If you caught the ‘event à grand spectacle’ that was Grand Mummies Royal Parade in Egypt, then you may have stumbled across one of the most stunning figures of the day: Queen Tiye, the great wife of the Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep III, the mother of Akhenaten and grandmother of Tutankhamen and Ankhsenamun.
Queen Tiye was a powerful woman, highly regarded by rulers in Ancient Egyptian society and foreign nations. She is frequently mentioned in the “Amarna Letters”, correspondence written between Egyptian Kings and their vassals of the Near East throughout the ancient world. She wielded significant influence in both her son and husbands legendary reigns.
Archaeologists in Egypt unearthed the 3,000-year-old mummy of the Egyptian Queen with her beautiful long curly hair intact. The hair of Egyptian royalty was a way to appraise their status in the afterlife and the mortal world. It was a clear indication that they belonged to a very high-ranking group. The discovery was made in a pyramid near Beni Hasan, Luxor province, one of ancient Egypt’s wealthiest cities.
Egyptian Royals used a wealth of natural ingredients to protect and moisturise their skin, hair, and nails. One of the earliest mentions of Ancient Egyptian herbal knowledge is found in a papyrus,” The Ebers,” which dates back to before 1550 BC and is one of the oldest known natural remedy documents in existence.
Read on to find out the natural plant extracts behind her hair’s super strength to keep your head full of hair for years to come.
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Hair Oils of Royalty
Known as “The Plant of Immortality” and “The Elixir of Eternal Life” in ancient Egypt, Aloe Vera is a great natural hair moisturiser! The two parts of an aloe vera leaf used in healing are the juice and the gel. Due to its amazing long list of vitamins A, B, C & E, fatty acids and 160+ antioxidants, it strengthens hair by delivering these to your follicles and nourishing from deep within. Anytime you need some moisture, reach for aloe vera. It can also be whipped into a cream mixing with another Pharaoh favourite, raw shea butter.
For deep hydration of my hair, I love Afrocenchix’s Swirl Silicone-Free Conditioner, Smooth Moisturising Cream, and Sheen moisturising spray infused with Aloe Vera and certified Fairtrade raw shea butter.
Originally harvested from the castor plant (“Ricinus communis”) in the Nile Delta region, for the ancient Egyptians, Castor oil was a natural remedy that could maximise growth potential and increase hair thickness with regular use and boost health. It is rich in Vitamin E, minerals, proteins, and Omega 6 and 9 beneficial fatty acids and ricinoleic acid – a type of fatty acid; when applied, it enhances the keratin in hair and, in turn, strengthens hair follicles for good length retention (as well as prevent and remedy hair loss).
For benefits of softening, conditioning and protecting the hair from breakage, I love the Afrocenchix Seal oil, packed with Castor oil and other stellar ingredients in the Eber Papyrus like Coconut, and Jojoba oil.
Sweet Almond Oil is a wonderfully versatile oil extracted from almond nuts. The Egyptians loved applying it directly onto their scalp and massaging into the roots because it is rich in vitamins A, B1 & E and magnesium, potassium and zinc, which help prevent itchiness and redness or dandruff and provide the sensitive scalp with intense nourishment, while the fatty acids ensure hair stays lustrous and soft. They also would mix oils they used on their hair and scalp with essential oils, depending on what they desired.
Massaging your scalp promotes hair growth and thickness by increasing blood flow to the follicles, I love Afrocenchix Soothe scalp oil containing Almond Oil, blended with Lavender and Cedarwood Essential Oils.
SACRED SCALP STIMULATION
Infusing spirituality into your hair regime works just as well as with beauty. As use your fingers to massage your scalp or tend to your hair, say this affirmation and prayer: “God, thank you for allowing me to take perfect care of me. Thank you for my scalp, which is precious, sensitive, and beautiful. Thank you for my hair that is strong, shiny, full, and healthy. My hair is a reminder that you made me beautiful and unique.”
It is not easy to find time for hair care. But with the right products and tools in your kit, it becomes much easier.
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