AYURVEDA TOOLBOX: Boost Hair Health with this Stress Relieving Ayurvedic Scalp Massage 〰️ Shiro Abhyanga
SELF-CARE FOR HAIR:
MAKE SCALP MASSAGE A WEEKLY RITUAL
Ayurvedic scalp massage, known in the tradition as Shiro Abhyanga or "Champi," is an amazing self-care practice to add to your rituals. Not only can it protect and restore the health of distressed hair but it also has incredible benefits for overall well-being. Shiro Abhyanga or scalp massage with oils is incredible for releasing both mental and muscular tension and anxiety. It relieves stress, eye strain and headaches as well as increases blood flow and circulation to the hair follicle, encouraging the healthy growth of hair. Ayurvedic scalp massage paired with a deep breathing practice is great for releasing the grip of the jaw and relaxing the mind before bed. Gentle scalp massage can help with insomnia as it calms the chattering mind (chitta-vritti) and induces sleep via production of serotonin and melatonin.
MAJOR BENEFITS OF SCALP MASSAGE
- reduces stress
- relieves tension
- increases relaxation
- induces sleep
- stimulates healthy hair growth
AROMATHERAPEUTIC, AYURVEDIC SCALP MASSAGE RITUALS BY PRAKRITI - DOSHA
PITTA // Sensitive scalp: Increase blood flow to the hair follicles. Mix 2 drops essential oil (tea tree, rosemary, or patchouli) with 1 teaspoon of warmed coconut oil. Massage oil into the scalp using the fingertips. Rinse out or wrap hair for a leave-in treatment. 1x week.
VATA // Dry scalp: Lubricate and condition from roots to ends. Massage warmed mixture of an essential oil (lavender, peppermint, or jasmine) and almond oil into scalp using fingers dipped in oil. Use slow circular motions w/ firm yet gentle pressure of the finger pads. Distribute oil evenly from roots to ends and wrap for a leave-in treatment. 2x week.
KAPHA // Oily scalp: Cleanse scalp and distribute natural oils. Begin by brushing dry hair from roots to ends with the head down. Gently massage mixture of essential oil (jasmine, eucalyptus, or peppermint) and olive oil into hair, focusing on the scalp around the hairline. Optionally, chickpea powder can be used to absorb excess oil. Massage for 5-10 minutes and rinse immediately. 1x week.
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Cover Image: Nayika Shringara the romantic herione adorns herself, preparing her hair. Jodhpur, circa 1830. Gouache and gold on paper.