When we think of hair, the first word which comes to mind is Bhringraj. Bhringraj is truly the King of enhancing your hair health. Not convinced yet? Let us dive into why you should make it your go-to!
Bhringraj is also known as Kesharaj which means “Ruler of the hair”. It is rich in proteins, vitamins and antioxidants which help protect the body against certain infections; hence it stands true to its name. Bhringraj is a medicinal herb that grows in moist areas. According to Ayurveda, the leaf is considered to be a powerful liver cleanser, and the oil is especially good for the hair. It is regarded as the ‘rasayana' – an ingredient that rejuvenates and slows down the ageing process. Bhringraj oil provides your hair a high dose of nutrition and helps combat many problems such as dryness, dandruff and hair fall.
According to the principles of Ayurvedic medicine, Bhringraj oil is used to treat imbalances in pitta, one of three doshas said to govern all physical and mental processes. Since excess pitta is characterized by heat, the cooling properties of Bhringraj oil are believed to help normalize conditions caused by pitta imbalances. Laboratory studies have shown that Bhringraj oil has antimicrobial properties that may help treat minor fungal or bacterial infections. We at Soundaryah, have used Bhringraj as the main ingredients in our Deep Conditioning Hair Repair Mask because Bhringraj contains flavonoids, phytosterols, and coumestans that work well together to help fight hair loss and thinning. A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology confirmed that these components help to increase the density and size of your hair follicles. The bigger the size of the hair follicles, the stronger are your hair roots, and lesser is the chance of hair fall.
15 Amazing Benefits of Bhringraj for Hair That You Must Know
As there is research to support the claim that Bhringraj oil can promote hair growth and improve dandruff, Bhringraj oil is thought to have the following benefits for hair:
1. Hair Growth
Bhringraj is one of the most useful Ayurvedic herbs that is used to manage hair fall. According to Ayurveda, the reason for hair fall is an aggravated Vata dosha. Using Bhringraj helps in balancing Vata and remove excessive dryness. It is also good for preventing baldness and thinning of hair due to its unique Keshya (hair growth enhancer) property. Scientifically speaking, Bhringraj oil increase vasodilation which means widening of the blood vessels that improves blood flow to the roots and thus, promotes hair growth.
- Use Bhringraj powder, paste or oil on the scalp 2-3 times a week.
- For better results, use for at least 4-6 months.
2. Dandruff and Dry Scalp
Bhringraj oil has high specific density which makes it dense. In layman’s terms, it means that this oil can penetrate deep in the roots and treat dry scalp. It also treats any flakiness and itchiness of the scalp due to dandruff.
For dry hair, rub it on your scalp, wrap a steamed towel for five minutes and then massage some more oil again. This helps in deeper absorption and helps in activating the sebaceous glands. Use warm oil to get rid of dandruff and leave it on overnight.
3. Prevents Hair Fall
You may think that hair growth and preventing hair fall are the same things! Well, you’re wrong. In order to start the process of hair regrowth, you first need to curb the amount of hair that is lost. Bhringraj oil helps foster hair follicles. It is like a natural therapy for preventing hair loss. The herb contains important nutrients that fulfill the deficiency of minerals that lead to uncontrollable hair loss hence promoting hair growth.
4. Prevents Greying of Hair
Bhringraj helps to control premature greying of hair. It has an ability to rejuvenate hair due to its Rasayana property. Bhringraj oil helps in maintaining the natural color of your hair. You can mix some amla oil with Bhringraj oil and massage on your scalp before going to be. Leave it on overnight and then rinse in the morning. This helps is preventing premature greying of hair. A black dye obtained from its leaves is also used for coloring your hair naturally.
5. Helps with Baldness
Regular massage with Bhringraj oil improves blood circulation. When the nutrients present in the oil reach the root of the hair, they strengthen the hair follicles and prevent baldness. These nutrients present in the oil help in facilitating the growth of hair. Massage the oil on your scalp at bedtime; it helps in improving the blood circulation at the root of the hair bringing more nutrients to support hair growth.
6. Reduces stress-related hair disorders
Bhringraj oil is a natural therapy for hair fall with a soothing fragrance. Massaging your scalp and hair with Bhringraj oil relaxes the mind and prevents stress-induced hair fall. Also, the nutrients present in Bhringraj help tackle pollution and any chemicals that may penetrate through the follicle. Magnesium, present in Bhringraj, is known for its relaxant properties and may promote muscle relaxation, sleep, and it can also improve mood.
7. Split Ends No More!
Bhringraj oil is known to improve the hair quality and also get rid of split ends. Mix bhringraj oil with coconut oil, amla and shikakai to prepare a nourishing hair conditioner. This DIY conditioner can be stored in a container and used over a period of time. This treatment nurtures the scalp and makes the hair stronger.
8. Adds Shine and Lustre
Bhringraj when mixed with amla, coconut oil, etc nourishes the hair from within. This provides ultimate moisture to the hair from the root to the tip. Apply Soundaryah’s Deep Conditioning Hair Repair Mask regularly to your hair as it is an all-inclusive hair mask for promoting shine, luster, hair growth and reduce hair-fall with its deep conditioning action!
- Mix Soundaryah’s Deep Conditioning Hair Repair Mask with sufficient amount of coconut oil or any pure oil to form a thick wet paste.
- Apply all over scalp starting from the front area to the back.
- Use soft circular motions to massage the mask into the scalp.
- Now apply the mask on the hair length as well.
- Cover hair with a shower cap or plastic wrap and then wrap head with a towel to prevent dripping and drying out.
- Leave the mask on for ½ an hour to 1 hour and wash off with lukewarm water and a mild shampoo.
- Apply a small amount of a light hair oil like almond or coconut all over hair length to semi damp hair and let dry naturally
- Use the mask once a week for deep conditioning your hair from root to tip.
9. Repairs Hair Damage
Hair damage can be a result from many factors such as excessive use of heat styling products, exposure to the sun or using the wrong products. It usually results in hair loss, having dry ends, excessive frizz and sudden thinness in hair volume. Bhringraj is an excellent herb to repair this damage caused by inner or outer factors.
10. Curbs Hair Infections and Inflammations
Bhringraj oil is hydrating and can help quench dry skin. Bhringraj is an anti-inflammatory, so when applied topically to skin it may help treat skin inflammation like psoriasis, dermatitis, and some forms of acne. Also, when applied to the scalp, it helps curb scalp infections due to its anti-bacterial properties.
11. Makes Hair Thicker
Scalp stimulation encourages dead follicles to come alive, leading to thicker hair--which means follicles that are weak and don't have strands growing out of them are also activated of sorts. So, the thickness of hair strands per unit area of the head also increases. In addition to that, the herb contains nutrients that fuel hair growth and health too. All in all, it does a whole lot for the inner strength of your hair.
12. Delays Age-related Hair Thinning
As we grow older, the rate of hair growth also slows. Hair strands become smaller and have less pigment. Hair becomes less dense and the scalp may become visible. As you age, your body and face also lose hair. Bhringraj provides essential nutrients to aging hair and makes sure that the thinning process is reduced or delayed to a great extent.
13. Balances Scalp pH
While the ideal pH level of your skin remains a steady 5.5, hair has two separate numbers. The ideal pH for your actual hair strands is 3.67, but for the scalp, it's 5.5. Throwing off the pH balance can cause your scalp to become dry, oily, itchy, or irritated as it reacts and overworks itself trying to fight microbes and bring the skin to a better range. Dandruff is also a sign that your scalp's pH may be unbalanced. Many of the hair products people use can disrupt the natural pH of hair, which can create pH imbalance and leave hair looking dry and brittle. If a substance is too alkaline, it will cause the hair cuticle to open. And if a substance is too acidic, the cuticle will contract. Bhringraj balances pH levels of the scalp for optimum hair growth.
14. Nourishes inner layers of the strand
This magic herb is rich in iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, and vitamin E. Iron is one of the main nutrients which is responsible for adding shine and luster to hair by provided essential moisturization to the follicle.
15. Reactivates dormant hair follicles
If you have experienced hair fall due to any reason then you know how hard it is to get your hair to regrow. This is mainly because of the dormant hair follicles in your scalp. These follicles essentially are unable to grow hair strands, temporarily or permanently. Bhringraj does the job of providing vital nutrients to these follicles and help them produce thicker, new hair.
So then, are these 15 reasons enough for you to incorporate the king of herbs in your hair care routine? I bet they are! There are no adverse side-effects of using Bhringraj for hair but make sure to do a patch test before applying it directly to your hair. We surely hope that your hair grows longer, thicker and healthier in the New Year.