Hair Secrets from around the World - 11

 American Indians are noted for their silky thick hair, and the pioneers of a  hairstyle still popular to this day. The Mohawk Tribe lived on the East Coast of the US, and shaved their hair into this style to prepare for battle thousands of years ago. It is said that Animal fats, mud's and  plant extracts were used to shape the style popular amongst Punk rockers. The other style which is still in full swing today is the Braid.   Both men and women of various Native American tribes wore their hair in braids for centuries and many still do today. Hair equaled life, and they would only cut their hair when they were in mourning.

We all know that not cutting you hair frequently results in split ends. So how did the aboriginal Americans grow their hair and keep it healthy and luscious?

Jojoba oil is an extract of the Jojoba plant found in California, Arizona and parts of Mexico. For hundreds of years, American Indians used this oil extract to moisturize and grow hair. The makeup of jojoba has similar characteristics to the natural oil the glands of the scalp produce ( sebum ). Jojoba oil can be purchased at herb shops and can be applied directly to your hair. Another way you can enjoy the benefits of this oil is by adding it to your favorite deep conditioner or masque.  Jojoba is hypoallergenic and will not harm your hair or scalp.

Aloe vera is another product used by Native American Indians to promote hair growth and is also an excellent moisturizer for your hair. To use it as a hair growth product simply apply it directly to the scalp. It will open pores on the scalp that may have previously been blocked and will allow the hair follicles to grow.