Explore the world and learn secrets for beautiful hair! This week, Madison Reed visits Myanmar to bring you hair care secrets, fashion-forward trends, and fascinating facts.
Scattered with gilded pagodas, Myanmar is a country that truly shines in terms of its beauty and culture. It boasts gorgeous beaches, exceptional food, and unique traditional styles. Men and women alike still regularly wear the longyi—a traditional garment made out of a single length of cloth, and worn like a sarong. During British colonial times, traditional dress was worn as a form of passive resistance, but today it's a matter of comfort as well as national culture. Myanmar is proud of its roots, and there is so much to experience in this beautiful country that visitors are never left looking for something to do.
Hairstyle: Side Slick
Women in Myanmar are often blessed with thick, straight, durable hair. A classic style is the side slick: a very neat deep part and sleek sides. To achieve this look, women wash it only when needed, and use coconut oil at the ends to add some extra moisture. They run a fine-tooth comb through their hair at the end to make it pristine. To achieve similar results at home, Madison Reed Tame adds sleekness and shine to straight styles, and frizz-free smoothness to wavy hair. Use before or after styling as above.
Beauty Tip: Thanaka
If you’re ever in Myanmar, you might notice a distinct yellowish paste applied in circles and irregular shapes on people’s faces. It's made by grinding the bark from the Thanaka tree, it is said to cure acne, fight wrinkles, and is also used as a cooling moisturizer on hot summer days. For most people, creating paste out of logs is a bit too much work, so tablets and powders are available to make a quick remedy at home. Keep it away from your hair, though! When combined with kusuma oil, thanaka is commonly used to remove unwanted hair—permanently.
Today, 89 percent of the population of Myanmar is Buddhist.
There is a widespread superstition around cutting hair in this country—no one cuts their hair on Mondays, Fridays, or on their birthday.
Betel nut is the national chewing gum. Street stalls sell palm-sized green leaves filled with betel nut, spices and sometimes a pinch of tobacco, which is then folded and chewed.
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