Chances are, you have a blurry memory tucked in a corner of your mind of your grandmother lining her eyes with kohl or adorning her hands or hair with henna.
You might have also noticed that these age-old ingredients have made a comeback in recent years—just take Azra’s contemporary henna work as an example.
Here, we’ve rounded up the best:
Rose water instead of micellar water
Not only does it have cleansing powers, rose water is also a natural toner and hydrating ingredient for an extra-glowy skin.
Green soap to get rid of dead skin
This vegetable oil-based soap is indispensable in hammams. It’s best to use before exfoliating your body and face.
Hummus for face masks
Yes, hummus is a potent ingredient that can reduce redness, inflammation and diminish the appearance of age spots. A hummus and rose water face mask is a definite must-try.
Tfal or rhassoul for super slick hair
The North African clay can be used in place of shampoo or conditioner. It’s loved for its moisturising and straightening powers.
Henna as a hair dye
Henna might have been popularized globally as a body adornment, but its heritage doesn’t stop there. The powder has long been used to add a red tone to the hair.
‘3oksa’ to keep your hair intact
Popular in North Africa, ‘3oksa’ is the practice of wrapping a piece of stretchy fabric (typically a pantyhose) around the hair to minimize frizz.
Extra virgin olive oil for moisturizing hair
A well-kept Mediterranean secret, olive oil makes a perfect ultra-nourishing hair mask – apply it on the hair for 20 minutes.
DIY dye for dark hair
Mix a couple crushed cloves and oak galls (small balls from oak trees used historically to make ink) with water and have yourself your own black hair dye.
Cloves as a natural perfume
No chemicals needed, just use a crushed clove.
Prickly pear to get rid of your under-eye circles
It also includes Vitamin K, which helps even out skin tones.
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