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It seems like every week there's a new magic oil to make our hair longer and shinier.
They're "discovered" in dessert sands of the Sahara, the lush tropical rainforest, or the African plains. Amla, jojoba and monoi oils are the newest oils meant to strengthen and lengthen our strands.
But there's an ayurvedic oil you haven't heard of yet--and it actually works.
Ayurveda, (which means “Science of Life”) is a system of traditional Indian medicine that links the mind with the body. According to Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, "Ayurveda is a personalized approach to health, and knowing your mind-body type allows you to make optimal choices about diet, exercise, supplements, and all other aspects of your lifestyle."
When it comes to your hair, there are three Ayurvedic hair types, says CallaLilly at BreakINK New Ground. Vata hair tends to be thin, dry, frizzy and prone to split ends. Pitta hair is fine and prone to premature thinning or graying, and Kapha hair is usually very thick and oily.
Vatika oil, an enriched ayurvedic coconut oil, is said to help with all hair types. With a blend of henna, amla, neem, lemon, and coconut oils, Vatika oil nourishes and maintains hair color, protects from UV rays, fights dandruff, and promotes growth.
Here's a list of the key ingredients:
Henna - colorant, hair conditioner & restorative
Amla - hair nourishment, delays graying & hair fall
Harad - protects from UV rays, delays graying
Bahera - maintains hair color
Neem - anti-microbial, fights dandruff & hair fall
Brahmi - hair vitalizer
Kapur Kachari - antiseptic
Lemon Oil - astringent, fights dandruff
Coconut Oil - promotes hair growth & nourishment
Cow's Milk - natural nourishment for scalp & roots
A study found that when used in combination with other herbal oils such as brahmi and methi, amla can promote hair growth similar to the hair loss drug Minoxidil, (Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research, 2009, 1(1): 261-267 and E Journal of Chemistry Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 34-38, January 2008) and we already know how great henna can be.