Email #10 - Ayurvedic Growth Cheat Sheet
The biggest takeaways from this course
We’re at the end! We know – it’s bittersweet. We thought it wise to give you an Ayurvedic Growth Cheatsheet that has all the biggest takeaways from this course, ready at your fingertips for whenever you need a refresher on the tips, tricks, and information you’ve learned on this course!
Porosity is key
As you know, taking care of your hair is not one size fits all! Oftentimes we see articles and videos about ‘Best products’ and ‘Great for all hair types’ – but this is hardly true, especially when we’re not told how and when the products should be used for different porosity levels.
The foundation of a good hair care routine starts with knowing your porosity – we cannot stress this enough. When looking at new potential products, or DIY recipes online, make sure you’re taking into consideration what exactly is inside it so you’re doing your hair justice. This should be the first step you take when considering adding a new product or process to your routine.
The simple truth is: your hair regimen should be built around your hair’s porosity level because it determines not only the products you use, but the methods, treatments, processes, and more. Head back to week 1 for an in-depth refresher on hair porosity!
Protein and moisture balance
To avoid dry, unhealthy hair that breaks and snaps, you need to have the perfect balance of protein and moisture – this is basically a fact of life! Because our hair is made from a protein called keratin, it’s important to make sure it has enough protein in it to keep it strong! And moisture is what makes our hair soft and manageable – it’s a key part of keeping the hair from being brittle.
Hair that’s lacking in protein is weak, limp, and lifeless but you have to be wary of your hair has too much protein. This is because a protein overload in the hair will make it almost too strong therefore dry, meaning it’s prone snapping!
So a balance between protein and moisture is key. For high porosity girls, we recommend a protein treatment twice a month. For low porosity, once every 4-6 weeks should do the trick. For high porosity, go ahead and use henna or cassia (they are great, natural Ayurvervic ingredients) that are great sources of protein. You can also use fenugreek – which works just fine for low porosity hair too. For a list of great Ayurvedic ingredients, head to week 7.
If your hair is lacking in moisture, you may have a tight itchy scalp, and your hair might be breaking a lot more than usual. Spritz with water to ease the itch! Clarifying, deep conditioning (with ingredients like honey and banana), then going ahead with the LCO or LOC method are ways to help you get moisture into your hair. Head to week 2 to re-read all about protein vs moisture balance.
Moisture essentials: LOC vs LCO method
This is a key step in any wash day routine when it comes to moisture! The LOC method is liquid-oil-cream and is best for high porosity hair, and the LCO method is liquid-cream-oil and is best for low porosity hair. The two methods are all about maximizing moisture retention after washing the hair, which can be very drying for some of us, and sealing that moisture in. For a rundown of the LOC and LCO method, head to week 2’s classes.
Know your protective styles
Protective styles are meant to protect the ends of your hair, keeping them safe from being exposed to the elements. Since this is the most fragile part of the hair, the styles are meant to protect it from breakage while encouraging length retention.
Whether you choose to opt for protective styles or low manipulation styles (a style where the ends of their hair might be exposed but work great for mid-week styling) is entirely up to you and your lifestyle. Protective styles like box braids and Senegalese twists should not be worn longer than 6 weeks – and be sure to spritz your scalp with a tea rinse to keep it healthy and reduce itching and dryness. Head to week 4 to learn all about protective styling.
Fresh ingredients are your friend
We cannot stress this enough! Incorporating fresh ingredients into your hair masks is a brilliant way to up the ante and achieve maximum results. Fresh ingredients are free of toxins, harmful chemicals, and preservatives. They are a boost of natural goodness and are great sources of protein, moisture and nutrients. Check out our blog post here for a rundown of our favorite fresh ingredients to put into our hair masks.
For quick insight: ingredients like banana, honey, papaya, and pumpkin are brilliant for moisture. And ingredients like coconut milk and plain yogurt are awesome sources of protein.
Include Ayurvedic ingredients into your regimen
Ayurveda is the backbone of what we do at Belle Bar, because we believe it’s the secret to not only healthy hair, but an overall healthy way of life. Ayurveda simply teaches us that in order to live a balanced life, we have to recognize that the mind and the body are one. And we can do this by making changes in our diets, breathing exercises, and including herbal treatments in our routines.
Some Ayurvedic ingredients you should know about, and consider adding to your hair care routine are Henna, Cassia, Shikakai, Yogurt, Fenugreek, Green tea, Bhringraj, Hibiscus, Amla, Neem, and Aloe Vera. Giving yourself a scalp massage whilst your hair is coated in oil at least once a week is a great Ayurvedic technique that leads to hair growth because it sends blood to your hair follicles and stimulates them!
Beware of hidden proteins
As we discussed early on in the course, we need to have the right balance of protein and moisture in order for our hair to be healthy. Therefore, it’s important to be on the lookout for hidden proteins in hair care products, as they can lead to protein overload.
Set goals + intentions
Setting goals and intentions is a great way to go about your hair care journey. It enables you to check in on yourself and motivates you to stay consistent and be diligent. It’s essential for you to bring this same energy to other aspects of your life by building a 360 wellness plan.
Be inspired and spread the good word!
Taking care of your hair should be a positive experience and an expression of your self-love and self-care – so stay inspired! Watch videos and follow accounts that inspire you to try new Ayurvedic ingredients, and keep you informed on the natural hair community. Committing to your hair is a lifelong journey, and you’re going to need as much inspiration and information as you can get! Share your learning with friends or fellow hair enthusiasts to keep the momentum going and share knowledge.
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