Huangluo village in south-west China is home to the Yao community, whose women are known for their long Rapunzel-like locks. This village also holds the Guinness World Record for being the ‘world’s longest hair village’. Sounds like a dream. Right? Well, the hair of Yao community women can grow as long as 7 feet and what is more surprising is the fact that their hair is free of greys even post 80 years of age.
Ironically, the women are allowed to cut their hair only once in their lives — on 18th birthday. The hair is cut to ear-length which signifies that the woman is ready to get married and is looking for a partner. But instead of throwing away the chopped hair, it is preserved and is gifted to the girl once she is married only to be worn as a headgear.
Confused? Don’t be. Basically, a woman wears two hair extensions apart from her own hair — the one gifted to her after marriage and the one made out of her fallen hair strands.
Also, different hairdos signify their marital status:
- If the hair is wrapped in a circular motion, it means the girl is married
- If the hair is wrapped with a bun in the centre, it means the girl is married and has children.
- If the hair is covered with a cloth, then a girl is looking for a partner.
Well, now let’s talk about their long hair formula. While we all use hi-end hair care products to make our hair look healthy and manageable, the secret to their long, healthy, soft and shiny hair lies in an age-old formula that can now be yours! The women of Yao community wash their hair with fermented rice water which is left at room temperature for a day or until it turns a little sour. It is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which makes their hair healthy and long.
So, are you ready to give rice water a try?
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