Why You should oil your hair regularly:
- In Tamil, there is a popular saying which illustrates the importance of the abhyyanga which is: “Vaidyarruku kodukura panathe , vanniyanakku kodu” – give the money you plan to spend on the physician to the vanian (the community which traditionally extracted and sold oil) . The abhyanga or the traditional Indian oil bath is one of the unique, health affirming and rejuvenating dinacharyas (daily routine). The word “abhyanga” is derived from the Sanskrit root, “Abhyanj” which means to anoint or to smear.
- Charaka, Sushruta and Vaghbatta are unanimous in their use of the abhyanga to promote good health.
- The Charaka Sutra, Chapter 5V-86 says this: “Susparsopachitaan gascha Balavaan Priyadarsanah. Bhavati Abhyanga Nityatwaat Naro Alpajara eva cha”. “A man who constantly (daily / regularly) takes abhyanga, possesses limbs which are smooth to touch and which are well developed (Upachita). The man will also be strong, be lovely to look at and will have very little appearance of old age on his person.”
- Charaka further says this: “Na Chabhigaataabhihatam Gaatramabhyangasevinah Vikaaram bhajat atyartham balakarmani Vaa Kwachit” . “A man who habitually takes Abhyanga is not affected by external injuries; even if he has to perform very heavy and tiring work, he will not be affected by any illness after this work.”
- Krya advocates frequent oil massages for your hair as an important part of a healthy hair regimen. This follows classical ayurvedic tradition which advocates the abhyangam as a way to regain good health. Generous and frequent oil application on your hair comes with many wonderful benefits. Besides improving the texture and health of your hair, frequent oiling keeps your scalp’s sebum levels in balance, improves circulation in the scalp, deep cleans your scalp and lifts dead cells and dirt, and stimulates the roots.
How the Krya Classic Hair Oil is made:
- The Krya Classic Hair Oil is made using a classical 3-part Ayurvedic method combining Taila ( oil ) , Kashayam ( Aqueous Extract ) and Kalpa ( paste) .This is a method unique to Indian traditional medicine, where the nutrients inside herbs are extracted in both water and oil - this ensures that every part of the herb is extracted into the oil, giving you an oil which is both powerful and "sookshma" (capable of penetrating even the minute cells). This process alone takes us between 6 - 8 hours of constant manual stirring to ensure the oil mainatins a perfect consistency and the herbs do not get burned.
- After processing the base oil and base herbs, we further add raw, cold pressed ,organic oils and let the herbs steep for more time to ensure their nutrient properties are fully transferred to the oil. This cold infusion process takes us a further 7 days - so every batch of oil takes us 8 days to manufacture. At the end of the hot processing and the cold infusion process, the texture of the oil changes and the oil is extremely dfferent from its basic nature - so even though heavy oils like sesame and coconut are used, the end oil is much lighter, less sticky and penetrates hair and scalp much faster than the base oil.
What goes into the Krya Classic Hair oil :
- Herb Infused Oil: Organic Hibiscus flower, Organic Rosemary, Organic Moringa, Organic curry Leaf, Organic Guava ,Organic Neem, Organic Ajwain, Forest collected Nutgrass, Forest collected Chebulic myrobalan, Organic Yellow Eclipta and Organic Indian gooseberry processed in cold pressed and organic oils (Coconut, sesame, apricot and Kokum butter)
- Base Oil - Organic cold pressed Coconut Oil
- Traditionally, hair is never left un-oiled. This protects hair from the sun, makes it easy to manage, and keeps it from becoming dry. Massage a few drops of the Krya Classic hair oil everyday into your scalp. This is especially useful if your scalp is chronically dry or if you are seeing increased hair breakage or hair fall. This oiling method supports your sebaceous glands and gives your scalp some added strength and well being.
- If you are able to tolerate everyday oiling, you can also consider oiling your scalp at night before sleeping. This way, the oil gets to work on your scalp as you sleep and your hair will not look or feel oily in the morning. If applying at night, only apply warm oil to ensure there is no mucous buildup.
- Warming the oil slightly before application helps faser penetration into the scalp. Warm the oil by placing itin a small steel container and placing this container in a larger vessel of boiling water. Do not heat the oil directly if you plan to heat and apply everyday.
- Watchouts: Oil is kapha promoting and cooling for your system. If you are prone to frequent colds , sinusitis or headaches, do not try everyday oiling.
Oiling twice / thrice a week:
- If you are unable to tolerate everyday oiling, oiling twice or thrice a week will be extremely beneficial for you. Warm the oil in the method given above and massage a teaspoon of the oil gently onto your scalp two to three times a week. Concentrate on problem areas of your scalp where it tends to feel dry or itchy or where hair growth is slow or scanty.
- Use your fingertips and not your nails to massage your scalp. Cutting your fingernails before a scalp massage ensures that your scalp does not get cut / scratched by your finger nails.
- If you are able to tolerate it, a massage at night is much more beneficial as it promotes good sleep and allows the oil to work on your scalp at peak regenerative time. Please ensure you protect your pillow case if you follow this method, so that excess oil does not stain onto your pillow or bedding. If applying at night, only apply warm oil to ensure there is no mucous buildup.
Hair washing with everday / twice a week oiling:
- The whole point behind frequent oiling is to give your hair and scalp frequent doses of natural herbs and oils in order to support the hair system which may have been weakened. Most of us are now unused to frequent oiling and may find leaving oil on our hair uncomfortable. If you feel this way, reduce the amount of oil per application to a level you are comfortable with. Even 3 - 4 drops of oil per application is beneficial esepcially if followed up with a gentle scalp massage.
- If you are desperate to wash your hair after oiling, rinse with plain water and NO product. While rinsing your hair, work your scalp well to ensure that the follicles are stimulated and deadcells and dirt is dislodged well. You may rinse with plain water every single day if you like.
- If you travel frequently, sweat profusely or are exposed to a lot of dust, please rinse your hair with plain water every day. If you feel that your scalp is accumulating dirt, please wash it with one of the Krya hairwash products. A dirty scalp tends to catch fungus, accumulate bacteria and dead cells and is not healthy, so ensure that you keep your scalp clean.
Oil application before washing your hair with a product:
- Hair should be washed only once / twice a week with any product (including a natural product like ours). Overwashing the hair breaks down the oil release system, and makes it dry, brittle and unhealthy. This is esepcially compunded when synthetic shampoos are used as the sulphates and surfactants in synthetic shampoos are EXTREMELY AGGRESSIVE. Synthetic shampoos age and dry out hair very fast and damage hair's cuticular structure making it look dry, limp and it loses its natural shine and gloss.
- Hair should be washed with a natural hairwash as soon as your scalp accumulated dirt. A dirty scalp breeds micro organisms and increases the chances of fungal contamination. However, most urban environments like offices and homes are extremely sanitised - so our hair does not get as dirty as we think it does. LEarn to understand your hair and scalp and time your washes at the right frequency.
- Hair should be copiously oiled before washing it with a hairwash. This ensures that even in the event of over enthusiastic washing, the hair retains some amount of natural oil and does not get completely dry. Copious oiling also helps the abhyanga process and allows the easy movement of the scalp during the massage. This hair oiling is best done along with a full body abhyanga (oil massage) to ensure that the body's complete organ systems get a full tune - up - this ensures your entire body is functioning well and optimally. As with all routines start slow. Most of us are unused to oiling and may find that enthusiastically oiling ourselves with large amounts of oil gives us a headache. Start with tolerable amounts of oil and keep on increasing the amount of oil as your system gets used to the process. The same is the case with the oil soaking time. Start with a 10 minute soak and increase the soaking time by 10 minutes every 2 - 3 weeks untl you can tolerate a 45 - 60 minute soak.
- When applying copious amounts of oil, apply the oil as warm as you can tolerate it. The oil temperature should be such that you can easily dip your fingers into the oil without burning yourself and hold the oil in the palm of your hand. If you are prone to colds, or the season is rainy or cold, heat the oil directly with either of the following: 1 clove of garlic, 2 pepper corns , 1/2 teaspoon of ajwain. Remove these spices and apply the oil when beraably warm. These spices impart a "hot" quality to the oil reducing the chances of mucous accumulation or head colds.
- Please follow the hair washing tips and techniques given in our hairwash product pages. As recommended , please follow up with a pinch of rasanadi churanam after hairwash to heelp your scalp warm. Avoid oiling or washing your hair if you have a cold.