Ayurvedic, AfroVeda and Dosha: What are These Weird Words & What do They Have to do with My Hair?

By: Verity Reign

I first fell in love with AfroVeda products three years ago when I chopped off the rest of my relaxer and swore to keep my thick, kinky-curly, pillow-soft puff, who I’ve affectionately named Ebony, as is. The first two products my primary stylist, who’s inconveniently located in Georgia, gave me to try were AfroVeda’s Cocoa Latte Moisture Mask and Pur Whipped Hair Gelly. Since then, I’ve been in loooove with the brand and I swear by these two genius concoctions. They not only bring out the best in my curls, but they leave my hair shiny and very hydrated—which isn’t easy considering how thick my hair is.

I’ve always been really low-maintenance (lazy) when it came to my hair and never really cared to research the products as long as they made Ebony manageable, pretty and healthy. When I began writing for the fashion and beauty industry, however, I had to dig a little deeper and research product ingredients, formula techniques and all that stuff. Because AfroVeda was a constant in my beauty arsenal and it worked so well, it was the first product line I really researched. To my surprise, the story behind the brand was pretty interesting, and I discovered that hair health and appearance are a direct reflection of our physical, mental and emotional health.

AfroVeda products are made with the Ayurvedic principles—a centuries old medicine practice originated in India. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, “Ayurvedic medicine aims to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit; thus, some view it as ‘holistic.’ This balance is believed to lead to happiness and health, and to help prevent illness.” As I continued to read up on Ayurveda science, I was introduced to something called “dosha.” In layman’s terms, “each of us has a unique mix of three mind/body principles, which creates our specific mental and physical characteristics. These three principles are called doshas,” according to DoctorOz.Com. To achieve your best being, hair included, you should first discover your dosha, and then adopt diet and daily habits that complement it. While great products like AfroVeda certainly benefit your hair and addresses specific needs, adopting a healthy and holistic lifestyle is also necessary in maintaining and improving your hair.

Here’s a nutshell summary of the three doshas, as broken down by Dr. Oz.

* Vata Dosha- slender build; may experience difficulty gaining weight; often cold; may have dry skin and hair; little muscle tone; learn fast and forget fast; enjoy change; very creative; excitable, enthusiastic and easily anxious

* Pitta Dosha- medium build; good muscle tone; always feel warm; premature graying or balding; reddish complexion; high energy levels; intelligent, focused and ambitious; passionate; perfectionist

* Kapha Dosha- larger build; wide hips and/or shoulders; good physical stamina; thick, wavy hair; slow learners; great memories; loyal, stable and reliable

To discover your dosha you can take a quiz. I took two, The Chopra Center and Dr. Oz. Some of the questions were worded slightly different but my results were consistent. Turns out that I’m a Vata dosha, which is very consistent with my mind and body; and this is how I should care for my mind, while these are the diet practices I should adopt for my body. I’m going to attempt my suggested regime for two weeks and then I’ll fill you in on changes in my hair and overall health. Take the dosha quiz and try it with me! Keep in touch with me on Twitter: @VerityReign

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