Unearthed from India – Mandāra (Hibiscus)

Mandāra, also known as the China Rose/Hibiscus was induced into the large bottle of hair oil my grandmother sent to us every year. The bottle was huge and it lasted us for every season of the year. Thrice every week, I use this hair oil and comb my hair with a wooden comb. Then I use a shampoo and dry my hair. That’s it, that has been my hair care routine for more than 20 years. I love my hair.

Now I have been blessed with naturally thick and black hair, but I didn’t be good for a few years. I used some fancy shampoo’s, I skipped oiling my hair and I used heating tools. Obviously, this took a bad toll on my hair, so did I learn a lesson? Not quite. I started going for ‘hair spa’ treatments and my hair was falling further.

After I ton of mistakes I realised, that with hair care, you can’t do better than going natural (for the most part at least). I went back to grandma’s hair oil and ditched the heating tools. I felt like Rapunzel again. So the next time grandma came to town, I asked her to narrate her recipe while oiling my hair.

Ingredients:

  • 4 teaspoons each of – coconut oil, castor oil, olive oil.
  • 2 tablespoons of Fenugreek seeds.
  • 1-2 Mandāra flowers.
  • Pestle/Grinder

HibiscusRoast the fenugreek seeds in a frying pan till they turn a darker brown in color. Grind them using a pestle/grinder. You don’t need a powdery consistency, just make sure all the seeds are broken/cracked. Transfer these into a bowl and add the oils. Mix well.

Now throw away the stem of the Mandāra flowers add the rest of the flower into the bowl (break the petals while adding them). Boil this mixture well and wait for it to cool down a bit – you don’t want to burn your scalp. Strain the solids and transfer the oil into a bottle.

Applying this to your hair even once a week will do wonders to it. Leave it on for 1-2 hours before washing it off. Make sure your shampoo is not very harsh, while washing this off (I use The Body Shop Ginger Shampoo).

This is good to use in all seasons, especially winters. Make a huge bottle and store it in a cool dry place. Slightly warm it before every use (Do not boil it, just slightly warm it). This will not go bad so make as much as you wish. This will help with dry hair, promote hair growth, rid you of dandruff, roughness, dullness, hair fall – the list is endless.

Remember to let your hair air dry after washing, you can totally skip conditioner. This is the most inexpensive and simplest hair care routine you will need for amazing thick, long hair. This goes with all types of hair curly, straight, blonde or brunette. Thank my grandma later.

– M.

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