Monday, 10 December 2012


Expert talk with Avni Amlani, International Expert and Consultant to Dermalogica India.

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Avni Amlani
If you are a beauty junkie you might already know the brand Dermalogica. But whenever we hear this name – we subconsciously think of skin care. However, when I started asking hair care queries to the International Skin Expert and Consultant to Dermalogica - Avni Amlani; I received a pleasant surprise. She gave us some amazing tips, tricks and quick fixes you can easily follow to achieve healthy hair.  

How would you describe a healthy daily hair care routine? 
Before your hair wash, start by brushing your hair. It may seem like the obvious thing to do, but maybe what you didn't know is that brushing distributes its natural oils and the shampoo-conditioner throughout the hair.
This promotes healthy and even growth. Remember to shampoo in small, circular movements; don't forget to target dirt collecting areas such as the nape of your neck. Massaging your scalp will increase blood flow which encourages growth and will stimulate your hair's natural oils (producing shiny locks). Similar to body lotion for your skin, conditioner is moisturiser for your hair and will keep your strands hydrated and manageable. For an even application use a wide-toothed comb.

How to control frizz and static during the winters?
The biggest adversary of winter hair is static electricity so anti-static home care is essential. Try spraying a brush with hairspray and use anti-static tools like wooden combs and ionic driers. Use conditioners that coat the cuticle, effectively weighing the hair down and focus on treatments that encourage moisture retention. Using heat without protection adds static so applying a heat protector or hairspray beforehand is a must.

Give us some tips on adding shine to dull hair?
Clarifying shampoo treatments are essential to bring hair back to life. Hair oils are great too, give your scalp and hair an oil massage every week for a fabulous healthy shine. Try Dermalogica Stress Relief Treatment Oil.

Repairing dry and damaged hair
As with skin, the hair will also need extra moisturising during the cold weather. I advise to add an intensive moisturiser to their regime and alternate it with their regular conditioner for a surge of special care. The moisturiser will provide some benefit and help moisturise dry hair. Try Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster. Use it as a leave on serum by applying few drops from mid-length to the ends of your hair.

What kind of hair is most likely to be affected in the winter? 
All hair types, especially Long hair is prone to loss of condition in winter and running your fingers along the hair shaft from the root to tip will reveal pockets of dryness. These are the areas to concentrate on when it comes to applying conditioner and treatments.   Use leave-in nourishing conditioners.  Use a treatment masque once a week.

We all know what happens to skin as we get older, but what happens to hair?
It may be surprising to know that hair is at its thickest and strongest between the ages of 12 and 14. After that, there is a very slow deterioration. It's not something you will notice for many years but, extremely slowly, the hair's diameter decrease, thus becomes finer and thinner.
What can we do to protect our hair from the signs of ageing?
There is no doubt the hair needs more care and attention as we age. Not only does the hair's diameter thin, but mature women tend to colour their hair more.
Use hair products which have UV filters to protect the hair from UV damage.  Use leave-in conditioners and hair treatments.

Will someone who spends a lifetime colouring and heat styling their hair find it looks older more quickly?
There is no scientific evidence, nor reason why hair should age faster with chemical or heat processing. In fact, these processes give the impression of less ageing because they swell up the hair strands. People with coloured hair needs to go for professional hair treatments/spa, which helps to hydrate and nourish the hair and scalp.

Does Dermalogica have a hair care products? 
Dermalogica hair care products were introduced to meet the need of Dermalogica fans who wouldn't want to use any other beauty brand. Dermalogica's Shine Therapy Shampoo contains highlight-enhancing Rosemary Oil and deep-cleansing Lavender Extract that restore lift and bounce while beta hydroxy Citric Acid reduces flakiness and revitalizes the scalp. While Dermalogica Silk Finishing Conditioner helps improve manageability with silkening Wheat Proteins, and helps minimize irritation with aromatherapeutic essential oils. Both these products are formulated without artificial fragrances and colours.

To find a Dermalogica salon near you click here: Dermalogica Store Locator
If you live in Mumbai, you can directly visit their head office:
314/A, ‘Sundervila’, Plot No. 19, S. V. Road, Santacruz (W), Mumbai 400054.
Tel: +91 22 2661 5805

Tuesday, 4 December 2012


When it comes to hair styling there is one perennial dilemma that all girls struggle with, it is the quest of finding a good hair straightening machine. It took several trials and repeated errors before I found my solution! Out of the many ironing machines that I have tried my most preferred styler is the GHD MK4 Flat Styler.

GHD as a brand has been a favourite with a lot of celebrities for years now! It’s effective and delivers optimum results on most types of hair. The price is a bit steep but buying a gadget is always an investment. The reason why we love this styler is because:

A very sleek ironing machine that is light-weight and extremely user friendly. This styler is very versatile and helps create waves, curls and even poker-straight hair. It is all you will ever need to create a hairstyle complete with perfect shine and volume.
What gives it an edge over the other ironing machines in the market are its features:

     Ceramic heaters: This produces negative ions when heated - no matter what. Negative ions neutralize the hair, closing hair follicles and smoothing the hair shaft also expect far more even and diffuse heating, smooth handling

     Sleep mode: After 30 minutes of being idle, the iron will go into sleep mode and beep every 10 seconds as a reminder that it's on, and it's still plugged in. Hence preventing any fire hazard that there maybe.

     Universal voltage: This feature is recommended for those who often travel abroad, having a universal voltage makes your iron functional across all countries.

     Round barrel: It works beautifully to create curls and soft beach waves apart from straightening your hair

      2.8m swivel cord: Helps stop the cord from being twisted and damaged.

Now creating your favourite hair styles will take only a matter of minutes. Get your own GHD today and wear your hair like a fashionista! Happy hair styling. Style away!

By Pankhuri Awasthi