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!
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.
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.