Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Hair Myths Debunked - Part 2

In our post today, we’re continuing from where we left off last week and talking about the various myths surrounding hair care, what is fact and what is fiction so as to find out the truth to benefit your hair care routine.

Getting frequent trims for your hair will make it grow faster.
This is a popular statement that has been passed around from hairdressers to customer which is however, untrue. The growth of hair is determined by your growth hormones and the internal biology of the chemicals in your body. Trimming your hair is an external process which is carried out to the ends of your hair. While a regular trim can make your hair feel thicker, healthier and gets rid of any stray split-ends; it can, in no way, have any effect on the growth of hair in your body.

Shampoos and conditioners should be changed frequently.
It is often said that the shampoos and conditioners used in the hair should be changed frequently as the hair tends to build a tolerance to a particular variant or brand of shampoo after a long period of time. This statement is untrue. You hair has no power to build levels of tolerance to a particular shampoo or conditioner and neither can it identify brands and variants. As long as you provide your hair with good quality, nourishing hair care; you can reap the benefits of it. So if you have a shampoo or conditioner that gives you good results, stick to it.

Certain products can fix your split-ends.
This is unfortunately untrue. Think of a split end as a rip in a piece of cloth that would be your hair. While stitching and gluing it together can make it unnoticeable, it can only be removed if it is cut off from the piece of cloth. In the same manner, while hair masks and leave-in conditioners can temporarily improve the appearance of split ends, they can only be removed when they are trimmed off.

Colouring your hair causes damage to it.
Colouring your hair today is a safe, fuss-free procedure with relatively less chemicals and hassle and hence does not cause any damage to the hair. In order to get the best of our of your hair colour and keep your tresses safe, make sure you use a protective serum pre colouring, use a post colouring conditioner and pay heed to your hair stylists post care instructions.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Hair Myths Debunked

Our grandmothers and mothers have always passed on their age-old wisdom to us. Whether it is about cookery or beauty, we’ve always relied on them. However, every once in a while comes along an old-wives tale which confuses you and makes you question their truth. In this post, we’ll visit a few of those tales which are nothing but make believe myths and tell you why you should be breaking them!

Colouring your hair will make it turn grey faster:
This is one of the most popular myths out there and the truth is, colouring your hair does not, in any way make your hair turn grey faster. The process of the greying of your hair is controlled by the melanin and pigmentation production that occurs deep inside your follicles and scalp. When hair colour is applied, it is carried out superficially from the roots upwards and hence, the colouring process on the outside has no connection whatsoever with the greying process that takes place on the inside.

100 strokes while you brush your hair will make it shiny:
This is an old myth that has been passed down from the ages which is untrue. Brushing your hair a 100 times is unnecessary in many ways and will, in fact, only do bad to your hair. Brushing your hair numerous times can cause damage to the hair follicle, strip it of its natural oils and its coat, thus, in turn making your hair frizzy and rough.

Washing your hair every day is bad for your hair:
This myth is one that we’ve read for years but is another untrue statement. The amount of times you wash your hair should depend on what kind of scalp and hair you have and not on anything else. If you tend to have an overly greasy scalp that makes your hair oily and flat, washing your hair daily is fine for you. If you’ve got a dry scalp, washing your hair on alternate days should be enough. The only precaution is to use a nourishing, mild shampoo for regular washing so that your hair stays healthy, strong and free from damage.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Hair Trends at the Academy Awards 2014

The Academy Awards (more commonly known as the Oscars) need no introduction. It is the convergence of movie stars, artists, musicians, film personnel and technicians on one night, the said night of which is popularly termed as ‘Hollywood’s biggest night’. Along with the showcase of fashion and films, a commonly overlooked are is hair and being Hollywood’s biggest night on the town, you can be certain to spot quite a few trends on the glamorous red carpet.

This year was all about a fresh and ethereal look when it came to the ladies strutting on the red carpet and their hair. Just as keeping it short and sweet is popular in the real world, the Hollywood’s bevy of beauties followed it with their mane as well. So let us take a look at the hair trend that took 2014’s Academy Awards by storm. While some of these ladies having a short crop of hair pulled their names back, those with flowing luscious locks decided to tie them up into a variety of stylish updos.

Amy Adams, a frontrunner for her role in American Hustle, pulled back her ginger locks in a tight updo that brought focus to her face and neckline while keeping her hair neat and minimal. 

Lupita Nyongo added a touch of girlishness to her short hair with a simple white hairband that matched her summery toned dress.

Jennifer Lawrence, Hollywood’s sweetheart, effortlessly pushed back her short crop of hair with its deep brown highlights.

Anna Kendrick, who is often known for her humourous nature, used a pushed back updo to a different advantage of hers. With a simple side-parting in her brown hair, she tied it into a small bun to make her shimmery earrings and her unique sheer dress the focal point of the entire look of hers.

Charlize Theron used a strong side-parting in her pretty blond cropped bob that reaches her ears. The simple crop made her statement neckpiece an attention-grabber in her ensemble.

Anne Hathaway kept her look ladylike and feminine by pushing her fringe and her pixie cut hair off her face and nape.

Lady Gaga, the queen of eccentricity, went for a subdued look by tying her long blond tresses into a pretty bun.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Qucik hair fixes

When you are a girl on the move, you like your life to move as quickly as you do. So breakfast on the go and the quick changes to your presentation on your way to work becomes a part of your routine soon enough. The drawback is when a minor incident can throw your routine off track and spoil your day and yes, that minor incident could involve your hair. Don’t you just hate it when you’re all set to take off for the day and a dull mane or frizzy locks beckons you to spend more time fixing it.

Those days are now history because we’ve got a couple of quick-fixes for those hair worries so that you can fix them in a jiffy without having to step outside your home!

Frizzy hair: You have some days when no matter how much you blow-dry or straighten you hair, it will just not settle down. The best way to tame the frizz is to take a few drops of your most trusted serum in the palm of your hair, rub your palms together and gently rub in into the outer strands of your hair and the ends post which, you should tie your hair into a loose bun for about 15 minutes. Once you remove the bun, you’ll find your happy, frizz-free hair back again!

Split ends: If you find one of those unsightly split ends sticking out when you’re in a hurry, here’s what you should do (with utmost carefulness!) Take a small section of your hair within which you found the split end and twirl it around tightly. Once it is tight, you will notice the ends of your hair sticking out from the twirled section from which, you can cut any split ends off with a small scissor. 

Greasy scalp: A greasy scalp is a bane to a lot of ladies which can be controlled, if managed effectively. If you wake up one morning and find your scalp oily and itchy, dust a little fragranced talcum powder into your palm and using your fingers, gently dust it into your scalp and make sure no traces of it are seen. In a bit, you’ll notice the greasiness gone and your bounce back!