Many of us are fascinated with the idea of healthy, shining, and thick hair strands. During the quarantine, many people utilized this time for DIY, hacks, and of course, experimentation on our hair. Although some were able to create the perfect regimen for optimal healthy hair, many were stuck trying to figure out the perfect recipe.
Ancient Greek goddesses were not only known for their power but their natural beauty and their beautiful flowing hair. These original hair gurus anointed their bodies with earth’s natural products. What were their staple ingredients? What was the perfect recipe for healthy hair strands? How can it be incorporated into the perfect hair routine?
Ancient Hair Secrets in the Mediterranean
The foods of the gods and goddesses were always known to be nectar and ambrosia. These two were the ingredients for immortality and an overall increase in their life forces. One of the most important steps in all hair care secrets is food and the nutrients in it. It’s super important to constantly fuel your body with water and nutrient-dense food being that it can jump-start anyone’s hair journey.
Best Kept Ancient Hair Ingredient Secret
Here at Kazani Beauty, we pride ourselves on only using natural ingredients, straying away from any animal products. It’s imperative to know what goes into and onto our bodies. The main ingredient in most of our products is Extra Virgin Olive Oil which is commonly found in cooking cupboards but can also be used topically. The olive tree, native to the Mediterranean dates back to 10,000 years ago when humans began cultivating the plant. The ancient Greeks believed that the olive tree was a gift from Athena and began to incorporate it into their religious rituals. Olive oil was commonly used as medicine among ancient greek doctors, treating wounds, burns, ear infections, and other skin conditions.
With such a versatile product, it should come as no surprise that it has become a staple in every household.
Although Olive Oil is the main event in Ancient Greek beauty care regimens, there are other natural ingredients such as the Laurus Nobilis leaf and Pistachia Vera that deserve honorable mentions.
Laurus Nobilis leaf
The Laurus Nobilis Leaf, which is commonly referred to as bay laurel or bay leaf, is also another staple in kitchen cupboards. Popularly known as a culinary spice, it is placed in many dishes such as soups and stews.
In Greek Mythology, the Bay Laurel is imperative for divination and prophecy representing the relationship with Pythia and Apollo. The laurus nobilis leaf was used among Ancient Greeks to cast unbiased decisions and encourage visions. Although it's still used for these practices, it’s also used for purification and ritualistic ceremonies today.
Laurus Nobilis Leaf in Beauty Products
Our Kazani Products such as the Intensive Hair and Scalp Serum, we utilize this leaf to promote healthier looking hair. Using Bay Laurel in conjunction with Extra Virgin Olive Oil can create the perfect combination your hair needs for a luscious mane. Just utilizing Bay Laurel can help minimize hair flakes and promote healthy hair growth. The antioxidants found within this leaf can help reverse damage that could be done by air pollution which could leave the hair dry and brittle.
The History of Pistacia Vera
Pistacia Vera, also known as pistachio, is a part of the cashew family. Often seen as an addition to your trail mix or a garnish to a sweet or savory dish.
Pistachio oil is a hidden hair gem that is a great source of biotin which can aid hair loss and strengthen hair follicles. It is also packed with vitamin E which is super helpful when it comes to dryness and moisturizing.
Uses of Olive Oil and Laurel Nobilis in Ancient Greece
In Ancient Greece, Olive Oil was deemed as a sacred and valuable commodity which is commonly used in medicine, cosmetics and religious ceremonies. Olive oil has a special significance when it comes to rituals and traditions of Ancient Greece. This oil was used to fuel the ‘eternal flame’ of the earliest Olympic torch lighting the temples of Olympia. Greek Olympic athletes would train completely naked and use olive oil as protection from the sun and prevent loss of fluids.
Throughout history, the beautiful plant, Laurel Nobilis, was always linked to victory, protection, and wisdom to name a few. The Laurel Nobilis is notable in the story of Apollo and Daphne. Apollo, the Greek god of music, light, prophecy, medicine and poetry, fell in love with Daphne, a nymph who was transformed into the Laurel Nobilis by her father in order to avoid being courted. Laurel was and still is considered holy, with only Apollo allowing his priestess Phytia to pick and chew the leaves, be cleansed by the smoke during rituals at Delphi.
Why Plant Based Ingredients?
Beginning Your Hair Care Journey
To jump start your hair care journey, try using Kazani Intensive Hair and Scalp Serum. This overnight serum can help restore your hair roots and ends assisting your hair in for beautiful shine and help fortify thin hair that would have arisen from free radicals in the air. Follow the steps below on how to use our serum for optimal results.
Step 1: Apply a full dropper of the serum onto the scalp of dry or damp hair.
Step 2: Be sure to evenly distribute the product from the roots to the ends of hair.
Step 3: Leave the product in your hair overnight.
Step 4: Rinse thoroughly before shampooing hair. It's amazing how many common cooking essentials can be beneficial to your hair care journey.
By delving into the secrets of ancient Greece, you too can also work towards developing gorgeous tresses such as Apollo and Aphrodite!
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