Today we have a plethora of hair and beauty products to simplify our life, but have you ever wondered what it was like for the women in ancient times? When there were no beauty blenders or eyelash curlers? Yes, we are talking about the time when the cosmetic industry didn’t exist. Women have always been fascinated with beauty and have managed to look well put-together and flawless even when there were no cosmetics or hair products in the world.
Let’s take you back to the ancient times and tell you about the beauty hacks women relied on in the bygone era...
- DIY Kajal
- Henna and beetroot juice to colour hair
- Hibiscus powder for natural flush
- Multani mitti and sandalwood paste for fair, glowing skin
- Steam for hair fragrance
Before you could get a kajal pencil at every nook and corner of the city, yesteryear’s women used their own DIY kajal to rock kohl-rimmed eyes. How they did that? They would burn a lamp of castor oil with a muslin rag dipped in sandalwood the therapy for skin in it. The carbon remains of the lamp would then be mixed with castor oil and applied on the waterline. Easy? Not so much! Amazing? Hell yeah!
Henna and beetroot juice to colour hair
Henna is now used majorly to cover grey hair and as a hair conditioner. However, back in the day, women used this colouring agent to break out from the hair monotony. Henna mixed with beetroot juice gave a beautiful auburn shade to hair. Of course, it still works like a charm.
Hibiscus powder for natural flush
While Egyptian women used thick pastes made from red coloured fruits and vegetables like strawberries, beetroot to add the pop of colour on their cheeks, in the other parts of the world, including India, women used powder of crushed petals of hibiscus as blush. They often used to mix it with coconut oil for easy application.
Multani mitti and sandalwood paste for fair, glowing skin
In the time when there were no face masks to pamper yourself with, a i and sandalwood pack was the most popular one among the ladies. Also, women (or rather royal queens) soaked in milk baths to get smooth and milky soft skin. Talk about the Lux life!
Steam for hair fragrance
Sure, now you have hair mists and hair sprays for nice smelling hair, but back in the day, women used water steam with scented flowers in it to treat their hair and make it soft, smooth and smell flowery all day long.
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