Take the Quiz
This questionnaire allows you to automatically calculate your dominant dosha (or doshas). Your dominant dosha defines everything about who you are, from the kind of skin you may have to the way you handle awkward social situations. For every question choose the answer that describes you best. Then, click on the calculate button to find our your Ayurvedic Constitutional Type.
How This Questionnaire Determines Your Ayurvedic Constitutional Type
By calculating the responses for Vata, Pitta, and Kapha your computer has determined your Ayurvedic Constitutional Type (or prakriti). Although there are only three doshas, they can combine in ten possible ways to give ten possible constitutional types. These are enumerated below.
If one score is much higher than the other two, you are a single dosha type.
Single Dosha Type (3)
Examples: If you scored Vata 38, Pitta 8, Kapha 4 you would be considered a Vata Type. If you scored Vata 10, Pitta 35, Kapha 5 you would be considered a Pitta Type. If you scored Vata 9, Pitta, 8, Kapha 33 you would be considered a Kapha Type.
Generally, the single dominant dosha must be at least 2.5 times as much as the other doshas for an individual to be considered a single dosha type. There are rare exceptions to this rule but you can feel confident by applying it.
If no single dosha is dominant, you are a bi-doshic type. Bi-doshic Types (6)
Examples: If you scored Vata 20, Pitta 24, Kapha 8 you would be considered a Pitta-Vata Type. If you scored Vata 6, Pitta 18, Kapha 26 you would be considered a Kapha-Pitta Type.
In practice, the majority of individuals are bidoshic types. The dosha with the relatively highest score is your primary dosha, but its manifestation in your mind and body is significantly colored by the secondary dosha. There can also be a few traits which are attributable to the third dosha (i.e. thick bushy eyebrows in a Vata-Pitta individual) but these will be few if any.
If all three scores are nearly equal, you are a tri-doshic type.
Tri-doshic Types (1)
This doshic type is truly rare and requires all three dosha to score within 10% of each other. Remember also that the questionnaire should be supported by the descriptions given above for each type. If the questionnaire says you are a Pitta type yet you feel from the descriptions that you are definitely a Vata type, retake the test the next day or have a close friend or family member take it with you. The odds are you will be a bi-doshic type.
So how does this relate to hair care?
- Anyone with an imbalanced Vata dosha is prone to hair loss.
- This is because the Vata dosha is responsible for movement and transportation of food nutrients through the empty channels and spaces of the body.
- Excessive or imbalanced Vata dosha can result in an obstruction in the flow of the food nutrients that nourish hair cells, leading to a dry scalp, dry hair, split ends, and finally thinning hair or hair loss.
- It can be remedied by nurturing hair oils containing stress-reducing herbs (such as Valerian) and a diet filled with warming foods, such as sweet potato.
- Click HERE for our Vata hair products.
- People with an unbalanced Pitta constitution can be particularly prone to hormonal hair fall.
- Hot climate, an excessive intake of spicy, salty and sour food, as well as acidic foods can cause the imbalance.
- A non-oily hair tonic with cooling ingredients (such as mint) that calm the scalp and therefore promote growth, as well as a diet filled with cooling foods like asparagus.
- Pitta balancing herbs such as Shatavarti and bitter vegetables can also help.
- Avoid hot showers, especially if washing hair.
- Click HERE for our Pitta hair products.
- Those with a Kapha dosha do not usually have a major problem with hair loss as they tend to be calm and generally have strong bones.
- Click HERE for our Kapha hair products.