Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Home remedies for your hair

We live in a time where we are constantly trying to manage our time, our diets and our emotional well-being. A healthy balance of the same can be beneficial to our lives but stressing about keeping up that balance can be detrimental to our health, skin and hair. This is often the cause of brittle hair, dullness and hair loss. While we may try the latest of treatments, products and heat stylings; it may cause more good than bad in the long term. That is when we can turn to the age-old home remedies that have been passed through the generations and use the most natural and purest of ingredients. Today we will be covering a few of these remedies that are trusted potions and use ingredients that can be found in your kitchen itself.
 
Coconut Oil: Known for its miraculous properties, coconut oil is a multipurpose potion and comes first on our list. Warm a small portion of coconut oil and massage it into your scalp and the ends of your hair. Tie your hair together with a warm towel and leave it for an hour or two. Make sure to wash it off thoroughly after and you will noticed your now nourished hair.

 


Apple Cider Vinegar: It makes for a great clarifying rinse for the scalp. All one has to do is take a few capfuls of the vinegar, dilute it in half a tumbler of water. Once your bath is finished, pour the diluted vinegar solution over your head and massage it gently into your scalp. You will find your scalp feeling cleaner and your hair lighter.



 Aloe Vera: The pulp of the Aloe Vera plant is famed for its beneficial properties and in the hair care sphere, it is known to restore the PH balance of ones scalp. On a regular basis, use the raw pulp of the alow vera plant and massage it into your scalp. After leaving it to sit for 30 minutes in your hair, continue with your bath as per usual. You will find your hair much healthier.
 
                                  
  
Use such home remedies on a weekly basis over a period of a few months and your happy hair will speak for itself.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Trend Report: Rainbow hair trend

Colouring your hair can do so much for you – it can make you feel trendy, fun, sexy and even empowered. More than just the appearance of your hair, it can change the way you portray yourself to the world as well as the way you feel about yourself. A chestnut brown can add an air of sophistication. A deep burgundy can make you feel sensational. A passive blue can make you feel cool.  This up and coming hair will make you feel all of that and more.

The rainbow hair trend is a rising phenomenon hitting all the movers and shakers in Hollywood, from musical artists to actors. For this particular trend, smaller sections of the hair are chosen to be colored as this makes the effect of the trend stylish yet subtle and does not verge on overpowering the global colour of the hair. Generally, the lower ends of the hair, from the midsection to the ends are the prime choice to be coloured as this is the portion of hair that is most visible. What is most popular with respect to this trend is the contrast between the hues that are all used together in the look. While some choose to go bright with the shades that they use, others opt for softer pastel tones (an inspiration post of which we’ve covered here!) 


Singer Lily Allen rocked the rainbow hair trend with a global colour contrast of flaming red with a deep violet, both blending into each other with an ombre effect.



Artiste Ke$ha, just like her funky music, chooses a bright head of hair, all decked in rainbow colours and neon shades.


Pop star Demi Lovato snapped a selfie with her brunette hair intermingling with shades of cobalt blue, purple and turquoise at the ends.


Singer Rita Ora made a statement with her elegant blond locks tied in a sleek ponytail and her ends complimenting her look in cool tones of blue and violet.


Pop icon Katy Perry went all out with a bright sleek ponytail in shades of blue which shone with her neon look.

You can always give the rainbow hair trend a try with some simple hair chalking of a few sprigs on colour on your midsections and ends of your hair.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Fun bun hair tutorial

When the monsoons come around, there is nothing more than enjoying the season with a hot cup of tea and a dance in the rain. We’ve tackled the problems faced by ladies during this season in our previous monsoonseries and the ways one can prevent it so today, we have got another monsoon special on the cards. With the fun bun tutorial we will show you today; you can keep your hair worries at bay with this easy tutorial and look fantastic doing so.


Here is what you need:
·         A curling iron
·         Bobby pins
·         Hair brush
·         Elastic bands
·         Hair spray


Step 1: Using your curling iron (preferably with a large barrel), curl small sections of your hair at its bottommost length. This step is primarily to add volume to the hair hence you do not have to be neat whilst curling. Once carried out, loosen all your curls with your fingers into loose waves.

Step 2: Flip your head downwards so that all your hair will fall forward. Once done, gather your hair upwards and using your hair brush, smoothen the rest of your hair with your hair brush as this portion of the hair will be most visible. 

Step 3: Once brushed, gather your upwards ponytail and tie it with an elastic band in such a way that the midsection of your hair forms a loop and the end section of the hair is left out of the firmly knotted elastic band.

Step 4: Placing either hand at the end of both sides of the loop of your midsection of hair. Then gently spread out the loop of hair in a fan-like motion in order for the loop of hair to gain more volume.

Step 5: In this crucial step, separate portions of hair from the hair loop in the same fan-like motion in order to add texture to the bun.

Step 6: Arrange all sections of the hair by wrapping them tightly around and tuck any ends into the bun.

Step 7: Use an elastic band to tightly keep the bun in place at the base and using bobby pins, keep any ends in place as well.

Step 8: Spritz your fun bun with hair spray to make sure it lasts through the day.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Protecting your hair this season

The monsoons may be the season to make merry in the rains but as our recently concluded series on the effects the monsoon has your hair may speak otherwise. Hair fall, dandruff and so many more problems are commonplace in the monsoons and while we’ve spoken about them in great length in our series, we’ve written largely about the ways to cure these ills. Today, we’ll be discussing about the critical step to take even before the monsoon damage can affect out hair and how we can prevent this from happening, while staying fashionable throughout.


·         A caution to take would be to unnecessarily avoid wetting your hair and an umbrella would be the best solution for short periods of time, especially to keep your hairstyle flawless throughout. Transparent pieces and printed umbrellas are all the rage this season.  If you have a long distance to go, make sure to tie your hair in a bun and use the hood of your raincoat/windcheater to cover all of its length.
 

·         Before leaving for the day, use a small amount of leave-in conditioner and run it through the lengths of your hair. This will keep your hair nourished throughout the course of the day, even if you are faced with monsoon showers. If you are prone to frizz, try a pea-sized amount of a suitable serum in place of the conditioner that will liven the appearance of your hair while protecting it.
 
·         Shorter hair tends to be more manageable to protect. So if you are fond of experimenting with styles, a textured bob, an edgy pixie (with tips to help you try it here!) or a shoulder-grazing chop is ideal for seasons such as these when managing your hair is tougher.



·         Keeping your hair braided will reduce any frizz or dullness from showing through. You can incorporate a scarf into your braid, as our previous tutorial shows to add a touch of playfulness to it. A scarf wrapped around your hair and neck adds regality and beauty as well. If you have to attend a more formal event, our easy updo tutorial will show you how to achieve the same, while avoid any moisture and monsoon hair distress.




Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Monsoon Hair Tips #2

It is that time of the year again to listen to the pitter-patter of the rain drops, sip a steaming hot cup of ginger tea and deal with hair woes. Yes, you heard it! The monsoon is one solitary season within all 365 days which causes grief to ladies who love their tresses, primarily due to the increased humidity in the climate.


 In the previous partof our monsoon hair care series, we covered the nourishment that hair needs and avoiding the worry of hair fall. Today, we shall speak about a few more of those monsoon hair worries and just the right solutions for you to them.


Cleanse your hair:
A common issue faced by many in the monsoons is that of greasy hair. A sudden downpour can wet a head of hair and when not thoroughly dried, such hair can attract dust and grime from the surroundings. The added moisture in the atmosphere, especially when the rainfall is happening in bouts, can also result in profuse sweating which is another factor that weighs down the hair. By the end of the day, you can feel the limpness in your previously-healthy hair.
When possible avoid getting your hair wet in passing showers of rain by either putting the hood on of your raincoat or windcheater, opening your umbrella or waiting in an enclosed space till the rain subsides. Sometimes, that can be impossible and after doing your best to avoid the shower, you might just get caught in one. As a curative measure for this, make you dry your hair as soon as possible, either by towel or by the cool setting of the blow dryer. Ensure that you use a clarifying shampoo strips your scalp of any grease and will leave it clean.


 Bid Dandruff goodbye:
The increased moisture content in the climate can cause a number of issues, another one of them being dandruff. To treat dandruff, make sure you hair gets as much care as you possibly can provide. Carry out hot oil massages for your scalp on a weekly basis. Purchase an anti-dandruff shampoo that is suited to address this problem. Follow the home remedy of mixing neem and amla in your hot oil massages and avoid leaving your hair unwashed for more than 2 days. 




Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Monsoon Hair Tips #1

The monsoon season is here to stay and if you are not a lover of the rainy days ahead, then the next 4 months can prove to be quite an arduous task to overcome. Not only can the unstable weather and flooding cause a number of hurdles in our daily life but in our beauty routine as well.
You may find that your hair has become coarser and more difficult to manage while your hair fall may have increased. These are signs for you to bring your regular routine to a halt and instead alter your routine to the season in swing. To make your transition to the monsoon just a little easier, we’ll be guiding you in this series as to how to fight away your monsoon hair troubles.

 
Nourish your hair
The increased humidity in the air causes your hair to become dull and coarse while also being prone to frizz. The best way to put these problems to rest is to nourish your hair more than you may usually do. You can do so by applying a hair mask at home or at a salon which is rich in nourishing extracts and proteins. A solution that is seconded by many a wise grandmother is to get weekly head massages with pure coconut or olive oil around an hour prior to your bath. Alter your regular hair routine and add in the use of a nourishing conditioner post your shampoo every few times a week.

 
Fight the hair fall
Hair fall is a monster than rears its head, especially during the monsoon due to the increased moisture in air and the humidity in the climate. To help treat the problem, you can avoid the usage of unnecessary heat styling products like straighteners and curling tongs. During the monsoons, as soon as you step out from a bath, make sure to thoroughly air dry your hair with a soft towel so that it is as dry as possible once you finish. Especially in this season, air dry your hair and avoid using blow-drying for the same. By doing so, you will lessen the damage of the hair fall to your hair.



Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Side-swept curls hairstyle tutorial

Our previous post was all about the glamourous ensembles and the chic hairdos that were seen at the Cannes Film Festival held in Cannes, France. While many went for prim and sleek updos, the rest of the attendees took inspiration of the delightful French weather and atmosphere and went for glamourous yet flowing hair looks and one of the most popular looks was that of the side swept curls. Side swept curls not only look lived in and effortless but add a subtle glamour to any formal event.

 In our post today, we’ll be showing you a step-by-step tutorial as to high to achieve this high glamour look.




Step 1: Start by parting your hair slightly off centre where one side has slightly more hair than the other side. The section with the larger amount of hair is where we shall create our base of curls followed by the upper section of curls being created by the other section.

Step 2: We start our look with the larger parting of hair. In this step, we must begin to pin our hair in different sections. To correctly pin them, you must determine which pieces of your hair are at what lengths, especially if your hair is in steps or layers. Divide the similar lengths together and start pinning them up.

Step 3: Once your curling iron is heated, begin from the bottommost and longest layers of hair and form your base of curls by beginning to curl your hair into tight curls.

Step 4: Once the lower section of the hair is curled, we can use our curling iron and begin curling the uppermost sections of the hair  until all the hair in the larger parting has been curled.

Step 5: Once all your hair from the larger parting is curled, make sure to spray a setting or holding spray to make sure that the hair retains the curls for hours to come.

Step 6: In our final step, move to the smaller parting of hair and as we did previously, curl the hair starting from the bottommost longest layers and work your way to the top and finish off with a holding spray.

Step7: Once both partings are curled and set, flip the smaller parting over to the large parting and pin any fly-aways and short hair in place with bobby pins.