My 4c Journey Into Ayurveda

I’m not a product junkie.  My hair care routine is simple and my stash holds just a few products that have served my hair well.  However, I’m always open to learning new tools and techniques that can enhance my hair care.  For this reason, I was excited to begin my 4c journey into ayurveda.

 

Why did I get into Ayurveda?

My journey into ayurveda started a few years ago when some of my staple products became unavailable.  When months turned into years, I took matters into my own hands.  I became self-sufficient by making my own products.

During this time, many naturals were turning to Indian herbs for their hair care.  Ayurveda allows users customize herbs to suit their needs.  As I learned about the benefits and healing properties of ayurvedic herbs, I realized that they could benefit of my hair and scalp.  Ayurveda has since become a welcomed addition in my hair care routine.  

4c curl pattern with ayurveda use

Warning

We often associate “natural” with “good” or “healthy”, however some natural substances can be harmful.  Before starting your ayurvedic journey, be sure to research all herbs and plants for potential side effects.

Remember:  Research does not constitute recommendations made by your health care practitioner.  Consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns, or should problems arise.  The information on this website does not replace the care of a physician.  Should you have any concerns about using products on yourself or your child, please consult your medical professional before use.

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As you know, I'm currently back to the experimentation phase my hair journey. I'm trying to find a set of predominantly natural products and/or ingredients that work well on my hair. After reading about the many benefits and seeing the success such naturalistas such as @pamelayoungmorakinyo , @fullerhairr , @attracta01 who use herbs and flowers in their hair care regimen, I thought that I would give this type of hair care a try. Over the next little while, I'll be borrowing from ayruveda as well as incorporating other botanicals to see if I can develop a system that works well for me. . . Ayurveda is "the traditional Hindu system of medicine, which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems". There are various components to ayurvedic practice including diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing. For more information on Ayurveda check out @deidreforever who has created a super informative series on various herbs used in hair care as well as @nowiamnappy who has created a video series demonstrating how to use these herbs. . . Yesterday, I introduced hibiscus petals, amla powder, and some lavender powder in my clay wash. I left the clay mask on for 20 minutes before rinsing it out. Unfortunately, I forgot to sieve the hibiscus after grinding it and I'm now stuck with some petals in my hair. I tried following up with some oil and conditioner, but I'll probably need a few more washes to get everything out. . . NOTE: I am by no means an expert on ayurveda, herbs, or botanicals. Though natural, the use of certain herbs, botanicals, and essential oils can exacerbate certain health issues. Please be sure to do your research and if unsure, consult your health care practitioner before embarking on such a journey. . . Have you tried ayurveda? Have you ever used botanicals or herbs in your regimen?

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What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda means “science of life” and is a holistic healing system developed in India more than 3,000 years ago.  It is a complex system of health care and practiced in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.  The principals of Ayurveda are rooted in achieving balance and include surgical techniques, pediatrics, and toxicology.  Internal and external wellness are often brought about by using plant-based ingredients such as roots, leaves, fruits, bark, and seeds.

 

Benefits of Ayurveda on 4c Hair

Within the first week of use, the benefits of Ayurveda on my 4c hair were obvious and it has only gotten better with time.  Masks, glosses, and oils have strengthened my 4c hair.  Ayurveda has also improved my hair’s ability to retain moisture.  My elasticity has improved and most notably, my shedding has significantly decreased.

I feel like my 4c journey into ayurveda is just beginning and I wonder why I waited so long to start.

 

Have you tried ayurveda?

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