Explore the world and learn secrets for beautiful hair! This week, Madison Reed visits Fiji to bring you hair care secrets, fashion-forward trends, and fascinating facts.
An archipelago of over 300 islands located between Samoa and the Solomon Islands, Fiji is a unique destination that boasts tropical weather, beaches, coral gardens, wedding proposals, and the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. The pristine natural environment is a popular tourist destination, and is filled with activities for couples and families alike. FIJI water does, in fact, come from Fiji.
Beauty Tip: Macadamia Nut Oil
This special cold-pressed oil, common in Fiji, contains the highest level of palmitoleic acid of any plant oil. It’s naturally found in human sebum, which dramatically drops in mature skin, making macadamia nut oil an excellent choice to keep skin and hair youthful, and help prevent wrinkles. Since it penetrates into the skin very quickly, it tones and softens well—and it has a healing effect on dry, chemically damaged hair. Try it as an overnight skin treatment, or as a leave-in conditioner for your hair. On damp hair, apply a small amount near the roots, and comb through the lengths of the hair to distribute evenly. For dry hair, simply massage it into the ends. Macadamia nut oil also makes an amazing scalp conditioner.
Hairstyle: All Frizzed Out
Most of us try to fight frizz, but many Fijians think the opposite. Big, natural, frizzy hair is a common site on the islands (on purpose). Naturally curly and coily hair looks beautiful brushed or combed out—think of a 70s-era Diana Ross or Angela Davis. As long as the hair is kept long, the frizz doesn’t overtake the style.
- Fiji has an average of 70 inches of rainfall each year.
- In Fijian villages, only the chief can wear hats and sunglasses (the top of the head is considered the most sacred, and is not meant to be touched).
- Fiji includes over 300 islands and 500 islets across the span of 7,000 square miles. 87% of the population lives on the two biggest islands, and only 110 of the islands are actually permanently inhabited.
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