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By Tishanna Williams
THE WOMEN OF INDIA have been envied for their beauti-
ful hair for as long as we can remember. Though we can
chalk it up to genetics, the fact that their products and prac-
tices have found their way into the naturalista landscape is
proof that there is more in the mortar than good genes and
a pestle. We did some research and found some Indian
products and practices that have been used by these exotic
women for ages, and are now being proclaimed by many
natural divas. If you already know, let this be your refresher
course, and if you don't, take a read and learn something
With anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, neem
oil can improve the condition of the scalp, clearing up itchy
scalp, dandruff, and scalp psoriasis. Add it to another carrier
oil like jojoba or olive, or use it alone as a hot oil treatment
for the hair and scalp.
NOTE: Pregnant women, women trying to conceive, and
children should avoid using neem oil, since some studies
have shown that it may cause infertility, miscarriages
and also liver damage in children.
Benefits of amla include darkening hair, prevent-
ing dandruff, increasing shine and growth.
Though the jury is out on fully accepting all the
claims, the fact that this remains a staple for
many says a lot. It does contain gallic acid and
ellagic acid, which can also combine with
glucose (present in amla powder) to form
polymeric tannic acids, which over time
can cause darkening, and vitamin C, an
antioxidant, anti-inflammatory agent
and collagen growth stimulator.
If you're a naturalista that praises Kinky Curly Leave-in Condi-
tioner for slip, moisture and detangling, let us now introduce
you to the main ingredient. Marshmallow root soothes scalp,
treats ailments like eczema and is so rich in proteins and vita-
mins that for us it really can do no wrong! On another note,
the leaves and root also make a great tea, since they have an-
tibacterial properties and a soothing effect on inflamed mem-
branes in the mouth and throat (take note, singers!)
Darshana Natural Indian Hair Oil
Voted as a 2015 Editor's Choice by NaturallyCurly, this hair
oil is said to rejuvenate, hydrate, prevent frizz, and transform
your hair. It is made with an ancient Indian Ayurvedic formula
rich in antioxidants, Omega 3-6-9, and vitamins A, B, C, and
E, to help make your
healthier, softer, smoother, and more manageable.
Ayurvedic Hair Care
At 5,000 years old, this is considered one of the oldest healing
sciences to prevent diseases, sickness, and injuries, and to
promote overall well-being. Ayurvedic natural hair treatments
focus on applying oils to the hair and scalp and rinsing with
herbal infusions to give strong, beautiful hair, moisturized hair
without the use of sulphates, parabens and funny things we
can't pronounce. Ayurvedic treatments also rely on identify-
ing our mind-body type (dosha) and then creating a lifestyle
that sustains and nurtures our unique nature. There are spe-
cific herbs/oils associated with each dosha, so make it inter-
esting and figure out which one or two most apply to you and
use the associated herbs to create infusions in hot water or
oil (e.g. coconut) that can be applied to your hair. Many of
these items we have already dealt with in past articles, so
once you find your dosha, feel free to learn more about your
herbs and find products and recipes, either via going back in
your WOW archives or hitting up Google.
You enjoy a challenge, look forward to mealtime, and will
get angry easily in difficult situations. Rose, lavender,
ylang-ylang and sandalwood.
You are a creative and energetic person. You tend
to worry about things more than you should.
Basil, sage, lavender and patchouli.
You don't like change. You are a very
detailed person and you put a lot
of thought into important deci-
sions. Lemon, rosemary, pep-
permint and eucalyptus.
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