For centuries, beautiful hair and Indian women are synonymous. We are famous worldwide for having shiny and thick black hair, even in our forties and fifties.
So what is the secret to this tradition?
Let us learn from some traditional Indian beauty tips on maintaining long and shiny hair.
Here are some Marathi hair care secrets.
Rituals for Hair Care Secrets:
- Detangle and comb hair twice daily.
- Scalp massage with coconut oil or amla oil once a week.
- Develop good food habits.
- Use natural cleansers and mild shampoo.
- Wash hair 2 or 3 times a week.
As if the hot Indian summers were not enough, women living in coastal India, (Bombay, Goa, Calcutta, etc.) have to battle frizzy hair too! This is why Marathi girls are taught to take care of hair early on. Mothers and grandmothers pass down all natural hair care recipes from generation to generation. In fact, most beauty secrets of Indian women are homemade because chemical-free ingredients give naturally beautiful hair. Here are some popular hair care tips and ingredients commonly used by beauties from Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Goa:
One of the best beauty secrets for the gorgeous hair Indian women is oiling with pure coconut oil. It gives healthy and shiny hair, improves blood circulation, moisturises, deep conditions, promotes hair growth and prevents grey hair. Massage your head with warm coconut oil, leave it on for no more than 2 hours, and shampoo off in the dry, winter months. Marathis mix coconut oil with curry leaves, hibiscus, and essential herbs to make a hair pack for strong, black hair.
Henna is a herbal powder popular everywhere in India. Henna is used by Indian women as a hair conditioner. It is useful for naturally coloured hair; henna also prevents dandruff, itchy scalp, and promotes hair growth. Henna hair packs are a popular hair care treatment during Indian summer and monsoon seasons by many Indian women, including Marathis.
Indian gooseberry, commonly known as amla, restores puts life and health back into hair. Amla oil and amla powder are used by millions of Marathi women, who want to make their hair roots stronger, delay greying for black hair, and prevent hair fall. Apply a hair mask of amla powder mixed with a little warm water, yoghurt and honey once a week for shiny black hair that grows thicker, longer and stronger!
Tulsi, the ‘holi basil’ plant of India. Tulsi leaves are commonly used in herbal teas and cooking to benefit from its medicinal properties.
You can also add tulsi to your hair packs:
Mix tulsi and amla powder to make a potent hair pack!
They improve circulation, helping hair grow faster. Tulsi also keeps your scalp cool, hair roots clean, reduces itchiness and dandruff too.
Like amla and henna and neem are amazing ancient Indian beauty, especially hair care secrets. It has natural antibacterial qualities. Boil some neem leaves for 15 minutes, drain and rinse your hair with the neem water after shampooing to get rid of dandruff and hair fall naturally and quickly.
Can’t get rid of dandruff with your shampoo?
Bust dandruff with lemon juice.
Well before the dry season comes, regularly rub lemon juice to your scalp using fingertips and shampoo off. It is one of the simplest hair care secrets.
Not many people know that aloe vera was used by ancient Indians way back 4,000 years ago! Women from Bombay use aloe vera gel on their skin and hair to make it smooth and shiny, avoiding dry, itchy scalp and dandruff. Enriched with dozens of nutrients, including vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E, aloe can be applied as a leave-in conditioning solution or directly on the scalp. Aloe vera contains proteolytic enzymes which repair dead skin cells on the scalp. It conditions hair and improves blood circulation. Aloe stimulates hair growth thanks to the polysaccharides and glycoproteins, that help fight temporary baldness.
Cracking an egg on your head is the simplest and quickest solutions to restore healthy hair. Egg masks make dull hair shinier and brittle hair stronger. Eggs are full of animal proteins and fats -both essential components and great food for hair! Marathis often mix an egg and yoghurt into their henna hair packs for natural conditioning. If you have an oily scalp, you can use only the egg whites.
Instead of drying hair out by shampooing daily, Indians wash hair 2 or 3 times a week, using natural ingredients in their shampoo. Traditional Marathi women are fond of natural cleansers, like shikakai and ritha powder. They mix them with amla and bhringraj powder, yoghurt and lemon juice to clean hair naturally and gently.
Diet & Exercise
It is no surprise that Indians who include plenty of fresh seafood, eggs, dairy products, such as milk, yoghurt and paneer in their diet have the best hair. Marathi women are conscious of their diet, and what goes into their bodies. They eat plenty of fish, a variety of greens, exercise, and drink lots of fluids.
The best-kept beauty secrets come from within you and they are all-natural: Eat right, exercise and drink lots of water! Just as drinking lots of water is good for your well-being, so is rinsing with cool water. Shampooing and conditioning the hair with cool water is one of the reasons why Indians have shiny, black, thick hair. Cold water closes the hair follicles and locks in hair nutrients.
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