Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Beauty Secrets from India: Oiling Your Hair

Written by Reenita Malhotra

In the Indian tradition, a woman’s hair is considered to be her crowning glory. Women have historically been been identified with long, thick luscious locks that cascade down to their waist. Hair is associated with strength and beauty. This is why in fact it is intentionally not cut in Sikhism.

So what is the secret to beautiful hair? The age old tradition of oiling. Unlike in the West where we condition our hair post shampooing it, in India, oiling your hair and scalp always precedes washing it. Many people naturally associate the application of oil with ‘being greasy.’ Nothing could be more untrue. Hair treatments using oil provide deep conditioning and help cleanse micro dust particles that cause dandruff, irritation, infections and even certain types of alopecia or hair loss. Also, applying oil to the scalp promotes relaxation, a process which in itself is extremely important for think, healthy hair. Continue Reading >>

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