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Does your sweaty scalp ruin your perfect hairstyle every time you step out? Excessive sweat fosters the salt content of your body and hair, which causes major hair loss.

No matter how many times you shampoo or brush your hair, sweaty scalp remains the major culprit behind many of your hair problems.

Ayurveda can give you perfect remedies to save you all the hassle. With its different herbal treatments, you can actually control excessive sweat from your head and give your hair a healthy & natural lustrous look.

Read on to find out how.

Does Excessive Sweating On Your Head Cause Hair Loss?

Sweat is produced by millions of sweat glands distributed throughout your body surface, including the soles, palms, and scalp. Your nervous system automatically triggers sweat glands to maintain core internal temperature within your body. The sweat glands are closely associated with your hair follicles. [1] They are present on the outer root sheath of each of your hair follicles. [2]

According to Ayurveda, your body constitution is naturally influenced by the five fundamental energies of the universe. They are classified into three doshas - Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Doshas are present at a certain level in various organs of your body.

An overactive sweat gland produces excess sweat. In Ayurvedic perspective, excessive sweat can aggravate Kapha dosha that combines with Rakta (non-detoxified blood) and blocks your hair follicles. This causes excessive sweating on your head and promotes hair loss. [3]

illustration of sweat and sebaceous gland

How Does Excess Sweat Cause Hair Loss?

1. Sweat has salt content, which is not suitable for both scalp and hair. Excess salt can remove some parts of your hair's protective coating.

2. Sweat also contains lactic acid that reacts with the naturally present keratin (protein) molecules in your hair, damaging your hair's natural bonds. It weakens your strands and spoils your hair’s texture.

3. Lactic acid is the main culprit. It leads to scalp inflammation and reduces blood circulation to your hair follicles, decelerating hair growth.

4. If the sweat glands in your scalp keep secreting more sweat, it means your perspiration levels are high. Eventually, it dehydrates your scalp.

5. Also, if sweat accumulates with dirt and build-up on your scalp, it clogs your hair follicles, leading to excess hair fall.

6. If your hormones are imbalanced, the DHT hormone blocks your hair follicles, and sweat makes it worse. [4]

Females have more sweat glands than males, but males sweat more than females! Also, the parts of your body that do not produce sweat are your ears, lips, and nails.

What Are The Causes Of Excessive Sweating?

Ayurveda says if a dosha is beyond its normal range or pushed to a place that is not its natural seat, specific irregularities occur in your body. Of the three doshas, Pitta is formed by the combination of fire and water elements. Sweat is one of the seats of Pitta dosha.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi, Chief Ayurvedic Doctor at Vedix, says, "Overload of Pitta dosha causes excess sweat. The aggravated state of Pitta also causes other hair problems like hair thinning and premature greying. Ayurveda considers sweat as the waste product of fat tissue. Whenever your fat is metabolized, it forms sweat."

Some common causes of excessive sweating:

1. If you overdo physical exercises beyond your energy level, then perspiration levels rise. This results in too much sweat, exhausting your body.

2. If the subtle channels that carry sweat from your sweat glands to your skin pores are contaminated, it gives rise to excessive secretion of sweat.

3. The climatic conditions also play a significant role here. High temperatures in summer cause excessive sweat as your nervous system always tries to maintain your body's temperature.

4. Tension, stress, or anxiety are few of the other main reasons behind excessive sweating. In such cases, your nervous system is disturbed and triggers your sweat glands more often.

5. Imbalanced hormones have more impact on the way you sweat. Drastic changes in your body like pregnancy increases perspiration in your body.

6. Medical conditions like thyroid and diabetes can cause excessive sweating in some people. It may also be the side effects of medicines. [5]

How To Stop Hair Sweating?

A. Pacify Pitta dosha by intaking a teaspoon of amla powder with jaggery once or twice a day. Also, eat ten soaked raisins on an empty stomach early in the morning.

B. Take two grams of each of these herbs- Yashtimadhu, Amla, Haritaki, Usheera, and Sandalwood. Add the mixture to cold water and drink it twice everyday.

C. Manage your stress levels by following an effective lifestyle routine. Practice yoga and meditation regularly. Sleep well at least for 6 hours every day. Keep yourself hydrated.

D. Reduce the consumption of fatty foods in your diet. It helps you both in weight reduction and controlling excessive sweating.

E. Check your hormone imbalance, thyroid, and diabetes. Ask your doctor to change your medication, if one of its side effects is excessive sweating.

hair falling out after shampooing

How To Prevent Hair Loss Due To Sweating?

A. Gently massage your hair with herbal oils like Ayurvedic Chadanadi Taila. Rub it against your hair follicles one hour before you take a head bath.

B. You can use a hair mask by mixing three tablespoons of lemon juice and coconut oil each. Leave it on your hair for 15 minutes. Wash it off with herbal shampoo.

C. Maintain your scalp’s hygiene with a natural remedy. Add 2-3 ml of jasmine or lavender essential oils or two tablespoons of rose water to the water you use for cleaning your scalp. Take a head bath with cold water after this. Do this at least thrice a week. [6]

D. Never use a hairdryer to avoid sweat on your scalp. It further worsens the condition.

E. Avoid heavy hairstyles like ponytails and buns that block evaporation and accumulate sweat on your scalp.

F. Wear a scarf or cover your head with a hat whenever you go out. It avoids harmful sun rays and pollution to produce sweat on your hair.

How To Protect Hair From Sweat During Exercise?

1. Ayurveda suggests to stop exercising when you lose 50% of your energy. It controls excessive sweat production by fat metabolism while saving your energy.

2. Avoid exercising in hot or humid weather. Seek shade if you are working out during summers. You can also work out in an air-conditioned gym.

3. Wash your hair immediately after exercising. Make it a point to wash it with cold water.

Vedix Tip: Use apple cider vinegar as your hair cleanser to prevent excessive scalp sweating.

woman washing hair

Should You Wash Your Hair After Sweating?

Yes! Washing your hair after excessive sweating is mandatory. Otherwise, the sweat build up may block your hair follicles and damage your strands. It may also lead to other problems like itching, dandruff, bacterial and fungal infections. Please remember to wash your head using cold water whenever your hair is drenched in sweat.

The Last Word

The key to prevent excessive sweating on your head is to cleanse it frequently, in order to remove dirt build-up and accumulated oil. Eat a healthy diet and avoid eating spicy foods. Don't use synthetic hair care products as they can damage your hair in the long run.

Ayurveda can resolve these problems with natural remedies. It can give your hair long-lasting health and prevent the occurrence of multiple hair problems in the future. The best part is that these Ayurvedic remedies have zero side effects. Switch to Ayurveda to reap the benefits!

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