What are some Afghan beauty hacks?

What are some Afghan beauty hacks?
Sebastian Fitzwilliam Jul, 28 2023

The Art of Kajal

Right, let's dive headfirst into the enchanting world that is Afghan beauty. In Afghanistan, the women have been perfecting their beauty regime for thousands of years, long before the West even knew the meaning of contouring. And one of the most distinctive aspects of Afghan beauty is the application of kajal. Now, before you turn to Google, allow me to impart some wisdom. Kajal, dear readers, is an intricate mix of soot and other ingredients like ghee and castor oil. It's used to define and accentuate the eyes, much like your basic eyeliner, only better. And when I say better, I mean a gazillion times better.

In Afghanistan, the application of kajal isn't merely a make-up ritual; it's a practice deeply rooted in tradition, and belief, as it is considered to have medicinal benefits. Kajal is worn by men, women, and even infants to ward off the 'evil eye.' My first encounter with kajal left me awestruck. Those piercing, intense eyes that seemingly held a thousand secrets, you know. Ever since that day, I swear by the Afghan kajal. Talk of going native!

Fabulous Flawlessly Glowing Skin Secrets

Now, who wouldn’t want radiant, glowing skin? But that's something easier said than done, right? Wrong! Afghani women have cracked the code to achieving flawlessly glowing skin, with simple, all-natural homemade remedies. One of their secret weapons is turmeric. Yes, the same spice you use to cook up that mouth-watering curry is also a wondrous beauty miracle. Turmeric is praised for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, thus it aids in reducing acne and even out the skin tone.

Another Afghan beauty homemade remedy includes Fuller's earth, or 'multani mitti', as it's known in the region. This mineral-rich clay is packed with nutrients that serve as nature's magic potion for the skin. When mixed with rose water, it works as an excellent facial mask that purifies the skin, removes excess oil, and unclogs the pores. Need I say more, or have I already convinced you to ditch the fancy French creams and embrace these Afghan beauty secrets instead?

The Magic of Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil is another hidden gem in the Afghan beauty arsenal. In Afghanistan, it's not uncommon to find a bottle of sweet almond oil in every household. It's probably as omnipresent as teapots, and potatoes. Used for its incredibly nourishing characteristics, sweet almond oil can be used as a top-to-toe beauty treatment. It's beneficial for hair, skin, and even nails. But its extra magic comes to light when it's used on the hair, ensuring luscious, shiny locks that look like they are straight out of a shampoo advert.

Personal story time: specifically, the time I decided to give it a go. I mean, I couldn’t cover Afghan beauty without actually trying these hacks myself, right? So, I got myself a bottle of almond oil. Then, terrified I may end up bald, I lightly massaged it onto my scalp and hair. Honestly? My hair felt softer, shinier, and — I kid you not — it appeared thicker. Miraculous! My advice to all you guys out there, don’t shy away from a bit of self-pampering. You’ll thank me later.

The Power of Rose Water

For ages, Afghan women have turned to nature for their beauty needs, and one of their favourite natural toners is rose water. Rose water has astringent properties that help tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It's no wonder then that the Afghani women are known for their ageless beauty. You know the saying, ‘there’s more than meets the eye’ – it certainly rings true here.

Henna for Hair

Another Afghan beauty secret that is worth noting is henna. Afghani women don't just use henna for their intricate temporary tattoos, but also to enhance their hair. Henna is a natural hair dye that veils the hair in a protective layer, enhancing its shine, volume, and texture.

As an unforgettable twist in my own beauty journey, I remember the day when I got talked into trying a spot of Afghan henna on a patch of stubborn grey. I left the paste on for a good couple of hours and washed it off expecting my hair to be firetruck red. But instead, I was treated to a rich chestnut with fiery hues in the sunlight that made me think, 'Maybe this isn't so bad?'

The Milky Facial Massage

Last but not least, the milky facial massage is the pinnacle of Afghan beauty hacks. Whole milk is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and proteins which can improve skin health. A milky facial massage not only moisturizes the skin, especially during the harsh, arid Afghan winters but it also adds elasticity and smoothness to the skin.

So that's it - the labyrinthine world of Afghan beauty secrets unveiled. I hope you've enjoyed this exploration as much as I did and are even now thinking about incorporating some of these Afghan beauty hacks into your own routine. As for me, I've someone become a convert to the practice of confidence and self-beauty. And honestly, my skin has never looked better!