week with a mild herbal shampoo.

Vedix Tip: Focus on your scalp more while shampooing if you have combination hair. Wash your hair shaft thoroughly with water and apply a herbal conditioner to repair your dry hair ends.

The Last Word

Combination hair may result from frequent hair wash, excessive sweat, and regular heat drying. It may take a little more effort to manage your combination hair. But, don’t worry. With a plethora of herbs that Ayurveda offers to pacify your aggravated Vata and Kapha doshas simultaneously. At Vedix, we customize an Ayurvedic hair care regimen for you by evaluating your doshas and specific hair concerns.

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