Explore the world and learn secrets for beautiful hair! This week, Madison Reed visits Ethiopia to bring you hair care secrets, fashion-forward trends, and fascinating facts.
This landlocked country in the horn of Africa is known for beautiful destinations like the Blue Nile falls and the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, for its diverse population of over 80 ethnic groups, and for being a founding member of the UN. It is also widely considered the birthplace of the first anatomically modern humans. With nearly 90 million residents, Ethiopia is the second-most populous nation in the African continent.
Beauty Tip: Ghee
Clarified butter (aka ghee), is commonly used by Ethiopian women to moisturize the skin and hair. To get its benefits at home, use it undiluted, or mix it with an equal amount of olive or coconut oil, and apply generously to your hair and scalp, paying close attention to the ends. Massage into your hair well, and let it sit for up to an hour. Rinse well with a moisturizing formula—Madison Reed’s nourishing color-enhancing shampoo and conditioner hydrates and protects your hair and prolongs your color.
This traditional Ethiopian hairstyle is an intricate braid design, in which all or half of the hair is pulled back with tight braids on the scalp—similar to cornrows, but in wildly creative patterns and combinations. This style is worn by Ethiopian women and men alike.
There are over 80 different languages spoken in Ethiopia, though Oromo and Amharic are the most prevalent. Luckily for travellers, English and Arabic are also widely spoken.
Ethiopians measure time from when the sun rises and count time on the opposite end of the clock—so when the sun rises at the start of the day, it’s actually 12 o’clock in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia is one of the only nations in Africa that has never been colonized, though it was briefly occupied by the Italians from 1936 to 1941.
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