Getting down to the root of the issue, a multi-ethnic study has demonstrated the “superiority” (of health) of the Indian hair.

A team headed by Yashwanth Kamath, who used to head the Textile Research Institute in Princeton, New Jersey, tested samples of hair for four characteristics that determine healthy hair – thickness, tensile strength, shine, and smoothness. Indian hair samples were put to the test for the World’s Best Hair study.

Their results put an end to any splitting of hairs over the issue: in terms of health, the Indian hair is the best, topping other ethnic groups on all four counts.

Indian women do a ‘champi’ every week (if not more often) to make their hair grow long, thick and strong.

A champi is a hot oil massage. This age-old remedy truly works because these special oils contains lauric acid and Vitamin E that deeply condition hair and seal split ends, while the massage improves blood circulation and stimulates hair growth.

Indian women are know for having the healthiest hair in the world

Hair is offered as a sacrifice in temples across India, to give thanks or to ask the gods for help – and that hair is then sold on to hair extensions around the world. On a religious festival day, up to 1,000 people, including 50 to 60 women, undergo the ritual at Tirupati temple north of Chennai.

It is safe to say that the temple makes millions from the piles of thick black locks. Yet the women who once possessed the hair – many of them peasants – receive not a penny, donating their hair, instead, as a religious sacrifice.

Vivir Extensions is working with USA foundations to help these women with their education and to improve their life styles and careers.