Ultimate Moroccan Hammam Ritual guide

Hammam

Ever heard of the phrase “there is nothing a hot bath can’t fix?” We say there’s nothing a Moroccan Hammam can’t fix!

Here’s the only guide you’ll need when it comes to a Moroccan Hammam.

What is a Moroccan Hammam?

Hammam

Hammam the ancient art of self-care.

If you have never heard of the word hammam, you are in for a long steamy but relaxing ride.

Hammam is the Arabic word for “bathroom” but it is also used to talk about the beauty ritual appreciated for its purifying virtues and which detoxifies the skin. The steam helps to loosen up tense muscles and open the pores of the epidermis.

Nowadays, many Hammam treatments use hydrating soaps rich in vitamin E, natural organic scrubs, and rosewater infused products are also a staple when it comes to Moroccan Hammam must-haves.

And we can’t forget our favorite: Moroccan Argan oil!

How to prepare a Hammam at home

What a pleasure it is to treat yourself to a Moroccan Hammam to relax and find soft satiny skin. You can create this wellness ritual in your bathroom.

It’s possible to enjoy all the benefits of the Moroccan hammam ritual at home by following these 7 essential steps:

1. Apply an oil treatment to your hair

Woman applying oil to her hair

The first step to your Moroccan bath is to nourish your hair with a hydrating treatment for a couple of hours.

Applying hair oil to your scalp and the tips of your hair helps to promote hair growth and deeply nourishes your hair for thick soft hair.

To get the best results, make sure you choose a good quality and pure Moroccan Argan oil and Black seed oil. Use one teaspoon each for every use. They’ll go a long way.

2. Run a hot bath or shower

A hot shower running

The second essential point of the Moroccan home hammam is hot water: it must be very hot and create steam in the bathroom. Only 10 minutes of immersion in the shower is enough for the body to relax and the pores of the skin to open.

If you are more of a bathtub fan, check out our favorite bath bombs.

The oils in these Organic bath bombs are super moisturizing, with a variety of hydrating oils leaving your skin feeling soft and supple for the rest of the day!

3. Prepare your skin for exfoliation with black soap

Moroccan black soap

After bathing or showering, on damp skin, you can go ahead and apply Moroccan black soap all over your body in a thin layer. Composed largely of oil and black olive pulp, this soap makes the skin soft and silky smooth as it nourishes, exfoliates, and moisturizes it. It is used the same way as any other regular soap but generates little Foam.

And it is best to use a 100% natural Moroccan black soap for the best results.

4. Exfoliate your skin with the Kassa or loofah glove

Kassa or Loofah glove

After leaving the Moroccan black soap for applied to the body for 10 minutes, your skin is ready for gentle exfoliation of the epidermis. Softer than a horsehair glove, the Kassa is made of viscose crepe or tightly woven plant fibers. Rubbing the body with this glove in circular movements activates blood circulation, which restores firmness to the skin and removes dead skin. Your body will feel soft and satiny.

5. Apply a Ghassoul lava clay mask

Rhassoul clay mask

After exfoliation, a mask with Rhassoul is ideal. This cleansing clay with purifying and detoxifying virtues comes in the form of a powder. All you need to do is mix 3 teaspoons of Ghassoul diluted with water to create a foam that can be applied all over the body and on the hair. After leaving it on for 15 minutes, rinse with lukewarm water.

Your skin will be as smooth as a baby’s skin!

6. Clean hair and apply hair conditioner

Hair washing in the shower

You’re almost done!

It’s now time to rinse the hair oil and thoroughly cleanse your scalp and your hair will thank you for the Argan oil hair treatment!

To clean your hair make sure to use organic shampoo and finish up with a rich hydrating deep conditioner.

7. Massage with Moroccan Argan oil

Woman massaging her leg with oil

To finish the hammam ritual at home, perform a massage with organic Moroccan Argan Oil, on your dry skin. Thanks to its fatty acids and vitamin E, which seals moisture and nourishment, relaxes the muscles, and softens your skin.

As a final touch, spritz rosewater mist on your face and body, to tighten your pores and leave you feeling re-energized.

The best way to finish your at-home Moroccan Hammam Ritual is to finish off by enjoying some Moroccan hot mint tea.

After a home hammam, you will feel more relaxed and softer than ever!

Where did Hammam originate from?

Moroccan Hammams were inspired by public baths in the ancient traditions of Roman and Byzantine Houses.

The ancient bathhouse grew rapidly in Islamic culture as a place to prepare for prayer. These beautiful Hammams were commonly found next to mosques and medinas.

Traditionally, Moroccan Hammams are often located near mosques to facilitate the purification of the body and soul before the prayers.

What is a traditional Moroccan Hammam?

A traditional Moroccan Hammam is the local public Hammam, whereas Hammam Spas are private and mostly for tourists. In an authentic Moroccan Hammam, you get to pick buckets and head to the big steam room.

In the steam room, your body is cleansed from head to toe, after that a Dellak, “a hammam attendant”, will douse you with water before applying the Moroccan black soap to your skin and exfoliating it with a Kassa glove.

Is hammam good for skin?

A woman touching her face

A Moroccan hammam will leave your skin pure and clean your pores like never before! The steam helps release the clogged pores and well get rid of dead skin. This leaves you with fresh smoother skin, a healthy glow.

Moroccan Hammam has other benefits such as muscle relaxation and pain relief.

For a complete hammam set, you can check out this rejuvenating Hammam Pack.

How often should you go to a Hammam?

Moroccans usually take their hammam day very seriously, it is customary to do it once a week. If you are not used to it, start with once a month.

It’s normal to reserve Saturday evening for a complete hammam ritual with extreme heat and vigorous scrubbing but the Moroccan black soap and Moroccan Argan oil can be incorporated into your daily cleansing and moisturizing routine without the complete hammam experience.

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