9 Hair Care Tips for Long Hair for Indian Women

by Zeeba on October 2, 2010 · 74 comments

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long shiny hair

Hair and Hair Care

Indian women love their hair and love it long. For most of the women in India, it is in their tradition to keep their tresses long and healthy and shiny. Indian men, too like their women with black and long hair. Good length and healthy hair is what marks the beauty of the Indian women. Hair is an indicator of good health, too.

It is extremely important to maintain and enhance the quality of hair and take care of those long tresses without much mess. Traditionally it is customary for most of the women in India to oil their hair regularly. Here are few tips:

Hair Care Tips

• Normal coconut oil just helps keep the hair non-messy and neatly tied. But unlike the myth it does not help grow hair.
• Many essential oils are applied and kept overnight to make hair real smooth and shiny. Almond oil is known for its good qualities and helps hair grow long faster and makes hair silky.
• Castor oil and brahmi and amla oil are widely used in India especially in all traditional homes. Mustard oil too is widely used for its good hair enhancing characters.

• Indian women can also use tea oils; it is an excellent hair applicant. It makes hair glow and shimmer with healthy shine.
• Indian women have a large variety of options to choose from to take care of their hair and maintain it.
• Many home made oils are used extensively by Indian women to maintain their hair long and strong. Regular usage of hard and strong shampoos must be avoided. Subjecting one’s hair to too many beauty parlor sessions for hair must be avoided. Subjecting the hair to lot of blow-drying and straightening must be avoided.
• But coconut oil mixed with essential herbs and hibiscus and curry leaves makes hair real healthy and strong and black. They take care of pre-mature graying of the hair and keep them deep rooted.
• Amla powder, ritha and shikakai powder and bhringraj powder can be mixed along with curds and lemon can be used as cleansing agents.
• Mixture of lemon and curds and tea extracts can be used as hair masks and can be washed off using good shampoo, using mild shampoos regularly to keep off dandruff and oily hair helps, but to avoid pre-mature graying only traditional ways of keeping hair healthy helps.

Not that difficult, keep them shining long.

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Radhika October 2, 2010 at 5:07 pm

:-( Long hair not for me…my hair is just too mad to be allowed to grow long.

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Deb October 2, 2010 at 5:16 pm

not Indian, and not long hair :D but i will use all the tips :P

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Radhika October 2, 2010 at 5:53 pm

:giggle: :giggle:

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sunaina October 2, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Interesting. I want long hair!

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shilpa October 2, 2010 at 5:38 pm

hey hw can we add hibiscus and curry leaves to coconut oil….and can the concotion be preserved

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Radhika October 2, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Shilpa, I don’t know exactly how it is made, coconut oil is heated with hibiscus and a whole lot of other herbs, so the oil gets infused with whatever goodness is there in these herbs. My grandma used to make it earlier, and I think its still a very common thing in many places, at least, in Kerala. As for the curry leaves, you just take some coconut oil, the amount you would need for a one-time use, heat it in a small katori (I use a small tadka vessel for this cos that has a handle) along with a few fresh curry leaves finely chopped. Don’t overheat the oil, just make it hot..not smoking hot and definitely not boiling or whatever cos it will just catch fire. Just hot thats it. Leave the leaves in the oil till the oil cools down, and then use it :) Please be careful while doing this, and if you are not used to being in the kitchen, ask someone to do it for you :) :)

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Devie October 2, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Yum…Yum…I can almost smell this concoction!
I love coconut oil so yeah I’m going to try this, if I don’t eat it first :-|

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Radhika October 2, 2010 at 9:12 pm

There’s no sugar in this Devie :-D :-D no wayyy you are going to eat this :-| :-| :-| :-|

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Devie October 2, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Not a fan of sugar :-P
But anything with curry leaves and coconut…YUM
This whole thing only exacerbates my Saturday morning nothing to eat situation… :((

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Radhika October 2, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Awwww….ok that I understand….is the tadka smell :D :D :D

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Hemalatha Murugesan March 24, 2013 at 12:42 pm

make paste of curry leaves into small balls and dri it……then put those balls into the coconut oil and heat it mildly till the extacts are evenly drained onto the oil……
in case of hibicus dry those flowers in dim sunlight for two to three days and then put those dried flowers in the coconut oil and heat it…..

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Uzma October 2, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Hey Radhika , :yes: ? i follow the same procedure of heating Oil with dry hibiscus flowers bought from local ayurvedic shops( few years back we were in a house which had a hibiscus tree so i used add fresh flowers), methi seeds & some other herbs. I make about 1000ml of this & it lasts for a long time. Didn’t know curry leaves could be used for hair too! ?:-)

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Radhika October 2, 2010 at 8:15 pm

I didnt know this curry leaves recipe either….a friend of mine from college told me this. She was from Kerala and she used to have a big bottle of this oil with her, and she told me to try this out – errr..me from Kerala too, but I didn’t know this :D :D My dad’s mom, she used to put peppercorns in the coconut oil and heat that oil and use..don’t know what purpose it serves though ?:-) ?:-)

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Radhika October 2, 2010 at 8:15 pm

I never knew you could buy dried hibiscus flowers from a shop – guess I learn new stuff here at IMBB every day

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Devie October 2, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Hey Zeeba good work! I’m really loving all your stuff here latety :-)
As someone who’s trying to replenish her hair to its old glory these tips will be very helpful. :yes:

I just want to clear something about coconut oil out. While it doesn’t “promote” hair growth (well the only thing that does is genetics and well time :-| ), it along with olive oil are the only two oils that penetrate the hair and skin. Thus, they’re the only ones that have the ability to “repair” damaged hair. :-D

If you’ve been using other oils, don’t throw them away. Because these oils coat the cuticle and prevent friction. In the end you lose less hair to weakening and breakage over time. 8-)

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zeeba October 2, 2010 at 9:35 pm

thanks Devie for appreciating my work/ :)

And thanks for the info u shared.. :)

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Deb October 2, 2010 at 10:10 pm

wow…great stuff I love coconut to bits, any reason to use it for me is a good reason :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes:

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calicoaster October 2, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Wowwww..nice pic deb..looking hottttttt!! :-D :-D :-D

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calicoaster October 2, 2010 at 10:26 pm

he he he..is it for the coming appointment at IMBB??? :snicker: :heh: :heh: ..I see… :giggle: :giggle: :giggle: :giggle: :giggle:

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Deb October 2, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Hubby changed for me, but now you reminded me Cali… :D

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I will find something else for that matter ;P :evilgrin: :evilgrin: :evilgrin: :evilgrin:

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Radhika October 2, 2010 at 11:17 pm

:pain:

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Radhika October 2, 2010 at 10:28 pm

:shock: :shock: ohhhhhhh this Deb is mean competition…she changed her pic just in time for a certain someone…. :reallyangry: :reallyangry: :reallyangry:

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calicoaster October 2, 2010 at 10:51 pm

yeah Rads….tough competition!!! :-P :-P :-P :-P …. So, who is gonna beat that? 8-) 8-) 8-) he he he!!!

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Radhika October 2, 2010 at 10:59 pm

No…she looks too cute :-(( :-(( I give up :-((

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Deb October 2, 2010 at 11:17 pm

For Chrissake :D let us all wear bathing suits, so we clear the second doubt Rads, if ya know wht i mean :P :giggle: :giggle: :giggle: :giggle: :giggle:

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ik October 3, 2010 at 12:00 am

i dont like how cute you are! and its not your birthday! so i can say it!!! :reallyangry: :reallyangry:

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calicoaster October 3, 2010 at 8:49 am

:giggle: :giggle: :giggle: :giggle: :giggle:

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Radhika October 2, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Nahiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: Mr. Patterson would run away if I wear anything like that..and might give up MUA job too..and you Deb…you go hug your cute hubby..and Cali go sit with your boyfriend..and leave Mr. Patterson for me :reallyangry:

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Deb October 2, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Shall we call him Mr. P?? :-D :evilgrin: :evilgrin: :evilgrin: :evilgrin: oh wait a minute did it sound like Pee to you gals as well?? :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :idk:

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Radhika October 2, 2010 at 11:35 pm

:giggle: :giggle: :giggle: :giggle: I am not going to have any questions on Oct 5 cos I will be busy giggling..I hope someone asks sensible questions :-|

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calicoaster October 3, 2010 at 8:50 am

:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

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Niharika October 2, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Hey zeeba cool post 8-) will definitely try it out. Few years back even i used to use lemon & yogurt pack, but later got to know that since lime has high content of vit C it does have a bleaching action…though it’s a very good remedy for dandruff!

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zeeba October 3, 2010 at 12:38 am

thankus/..:)

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Sanjeev October 3, 2010 at 12:31 am

Ogre and Castor Oil *huggz* thanks for today. :-)

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ik October 3, 2010 at 10:38 am

:D:D i heard ogre. :D:D whyyyy you are welcome!!! :blush: :blush: :hugright: :hugleft:
:D:D what did we do Rads?? :D:D

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Rati October 3, 2010 at 10:45 am

:hugleft: :hugleft: :hugleft: :hugright: :hugright: :kissblow: :kissblow: :kissblow:

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Radhika October 3, 2010 at 11:11 am

Don’t ask stupid questions Ikky..just act as if we were really good or something..grrrrrrrr…I need to teach you some tact!!! Did you see how I immediately accepted it was our beshtest behavior..just grin and act all goody goody…fast fast

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Sanjeev October 3, 2010 at 12:07 pm

:-P :-P

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Radhika October 3, 2010 at 9:48 am

:-D :-D :-D we were on our beshtest behavior :-D

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Sanjeev October 3, 2010 at 10:14 am

I saw that :-D :-D

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Sharon October 3, 2010 at 4:46 pm

I’ve been avoiding trimming my hair on the pretext of growing it :-P
These tips should be useful as my hair grows longer. :yes: :yes: Thnx

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Agnibanya August 9, 2011 at 9:19 pm

A very useful article but its just that I hate to oil my hair and my skin breaks out even with the smell of oil :shout: …Is there something else I can try out, like a hair pack , which I don’t have to keep for more than 2/3 hrs to grow my hair longer??

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linda October 31, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Hi There, where can i buy this oil already made as i dont have the time to make it

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seenu January 19, 2012 at 4:32 pm

i have lot of dandruff in my hairs i have used different anti dandruff shampoos but no way dandruff is still irritating me what to do?

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csk February 24, 2012 at 12:56 pm

use lemon juice.
apply lemon juice on ur scalp..keep it for half an hour and rinse with water..
do this regularly..may b weekly twise like that…u will feel better…

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shipra February 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm

ma hair is weak n thin and doesnt grow beyond a length..plzz help me.. i am indian from himachal.. anybdy plzz help me … sob! sob! sob! :tongue:

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Alesha Fernandes April 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Hot oil massaging helps a lot and makes hair grow.Drinking plently of water makes hair strongth and retains that extra shine :preen:

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guriya agarwal August 21, 2012 at 12:55 pm

hi,its guriya. i am an indian. my elder sister wants a long hair.. it doesn,t grow so much. it jst grow up to shoulder and then she has to cut her hair. we use coconut oil of patanjali ramdev baba. she works in the office. she feels very bad seeing others hair long. cos before college life she has the long hair…… bt dnt knw why its stop to grow. she use heena but not getting any solution.she will get marry after 2month. so i want a fast and healthy solution for long hair. within this 2month if she get a good long hair then this will be a great thanks to you,from my side. we want homemade solution and we are pure veg. so we can’t use eggs. plsssss help me.

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rebecca October 18, 2012 at 1:09 pm

am from uganda. this is for guriya. what i do buy amla hair oil,u can use it as shampoo{mix it with coconut oil and amla and lemon} or as hair oil. what we do is put a little bit of water then put on {amla and coconut oil and massage it itnto the scalp }. donot shampoo ur hair orus electonics like{blow dry flat iron}.another thing is donot over wash ur hair. it breaks. exercise, balance diet and drink lots of water. rtrust me ur hair will become soft as ever. try it.

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