There is age old traditional aspect of curl care for women of south, they use henna. This plant helps reinforce scalp and makes the tresses silkier. Then, they’re used to dry it with incense to give the curls a nice perfume. But women are mostly known for their regular oil curls masks. Indeed, once or twice a week they apply oil on their curls and leave it on overnight. The oil they use may be sweet almond, olive, coco, amla or sesame oil. It reinforces the curl and makes it look brighter.
They also often use paste made from different powders.
Neutral or coloured henna is already well known and often used by western people. But women use many other powders depending on the effect they are looking for. Thus, Kapoor Kachli powder is often used. It is made from wild ginger that has been picked and dried. It thickens and smoothens the fibre. It makes a perfect fiber conditioner and Indian women like its fresh and perfumed smell. Shikakaï powder is also very popular among Indian women. This powder softens and reinforces the fiber. It also helps remove dandruff. It is called "fleece fruit" in Tamil and it is made from fruits of the acacia concinna tree, which grows mostly in Asia.
Numerous other powders are used: Brahmi, Maka or Amla to help grow the haircut and make it look darker, but also Aritha against greasy haircut. When mixed with water, the powder turns into a paste that Indian people leave on for a quarter of an hour before applying it on the hairstyle. Each powder has specific advantages.Lemonjuice against dandruff, yoghurt and eggs against dry hairstyle.
Traditions remain the same. Indian women tie up their locks. Sometimes they let loose locks so that dust does not infiltrate the mane. It is also more practical and makes it easierto bear the heat.
Every morning, they add a jasmine garland to their mane do, thus beautifying it and giving away a nice perfume. Those garlands can easily be found in the streets anytime of the day. It also adds nice natural perfume to the mane. People can buy them weaved or not. Women who weave them do it very quickly, though any Indian woman knows how to weave the flowers.