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27 Ingenious DIY Beauty Hacks and Tips

DIY beauty hacks and tips

All of us love beauty tips. Don’t we?

When you are dying to press the snooze on your alarm in the morning or catch up on a healthy habit, or are short of moolah, you do not have to choose between looking good and anything else.

Try these Tried and tested hacks that will not just save our day but our time and too are always welcome.

Here are a few ingenious beauty hacks and tips:

Every girl ought to know these and they will change your life for the better.

DIY Beauty Hack #1

You probably already know that flicking your eyeliner upward will give you a gorgeous cat eye look, but what you might not know is that flicking your eyeliner downwards will give your eyes a more rounded and wider shape. We could all do with wide eyes. Trust the Koreans to give us this beauty hack.

DIY Beauty Hack #2

If you struggle to make your lipstick stay put on your lips through the entire all-night party, fret not. After you apply a coat of color on your lips, cover them with a tissue and dab some translucent powder on it with a blush brush. Remove the tissue and give your pout, a second coat. Voila! No more smudging and fading of your lip color.

DIY Beauty Hack #3

Have your lips look fuller in no time without having to use fillers, or stingy glosses. Just dab your finger in a shimmery shadow and then gently dab it on the Cupid’s bow and the centre of your lower lip. Gorgeous orifices in a snap!

DIY Beauty Hack #4

If you have loose pigments in your favorite colors, you can blend them with petroleum jelly to make your own tinted lip salve. You even get to choose the intensity of the color. Brilliant we say.

DIY Beauty Hack #5

To perfect your cupid’s bow, start off by first marking an x right at the centre of your upper lip. Proceed to apply color and you will know why this tip had a mention here.

DIY Beauty Hack #6

Don’t know the contouring and highlighting game yet? So what! Just grab a good skin gloss and dab the light reflecting wonder on your cheekbones, brow bones, collar bones, and the centre of your pout to transform your face. You are welcome.

DIY Beauty Hack #7

Want eyelash extensions in a jiffy? Fluff up your eyelashes with some translucent powder between layers of mascara and you will be surprised how great your lashes look. Quit the real thing and flutter away gorgeous eyelashes.

DIY Beauty Hack #8

Broke your heart a couple of hundred times over a sudden snag on your gorgeous nails that you took months to achieve? Cut out a small piece of tea bag cloth and place it over the nail crack. Apply a generous layer of nail glue and wait till it sets. File the edges and no one will ever know.

DIY Beauty Hack #9

Apply your eye cream to your cuticles. Massaging your nails often will intensely hydrate them, giving you nails that are just as resilient as they are beautiful.

DIY Beauty Hack #10

Want your nails to match your eye makeup? Scoop a little pigment from your shadow palette into a container. Add a little clear top coat to it and apply. There you go! No more bringing the house down looking for a particular shade of nail paint.

DIY Beauty Hack #11

If you’ve cried your eyes out or got drunk out of your wits the night before, grab 2 tea bags (that has been dipped in water and tossed in the freezer for 5 minutes) and a white liner. Apply the tea bags over your puffy eyes and gently press. Keep them on till they are room temperature to get rid of the puffiness. Next, run your white eyeliner along the waterline to make your eyes appear less red. Look as fresh as a flower.

DIY Beauty Hack #12

Want your eye shadow to last longer? Apply a layer of concealer on your lids and let it set before you apply your shadow. The concealer will absorb the oil and retain the colour for a long time.

DIY Beauty Hack #13

If you have light colored eyelashes and you want to add color to them without making them appear mascara layered, try this: Use a thin liquid liner brush, dip it in the product, and go over your lashes lightly in a windshield wiper motion till you cover all your lashes. Color the lashes from roots to ends and then use an eyebrow comb to separate your lashes if they stick to each other. This trick is perfect for when you want to sport an au-naturel look.

DIY Beauty Hack #14

If you wish your pencil eyeliner was smoother and creamier, hold the tip of the pencil against a flame for 2 seconds and then wait for it to cool off. Glide on and you will instantly notice the difference.

DIY Beauty Hack #15

If your mascara accidentally landed on your under eye or stained your lid, DO NOT use your finger to get it off. No, you don’t even have to start all over again. Just dip a small concealer brush in soft miscellar water and go over the stain. You will have got rid of it without spoiling the rest of your eye makeup.

DIY Beauty Hack #16

If possible, invest in water proof cream eye shadows. These act as a primer and color all-in-one. These will make sure you bid goodbye to creasing and smudging and have gorgeous eyes through the day.

DIY Beauty Hack #17

You can curl your lashes, and apply your liner all at the same time! Too good to be true? Just apply a heavily pigmented gel eye liner on the edge of the curer, right where it touches your lids. Now curl and voila! If you struggle to put your eyeliner in place or are rushed for time, this hack will be your saviour.

DIY Beauty Hack #18

To make your eye shadow color pop with intensity, first color your eyelids with a white eye pencil. The opaqueness of the white will provide a brilliant canvas for the eye shadow to soak in glory.

DIY Beauty Hack #19

If you notice a pesky zit on your face, just a day before an important occasion, just dab a little pure essential tea tree oil directly on the zit with the help of a Qtip and leave it on overnight. You will be pleasantly surprised with the result.

DIY Beauty Hack #20

If it’s time to get rid of your nail polish and you have suddenly run out of your nail paint remover, just apply a coat of any nail polish and immediately wipe off with a wet tissue. Genius! Ain’t it?

DIY Beauty Hack #21

If you find your nail polish ugly and chipped, but do not have the time for a re application and blah, just apply a thick layer of glitter nail paint to disguise your nails. Aha!

DIY Beauty Hack #22

If you want an out of bed, lived-in look for your tresses, generously spray a sea salt mist all over your hair before you.proceed to blow dry it. Follow up the blow drying with a volumnizing cream and massage it into the hair. Who said beautiful hair takes effort?

DIY Beauty Hack #23

If your brows are unruly and stem in weird directions by the end of the day, don’t worry. Just spray a little hair spray on a spooley, and run it over your brow hair, upwards and outwards to keep them in place all day.

DIY Beauty Hack #24

Clip-in hair extensions are a rage now. But, often these extensions come with an unrealistic sheen that makes it visibly unnatural. To make it match your hair perfectly, mattify the sheen with a dry shampoo. Let the shampoo set, clip it on, and no one will know they are clip-ons.

DIY Beauty Hack #25

Blow drying your hair can be a major time eater. If you are in a rush almost all the time, invest in a good micro fibre towel. This wonder is super-efficient in quickly absorbing moisture. It will leave your hair ‘almost’ dry and that means you will save forever and a day drying out your hair with a dryer. What’s more! You will save you hair a lot of damaging heat too.

DIY Beauty Hack #26

If you want to skip shampooing but cannot be caught dead with stingy bangs, just wash your bangs! Simple. Pull your hair back in a ponytail leaving your bangs hanging loose. Apply a coin sized amount of conditioner and rinse your bangs out in running water. Leave them to air-dry and it’s just a matter of minutes to gorgeous looking hair.

DIY Beauty Hack #27

If you are having a good skin day or are generally blessed with a smooth skin, skip foundation every once in a while and opt for a slightly shimmery loose powder instead. The shimmer will cancel out the redness and your face will look photo ready in a jiffy without being arrested in layers of foundation.

There you go! Lap the tips up and use them to your advantage. Take inspiration, get creative, and invent some of your own.

Looking great does not have to be difficult.

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22 Genius Nail Hacks Every Girl Should Know

22 Genius Nail Hacks Every Girl Should Know

Nails have been obsessed over since long long ago and rightfully so.

Healthy, decorated nails make hands look beautiful and attractive.  If you’ve been looking for quick ways to beautify your nails, look no further

Here are some ingenious nail hacks that will transform your life forever:

  1. Nail Hack #1:

    When applying more than one coat of nail paint on the nails, make sure you apply thin coats. If you apply thick coats, chances are that only the top coat will dry properly, leaving your nails prone to smudging. On the other hand, thin coats will ensure your entire nail polish is thoroughly dry, so no smudging occurs, pushing your hard work down the drain.

  2. Nail Hack #2:

    If nail art excites you, you absolutely must own a dotting tool. Want to make one for yourself? You will need a pencil that has an eraser to one end and a paper pin. Just dip the pin in glue and insert it in the eraser, tail down. Let it dry and Voila! Your dotting too is ready. Pour some nail paint, and get dotting your gorgeous nails.

  3. Nail Hack #3:

    Glittery nails look oh so cute. But, all of us have a different opinion about how glittery the nails should be. Also, finding that perfect shade of glitter polish is always a hard task. Solution? Simple! Just grab a bottle of fine makeup glitter in the colour of your choice. Pour a clear top coat polish in a tiny jar and mix in glitter into it according to your preference. Your personalized glitter paint is all ready to be applied.

    glitter nail polish

    Source: Glamcheck

  1. Nail Hack #4:

    As much as glitter paint looks great on nails, it is awfully difficult to get it off the nails most of the times. The glitter sticks to your nails and refuses to budge making you use copious amounts of acetone and drying out your nails in the process. If you’ve been struggling with this issue since forever, here’s good news! You just have to dip a cotton ball in nail polish remover till it is soaking wet. Next, place the ball over the nail directly and cover it with tin foil. After 2 minutes, the glitter paint will come off like a breeze sans rubbing. Genius we say.

  2. Nail Hack #5:

    Talking of nail paint remover, like we already told you, too much of acetone could be awful for your nails. It dries your nails out and therefore makes them brittle. How about using a nail paint remover that is less harsh and even moisturizing? Too good to be true? No. Just mix acetone, glycerine, and filtered water 10:1:1.2 and you will have your very own moisturizing nail polish remover. You’re welcome!

  3. Nail Hack #6:

    There is another genius hack that you can use to instantly remove your nail polish conveniently. Just grab a small glass mason jar and a rectangular piece of sponge. Roll the sponge and place it in the jar leaving a finger width space in the middle. Use the above mentioned nail polish remover recipe to fill in the jar. Let the sponge soak up the goodness. Secure the lid tightly. When on the go, just dip your nails in the sponge and gently rotate your fingers to perfectly remove nail polish with half the effort and in half the time.

  4. Nail Hack #7:

    French tips look so amazing but they seem like rocket science. So, most of us give up on this trend or go to expensive nail bars to achieve it. Tell you what! It is easy peasy to get perfect French nails. Just grab a Band-Aid and stick it to your nail vertically leaving the tip exposed. Paint away the tip and wait for it to dry. Slowly peel off the Band-Aid to reveal the pleasant surprise.

  5. Nail Hack #8:

    All the nail paint onslaught on your precious nails on a daily basis causing them to turn an ugly yellow? Fret not. The same thing that works on keeping your pearly whites…mm white can be used to keep your nails healthy white too. Just apply a bit of fluoride toothpaste on a toothbrush and scrub it on wet nails. Wash them and see the difference.

  6. Nail Hack #9:

    Its human to make mistakes and turns out that when we are indulging in nail art, we are being humans on another level. Frustrated with nail enamel on our cuticles, sides, and practically all over, we often remove the whole thing off and begin the process again. You don’t have to do that. Yes! You read that right. Just keep a few Qtips handy. This wonder invention, when dipped in nail polish remover, can be your nail saviour. Just carefully run your acetone dipped Qtip along the sides of your nails to reveal salon like perfect nails.

  7. Nail Hack #10:

    In a hurry to rush out n totally forgot to paint your nails? Cannot afford forever and a day for the nail polish to dry? Don’t worry, ice-cold water can come to your rescue. Just apply the first coat of nail polish, dip it in ice cold water for 30 seconds, and your nails will be ready for another coat. Repeat the process with the second coat and done!

  8. Nail Hack #11:

    Suddenly buying into the matte nail polish trend? Add a little corn-starch to all your glossy nail paints to mattify them. Save silly money.

  9. Nail Hack #12:

    Struggling with the whole nail art thing? Just grab a few sharpies and draw what you wish on your nails. No one will ever know you did not spend hours perfecting your paint brush. Keep that between you and us.

  10. Nail Hack #13:

    If your dark nail polish stains your skin when you remove it, apply a generous layer of Vaseline around your nails on your skin. This will prevent the stain. Wipe off with a tissue later.

  11. Nail Hack #14:

    Vaseline can also be used around the nails before each nail paint application to avoid messy finger tips.

  12. Nail Hack #15:

    Broke your heart over a cracked nail? All of us have at some point in our lives. After all, we spend so much time growing out nails. We have a genius solution to that now. You will need an unused tea bag, some nail glue, and a nail buffer. Start off by lightly buffing the crack and then apply a thin layer of glue over it. Next, cut out a small piece of the tea bag cloth and place it directly on the crack. Drench the fabric with some more glue and let it dry. Now grab the nail buffer and buff the cloth till smooth. Apply another coat of glue and ta da! No more heartbreaks over broken nails.

  13. Nail Hack #16:

    To prevent air bubbles forming in your nail paint bottle, do not shake it before applying. Instead, just roll it between your palms a few times.

  14. Nail Hack #17:

    Have dry, ugly cuticles? Soak your nails in warm water for about 10 minutes. Gently use an orange stick to push back your cuticles (do not cut them!). Next, make a mixture of your favourite hand lotion and olive oil 2:1 and heat it for few seconds in the microwave. Apply this warm potion on your cuticles and nail beds and massage gently. Cover your hands in gloves and keep them on for as long as you can. Do this at least once a week to maintain optimum cuticle health.

  15. Nail Hack #18:

    Want your nail polish to last longer? Simple clean your nails thoroughly with a cotton pad soaked in vinegar before applying nail polish. You polish will not just glide on smoother but stay longer too. Try it!

  16. Nail Hack #19:

    Want to make cute nail decals for yourself? Use a plastic wrap. Paint on a coat of polish on plastic wrap and allow it to dry. Punch out shapes from the wrap using designer paper punches. Lay the punched designs on the nail, seal them with a top coat and voila!

  17. Nail Hack #20:

    To prevent your nail polish from chipping, use two base coats. Let the first cost go on the top half of the nail and the second over the entire nail. This will provide an extra protection to the tip of your nails and drastically reduce chipping. If you want your nail colour to pop, use a white basecoat.

  18. Nail Hack #21:

    If you’ve run out of Quick Dry, just spray your nails with a little cooking oil after nail paint application to help set it faster and prevent smudges.

  19. Nail Hack #22:

    Do not throw away your old bath loofah. Use the netting as a stencil to create beautiful spider web nails. Apply a coat of paint, let it dry and then place the net over your nail. Apply a contrasting colour and gently pull away the net to reveal beautiful nail art.

There you go. Spot the hottest nails in town with less than half the effort.

Here’s to a more beautiful you.

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11 Easy Steps to Contour and Highlight Your Features

We all have those big occasions when we want people to sit up, take notice, and admire us. For most of us, these occasions come up too often to always seek help from a professional makeup artist. But what if we tell you that you can do your makeup on your own, use minimum products, and still look flawless?

Follow our simple tutorial and see how for yourself. 

Lets begin with the basics.

What is contouring?

It is a makeup technique which involves the use of different shades of makeup products to clearly define your features. If you want to highlight your high cheekbones or to downplay your broad forehead, contouring helps you do it. It is the best way to get a well-sculpted appearance.

makeup and contouring

What will you need to Contour and Highlight Your Features?

You’ll just need the following everyday makeup products. The magic lies in selecting the right shades to suit your skin tone. Choose well for a natural look.

  • Liquid foundation in your natural shade.
  • Liquid concealer or foundation in a slightly lighter shade than your skin.
  • Concealer, foundation, or powder in a slightly darker colour than your skin.
  • Setting powder.
  • A powder brush.
  • A foundation brush/sponge.
  • A concealer brush.

How to pick the products of the right shade?

Don’t choose products that differ too much from your natural skin tone.

  • If you have fair skin: Use a very light shade to highlight and a medium colour to contour.
  • If you have darker skin: Use a highlight of medium shade and contour with a colour slightly darker than your skin tone.
  • If you have very dark skin: If you cannot find foundation deeper than your skin tone, you can use a dark eye shadow instead.

What else should I know about contouring?

Identifying your face shape

The first step of the contouring process it to identify your face shape. Knowing your facial shape lets you highlight the right features of your face. The general rule to contouring is to make the areas of your face where shadows fall darker and those parts of the face where light hits lighter.

Face shapes and contouring

Source: Google

The following points help you identify your face shape:

  • Oval:
    1. Wide forehead.
    2. Tapers towards the chin.
    3. Prominent cheekbones.
    4. This is the ideal face shape.
  • Long:
    1. Elongated features from forehead to chin.
    2. Face tapers towards the chin.
    3. Some have a prominent chin.
  • Round:
    1. The width and length of a round face are almost the same.
    2. Cheek bones form the most prominent feature of round faces.
  • Square:
    1. The forehead, jawline and cheekbones of square faces are almost of the same width.
    2. Square and well defined jawline is a prominent feature.
  • Heart:
    1. Face tapers to/wards the chin.
    2. Chin is usually pointy.
    3. Wide forehead is a prominent feature.
  • Diamond:
    1. Face is highly angular and bony.
    2. It is widest at temples.
    3. This face shape is least common.

Which features have to be contoured and which highlighted?

Once you identify your face shape, you must know which features of your face you wish to highlight. In contouring, different shades of makeup products are used to bring those features to prominence. Based on facial shape, different parts of face should be contoured and highlighted. Here’s a quick guide:

contouring-according-to-form

Source: fashionbyfashion.com

Oval:

Where to contour?

  • The sides of your forehead just slightly to make your hairline appear narrower.
  • The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks.

Where to highlight?

  • In the middle of your forehead and chin.
  • Under your eyes and along your brow bone. This brightens the area around your eyes.

Oblong:

Where to contour?

  • Along your hairline to create the illusion of a lower hairline.
  • Under your chin to make your face appear a little rounder.
  • The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks.

Where to highlight?

  • Under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape to brighten your eyes.

Square:

Where to contour?

  • On the sides of your forehead to make your hairline appear more narrow.
  • Under your jawbone to make your jawline appear more narrow.
  • The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks.

       Where to highlight?

  • In the middle of your forehead and the middle of your chin.
  • Under your eyes and along your brow bone to brighten your eye area.

Round:

Where to contour?

  • On the sides of your forehead and along your temples to make this wider area appear more narrow.
  • The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears to in the middle of your cheeks, and then curving down to your jawline to lengthen your face.

Where to highlight?

  • In the middle of your forehead and the middle of your chin.
  • Under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape to brighten your eyes.

Heart:

Where to contour?

  • Along the sides of your forehead and temples to create balance between the wider upper half of your face and the narrower lower half.
  • The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks.
  • The small area right below your chin to soften the point.

Where to highlight?

  • Under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape, which brightens your eyes.
  • In the middle of your forehead and the middle of your chin to help broaden these naturally narrow areas.

Diamond:

Where to contour?

  • The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks.

       Where to highlight?

  • Under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape and along your brow bone to brighten your eyes.
  • In the middle of your forehead and the middle of your chin to help broaden these naturally narrow areas.

Know your skin type

Now that you identified your face shape, the next step is to identify your skin type. Contouring and highlighting products are available in different consistencies such as powder, cream, and liquid. Knowing which type of skin you have is therefore crucial to identify the product which best suits you. For example, if you have oily skin, you can choose a powder contouring kit. If you have dry skin, cream-based products are a good choice. Having said that, you can always choose a product you most comfortable working with despite your skin type.

How to do it?

contour-step-by-step

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  • Step 1: Start by cleaning your skin with a face wash of your choice. Once you pat your skin dry, moisturize your skin.
  • Step 2: Apply foundation all over your face using a foundation brush or your fingers.
  • Step 3: Blend your foundation to about midway down your neck (the portion of your neck not concealed by clothes).
  • Step 4: Mix your regular foundation with your lighter foundation using a foundation brush or your fingers.
  • Step 5: Now use the concealer brush to apply the lighter makeup mixture to the area right above your eyebrows, the centre of your nose, the middle of your upper lip, the middle of your chin, the area below your eyes and to the area above your cheekbones.
  • Step 6: Use the highlighting mixture to draw a thin line above your jaw line.
  • Step 7: Use a brush to blend your makeup until there is no visible difference between the shade of your skin and your foundation. It is important to blend smoothly for a flawless final look.
  • Step 8: Now apply the darker makeup or ‘contour’ on the sides of your nose, under your cheekbones and on the area around your hairline.
  • Step 9: Blend in your contour makeup the way you did with your highlight.
  • Step 10: Apply finishing powder all over your face. Do it smoothly to make it look seamless.
  • Step 11: Finally, apply blush to your cheeks, starting from the front part of your cheeks to your temples to add dimensions to your face. Using blush enhances the glow of your skin.

What are some good contouring and highlighting products?

The market is flooded with makeup products of average or bad quality. To help you choose the best products from among the sundry, we came up with the following list. If you already have a brand that you love to use, feel free to stick to the same.

  • Cream foundation:
    • Maybeline Face Studio Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick in Plums up
    • L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Magic Lumi Highlighter
  • Powder formulations:
    • l.f. Blush Palette, Light
    • Maybeline New York Facestudio Master Contour Palette
    • Wet n Wild Icon Contouring Palette, Dulce de Leche.

Phew!

That brings us to the end of our tutorial. Remember that when it comes to your makeup, you are the expert. When you think you are done, look in the mirror for any imperfections, under different conditions of light. When you think you have done a good job, add in a little bit of confidence and oomph and there you go, your perfect look for any occasion!

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Hair Colors to Make You Shine Out of Crowd

Hair Colours to Make You Shine Out of Crowd

Monotony sucks the spice out of life. Be it your work or your hair color, a hint of variety is the surest way to spice things up a little. Though it is a very good idea to dye your hair a new color, the color selection process, the dyeing process, and the maintenance that needs to follow may all seem quite difficult. To help you simplify the said processes, we came up with the following article to safely guide you towards a stunning new look. Dive straight in!

Why color my hair at all?

One important thing to clarify here is that the decision to color your hair is yours alone. If you choose to color your hair, you are giving yourself an opportunity to enhance your look and to re-frame the way people see you.

How do I choose the best color for me?

Experts suggest two important factors to consider while choosing your hair color: Your skin tone and eye color. Light shades are said to suit light skinned, light eyed people while dark shades are supposed to go well with dark skinned people. This only serves as a rule of thumb and not everything to go by.

We suggest you to carry an image of the look you desire to your stylist. This can help you receive professional advice on its feasibility and the effort that goes into its maintenance.

What are my options for Hair Color?

The following is a list of a range of shades handpicked to help you thoroughly consider all your options:

Warm Reds Hair Color

  1. Bright Copper: It is a lively and intense shade of orangish-red that shines like copper. It is a good choice if you have fair, peach colored or golden-toned skin.

    long-red-hair-styles

    Source: Redhairstyle.com

  1. Ginger Red: It is a light or medium reddish brown shade that is the closest to natural red hair. It is a great choice if you have a fair skin tone and brown or green eyes.

    ginger red hair color

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  1. Copper Highlights: If you have dark red hair, highlight your hair with this shade to make your hair look brighter and shinier. This best suits people with fair or golden skin and eyes of the green, brown or hazel shades.

    copper red highlights hair color

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  1. Light Auburn: This is a blend of light golden red and light brown. It goes beautifully with creamy, peach, or golden skin tones. Blue, green or warm brown eyes serve as a perfect complement.
  1. Medium Auburn: This is a mix of medium golden red and medium brown shades. It goes very well with a light skin tone and blue, green or warm brown eyes. 
  1. Golden Copper: This shade is a combination of dark golden blonde and light red hues. This is perfect choice if your skin tone is porcelain, peach, golden or neutral, and if you have blue, green, hazel or brown eyes.golden copper hair color
  1. Red Copper: It is a bright mix of red and brown/orange shades. It perfectly complements fair, peach colored or golden toned skin and blue, green or hazel eyes.

    Copper red hair color

    Source: vpfashion.com 

  1. Dark Auburn: This shade is a blend of deep golden red and warm brown. It goes wonderfully well with peach-colored, golden or bisque skin tones and blue, green, brown or hazel eye colors.

    Dark-Auburn-Brown-Hair-Color-dye

    Source: besthaircolordye.com

Cool Reds Hair Color

  1. Red Mahogany: It is a deep, reddish brown color. It’s a good choice for people with fair or medium cool skin tone and green, blue or brown eyes.

    mahogany-red-hair-color

    Source: thinkfuse.com

  1. Cherry brown: Cheery brown is a blend of rosy res and deep brown. It matches people with light skin tone and brown eyes.

    cherry brown hair colors

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  1. Intense Red: This is a deep, intense shade of red. If you have a deep golden complexion and brown eyes, this one is for you.
  1. Rose Gold: Rose gold is a coppery pink shade that perfectly suits people with porcelain, tan or olive skin tones and all eye colors.
    rose gold hair colors
  1. Burgundy: It is a dark violet red color that makes a stunning impression. If you have dark or olive-toned skin and brown or blue eyes, this is a great choice.

    Burgundy Hair Colors

    Source: yourhaircolors.com

  1. Black Cherry: It is a rich, deep blue black shade with a hint of red. Choose this if you have dark skin and brown eyes.

    Black-Cherry-Hair-Color

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  1. Red Velvet: If you ever had red velvet cakes you know this color. It is a rich, cool, red shade that goes well with dark or olive skin tone and blue, brown or emerald eyes.
    red velvet hair color
  1. Ruby Red: It is a clear, deep, red shade that goes well with pale porcelain complexion and light blue or green eyes.

    ruby-red-hair

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  1. Red Black: It is a very deep shade and is a combination of dark red and black. Choose this if your skin is dark or olive and if you have green or brown eyes.
  2. Aubergine Red: This is a deep purplish color like the skin of eggplant. This only suits people with cool skin tones and cool or neutral eye color.
  1. Red Violet: It is a blend of red and purple colors. If you have a dark complexion and dark eyes, this is a great choice for you.
    red voilet hair color
  1. Magenta: It is a deep purplish shade that goes perfectly with medium to dark skin tones and dark eyes.

Magenta hair color

What else should I know about hair coloring?

  • Do not shower before getting your hair dyed: Washing your hair just before getting your colored will wash away natural oils from the scalp. These oils are needed to act as a barrier between your scalp and the dye. Washing them away might expose your scalp directly to the color.
  • Change to a color preserving shampoo: Shampoos contain harsh chemicals such as sulphates that can strip your hair off its color. Opting for a color-preserving shampoo is a vital step to ensure that your color lasts for a longer time.
  • Follow a regular moisturizing routine: Hair colors contain chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide that can rob your hair off its moisture. This can lead to dry and damaged hair. Moisturize your hair at least once a week to restore its shine and natural texture. You can also use hair repair masks for better results.
  • Stay away from the pool: Pool water contains chlorine which can enter the hair shaft and alter your hair color. For a couple of weeks after you get your hair dyed, restrain from swimming in pool or ocean water. If you cannot, applying coconut oil before diving in is also a good step.
  • Use hair styling tools sparingly: Using hot hair styling equipment like curling rods or straighteners might weaken your hair and cause damage. Try to avoid hair styling products as much as possible. Whenever you do, try to use a heat protecting spray/gel.
  • Use Color Oops if necessary: If you are absolutely unhappy with the result of your hair coloring experiment, you can use products like ‘Color Oops’ that can totally remove hair color. However, if you are even slightly unsure about it, taking expert assistance is a better course of option.

Follow these simple tips to give yourself a brand new look that is sure to turn some heads. If you are still doubtful about your color choice, consult your nearest expert. Though it is expensive, taking expert guidance can save you from all the trouble and possible accidents.

Until next time, we wish you lots of luck and a stunning new look!

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9 Simple and Effective Remedies for Cracked Feet

9 simple and effective remedies for cracked feet

Our feet are probably among the hardest working parts of our body. They carry our entire weight and help us move from one place to another. They deserve to be given tender loving care but they often go unnoticed till unsightly cracks appear. These cracks not only make it painful to walk but can also lead to serious infections. Soft, moisturized feet feel and look beautiful.

Cracks in the heels are usually caused due to severe lack of moisture. Seriously dry feet occur because of:

  • Very cold and harsh winters
  • Dehydration of the body due to heat or sickness
  • Feet being in warm water for a long amount of time (Yes! warm water strips your feet off moisture)
  • Using harsh chemical-laden products for bathing and cleaning feet
  • Excessive scrubbing of feet in the pretext of exfoliating them
  • Diabetes and other medical reasons

Our skin needs to be kept moisturized all the time to avoid cracks. When the skin loses moisture, it is not pliable enough to let the heel expand outward as we walk, and hence it cracks. These cracks, when left unattended can lead to deep fissures and bleeding allowing bacteria to spread infections in the body.

Here are a few fixes for cracked feet (heels) that will leave you happy and ‘kicking’:

  1. Glycerine and rosewater remedy for Cracked Heels:

Start off by soaking feet in lukewarm water with sea salt mixed in it.

  • Leave them in the soothing warmth for about 15 minutes and follow it up with a good rubbing of pumice stone.
  • Once the dead skin cells are sloughed off, combine 1 tsp. glycerine with 3 tsp. organic rosewater and few drops of lemon and apply it to your feet covering the entire skin.
  • Leave the mixture on overnight or for at least 2 hours and then wash off with cold water.

Your feet will love this treatment. Do it every night and see your feet transform into the soft feet you always wanted.

  1. Relaxing and deeply moisturizing foot massage for Cracked Heels:

Oils are the best natural moisturizers for the skin.

  • To treat severely cracked heels, mix together 1 tsp. almond oil and ½ teaspoon of olive oil till they are well combined and store it in a bottle, in a cool, dark place.
  • Wash your feet with warm water and exfoliate the dead cells.
  • Next, rub in a spoonful of oil into your feet and gently massage.
  • Wear a pair of cotton socks and go to bed.

Wake upto feet that look and feel softer and more beautiful. Do this treatment at least once every fortnightly and wave a good bye to painful, ugly looking feet.

  1. Fruity mask for Cracked Feet:

Certain fruits are rich in enzymes that do wonders for your skin. Fruits such as banana, papaya, coconut, and avocados are enzyme and vitamin rich. They penetrate into the skin to deeply hydrate it and hence are excellent for curing cracked heels.

  • To make your very own moisturizing fruit mask, mash a whole ripe banana into a bowl.
  • Add 1/2 an avocado and 3 tbsps. tender coconut flesh and continue mashing and mixing till everything is well combined.
  • Apply the paste to your feet covering the entire heel area and leave it on for about 15 minutes.
  • Wash off with cold water to reveal better hydrated skin.

Repeat this treatment once every alternate day till desirable results are achieved.

  1. Milk and honey exfoliating potion for Cracked Feet:

As much as it is essential to moisturize your feet regularly to heal and prevent heel cracks, it is important to exfoliate them. Exfoliation will help get rid of dead skin cells and reveal a new smoother skin.

  • To make your homemade exfoliator, combine 4 cups of fresh full fat milk, one cup of organic honey and one cup of rose water to prepare a foot soak.
  • Soak the feet in the freshly prepared potion for about 30 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water.
  • The lactic acid in the milk will gently exfoliate, whereas the humectant rich honey will deeply hydrate your skin and heal the cracks.

Honey has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties too. This helps avoid infections. Do this treatment every day for a week or till feet are restored to normal.

  1. Herbal mask for Cracked Heels:

This treatment has been used in India since hundreds of years to protect and maintain the beauty of feet.

  • It requires you to combine a handful of neem (margosa) leaves and 2 tsp. of turmeric powder with water to make a paste and apply on the affected area.
  • The anti-fungal properties of neem and the softness rendering qualities of turmeric combine to heal your cracks and make your feet beautiful.

This treatment is particularly good for bleeding heels and can be used as often as possible.

  1. Jojoba oil and oatmeal mask for Cracked Feet:

Oatmeal is a gentle exfoliator and jojoba oil is a magic potion for dry skin. Together they help cracks heal quickly by giving it a large moisture dose.

  • Grind 1 tbsp. of oatmeal and mix it with enough jojoba oil to make a smooth paste.
  • Apply it to your feet, gently filling in the cracks as you massage.
  • Leave the pack on for at least 30 minutes and wash it with lukewarm water.

Do this treatment every alternate day till the cracks heal completely.

  1. Deep conditioning mustard oil mask for Cracked Feet:

Mustard oil has potent moisturizing properties. It is a treasure trove of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E, both of which make it an ideal moisturizer for chronic dry skin.

  • Start this treatment by heating a cup of mustard oil in a saucepan and adding to it, 2 tbsp. of paraffin wax (use uncoloured pure wax).
  • The wax will melt completely in the oil.
  • Massage the oil into your cracked heels while it’s still warm.
  • Wear a pair of cotton socks to help your feet absorb oil better and you avoid staining anything that comes in contact with your feet.
  • Leave the socks overnight.

Store the remaining liquid in a glass jar and use it every day. If you notice the wax has solidified, heat it again. If you are wondering why use paraffin wax, well it helps seal the moisture on your feet. Do this treatment every day for a week and you will rid yourself of ugly cracks.

  1. Magnesium salve for Cracked Heels:

Magnesium oil, although called ‘oil’ is actually water that has a high concentration of magnesium chloride. This oil like wonder, gets absorbed into your skin super quickly leaving it soft and supple. Combined with other natural moisturizing ingredients, magnesium oil becomes a super potent moisturizer.

  • To make your very own magnesium salve that you can use to relieve your cracks, melt ¼ cup of Shea butter, ¼ cup of coconut oil, and 3 tbsp. of beeswax together in a bowl (use double boiling method to heat the oils).
  • Let the mixture cool down and then blend it in a blender.
  • Pour in 2 tsp. of magnesium oil as you blend.
  • Continue blending till everything is well combined into a gel like paste.
  • Store the prepared mixture in a glass container with lid.
  • Every day before going to bed, apply a generous layer of this salve to your cracked feet and cover them up with socks.

Do this treatment for 10 days and you will thank us.

  1. Black mud mask:

Black mud, that is usually found on the banks of rivers and lakes is rich in minerals and can hydrate even the most chronic dry skin. Combine it with beeswax, and it will become your most powerful arsenal against rough, dry skin.

  • Heat 100gms of beeswax in a saucepan.
  • Once it comes to a boil, pour in 100gms of clarified butter and stir till well combined.
  • Take the saucepan off the flame and leave it to cool down completely.
  • Mix in 100gms each of rock salt, jaggery, and black mud.
  • Stir in 50 gms of honey and 5 gms of camphor till it forms a smooth paste.
  • Store this paste in a glass container, in a cool place away from direct sunlight.
  • Apply this paste once or twice daily (depending on the severity of your heel condition) and leave it on for about 45 minutes before wiping it off with a warm, damp cloth.

You will see a marked difference in the appearance of your heels within a week of applying this wonder mask.

There you go!

Use these remedies to make your feet look and feel sexy and soft. Remember to protect your feet against UV and dust, maintain foot hygiene and pamper them every once in a while to maintain healthy, supple feet.

Lastly, remember that no superficial treatment can quite match upto an internal one. So, eat well and include zinc, good fatty acids, and vitamin E in your diet. Keep your feet moisturized and protected.

Here’s to happy feet!

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10 Natural Dry Hair and Skin Tips after Cold Vacations

10 Natural Dry Hair and Skin Tips after Cold Vacations

Summers are here and most of us can’t wait to go hibernate in a cold place. Long vacations to cold destinations are an ideal way to escape the summer heat. Unfortunately, sudden changes in temperature that your skin and hair are exposed to, can cause them to become dry and dull. Nobody wants to suffer from bad hair days and lack-luster skin days right after a beautiful vacation. We discuss some Dry Hair and Skin Tips in this post which you can try at home for naturally fixing your hair and skin.

There are hundreds of chemical products in the market that will help your hair and skin regain its bounce but why spend so much on chemical products when natural remedies can do the job as good or even better.

Here are Natural Dry Hair and Skin Tips that will help them bounce back to their glorious state:

Home Remedy Tips for Dry Hair:

  1. Avocado protein mask for Dry Hair:

You will need one ripe avocado and 1 organic egg.

  • Pit the avocado, scoop the pulp in a bowl, and mash it thoroughly.
  • Add the egg and whisk till you get a consistently smooth paste.
  • Apply the mask to damp hair and leave for about 20 minutes.
  • Rinse several times with water (avoid warm water if possible).
  • Repeat this treatment once every week till you are satisfied with the results.

Essential fatty acids and vitamins rich avocado helps restore the luster in your hair while the rich protein content of the egg repairs damage and reduces frizz.

  1. Butter mask for Dry Hair Fixing:

You will need 1 tbsp. of butter (alter the quantity according to the length and volume of your hair) and 2 tbsps. of olive oil.

  • Apply butter to the scalp and along the hair and massage till well absorbed.
  • Cover your hair with a shower cap and run a hair dryer over it causing the pores to open up and absorb the buttery goodness.
  • Leave the shower cap on for about 20 minutes and then use a shampoo to get the butter out.

Butter, with its natural moisturizing properties and wealth of protein will restore the health of your hair cuticles while rendering a glossy shine.

  1. Coconut conditioning mask for Fixing Dry Hair:

You will need ½ cup of organic cold pressed coconut oil (the quantity may vary according to your hair type). That’s all.

  • Scoop the oil in a bowl and warm it, being careful not to boil it.
  • Massage the warm oil into your scalp and on your hair and leave it on for about 30 minutes.
  • Next, take a bath towel, dip it in hot water (only as hot as your scalp can take), squeeze the excess water and then wrap the towel around your hair just like you would, after a bath.
  • Leave the towel on for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove and shampoo as usual to reveal deep conditioned hair.

Lauric acid, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids present in coconut oil can help you regain hair health sooner than you think. Coconut oil has the ability to deeply penetrate the scalp skin and cuticles leaving them healthier.

  1. Apple cider vinegar mask for Dry Hair Fix:

You will need 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar, 2 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil and 3 organic egg whites.

  • Beat the egg whites till they are frothy.
  • Combine them with the oil and vinegar.
  • Gently rub the mixture into your hair and secure them in a plastic cling film.
  • Leave it on for 30 minutes and then shampoo hair as usual.

Eggs are perfect hair moisturizers and so is olive oil. The apple cider vinegar will help add life back to limp hair and make it lustrous.

  1. Botanical oil mask as Dry Hair Treatment:

You will need few drops each of sandalwood oil, olive oil, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil.

  • Mix the oils together and rub the mixed oil in your palms till warm.
  • Work the oils into your hair and scalp for 5 minutes and cover with a shower cap.
  • Leave it on for an hour and then shampoo as usual.

Botanical oils are rich in vitamins and minerals making them wonderful elixirs for dry and damaged hair. When you are stepping out of your home, just a few drops can add an instant sleekness and curb brittle flyways.

Home Remedy Tips For Dry Skin:

  1. Jojoba oil mask for Dry Skin Treatment:

You will need a wash cloth and a tsp. of jojoba oil.

  • Start by soaking the wash cloth in a bowl of warm water.
  • Remove from water, squeeze, and place the wash cloth on the face.
  • Leave it on for 5 minutes and remove.
  • Immediately follow up with a gentle circular massage with jojoba oil.
  • Let the oil absorb as much as it can and then wipe away the excess oil with the wash cloth and you will instantly notice a difference in the way your skin feels.
  • Do this treatment everyday till your skin feels supple again.

Jojoba oil mimics the skin’s natural oil (sebum) in terms of structure. This makes jojoba oil a wonderful moisturizer. The presence of anti-inflammatory properties in the oil will help soothe the skin too.

  1. Sour cream mask for fixing Dry Skin:

You will need 2 tsps. of sour cream, 3 tbsps. of gram flour and few drops of rose water.

  • Combine the ingredients to form a smooth paste.
  • Cleanse your face and apply the mask liberally on your skin.
  • Leave it on for about 20 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water.

The gram flour gently exfoliates your skin while the lactic acid in the sour cream moisturizes your skin leaving it supple. Rose water tones the skin and makes it bouncy.

  1. Honey balm for Dry Skin Fix:

You will need 2 tbsp. honey, 2 tbsps.  beeswax pellets and 2 tbsps. of extra virgin olive oil.

  • Melt the beeswax in a double boiler.
  • Take it off heat and add olive oil and honey to it.
  • Combine the ingredients well and pour the mixture into a glass jar.
  • Wait till it cools down and solidifies into a balm.
  • Use it as often as you like to give your skin, the much needed moisture.

Honey has been known to be an effective humectant. It helps attract moisture to the skin. Beeswax and olive oil together combat dry skin by giving it a high dose of moisture.

  1. Coconut and banana mask for Dry Skin:

You will need ½ ripe banana and 2 tbsps. of fresh coconut milk.

  • Mash the banana till its smooth without lumps.
  • Stir in the coconut milk and mix till well combined.
  • Use a flat brush to apply it on your skin.
  • Leave it on for about 20 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water to reveal soft skin.
  • Use this treatment at least once a week to make sure your skin stays hydrated.

Vitamin B6 and B12 present in banana nourish your skin from within and the fatty acids in the coconut milk impart moisture leaving your skin feel smooth and supple.

  1. Egg mask for Treating Dry Skin:

You will need one organic farm fresh egg.

  • Separate the yolk from the egg and whip the white till it forms frothy peaks.
  • Use your fingertips to apply the egg white covering your troubled skin.
  • Leave it on till it is completely dry (and you can absolutely not smile) and then wash off with cold water.
  • Next, take the yolk and gently break it.
  • Apply the oozing liquid on your skin.
  • Once again, wait till you cannot smile and then rinse with cold water to leave you with skin that will leave you smiling.

Egg whites tighten and brighten the skin while taking care of blemishes and marks. Egg yolk is a natural moisturizer and works great at healing severely dried skin.

There you go! Use these natural dry hair and skin tips and you will never fear long, cold vacations again.

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7 Simple DIY Treatments for Dandruff that Work

7 simple DIY treatments for dandruff that work

Dandruff is a pesky issue. Also known as scurf or Pityriasis simplex capillitii, this condition can cause flakes, lead to hair fall and ruin the health of hair. It also causes itching and discomfort (sometimes even a burning sensation) and can cause embarrassment.

However, as most people believe, dandruff is not caused by poor hygiene. (What! Really?)

Then what causes dandruff ?

  • Inadequate hair brushing since it does little to shed the dead skin and unclog the pores
  • Sensitivity to yeast especially in warmer climates, when the UVA from the sun directly counteracts with the yeast
  • Dry, lifeless scalp skin
  • Seborrheic dermatitis – People who have this skin condition, often get dandruff in multiple areas of the body apart from the hair such as back of the ears, eyebrows, or even the sides of the nose
  • Skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and the likes
  • Certain illnesses
  • Reaction to chemicals present in hair or skin care products
  • Inadequate consumption of zinc and Vitamin B
  • Stress fluctuations

Now that you know the causes, it time to find the solution. Wise old people recommend that you do not use chemicals to treat dandruff or you may just make it more resilient and make your scalp more prone to dandruff due to the influx of harsh detergents and oil stripping chemicals.

Effective natural home remedies can not only help relieve dandruff but also improve the quality of your hair.

So here are a few DIY Treatments for Dandruff that will work wonders for your hair:

  1. Neem and olive oil pack:

  • You will need 35 grams of dry, organic neem leaves and 4 tbsps. of olive oil.
  • Crush the neem leaves using mortar and pestle till it turns to a smooth powder.
  • In a cup, warm the olive oil and fold in the neem powder.
  • Mix to form a paste and let the paste sit for at least 30 minutes.
  • Next, apply the paste to your scalp making sure you cover the entire area. Leave the paste in your hair for another 30 minutes and then wash and condition your hair as usual.

Neem has excellent anti-fungal and anti- inflammatory properties that can help arrest dandruff and also soother an itchy, painful, and swollen scalp. Olive oil restores moisture in your scalp making recurrence of dandruff a farther possibility.

  1. Honey and coconut scalp scrub:

You will need 2 tsps. Coconut oil, 2 tsps. Olive oil, 2 tsps. honey and 3 teaspoons of fresh yoghurt.

  • Start by combining all ingredients except the coconut oil in a bowl.
  • Mix till you achieve a medium consistency (if it’s too runny, more honey can be added to thicken it.
  • Next, apply this mixture all over your scalp as well as on your hair from the root to the tip.
  • Massage your scalp gently as you do this to promote blood circulation and pore unclogging.
  • After you massage for at least a good 10 minutes, let the mixture stay on your head for 45 minutes.
  • After that, rinse out the mixture using a shampoo (preferably an herbal one).
  • Dry your hair and apply coconut oil to the scalp.

Honey’s anti- microbial properties help inhibit dandruff, coconut mimics hair’s natural proteins and helps eliminate dandruff that can damage the hair roots.

  1. Banana and Apple Cider Vinegar pack:

You will need 1 whole ripe banana and 1 cup of apple cider vinegar.

  • Peel and throw the banana in a blender and add the apple cider vinegar.
  • Blend till it forms a smooth paste.
  • Next, apply the paste all over the scalp and hair.
  • Put on a shower cap and let the mixture sit on your head for about 20 minutes.
  • Next rinse your hair with warm water.
  • Do this treatment at least once a week to effectively tackle dandruff.

Bananas are rich in Vitamin B and potassium that hep blood circulation in the scalp and promote healthier scalp skin. Apple cider vinegar is known for its anti-fungus and germ killing properties. Together they can work wonders for your dandruff issue.

  1. Baking soda dandruff buster:

You will need 1 tablespoon of baking soda and the juice of a whole lemon.

  • Start by rinsing your hair. You have to make sure your hair is soaking wet before you begin this treatment.
  • Next, mix the baking soda and the lemon together and apply it to your scalp using your fingertips.
  • Try to avoid applying it to the length of your hair.
  • Leave it for just 60 seconds and then rinse thoroughly with water.
  • If your scalp has scratches because of dandruff, you can skip lemon and mix baking soda with your favourite shampoo instead.
  • Do this treatment once a week till you see visible difference.
  • Be careful not to leave the mixture on your hair for longer than prescribed time or you may risk drying out your hair.

Baking soda makes for a mild exfoliator that helps remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and eliminate excess oil. Lemon will help clear excess oil too along with inhibiting overactive fungi that causes dandruff.

  1. Tea tree oil rescue:

You will just need your favourite shampoo and some organic tea tree essential oil for this one.

  • Make sure you scalp and hair are completely dry before application.
  • Mix the quantity of shampoo that you regularly use along with a few drops of tea tree oil.
  • Rub the shampoo into your scalp and then let the mixture stay on your head for 5 minutes before rinsing out.
  • You can use this treatment daily or as often as you shampoo till the dandruff is gone.

With a high rate of dermal penetration and excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, tea tree oil makes for an ideal choice for dandruff reduction. What’s more! Tea tree oil is a proven anti septic too. So no more infected and painful scalp.

  1. Cedar wood oil potion:

You will need 7 drops of cedar wood essential oil , 10 drops of cypress oil, 10 drops of essential oil, 50 ml of coconut or any other carrier oil.

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl one at a time and mix well.
  • Apply the mixture into your hair and scalp and secure your hair in a shower cap.
  • Wait for about an hour and then shampoo.
  • Then once again combine the essential oils with 600 ml of water and use the mixture as a final rinse.
  • Your hair will be both itch free and glossy.

Cedar wood oil has anti- seborrheic properties and combined with other oil, it becomes even more potent in fighting dandruff and skin inflammations.

  1. Fenugreek seeds solution:

You will need 2 tsps. of fenugreek seeds, 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of water.

  • Start off by soaking the fenugreek seeds in water overnight.
  • Once they are soaked plump, grind it to a paste along with the water they were soaked in to form a paste.
  • Mix the apple cider vinegar with this paste and then liberally apply and massage all over your scalp.
  • Leave it on for about 30 minutes before you wash it off.

Fenugreek seeds are treasure trove for nicotinic that not only curbs dandruff but also hair fall. The lecithin present in these wonder seeds help hydrate the scalp reducing the risk of a dandruff relapse.

There you go! Getting rid of dandruff is simpler and easier than it seems. Go natural and you will be pleased with the results. Keep in mind however, that if all treatments fail and if you see excessive dandruff and red inflammations on your scalp, you must consult your dermatologist.