How to revamp Chemically Damaged hair – choosing the right Damage Repair Shampoo

Krya damage repair shampoo powder for chemically damaged hair
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Desperately Seeking Susan a Damage Repair Shampoo for chemically damaged, over processed hair that actually works?

We’ve all been there. Flush with a salary cheque, and dreams of transforming the way you look, you find your way into the high end salon. Every single salon “artiste” there is sports a sharp cut and a heady mix of colours on the hair. Emboldened by this, you throw caution to the winds and go all out. a hair cut and a completely new style, recommended by the “Salon director” himself and a fresh new head of hair emerges. It looks great on day 1. A week later, after your first wash, the disaster strikes.


Synthetic hair colours look great only for a short time

A few months later, to your horror, you notice that your hair is dull, rough, limp a day after shampooing, and is JUST NOT GROWING! Your salon artist now says: “ Hair growth these days is weak due to pesticides / pollution / toxins in the air. Try our new salon conditioning spa / remineralising service / hair vitamin makeover treatment”.

Several visits, hair treatments and several thousand Rupees later, you realise NOTHING is working – your hair is damaged.

Shortly after colouring and synthetic treatments, hair is now damaged

If the above account sounded eerily personal, it is because I too was there.

Flush with cash and all the self confidence of a 25 year old, I started on my 5 year hair destruction journey. It started innocuously with a perm, then a hair cut. Then several hair colours. Then hair straightening. And before you knew it, I was 29, with oily limp hair, a decided case of hair receding and thinning and abysmal or no hair growth.

It took me many years of concerted effort and working on my hair to see results. You can read my hair repair journey in this earlier post.  So, when we created a Hair care “map” at Krya, a range for Chemically Damaged hair was very high on my priority list.

Why is chemically damaged & over processed hair so fragile?

We write constantly about the perils of chemical damage . Chemical hair colouring is a very easy way to damage hair. Unfortunately, many of the salon treatments sold to “repair” this damage are even more damaging. Our earlier posts will give you information on exactly how hair is damaged when we resort to synthetic hair colouring and synthetic treatments which are sold to us to “improve” our hair.


Characteristics of Chemically damaged and over processed hair:

Chemically damaged hair is very fragile and difficult to handle. When hair is damaged due to synthetic colouring, the cuticle loses its natural elasticity. Therefore it is unable to close and seal off hair from becoming too porous.

chemically damaged hair is fragile

As a result, chemically damaged hair quickly absorbs water and salts from washing. This dullens the appearance of hair. It also makes hair prone to breakage, especially at points where salts have entered the hair shaft.

To control hair’s fizziness and brittle texture, salon stylists advise using special conditioners and hair serums . This is suggested to soften hair texture externally and make it easy to work with. However, these products clog the scalp, and dullen the functioning of hair follicles. As a result, we see slow and delayed hair growth.

synthetic conditioners, masques, spa treatments and serums further clog the scalp, preventing good hair growth

Chemical treatments also aggravate the production of sebum in hair. and aggravate either Pitta or Vata dosha or both in hair.

Lightening your hair colour several shades from your natural colour  aggravates Pitta dosha severely in the scalp. So the scalp becomes excessively oily and hair starts to thin much faster than usual. Any effort to cleanse scalp aggressively only produces more & more sebum, making hair oilier.

When the texture of hair is altered (straightening / perming), there is a build up in Vata Aggravation along with Pitta aggravation. So hair becomes dry, straw like, rough and unmanageable. Split ends severely increase, and hair has a dull, greyish sheen with a dry, rough texture. Combing / brushing this hair is an ordeal. It tangles very fast and hair breaks if it is pulled even slightly or combed.

Hair texture alterations aggravate vata and pitta dosha making hair rough, dry & brittle


Challenges when formulating a truly natural Damage Repair Shampoo :

We spoke last week about some of our challenges in formulating truly natural products. Formulating a truly natural Damage Repair shampoo for chemically damaged and over-processed hair, is an extremely challenging task.

Some of the questions / issues we ponder when working on this challenge are:

  • How can we ensure the shampoo cleans the scalp thoroughly, yet ensure that Pitta / Vata is not aggravated?
  • How can we formulate our herbal powder shampoos in such a way that the herb particles do not irritate already frizzy hair?
  • Can we deep cleanse scalp and ensure we are able to unclog old debris and accumulated silicones?
  • How can we formulate our shampoo so that hair is left reasonably manageable after a wash, without loading our natural hairwash with synthetics like silicones?

The Krya Truly Natural Damage Repair Shampoo powder:

After many years of research, we launched the Krya Damage Repair hair system in early 2017. The Krya Damage Repair hair system contains the Krya Damage Repair hair oil . The system also contains the Krya Damage Repair hair mask , a once a week treatment for over processed hair. And finally, the system contains the Krya truly natural Damage Repair Shampoo powder.

krya damage repair hair revitalising system

Here are some key differences in the way we formulate this 100% natural, Damage Repair Shampoo powder:

Krya Damage Repair Shampoo Powder: Made 100% from whole Ayurvedic herbs and grains – synthetics free

We use 23 gentle, hair nourishing Ayurvedic herbs to formulate the Krya Damage Repair Shampoo powder. We create this product ONLY from whole Ayurvedic herbs, grains , lentils and clays.

By using a 100% natural formulation, we ensure the scalp is not irritated, coated with toxins, or stripped dry of sebum.

krya damage repair shampoo powder - truly toxin free & 100% natural

The benefits of using a 100% whole herb formulation are manifold. Specifically for chemically damaged hair, using this product will not stimulate excessive oil production, nor will it dry out and tax hair. So , in time, hair’s sebum production becomes better balanced. Hair is less limp and oily. The scalp is  cleaner, more clarified and balanced .

Krya Damage Repair Shampoo Powder: Carefully chosen set of Plant surfactants: for safe, gentle cleansing

Many with chemically damaged hair think that using a sulphate free shampoo would help hair. Many of us also believe that all Sulphate free shampoos are completely natural and non toxic.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

Almost all synthetic shampoos used some form of synthetic surfacant. Sulphate based surfactants like SLs and SLeS have now been in use for 50+ years. With time, research indicates that these surfactants are pernicious, protein denaturing and can cause rips and tears in skin, scalp, in the gums etc. This creates gaps in the body which can be used by invasive microorganisms or synthetic chemicals.

HOWEVER: in the race to replace Sulphates and create “sulphate free” products, companies are using other kinds of problem synthetic surfactants.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB) is a synthetic surfactant found in many sulphate free cleansers. It is marketed as “completely natural” and “non toxic” and is bought by those who believe it will help chemically damaged, dry hair.

CAPB is made from a chemical process which combines coconut oil with Dimethylaminopropylamine to create  an “amphoteric surfactant”. An amphoteric surfactant is a cunning chemical compound which can be used in both acidic and alkaline mediums . So depending upon the PH, Cocamidopropyl Betaine can double up as a lathering agent in shampoo, or act as a thickener in conditioners.

Despite being promoted as “wholly natural”, CAPB is just another synthetic surfactant. It is linked to allergic dermatitis, eczema and other allergic skin conditions.

Other synthetic surfactants like CAPB masquerade as natural cleansers - used in so called natural or organic shampoos

Most importantly, CAPB will irritate chemically damaged hair. It will strip scalp dry and excessively stimulate oil production. It will also further block and clog the scalp.


Krya’s special cleansing base in all natural shampoo powders

Krya, uses a unique cleansing base in all of our natural Shampoo powders. We use whole plant surfactants like Desert Date (Balanites aegyptica), Shikakai (Acacia concinna) and Sopberry (Sapnidus trifiliatus). In addition, we also use whole grains like Whole Mung bean (Vigna radiata), Whole black gram (Vigna mungo) . We also use healing clays . This combination of whole plant surfactants, whole lentils and healing clays creates our very gentle, cleansing base in our Damage Repair Shampoo powder.

This whole natural cleaning base is mildly acidic . This ensures that the sebum production in your scalp is not taxed. It also means that the entire mixture works WITH and not against the scalp’s natural system.

Krya uses a 100% natural, gentle cleansing base that uses whole herbs, lentils & healing clays

This formulation makes the Damage Repair Shampoo powder SUPER MILD, mildly acidic and extremely gentle on the scalp.

Krya Damage Repair Shampoo powder: Gentle plant conditioners that improve hair quality and manageability:

Synthetic hair fixers, serums and conditioners offer us temporary highs. On the day of use, they leave hair feeling soft, shiny, manageable and tamed. BUT: the persistent use of these silicones forms a temporary cement like coating on hair and scalp.

This clogs the fine pores in the scalp slowing down hair growth. Also, as hair is only temporarily fixed, it is back to its original unmanageable condition after your next wash. As no steps have been taken to repair hair, the passage of time tends to worsen its health and appearance.

Our ayurvedic herbs are more than just natural conditioners for hair. Every hair texture improving herb we use also revitalises & improves scalp health.

krya whole herb conditioners improve hair texture, manageability and stimulate hair growth

For example, Arjuna leaf and Fenugreek seed both work to improve fungal dandruff, scalp itchiness and flaking. . Hibiscus leaf and flower, detoxify and clarify the scalp and promote healthy hair growth as well. Therefore, as you use the Krya Damage Repair Shampoo powder, there is a steady improvement in hair manageability and hair health .

 Herbs chosen specially for their Rasayana and Dosha balancing properties: Krya Damage Repair Shampoo powder

Chemically damaged hair has very slow hair growth and poor hair quality of new hair. The new growing hair is fine, thin and weak rooted like baby hair.

Ayurveda advises using Rasayana herbs here to help improve the quality of new , sprouting hair. To work holistically, these Rasayana herbs should be used across oils, lepas and shampoos. This helps build up their bio availability to the body. When these  Rasayana herbs are used in our Shampoo formulation, they help unclog and detoxify the scalp, promoting conditions for better hair growth.

Some of the Rasayana herbs we use in the Krya Damage Repair Shampoo powder formulation are Amla, Bhringaraj, Punarnava, Mulethi & Bala.

Rasayana herbs are used in the damage repair shampoo to revitalise and improve hair quality


In addition, to balance aggravated Pitta and Vata dosha, we use Brahmi, Neem flower, and Neem leaf.

Scalp clarifying and promoting micro-circulation in the scalp for better oxygenation, blood supply and hair growth:

Chemically damaged hair also has a unique problem. The scalp and hair is usually coated with salts and other minerals as the cuticular structure is damaged . This causes a dull, greyish scum like coating on the hair and scalp surface. This also prevents healthy hair growth and weakens hair strands terribly leading to breakage and split ends.

To work on this, we use scalp clarifying and micro-circulation promoting herbs like Rosemary, Manjishtha, Lemongrass and Triphala. These herbs encourage the removal of heavy salts from the scalp. They also improve blood circulation in the scalp and promote healthier hair growth.

Krya also uses scalp clarifing & micro circulation enhancing herbs like Rosemary, Lemongrass, Manjishta, etc


Please note: simply using the Krya Damage repair Shampoo will not help completely improve chemically damaged hair. For holistic damage repair, you must use both the Krya damage repair hair oil and the Krya Damage repair hair revitalising mask, in addition.


How to use the Krya Natural Damage Repair Shampoo powder :

Chemically damaged , over processed hair should be treated extremely gently.

Scalp oiling: 

As the scalp needs clarifying and detoxifying, it is unable to absorb too much oil at first. But, this kind of hair REALLY needs frequent oiling to regain its health.

So, please oil the hair with the Krya Damage repair hair oil, in tiny doses, spread through the week. Massage the scalp gently with 4 – 5 drops of the oil on the scalp alone. Do this 3 – 4 times a week.


Krya Damage repair hair oil must be used 4 - 5 times a week to improve scalp health & encourage damage repair

Hair Washing : 

As hair is porous, and greatly damaged, chemically damaged, over processed hair should be washed only once a week.

On the day of the hair wash, oil hair using the Krya Damage repair hair oil. The oil must completely coat the hair strands with oil. Do this atleast 1 hour before wash. This oiling helps seal the hair externally and prevents any further salts from penetrating the hair.

After an hour, wash the hair with the Krya Damage Repair Shampoo powder.

Make the Hairwash into a slightly drippy, pancake batter like paste, using cool water. In order to be gentle on the hair, we advise applying the Shampoo powder like a hair mask / pack / Lepa. Section the hair using a well made comb, and apply the paste gently all over scalp and hair.

Ensure you do not tangle hair during this application – so please comb and detangle hair before applying the Shampoo paste. If hair is reasonably strong, the portion applied to the scalp can be massaged using circular motions. If the hair is very weak, skip this step.

Put on a shower cap on your hair after applying the Shampoo paste and leave it on for about 20 – 30 minutes. Then rinse off gently using cool water. The shower cap is to ensure that the Shampoo paste does not dry out on hair. This is critical.

Use the Damage Repair mask once a week : 

Once a week, apply the Krya Damage Repair Hair Mask / Lepa to treat chemically damaged hair. We will cover the properties of this product and how it should be used, in greater detail in a separate post.


Apply the krya damage repair hair mask once a week

These 3 products are ALL chemically damaged hair needs. You should not use anything else on your hair. NO synthetic conditioners / serums / hair sprays, etc should be used on chemically damaged hair . Using such products will simply undo the good work you are doing for your hair.


To Sum up:

This post was an introductory post. We explained why choosing the right products is CRITICAL for chemically damaged, over processed hair. Hair that is this badly damaged cannot afford any further assault with synthetic chemicals. Therefore stop using synthetic shampoos and switch to a truly natural, Damage Repair Shampoo for this hair.

At Krya, many of our consumers have seen extremely good results with the consistent use of the Krya Damage Repair hair products. With dedicated effort and regular use, they have been able to reverse the signs of chemical damage. Hair growth has gradually normalised and hair quality has also significantly improved.

Along with these products, following a hair nourishing and dhatu building , healthy balanced diet also helps greatly. If you too have chemically damaged hair, and would like to try this system, please explore the products here. If you have any doubts / questions, please email us or call us (075500-89090).


Colour Me Bad! Stop Chemical Hair Colouring Now!

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“Dear Team Krya,
How you doing? Just loved your creation of  the Damage Repair Hair System (hair oil,mask and wash).Must admit my hair looks, feels so healthy, thicker and itchiness is gone. This is a huge improvement considering how chemically damaged my hair is.

Keep rocking Krya Team, God bless.” – SS, Mumbai


Sadly, one of our small, but growing hair care range has a fiercely dedicated consumer base – I use the word sadly, because the hair care rage I am referring to is the Krya Damage Repair Hair care range. And this range draws business from the extensive, growing chemical hair damage we are witnessing, thanks to the explosion of professional hair salons and hair texture altering products which we now have easy access to.

The Hair Damage Season

The hair damage season in India, coincides with the festive season in India that starts from Diwali. This is a season of massive hair and skin experimentation with huge textural and structural damage done to hair. This continues for a few months until New Year celebrations are done and dusted. Holi, in March is the “results” season. most people are down in the dumps post Holi when they see just how dry, damaged and fragile their hair is – and the synthetic holi colours sprayed on hair, don’t help.

Holi is a time when most people discover how damaged their hair actually is.

I get it. I really really do. I have a small picture of myself of about 10 years ago rocking a super short page boy cut with atleast 3 different layered colours applied , and posing with a hookah a-la Zeenat Aman (yes this was a throwback to Bollywood party).

BUT. And here’s the big but – constant colouring and texture alteration experiments severely damage your hair. And it is not just us at Krya , who know so. We are joined by a growing body of serious research, dermatologists, trichologists, ironically, salon professionals and January Jones.

"My hair fell out in clumps with the frequent dye changes" - January Jones in an interview to Grazia magazine

Is your hair chemically damaged? 5 warning signs:

The external signs of chemically damaged hair are

  1. Dry and brittle hair strands
  2. A problem scalp which either develops thick oily dandruff, or is extremely dry and itchy,
  3. Dry, straw like hair ends,
  4. Rapid increase in split ends where the split end travels to the middle of the hair strand, and finally
  5.  Hair that just won’t grow like it used to before chemical colouring

Increased hair porosity: sign of chemical damage

Severely chemically treated hair becomes extremely porous because of multiple injuries to the hair cuticle. When tested in water, this kind of hair will absorb water and sink to the bottom as its porosity allows water to invade the hair. In this state, hair is vulnerable to the many chemicals that are applied on it ( like shampoo) and will absorb all of them increasing damage.

When hair is extremely porous, it snaps and breaks quickly. It becomes physically very fragile and tenuous. It also feels rough, looks dull and has no gloss.

Why repeated hair colouring damages hair

Many people do not realise the chemical damage that frequent synthetic hair colours do to hair. Synthetic hair colours and dyes  permanently damage the hair shaft as they lift the cuticular structure and inject chemicals like PPD inside the hair shaft to ensure the hair colour stays longer without getting washed out. (The lack of this kind of chemical in natural hair colours is why they wash out much faster from your hair compared to your salon brand of hair colour).

Synthetic hair colours and dyes are harsh on hair and severely damage the hair cuticle.

Scalp toxins in chemically damaged hair: slows down hair growth

Chemically damaged hair also contains a layer of toxins on the scalp as this kind of hair is regularly coated with synthetic conditioners and treatments to artificially smoothen it and “condition” it externally.

These Scalp toxins cover the surface of the scalp slowing down fresh hair growth. This also forms a barrier and starves the hair follicles of much needed moisturisation and nourishment. Therefore the hair growth is poor and hair that sprouts is weak, and shallow rooted, easily prone to hair fall.

How to treat chemically damaged hair?

  1. STOP chemical treatments NOW. Chemically damaged hair should not be further ill treated. So cease and desist from smoothen-ing it or “super conditioning” it on the advice of your salon which wrought the damage in the first place.
  2. Nourish it with nutrient rich Ayurvedic hair oils externally and high quality, well-balanced meals internally.

Krya Damage repair hair oil to revitalise chemically damaged hair.

Can this guarantee that your hair will be restored back to its pre-chemical damage era? Well,  No. Nobody can give you that guarantee.

But if you cease and desist from torturing your hair any further, eat well, have a reasonably healthy body, oil your hair regularly with the right products, and use a mild natural hair-wash like ours which doesn’t damage it further, there’s a good chance that your hair will recuperate and make its way back to health.


To Conclude:  restoring the health of Chemically damaged hair

Hair care is never simply external. And healthy hair always looks great. So Ayurveda advises us to nourish hair deeply , both internally and externally, so that it looks its best.

Nourishment is even more critical when hair is chemically damaged. As we have seen, chemical treatments not only damage the hair strands. They also coat and layer the scalp with toxins, preventing healthy hair growth.

Chemically damaged hair must be treated gently and holistically. To ensure good raw material to grow healthy new hair, eat a balanced diet. Oil chemically damaged hair frequently with the right ayurvedic hair oils that can restore health AND detoxify the scalp. Wash chemically damaged hair with a very mild, and natural hairwash – but do NOT over-wash your hair .

If you have more questions on healing chemically damaged hair and would like our advice, do write to us.

Krya’s products to heal chemically damaged hair:

  • Krya Damage Repair hair wash – mild, gentle, does not irritate stressed out scalp, and helps detoxify the scalp
  • Krya Damage repair Hair Mask – nourishing and healing and helps nourish damaged hair and detoxifies the scalp. a must to heal chemically damaged hair.
  • Krya Damage repair Hair oil – our cornerstone damage repairing and hair re-vitalising ayurvedic oil. Packed with rich ayurvedic herbs and cold pressed organic oils, the oil restores gloss, shine and health to hair. It detoxifies the scalp and stimulates fresh, healthy, deep rooted new hair growth.
  • Krya Damage repair Hair revitalising system: All 3 of the above at a  special price

Krya Damage repair hair revitalising system: a set of hair products that restore health and vitality to over processed, chemically damaged hair

Krya’s safe , all natural hair colours to help you STOP further damage:

Krya All natural hair colour is made with nourishing ayurvedic herbs that colour hair safely and help strengthen and nourish it deeply.


Revitalise & Heal chemically damaged hair with Ayurveda: the Krya Damage Repair Hair revitalising Hair Oil

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Frequent chemical treatments tend to damage hair. Stylists and trichologists tell us that we can only cover up the damage, but cannot heal hair. But, when we understand the “hetu” or cause of damage, and treat it holistically, we can solve even the unsolvable. This post will examine how we can heal chemically damaged hair through the wisdom of Ayurveda.

Imbalances seen in Chemically damaged hair

Chemically treated hair usually exhibits a few characteristic imbalances. Pitta and vata dosha of the hair system is aggravated and imbalanced. This explains the use of adjectives like “fried”, “dry like straw”, “Rough and lifeless”, “texture like hay” to describe chemically damaged hair.

Chemially damaged hair has imbalanced vata and pitta dosha. Find out how you can heal chemically damaged hair.

Pitta imbalance in chemically damaged hair is caused by the use of high heat and heat aggravating chemicals. This dries out the hair strands and damages the sebum balance in the scalp. So hair thins faster, greys prematurely and the scalp is dry, itchy and irritable.

Vata imbalance is also high in chemically damaged hair . This due to the drying nature of heat and chemical treatment. This in turns slows down sebum production in the scalp and cuts off supply of nutrients to the hair follicle. This results in dry, parched scalp and coarse, rough, straw-like hair strands.

Heat & chemical treatments imbalance sebum i hair making it dry, coarse and lifeless. Find out how you can heal chemically damaged hair.

Scalp damage and change in hair texture and growth patterns

Chemical damaged hair goes with a damaged and toxin filled scalp. The pitta and vata imbalance in the hair results in slower hair growth. The scalp is also unable to support the growth of long hair duet to a weak supply of nutrients. The new hair that grows is usually much thinner, weaker, much more liable to breaking and usually much shorter than the original length.

Chemically damaged hair looks much older and ages rapidly. Find out how you can heal chemically damaged hair.

The Krya Damage repair hair oil – an ayurvedic oil that heals chemically damaged hair


Krya Damage reapru hair system revitalizes and heals chemically damaged hair.


Ayurveda lists keshya (herbs meant for hair care) into 3 categories: Keshya “sanjana” (to help hair originate or form), Keshya “vardhana” (to promote hair length and growth), and Keshya ranjana (to restore natural hair colour, improve hair darkness and delay hair greying).  A lot of attention is paid in Ayurveda to reduce excess pitta from building up on the scalp. This is because as we have mentioned, the brain and the eyes are both originators of heat and this heat tends to accumulate on hair and scalp. When this excess pitta energy builds up in the hair, it accelerates hair greying.

In Chemically damaged hair, there is already a build up of excess Pitta energy: so the use of Keshya Ranjana herbs helps bring down this imbalanced Pitta dosha.

The result: hair thinning and premature greying is slowed down.

Krya uses ayurevdic herbs that balance aggravated pitta in chemically damaged hair. Find out how you can heal chemically damaged hair.

We use Keshya Vardhana herbs to reduce teh vata aggravation in the hair, and imporve hair length, hair thickness and improve hair’s texture.

The result: Hair is glossier, softer, smoother and is able to support growth of long hair

Krya’s damage repair hair oil,also uses scalp detoxifying and clarifying herbs . These herbs stimulate blood circulation, help remove toxins and revitalise the hair system.

Krya damage repair hair oil: ingredients

In the current formulation of the Krya Damage repair hair oil, we used 25 different forest collected and organic herbs, fruits, vegetables and cold pressed oils to help nourish, detoxify and heal chemically damaged hair. We have listed the properties of a few of these herbs below.

Beetroot : detoxifies scalp, stimulates hair growth in chemically damaged hair

The beetroot (Beta vulgaris) is a healing organic vegetable that goes into the Krya Damage repair hair oil. The roots and leaves of Beetroot have been used in traditional medicine across the world from ancient times to treat a variety of disease.

Krya uses organic beetroots to detoxify the scalp in chemically damaged hair. Find out how you can heal chemically damaged hair.

Beetroots are a very rich source of betains (the red and yellow pigment group) and carotenoids. This combination of coloured pigments has good anti inflammatory and detoxifying effects when consumed internally and also on topical application. Biotin supplements are now currently a range and are being prescribed for severe hair loss. Beetroot is a good source of bio available biotin and folate, and pantothenic acid (vitamin b5).

Beetroots , when added to the Krya Damage repair hair oil, help detoxify the scalp and stimulate high quality hair growth.

Krya tip: Please include organic beetroots atleast twice a week into your diet to help detoxify the system internally and improve bio-available biotin in your body.

Ashwagandha: promotes thicker and fuller hair growth in chemically damaged hair

Ashwagandha is the Ginseng of Indian medicine. It is a famous rejuvenative, growth promoting and aphrodisiac herb. The herb is prescribed to build general immunity, for its anti aging (rasayana) effects and to build strength and well being in the body.

Krya uses Ashwagandha to improve hair quality and growth in chemically damaged hair. Find out how you can heal chemically damaged hair.


In the Krya Damage repair hair oil, Ashwagandha is used to detoxify the scalp and promote healthy growth of hair. The use of Ashwagandha helps promote thicker, fuller and faster hair growth in chemically damaged hair.

Brahmi: improves hair texture of chemically damaged hair

We have written many times about the healing power of this tiny, power-packed amazing Ayurvedic herb. Brahmi is an important herb to nourish the brain and is used in Ayurveda to help children’s brains develop well and also in elderly people to support the nervous system and to retard diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Krya uses Brahmi to improve the strength, health and gloss of chemically damaged hair. Find out how you can heal chemically damaged hair.

Brahmi is a critical hair care herb which we use in oils like the Krya harmony hair oil and the Krya kids hair oil. In both these oils, we use a high proportion of Brahmi to reduce stress and to support the function of the young, growing brain.

Brahmi is very useful in the Krya Damage repair hair oil to reduce high Vata, and to improve hair texture and growth.


Besides these 3 herbs, the Krya Damage repair hair oil uses the following herbs, vegetables, fruits and cold pressed oils:

Krya uses 25 ayurevdic herbs, fruits, vegetables and organic oils to formulate teh Krya Damage repair hair oil. Find out how you can heal chemically damaged hair.


  1. Guduchi (forest collected)
  2. Khadira (forest collected)
  3. Liquorice (forest collected)
  4. Manjishta (forest collected)
  5. Nutgrass (forest collected)
  6. Rosemary (organically grown)
  7. Ram Tulsi (organically grown)
  8. Amla (organically grown)
  9. Bottle gourd (organically grown)
  10. Banana Stem (organically grown)
  11. Bhringaraj (organically grown)
  12. Moringa (organically grown)
  13. Almond (organically grown)
  14. Hibiscus flower (organically grown)
  15. Henna (organically grown)
  16. Curry Leaf (organically grown)
  17. Castor Oil (cold pressed and organic)
  18. Kokum Butter (cold pressed and organic)
  19. Coconut Oil (cold pressed and organic)
  20. Sesame Oil (cold pressed and organic)
  21. Tamanu Oil (cold pressed and organic)
  22. Apricot Oil (cold pressed and organic)
  23. (cold pressed and organic)

To sum up: Heal Chemical damage naturally

Over processed hair and chemically damaged hair is hard to care for. You are told that you cannot fix or treat this hair and asked to invest in more and more damaging chemical treatments to mask the way your hair grows. Instead, Ayurveda provides a true holistic ray of hope. We hope this post gave you a glimpse of how Krya thinks about, researches and formulates products for you. we also hope this post inspired you to seek out solutions to help holistically heal chemically damaged hair.

If you too have chemically damaged hair and would like to try out our natural solutions, please explore the links given below. In case you have any queries on the same, please write to us.

Krya’s products to heal chemically damaged hair:

Krya Damage Repair hair mask to heal and revitalise over processed, chemically damaged hair

Krya’s safe , all natural hair colours to help you STOP further damage:

Krya's all natural , healing hair colour that colours and nourishes hair and scalp.



How to transition from a synthetic hair colour to the Krya Range of Natural Hair colours

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Are you planning to transition from a synthetic hair colour / dye to purely natural hair colours? Worried about how to heal the hair damage caused by hair dyes? Wondering how easy / difficult the transition to  natural hair colours is going to be? This post is for you. Read on.

Repeated hair colouring with synthetic hair colours and dyes severely damages hair structure. Choose Krya's organic natural hair colours instead.

With periodic, long-term colouring , there is extensive scalp and hair damage . The nature of this damage also aggravates depending upon how much you deviated from your natural shade while colouring your hair with synthetics.

Cuticles + Sebum: Hair’s natural water repellant

Together, sebum and your hair’s cuticles create a strong, hair protecting , water repellent layer. This water repellent layer ensures that your hair does not absorb too much water and always bounces back to its original shape, just like your expensive woolen sweater.

Repetitive synthetic colouring damages sebum secretion and the cuticular structure:

We have discussed how extensively synthetic hair colours and salon treatments damage hair before.  The damage comes from how these products subvert the natural design rules of hair and aggressively damage its structure.

Synthetic hair colours strip hair of its natural sebum content. They also remove hair’s internal layer of fatty acids which are attached to the natural colour pigments in your hair.

Synthetic hair colours deposit colour aggressively, unnaturally and harshly on your hair. Choose Krya's organic natural hair colours instead.

Synthetic hair dyes also extensively damage the cuticles of your hair. They break off parts of the hair’s cuticle leaving gaps. In the other places, the cuticle is weakened. So hair is rough where the cuticle is missing. In places where cuticle is weak, hair is brittle and snaps easily.

Synthetic hair colours and dyes severely damage your hair's cuticular structure. Choose Krya's organic natural hair colours instead.

With the loss in sebum, natural fatty acids and damaged cuticle, hair absorbs water whenever wet, instead of repelling it. So every time you wash your hair, water seeps into hair, weakening it , expanding it internally and breaking it.

With change in pH, and loss in sebum and toxin coating, the scalp is no longer healthy. So hair growth slows down and new hair is weak and brittle.

What is the final result of repeated use of synthetic hair colours and dyes? Poor scalp health, poor hair growth, high hair breakage, hair dullness, brittleness, and high hair porosity.

The first step to transitioning to natural hair colours: repair existing damage

We recommend using the Krya damage repair hair system to heal hair that has been damaged with repeated synthetic hair colours and dyes. The Krya Hair Damage Repair System consists of Oil, a Hair Wash and a Hair Mask for chemically damaged hair.

The Krya Damage repair hair system heals, over processed, chemically coloured hair. Choose Krya's organic natural hair colours instead.

Krya Damage repair Hair Oil

Chemically damaged hair needs frequent doses of high quality nourishment to help detoxify the scalp, heal damaged hair and promote healthy hair growth.  We recommend frequent hair oiling (atleast 4 times a week) with Krya Damage Repair hair oil.

The Krya damage repair hair oil uses a synergistic combination of powerful Ayurvedic herbs.  Liquorice and Bhringaraj (Eclipta alba) work on the cuticular structure and help nourish and naturally condition hair. Parsley, marigold and thyme contain anti oxidants that stimulate collagen production to promote the growth of stronger hair. Flaxseed’s fatty acids and anti oxidants remove dead cells and toxins from the scalp. Lemongrass balances sebum production ensuring the scalp produces the right amount of oil for the hair.

Krya Damage Repair hair oil is a nourishing and healing oil for colour damaged, over processed hair.Choose Krya's organic natural hair colours instead.

Krya Damage Repair hair mask

The Krya Damage Repair Hair mask is an Ayurvedic keshya lepa designed to be used atleast once a week for 20 – 30 minutes on damaged hair. Using this mask detoxifies the scalp and stimulates healthier and stronger, hair growth.

Krya Damage Repair hair mask to heal and revitalise over processed, chemically damaged hair. Choose Krya's organic natural hair colours instead.

This product is formulated using powerful hair growth stimulating herbs like Guava leaf, Chamomile, Brahmi and Moringa. These herbs dissolve the toxins in the scalp, restore the right pH, and provide the right grounds for healthy hair growth. We have seen excellent results in hair health when the Krya Damage repair hair mask is used atleast once a week along with a healthy diet and the other damage repair products.

Krya Damage Repair Hair wash

Lastly, the Krya Damage Repair hairwash is an essential part of your hair care kit for colour damaged hair.  Hair should be treated like fine wool or silk. Instead we constantly use toxic,  toxic and aggressive sulphate based shampoos to wash hair. Sulphates are strongly degreasing on even normal and healthy hair. Chemically damaged hair becomes even more dry and brittle when synthetic shampoos are used.

Krya's gentle, all-natural damage repair hair wash to gently wash chemically damaged and over processed hair. Choose Krya's organic natural hair colours instead.

The Krya damage repair hairwash is an extremely gentle ayurvedic powder shampoo. The herbs cleanse without stripping hair of excess sebum. The product is extremely gentle on damaged cuticles and does not damage them further not rip them or break them further. Using this product also restores the scalp back to its original pH, supporting the healthy microbiome of the scalp.

Using the complete Krya Damage repair hair system:

We recommend oiling your hair atleast 4 times a week with the Krya damage repair hair oil. We recommend night time oiling using a small quantity of oil to restore scalp health atleast twice a week. Night time oiling allows the oil to work on hair for a much longer time and also aids healthy sleep. We usually find that the oil is completely absorbed by the scalp and there is no need to wash the hair the next morning.

Colour damaged hair should be washed infrequently – not more than twice a week. Before washing the hair, oil the scalp and hair generously with the Krya Damage repair hair oil, and apply the Krya damage repair hair mask. Once the mask starts to dry, wash off with the Krya Damage Repair hair wash.

With the regular use of the Krya Damage repair hair system + the Krya Natural hair colours – you should notice the following differences in hair quality:

  1. More gloss and shine
  2. Less hair breakage when tugged, brushed or combed
  3. Smoother and silkier hair
  4. Hair growth improves
  5. Breakage and hair fall reduces

The second step to transitioning to natural hair colours: choose a natural hair colour (like Krya)

Once you have begun working on healing the damage caused by a synthetic hair colour, it is wise to shift to completely chemical free , natural hair colours. Be careful when choosing your natural hair colour. Many unscrupulous brands abound in the market which add PPD to boost hair darkening in a natural hair colour. Many brands of “black henna” or kali mehendi are contaminated this way.  So please ensure that the natural hair colour you are transitioning to is pure, made only from whole ayurevdic herbs and does not contain PPD or any synthetic colour boosters.

What are the benefits in Krya natural hair colour?

Apart from the other more obvious reasons to switch to Krya’s natural hair colours, there are some excellent hair care reasons to consider switching to a purely natural herbal colour like the Krya hair colour.

Natural hair colours like Krya use whole, organic hair nourishing herbs like Henna, Amla, Fenugreek, Manjishta and Khadira . These herbs not just colour the hair, but also deeply nourish it from within.

Khadira provides an excellent astringent and anti bacterial effect on the scalp. This bring the scalp’s pH to the right level reducing fungal and bacterial attack on the hair. Amla is a hair health restoring herb that promotes hair healing and regeneration. Brahmi is a wound healing and cell regenerative herb. It restores life and strength to damaged scalp and hair.

Krya's range of organic, natural hair colours contain rejuvenating and nourishing hair herbs that heal and infuse hair with health.

Henna and Indigo attach to specific dye receptor sites on the cuticle of the hair strengthening it and giving an additional layer of protection.

The entire range of natural hair colours of Krya reduce pitta in the scalp which aggravates with use of synthetic hair colour. So, our natural hair colours improve scalp health, cool the eyes and soothe the brain as well.

To Sum up: how to transition from a synthetic hair colour to the Krya range of natural hair colours

To sum up, if you have been colouring your hair frequently with synthetic hair colours, you can expect your hair to be damaged.  However, you can successfully help reverse this damage and strengthen your hair by switching to the Krya Damage repair hair system along with the Krya natural hair colour.

As we have seen in earlier posts, synthetic hair colours severely damage the health of the scalp, its ability to produce fresh healthy hair and the existing hair. So a good set of hair products are required to reverse the damage, heal and revitalise hair.

Natural hair colours are a good viable alternative to synthetic hair colours. Although the colour range is much smaller, you can colour your hair with complete peace of mind. As we have seen the herbs in the Krya natural hair colours also help deeply nourish and improve hair quality, which is a great bonus for damaged hair.

If you too are fed up with synthetic hair colours and dyes and would like some help transitioning to our range of completely natural hair colours, please write to us.

Krya’s products to heal chemically damaged hair:

  • Krya Damage Repair hair wash – mild, gentle, does not irritate stressed out scalp, and helps detoxify the scalp
  • Krya Damage repair Hair Mask – nourishing and healing and helps nourish damaged hair and detoxifies the scalp. a must to heal chemically damaged hair.
  • Krya Damage repair Hair oil – our cornerstone damage repairing and hair re-vitalising ayurvedic oil. Packed with rich ayurvedic herbs and cold pressed organic oils, the oil restores gloss, shine and health to hair. It detoxifies the scalp and stimulates fresh, healthy, deep rooted new hair growth.
  • Krya Damage repair Hair revitalising system: All 3 of the above at a  special price

Krya Damage repair hair revitalising system: a set of hair products that restore health and vitality to over processed, chemically damaged hair

Krya’s safe , all natural hair colours to help you STOP further damage:

Krya All natural hair colour is made with nourishing ayurvedic herbs that colour hair safely and help strengthen and nourish it deeply.


How to use the Krya Natural hair colour – a first person account by Preethi, Krya’s founder

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The Genesis of the Krya Natural hair colour range : for safe and toxin fre colouring

We have written extensively about the dangers of frequently using synthetic hair colour and how it damages hair. The Krya Damage Repair hair range of holistically heals and treats over processed and chemically damaged hair. However, there is a still a need for safe and effective hair colours that are kind on hair. The Krya team worked over a year on 50+ safe, natural, ayurvedic hair colour formulations. This post will explain how to use your Krya natural hair colour to safely and naturally colour your hair.

The difference between synthetic hair colours and Krya’s all natural hair colour

The very thing that makes natural colours so safe and gentle on hair, makes them slightly time consuming for use. Our earlier posts speak about how synthetic hair colours work on hair. To create a semi permanent dye, ammonia is used to break the hair’s disulphide bonds and life the hair cuticle. Once the hair cuticle is unnaturally lifted, PPD is injected into the centre of your hair.

This makes the hair dye difficult to wash out and rinse out. But it also injects a carcinogenic substance into your hair which can quickly infiltrate the body via your blood stream. This process also severely damages your hair leaving it dull, dry and straw like with poor hair growth.

How does a natural colour like Krya’s all natural hair colour work instead?

Herbs like Henna and Indigo bond onto the hair’s cuticle. There are specific dye receptor sites present on the surface of the hair cuticle. The herbs in the natural colour paste bond with the dye receptor sites on the cuticle. This bonding takes place in the presence of moisture, so your colour paste should be moist throughout.

How long does this colour bonding take?

The time for colour bonding depends upon the health of your hair. If your hair is chemically damaged, and dry, there are gaps in the hair’s cuticular structure. This means that the dye receptor sites which are supposed to be present on the hair are missing . The dye receptor sites could also be unevenly present and available in some areas and not in others.

The presence or absence of dye receptor sites influences the colour bonding time and colour quality.

How to improve dye transfer in damaged hair?

When dye receptor sites are missing, we advise using the Krya creamy colour mask, Krya hair wash and Krya vibrant hair oil regularly along with our hair colours. Alternatively, if you are transitioning from synthetic hair colours and have extensive chemical damage, you could also heal your hair with the Krya Damage repair hair revitalizing system.

When these products are used regularly, the hair structure improves and the cuticular structure slowly heals. So in time, the dye receptor sites increase on the hair surface and the colour transfer improves. Therefore, if you find that the colour does not work very well in the beginning, you should persist with it and also add our hair healing products. In time as your hair heals, the colour works much better on your hair.

How we tested the Krya hair colour before launch:

As soon as we launched the Krya range of natural hair colours, we received queries from interested consumers about how easy / difficult the whole process was. We had tested the product in many ways before launch: on swatches of untreated raw human hair, on ourselves, and on consumer’s hair. Some of these were applied by salon professionals, and some consumers did the application themselves.

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But to answer the question as authentically as possible, I decided to give the product the acid test, and apply it myself with minimum equipment to understand just how messy / difficult the process can be.  In my testing I broke most of my own instructions to see how bad things get, if you don’t follow our very extensive set of “how to use” instructions on the website.

Krya Natural hair colour – Truffle Brown shade testing

The Krya Truffle Brown shade has a dedicated fan following at Krya. we developed this as a gentle, natural alternative to synthetic chocolate brown shades. There is obviously a world of  difference between the Krya All natural Truffle Brown and a synthetic chocolate brown shade.  The colour that you see on your hair is unique to your hair’s genetic pattern. So everyone who uses the Krya All Natural Truffle Brown hair colour will have a deeply personal shade. The shade varies depending upon the original colour of your hair, the way light reflects off it, your prakriti make up, and of course the health of your hair.

The Krya Truffle Brown shade is not our best shade fro 100% grey coverage. For this, we recommend the Krya midnight Black shade or the Krya Natural black shade. But if you have hair with naturally red or brown tones and have a lower need for grey coverage, this is a fantastic shade to try out. Because of the high proportion of conditioning and healing herbs, the Krya Truffle Brown shade strongly heals and nourishes hair with every use.

I wanted to use this colour because my hair has several tones of brown and reds that come from both my Pitta constitution and my earlier experiments with our colour range for the last year. I was not interested in grey coverage at this point (unless it was achieved serendipitously) and simply wanted to see how the colour transferred on my hair and how easy it was to apply.

1.krya natural brown shade

Do natural hair colours give you 100% grey coverage immediately?

Generally you get better grey coverage if you go for shades that are darker than your natural colour, or if you repeatedly apply shades that are close to your natural hair colour.

Naturally dyeing herbs like henna, indigo, cassia, and Manjishta contain dyeing proteins that bind to the surface of the hair’s cuticle and stain it. As you colour repeatedly, these protein bonds are enhanced and the stain becomes deeper, giving you a richer and more vibrant shade. Just like your hair has different tints through the length of its hair and differing tints between strands, the staining from natural herbs follows the same, naturally uneven pattern.

So your hair colour will not look even and similar – instead your hair looks natural, with slight tints and highlights coming from how the natural dyes have interacted with each hair strand.


Krya all natural hair colour range: Single Step colour

The Krya natural hair colour range is a range of single step colouring products. This means the colours come pre-mixed with dyeing and hair nourishing herbs, so you have to apply the product in a single step, without any layering. Single step colours are easy and convenient to use especially if you are experimenting with natural colours for the first time.



How much hair colour do you need per application?

I started by taking the correct quantity of powder I would need from my pack. In the hair length chart below, my hair measures as “MBL – mid back length” which needs roughly 175 gm of hair colour.  If in doubt, use a little more colour rather than less because you don’t want to run out halfway through your application. length


Use clean water to mix your hair colour for better results:

We recommend using clean, filtered water to mix your colour. We are basically reducing interference between the colour and your hair so that the colour latches onto your hair – using tap water, hard water or dirty water gives your hair colour something else to latch on to instead of your hair, making your dye transfer poorer.

I then added water a little at a time to the colour in a ceramic bowl and mixed it using a ceramic spoon. You can use a glass bowl as well to hold your colour. As we add mildly acidic herbs to our hair colour, it is best not to use metallic bowls or spoons to mix the colour.


How do I know if I mixed my Krya hair colour correctly?

The Krya hair colour is prepared with many herbs including strongly conditioning herbs like fenugreek seeds. We have finely milled, sifted and sieved the product until it reaches the right granularity making it easy to apply and rinse off.

So you should aim to mix the colour to the consistency of a really creamy chocolate mousse, without any lumps. The colour tends to thicken slightly as it stands, so you don’t have to worry about the colour dripping or getting watery around your hair.


Krya note: How the manufacturing process can affect dye uptake:

The dyeing agents in plants are tightly bound within the plant and migrate to the skin and hair only under favourable circumstances including the right pH, and heat. The manufacturing process allows the dyeing agents to be easily available so that they can be released when mixed into a paste using water, and in the presence of other synergistic herbs.

If the plants are not powdered to the right granularity or sifted properly, you will have both a poor dyeing and a poor rinsing off experience.


How to apply the Krya hair colour for a smooth and even finish :

We advise that you use a either a wide dye brush (sold in India as a “Mehendi brush”) or gloved hands to apply your Krya hair colour smoothly. however, in my testing, I used my bare hands to apply the Krya Truffle Brown colour. This is to observe how the colour interacts with my skin and also to see how much the skin stains when using our all natural hair colour.

To prevent staining of your floor and clothing, we advise spreading newspapers on the floor and wearing clothes that you wouldn’t mind having stained when using Krya’s all natural hair colour.


I had washed my hair 2 days before colour application. You can get away with this if you are working in a sanitised office environment and it is not too hot. For best dye transfer, we recommend applying the colour as close as possible to your hair washing. This ensures the hair is clean and oil free, ensuring better dye transfer.

I parted my hair into 6 sections with each section measuring about 2 inches. I used a wide comb to de-tangle my hair, and sectioned away my hair leaving open only the section I was going to apply the Krya hair colour on.

4. sectioining and colouring the hair

I smeared about 2 – 3 tablespoons of paste evenly across the length of my hair covering both the inner and outer side. If I saw any greys, I made sure I applied the paste properly on the greys to physically cover them. Once I was done, I did a forward roll of this section applying colour along the roll and then plastered the roll to the top of my hair with more hair colour paste to make it stay on my head.

I did this across all the sections, and then finished by using the left over paste all over my head to cover any missing spots with hair colour.


Does the Krya natural hair colour stain skin?

I made sure I mopped up any drops of hair colour that fell on my face or ears. So there was no staining here. My hands had been working with the colour for about 20 minutes – so there was a faint brownish tint on my skin when I rinsed it out. I have no doubt that if I used one of the Krya black shades, my hands would be stained darker. So unless you are doing a stress test like me, I would recommend using gloves.

5.hand staining


Waiting for dye transfer: Lengthier process with a natural hair colour

A safe natural hair colour takes longer than a synthetic hair colour to transfer onto hair. But, this means that the process is much safer, has no carcinoegens involved and does not do any structural damage to your hair. Remember a natural hair colour takes atleast 60 minutes to transfer properly onto hair. Sometimes it takes much longer. The longest we have seen is 5 hours. If it happens very quickly, then you can be sure that your hair colour is contaminated with PPD or uses extracts which are not natural.

We recommend covering your hair with saran wrap or a piece of cloth to keep warmth and moisture in and ensure no hair colour falls on the floor.

In my testing, the consistency of the Krya hair colour held well . Our formula is non-drip and it is truly non drip until it dries out.  Once dry, the hair colour does not stain too much, so you can pick these up and put it straight into your compost. This is another reason why wrapping your hair makes sense.


Will using the Krya all natural hair colour give me a cold?

This is an area of concern for most consumers as henna is considered a strongly cooling herb. The Krya hair colour was cool and soothing on the scalp but not COLD and mucous forming. The mixture did not make me catch a cold, sneeze or suffer in any way. None of our other testers have also complained about this. In fact all of us felt very soothed and cool during the process.


Henna, Manjishta and Amla are all excellent herbs for the hair and reduce excess pitta that is generated by the eyes and brain. The colour application felt very cooling & soothing for my scalp and eyes.

6. Amla


Krya recommends colouring ONLY in the warmth of day . Begin around 9 am o leave the colour on for 2 – 3 hours. Wrapping the hair with plastic or cloth also retains heat which is a good thing for cold sufferers. Do not use the AC during this time or stand in a windy location. Avoid colouring if you are excessively tired, or are coming down with a cold . Follow the same precautions you would take before an Abhyanga.


Take care of your neck when using an all natural hair colour

Applying colour on long hair can increase the load on your neck.  If you are not careful, this can strain your neck. Always be aware of this when applying a natural hair colour. This is not the time to over strain your neck.  This is not a problem if your hair is short.


Rinsing out the Krya all natural hair colour :

We recommend leaving on the colour for atleast 2 hours. You can go on longer if you want a deeper or richer shade. I left my colour on for close to 3 hours just to understand the effect.

I brought down my section curls and then rinsed off the Krya hair colour with plain water. Do not wash hair with a product at this stage.  Do not oil hair at this stage as it interferes with colour development.

Rinse the colour paste thoroughly. 

How does hair look and feel after the Krya hair colour is applied on it:

Using the Krya hair colour gave my hair a nice natural shine from the reflective pigments . The hair felt slightly stiff, as is expected after using a natural hair product. The hair also felt voluminous as the herbs bind to the hair’s keratin creating additional volume. This is excellent sun protection for the hair (in the nature of a physical block).

However, while the hair feels stiff, it did not make it rough, frizzy, tangled or cause it to break.

This is why we recommend using the Krya creamy colour strengthening hair mask as your first product after colouring. You can do this immediately after rinsing out your colour or within a day or two. I chose to do it 2 days later to see how the mask would change things for my hair.


Colour development and Grey coverage after Krya hair colour application:

The Krya hair colour takes between a day to 2 days to fully develop. The colour reacts with oxygen in the air and get much darker.

I have about 10% greys in my hair. Some of these are in the front of my hair near my forehead. Some run through the length of my hair. The parts I missed focusing on did not get any grey coverage.

Truffle brown gave me a very interesting and rather beautiful set of shades on my hair. Depending on my hair’s tint I saw shades ranging from ash blonde to light brown , and much darker chocolate brown. The hair looked very beautiful and artfully highlighted.

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Krya tip on achieving better grey coverage with a natural hair colour:

If you are very particular about grey coverage, section your greys properly and focus on these areas. If you have a very high proportion of greys you may need two applications of colour .

For better grey coverage choose a shade that is similar to your shade or darker than your natural colour. The Krya Midnight Black and the Krya Natural Black are excellent shades for high grey coverage.


Krya creamy colour strengthening mask: an ideal add on for naturally coloured hair

Now this is one of the Hair colour team’s favourite products. The Krya team  loves the creamy texture of the mask and is after effects on hair. You know how we at Krya feel about artificial silicone based conditioners.  We have described how silicones are added to HIDE the damage caused by synthetic shampoos. So under that shiny plastic coating lies broken, porous damaged hair which is not being treated.


The Krya Creamy colour strengthening hair mask beautifully conditions hair. It also deep nourishes hair and strengthens colour bonding without using any dubious chemical .  This ensures that your colour lasts longer and the hair feels softer, smoother and well conditioned after your hair colouring.


We add loads of gorgeous plant butters and oils into our creamy conditioning colour mask . So this is an excellent product to use on hair in genera. This is Krya’s recommended first wash product after applying the Krya hair colour. You need to use no other hair product (shampoo or conditioner) when you use this mask.

How to use the Krya creamy conditioning hair mask:

I applied the mask by sectioning my  hair into 4 sections to speed up the process. We recommend that the Mask be left on for atleast 15 minutes before washing. You can go upto an hour with it or until the point the Mask starts to dry out.

8. colour mask

The mask is very smooth and easy to rinse out. It left my hair feeling very smooth and conditioned and quite clean. If there were any remaining bits of hair colour, the mask removed this as well from the hair. Once the hair is dry, the hair was very smooth and easy to comb. The hair retained its volume because of the hair colour.


To conclude: a first person account of using the Krya natural hair colour

Natural hair colours come with several obvious pluses. They do not cause long term harm and do not cause cell mutagenesis . They are obviously better for hair. They do not imbalance and damage hair and nourish, heal and promote good quality hair growth. They do not cause dermatitis, eczema, anaphalytic shock, delayed skin reactions or death. Natural hair colours can be safely used by everyone including pregnant and breast feeding women.

If you would like to try out Krya’s natural hair colour range, please explore the links given below. If you have any queries on the Krya natural hair colour range, please write to us.

Krya’s all natural hair colour range:

Krya's toxin free, ayurvedic all natural hair colour range colours gently and heals hair.

Krya’s products to heal chemically damaged hair:

Krya's gentle, all-natural damage repair hair wash to gently wash chemically damaged and over processed hair.

  • Krya Damage Repair hair wash – mild, gentle, does not irritate stressed out scalp, and helps detoxify the scalp
  • Krya Damage repair Hair Mask – nourishing and healing and helps nourish damaged hair and detoxifies the scalp. a must to heal chemically damaged hair.
  • Krya Damage repair Hair oil – our cornerstone damage repairing and hair re-vitalising ayurvedic oil. Packed with rich ayurvedic herbs and cold pressed organic oils, the oil restores gloss, shine and health to hair. It detoxifies the scalp and stimulates fresh, healthy, deep rooted new hair growth.
  • Krya Damage repair Hair revitalising system: All 3 of the above at a  special price

Krya Colour conversation series: My Experiments with a natural hair colour

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In the last year we have created and tested 50 different hair colour formulation concepts in the Krya Colour Lab. Concept # 45 really wowed us and ticked all the right boxes – satisfactory dyeing of grey hair to black, softness, coverage and of course ease of application.


This intensive hair color testing process called for several trips to the Chennai Wig Makers District, a narrow, smelly lane near the erstwhile film studios, where ostensibly wigs were in demand. Our team waded through several hundreds of kilos of human hair to select test samples – not gross, shoulder length hair with 30%-50% grey hair.


Our core hair color product concept is to help colour grey hair a natural shade of black , black-brown so that it blends beautifully with the rest of your naturally black hair. We continue to work on coloring existing black hair into fashionable, natural shades.
The important pre-processing step followed in our testing was to apply the Krya classic hair on the human hair sample and then wash it with the Krya classic hair wash. Our hair colour has been designed for application on clean, washed hair. So you should remember this before you start using the Krya Hair Colour – apply one of our oils and wash your hair with the Krya hair-wash. This should be done ideally on the day of the Hair Colour Session.
Stage 2

After achieving a successful formulation, we tested the Hair Colour internally on several Krya team members and of course, willing family members. This is a very important and sacred ritual in the Krya New Product Development process- after all if one cannot confidently recommend your product to your own sister or mother, then why bother creating a product at all? The terrific upside of testing on friends and family is that it gives rock-solid data on the safety of our formulations and this is of paramount importance. The down-side is that of course we are all extremely biased and generally don’t get too much negative feedback.


Tough Customer Love

The final step before the final commercial launch of the product involves testing with customer volunteers. Our customer volunteers are incredibly generous and awesome people, who agree to test our formulations and give us their considered feedback after several rounds of product usage. Unlike the friends and family round, here we get free and frank feedback – no holds barred.
Winning this round gives us the confidence to move forward with the commercial launch.

Greys ? What Greys ! Three Thumbs Up !!!

K, is a 40 year old mother of two daughters, who has been used chemical hair colour products several times in the past few years. She tells us that she started greying in her 20s , has tried most of the major brands of chemical hair colours but has not yet tried any all natural hair colour alternatives.
We sent her a 200 gm sample pack of one of our winning formulation concepts along with the special Krya Hair Colour hair-oil for trial and feedback and these are the highlights of her Krya Hair Colour Experience.


“It is really easy to use

The Krya Hair Colour is actually really easy to use – since it is a one-step, mix-in-water and apply product. There is no need to add tea-leaf or coffee water or wait for several hours for the colour to develop. It is also a single step process – unlike many brands which ask you to apply 2 different packs to achieve the final colour.

The Krya powder water mixes easily in water and gives a nice, thick consistency. It is quite easy to apply on the hair, section by section, even if you are applying it yourself. Some crumbs do fall off on the ground but by time I am finished with all sections of my hair, it settles neatly in place.

The entire 100 gm pack was enough for complete coverage of my shoulder length hair.”


Cover and Wait

It is recommended to allow the Krya Hair Colour to stay on the hair for at least 90 minutes – if you can bear to wait for 2 hours it is even better.

“Immediately upon applying the Hair Colour, the scalp felt really cool and I thought I might get a cold by the end of the waiting period. So I covered my head with a shower cap and after 15 minutes, the cooling sensation stopped and I felt quite comfortable.”


Rinse & Cross your fingers

“After about 2 hours I rinsed the color off with plain water and nothing else.”

This is an important point to remember. Further it is recommended that you should not wash your hair with any shampoo or hair-wash for 48 hours after the coloring session, as this natural product requires time to gently oxidize and for the colour to fully develop.

But in this 48 hour waiting period, you can apply the Krya Hair Colour Oil on your scalp and hair – this helps deepen the colour and of course manage your hair better.


The Results (the day after the coloring session)

“Greys? What Greys! Three Thumbs Up!!!

The results were really amazing! I am very excited by this product and have already told a bunch of people about it. I can’t wait to buy this product.

The greys have overall been colored nicely and a few white hairs have been colored a shade of blackish – purple. The day after coloring, the hair feels a little rough but it certainly has not been damaged.  (Krya Explanation: the day after colouring, the hair can feel a little rough due to the microscopic deposition of the herbs on the hair but it has not actually damaged the hair in any way)


Two Weeks After

“Whenever I use a chemical hair colour, my scalp really burns and it feels like it is on fire. The Krya hair colour feels really nice on my scalp and I think it has actually healed my scalp. In the past few days I have also started using the Krya Hair Colour Oil.

Since my hair grows really fast , two weeks after coloring, some greys have started becoming visible (this is usually the case when I use synthetic hair colour as well) and I tried another session of the Krya Hair Colour.

This time as well the Hair Colour was quite easy to use and since I have started using the Hair Colour oil, my hair feels much softer post the coloring session. After the second coloring session, the black shade has become much deeper and the few strands of black – purple have also become richer.

The whole process of using these safe , natural hair color products is a whole lot of fun too.”

Krya Update: We have now developed a Krya Conditioning Color mask, to be used immediately after coloring the hair, to both deepen the color and also to give soft hair.

We had given K one of our favourite shades of black-burgundy. We also have shades of natural black and black with hints of brown which will be launched soon. We are working hard to develop more shades of brown and red


Working with natural colours:

For too long, all of us have been consistently and constantly damaging our hair using a range of toxic synthetic hair colours. The Krya Colour conversations is a blog series meant to educate and inspire you to throw away your synthetic hair colour box and try an all natural hair colour like ours instead.


The Krya natural range of hair colour and care products includes safe, natural hair colours with good coverage, made from carefully selected, mindfully processed ayurvedic herbs. Our range also includes a support system to keep your hair in great shape. Our colour support system includes a colour protecting mask, hair wash and hair oil.


Natural hair colours work slightly differently on hair compared to synthetic hair colours – so this conversation series on the Krya blog also aims to educate you about some of the differences you should expect when using a purely natural hair colour.


The Krya natural hair colour range launches in just a few days on the Krya website. Keep following this page for more updates. .



The Krya ten point programme to help you heal, revitalise and repair chemically damaged hair

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We have been receiving a lot of excellent feedback on the Krya Damage repair hair revitalising system lately. We have also been receiving a lot of queries on just why chemical treatments like hair colouring, hair re-bonding, smoothening and treatments like the Cysteine treatment and the Brazilian damage hair.


Many of our consumers come to us after several years of chemical colouring with a few texture alteration treatments thrown in. At this point their hair is written off by the very parlour that damaged their hair, as too damaged for any more beauty treatments !


This is a subject that is very close to my heart, as someone who has gone through all these damaging treatments herself, and has painstakingly restored her hair health – my hair volume is still not as good as what I used to have, but despite my prolonged damage, I have reached a happy situation where my hair growth is good, texture is excellent and strength and elasticity is very good.


Just why are these chemical treatments so damaging to our hair? What about treatments advertised to “repair” hair damage like the cysteine treatment?


For the real truth on why you should run and not walk away from your hair stylist and your parlour, and how you can begin to heal damaged hair, do take a look at our presentation on this today .



14 reasons for hair dryness , split ends and hair fall according to Ayurveda. Krya shares deep insights and simple remedies to help you tackle hair breakage and hairfall.

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“Dear Team Krya,

My hair is dull, dry, coarse and brittle. It breaks very easily. If I don’t use a lot of conditioner on it, it generates a huge amount of static. It also tangles very easily and breaks when I comb it brush it or wash it.

I wash my hair very frequently and apply special conditioners and serums on it. It has been more than 3 years since I applied any hair oil – my stylist told me that this will cause dandruff, so I stopped doing it.

I work in an IT job and I usually get back home quite late. I do tend to eat out quite a bit. In addition, I feel quite dull and lack energy at times. I also tend to get joint aches in my lower back and catches in my neck.

Despite spending a huge amount of money on spa treatments for my hair, the quality of my hair just hasn’t improved. What do you think could be the problem?

Can Krya and Ayurveda help? “


We have been speaking about the 6 causes of hairfall, hair breakage and hair damage this week on the Krya blog. We started on Monday with our post on pitta aggravation and how it is a leading cause for common hair problems like thinning, a receding hairline, premature greying and hair fall.


As a company based on Ayurvedic first principles, it is very insightful and enlightening for us to see how the Acharyas of yore have approached many common skin and hair problems we see today. The interlinkages between what we eat, the kind of jobs we work at, how our day is structured (or unstructured), the pressures we go through, and what we put on our bodies is fascinating and very deep.

These are the interlinkages we will explore today in our blog post, as we describe how Vata dosha, when aggravated by our diet, lifestyle or our habits, can wreak havoc on our hair and skin.


The importance of Vata Dosha and why it is vital to our healthy functioning:

Vata dosha is made up of Vayu (wind) and Akash (space) and is an extremely powerful dosha in the body. It is the only dosha capable of movement, so it carries pitta and kapha dosha to their respective places to help them function. Without a properly functioning vata dosha, none of the other 2 doshas can do their work.


When vata dosha is unvitiated and balanced, it holds up all the systems and organs, initiates all normal upward and downward movements of the body, leads and controls the mind, employs all the sense organs well, carries all sensations to the brain, causes structural formation of all muscle, bone and joint tissue.

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Healthy vata dosha promotes the coherent working of the body, promotes proper speech, is the seat / origin of touch and sound, is the source of courage and exhilaration, stimulates digestion, throws out ama and toxins from the body, shapes the foetus and maintains the ayu / life span of each individual.


In nature, Vayu is said to hold up the earth itself, kindles fire, makes clouds, makes rain, initiates streams, helps plants, flowers and fruits sprout and grow, strengthens seeds and helps in normal transformation.

2.vata creates life


What are the qualities of Vata dosha?

The Charaka Samhita describes the qualities of vata dosha as follows:

“RookshaLaghuSheetaDarunakaRavishada “. – translated as rough, light, cold, hard, coarse and non unctuous.

In Ayurveda, like promotes like. So any food, habit, behaviour, or circumstances that have the characteristics of vata dosha, increase vata dosha in the body. Similarly, foods, habits, behaviours and circumstances that have the opposite characteristics of vata dosha help reduce it or balance it.


What happens to skin, hair and our body when vata dosha is aggravated?

Acharya Vagbhatta says that 50% of all diseases are caused by aggravation in vata dosha. At Krya, we have observed that almost 75% of the people who write to us with skin and hair disorders have aggravated vata dosha.


Skin and hair when vata is aggravated

When vata dosha is in excess, your skin will have unexplained darkening or tanning. It will feel coarse and flaky and look dull and lifeless. Aggravated vata dosha can also cause deep heel cracking where you can actually see the underlying layer of flesh as the cracks are so deep.

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When vata dosha is in excess, your hair and scalp will suffer from extreme dryness. You may see scalp flaking where pieces of your scalp are getting dislodged when you comb or brush your hair. The scalp flakes will be white, powdery and dry.


Hair suffering from aggravated vata dosha tends to be much more dry and frizzy compared to normal hair. This hair breaks easily and lacks elasticity – so it will break when you brush it, comb it, towel dry it, plait it or even wash it. This kind of hair is also very high in split ends, and will generate static when you comb / brush it. The hair tends to look dry, lifeless, and coarse and lacks gloss and shine.

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Joint aches and dullness in the body – when vata is aggravated

As vata controls all joints and organs of movement, when vata is aggravated, you may notices catches, aches and pains in any part of the skeletal structure or in the legs. Lower back aches, neck catches, calf aches, ankle aches, knee pain and an unexplained dullness, and lack of energy may be noticed when vata is aggravated.


Vata dosha helps you stay longer, much like the energiser bunny. When it goes out of control, you might find yourself unable to switch off, having difficult falling sleep, have disturbed sleep where you wake up easily, and a general feel of ennui, and depression and dullness during the day.

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Vata prakriti – some clues

We have said before, that doshas can be aggravated because of your inherent nature / tendency towards that dosha or because of your activities, lifestyle and general regimen.


When we identify Vata prakriti, we look for a tendency towards movement and overuse of any of the vata rules organs. For example, you could be a very active sportsperson, someone who loves to exercise frequently, a runner, or even a professional singer.


Vata dosha encourages lots of mobility and creativity, excitement and love for variety and new things. So if you are talking to us with a lot of energy, talking nineteen to the dozen, and display an inherent creativity and love for new things, we think your vata dosha could be prominent.

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Just like the texts say people with Pitta dominant prakriti make good leaders, and gravitate towards causes and missions and bring a single minded focus to what they do, the texts are also descriptive about vata dominated prakritis. They are extremely mobile, love creative pursuits, are said to be very intelligent and also display the qualities of air in their mental makeup – they are comfortable with ambiguity, creative and quick.


A predominant vata prakriti is usually thinner and lighter than their pitta and kapha counterparts. They have a tendency to lose weight easily, especially if vata is aggravated


Here is a great truth about vata dosha in particular: almost all of us have a tendency to aggravate it easily. So even if you are not a vata prakriti, if you live in the city and are leading the highly driven, clock watching life, you are probably prone to vata aggravation. We will see just below the causes of this vata aggravation, and explain why this is of concern to everyone, even if their basic prakriti is not that of vata.


The 14 Causes of vata aggravation

Raise your hand if this applies to you:

“My morning routine means that I wake up a bit late, rush around getting ready, gulp down a cup of coffee, and quickly eat a bowl of cornflakes with milk or instant oats. I then grab my car keys and I am out of the home in 30 minutes flat!”

Speed is a vata trait. Unfortunately eating foods that cook quickly or easily means that they are also vata dominating in nature. Rushing around and doing things very quickly is also a vata trait. So when vata eats vata and behaves vata, your dosha gets aggravated.


We will see below the 14 vata aggravating foods, practices, and lifestyles that can wreak havoc on your skin, hair and health.


  1. Dry, hard and crisp foods are vata aggravating

Any dry, hard, coarse, crisp food can be classified as having vata dominant properties. Many new age health foods satisfy this criterion. There is a disturbing movement towards eating unnatural, highly processed foods which are labelled as fat free or low calorie.


I used to be a fan of roasted soy sticks and ragi sticks in my youth. These foods were marketed towards people losing weight and were made with very little oil and were roasted dry to be low calorie. However, over-eating this increased my vata which was already aggravated due to the nature of my work.


It is far better eat a small quantity of a regular homemade fried snack, than eating large amount of commercially processed, weird additive filled low calorie snack. Please remember oil controls vata – so if you are carving fried food, eat a traditional preparation which uses oil, ghee or butter. Of course, even this is not good for you, so try and control your craving!

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  1. Light, airy foods are vata aggravating

Foods that are light and airy in texture and tend to float like cornflakes, millet flakes, poha, are all high in vata as well. This is why it is a far better idea to eat cornflakes with whole milk instead of eating a granola bar for breakfast. When you add milk which is high in kapha and cooling to a vata based food like cornflakes, you are reducing its vata properties. However, if you are eating a plain baked granola bar as is, you are aggravating vata much more – and this is despite the nutritional benefits of the granola bar.



When we see vata aggravation at Krya, we normally recommend a switch to traditional, freshly cooked foods, especially at breakfast. While we can reduce vata present in cornflakes by eating this with warm milk, it is a far better choice to eat a wholesome, freshly cooked breakfast like pongal, upma, cheela, etc, if your hair is very dry and coarse.


  1. Lentils , nuts and seeds are high in vata

Many of you would have observed that soaking lentils overnight releases bubbles of gas in the vessel. This is applicable to any dried lentil like whole moong, whole urad, rajma, chole, etc. This is why Ayurveda classifies all dried lentils as vata promoting.

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However in this definition, lies a nuanced gradation of how much vata each lentil can produce. Split Mung dal is the least vata aggravating of all lentils. Rajma and channa are extremely vata aggravating.


Depending on how much your vata is aggravated, at Krya, we advise a few changes in the lentils you consume. If your hair is extremely dry and coarse, we advise switching for some time to split Mung dal as the lentil of choice. Even this lentil should be cooked with ghee or atleast eaten with ghee to reduce its slight vata aggravating properties.


If you cannot avoid eating heavy lentils like rajma or channa, we advise consumption taking a few precautions. Eating these heavy lentils with rice is better for you versus eating them with dry breads. They should be eaten with ghee. They should be eaten warm, as this is the opposite of vata’s cold nature. Lastly, they should be eaten at noon, because this is when your digestive fire is at its peak, so your body is much more capable of digesting this at this time.


  1. Vegetables and foods that are traditionally considered “gassy” are high in vata

Potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, peas, cabbage are all considered high in vata. Many vata aggravated people tend to over consume these vegetables over other vegetables.


Does this mean that Ayurveda says we should never eat potatoes or cabbage? No, of course not!


It means that Ayurveda says we should eat sensibly, with a reasonable rotation of vegetables, and take care to understand the nature of these vegetables and cook them appropriately.


For example, cauliflower and potatoes and other similar vegetables should be cooked with carminative and warming spices like jeera, pepper and dhania. This helps reduce the gassiness of these vegetables. These vegetables must be eaten as fresh and hot as possible – eating them cold means their vata aggravating nature is more pronounced.


Vata aggravating vegetables should not be eaten in a fried form – this increases their vata nature. They are best made as a liquid gravy based dished and not a fried dish. (So bye bye French fries and Gobi Manchurian!)

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  1. Baked goods are considered vata promoting

Baked goods are considered vata promoting as they are dry, and sometimes crisp in texture. Again in this there are gradations. A soft bread made with whole wheat and plenty of fat (perhaps in the form of butter, milk or oil) is less vata aggravating compared to a maida based, crisp and dry lavash or bread stick.




If your hair and skin is dry, and you find yourself constantly reaching out for biscuits, cakes and breads try and impose some regulation on these foods. As a start, avoid commercially processed baked goods as much as possible as they are high in sugar and bad fats and E numbers.


Even if eating a healthily made biscuit, warming it before eating helps bring down vata. Adding a small amount of melted ghee to it further brings down the vata. Eating this when your digestive fire / appetite is strong is also a good idea.


Similarly, when eating bread based meals, avoid Maida based breads. Eat breads after warming / toasting them with a fat (preferably ghee, or desi butter). Eat this with a warm liquid preparation that uses vegetables like carrots, or beets that are unctuous. Bread and potatoes do not make a good combination.


Most importantly eat this at a reasonable time – do not eat bread / baked goods late into the night.


  1. A special note on Maida – and why you should avoid it strongly

Among grains, Maida is the lightest, airiest and therefore most vata aggravating. Maida also has a second dreaded quality – of being “abhishyanadi” in Ayurveda. This means that it has a tendency to coat your system, clog the fine nerve endings, and take a very long time to digest and assimilate. Besides being vata aggravating and abhishyanadi, commercial Maida is also a chemical nightmare – it comes pre-loaded with several E Numbers, raising agents and other additives especially when it is used in baking.  So it would make a lot of sense if your hair is suffering vata aggravation to completely steer clear of anything to do with Maida.


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Maida has been written separately about, because we see so much Maida in everyone’s diet charts these days.


A consultation I just finished mentioned that the person writing to me had eaten Maggi noodles for dinner continuously for 3 months – she was showing very high dryness, scalp thinning and hairfall.


If Maida should be avoided, then Maggi noodles (and all other brands of Instant noodles) should be very specially avoided. Maggi noodles is made from commercial Maida, filled with additives and pre-fried in suspicious fats, so that it can magically transform into noodles in 3 minutes.

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Not only is this vata aggravating, it is also abhishyanadi, and very bad for health as you are eating a junky, chemical filled substitute that is very very far away from anything resembling real food.


Please remember: if you are eating commercial pizzas and Maggi noodles as a staple, your hair will fall. It is extremely logical.


  1. Drinks that remove water from your body are vata aggravating

Tea and coffee have become a ubiquitous part of urban life. This is our new addiction and coffee and tea parlours are extremely well designed, with great odours and the easy availability of baked goods to satiate our sugar craving. As per Ayurveda, both tea and coffee are vata aggravating. However, they react in a way that is very specific to their properties. They aggravate Vata by removing moisture from your body.

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Vata aggravated bodies are already low on water and moisture – so when you drink large and frequent cups of tea and coffee and “pee away” the water in your body, you are doing your hair, skin and body a great disservice.


Colas are also extremely vata aggravating as are commercially processed fruit juices (besides being high in sugar). These drinks remove biological water from your body.


As a part of Krya’s questionnaire for vata aggravation, we ask about the number of cups of tea, coffee, commercial fruit juices and cola that is drunk every day. Once we figure this out, we usually advise a gradual reduction (unless things are in very bad shape) in certain drinks, and the easiest way to do this is to reduce your cup size.


Many of us are addicted to our tea and coffee, and it gives us a lot of stress to contemplate doing away with them altogether. So we suggest starting by halving your consumption. An attractive tiny espresso / tea cup will help you feel good about the way you are drinking your tea / coffee while reducing your consumption.


When it comes to colas and commercial fruit juices, we advise a strict ban. In our considered opinion colas are nothing but poison for the body. Innumerable studies show their bone leaching effect, extreme acidity, effect on diabetes and other dis-eases. There is no safe dose of poison. So please throw away / flush your cola stash down the toilet – this is the safest place for it.



Many commercial juices claim to be a healthy substitute to tea and coffee. If you attempt to replicate the process and make your own orange / tomato juice at home, you will understand the amount of sugar taken to make the drink taste so sweet. The existing properties of the fruits are long gone before they reach you – as all of us are aware, it takes a special amount of preservation to make an orange juice last for 6 months without refrigeration. Again, like the case of colas, avoid completely.


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  1. Eating at irregular times every day is vata aggravating

At the beginning of this piece, we described the properties of Vata and how it loves variety and mobility. Therefore, Ayurveda advises that a rigid schedule helps control vata, and a variable schedule aggravates it. Many people, who come to us with vata aggravated hair, also tell us that their schedules are very variable. They tend to eat dinner at varying times everyday and often have a weekend schedule which is even more variable compared to their weekend schedule.

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If you are nodding as you read this, here is a simple fact: your body does not know that it is Sunday. Or Wednesday. It is designed to expect food, of a particular nature at a similar time everyday. If you keep varying your eating time, it will bring down your ability to digest food properly. It can give you gastric issues. And pertinently for this post, it will aggravate vata, leading to poor skin and hair.


  1. Being unplanned and chaotic is vata aggravating

Just like being over planned and having a rigid need for control can aggravate a pitta prone person, being unplanned, chaotic and unscheduled can aggravate vata in your body, especially if you are already prone to it.


Some amount of ambiguity is good for creativity. However, when your life descends into chaos, at the stage when you have really no idea what you are going to be eating in your next meal, or when you are going to be eating it, then your vata will go out of control.


We see a lot of creatively oriented people at Krya, complaining of vata aggravated skin and hair disorders. The very nature of creativity is vata driven – so it makes sense that very creative people, or people in creative professions like music, films, and entertainment, strongly harness vata dosha.


But when this vata inspired creativity is further surrounded by a lack of schedule and chaos in your basic day (unplanned eating, sleeping, living), this completely throws your doshas out of balance.


If you are prone to vata, then we recommend you start by bring atleast one part of your day under rigid control. It could simply be the time you eat dinner, or the time you go to sleep, or doing an abhyanga once a week. This simple act of bringing one part of your life under control will act as a counter to unbalanced vata.


A person in a creative position or a vata dominated person may never achieve the rigid control a Pitta person can. But we suggest you choose a few areas of your life and bring order only to this as a matter of habit. This will rein in agitation and the excesses of vata, without changing your basic nature or profession.


  1. A high amount of physical activity aggravates vata dosha

Vata is the dosha governing movement and mobility. It therefore stands to reason that if you are using movement and mobility often and in high doses, you could end up aggravating vata dosha.


Many sportspersons and long distance runners have the classic vata build – they are lean, and have much darker skin colour compared to their youth. They also tend to succumb quickly to disorders involving vata related organs – joint and skeletal injuries for example. While Western sports medicine would argue that this is a simple case of overuse, Ayurveda would say that this is because vata is aggravated and the body is full of dryness.

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Acharya Charaka says for example, that it is far easier to break a dry and brittle stick than it is to break a stick that has been oiled every day. External oleation is strongly recommended when you do extreme, frequent physical activity to rein in excess vata. The body is less injury prone, much stronger and remains youthful despite the physical effort.


At Krya, we have seen several case of hairfall related to vata aggravation after a new exercise routine has been taken up. For example, a young man came to us for hairfall advice – on investigation we found that he had started marathon running as a hobby 8 months prior to the hairfall.


Does this mean Ayurveda is against running or any extreme physical activity?


Again the answer is no. Ayurveda deeply recognises the connection between your mind and your body and is always encouraging of activities that give you deep satisfaction and happiness. So if marathon running makes you happy you must continue to do.



However, you must prepare your body for this activity by ensuring you do regular abhyangas, by eating foods that pacify vata and controlling chaos in other parts of your life. This will ensure you neither lose hair nor health in your pursuit of happiness.


  1. A high amount of mental activity and use of electronic devices agitates vata

We have seen this at Krya. Sudden extreme hairfall after a promotion, during a job change or when someone is doing a difficult project. One can of course blame the late nights, coffee and lack of routine for this excess. But an agitated brain that will not shut down easily, a high use of electronic devices, a high amount of talking and mental activity will aggravate vata.

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Vata dosha is excited by stimulus. So using your mobile phone all the time, working late into the night, having frequent agitated conversations over cups of coffee and putting in a month of late nights will give vata dosha enough stimuli to push it over the edge.


Mental vata aggravation has to be tackled in three ways: one is to ensure that your diet does not further stimulate your vata during this stressful time, so choosing dal-chaawal over a burger will help.


Second is to physically calm the brain at night by oiling the scalp – at Krya we have recommended specific hair oiling for this kind of vata aggravation where herbs like Brahmi and Usheera (vetiver) are used. These herbs soothe the nerves and are excellent for stress related vata aggravation.


The third and important thing to do in stress related Vata is to follow an electronic cut off time and set up an electronics free zone for yourself. Restraining the use of electronics and imposing rigidity around this, again helps control aggravated vata dosha.


  1. Speaking for long periods on your mobile phone / telephone is vata aggravating

Vata’s secondary seat is your ears. If your job tends to involve long and frequent phone calls, then your overuse of a vata seat can aggravate vata. Many people who are in jobs which involve long phone calls tends to have the characteristics of aggravated vata – they speak a lot, are unable to focus or concentrate, experience skin darkening and have dry and coarse skin and hair.

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At Krya we advise a good massage of your ears everytime during your abhyanga. In addition if your job involves overuse of your ears, doing a daily ear massage with warm oil will be very helpful. A Gandusha (swishing of water in your mouth after every meal and drink) is also very good for strained vocal chords. As is oil pulling once a week with Sesame oil.


  1. Raw food and vegan diets tend to be vata aggravating

Raw food diets by their very nature tend to be vata aggravating. Raw food satisfies many of the criteria of vata dosha like being dry, crisp, hard, light and non oily. This is why many people on a raw food diet could end up experiencing vata aggravation symptoms like joint aches, back pain, dry skin and poor hair.

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Vegan diets, while excellent from an ethical perspective, are vata aggravating as per Ayurveda. Because of the high dependence on lentils and nuts (for nut milks and dressings), the food can severely increase wind and dryness in the body.


I am unable to offer any improving perspectives from Ayurveda for either raw food diets or a vegan diets. All the Ayurvedic weapons of controlling vata like ghee, cooking food and milk are not of use if you are a vegan or someone who eats raw food. I have often said that Ayurveda and being vegan do not go together, and I have learned this through direct personal experience. If you are leaning towards Ayurveda, and you are finding dis-ease in your current life having been on a raw food or a vegan diet, do re-examine your choices.


  1. Air travel and long commutes aggravate vata

Vata is the dosha which governs space and mobility. So it stands to reason that physically transporting yourself over a long distance every day or a super long distance frequently can aggravate the dosha of mobility and space.

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Many times a commute is out of our control, unless you are fortunate enough to work for yourself. So we advice a few precautions to be taken if you are in for a long commute everyday or frequent air travel (either everyday if you have a long commute or 3 – 4 days before air travel)

  • Eat an early dinner (before 8:30) and go to sleep exactly 2 hours later
  • Reduce your tea and coffee intake by halving your cup size
  • Keep yourself warm on the flight – warm is the opposite of vata dosha
  • Cover your ears and head if travelling in public transport. Reduce the AC if travelling in car –and keep the windows partially closed to reduce draughts of wind from settling on your person.
  • Stick like a maniac to your abhyanga schedule – this will bring down the stress of your commute and plane travel excesses


Krya recommendation for reducing vata aggravation

Our rather long post has examined 14 ways you can aggravate vata through food choices, lifestyle and certain behaviors. I hope you are not feeling disheartened or helpless at the end of this post. As I have mentioned, Ayurveda allows for everyone to lead a unique and tailor made life as per their needs. Ayurveda is never drastic (except in drastic circumstances) and always advises preparedness and moderation to handle the excesses of life.

Our post aims to put control back into your hands. None of us are helpless if we know exactly what we are going through and know how exactly to tackle these problems.

If you are experiencing vata aggravation due to any or all of the 14 vata aggravating foods, habits and lifestyles, here is a good recommendation from us to help you balance your doshas:

  1. Add melted desi cow’s ghee to your diet – atleast 1 teaspoon per meal. Ghee is universally acknowledged in Ayurveda as being tridoshic , balancing to all doshas and is especially useful to control aggravated vata
  2. Reduce the amount of tea, coffee, you are drinking – halve your cup size and ban colas and juices altogether
  3. Ban colas and commercial fruit juices completely from your life
  4. Control your meal times – we recommend breakfast at 8:30 am, lunch at 12:30 pm, a snack if you are hungry at 4:30 pm and dinner at 8:30 pm. As we have explained controlling one part of your life, particular meals, greatly helps control vata.
  5. Add a pada abhyanga if your mental stress, commute is very high – we recommend a thrice a week pada abhyanga (foot massage) – This is to be done atleast one hour after dinner and atleast 45 minutes before sleeping. Massage your feet with warm Krya abhyanga oil and massage the soles of the feet very well. After 15 minutes, wash off with Krya Men’s ubtan or the Krya Women’s ubtan. Dry the feet well, before sleeping. The pada abhyanga reduces stress, balances vata dosha, and calms the body down and prepares you for sleep.
  6. BE a MANIAC about your abhyanga: We recommend atleast once a week or ideally twice a week abhyanga for everyone. Tuesdays and Fridays are good for abhyangas for Women and Wednesdays and Saturdays are good for Abhyangas for Men. Do the Abhyanga with warm oil – 50% Krya Abhyanga Oil and 50% sesame oil (preferably cold pressed and organic). Warm the Sesame oil with Maricha (pepper – 1 corn), and Jeera (1/2 teaspoon). Filter out hot oil and add equal quantity of Krya Abhyanga oil to this. Apply as hot as possible on skin and massage very briskly using long up down strokes. The massage should generate heat and sweat. After 20 minutes, wash off with Krya Men’s Ubtan or the Krya Women’s ubtan.
  7. In times of great mental stress, we have found Hair oiling to be very beneficial to calm down jangled nerves. Apply ¼ tsp of Krya Classic Oil or our newly launched Krya Vata reducing Hair oil directly on the scalp and massage well. Do this at 7 pm to give the excess heat in the body enough time to come out. This will help you stay calm and focused and balances vata dosha.
  8. Of course, one of the key things to do when you have vata aggravated hair fall, is to look after your hair well. It needs to be oiled religiously 3 – 4 times a week, washed only with a gentle hairwash that will not further dry it and aggravate it. Our consumers swear by the health giving properties of our hair oils and how gentle yet effective our hairwashes and hair masks are. Like all Krya products our hair systems are synthetics and toxin free. You can try our classic hair system, or our conditioning hair system depending upon the texture of your hair. We also have a special hair system to address dryness caused by chemical damage (excessive colouring, perming, straightening, etc).

We hope this article was useful to you to help you understand the leading cause of urban hairfall and hair damage. Stay tuned for the next article in this series on how unbalanced Kapha can aggravate hairfall of a particular kind – we will be discussing hairfall related to PCOD in this post as well.


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I was on a hair consultation call yesterday, and as I was summarising my recommendations, S (the consumer in question) asked me something which most of my consumers ask me:

Do you think I will be really able to see a difference if I make the diet and regimen changes you have suggested? They seem very logical and like something I should do. But most of your conversation has been about this – I actually thought we will spend time discussing your products, but most of the time you have been telling me what to eat and what to do. I am surprised, hopeful and yet apprehensive – my doctors have told me that at my age I should expect my hair to grow less, but you are telling me I can see actually see a change. Is this even possible for me“

We have been sharing a lot of personal transformative journeys here in the Krya blog. Our post two days ago shared the hair journey of one of our consumers where her hair went from deeply damaged to healthy with strong growth by simple changes in her regimen and by using the Krya classic hair system.

Krya is a company that has been built on authenticity and our blog posts, ideas, formulations and pretty much everything we do at the company comes from our experiences and our journey. In that spirit, I decided to share my hair journey today in the Krya blog. I share this more as a before and after post, with emphasis on how damaged my hair was in the before and how simple, meaningful changes have helped its restoration in the after.

I share this post to provide hope. Too many of us have got it into our heads that we are “un curable” in some way. That we have peaked and reached the end of any transformative changes we can see in our external appearance and well being. Too many of us believe that only cosmetic driven transformations are now possible for us. This is not true, and I am witness to this. Read on.


My hair history

I started out with really long, thick, gorgeous hair fed by the south Indian love for copious amounts of hair oil and weekly baths with homemade herbal hairwash powders. Growing up, there was also healthy suspicion for new fangled synthetic shampoos.

I cut my hair for the first time, when I started working. I ditched my mother’s herbal hairwash and began using extremely expensive synthetic  shampoos. I also started experimenting with hair colours. My hairfall started in my mid twenties aggravated by my hair experimentation.

I altered my hair’s texture twice – I permed it twice and then straightened it within 3 months of being permed. I started aggressively experimenting with colour – I started with streaks, then global highlights, and then went in for global colouring.

This is what my hair looked like when I was 30.

1. my hair at 30


At this time I was using 5 extremely expensive products on my hair. A colour protecting shampoo and a conditioner, an intensive colour mask, a night serum, and a spray on product every day as I combed and set my hair to keep it looking glossy and in good health.

What this attractive colour and expensive styling hid was not pretty: I washed my hair every single day as my sebum secretion was out of control. My hair would start looking limp, dull and greasy by the end of the same day. Despite my short length, my hair was full of split ends. When I woke up in the morning, my pillow would be full of hair, and I started leaving trails of hair everywhere. My stylist now started suggesting re-bonding or hair conditioning treatments to help with my hair.

2.alarming hair loss

My hair epiphany

My hair epiphany came to me one day in a lab at the company where I worked. My friend was a principal researcher at the lab in charge of formulating hair care products. We were in the midst of another argument on how synthetic products were no good, and I scoffed as I repudiated her arguments.

“The products I use cost me a huge sum of money every month, and they come from the most reputed companies. My hair stylist is a celebrity stylist, and she has worked on so many people’s hair. The hair colour I use says it is gentle and ammonia free. I am probably losing hair because of stress. It can’t be the products I am using on my hair because they are so expensive / look so technically researched / come from such reputed companies”.

My friend simply snipped a strand of my hair and put it under the merciless 200X magnification of her microscope and urged me to take a look.

What I saw broke my heart.

My hair’s cuticular structure was full of gaps. The scales were serrated, broken and jagged looking. My hair looked like a poorly held together bale of dried hay – frizzy, full of static and coarse looking.

3.chemical colouring damage

My scalp was alternatively oily and dry. I had severe flaky dandruff with constant, maddening itchiness which would subside only if I shampooed every day. If my hair was left unconditioned it would generate static electricity as I combed through it and it constantly felt rough and coarse.

I also started losing hair in a classic male pattern baldness pattern where I saw hair receding very fast from my forehead. To hide this, my stylist would suggest bangs or a style where hair would flop on my forehead – because of this I would also constantly get acne attacks as the dandruff flakes kept falling on my forehead and chin.


The present day:

Here is a picture of my hair that was taken today at the Krya office. The reddish colour you see is because of the sunlight streaming into our office. My hair is naturally a shade of dark brown with reddish tints in the sunlight, which I suspect is due to my pitta dominant prakriti.

hair transformation final


From the time I was 29, when I had serrated and rough hair, severe dandruff, excessive oiliness, hairfall and poor hair growth, to today when I am 38, I have experienced deep transformative changes in my hair.

These transformative changes have happened despite the ups and downs in my personal life. And these changes have come inspite of my deep personal losses, the stress of becoming an entrepreneur and running a young company, and the constant juggling and tensions created by leading an urban life and managing aging parents and family members.


My current Krya hair routine and regimen:

Krya hair products used: To balance my pitta-kapha prakriti, I use the Krya classic hair oil and the Krya classic hairwash. I oil my hair copiously before washing it. I have found that unlike my twenties, because of the gentle and non invasive nature of Krya’s hairwash products, my hair stays light and non oily even after 3 – 4 days of washing.

4.krya classic hair oil









I have to constantly remind myself to do the additional night time oiling which we recommend at Krya – we call our oiling formula the 2*2 oiling.

I have found that when I religiously follow the Krya oiling formula, there is a greater release of excess heat, I am able to sleep better, and I am not as irritable or sharp because my pitta dosha is under control. I ensure I do my nightime oiling especially if I am under a lot of stress and unable to switch off from my deep focus – these are signs of pitta dosha getting aggravated so hair oiling helps me control this.


Other Krya products I use for dosha balance

I am extremely particular about my weekly abhyanga. I understand that a twice a week abhyanga would help me much more, and that is something I am slowly trying to incorporate into my routine.

I use the Krya Abhyanga oil with Vacha and Ashwagandha for my Abhyanga. All city dwellers have high vata, and I am no exception. This is also because I am constantly using vata aggravating devices like my smart phone and computer and my work also requires that I speak to consumers on the phone for a long time for their skin and hair consultations.

5. womens abhyanga system

On Abhyanga day, I ensure that I apply a small amount of warm abhyanga oil to my ear canal and massage my ears well to bring down vata as the ears are an important secondary seat of vata. I also pay a great deal of attention to my fingers, wrists and feet. As I type a lot on my computer keyboard, I find that my wrists and fingers need special attention – this helps them stay pain free and vastly helps me balance Vata dosha in my body.

I have found that the Abhyanga routine has been extremely helpful to me to balance stress, bring down vata associated aches and pains, help me sleep and pacify excess pitta dosha and keep my digestive Agni on track.

Krya skin products I use:

On a daily basis, I religiously use the Krya Classic facewash or the Krya Moisture Plus facewash to wash my face. My patchy, uneven skin and reddish pigmentation and greasiness which I saw in my 30s are a thing of the past. My skin stays smooth and flake free even in very cold weather without application of a synthetic moisturiser.

I am extremely partial to the Krya Women’s ubtan for a bath everyday. This is perfect for pitta prakritis like myself and helps me feel very fresh and great smelling even after a long day at work – it helps me completely avoid use of a synthetic deo.


Things I am careful about in my diet:

I am extremely particular about ensuring that I do not aggravate my pitta dosha by eating spicy or sour food. I do not use pitta aggravating red and green chillies in my food. On the rare occasions I use pitta aggravating tamarind, I ensure that it is balanced with coconut to bring down its pitta nature.

6.spicy food

I add a lot of fresh amla (a great rasayana food) and bitters to my diet as both help balance my doshas and bring down my pitta aggravation – so you will find me eating vegetables like bitter gourd atleast once a week, even if somewhat reluctantly.

7. bitters

I am also very particular about including certain kinds of dairy in my diet. I eat a small amount of melted ghee in every meal. This ghee is sourced from dairy collected from indigenous cows and is not commercial ghee (from foreign breeds). Ayurveda is particular about eating this kind of ghee to balance all 3 doshas and to harness digestive fire.


I eat only organically grown vegetables, fruits and grains. I am partial to Mung dal, as Ayurveda considers it cooling and tridoshic. I avoid difficult to digest lentils like rajma, vatana, etc. I also avoid re-heating and eating food as it tends to increase ama / toxins in the body and usually eat warm, freshly cooked food.


We are extremely particular to ensure that we do not use devices like the Microwave oven which is now clearly known to be an extremely harmful method of cooking food. Ayurveda clearly says that Agni should be used to cook and transform food which is why a wood fire cooked meal is so much more tasty , healthy and delicious (a wood fired pizza tastes so much better than a commercial pizza for example). Obviously we do not have a wood fire in our home, but the second best option is the agni from your regular LPG cylinder.


What’s in my lunch box today:

Ayurveda teaches us that we are, literally, what we eat. The food that we eat is transformed into the dhatus of our body, mamsa (flesh), majja (marrow), asthi (bones) and keshya (our hair). The food that we eat nourishes us through the rakta (blood) and Rasa (lymph) that runs through our body, carrying nutrients to every part of our body.

If the food is high in dosha balancing and nutritive components then it stands to reason that our dhatus, mamsa, majja, asthi, keshya, rakta and rasa will also be full of life and health.

Our lunch today comprises of heritage native rice (this is a variety called kichli samba) that is unctuous and sweet. With this, I have plain Mung dal, which has been flavoured with turmeric, salt and roasted jeera powder. Along with this I am eating a native variety of beans called “kothavarangai”, or Cluster beans. Lastly, our lunch comprises of a key Ayurvedic factor – warm, freshly melted ghee.

8. lunch box today

Ayurveda teaches us that rice is sweet, cooling, and unctuous and provides the right balance of “kapha” the body needs for growth and heath. Mung dal is the most tridoshic dal you can eat – it is cooling on the stomach and especially helps pitta prakritis like myself. It is the primary dal recommended even in pathiyam diets when you are sick, when your digestive fire is weak, or when you are recovering or in a post partum diet.

Ayurveda recommends native vegetables as much as possible, which is why our diet is high in local beans, gourds and other vegetables like pumpkins.

Cluster beans and any variety of beans are generally considered high in vata dosha. To avoid aggravating vata dosha, the beans are to be cooked using sneha (oil or fat), and using warm, carminative spices like jeera, turmeric and dhania, which is what has been done today.

Melted ghee from a native cow is essential in Ayurveda to provide small amount of good fats for the body, help in nutrient assimilation and absorption, harness the Agni in the right way, and balance all 3 doshas.


To conclude:

I am 38 years old – this is considered not young by most standards. I live the difficult life of an entrepreneur. My life has a lot of uncertainty and stress because of the path I have chosen.


Yet, by following Ayurvedic first principles, and sticking to a sensible regimen atleast most of the time, I have been able to effect a noticeable, transformative change in my hair, at the most stressed period of my life.


So here is where I end by saying this: if I can, you certainly can. As we are fond of saying: beauty comes from the right basics – good food, good routines, good sleep, good products. Not just by cosmetic or external applications.



Colours, curls & cuticular damage – the myth of the deep conditioning treatment (part 2)

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“Dear Preethi,

My hair stylist has told me that my hair is extremely rough and damaged. He is recommending I go in for a weekly “hair spa” treatment, or go in for a much more expensive deep conditioning cysteine treatment. He tells me that these are treatments that will repair my damaged hair.  I am not sure of either treatment as both seem to be full of synthetic chemicals. Please advise.”

I often come across the “hair spa” and deep conditioning miracle myth. Deep conditioning treatments are extremely popular in salons now, and they would be because of the high growth of certain sub segments like hair colours, hair straightening devices and hair straightening treatments and products.

This blog post continues where the last one left, on the lasting nature of the damage done to hair that is “beautified” or “treated” with synthetic hair treatments. Severely chemically treated hair becomes extremely porous because of multiple injuries to the hair cuticle. As the cuticle is damaged, the hair loses its shine and texture, becoming rough and lifeless and tangles easily.

When tested in water, this kind of hair will absorb water and sink to the bottom as its porosity allows water to invade the hair. In this state, hair is vulnerable to the many chemicals that are applied on it and will absorb all of them increasing damage.

Because of this porosity, the hair tends to get much more damaged with the application of synthetic shampoos, conditioners, gels, serums and other hair products.

The normal structure of hair:

Hair is mainly made up of a protein called keratin (the same compound your nails are made up of).  The keratin proteins contain a natural amino acid called cysteine which contains sulphur atoms. Each strand of hair is formed by a natural “bridge” where the sulphur atom of 1 cysteine particle is bonded to the sulphur atom of the next cysteine particle. This bond is called the “di sulphide bond” and it is this series of Di sulphide bonds throughout hair that give it its shape, strength , elasticity and texture.

hair strand

Healthy hair under 200X magnification – see the aligned cuticular structure which helps reflect light evenly

Keratin, because of the disulphide bonds, is extremely strong. A healthy hair strand does not break with twisting, pulling, rubbing or even applying a hammer force to hair. It is this very strength of the di sulphide bonds that stands in your way when you want to alter the texture of your hair.

Hydrogen bonds:

The hair also consists of numerous hydrogen bonds along the length of the fibre. These interchain bonds are responsible for the stability of the structure of keratin in the hair.

Hair ironing:

A temporary way of achieving straight hair is by breaking the di sulphide bonds in your hair by using heat. Flat irons use a temperature of 300 – 500 degrees Farenheit – when hair is passed through this temperature quickly while being held tight and straight, the disulphide bonds break. As the hair cools, the disulphide bonds are reformed at different positions in the keratin molecules, leaving the hair shape straight for sometime.

However, this change is not permanent. When ironed hair is exposed to moisture, it goes back to its original shape.

The Chemistry behind hair perming and straightening :

Chemical straightening and perming works by breaking the existing di sulphide bonds in your hair, bend the hair into the new desired shape, and then re-attach the broken bonds.

Strong alkaline solutions (pH of 13+) like Lye, Guanidine hydroxide and Ammonium thioglycolate are applied to hair. These chemical compounds break the disulphide bonds even more efficiently compared to heat. In fact these solutions are so efficient at breaking the hair bonds, that if hair is allowed to stay a little longer, it will dissolve its structure permanently and cause it to break and fall off.

Once the alkaline breaking solution is applied, the hair can now be re-shaped. If you want curly hair, at this stage, curlers will be put on hair, and if you want straight hair, the hair will be pressed between a flat irons. Once the hair has been re-shaped,  an acidic solution like sodium peroxide or hair bleach is then applied to it. The acid neutralizes the alkali, stopping the disodium bond breakage. After this, the solutions are washed off, allowing the disodium bonds to reform, now in slightly altered positions to conform to the new shape of the hair strands.

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The alkaline solutions are so harsh, that the hair texture altering process usually starts with a cream treatment to protect it from the damaging effects of the chemicals that will be applied at a later stage.

Hair smoothening treatments  now in vogue:

I am alarmed at the proliferation of unscientific and adulatory reports on hair smoothening and rebonding treatments in popular blogs and the media lately. Appallingly , hair smoothening and re-bonding services are now being repackaged as “damage repair” and treatment services by untrained stylists and unscrupulous brands.

Many popular bloggers have embraced the lure of re-bonding treatments and have gone as far to endorse the untrained view of hair stylists that traditional products like hair oils are a waste of time – instead, apparently, all of us should be opting for chemical re-bonding services like a keratin treatment or a cysteine treatment to make our hair look good !

The Brazilian Keratin treatment / Brazilian Blowout / Keratin straightening treatment:

Brazilian stylists started this process in 2003 as an attempt to semi permanently straighten hair. A lotion containing formaldehyde (1.5 % – 5%) as the active ingredient along with silicones, mild amounts of keratin protein and other additives is first applied to hair. Formaldehyde breaks the disulphide bonds in hair and has been traditionally used in the wool and textile industry for similar reasons (to alter fibre texture or to finish fibre). After formaldehyde application, the hair is then progressively blowdried at a very high heat of about 450 deg F (at which paper burns) and then flat ironed. After the chemical treatment, heat treatment and ironing, the hair’s texture is semi permanently straightened, and the solution is then neutralized with hydrogen peroxide and then washed out of the hair.


A before and after picture of hair after a chemical straightening treatment – see the unnatural transformation that has been achieved

As formaldehyde is such a harsh and strong chemical (it is commonly used to embalm bodies and cadavers) with such aggressive effects, the silicones and keratin that is added along with it fill the broken gaps in the hair’s cuticular structure, giving the illusion of gloss, shine and smoothness. The high temperature and hair ironing, cement the silicones and keratin on the hair’s surface forming an artificial coating on hair. It is this coating which gives the illusion of gloss strength, and health to hair that has been damaged in this “treatment”.

Special problems with the Brazilian keratin treatment:

Many countries do not allow a formaldehyde level of more than 0.2% in skin and hair care products. The exposure to such high formaldehyde levels in the Brazilian keratin treatment can cause dermatitis, contact irritation. The formaldehyde fumes released during the process irritate the eyes, respiratory tract and can trigger cluster headaches, grogginess and dry mouth. And Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen.

Cysteine hair “smoothening” treatment:

A global report on hair trends tells me that the “hottest thing” in Indian hair trends this year is the Cysteine treatment.  A quick online search threw up dozens of beauty brands and salons offering their own version of this treatment.

Funnily, the cysteine treatment is marketed as a “natural”, “safe” and “organic” replacement to the Brazilian keratin treatment which itself was marketed a few year back as the best thing to happen to hair.

I spoke about the strength of hair earlier – and how a hammer force cannot break the di sulphide bonds of hair. It therefore stands to reason, that any treatment that alters texture of such strong hair, MUST contain a series of chemicals or use high temperatures to get hair to change.

Here’s a snip from the marketing piece from a salon that advertises its cysteine “treatment”: I’ve highlighted some of its more incredulous claims, although most of it reads like the description of a unicorn sighting.

“The Cysteine hair treatment is not keratin based. Instead it uses an essential amino acid cysteine and works more like an intensive deep conditioning and smoothening treatment for your hair. This hair therapy uses natural ingredients such as hydrolyzed wheat protein, cocoa butter and Dendrobium Orchid. It also absorbs and removes free radicals.

Its sulfite/urea complex coupled with heat restructures the proteins. They work on the disulfide bonds of the hair and bring about a straightening effect by gently relaxing the hair fibers. Under heat, the cysteine cross-links with hair fibers and thereby creates a protective shield around the hair surface. There is only a temporary change in the hair fibers.
The hydrolyzed wheat protein goes to replenish lost proteins in the hair. The lost moisture is restored by the shea butter as it is also a powerful antioxidant. Dendrobium Orchid prevents the hair from getting oxidized and allows the treatment to last longer.”

One might be excused for thinking that the cysteine treatment being talked about above sounds like eating fortified vitamins and minerals.

Due to the health hazards presented by the use of formaldehyde, and glutaraldehyde in hair straightening treatments, in 2011, carbocysteine (S-carboxymethyl-1cysteine) was developed. This is now being rebranded as the “natural”, “safe” cysteine treatment.

However, there is nothing natural about carbocysteine.  Carbocysteine is a manufactured chemical compound. It is not the same as cysteine, the amino acid that is a natural part of your hair. By shortening S-carboxymethyl-1-cysteine to “Cysteine” a company is attempting to defraud you into believing that they are putting the same amino acid that is naturally found in your hair into this chemical treatment.

Carbocysteine works in a similar fashion as regular hair straighters do. This compound alters hair pH and breaks the disulphide bonds. High heat is then used to iron the hair and pull it into the desired shape. Glycoxylic acid is then applied to neutralize carbocysteine and then rinsed off to leave the hair in a new shape.

This treatment is now re-branded and sold as a “deep hydration”, “shielding”, “deep conditioning” and “deep repair” treatment, when in fact it should be logically called a “deep damaging system”.


Permanent weakening of hair fibre – chemical smoothening and altering treatments

During the chemical reaction to alter hair texture, all chemical straightening treatments convert 35% of the natural cysteine amino acid in hair to lanthionine, along with minor hydrolysis of the hair’s peptide bonds. Lanthionine contains one sulphur atom less than the cysteine molecule – the loss of this one sulphur atom per lanthionine molecule weakens the hair fibres permanently.


Weakened chemically damaged hair – observe the frizz, dullness, and uneven light reflection

The other main damage that occurs is the removal of the monomolecular layer of fatty acids that is bound naturally to your hair cuticle. This fatty acid layer is a water repelling layer. It stops water from penetrating your hair shaft, making your hair swell unnaturally and helps retain elasticity and shape of hair.

When this layer is removed by chemical straightening and smoothening treatments, your hair  becomes dull, frizzier and is more susceptible to static electricity.


The myth of the synthetic “Hair Spa” :

Even if you are able to escape the lure of the Brazilian blowout, or the Cysteine treatment, a synthetic hairspa treatment / product might still ensnare you. Synthetic hair spa products are extremely popular on many beauty related ecommerce sites.  A salon would usually package it as a relaxing, deep conditioning treatment that would “nourish” and “repair” damaged hair.

After many queries on the ingredients that go into these products, we decided to research these formulations. And here’s what our study threw up.

What makes a hair spa product give you the effect of smooth hair:

  1. Ceataryl Alcohol
  2. A synthetic silicone like Dimethicone or Amodimethicone
  3. Cetyl Esters

Ceataryl Alcohol and Cetyl alcohol are thickeners and emulsifiers found in many thick cream based products sold for the skin and hair. Both are usually derivatives of petroleum, although they can be extracted from vegetable sources – however this extraction is not common as petroleum derivatives are much cheaper.  Apart from thickening the product, ceataryly alcohol and cetyl alcohol add an “emollient feel” to skin and hair when applied.

Silicones are the main ingredient in synthetic conditioners, detangling sprays and leave on hair serums. They form a waxy coating on hair strands and fill in the gaps in the damaged cuticle. As a result, hair looks healthy and glossy temporarily. I stress the word temporarily as consistent use of silicone based products masks underlying hair damage. So if your hair “needs” a conditioner, then it is probably extremely fragile or severely damaged already.

Cetyl Esters are a synthetic wax. The main reason it is used in synthetic skin moisturizers, skin cleansing products , makeup, hair colours and hair conditioners is to thicken synthetic creams and butters. It also gives what the cosmetics industry terms as a “cushiony glide” in products during application – so you feel you are applying something very luxurious and expensive. Just like ceataryl and cetyly alcohol, cetyl esters increases the “feeling of moisturization”.

A hair spa product therefore is simply a concentrated synthetic hair conditioner with better fragrance and a thicker format because of the uses of synthetic waxes. By their very nature, these ingredients cannot “nourish” or “repair” hair – they can only give you the illusion of health and mask damage.


The real key to damaged hair

I cannot emphasise this enough – a synthetic product cannot restore or repair damage. As I have explained earlier, the structure of hair is both a complex and beautifully thought out design. The design exists to both protect precious areas of the body like the scalp and reproductive organs and provide aesthetic appeal.

By continuously assaulting our hair with extremely harsh chemicals , we are subjecting our entire system to chemical damage. Adding on another chemical treatment simply masks the damage. In addition, it subjects weak hair to another barrage of toxic chemicals.

As always, there are no shortcuts to good health and real beauty. Good food, real rest, toxin removal , improved circulation in the body and the access to hair restoring and health giving herbs and cold pressed, toxin free vegetable oils helps restore life back to hair.


The Krya Hair Damage Repair system:

The Krya Hair Damage Repair System consists of an Oil, a Hair Wash and a Hair Mask for chemically damaged hair, of which the Hair Oil has now been pre-launched.

Severely chemically treated hair becomes extremely porous because of multiple injuries to the hair cuticle. Chemically damaged hair also contains a layer of toxins on the scalp as this kind of hair is regularly coated with synthetic conditioners and treatments to artificially smoothen it and “condition” it externally.

Because of the permanent nature of the damage wrought by chemical treatments, we have to ensure that the existing hair is conditioned and boosted with moisture so that it is more manageable and new growth is stimulated with better nourishment being given to new hair growth to ensure the hair is stronger. The regenerative capacity of hair of course depends upon the body’s state of health and the food being eaten.

Our Hair oil for severely damaged hair uses a whole host of powerful herbs. Some of them like Liquorice and Bhringaraj (Eclipta alba) work on the cuticular structure and provide moisture and nourishment to smoothen and condition hair. Others like parsley , marigold and thyme contain anti oxidants that stimulate collagen production to promote the growth of stronger hair. Flaxseed’s fatty acids and anti oxidants remove dead cells and toxins from the scalp, and lemongrass balances sebum production ensuring the scalp produces the right amount of oil for the hair.

Explore and pre-order here .