The story of this wonderful woman is full of magic, grace and secrets. A stunningly beautiful lady riding horseback with the hair fully covering her body has inspired poets for many centuries. Being an example of female chastity and devotion she is also symbolizing every woman’s dream to have beautiful dreadlocks. Yes, Lady Godiva had gorgeous hair and it is not hard to understand that she had to take proper care of it. During the days of Medieval England she had no chance to enjoy the professional hair shampoos and conditioners. Hardly she could buy the miracle food supplements as well. How she did it? How could a woman keep her hair in a condition to be still remembered generations after her time?
The answer is simple-she lived a healthy way and ate healthy food. There has been no trichologists in medieval times, but women had been using a wide range of natural methods to protect their hair. They might still be of some interest today.
She had no addictions to caffeine, nicotine or alcohol and was keeping her dignity all her time. Let us remember that our hair reacts to the changes of life style faster than we expect. For example-a stress or traumatic event makes the capillaries of your scalp constrict. If the stress continues repeatedly, the capillaries tend to stay constricted every time this event occurs. The usage of Nicotine or Caffeine aggravates the situation as they affect the blood vessels the same way. The hair follicles start suffering from improper blood circulation and the regrowth of new hair turns sluggish.
In fact European women used hair accessories made from wood, ivory or bone in medieval times. They usually did not have sharp edges. Women also used to brush their hair at least 100 strokes before bedtime and this habit has still been popular until the last century. These two things assured a perfect massage of the scalp and must have forced the growth of the hair the natural way ensuring good blood circulation. Wood or bone combs did not damage the hair and kept the skin of scalp intact from injuries, which is not guaranteed by the combs and brushes of these days. Today’s medicine still recommends the scalp massage in cases of severe hair slink.
Everybody knows that exposure to direct sun is dangerous to skin. Ultraviolet rays of direct sunlight hurt the hair same way as they hurt skin. They change the structure of the hair making them brittle and fade. The cold weather and wind cause scalp circulation problems through constriction of capillaries. That is why you should protect your head from direct sunlight on the beach or high in the mountains.
Lady Godiva must have used the soap plants, natural soaps and medicinal herbs to wash her hair. In fact, the more often you wash your hair, the more sebum is produced by sebaceous glands of your scalp. The best way is to wash your hair no more often than two times a week. If your hair is extremely dry, the best way is to wash it once in two weeks with a soft water. The easiest way to soften hard water is to boil it and add a sprinkle of lemon juice into it. You will not over stimulate the sebaceous glands and the hair will get less oily if you keep it washing this way. The usage of quality shampoos containing natural oils might be beneficial as well. All devices that mechanically, thermally or chemically affect your hair will finally damage it.
Remember that constant usage of these devices reduce the natural hair growth and leads to the thinning or loss of hair. Your hair grows at a rate of only 1 cm a month. That means that the hair that is 12 cm length shows the marks of the treatments received throughout the whole year. I think this fact should indicate that Lady Godiva must have been an extremely caring woman. Some tricks of folklore medicine might still help you today. You might try to use the common plants like chamomile and onion to take care of your scalp and have a shiny and healthy hair. Cold infusion of onion skin (1 part onion and 20 parts of water) or cold chamomile tea applied regularly to the scalp is told to improve the natural growth of your hair and is still believed to provide a healthy look for it. Keep in mind that they have a mild coloring effect and will give your hair a golden shade. If you add 2 spoonfuls of vinegar to 1 liter of the rinse water, the dark colored hair most probably will get shiny as well.
Medieval women were eating beans, peas, eggs, and fish mostly. These products as well as curd and cheese are the natural sources of methionine, which is vital for the growth of skin cells, nails, and hair. Nuts and berries were also a big part in their diet, providing daily doses of oils and vitamins. I am sure that you might also benefit from consuming those products more often.