Indians are known to have some of the longest, most beautiful hair in the world. It’s lustrous, voluminous, silky, and often sweeps the ground. For a long time, Indian hair growth secrets were under lock and key. But that’s not the case anymore!
With a little research, you can grow your hair to crazy lengths.
It’s just a matter of having the right information and products at your disposal. In this article, we’ll share the best of the best Indian secrets for fast hair growth that you can try in the comfort of your own home. Let’s get right into it!
Indian Hair Growth Secrets
Indian culture has long been known for its natural remedies and holistic approach to health and beauty. Regarding hair growth, Indians have some secret ingredients passed down for generations.
If you’re like most people, you’ve never heard of Champi before. Champi is a Hindi word that means “massage.” In this case, it’s referring to a hot oil scalp massage.
Hot oil scalp massages aren’t new to Americans. We often try them out once or twice and then never do them again. But Indian women swear by the benefits of regular scalp massage for hair growth.
Why Hot Oil Massages Work
If you’re wondering why scalp massage leads to hair growth, it’s all about circulation. When you massage your scalp, blood, and nutrients rush to the scalp and nourish the hair follicles.
If you do this on a regular basis, you can help to guarantee the health and functionality of your hair follicles. Healthy hair follicles are better able to grow hair than unhealthy ones.
How to Do a Hot Oil Massage
Now, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty of executing the massage. Follow the below instructions for the best results:
- Dispense a few ounces of oil into a microwave-safe bowl or a pot. From there, you can either place the bowl in the microwave for a few seconds or place the pot on the stove and heat it up for a minute or two. Either way, your goal is to heat up the oil.
- Test the temperature of the oil on the inside of your wrist. The oil should be warm, not piping hot.
- Once you’ve determined that it’s the right temperature, coat your fingertips in the oil and begin massaging your scalp with the pads of your fingers. You may need to continue adding oil to your fingers as you move around your scalp. It shouldn’t take longer than 5 to 10 minutes to massage your entire scalp.
- After the massage, you can move on to the next step in your hair care or styling routine.
To maximize the effectiveness of the massage session, shampoo your hair beforehand, focusing intently on scrubbing your scalp. With your scalp fresh and clean, it’ll be more receptive to the goodness in the oil treatment.
Use the Right Oil For Your Massage
In case you weren’t aware, the oil you choose makes a difference in the results you’ll experience. Indians like to use moringa oil, amla oil, or coconut oil for these massages.
They’re all chock-full of hair-growth supporting components, which makes them a good fit for this purpose.
Do the massage once a week for the best results.
Pre-pooing is a buzzword that permeated the natural hair community several years ago. It’s the practice of coating your hair in oil before shampooing your hair.
The average shampoo contains harsh cleansers that can strip the natural oils from your scalp and hair. The result is chronic hair and scalp dryness that can lead to split ends and breakage that stunt your hair growth.
So what does the oil do?
It acts as a barrier and shields your hair from some of the drying effects of the shampoo. This is extremely important, especially for those who find their hair dry and crispy after washing it.
How To Do a Pre-poo Treatment
The first thing you’ll do is get your hands on your favorite oil and some hibiscus flowers and leaves. If you don’t have real leaves, you can buy hibiscus powder.
To make the oil, you’ll do the following:
- Grab your hibiscus powder or cut off the leaves from a hibiscus plant.
- Combine the oil and hibiscus leaves or powder together in a pot.
- Turn the stove on and let the mixture heat up for a few minutes.
- Allow the mixture to sit for up to 72 hours.
- Strain the leaves out of the mixture and apply the oil to your hair and scalp. Ensure that you don’t miss any strands of hair.
Once your hair is coated in the mixture, you’ll shampoo your hair as usual.
Don’t change how much shampoo you use, how long you leave the shampoo in your hair, or anything else. Once you rinse the shampoo out of your hair, you’ll follow it up with your regular conditioner or deep conditioner.
Then you can continue with your normal styling routine.
Take Hair Healthy Vitamins
In order to grow healthy hair, you have to feed your hair follicles. Without sufficient nourishment, they won’t be able to grow strong, healthy hair.
Some of the main vitamins you should be sure to get through your diet or supplements include vitamins A, B, C, D, folate, zinc, iron, and more.
Indians usually prefer to get their vitamins from food. The body tends to absorb nutrients better from food than from pills. But if you don’t eat an extremely balanced diet, you can definitely go with a hair growth pill.
Note: It’s important to know that going on a hair growth pill won’t magically make your hair grow 6 inches in a month, and it may not increase your hair growth rate at all.
What these pills do is help fill in any vitamin or mineral gaps in your diet to ensure your scalp and hair follicles have what they need to grow hair.
If your hair growth stalled due to a deficiency in a certain vitamin or mineral, changing your diet or going on a supplement can result in faster growth and stronger hair.
Wash Your Hair Only as Necessary
In a society like ours, cleanliness is paramount, so it’s perceived as a good thing to keep your hair and scalp clean. However, if you overwash your hair, you might quickly find that your hair is way too dry to be great.
Chronic hair dryness is not an isolated issue; it often leads to increased split ends and a higher risk of breakage. If you can prevent that, you can increase your chances of reaching your hair length goals.
According to Indians, a good hair shampooing frequency is about once per week.
If you already wash your hair way more often than that, you can slowly stretch out your wash sessions over time. Be prepared, as your hair may feel dirtier or oilier than usual. But your scalp will adjust to your new wash routine over time.
Do Regular Hair Masks
Hair masks are huge in Indian culture, and the henna mask surpasses other mask types in popularity. Henna boasts tons of amazing ingredients for the hair, including vitamin E, antioxidants, strengthening proteins, and more. Leveraging henna in your deep conditioning routine can do wonders for your hair.
You could simply buy the henna powder at a health food store or on Amazon and add it to your favorite deep conditioner. If you’re not into using a commercial deep conditioner, you could also combine a couple of eggs with a mixture of henna and water.
Either way, you’ll apply the mixture to your hair and wait for up to an hour for the mask to do its work. Afterward, you’ll wash your hair with a gentle shampoo, then condition and style it.
Did you think that African Americans were the only ones who used protective styling to grow their hair? Not true. Indians do too!
But you won’t see them rocking the same protective styles as you may be used to.
Instead of cornrows and box braids, they tend to wear their hair in larger braids, crown braids, and other low-manipulation styles that keep the ends of the hair up.
That way, the ends won’t become damaged as they go about their day. You can do the same to protect your strands and promote length retention.
So there you have it–several secret Indian hair growth tips to keep in mind as you formulate your hair regimen. We encourage you to try out some or even all of these tips to achieve your length goals. Good luck!
Kenneth Byrd holds a BS in Accounting and Management Information Systems and an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a serial hair blogger that has been writing about hair care since 2008, when he co-founded Curl Centric® and Natural Hair Box. Curl Centric is a website operated by a husband and wife team that encourages healthy hair care. At Curl Centric, we aim to help our readers take control of their hair care journey and make good decisions about products, hairstyles, and maintenance techniques. We also have strict editorial integrity; here’s an explanation of our editorial guidelines and how we make money.