Is Hair Growth With Yoga Possible? 6 Effective Poses You MUST Try!
Hair benefits with yoga have been gaining a lot of popularity lately. But is it really possible to see hair growth with yoga exercises? The short answer is: yes, it is absolutely possible! Yoga can basically help your hair grow, curb hair loss, and improve the overall health of hair!
It is no secret that yoga helps to maintain a balance between the mind, body and soul. It does so by reducing stress levels and improving blood circulation in the body, both of which have a direct positive impact on the quality of hair.
In this article, I will explain how yoga can help grow hair and which poses are most effective for hair health. At the end of the post, you will also learn alternative ways to grow your hair.
Almost every woman is struggling with hair loss and as a result, the internet is filled with all kinds of solutions for women looking to grow back their hair. With these solutions comes countless products that are oftentimes costly and may or may not even work. Medications prescribed by physicians to deal with hair loss usually have lots of side effects.
Yoga comes to the rescue! Or should I say ‘hair-scue’?
Yoga works its magic through the combination of movement and breathing. Each yogic asana, or bodily position, has calming effects on the mind and different areas of the body including hair. These postures help improve a wide variety of hair problems like hair thinning, hair loss, stunted hair growth, and even premature hair greying.
The benefits of yoga for health are countless and widely known. But what are the benefits of yoga exercises for hair? How does it actually help hair grow?
1. Blood Flow
Performing the asanas helps to stimulate and improve blood circulation from the body to the scalp. Healthy blood flow to the scalp leads to healthy hair growth. With the blood, comes oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles and this promotes hair that is nourished, healthy, and strong.
It is true that stress is one of the main causes of hair loss in women. Yoga stops stress in its tracks by reducing cortisol (stress hormone) levels in the body. Practicing yoga regularly helps to quiet the mind, relieve stress, reduce inflammation in the body and improves spirituality.
3. Natural Remedy
The beauty about yoga is that it is a natural remedy to all health problems, including hair. This means you are not exposing yourself to harmful chemicals or toxins. Instead of spending a fortune on commercial solutions, yoga can be practiced at the comfort of your home, free of cost! All you need is a yoga mat to roll out!
Yoga Poses For Hair Growth
Not all yoga exercises affect the hair in the same way. When practicing yoga to reap the maximum benefits for hair, it is best to perform all forward-bending poses. These are asanas that involve the crown of the head being inverted so that all the blood flow is directed there.
Below is a list of the 6 most effective yoga poses for hair growth. The best time to practice these postures is in the morning on an empty stomach for 1-3 minutes. If you are a beginner, you can reduce the time for each pose to 15-30 seconds.
1. Downward-Facing-Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
This pose is almost like a dog leaning forward, hence the name. This is a fab pose to stretch out your spine and neck, thereby reducing stress. It also engages your abdominal muscles, easing out digestion issues. Since the head is in a downward position, blood circulation to the scalp helps to strengthen out the hair follicles.
How To Perform:
Begin with an upside down V pose
Align your feet with your hips and your hands directly under your shoulders
Keep your arms and legs straight and your abs pushed inwards and pelvis raised
Keep your head down and eyes on your belly
Breathe deeply in and out and hold position
2. Headstand (Sirsasana)
This is an advanced level asana that involves balancing the body on top of the head. The headstand is an upside-down position of the body which increases the blood flow to the head, while activating the hypothalamus and pituitary gland.
This pose is particularly beneficial in making dormant hair follicles reach their maximum hair growth capacity. It also helps to prevent premature hair greying and reducing hair loss.
How To Perform:
From a downward dog pose, keep your head down & bend down your knees to the floor
Interlock your fingers behind your head to support the crown of your head
Gently raise your legs up (one at a time, if easier) to stand upside down, perpendicular to the floor
Keep your legs together and arms straight to maintain balance
Once stable, breathe in and out, while keeping abs engaged
3. Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana)
The shoulder stand is considered to be one of the best yoga exercises for hair growth. It is an easier pose to perform than a headstand and is super effective for thyroid issues that cause hair loss. It is known to relieve stress, calm your mind, and improve hair health by increasing blood flow to the head.
How To Perform:
Lie on your back and raise your legs and back up straight above you
Use your hands to support your body and keep your buttocks straight & upwards
Allow your body to rest on your shoulders
Keep your neck straight, toes pointed towards the ceiling & eyes on your feet
Breathe in and out a few times and hold this position before you release
4. Forward Bending Camel (Uttanasana)
The Forward Bending Camel pose is beginner-level and relatively easy to perform. Practicing this asana sends blood and oxygen rushing to the scalp, which enables the hair follicles to stay nourished. This promotes new hair growth that is strong, smooth and shiny. The pose is also effective in calming down nerves, reducing migraines, and improving sleep quality.
How To Perform:
Stand with your feet together and arms by your side
Taking a deep breath, bend forward and touch the mat beside your feet (or as far as you comfortably can)
Hold this position for a few short seconds (or as long as you comfortably can)
Keep your head down, eyes closed, and neck relaxed
Exhale on your way up and repeat a few times
5. Back Bending Camel (Ustrasan)
The back-bending camel pose is a popular pose and often recommended by yoga experts for faster hair growth. The hair follicles are nourished with oxygen and nutrients, which then speed up the hair growth process and also reduces hair fall. This pose stretches the back, neck and spine and improves back strength. It involves dropping the head back to increase the blood flow to the scalp and opening up your upper body.
How To Perform:
Kneel down on your mat and keep your knees hip length apart
Bend backwards and drop your head & neck backwards too
Arch your spine and push your pelvis forward
Try to touch the soles of your feet
Breathe in and out a few times before you release & repeat
6. Rabbit (Sasangasana)
The rabbit pose looks more complex than it actually is. It is a forward-folding pose which can be performed without being completely upside-down. It involves the crown of the head to be pressed downward into the ground, relieving stress, balancing hormones and thyroid issues, stimulating blood circulation, and activating the pituitary gland. The rabbit asana is an effective yoga pose for healthy hair growth.
How To Perform:
Begin in a Child’s pose, with your knees on the yoga mat and feet tucked under your buttocks.
Keep your head as close as you can to your knees
Place your hands on either side of your body and hold your heels for support
Fold forward & allow the crown of your head to press down into the mat
Raise your pelvis and buttocks upwards, away from your feet
Hold this pose for a few minutes or rock back & forth to massage the scalp on the mat
Take deep breaths and repeat
Alternative Hair Growth Methods
Aside from these above yoga asanas, there are a couple of other things you can do to ensure faster hair growth. However, if yoga is not for you, don’t worry! You can still choose other easy and natural ways to grow your mane. Below is a list of some of my favorite methods to improve my locks.
Give yourself regular scalp massages. This is important because it stimulates blood circulation to the scalp and this allows the body to send oxygen and essential nutrients to the hair follicles. Massaging the scalp also helps regulate sebum production, which allows the scalp to stay hydrated, balanced, and clean. A healthy scalp leads to hair growth that is strong, long, and luscious.
You can use carrier oils that repair hair or handheld scalp massaging tools for a few minutes every day. Alternatively, you can also use wooden combs for hair as they have great benefits for both the scalp and hair.
Massage your scalp for a few minutes with your fingers (not nails) with your choice of oil. Add essential oils to the mix for added benefits and use the inversion method to grow hair faster.
Hair Care Habits
When you take gentle care of your hair, you are not only protecting it from avoidable damage but also ensuring that hair growth is not stagnant. Your styling habits as well as your washing habits all play a key role in how healthy your hair grows and remains.
Heat damage is the most common type of self-inflicted damage you can do to your own tresses. Reduce the use of hot hair-styling tools. Use a microfiber hair towel to avoid hair breakage, static, and frizzy hair. Avoid hairstyles like tight braids, buns, or ponytails as they can pull hair and cause hair thinning.
Choosing the right hair products like shampoos, sprays, serums, etc, can also impact the quality of your hair. Avoid shampoos containing harsh chemicals and use organic, plant-based ingredients instead.
What you eat has a direct connection with the health of your hair. Eating a balanced diet that is filled with vitamins, proteins, and essential fats like Omega 3’s is crucial to not just your health but that of your hair as well.
Human hair is mainly made up of protein (keratin) that coats the hair shaft and protects it from damages. A diet rich in protein helps the body build up keratin in the hair. Similarly, a diet free of deficiencies especially like iron and protein will really boost the texture of hair, making it more bouncy and full of shine.
Make sure to incorporate eggs, spinach, nuts, legumes, and whole grains in your diet and avoid sugars, starches and fatty foods.
In addition to proper nutrition, there are certain supplements that are designed specifically to make hair stronger. These are perfect for those people who are unable to get the right sources of vitamins and nutrients from the food they eat. These supplements or vitamins for hair can really help fix nutritional deficiencies that lead to hair loss and dull out hair.
However, it is important to remember not to over-indulge in these vitamins. An excessive intake of supplements can also lead to hair loss. It is best practice to follow the daily recommended dosage and only consume the recommended amount.
Also, be sure to choose vitamins that are vegan or derived from plants as opposed to being made chemically and confirm with your physician whether they are safe for you to consume.
Check out articles on my top recommendations of hair vitamins here: Hair Vitamins
Do Yoga, Grow Hair
Aside from maintaining harmony between mind and body, hair growth with yoga is absolutely possible. I have noticed immense benefits with practicing yoga regularly. It doesn’t even have to be for too long; nor does it have to be performed every day.
I practiced yoga asanas for upto 30 minutes only 3 times a week. I started and ended with a 15-minute meditation period, where I just focused on my breathing.
What I found is that it really helped reduce my stress levels and cultivated clarity in my mind. After my yoga workout, I always felt mentally refreshed and physically light. I tried my best to maintain a balanced diet and practiced healthy hair care habits. I noticed my hair began to grow and my hair loss was reduced. It didn’t happen overnight, of course. And it didn’t happen with yoga alone.
With the pandemic situation that we are currently in, yoga is an excellent way to kick stress out of our system. Besides, being at home more makes it easier to find time to devote to self-care, mental health, and hair health. Practicing yoga will help you two-folds if you are struggling with Covid-19 related anxiety and stress-induced hair loss!
Are you dealing with anxiety and stress related hair loss?
Which yoga pose are you most interested in trying out?
What has your experience been with yoga?
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