Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Get rid of that product build-up!

If you jot down and make a list of the numerous products you use in your hair on a regular basis, you’ll find it to be a long list – serums, oils, mousses, conditioners, shampoos and so much more. While they make your tresses bouncy and beautiful in your daily life after a while, the usage of so many products does more good than bad to our hair by weighing our hair down, making it lifeless and leaving a residue on our scalp.
Here’s a few ways to get rid of that product build-up for once and for all:

Fewer products: Avoid using too many products in your hair, too often. While it is perfectly alright to style and sculpt your hair with waxes and sprays, use such styling products only on occasion and go product-free on a daily basis.

Clarifying shampoo: A clarifying shampoo, unlike your ordinary ones are those which are specially designed to clarify your hair and remove residue making it feel silky smooth. Use such a clarifying shampoo one every fortnight as more than that isn’t necessary. The Toni & Guy Detox Shampoo and Herbal Essence Fresh Balance Clarifying Shampoo are great shampoos to use for the purpose of clarifying.

Clarifying rinse: Make your own clarifying rinse for your hair by mixing one cup of lemon juice, one cup of Epsom salt and one gallon water and leave the mixture to stand for 24 hours. Post shampooing your hair, using the mix as a final clarifying rinse. You will find your greasiness gone as the rinse will add that bounce back into your hair.

Clarifying rub with baking soda:  Depending on the length of your hair, mix a small amount of baking soda with a little water. Just as you begin your bath, wet your hair generously and then apply the baking soda onto your scalp. As you apply it, rub it gently onto your scalp in circular motions. Leave the clarifying rub into your hair for around 5 minutes and wash it off.  The baking soda will cleanse your scalp and make your hair feel vivacious!

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Winter Hair Care - Don'ts

While we always emphasize on the do’s, an extremely important part of our hair care regime is also the don’ts. Although adding new products and multiplying new techniques are a crucial part of our hair care, if unwanted don’ts are also carried out, it tends to not just add unnecessary steps in our routine but leaves our locks dismayed. So in addition to the must-do steps in our winter hair care routine that you follow; we’re here to advise you on the steps that you can drop during the winter:


As the winter takes a colder turn, you may notice that your hair has gotten coarser and frizzier which is, natural but preventable. An important don’t would be to avoid heat-styling tools of any kind – blow dryers or straighteners. Post the treatment, your hair may temporarily look good but at the risk of getting your hair follicle dried and damaged which is just not worth it. Cut the heat-styling down to times only when it is absolutely necessary. And if you’re facing a bad hair day and don’t know how to deal with it without your heating tools? Try a chic beret or a stylish scarf – No one will even notice your hair!


During the winter, your scalp tends to get greasier and flakier that it usually does so to combat this, people get overzealous with the shampoo and end up washing their hair so often that it strips the natural oils that the scalp is producing. The result is over-washed, dry hair which is frizzy and coarse. Avoid over-shampooing your hair as much as you can and instead; to combat the greasy feeling, try a dry shampoo.

Hot bath:

A hot bath may be your oasis of pleasure during the dreary winter nights but beyond the warmth it gives you, it is doing more damage to you than you know! The heat in the water, especially if you like your baths very hot, is intensely damaging to your hair creating frizz and dryness unnecessarily. The simple solution to this is to enjoy your hot bath during the winter for as long as you like and once you finish, pour a few tumblers of cold water on your head for the heat to dissipate and to allow the cold water to seal the hair follicle.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Winter hair care do's

Winter is a season of enjoyment for the young and old alike with hot chocolate, thick clothes and reruns of your favorite shows where all you can feel is warm and cozy. Now that is certainly the best part about the chilling season but unfortunately, the season we adore has its downsides too! We can never seem to surpass those dry patches and the frigid cold and our mane seems to have a mind of its own! Winters tends to make the hair brittle, frizzy and unruly which makes it a task to step outside looking stunning.

So what do you have to do? Just follow our simple fixes of course!

 Find a different routine:
What works for your hair in the summer will not necessarily work in the winter. Shift to deep scented hair products like vanilla, cinnamon and musk to help imbibe that feel of the season into your hair. While a daily shampoo was great in the summer to wash off the grime, that’s not the case in the winter so avoid washing your hair on a daily basis and unnecessarily deplete your hair of its natural oils. Be gentler with your hair when you comb it and tie it as breakage tends to increase during this time.

A plain shampoo job will get cleanse your hair but add the extra step of conditioning on a regular basis.  After your shampoo is washed off, lightly massage a blob of conditioner into the ends of your hair and leave it for a couple of minutes. Make sure to keep it far from your roots as conditioner is specifically to repair the follicle damage of the strand. Even if you skip your hair wash every now and then, conditioner will keep it smooth and silky for days.

Dry Shampoo:
While shampooing your hair on a daily basis in avoidable, girls with an oily scalp may scoff and wonder how else to keep their hair from getting greasy. That’s what dry shampoo is for! Dry Shampoo, which has newly entered the beauty scene in the country is of a powdery texture and is meant to extend the results of your hair wash. So even if you have an oily scalp or greasy hair and have no time to wash your hair, run a small amount of dry shampoo through your hair and see your hair get back to it’s lively, bouncy self again!



Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Radiant Orchid for your hair

The Pantone institute has declared the colour of the year for 2014 as ‘Radiant Orchid’ which is classified as a pleasant purple-pink shade. While our clothing generally takes first picks, apart from just including the pleasing purple hue in your closet,why not try something new this year? And what better way to try something than celebrate the beauty of the shade than to rock it on our hair as well!

Here are some fun ways to incorporate the radiant orchid shade through just a few changes into your daily hairstyles:

 1) Bows:

Add a pretty bow in a purple shade to your everyday ponytail or loosely curled hair and you will find it not only adds a lady-like charm to you look but a pinch of colour as well!  This will heighten the look of your regular ponytail and will match beautifully with your day-time dresses.

       2) Clips:

 Clips come is all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours and they are available just about everywhere. With clips, you can not only tame your frizzy locks but adds a little quirkiness to an otherwise bland hairdo.  Find a couple of exciting clips in different figures andshapes - all in a purple shade. If you enjoy a dab of bling, with a careful hand and some glue, sprinkle some glitter or beads onto the clips and let it dry. You now have your very own customized clips in the shade of the year which will inject some cuteness to your hairstyle and colour to any outfit.

     3) Orchid: 
      The best solution is to add nothing but the most natural of sources which is a real orchid! If you’re feeling fresh and radiant today and want to embrace that feeling, there is no better way than to pin a beautiful blooming orchid to your left hair in order to add a refreshing touch to it. If orchids are too tough to find, you can always replace it with some pretty flowers in purple.

4)  Colour:

The most daring and the  most spunky of ways is try the addition few streaks of a deep purple or a dark violet which will lend a funky style to your daily ‘do! Ask your hairstyling professional which shade of the purple spectrum would suit you best and then take the plunge!

Which ways will you be embracing radiant orchid in this 2014?