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Secrets Persian Women Swear By For Thick, Shiny Hair

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07 . 21 . 19
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Allison McNamara is a writer, producer, host and editor based in Los Angeles. Allison has been reporting on beauty and fashion for over a decade, and also has here own clean skincare line MARA. Keep up-to-date with Allison and her bright red hair on Instagram @allisonmcnamara.
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You can’t deny the beauty that is a Persian woman’s enviably thick, shiny, long, luscious locks. So what’s their secret? Besides being genetically #blessed, Persian culture goes back thousands of years and many of the rituals and ingredients used have been passed down from mothers and grandmothers over the years. They also put a huge emphasis on natural, homemade remedies for both beauty and medicinal needs. We tapped Shiva Tavakoli, founder of Joon haircare and the cult fave Saffron Hair Elixir, to spill the tea on how she keeps her hair looking thick and shiny.

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Get Crafty in the Kitchen

Persian women pride themselves on their hair and werk to take care of it. Shiva notes that, “we use a lot of homemade masks and remedies with traditional spices and ingredients like yogurt, saffron, honey, olive oil and more.” If you’re a bit hesitant to whip up your own DIY concoction, pick up a bottle of Shiva’s Saffron Hair Elixir with pistachio and rose that’s expertly formulated to add shine, detangle, defrizz, seal ends, moisturize and protect from heat!

All Things Rose

Roses have been revered in Persian culture for centuries. Famous Persian poets (like Rumi) and painters use roses to symbolize love and beauty in their art. Rose has also been used as a common ingredient in Persian sweets as well as in beauty routines. Hellllo, rose ice cream! Rose oil has recently become more popular in America, because it is a great way to hydrate and nourish the hair and skin. 

Add Saffron

Not just a super pricey seasoning for your dinner, saffron is also wonderful for your hair which is why Shiva made it a key ingredient in her Joon Saffron Hair Elixir.  Saffron contains specific antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents that make it great for hair and skin. It aids in strengthening the hair and has the ability to prevent hair loss. It also helps brighten dull skin and can even treat acne and blemishes. 

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Get Your Diet in Check

According to Shiva, to achieve optimal hair health you also need to consume healthy nutrients such as proteins, vitamin C & E, fatty acids, iron, zinc, selenium and antioxidants. Together saffron, pistachio and rose contain all these things, so in addition to using her Joon Saffron Hair Elixir with pistachio and rose, you can snack on delicacies like saffron, pistachio and rose water!

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