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When it comes to keeping hair healthy, there are endless tactics to do so. You can change your entire diet, perform scalp massages, or pay big bucks for hair products. But why do all of that when you can simply look to tradition. Ayurveda is known for its simplistic beauty tricks, and luckily, they have been used for centuries! The benefit of this is knowing that your hair will get some TLC without your bank going into the red. Great trade-off, right?

Ayurveda is all about balance. This means a balance between your inner world and your outer world. If there is an imbalance in either of these spheres, issues will arise. The quick fix to this is becoming in tune with yourself, and providing your body some extra love. 

On that note, here are their age-old tips to make things balanced.


Amla Hair Oil:

Amla Oil is derived from cold-pressing the Indian gooseberry (Amla) which comes from the Myrobalan tree. It usually has added nutrients from vegetable/mineral oils, too. It's a cult favorite in India, where women have been using the oil for over 50 years as a restorative treatment for their mane. 

Major Benefit: Known to promote the appearance of shinier hair.

Grab it here.


Neem Hair Oil

Neem Oil is another great oil option for your hair. It is an earthy-scented oil that is brownish, derived from cold-pressing the fruit and seeds of the Neem Tree. It glides on to the hair easily when damp, and similar to Amla oil, has been a long-time staple in Indian hair care.  

Major Benefit: Like Amla Oil, it can keep your locks looking shiny. 

Grab some Neem Oil today!


No Damp Hair Brushing 

Don't do it! Brushing your hair while it's wet is a one-way ticket to damage town. The hair is at its most fragile and vulnerable state when soaked. Be wary, and use your hands to untangle any knots. Then, when it dries, brush it through. 

Major Benefit: Less split ends, and frizz. Pretty neat result, right?


Diet -- Vegetables and Spices 

If you've never been big on vegetables, or just don't steadily eat them, that should change today. Incorporating a few greens into your diet is a great way to get vitamins your body needs to benefit your hair. If eating whole foods is a turn off, try blending them together in a tasty green smoothie. If you need a recipe, try this Chia & Green one. Trust us, it isn't gross.

Major Benefit: A yummy way to get the nutrients that you need daily. 


Be Picky about Shampoos

Many shampoos can be harsh on the scalp, and ends of the hair. They can dry them out or add to breakage. One way to help ease your hair into a healthier, shinier state is via the type of shampoo you are using. Try this sulfate-free option: Coconut Shampoo - Dry Hair.

Major Benefit: Sulfates can dry out the scalp. Natural options nourish it instead of depleting it. 


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