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Amazing Benefits of Ashwagandha for Hair

Ashwagandha or Withania Somnifera is a vital herb according to Ayurveda. It has been studied thoroughly well for the treatment of the body as well as the mind. It is classified as an adaptogen, which means a herb that works to counteract the effects of stress in the body. Ashwagandha is made up of two words namely; ‘Ashwa; meaning ‘Horse’ and ‘Gandha’ meaning ‘Fragrance’. It is commonly referred to as Indian ginseng for its rejuvenating effects on the nervous system. Today we will be checking how ashwagandha for hair can be useful.


Benefits of Ashwagandha For Hair

In Ayurveda, ashwagandha is often referred to as Rasayana, which means it helps to maintain youth, physically as well as mentally.

Ashwagandha is a versatile herb and has various notable effects. Some studies suggest the proven use of ashwagandha with facts and evidence for stress and anxiety, arthritis, and alzheimer's treatment.

When it comes to hair care, most of us are concerned about hair loss as well as hair growth. Ashwagandha may help reduce hair loss but studies for improvement in hair growth are still being carried out.

Increased stress not only affects the body but also the hair follicles. It may hamper the normal functioning of hair follicles and might lead to an increase in hair loss. Ashwagandha can be considered a solution to mitigate the effects of stress on the body and eventually control hair loss. The herb is aptly classified as an adaptogen and can regulate physiologic processes and thereby stabilising the body's response to stress. [1] [2]


Other Benefits of Ashwagandha for Hair

Apart from the benefits of ashwagandha for hair loss, the constituents of ashwagandha may exhibit some anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory properties as well. These may be helpful when ashwagandha is a part of the hair care routine. For herbs and plant extracts to work and show effects, one must consider using them consistently over a long period of time.

  • Antioxidant
    Ashwagandha has free radical scavenging properties and can work as an antioxidant that supports scalp health and may help to regulate inflammatory actions related to the scalp.
  • Strengthen the hair
    Additionally, it can also help strengthen the hair. The amino acids and antioxidants in ashwagandha can help in strengthening hair and reduce hair breakage.
  • Might help with grey hair
    Ashwagandha might stimulate the production of melanin. Melanin is a pigment that is the colour of hair. It may help reduce further greying of hair.
  • Anti-inflammatory
    The natural anti-inflammatory properties of ashwagandha can help reduce inflammation caused by dry scalp or wrong use of hair care products. The scalp skin consists of less sensitive sensory nerves. Since the sensory nerves are less sensitive, the chances of experiencing a worsening of scalp conditions increases. [3]

Ways to use ashwagandha for hair

There are many ways in which you can use ashwagandha for hair. The easiest way to use ashwagandha for hair is by making a hair mask or by using hair care products infused with ashwagandha. 

Ashwagandha is often consumed as a supplement in the form of tablets and powder.  It is best to consult with a medical expert or doctor before you use it as a supplement in your diet or beauty regimen. Even if you intend to use it topically on skin or hair, a patch test is a must.

Ashwagandha also has some side effects and it is best avoided to use internally unless consulted with a doctor. Avoid ashwagandha if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or are trying to conceive.

Before trying the below hair masks patch test is recommended.

  • Hair mask
    Mix 1–2 teaspoons of ashwagandha powder with enough water to make a paste. Apply this paste to your scalp. Let the hair soak in the goodness of ashwagandha by covering the head with a shower cap. Wash off after 30 minutes with a good organic shampoo.
  • Scalp mask
    Take 1 teaspoon each of ashwagandha and brahmi powder and add 1/4 teaspoon of hibiscus powder. Mix the above combination with water or coconut milk to make a little runny paste. Pour on the scalp little by little in parts and leave it for 30 minutes. Wash it thoroughly well with an organic shampoo.
  • Add to your shampoo
    You can add a small tiny bit of ashwagandha powder to your shampoo before using it on your scalp. However, make sure to rinse thoroughly well.
  • Juicy Chemistry Hibiscus, Amla & Bhringaraj Hair Oil
    This nourishing hair oil is made with thirteen powerful ingredients that smoothen and condition the hair. Bhringraj oil penetrates deep into the scalp to stimulate blood circulation and revitalises hair follicles. Amla, Brahmi, and Hibiscus soothe the scalp, restore natural hair colour and improve hair texture. Licorice Root also helps promote scalp health.

Frequently Asked Questions about ashwagandha for hair

  • Is ashwagandha good for hair growth?
    The various antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties may help support hair growth. However, there are no studies to support ashwagandha as a stand-alone ingredient for hair growth.
  • Can I take ashwagandha every day?
    Before consumption of ashwagandha, one must consult the doctor and then take the advised dosage of ashwagandha. DO NOT consume ashwagandha without consulting an expert.
  • Does ashwagandha work immediately?
    Regular and consistent usage of ashwagandha is recommended for noticeable results.

References

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31731424/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4543599/