Are you showering your hair with the best products in the market and still wondering why your hair doesn't grow faster? It could be because of poor blood circulation to your hair roots. Improving blood circulation to your scalp region is easy, and it builds an excellent foundation for hair growth. Let us find out how.
Our Ayurvedic Doctor Speaks
“Ayurveda focuses on detoxification and increasing blood circulation in your scalp to pacify all the doshas and unblock your hair follicles. Hence, the foundation for healthy hair growth is enhancing your blood circulation."
- Dr. Zeel Gandhi, Chief Ayurvedic Doctor, Vedix
Is Blood Circulation Necessary For Hair Growth?
Blood is a vital transport system, and blood circulation supplies life to each and every organ in your body. The subcutaneous blood flow delivers oxygen and nutrients for the hair as well. This helps in growth, maturation, and maintenance of your hair follicles through the hair-growth life cycle.
As a hair follicle develops, it is essentially enveloped in blood vessels. These originate from a deep entanglement of nerves linked to your brain and nervous system. If you have low blood flow reaching your hair follicles, they gradually miniaturize and eventually shut down into dormant follicles. Alternatively, active blood circulation to your scalp reflects as a full head of healthy hair. 
In the Ayurvedic perspective, Khalitya is a 'Tridoshaja' Vyadhi along with Rakta dosha. It means hair loss is caused by an imbalance of your fundamental bio-energies or doshas known as Vata, Pitta, Kapha combined with Rakta. The predominance of Pitta and Rakta dosha significantly impact hair growth. 
Dr. Zeel Gandhi, Chief Ayurvedic Doctor at Vedix, says, "Bhrajaka Pitta is accumulated in the openings of your hair follicles in an elevated state and enters deeper with vitiated Vata dosha and results in hair fall. In a further stage, vitiated Rakta and Kapha dosha block your hair follicle's openings, stopping the production of new hair growth.
Ayurveda focuses on detoxification and increasing blood circulation in your scalp to pacify all the doshas and unblock your hair follicles. Hence, the foundation for healthy hair growth is enhancing your blood circulation."
Symptoms of Poor Blood Circulation in Scalp
There are various symptoms to indicate poor circulation in the scalp. These are
1. Lackluster hair, which is the first symptom of poor scalp blood circulation.
2. Decrease in hair volume.
3. Higher rate of hair loss than usual, showing an exacerbated hair fall.
4. Each hair strand loses its density and becomes finer.
5. New hair grows only up to the length of baby hair.
6. Hair follicles shrink and die.
With age many men and women start suffering from androgenic alopecia, in which the hair follicles suffer from miniaturisation. In this case the androgen receptors in the hair follicles shorten the growth cycle of the hair. The hair becomes thinner and shorter which even after receiving adequate amounts of nutrients is too weak to penetrate the top most layer of skin. Even though you intake growth supplements or follow a balanced diet, the nutrients never reach the follicles and result in their starving. 
Some yoga asanas such as headstand, downward dog and standing forward fold can help improve blood flow to your scalp.
How To Improve Blood Circulation In Your Scalp?
Even though the various methods for improvement of blood circulation works for all hair types, they might have different outcomes depending on the characteristics of your scalp and the texture of your hair. First identify the kind of hair you have. Then apply the following methods on to yourself for better hair growth.
1. Scalp Massage
Your hair follicle is the only 'alive' part of your hair strand. It is driven by hyperactive stem cells. The gentle pressure you apply during a scalp massage can facilitate good blood circulation. This activates oxygenation, detoxification, and metabolism in the follicle cells and dilates blood vessels surrounding them.
How to do a scalp massage
A. According to Ayurveda, you need to examine your body constitution (Prakriti) and determine the root cause of a specific problem (Vikriti). Use a herbal oil, based on your specific Prakriti, Vikriti, and dominant Doshas.
B. If your hair loss is due to Vata and Kapha dominance, heat the oil slightly. If you are Pitta dominant, use oil at room temperature.
C. Wash your scalp thoroughly the night before you plan a scalp massage. Sprinkle water to wet your hair before the massage, as it works better on semi-dry hair.
D. Smear the oil soothingly and massage your scalp with your fingertips in a relaxing manner. Massage your scalp towards the growth of your hair (anuloma direction) for better results.
2. Ayurvedic Herbs
Bhringraj, Amla, Ginseng, Ginkgo biloba, Ginger, Garlic, Black pepper, and Cinnamon can detoxify your blood and improve blood flow to your scalp. You can use different herbs topically on your scalp, or you can take them in your food according to your dominant dosha. You can also prepare a hair oil and shampoo out of herbs like amla or hibiscus and use it instead of your regular hair care products.
The herbal oils which can be used topically for scalp massages are as under:
- Vata Dosha- Sesame, almond, or mustard oils
- Pitta Dosha- Bhringraj oil or Brahmi oil, with a few drops of coconut oil or neem oil.
- Kapha Dosha- Sesame, corn, or mustard oils
Herbal blends for hair packs are,
- Vata Dosha - Onion, licorice, black sesame, ashwagandha, or Shatavari.
- Pitta Dosha- Licorice, hibiscus, Kamala, neem, or Lodhra.
- Kapha Dosha- Rosepea, grapeseed, fenugreek, or camphor.
Herbs that can be added to your food are,
- Vata Dosha- Chamomile, Ginger, Ashwagandha
- Pitta Dosha- Mint, Coriander, Shatavari
- Kapha Dosha- Turmeric, Ginseng, Black pepper
3. Essential Oils
Due to stress, poor blood circulation in your scalp causes muscles to tighten. In turn, capillaries that feed your hair roots become constricted, preventing free blood flow. The aroma of essential oils communicates with your limbic system and relieves stress. Its potent nature enhances free blood flow by opening the blood vessels surrounding your hair follicle.
How to use essential oils
A. Do not use essential oils in a concentrated form. Dilute them in a carrier oil like coconut, olive, or almond oil.
B. Vata Dosha- The oil must be sweet, soothing, and warm. You can use oils like sandalwood, rose, jasmine, lavender, etc.
C. Pitta Dosha- The oil must stimulate sebum and have a cooling effect. You can use jasmine, rose, coconut, olive etc.
D. Kapha Dosha- Choose from warming and strengthening oils like cinnamon, coriander, eucalyptus and lemongrass.
E. Use essential oils for scalp massage and hair packs by adding a few drops into the massage oil and hair pack.
F. Don't ingest essential oil directly. Instead, add a few drops of the essential oil to your food.
G. Use an aroma diffuser in your room by adding an essential oil into it. This is a great stress reliever.
The excess sebum and perspiration (sweating) on your scalp can form hardened crystals near your hair follicles. It causes the surrounding tissues to harden, restricting the blood flow to your hair follicle. A regular chemical-laden shampoo temporarily washes out the sweat, but makes your hair dry and leaves chemical residue behind. A herbal shampoo can reduce perspiration, balance sebum, and clear the build-up. It also helps in retaining the natural moisture levels in your scalp.
Cleanse your scalp right
A. Choose a shampoo containing Dosha pacifying ingredients and massage it gently on your scalp while cleansing your hair.
B. Look for Tridosha pacifying ingredients like aloe vera, amalaki and soapnut.
C. Pitta-Kapha pacifying ingredients include Soap pod, neem and Japa
D. Kapha-Vata pacifying ingredients are Brahmi, fenugreek, lemon and bhringraj.
E. Prepare a shampoo by using hibiscus flowers and leaves or by using amla. Both herbs can enhance blood circulation in your scalp.
5. Home Remedies
Poor blood circulation in the scalp may be a result of ineffective hair care practice. A few home remedies can go a long way in giving you strong and healthy hair. Attention needs to be paid to ensuring blood flow to your hair roots. This is the first step to beautiful hair.
A few home remedies
A. Pamper your scalp by gently massaging with your fingers in circular patterns whenever possible.
B. Avoid resting your head on a pillow while sleeping. Do a neck rotation as soon as you wake up from bed. It helps blood flow to your scalp.
C. Gently pulling your hair with both fists can help. This however has to be done gently and not forcefully.
D. Opt for scalp massage with essential oils at least thrice a week. Add peppermint oil for best results.
E. Apply a herbal hair mask using herbs that stimulate blood circulation like amla and hibiscus. Do it 1-3 times a week.
F. Don't use chemical-laden hair care products continuously for a longer period. They may block hair follicles and contract blood vessels around your hair follicles.
G. Wash your hair with neem infused water instead of normal water for faster improvement of the blood circulation.
Make a habit of practicing forward bending yoga asanas and pranayama daily morning for adequate flow of blood to your scalp. Correctly following the poses perfectly delivers oxygen and nutrients to your hair roots. This also activates stem cells and blood vessels in your hair follicles. Mentioned below are yoga asanas and pranayama that improve blood circulation for healthy hair growth.
A. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Dog Pose)
B. Vajrasana (Diamond Pose)
C. Utthanasana (Standing Forward Pose)
D. Pawanmuktasana (Wind-relieving Pose)
E. Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)
F. Kapalbhati Pranayama (breath of fire)
G. Nadi Shodhan Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing)
H. Bhastrika Pranayama (Bellows breath)
Adding physical exercise to your daily routine releases endorphins. This happy hormone relieves stress and makes you happy. Jogging during the early morning in fresh air and pleasant sunlight naturally activates your whole body internally and externally. It balances all the functions, including blood circulation. It helps in weight reduction, which is also a factor for poor blood circulation.
Apart from that, you can try a basic scalp exercise that is really effective:
Step 1: Raise your eyebrows as high as you can.
Step 2: Lower your eyebrows as far as they will go.
Nasya is one of the procedures of panchakarma treatment. You can practice Nasya at home by administering oil or ghee into your nostrils. The liquid travels to reach the membranes of your brain. It activates the nerves and blood vessels connected to your scalp, thereby improving blood circulation to your hair follicles.
9. Take A Cold Shower
The lymphatic system is triggered by muscle contractions to pump 'lymph' throughout your body. Lymph detoxifies your body by clearing waste, bacteria, and microbes from your blood. Coldwater immersion contracts the subcutaneous lymphatic vessels, which stimulates detoxification in your hair follicles.
Dark chocolate, ginger, garlic, citrus fruits, spinach, beetroot, turmeric, grapes, and pomegranates are a few foods that improve blood circulation throughout your body. Boil herbs like ginger to prepare a decoction and drink it first in the morning instead of tea. It helps detoxify your blood and increase pure blood flow towards your scalp. 
11. Brush Your Hair
Brushing your hair exercises your hair roots. Just spend 2-3 minutes in the morning and 2-3 minutes before going to bed to do this. Start by removing tangles using a wide-toothed comb.
Brush in a few gentle strokes on your scalp using a bristle brush. Brush your whole scalp like you would do for a massage. This activates the capillary muscles of your hair follicles, improving blood circulation.
Don't brush your hair when it is wet. It may stretch your hair fiber and pull it away from the hair follicle. Also, enjoy an ounce of dark chocolate, rich in flavanols, every day for better blood circulation in your scalp.
12. Inversion Method
The inversion method in Ayurveda is a yogic pose of standing upside down. The blood flow is towards your scalp in this position. After shirodhara (oiling) and shiro abhyanga (scalp massage), drop your head downwards from the side of your bed. This is both comfortable and safe. In this position, your blood flow is concentrated towards your scalp layers, drastically improving your hair health.
The Last Word
Proper blood circulation can work wonders for hair growth. All it takes is just a few minutes of your day. Physical activity also plays a significant role in enhancing blood circulation.
Ayurvedic scalp massage, the right foods and proper care can help you achieve hair volume and length, by improving blood circulation. Following care methods regularly enhances blood flow and gives long-lasting strength to your hair roots.Know Your Dosha Now
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