The Vata season is here! This dosha becomes the governing force when the weather shifts to colder, drier, and windier, typically lasting from fall through the middle of winter.
All the recipes you see from Make Your Health A Priority will keep the Vata dosha in mind to help you find balance over the next few weeks. If you’re like me and you tend to be dry this time of year, your skin and hair might need a little extra support.
Not sure what your Dosha is? Take the Dosha Quiz!
I noticed within days of the fall equinox hitting, my hair started to become drier and tangled no matter how much conditioner I used, so I did a little digging and came up with this incredible four-ingredient hair mask that leaves my hair shiny, manageable, and soft.
Let’s take a look at some of the ingredients and why they are beneficial.
Sesame oil: In Ayurveda, sesame oil is used for cooking, skin, enemas, and hair. When used topically on the hair and scalp, sesame oil is said to prevent premature graying, promotes hair growth, protects hair from UV damage, prevents dandruff, and nourishes dry hair. Of all the oils I’ve used on my hair, sesame oil has given me the best results. The fatty acids found in this oil make it nourishing and soothing for thirsty hair.
Vegetable glycerine: You have probably seen glycerine in many beauty products; this is because glycerine has so many incredible benefits. When it comes to hair, vegetable glycerine can help hair retain water, making it a useful moisture-retaining agent. As an emollient, it can help strengthen and protect hair from drying and create a barrier preventing breakage. If you have dry, frizzy, or curly hair, you’ll want to give this a try.
Aloe: As a succulent lover, I have lots of aloe growing at home. It makes an excellent topical moisturizer for the entire body, can be a natural foundation primer and brow gel, as well as one of my favorite remedies for a sore throat. When it comes to your locks, aloe can promote hair growth, reduce dandruff, hydrate, condition, and make your hair soft, shiny, and healthy. If you want something a little quicker than a mask, you can blend up a bit of aloe, apply it to your hair, sleep with it in your hair overnight and then wash it out in the morning.
On to the recipe!
- 1 banana or avocado or a mix of both
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- 1 Tbsp fresh aloe gel
- 1 Tbsp vegetable glycerine
- Add everything to your high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
How to use
- Wet your hair.
- Apply banana conditioner.
- Wrap your head in a shower cap if you have it or a towel you don’t mind getting a little messy.
- Leave on for 30 minutes. Sometimes I’ll also jump in my sauna and let the heat penetrate the ingredients.
- Shampoo and condition as usual.
I’ve tried a few other DIY hair masks that didn’t quite hit the mark for me. Many of them contain coconut oil that weighs down my hair. To get home remedies to work, you have to ensure that your hair type (in this case) and climate align with the recipe.
Do you have any favorite DIY beauty care recipes? Share them in the comments.