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Quick Fixes for Dark Roots in Blonde Hair

Quick Fixes for Dark Roots in Blonde Hair

Blonde hair looks sexy. When contrasted against wheatish to fair skin, it makes you look younger, more radiant, and spunky. Unfortunately maintaining blonde hair (if they aren’t naturally blonde) is quite a task. Reason? Dark roots in Blonde hair start to show and most of us are too busy or have a stretched out budget and cannot afford to go to a salon for a color touch up.

But something has to be done about it, right?

Fret not. We have a few tips for you to help disguise the unsightly roots till you can afford to see your colorist.

But before we give you that, here are a few tips to maintain our gorgeous golden locks so that they retain their color without turning brassy or grey:

  • Always use a UV protection spray on your hair before stepping out of your house. Harmful UV rays, penetrate your hair shafts, making them brittle and dull. UV rays are also notorious of drying out hair and blonde hair are best left shiny and soft. So, swear by a good UV spray if you want to keep golden tresses for the long haul.
  • Use purple shampoo. Sounds bizarre? It isn’t. Purple shampoo can work wonders to prevent your shiny tresses from turning brassy. Shampoos that aren’t specifically formulated for blonde hair should be avoided like the plague.
  • Layers of bleach have been probably applied to your hair to turn it blonde. This must have stripped your hair of its natural moisture. Dry, dull blonde hair look much like straws. If you don’t want yours to look like that, deep condition your hair often.
  • Keep your hair super clean. Preferably use a dry shampoo to clean your hair to keep the color vibrant for longer.
  • If you ever get touch ups done, get your stylist to only touch up the roots with the bleach and not the tips (the tips are already bleached once). This will prevent hair ‘melting’ and keep your hair healthier.
  • Trust only a reputed stylist to do the job. If possible see if you can get your colorist to use powder bleach instead of liquid bleach (because powder bleach is way less harsh than it’s liquid counterpart).
  • If you ever go swimming with your blonde hair, soak your hair with bottled water before dipping into the pool. That way you can prevent your hair from soaking in the chlorine in the water. Chlorine when absorbed by blonde hair, can turn them green.
  • Every once in a while, mix freshly squeezed lemon juice and water in a spray bottle and coat hair. Sit out in the sun for an hour after you are done coating. This will lighten, brighten, and beautify your blonde hair temporarily.
  • Ideally if you have dark brunette hair, you shouldn’t aim for blonde, straight away. Gradually getting lighter hair over a period of few months is the best way to ensure the color stays on your hair better.
  • Use heat tools on blonde hair with extra precaution. Blonde hair is generally more dried out to begin with. Using heat can take a toll on it that may be irreversible. Be wise. Use a heat protective spray when you use heat tools and use tools only when you absolutely must use them.
  • Get your hair trimmed regularly. The more the hair is bleached, the more prone it becomes to breakage. If the dead ends are nipped regularly, your hair will look and feel better.
  • Do yourself a favor and get a shine spray. Use it to finish off styled hair and it will be your pocket friend forever. Shine spray will make the hair color appear vibrant for a longer time.
  • Make sure there is no copper present in your water supply. Copper, much like chlorine, can turn your golden locks greenish. If there is copper in all the water you’ve got, you can combat this problem by giving you hair an acidic rinse (rinse hair with aspirin dissolved in water) after shampoo.

There you go. Follow these tips to the T so that maintaining those gorgeous tresses proves less hard work than you imagined it to be.

Now for the tips to hide the Dark roots in Blonde hair:

Here goes the tips are which can prevent from ruining the look of your golden locks::

  1. Use dry shampoo for Blonde Hair.

    It is your perfect go to. Spray evenly throughout your hair and use a large paddle brush to brush your hair through. It beautifully hides your roots without making your hair all powdery at the top (the paddle brush does the trick). Some good dry shampoos that you can use are the Batiste Dry Shampoo and the Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry shampoo.

Quick tip: You can make dry shampoo at home too! Mix corn-starch or arrowroot powder with your favorite essential oil and you are done. Mix one drop of essential oil for every one tablespoon of powder you use.

  1. Change your parting or just flip your hair to one side and it will wonderfully camouflage the roots.

    Use this trick when you are short of time and you just absolutely have to step out of your home. If you are feeling adventurous, you can take a (point blah) comb and create a zigzag parting on your hair while pulling the layers in different directions to mask the root.  No will know your stylish look contains a secret.

  1. Conceal with makeup.

    You can use anything from a concealer, and foundation to an eye shadow or golden mascara to ‘makeup’ your roots. Use wax based makeup that is longer and waterproof or you might risk it running down your face when it’s raining or you are working out. Just swipe on some makeup to your roots. Wait for it to set and layer it with another coat. Your hair will look as good as newly colored. Make sure you pick a color as close to your hair color as possible. There are a few root concealers too that are available in the market which apparently contains natural pigments and resin to adhere to the hair. These concealers are spray-ons and are perfect to both conceal roots as well as create an illusion of thickness and depth.

  2. Use volume to the fullest.

    Volumnizing hair makes the dark roots less obvious. Make sure you use tricks such as blow-drying hair upside down, brushing hair upwards, teasing hair and using sprays to make your hair look voluminous. It will make your hair look bouncy and healthy too besides hiding those nasty dark roots.

  3. Keep hair fresh and clean.

    When hair roots are oily, dirty, or wet, they appear more prominent. Clean and shiny hair can minimize the appearance of dark roots. So, take all measures to keep your hair squeaky clean at all times.

  4. Pull your hair into braids, ponytails or knots.

    It is a sure-fire way to hide the roots, especially if you are out for a long time. Use wax, gel, or pomade on your hair and then tie it into a side ponytail and see how magically it does the trick. Alternatively you can wear a messy slick (especially if you have a harsh growth). Braids and top knots work well too. The idea is to keep the roots well rested to not show up.

  5. Don’t slick your hair down very tightly.

    Whatever hairstyle you choose to wear, make sure you avoid styles that make your hair stick to your head as it will show off your roots and make your hair look greasy( you don’t want that). Tightly pulled ponytails and dead straight hair is what you must run far off from.

  6. Use wonderful hair accessories.

    If you choose, big, flashy, or super attractive ones, it will draw attention distracting the onlooker away from your roots. A tortoise shell clip, a grosgrain headband or even a nice chunky piece of Swarovski broach can do the trick.

  7. Wear bandana or hat.

    The summers are here and you have the perfect excuse to wear one. These are so many styles of hats out there such as fedoras, large brimmed, straw hats etc. Choose one depending on your face and style and no will ever know you haven’t seen your colorist in a while.

There you go! Armed with these tips, you can go for quite long without seeing your hair colorist. Go flaunt your golden hair with just a little care.

Here’s to gorgeous tresses.

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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.

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    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.

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    Source: cliphaircanada.com

  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.

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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.

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  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.

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    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.

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    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.

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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

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  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.

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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.
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  1. Ruby Red: It is a clear, deep, red shade that goes well with pale porcelain complexion and light blue or green eyes.

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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.
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  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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All you need to know about Treating Hair Fall

All you need to know about treating hair fall

Our hair is our crowning glory. Healthy, beautiful and lustrous hair enhances beauty and sex appeal. No one wants thinning hair and balding patches right at the threshold of thirties which now has become very common by the way.  Modern age and the stress that it has brought with it have contributed majorly to hair dilemmas.

A woman goes through a lot of change physically and mentally during her lifetime and these changes can cause unusual hair fall.

What are the common causes of hair fall?

  • Use of heat tools such as straighteners and curlers and harsh chemical rich colors, sprays and gels that can potentially damage the hair shaft, making it brittle.
  • Using wrong combs, having fixed partings and frequently tying hair in tight ponytails.
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome wherein there is an over production of male hormones (androgens) in the body that can cause hair growth on the body and hair loss from the scalp.
  • Inadequate folic acid, iron, or hemoglobin in the body resulting in weak hair follicles.
  • Post pregnancy hormone restoration. During pregnancy, oestrogens peak in the body. Hence end of pregnancy results in hair falling out in locks.
  • Inadequate consumption of protein. When our body does not receive enough protein, it starts depleting from our body making hair brittle and weak hair falls prematurely.
  • Birth control pills and other hormonal pills and therapies when stopped abruptly, can also lead to excessive hair fall.
  • Crash dieting in the bid to lose weight can cause sudden weight changes and adversely affect hair growth.
  • Other medical conditions such as improper functioning of the thyroid gland, autoimmune disease, and scalp psoriasis.

Remember, shedding 50-100 strands of hair a day is normal, but anything beyond that for a period of time can cause hair loss and hence should be treated promptly. If you have a medical condition, consult a doctor immediately and start treatment before it’s too late for your hair. If not, here are a few tips to prevent hair fall:

  • Always use a wide toothed comb to detangle hair before using a fine toothed one to style hair. This will reduce hair breakage while combing.
  • Avoid combing hair while it’s still wet. Wet hair is more vulnerable to breakage and damage.
  • Avoid rubbing hair vigorously with towel after shower. Just soak out moisture and let it air-dry to prevent hair breakage and splits.
  • Maintain proper hair hygiene. Use clean combs and disinfected towels only. A dirty scalp is a clogged scalp and a clogged scalp means more hair fall.
  • Massage your scalp every day. Use conditioning oils such as those of almond, coconut, and olive, and massage scalp. Massaging improves blood circulation in the scalp that arrests hair fall and promotes new hair growth. Also oils will provide deep nourishment to hair making it  strong and less prone to damage.
  • Avoid using shampoos and conditioners that contain sulphates, silicone, and parabens. Harsh chemicals damage hair and are a sure shot way to hair loss.
  • Maintain a nutritionally well balanced diet to have stronger and more resilient hair. Include zinc, protein, Omega- 3 fatty acids and Vitamin E in your daily diet.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water through the day to promote growth of healthier hair.

Once you have started following the tips, you can use a little help from simple homemade masks that will restore your hair’s strength and arrest hair fall effectively.

Here are a few fool-proof natural remedies for Treating hair fall:

  1. Green tea and egg mask for treating hair fall:

  • You will need an egg yolk (preferably from free range hen) and 2-3 tbsps. of freshly prepared green tea.
  • Whisk the egg yolk in a bowl while slowly adding the green tea till it turns frothy and creamy in consistency.
  • Part your hair and apply this mask to your scalp.
  • Keep parting and applying till the entire scalp area is covered.
  • Put on a shower cap and let the mask sit on your scalp for at least 30 minutes before washing it off with a mild shampoo.
  • Use this hair mask at least twice daily to put an end to your hair fall woes.

Egg yolks are packed with proteins and essential vitamins and hence strengthen the existing hair while the antioxidant rich green tea helps boost new growth.

  1. Oil treatment for treating Hair fall:

  • You will need 50 ml each of almond oil, coconut oil, and castor oil along with 5ml of Aroma magic stimulate oil and 3 Vitamin- E capsules.
  • Combine all the oils together in a bowl.
  • Next, cut open and squeeze the Vitamin E capsules into the mixture.
  • Store the mixture in a glass container with an airtight lid.
  • Massage the oil potion into your scalp once every alternate day for 10 minutes.
  • Leave it overnight and wash off the next morning with a mild shampoo.

You will notice a marked difference within few days of using this treatment.

  1. Coconut milk nourishment mask for treating hair loss:

You will need one fresh coconut.

  • Grate the coconut and squeeze out its milk.
  • Apply the fresh milk to the scalp and hair and cover it with a shower cap.
  • After 30 minutes, remove the cap and wash hair with bearably cold water.
  • Do this treatment once a week.

Coconut milk, rich in Vitamin E, deeply conditions hair shafts. It also contains potassium, that aids hair growth, and anti-bacterial properties that prevent scalp infections and resultant hair fall.

  1. Indian gooseberry mask for Treating hair fall:

  • You will need 5 gooseberries and 1 cup of organic cold pressed coconut oil.
  • Start off by drying out the gooseberries in the sun.
  • Next, combine the dry goose berries and the oil in a saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  • Continue boiling till the gooseberries turn black.
  • Leave the mixture to cool before applying it to your scalp and hair.
  • Leave it on for about 20 minutes before washing it off with a mild shampoo.
  • Follow this method once every fortnight and you will be surprised with the results.

Indian gooseberries are rich in Vitamin C which is a vital nutrient for hair growth. Vitamin C not only helps build collagen that strengthens hair, but also helps absorb iron that helps keep your locks healthy.

  1. Greek yoghurt and honey mask for treating hair fall:

  • You will need 2-3 tbsps. of fresh, thick Greek yoghurt, 1 tbsp. of honey and the juice of one lemon.
  • Mix all ingredients in a container till they form a smooth paste.
  • Use a hair dye brush to apply the paste to the scalp and hair roots.
  • Leave the mask on for 20 minutes and then thoroughly rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Use this pack once a week if you have normal to oily hair and twice if you have dry hair.

Greek yoghurt is a natural hair conditioner containing Vitamin B5 and protein, both of which promote healthier hair. Honey, a humectant keeps the scalp hydrated while protecting it from infections.

  1. Chinese hibiscus mask for treating hair fall:

  • You will need 10-12 Chinese hibiscus flowers and 2 cups of organic cold pressed coconut oil.
  • Heat the coconut oil and add the flowers to it.
  • Boil the oil till the flowers are charred, and then strain the mixture.
  • Use this oil every night on your scalp before going to bed and wash off the following morning to bid goodbye to hair fall.

Chinese hibiscus is a rich source of Vitamin C, phosphorous, and riboflavin, all of which promote the health of hair. This flower also has potent toxin-removing properties which help eliminate dandruff and infections and enhance hair growth.

  1. Potato and honey mask for treating hair fall:

  • You will need 1 large potato, 1 tsp. honey and 1 tsp. water.
  • Peel and blend the potato first.
  • Next, strain the fresh potato puree in a muslin cloth to extract the juice.
  • Combine the juice with honey and water and apply the mixture to your scalp and hair.
  • Leave the mask on for 30 minutes and rinse thoroughly with water.
  • Repeat this treatment once a week to have healthy, strong locks that are less prone to breakage and falling.
  1. Lemon juice mask for treating hair fall:

  • You will need the juice of 3 lemons and 1 cup of warm water.
  • Use this treatment immediately after you’ve washed your hair.
  • Combine the water and the lemon juice and pour the warm mixture on your head.
  • Gently massage your scalp for 3 minutes.
  • Leave the mixture on the hair for another 5 minutes and then wash it off with cool water.
  • Do this twice a week and notice drastically reduced hair fall.

Lemons, being excellent astringents, tighten pores and hence control hair fall. Also its alpha- hydroxy acid content helps exfoliate dead skin cells from the scalp, thereby unclogging the scalp and promoting new growth.

There you go!

Use these effective remedies to help regain your hair’s lost glory. Also remember, that your scalp and hair are much like a garden. How  plants grow has  as much to do with what goes about ‘underground’ as above the ground.

So eat well, exercise, and reduce the amount of stress you take.

Here’s to healthy and happy hair.

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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.

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9 Cute Hair Braiding Styles for Teenage Girl Students

9 Cute Hair Braiding Styles for Teenage Girl Students

Braids are beautiful. They are versatile too. They are perfect for beach holidays, office, weddings, and even rock parties. You can wear them up, down, and on the side. They look adorable whether they are neat and formal or fancy and messy. There are lot of cute hair braiding styles and some of them can really make you shine. What’s more, braiding isn’t rocket science! They look complicated but hardly are.

Also you don’t want your Hair braid to look something like this:

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So get some really cool hair braiding styles here. Want to try a few different braids on yourself?

Here are a few beautiful  and cute hair braiding styles that require minimal effort and look gorgeous nevertheless:

  1. The French braid:

    Start off by brushing your hair, preferably with a boar bristle padded brush so it’s all smooth and easy to work with. Now use a tail comb to section your hair into a V shape right from the temples of your head, to the crown. Separate the section into 3 pieces and start braiding them. Every time you cross the hair over from one side, incorporate more hair from that side. Once you subsume all the hair, finish the braid and secure it with a hair elastic. To add more oomph, tag at the braid corners to widen them and make the braid look thick.

  2. The Rope braid:

    rope-braid-hairstyle

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    This one looks stunning and is the easiest hairdo you will ever do (probably). Start by securing all your hair in a high ponytail with a clear elastic band. Next, separate the ponytail into two sections and twist each in the same direction. Now cross the twisted sections over each other to form a rope like braid. Secure it with another band. That’s all! Tip: Rub a little pomade such as the Aveda humectant pomade on your finger tips and tame away and flyways. You can even use a hairspray to lock in your style.

  3. The Fishtail braid:

    This one looks ornate and elaborate but the effort required is hardly any. The fish braid gives the face a very feminine look and can complement almost any kind of outfit. Start by pulling all your hair to one side and brushing it till smooth. Next, secure the hair in a ponytail with a clear band (optional). Next, separate the hair into two sections and hold them in one hand separated by your finger. Use your other hand to grab a wisp of hair from the outside of one section and braid it in the opposite direction. Do the same with the other section. Keep braiding till you reach the end of the hair length and then secure it with a clear elastic. Fish braids look best when they are messy, so go ahead and pull out some strands and stretch out that braid to give it a beautiful texture. If you want a wispier and romantic look, you can even try a texturizing spray such as the Oribe dry texturizing spray.

  4. The Dual Textured braid:

    This one looks very ‘Victorian’ and is a must try, especially on brown hair.  Start off by applying a mist of hair spray to your hair for more grip. You can even choose to loosely curl your hair before attempting this to give your look, more texture. Next, make a deep side part and then pull your hair from one side and French braid it close to the hairline all the way past your ear. Do the same on the other side till it meets the first braid at the nape of your neck. Now combine all the hair and fishtail braid it till the very end. Secure with an elastic and you are done. For a lustrous and smooth look, use Silk Express Miracle over your hair before attempting this one.

  5. The Halo braid:

    If this doesn’t look angelic what will! Kidding. This one looks pretty, feminine, and classy. It specially suits people with round faces but just about anybody can try this look. First off, make a centre parting in your hair all the way from your forehead to the nape. Next, beginning at the nape, create a French braid while following your hairline pulling wisps of hair form either sides as you go. . Continue doing it the entire way around your head. Once you are done braiding your entire hair, tuck the secure ends in the braid. Use a strong hairspray to prevent the braid end from slipping through the braid and you’re done!

  6. The Waterfall braid:

    the waterfall braid

    Source: Pinterest

    This braid has a little whimsical feel about it. It looks romantic, subtle, and way more challenging to do than it is. To get this, start by creating a centre parting in your hair. Next, pull three wisps of hair from just where the parting begins, and start French braiding it. While you French braid it, keep dropping the outermost section (that you would normally cross over), letting it fall straight. Once you reach the other side of the head, secure the braid tail with bobby pins behind your ear and you are done. You can use a curler to loosely curl your open hair to make the hairstyle look more elaborate.

  7. The Chain Link braid:

    Chain-link-braid-at-Donna-Karan

    Source: hairromance.com

    This one’s an attention grabber. Wear this and you will leave people thinking how you ever managed to create it. First off, tie a low ponytail with an elastic and then grab a piece of hair and wrap it around the hair for a neater look. Next, separate the hair into four sections and name them one, two, three, and four from left to right. Now take number three and cross it over number two. Next, take the fourth piece and cross it under number two and three. Then, drop number two and bring number one under number three and four. Continue this sequence until your reach the end and voila! You might want to use a little wet pomade to make it look slick.

  8. The Boho braid:

    boho braid style

    Source: Pinterest

    This one looks red carpet chic without being even a tad complicated. Start off by pulling all your hair over to one side and resting them on your shoulders. Now take a small section of hair from just an inch away from your hairline and braid it all the way till the end and secure it with a hair tie. Next, pull another section of your hair (larger than the first time) and inch behind the first braid and this time, French braid it. Finally, pull all your hair together and divide it into two sections. Now go ahead and fish tail braid it. You will be surprised how amazing it looks.

  9. The Lobster braid:

    lobster braid - Cute hair braiding styles

    Source: Pinterest

    This one looks messy (but in a very pretty way) . It is easy, very girl-next-doo-rish and beautiful. You just have to grab a thick section of hair from near the nape of your neck and braid it. While you are braiding, the rest of the hair will be pulled to one side over your shoulder. Now take the entire section of hair that was resting on your shoulder and wrap it over and under your braid creating a coiled look. Once you reach the end of the braid, tuck the wrapped end into the elastic. Voila!

There you go. Try out these incredible hairstyles and you will never quite leave ‘the braid’ again. Braided hair prevents your hair from the excess heat you would otherwise use to style your hair. Once you get a hang of few braids, use your imagination and modify them to suit your tastes.

Go look like a Rock star!

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Happy braiding!

 

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7 Amazingly Cool and Cute Medium Length Hairstyles for Thin Hair

7 Amazingly Cool and Cute Medium Length Hairstyles for Thin Hair

Thin hair is a woe to many a woman.  Flat and limp hair that fails to hold voluminous styles cause distress and leave women (most of them) wondering if they can ever make the hair look chic and well styled.

If you have thinning hair (it’s not the same as naturally fine hair), evaluate your body first. Make sure you do not suffer from any ailments, are eating healthy food, and taking your supplements. Healthy hair not only looks better but also takes products (that you might use to get volume) well.

If you have naturally fine (thin) hair, fret not. There a dozens of haircuts and styles, that when done right, can add the desirable body to your hair making it look thicker than it is. Whether you have straight or curly tresses, there is a fix for you out there. A little texturizing or a messy touch can save the day for you, almost always.

Here are a few ingenious ideas you can embrace.

Few Medium Length Hairstyles for Thin Hair:

  1. The collarbone bob:

    Get a layered collar bone bob with side bangs. Keep the ends shagged to add more volume to the look. To make it look more gorgeous (and less disturbing), you can braid your bangs and pin it to the other side of your hairline. This will add the Victorian glamour and also keep the bangs of your face. This look is for those who have pin straight hair. You might want to avoid this if you have curly hair else it will look short and wiry. When styling this hair, dampen the strands and apply styling mousse such as Neuma styling mousse fluid and then blow dry your hair (set the dryer at the lowest setting) while gently twisting pieces of hair with your fingers, holding and then releasing. The tousled texture will make your hair look ultra-glam.

  2. Go messy:

    The more texture you add to your hair, the more voluminous they will appear. Messy waves not only look great but are easy ‘breezy’ to achieve. This straight, out of the beach look is great for casual outfits and summer day parties. Start off by applying a smoothening serum to your damp hair and then blow dry completely to get the volume while maintaining the smoothness. Next, apply a sea salt spray while crimping your hair using your hand. Allow it to dry and you are good to go. This look, although versatile, is especially recommended for hair with colour highlights.

  3. Flip and you’re done look:

    A blunt bob cut does wonders in making the hair appear thicker as it is because even hair appears ample. Flipping your hair is the key to up this look. Just flip your hair to one side and wear a cool pair of shades before stepping out of the door and you will have created a perfect casual cool look. A cool tip: Tip your hair upside down when blow-drying after a shower. You will be surprised with the difference it makes. If you have barely-there hair try using a root boosting product such as Matrix wonder boost root lifter before you blow dry. You’re welcome.

  4. Messy backswept curls:

    Curls are always a great option for thin hair. Back swept hair in particular not only gives your tresses a thicker look but also nonchalantly natural. It seems like the wind played with your hair and to call this look romantic and beautiful would be an understatement. Start off by applying a mist of heat protecting spray all over your hair. Now grab a curling wand and curl small sections of hair one at a time. Make sure you curl them tight (you can always loosen them a little by brushing if you curl them too tight for your taste). Keep varying the direction in which you curl. You don’t want all your curls going in the same direction and eventually clumping up to form one big curl. After you have finished doing all your hair, just run your fingers through them to make them lose its tightness a bit and giving it a more finished look. Spray a mist of hair finishing spray to complete your look and you are done.

  5. Barrelled waves with bouffant:

    Bouffant-Hairstyle-For-Women

    Source: Ladyzona

    A bouffant is your go to whenever you are done sulking over your limp hair and want to dress up for a party. The trick is to tease the hair well. Start off by gathering your hair from the crown and holding it straight up with one hand. With your other hand, with the help of a good teaser, start back bombing your hair towards the scalp to create a nest. Next, go back in with the teaser towards your scalp and tease it some more in that area. Use a wooden comb (because it does not produce static electricity) to comb it smooth. You have to keep your hand very light, else you will ruin your whole ‘teasing’ effort. Next, spray a little hair spray on your fingers and gently smooth it out on the pumped up hair for hold. Now take the top half of your hair, twist it under itself and pin it. Use heat barrels to create soft romantic curls with the bottom portion of your hair. Leave them open and voila!

  6. The wide messy fishtail:

    Boxed-Fishtail-Braid

    Source: About.com

    A fishtail braid is not just beautiful but ridiculously versatile. Whether you have thin hair or thick, long or medium, curly or pin straight, you can lightly alter a fish braid to look just perfect for you. For fine hair, a messy fishtail braid is one of the most preferred hairstyles. Start off by applying a little amount of light hold pomade into your hair to make it more workable. Next, sweep all your hair on one side of your head and secure them with an elastic. Divide the ponytail into two sections. Now use your pointer finger to separate a small section of hair from the outer edge of the main section and cross it over the other side Repeat the same form the other side. Continue till you reach the ‘tail’ end and secure it with an elastic. Now take a scissor and snap the elastic at the top. Now gently tug at the outer edges of the braid to make it look broader and messier. Leave a little hair on the sides hang freely and you’re done!

  7. Curl them up:

    Like said earlier, nothing adds more life to thin, limp hair than curls. Ringlets can be you ultimate solution. If your thin hair is a result of them being ‘weak’, there is an ingenious way of curling them without using heat – Cut up an old t shirt into strips. (The width of the strips will depend on the width of the curls you desire and the length will be longer than the length of your hair). Now take small sections of dampened hair, line up the bottom with the strip and roll all the way to your roots and then tie knot. Wait for several hours till your hair is completely dry before untying the strips. Once untied, run a wide toothed comb in your hair and you will see your hair all plumped up and gorgeously curled.

There you go,

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Above all, do only what feels comfortable. Because when you are comfortable in your skin, you feel more confident and look better.