Meet triphala, the Ayurvedic preparation that can press pause on your hair loss

Updated on:26 November 2019, 16:55pm IST
Ayurveda has the answer to hair woes. From curing dandruff to stopping hair loss–here’s what triphala can do for you.
Shahnaz Husain
Triphala can stop your hair loss
Trust triphala to fix your hair loss troubles. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Healing through nature and plant products has been practiced for centuries. So, it’s safe to say that we have known for a while now that plant ingredients can work wonders for our health and beauty–minus any harmful side effects.

That is why our ancient herbal healing system of Ayurveda is still flourishing. Ayurvedic texts contain details of a staggering number of plant products, along with their medicinal properties and specific combinations. One such example is that of triphala, which contains three herbs.

What exactly is triphala?
Triphala is a combination of amla, haritaki, and vibhitika.

Haritaki is a small green fruit used to treat several conditions. It is said to contain
antioxidants, which help in delaying degeneration. In fact, it can delay the visible signs of ageing, like lines and wrinkles.

Vibhitika, also a fruit, is said to have antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is also an anti-inflammatory that strengthens the hair roots.

Amla is revered for its high vitamin C content, along with its heat-resisting properties. It is also said to strengthen the immune system.

Vitamin-C rich amla is good for hair
Amla and its vitamin C content has many benefits for your hair: Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Due to its high content of vitamin C, antioxidants, and other compounds–triphala plays a protective role and is very useful in preventing many skin and hair conditions.

What can triphala do for you?
Triphala works as a powerful tonic for the hair, stimulating the follicles and roots and encourages hair growth. Amla in triphala also restores the normal pH balance of the scalp and makes the hair healthy.

Triphala-based hair tonics also help to remove dandruff and treat related conditions. This is because vibhitika in triphala has antibacterial and antifungal properties.

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You can also control hair loss with a triphala hair tonic by applying it daily at night on the scalp using cotton wool. Leave it overnight and rinse your hair with water the next morning. You can also opt for non-oily triphala tonics that don’t need to be shampooed.

Shahnaz Husain Shahnaz Husain

Shahnaz Husain is the founder, chairperson, and managing director of The Shahnaz Husain Group and is considered a pioneer in the realm of herbal beauty in India.