Are you constantly longing for thicker and voluminous hair? If you are nodding in agreement, then look no further. It is time to revisit the ancient Ayurvedic secrets.
By following holistic Ayurvedic remedies and a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals, you can effectively manage your hair loss . Read on to know how you can achieve thick, healthy and voluminous hair naturally.
Our Ayurvedic Doctor Speaks
‘’Many factors such as stressful lifestyle, hormonal imbalance, genetics, improper diets, exposure to pollution, poor hair care routine, using wrong hair products, over styling, etc. can affect your hair health and result in the reduction of your hair volume.’’
-Dr. Zeel Gandhi, Chief Ayurvedic Doctor, Vedix
What Is Hair Volume?
A voluminous hair looks thicker, denser and fuller, which is an indication of rich hair growth and minimal hair loss. If you have thin, fine hair which lacks strength, then your hair lacks volume.
‘’Many factors such as stressful lifestyle, hormonal imbalance, genetics, improper diets, exposure to pollution, poor hair care routine, using wrong hair products, over styling, etc. can affect your hair health and result in the reduction of your hair volume,’’ says Dr. Zeel Gandhi, Chief Ayurvedic Doctor at Vedix.
The number of hair follicles on your scalp remains the same for your entire life. While the follicle number cannot be increased, some of them go to dormant phase, leading to hair thinning and loss of volume.
Why Does Your Hair Have No Volume?
As per Ayurveda, hair fall or hair loss, which leads to the decreased hair volume, is the result of dosha vitiations in your scalp.
As mentioned by Dr. Zeel, different factors such as lack of nourishment, hormonal imbalance, poor lifestyle, etc. can lead to specific dosha imbalances in your body, which result in the following symptoms:
- Vitiated Kapha leads to thick, heavy, and oily hair that weighs down your hair strands and makes them look flat without much volume.
- Vitiated Pitta causes excessive heat within your hair follicles, which adversely impacts your hair. This leads to premature baldness, greying, and thinning. It also increases greasiness in your hair, which makes it look less voluminous.
- Vitiated Vata causes your hair to be brittle, frizzy, and dry. Also, it leads to thinning of hair which causes hair loss and split ends.
In all the above scenarios, hair loss is the final outcome. You need to identify your imbalanced doshas and proceed with specific dosha balancing Ayurvedic remedies to reverse your hair loss and increase hair volume.
How To Increase Hair Volume With Ayurveda?
1. Massage Your Scalp To Increase Hair Volume
Scalp massage helps in blood circulation and promotes hair growth. A clinical study  in Japan assessed the role of scalp massage on hair growth on nine volunteers.
For 24 weeks, the scalp massage was given to the volunteers. After the completion of the scheduled study, it was observed that they had better hair thickness and hair growth.
How to do head massage:
- Pour some lukewarm hair oil in a bowl. You can also place the bowl containing oil in warm water.
- Make equal hair partitions. Using your fingers, apply oil on your scalp and hair. Always remember to work your way from the roots to the tips.
- Apply gentle pressure and massage your scalp for 15 minutes. Using your fingertips, massage your head.
- Massaging your scalp rejuvenates your hair follicles by increasing blood circulation. This promotes hair growth and increases hair volume.
- Leave your hair at least for two hours before washing with a herbal shampoo. You can also leave your hair oiled overnight.
2. Essential Oils For Hair Volume
If you are wondering how to increase the volume of hair at your home, then you can try the following essential oils for thick hair volume.
The rosemary oil is effective in controlling hair fall and, thus, highly beneficial to boost your hair volume. The anti-inflammatory agent in the oil known as Carnosol, aids in balancing your hormones, which increases hair growth.
Linalyl acetate and linalool, both found in lavender, have follicle deepening and stimulating properties. This essential oil also helps in thickening the thermal layer within your hair roots, which further strengthens the roots and stimulates follicles.
Due to the presence of astringent properties, juniper oil provides a strong defense against hair loss. This essential oil helps in strengthening your hair roots and promoting hair growth. It also helps in preventing acne within the scalp due to its antiseptic and anti-microbial properties, which blocks the acne-causing bacteria.
You should never apply an essential oil directly to your scalp. Instead, you need to add 5-10 drops of any of the above mentioned essential oils into a cup of carrier oil and then use it. Castor oil is one the most recommended carrier oil to increase your hair volume.
D. Castor Oil
Historically, castor oil has played an important role in hair loss management, but one rarely knows the plethora of hair care benefits it offers. A powerhouse of vitamin E, minerals and proteins, castor oil works wonders for your hair. It contains omega 6 and ricinoleic acid, which accelerate blood circulation in your scalp, thus promoting hair growth.
Note: Please consult a doctor if your hair fall persists even after following the above home remedies.
3. Amalaki Hair Mask: A Volume Booster
Amalaki helps in removing excess heat from your head, protecting your hair luster and color, and preventing excessive hair fall. This hair mask helps you to achieve high volume hair with regular use.
- 1/3 cup of amalaki powder
- 3 ounces of yogurt or water (for hair conditioning)
How to Apply
- In a small bowl, blend both the ingredients until you have a smooth paste. Apply this hair mask with a small brush or by hand.
- Begin at the top of your head and part your hair section by section to apply the paste onto your scalp.
- Next, apply the mix to the length of your hair to fully cover your head.
- Cover your hair with a shower cap to prevent drying out and leave it for 30 minutes.
- Rinse your hair and scalp with lukewarm water.
‘’Amla is a tridosha hara herb that can help you balance all the three doshas on your scalp. Ayurveda believes that amalaki can provide a long standing immunity to the scalp against pollutants, heat and other irritants,’’ says Dr. Zeel.
Vedix Tip: Besides external usage, you can also take 2-3 spoons of amla juice internally once or twice a week. This boosts the detoxification in your body, which in turn controls hair fall.
4. Herbs For Hair Volume
Bhringraj is a medicinal herb that soothes your scalp and nourishes your hair follicles. It also promotes new hair growth and helps in increasing hair volume. You can either buy bhringraj oil from a nearby store or make it at home.
To prepare bhringraj oil at home, heat coconut oil with powdered bhringraj and store it in a glass container for further use.
You can apply it directly onto your scalp. Allow the hair roots to absorb the oil by leaving for 30 minutes and cleanse it with a herbal shampoo.
Fenugreek or methi is a powerhouse that Ayurveda identified in the early ages and continues to utilize its beauty and health benefits to date. Methi seeds are a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, and folic acid. It also contains minerals like iron, calcium, and potassium.
Due to high nicotinic acid and protein content, methi seeds provide a strong defense against dandruff and hair loss and treat scalp issues, hair thinning, baldness and dryness.
You can use the fenugreek paste prepared from the overnight soaked seeds as a weekly hair mask to increase your hair volume.
Amla is a traditional remedy that is an essential part of the hair care regime in India. Oil infused with amla increases blood circulation in your scalp. It also improves your scalp health by dissolving dirt and grease from follicles as well as removing dandruff.
A storehouse of vitamin C, amla protects and minimizes the free radical action which can damage your hair. It also restores the optimum pH levels of your scalp, regulating the sebum production.
You should heat 2-3 cups of coconut oil and add two spoons of powdered amla into it. Continue heating the oil until it turns brown. Set it aside to cool down and apply the lukewarm oil to your scalp.
Triphalachurna has active compounds that repair hair loss and increase hair volume. One of its components, haritaki, has antifungal and antibacterial properties that prevent various types of fungal activity and infections on your scalp.
The powdered form of triphala is renowned as an anti-dandruff agent. There are several ways to apply this amazing herb. You can either include it in your diet or apply a blend of coconut oil with triphala  powder.
Remember that your diet plays an important role in maintaining your hair health. If you observe less hair volume, it can be because of underlying conditions like poor digestion and liver-related ailment. Triphala helps both by detoxifying your digestive system.
This wonderful Ayurvedic herb is popularly known to clear the mind and lower stress levels. Also, the herb is also known to prevent hair loss by healing the dry scalp. It also treats a wide variety of hair issues like split ends, itchiness, and dandruff.
You can massage your scalp twice or thrice a week with brahmi oil to promote healthy hair growth.
When you use any Ayurvedic herb, you need to make sure that the herb helps to pacify the specific doshas that are aggravated in your body. The herbs you use should bring balance to your Ayurvedic doshas.
5. Balanced Diet For Hair Volume
Keratin is the building block of your hair. Therefore, protein is the primary nutrient required for hair growth.
Several other secondary nutrients such as antioxidants, biotin, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin D, selenium, niacin, iron, zinc and other fatty acids are required for hair health growth.
Taking supplements of these nutrients is an alternative for better hair volume, but including these in your diet is the most recommended way.
Here is a list of foods you can include in your daily routine:
- Fish, poultry, and eggs are rich sources of protein.
- Green leafy vegetables such as rapini, mustard greens, swiss chard, kale, and spinach help you restore your iron levels.
- Curry leaves, predominant in the Indian kitchens, are a storehouse of vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin B, vitamin A, magnesium, calcium and iron.
- Citrus fruits such as amla are rich sources of minerals, antioxidants, and vitamin C.
- Nuts such as flax seeds, walnuts, and almonds provide you with fatty acids.
- Whole grains provide you with vitamin B complex, zinc, iron, and biotin.
- Carrots are a powerhouse of vitamin A.
- Yogurt is a rich source of zinc.
Remember that whatever you eat affects your body and its various functions. Always try sticking to a healthy diet because your food habits are reflected in the health of your hair.
6. Hair Spray
For those who seek full-bodied and voluminous hair, you could also splurge on a good volumizer hair spray. It's always better to prefer herbal hair sprays than chemical based hair sprays for your hair.
Before any purchase, always read the instructions carefully because the wrong application can leave you with sticky hair. This will further cause damage to your hair.
Also, another thumb rule is to part your hair in sections and then apply the spray from 10 inches away. Always spray the roots and comb your hair gently for getting the perfect, bouncy hair.
Most of the hair sprays may contain many harmful chemicals that can eventually damage your hair if overused. Limit its use to important events.
7. Shampoos To Increase Hair Volume
Below is a list of natural and herbal shampoos that you can quickly make in your kitchen with easily available ingredients.
Reetha has been used for centuries in hair care regimes. It is a saponin that keeps your hair healthy and voluminous. You can prepare your own shampoo with reetha:
- Take a few shikakai pods and reetha.
- Boil half a liter of water in a bowl and add the soapnuts.
- Set aside the concoction overnight.
- Strain the water and use the residual as a herbal shampoo.
Shikakai is a natural cleanser as it effectively removes excess oil from your scalp. If you have dry and frizzy hair, prepare a shampoo by mixing shikakai, hibiscus, amla, and reetha.
C. Aloe Vera
Extract aloe vera gel by peeling the leaves and directly apply them onto your scalp. Allow it to dry for a few minutes and rinse your hair. Aloe vera is a soothing and cooling hair cleanser. It helps in managing scalp rashes, itching, and redness.
Besides above-mentioned herbal shampoos, you can opt for Ayurvedic hair cleansers with specific herbs that balances your elevated doshas to boost your hair volume.
8. Hair Cut For Voluminous Hair
There is a wide range of haircuts for thin and dull hair, which helps you flaunt a full-bodied, bouncy hair. Strategic hairstyles like shoulder length blunt cut, angled bob, angled bob with light layers, and thick bangs are just a few of many stylish haircuts that give your hair a voluminous look.
9. Blow Dry Hair For Instant Volume
For any thickness or length of hair, blow drying can quickly add volume and shine. But before you begin, protect your hair from any heat damage. Also, remember that regular blow drying can damage your hair.
10. Hair Extensions (Short Term)
Most often, when women think about using hair extensions, they think about increasing the length of their hair. But if you are struggling with thin, fine hair and aren’t looking to increase your hair length but only volume, then you can search for customized hair extensions, which can add volume to hair temporarily.
Blow dry and hair extensions are not meant to be done regularly as they can cause long term damage to your hair. Limit their use.
Simple & Effective Tips To Increase Your Hair Volume
1. Avoid anxiety and stress. Both conditions may lead to hair fall and affect your hair volume.
2. You can practice Sirsasana and Pranayam to increase hair volume and avoid hair loss.
3. Cut down on smoking, alcohol consumption, and other addictions to see a visible difference in your hair health.
4. Remember to sleep for at least 6-8 hours every night.
5. Keep yourself well hydrated.
6. Try to limit the use of chemical-based hair products, curling, straightening, and coloring, which adversely affect your hair in the long term.
7. Always wear a scarf to avoid exposure to dust and direct sunlight, which steals the natural oils in your hair, making it dull and brittle.
8. Remember to trim your hair regularly to prevent split ends.
9. Avoid pulling your hair and tying it tightly as it results in hair loss.
10. Avoid combing your hair frequently and forcefully.
11. Always use a wide-toothed comb for your hair.
12. Never comb and tie your hair when it is wet as it leads to split ends and hair breakage.
The Last Word
Remember that along with these Ayurvedic treatments and remedies for increasing hair volume, your food habits and diet play an important role in determining the quantity and quality of your hair.
You must follow a healthy and clean lifestyle with low-stress levels and exposure to harmful environmental conditions to keep your hair voluminous.Know Your Dosha Now
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