What I Do To My Hair…

This happened recently when we had been to Ellora and Ajintha. I was standing combing my hair in front of the mirror in our hotel room. I was surprised to see my hair! It was reaching near my knees! Whenever I see ladies with long hair, I admire them. But, that was a moment of mixture of different feelings to see myself with really long hair!

What I Do To My Long Hair

In past three years, after I left teaching, high bun has been my hairstyle except when I go out. So, I am always as free as I if have very short hair. Busy with my arts and crafts and my blogs, I hardly observe my hair. But, at a different place having nothing much to do, it happened to notice the length of my hair. What a moment it was! Literally I was watching it from left and right like I used to do with hair extensions in my childhood 😀

Then I thought that I must write something about what I do with my hair and the post is here.

My Hair – Facts

I have black silky and wavy hair that is just like that of my Amma’s hair. I used to have a bob cut till my high school. Later, I allowed it to grow even though I have been trimming my hair (about 5 inch) every year. Almost for last three years, trimming length was reduced to 1 inch. Today my hair is very long that is just 2 inches above my knees.

Heredity Matters

My Amma, maternal aunts and paternal aunts had thick and long hair till their late 30s. One of my paternal aunts had knee-length hair in her 20s. My grannies also had long hair. My elder sister also had hip length hair (even after trimming it every year) till her teenage. She started losing hair after she suffered from jaundice in her late teenage. By now you know that my lengthy hair is inherited and no miracle has happened here.

Internal Hair Care

Yoga & Mudras

  • I learnt Yoga basics at the age of eleven. I love to do Yoga and I try to do it every day since then. It is scientifically proven that practicing Yoga stimulates invisible Chakras and Naadis in our body and thus makes us healthy.
  • I do some basic Mudras like Surabhi, Jnana, Praana, Vyaana, Apaana, etc. I don’t know in what way these influence my hair health but I believe they do.


  • I am not a foodie.
  • Vegetarian, everyday intake is traditional Havyaka Brahmin cuisine. I prefer to have red (boiled) rice. Most of the days you will find my meal with coconut and butter milk like that of every typical Havyaka Brahmin. Occasionally I try different Indian cuisines. I am not exposed to any other cuisines much.
  • Very light to mildly spicy is my food.
  • I am OK with anything – raw or cooked or baked, oily and/or spicy and/or fried, sweets or chats.
  • Balanced, I intake a little of everything that is prepared.
  • I don’t have any dislikes for any vegetables, cereals or fruits.
  • Fruits I eat are any local seasonal ones like banana, guava, papaya, mangoes, jack fruit, jamun fruit varieties, gooseberry, sapota, star fruit, butter fruit, oranges…. I am crazy about wild fruits that are eatable like that of Kepula (ixora), ajji budka (wild gooseberry of India), Kuntala (South Indian Plum) and so on. I don’t show much interest to the fruits that are not local or seasonal.
  • I don’t count calories.
  • I try to drink more water as I am still develpoing that good habit.
  • No coffee, no tea. I take 2 glasses of milk daily.
  • I love coconut! Be it in tender or ripe or kobbari (copra) form, I am crazy about sweet coconut water and coconut fruit of Coastal Karnataka. Some people say that coconut in your diet boosts hair growth.
  • I eat Indian chats and noodles occasionally.
  • I don’t think I would taste pizza/burger ever.

External Hair care

  • Usually I wash my hair once in a week. I avoid washing hair if I am at a different place so as to keep away from hard/chlorinated water.
  • I used Wipro Shikakai soap for washing my hair in my childhood. Later I came to know that Medimix soap is good for scalp when our skin specialist recommended it for scalp pimples. I started using besan (gram flour) instead of soap (occasionally herbal soaps and herbal shampoos I have used) since my early teenage.
  • My Amma used to prepare gompu (herbal moisturiser and conditioner) using hibiscus leaves and we have been rinsing hair with it after washing with soap or besan.
  • Daily application of oil as a natural conditioner is so common to me that I didn’t know for many years the concept of oil massage to the scalp only prior to washing hair.
  • I rarely leave my hair free. While going out, I usually use a thick hair tie or hair band to tie my hair at nape. My all time favourite hairstyle (my hairstyle at home) is a high bun.
  • I do not use any kind of hair stylers, hair gels and hair colours. The only tool I use is a set of hair slides.

That’s all I think! I hope my words would be useful for those who are trying to grow their hair longer. Do you have any tips to share? Please do share it along with your feedback for this post.


A nature lover and dreamer who expresses herself as an artist, fashion designer and blogger. Persued B.Sc fashion design at Karavali College (Mangaluru University 2003 - 2006) with first rank. Former lecturer for fashion designing at Gloria College, Puttur for five years (2006-2011). Blogger since 2013.


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  1. Sooper sindhu 🙂 I surprised that you have such a long beautiful hair compair to before 🙂

  2. Wow…you have so long hair…. My hair also grows long but I cut it short because of frizzy texture of my hair

    • Wow! Your hair too grows long? Nice to know that! Mmmm, sometimes we need to get it trimmed… Even I want to trim the half foot part in the bottom… I have stopped myself from doing that every time I pick up the scissors looking at the length.

      Thank you for stopping by 🙂 TC! Keep smiling 🙂

  3. You look beautiful! Have a lovely day and thanks for the tips 🙂

  4. very beautiful your long hair.I surprised but i like it. thanks for share…

  5. Long hair is the sign of good health and maintaining it with good nourishment shows how good the woman is about self caring. Nice article.

  6. Wow sindhooo…such a beautiful hairs!!!!!!!… Rupunzel 🙂

  7. Ooooh… your hair is so long, yet gorgeous and healthy! Until a few years ago, mine was long enough that I could sit on it. I still keep it in a braid or pony tail, but that length was such a chore to wash. These days, I like it a few inches past my shoulders 🙂 ♥ <3

  8. Oho my Indian rapunzel !! You are looking beautiful.the safree colour is also giving that fresh dewy charm and the jet black mane is awesome … you can do many styles too with it dear… and post the pics too ! Bless you and your hair 🙂

  9. Your hair is beautiful! Both of cares, internal and external are important for healthy hear growth and appearance. And you sure take good care of both of them.

  10. Really interesting thank you sindu. ..

  11. Really interesting..such a beautiful hair thanks for tips sindu. ..

  12. Beautiful hair, Sindhu. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the tips on how to take care of our hair.
    Btw, can you share how gompu is prepared?
    Have a great weekend.

    • Thank you Kiran for your kind words 🙂 Sorry for taking so long to reply.
      Hibiscus leaves and flowers are crushed in a bowl with some water. This is let about 30min to 1hour so that gompu gets its thick consistency. This solution is applied on hair after the hair is washed. Same leaves crush can be reused immediately or after too. You may wash hair after applying gompu or may wash it lightly.
      Gompu can be prepared with any variety of hibiscus even though wild rid variety is considered the best. For my hair, I need minimum of 7 large leaves. Maximum any number of leaves can be taken. Leaves can be nicely cut with knife or just randomly with fingers. I use a sieve to separate these pieces so that minimum of 5 times I can use them immediately. Just pour water, sieve, use and repeat the same.
      In my native, gompu is prepared with different kinds of leaves. I will write in detail about it. I hope this information will be useful for time being 🙂 TC dear! Keep smiling 🙂

  13. Lovely hair! Am so glad you take good care of it rather than take it for granted.

  14. Gorgeous, make this your profile picture 😀

  15. Amasing Sindhoo !
    🙂 TC! Keep smiling

  16. Oh it’s such a pity that you’ll never eat pizza. It’s delicious, healthy and veg. 😉
    But of course it has to be *real* Italian pizza. 🙂
    PS beautiful hair, though!

  17. Beautiful indeed. And yoga? I am so inspired. I do yoga too Iyengar yoga based on Patanjali. 🙂

    • Thank you Dilip, so kind of you 🙂
      Wow! You do yoga too?! I bought a book of Iyengar yoga recently… I know a very few yogaasanaas compared to the hundreds listed in the book. Hmm… I don’t know how exactly yoga helps in hair care… but I am sure it definitely helps 🙂

  18. Maam, I usually do not use smthg ie chemical which is not for hair growth. I m trying seriously think about my hair which I wouldn’t care about it much .I use patanjali’s hair cleanser…..n even apply oil as to keep my hair growth good…..I m now being very particular even about my kids hair…as a mom I m more careful in using good for her hair.

  19. Wooooow,I’m impressed!! And worried too!!! My habits are the opposite to yours…. I love pizza and tea and coffee….. I use a lot of hair spray and I dye my hair every three months… that because there are a lot of greys already…. Your hair is stunning and your hair care habbits are an example to follow!

  20. Hai Ma’am,
    very beautiful, long hair. … well maintained. …

  21. Hi Sindhu, how beautiful! Thank you for sharing your habits. I’m impressed by your food preferences, they are so healthy and lucky you didn’t let yourself get irritated by western influences and food trends. Good job, I’m looking forward to hear more about your life style and habits to get inspired by them. Many greetings 🙂

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