The 10 Best-Kept Indian Secrets For Long Hair, According to YouTubers
Some of the best-kept Indian secrets for long hair make good use of natural ingredients and traditional practices that are known to promote hair growth, make hair feel and look thicker and glossier, and even prevent gray hairs from popping up. This is all according to the many fantastic Indian beauty vloggers, whose tutorials we've provided so that you can benefit from their knowledge and family secrets.
Whether you already have long hair or are trying to grow yours out, there's an Indian hair secret out there that's perfect for you. These YouTube tutorials will lead the way and let you in on the most trusted essential oils, Ayurvedic herbs, and cleansing and coloring techniques that Indian beauty gurus rely on to get the healthiest, strongest, and longest hair possible.
Fed up or anxious about hair shedding? Desi vlogger InsideBeautyNo1 explains how to combine neem oil, grinded fenugreek seeds, and mustard-seed oil to create a hair oil treatment designed to stimulate hair follicles. Yearning for the "amazing long and strong hair" that Indian vlogger Himani Wright says she associates with Indian women? Follow her secret no-poo cleansing recipe, which contains organic Amla, aka Indian gooseberries used throughout the South Asian country, for DIY stronger-hair treatments.
Sure, genetics and good nutrition will always play crucial roles in our hair type and health, but that doesn't mean we can't follow a few good, trusted-and-tried beauty tips to make the most of what we've got. Ready to take your hair to the next level? Let's do this.
Use Neem Oil Treatment to Prevent Hair Shedding
Few things are as frightening as watching your hair shed in the shower or while brushing it (remember, though, it's totally normal to lose 50 to 100 hairs each day). This DIY hair treatment tutorial explains how neem oil can prevent hair shedding and add major hydration to dry, brittle strands.
Use a Weekly Rice-Water Treatment For Stronger Hair
Rice water, which has amino acids, antioxidants, and moisturizing properties, has been used for centuries by women to strengthen and repair their hair. It's also simple to make: after cleansing organic rice (any type of rice you'd like), add clean water to the rice, allow it to stand in a bowl for 30 minutes, and transfer it to a mason jar to stand for another 24 hours. Fill a spray bottle with the fermented rice water and spray all of your strands to make them healthier and stronger. Leave the treatment on for 20 to 30 minutes before washing it out with lukewarm water or a gentle shampoo.
Use an Ayurvedic Scalp and Head Massage For Hair Growth
Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine native to India. One aspect involves focusing on balance in the body by massaging the head at its "marma points" to promote overall health and longer, healthier hair. As we learn in the video, warm oil should first be applied to the scalp. Massage the marma points along the center of the forehead, at the temples, and at the top of the head; then work your fingers down the back of your head while gently pressing and kneading your scalp.
Use an Amla (Indian Gooseberry) Hair Treatment to Prevent Premature Graying
Time marches on, but Indian women have found the secret to preventing premature graying: amla powder, which is derived from the Indian gooseberry. According to vlogger Mamtha Nair in this tutorial, amla nourishes hair and is used in India to both prevent premature graying and strengthen roots so that hair grows longer. Unfortunately, the only study that showed amla can prevent hair loss was performed on mice (but, hurray, because it worked), but gooseberry fans will be happy to know the fruit is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols, and users have reported witnessing their gray hairs turn black, so it's worth a try. Create a DIY hair mask using amla and organic coconut and castor oils and you've got yourself a sweet hair-follicle-strengthening potion. You can even add a bit of amla to henna for a natural, radiant hair-darkening treatment.
Use Henna For Strong Hair With Vibrant Color
The next time you make an appointment for highlights or a single process, consider trying an at-home henna treatment instead. In this henna tutorial for beginners, Shruti Arjun Anand suggests mixing your henna powder with whole milk, which she says prevents henna from drying out hair and makes it "shiny and awesome."
DIY This No-Poo Shampoo Secret
Shampoos laden with chemicals are a no-no for many Indian women. Instead, Indian beauty vlogger Himani Wright favors natural treatments, such as this DIY no-poo cleanser, which relies on a blend of gooseberry powder, acacia concinna, and fenugreek seeds to nourish, naturally clean, and moisturize hair.
Use Coconut Milk For Quicker Hair Growth and Less Frizz
You'll need just four natural ingredients to create this popular Indian hair-growth treatment: milk, grated coconut, lemon, and fenugreek powder. Leave this luxurious hair pack on your strands for 30 minutes before washing it out for softer, less frizzy hair and (quite possibly) quicker hair growth.
Use Mustard-Seed Oil For Stronger Strands
Let's cut to the chase: mustard-seed oil isn't the sweetest-smelling oil you'll use on your hair, but it is rich in minerals, vitamins, and essential alpha fatty acids that can strengthen your hair and prevent split ends and damage. Indian vlogger Puja applies the oil with a heavy hand to her scalp and throughout her hair. She spends time massaging her scalp and alternates between brushing and combing the oil through her strands before forming two braids and allowing the oil to penetrate for hours (or overnight).
The Way You Comb and Brush Your Hair Counts
If you're used to throwing your hair in a bun each morning, prepare for a change: many Indian women swear by a twice-daily combing/brushing regimen for healthier hair. Use a wide-tooth comb, detangle from the bottom up to the roots, work in sections, and take your time.
Use Triphala Churna to Grow Longer Hair While You Sleep
In this long-hair tutorial, Himani Wright combines two tablespoons of Ayurvedic herb Triphala, which has antioxidants and prevents free radicals, with half a cup of boiling-hot water. Let it steep for 10 minutes and pour it into a spray bottle (make sure you apply it to your scalp and hair a half-hour before bed so you don't sleep on wet hair). Wright french-braids her hair after the treatment and says the ingredient tames frizz and has helped her "fine hair" grow long.