Amla oil comes from a fruit and is widely used in haircare in India. The oil has antifungal properties and the general low occurence of ringworm in India is thought to come from its widespread use(Mycoses, pp 363 — 369, 2009).
This is a traditional shampoo which also has antifungal properties (Int J Cosmet Sci. 5(1):1–5, 1993). It has a relatively low pH (around 2) although this can be adjusted with additives.
This is a flower which is dried and crushed into a powder (like henna). The flower and its leaves are often combined together for the drying process. Hibiscus has been shown in rats to promote a longer growing phase, although rubbing water also stimulated growth just not as much as the hibiscus (Journal of Ethnopharmacology, pp 235–239, 2003).
This oil is used primarily for scalp conditions as it has antifungal and antibacterial properties (Current Science, pp1336-1345, 2002). It is also and effective against head lice and may be useful for treating dandruff.
I have discussed the science of coconut oil already in great detail. It is known for protection from hydral fatigue, prevention of protein loss from hair and is also an antifungal.
Aside from these ingredients, other ayurvedic principles such as having a balanced diet, exercise (yoga in particular) and gentle scalp massages are also encouraged as part of a hair care routine.
Ladies, have any of you tried the ayurvedic products and techniques? Please share!