How To Deal With Gray Hair?

Have your hairs started graying? Well, we feel you! It is really frustrating.

Speaking technically, our hair start turning gray due to the lack of a pigment called melanin which is responsible for the hair color.

Here is how you can deal with this nightmare in a natural way

1. Amla and heena pack

Make a paste of heena, amla powder and coffee powder thick enough to apply it smoothly over the hair. Leave it till it dries. Wash it off with a sulphate-free shampoo after an hour. Repeat this at least once a month to prevent graying of hair. These ingredients also act as a good source of nourishment for your hair.

2. Coconut oil and lemon

Take some coconut oil in a bowl and add a tablespoon of lemon to it. Stir it well and apply it to your hair. Make sure to apply more of it in the roots and at the tips of the hair. Massage it properly and leave it overnight. Wash it off in the morning with a sulphate-free shampoo.

Repeat this twice a week to prevent your hair from turning gray. It is important to note here that this process isn’t effective in reversing the already gray hair, however, it can definitely keep the situation under control

3. Curry leaves

Boil some curry leaves along with the coconut oil until you see the mixture turning blackish. Once curry leaves leave their essence, let the mixture sit idle. Once it has cooled down, apply it to your hair and leave it for an hour or two. Wash it off with a shampoo. Do this twice or thrice a week.

Curry leaves are helpful in bringing the melanin back to the hair follicles and prevent graying of hair.

4. Ripped gourd

Chop a ripped gourd and let it dry until it has dehydrated completely. Once it is dried, soak it in the coconut oil for 3 days. Boil the mixture for a few minutes. Apply the strained mixture after it has cooled down. Wash your hair after about an hour. Do this 2 to 3 times a week.

5. Potato Peels

Boil the potato peels until you get a starchy solution. Strain the contents in a bowl and let it cool down. Use this solution for washing your hair. The starchy solution masks your hair and prevent them from turning gray any further. Do this once or twice a week.

6. Black pepper

Grind the black pepper and form a paste of it with yogurt. Apply the paste to your hair right from the roots to the tip. Rinse the hair with a shampoo after leaving it for an hour. Black pepper helps in reversing gray hair and yogurt is good for making your hair smoother.

7. Onion juice

This is the simplest. Take out the onion juice in a bowl and apply it on your scalp and leave it for half an hour. Rinse it with a shampoo. It is an effective way to reverse graying.

Adopt these easy-to-follow method and prevent your hair from turning gray naturally!

Hairstyling Hacks You Need!

Yоu саn never hаvе too many tricks uр уоur ѕlееvе, раrtiсulаrlу with rеgаrdѕ tо ѕtуling уоur hаir.
Whеthеr it’s fоr an еxсерtiоnаl еvеnt оr a regular go-to, wе’rе here to share ѕimрlе hаirѕtуling tricks – ѕоmеthing that is secure yet enhances your look.

Grеаt hаir dауѕ are something thаt еvеrу one оf us would lоvе tо hаvе more оf. That iѕ where a glоѕѕу ѕilk рillоwсаѕе соmеѕ in!
Glоѕѕу ѕilk iѕ known for fоrеѕtаlling frizz аnd kеерing hаir ѕеt, so imagine whаt it саn do overnight.

Tеrriblе hаir dауѕ will be a rеliс оf the past with this simple trick.

 

Bruѕh Up

Hаir brushes аrе a must-have tооl whеn it comes tо lооking after аnd ѕtуling уоur lосkѕ. Whеthеr уоu аrе lооking fоr сurling, ѕmооthing, drying, doing uрdоѕ or giving уоur hair ѕоmе vоlumе, bounce or ѕhinе, thеrе iѕ аlwауѕ a hair brush for that, rаnging frоm thоѕе thаt аrе mаdе раrtiсulаrlу fоr еxtеnѕiоnѕ tо those made for certain lеngthѕ аnd hаir textures.

Check оut and experiment with diffеrеnt tуреѕ of hair bruѕhеѕ with diffеrеnt sizes, shapes аnd briѕtlеѕ to gаin a bеttеr insight intо what уоu can dо with each оf thеm.

 

Drуing curlу hаir

Dо nоt drу your hаir completely with a towel when gеtting out оf the ѕhоwеr. Whеn uѕing a blow drуеr оn сurlу hair it iѕ bеttеr if thе hаir iѕ wеt.

Add a ѕmооthing cream to your hаir аnd thеn dividе it intо sections.
A flat paddle bruѕh will wоrk best. Pull thе hаir with thе brush until it is ѕmооth.

Uѕing the blоw drуеr ѕtаrt аt the roots аnd go dоwn tо the еndѕ оf thе hаir ѕlоwlу.
You can apply a nozzle attachment to the drуеr fоr thе best rеѕultѕ as this аllоws you to control the flоw оf аir frоm thе drуеr.

Remember nоt to blow drу your hair every dау! Tоо much hеаt will drу your hair out and strip it оf the mоiѕturе that it needs.

 

Control frizz with a toothbrush and hairspray

Frizzу hаir is a рrоblеm thаt mоѕt girlѕ fасе.

If you want to соntrоl the frizz, but dоn’t wаnt hairsprays making уоur hаir look ѕtiff, use a tооthbruѕh!
Thаt’ѕ right!

Sрrау thе tооthbruѕh with hаirѕрrау and run it оvеr those реѕkу flуаwау ѕtrаndѕ. It will get rid of the frizz аnd mаkе your hair еаѕiеr to ѕtуlе.

 

Fаkе a bob

Wаnt tо switch thingѕ uр without асtuаllу chopping уоur bеlоvеd hаir оff? Trу this hairstyle tiр fоr lоng hаir.

All уоu nееd for thiѕ easy hасk iѕ twо hаir tiеѕ аnd ѕоmе bоbbу рinѕ! Divide your hаir into two and mаkе twо lооѕе ponytails/plaits аt thе back of уоur head.

Rоll еасh рigtаil/роnуtаil up from thе еndѕ аnd рin thеm аt thе bасk оf уоur nесk tо сrеаtе thе illusion оf a bоb.

 

Crеаtе a long, chunky ponytail

Mаkе уоur mеdium-lеngth tо lоng hair арреаr lоngеr bу going fоr a twо-tiеrеd роnуtаil hаirѕtуlе.

Inѕtеаd оf tуing uр аll your hаir in a ѕinglе роnу, pull thе tор hаlf оf your hаir and ѕесurе it into a роnуtаil, and thеn gаthеr thе rеmаining hаlf and tiе аnоthеr pony right bеlоw thе firѕt оnе.

Thе firѕt роnу will hide the second оnе, giving the impression оf a long, high роnуtаil!

Beauty tips from around the world that Americans have not heard of yet!

Lets take a peek around the globe!

Somalia: Embrace multitasking beauty

There are only so many hours in a day, so women in Somalia have found a way to squeeze in their beauty rituals.

They wear face masks and hair treatments around the house as they cook, tend the kids and do other chores. The typical face mask is a homemade concoction that blends the spices turmeric and basil with water.
In their hair, they apply henna for natural color.

Japan: Slap yourself silly

You don’t need to handle your skin with kid gloves.
In Japan, women apply moisturizers, serums, and more with vigor.

They slap on facial products to stimulate circulation and to avoid tugging on skin with rubbing motions. In fact, American beauty mogul Elizabeth Arden followed this technique, using spoon-like utensils to slap product onto the skin.

Scandinavia: Saunas are your friend

Heating things up in a sauna is the secret beauty weapon of women in Scandinavian countries.

They believe the treatment helps detoxify the body of impurities and view it as part of an overall healthy lifestyle that promotes natural beauty.
Plus, it’s a nice warm escape from the chilly climate.

Australia: Want beach wave hair? 

They don’t bother with processed sea salt.

Aussie women typically don’t waste money on store-bought products for tousled, beachy waves.

Instead, they commonly collect sea water when they’re at the beach and pour it into a spray bottle to style their hair at home. Judging by the effortless, natural look that sheilas are known for, we’d say this tactic is working.

Argentina: Take waxing into your own hands

If you find yourself going too long between waxes because of the hassle (and cost) of professional waxing, do as the Argentines do.

Wax it yourself. Because maintaining a mostly hairless body is a major beauty goal in this South American country, women often use at-home waxing for weekly hair removal.

Iceland: Invest in the best anti-aging products

Picking up whatever eye cream is on sale at the drug store doesn’t cut it for the women in Iceland.

They carefully choose their anti-aging products and aren’t afraid to spend a pretty penny on highly concentrated plant extracts created through advanced technology.

France: A regular trim is better than any styling product

Although many American women seek long, flowing locks, women in France typically prefer a short- or medium-length cut that grazes the shoulders.

They like to wear it styled in a perfectly messy way, and this requires hair to be healthy and shiny so it doesn’t look too disheveled.
So they schedule regular haircuts to keep their tresses in good shape, which helps them achieve their desired look without the necessity of excess styling products.

Korea: Facials are a necessity — not a luxury

You might treat yourself to a facial for a bit of pampering now and then, but women in Korea — where pristine skin is the ultimate beauty goal — view the treatment as a vital part of their skin care regimen.

Reportedly, female residents spend a large portion of their disposable income on getting facials, typically every other week.

Picking the Best Shampoo for Your Hair Type?

As they say, invest in your hair. It is a crown you never take off!

So, how are you doing with your hair? Are you shampooing them right? Or, like most of us, are you also confused between moisturizing, smoothing, volumizing, curling and straightening shampoos? 

Matching a shampoo with your hair can be quite a troublesome task. But, let us make it easy for you!

But, before we delve deeper, let’s understand the basic difference between a shampoo, soap and a conditioner.

Shampoo vs. Soap vs. Conditioner

Shampoo and conditioner belong to the same ballpark. However, applying soap to your hair is a big no-no.

  • Since soap is made up of fatty acids, it is quite difficult to remove from the hair strands. It often sticks to the root of your hair, making it tangled, hard and rough.
  • A shampoo is the best product if you want to wash your hair. A shampoo is like a detergent, easily washable. Also, it removes the excess oil from the scalp.
  • As the name suggests, a conditioner replenishes your hair with necessary minerals and oils, thus helping them recover from everyday damage due to pollution and chemicals.

Now that the basic concept is clear, how should you select the best shampoo?


Selecting the Best Shampoo

Simply put, an ideal shampoo should wash your hair, remove extra oil from the scalp and should keep your hair well-hydrated. Here are a few pointers which you should keep in mind while buying a shampoo:

  • Are your hairs dry or oily?

How well do you know your hair? It is necessary for you to know your hair type. Once you are done, you can move on to choose a particular brand of shampoo.

  • Are your hairs colored?

If you like to color your hair, then it is highly recommended to choose a shampoo that would secure their color. Using a shampoo meant especially for colored hair will make sure that your hair stays colored for a long time.

  • Do you have dry hair?

 If you feel that you have dry hair, then opt for a shampoo that hydrates and strengthens your hair. Such shampoos often make sure that your scalp doesn’t stay dry for too long.  You might choose to go for smooth shampoo with high keratin as they provide great results.

  • Do you have curly hair?

If you have curly hair, choose a shampoo that strengthens your curls. These kinds of shampoo are tailor-made for curly hair. It helps reduce the frizz from the hair and deeply nourishes the scalps.

  • Do you have thin hair?

If you feel that you have thin hair, then opt for volumizing shampoos. They help add the extra weight to your hair, making them look bouncy. Thin hair usually means weak scalps. Volumizing shampoos make your hair stronger and nourish the scalp.

  • Don’t change your shampoo often

Yes, do not change your shampoo frequently.
Once you have found a good shampoo, then stick to it without experimenting too much. 

Hair Breakage: Common Causes and How to Fix Them?

Raise your hand if you are suffering from hair breakage. Well, you’re not alone! Does that make you feel better? For sure, it does.

Even though hair breakage sucks, the good news is that it is not permanent. You can always follow a few tips and tricks and stop it right away.

Let’s see how.

  • Lack of moisture

Needless to say, dry hairs are more prone to breakage. Thus, make sure that you are taking care of your strands pretty well and are giving them all the attention that they deserve.

An ideal hair routine consists of a right shampoo and conditioner such that your hair stays properly hydrated.

Further, make sure that you stay away from hard water which might contain heavy metals and chlorine and might be harmful to your hair.

  • Too many heat treatments

It is a no-brainer that heat treatments make your hair dry, weak and thus make them prone to frequent hair breakage. In addition to staying away from heat treatments, also make sure that you are using heat protection every time you style your hair.

Trust us; do not heat-style your hair every other day and you will surely end up saving a lot of strands from breakage.

  • Frying your hair

Blow drying water dripping wet hair can be disastrous to your hair. It is best if you let your hair air dry before blow drying them. Further, make sure that you are not stretching your hair strands too much while blow drying as it is not good for your hair.

An ideal hair drier is one which dries your hair so quickly that there is no time left to overheat your hair.

  • Chemical exposure

Colored hair might look cool, but at the end, they promote hair breakage. Same is the case with hair straightening. If you love hair straightening, make a healthy transition and switch to keratin treatment which adds a smooth coating on each strand without overcooking it.

  • Sleeping on cotton pillow cover

This might sound a bit weird at first, but sleeping on cotton pillow cover triggers hair breakage. This is because of the friction that is created between the fabric and your hair.

Thus, it is highly recommended to invest in a silk or satin pillow cover for healthy hair.

  • Towel drying

Yes, towel drying is not good as it tangles your hair all the more. It is highly recommended to ditch towel drying and instead use an old t-shirt or a paper towel to dry your hair, which are good water absorbents and are also easy on your hair.

  • Over washing

If you shampoo your hair every day, this is where you are going wrong. Excessive shampooing your hair trips off the natural oils from your hair and leave them dry.

Thus, make it a point to shampoo maximum 3 times a week. However, oily hair might need more frequent washing, but in such case, make sure that you use a mild shampoo.

5 Tricks To Make Your Hair Grow Faster

Who does not yearn for lustrous hair? But lack of complete nourishment and proper care damages your hair, and in turn, hampers their growth.

So, what can be done to boost the growth of your hair? Well, we just go you covered! Flaunt extremely shiny and beautiful locks with these tips:                             

  • Trim them well

Regular trimming on the average time of eight to ten weeks can work as a miracle for you, as it ensures faster hair growth. The ends of your hair get damaged, rough and induce split ends due to immense exposure to dirt and sunlight. If your hair ends are not trimmed timely, this would start damaging your hair strand, thus, leading to hair fall and hair breakage.

  • Brush your hair before you sleep

You all might be aware of the fact that excessive brushing of your hair can harm your hair physically. But not always. In fact, it depends upon the kind of the brush you use. If you use synthetic bristles, then it might cause friction in hair, and hence cause damage.

Using a right hair brush with perfect bristles can stimulate the blood circulation in your scalp. You have to make sure that you comb your hair a multiple number of times before you finally go to bed at night. Brushing your hair makes the root stronger and triggers hair growth. 

  • Flipping your hair upside down

Who would have thought that flipping your hair upside down can actually work when it comes to growing long locks. But, it helps!

All you need to do is flip your hair upside down for three minutes daily. This helps in the better circulation of blood which ultimately results in increased rate of hair growth.

  • Apply hair mask

There isn’t a better way to nourish your hair than applying an egg mask. Eggs are jam-packed with proteins and thus, they can give astounding results when it comes to nourishing your hair or forming new hair. You just have to mix a teaspoon of oil with one egg white and apply it to your hair and scalp. You can leave it for 20 minutes before you shampoo your hair and you are done. Repeat this process once in every month and you will see the magnificent positive change in your hair. 

  • Use conditioner regularly

The ends of your hair are thinner and damaged if you compare it to the roots end which connects to the scalp. This happens because the lower end of your hair does not get proper nourishment. But if you condition your hair after every wash, then it will lock the cuticle at the end and prevent your hair from further damage. This will make your hair healthier which in turn will help them to grow faster.

Thus, keep these easy-to-follow tips in mind and flaunt healthier locks on the go.

6 Ways You Can Prevent Winter From Being Harsh On Your Hair

For some, winter might mean hot chocolate and holiday movies. While for others, it might be just about hair loss! Well, that’s true. Unfortunately, there are many of us who face severe hair fall every time winter is here.

There have been enough studies which indicate the same. A recent six-year study concluded that even women with healthy hair lose more hair in winter than during any other season.

Undoubtedly, the seasonal loss is difficult to control. But, with the right methods and right tricks, we can definitely control hair loss to a large extent.

Let’s see how.

  • Don’t skip wash day

You might want to skip washing your hair as it is when that most hair loss happens. But, this is nothing to worry about.

In fact, maintaining your regular hair wash schedule can be beneficial to your health as long as you are using the right products for your hair type. It is highly recommended to shampoo every other day to remove any debris build up on your scalp which might hinder the growth.

  • Air-dry your hair

Going out with wet hair is a big no. This is because cold weather with wet hair can freeze your cuticle and break it.

However, don’t use hair dryers excessively. The best way is to let your hair air-dry. However, if that’s not possible, you should spray a heat protection spray on your wet hair and use your dryer in a cooler setting.

  • Be easy on temperatures

Avoid using hair styling devices like hair straighteners and hair dryers, They tend to dry your hair, making them more prone to breakage. However, if needed, use them only at lower temperatures. Also, avoid using hair extensions, hair dyes and do not make tight hairstyles to keep your hair healthy.

  • Intake vitamin D

It is highly recommended to start consuming vitamin D particularly through the months of October till May. This is particularly because it seems that women with lower levels of vitamin shed more hair than their counterparts.

Make it a point to consume vitamin D supplements after proper consulting your doctor if you are facing excessive hair fall.

  • Avoid using hairspray

We all tend to rely on hairspray and dry shampoos whenever we are running late, and have an urgent party to attend after work. But, we should be mindful while using these products. This is probably because these products can act as last-minute saviors, but tend to damage our hair in the long run by making them brittle and dark, thus making them prone to breakage.

  • Deep conditioning

It is highly recommended to deep condition your hair at least once every fortnight. This will help you in locking any lost moisture in your tresses and would keep them manageable, healthy and shiny.

Also, you should clean your hair with a good cleanser to remove any build up of conditioners, shampoos and the likes on your scalp which might hinder the hair growth.

That said, not all tips and tricks hold true for all. Find out what works best for you, and stick to it.

Everything You Want to Know About Hair Extensions (But Are Afraid To Ask)

Do you remember that one time when your stylist cut your hair too short or made a mess of the hairstyle and you wanted to redesign it with some hair extensions? Or when you went through a wild hairstyle experimentation phase?

This post is for all those women who craved for some hair extensions, some time or the other. Whether we accept it or not, we have always wanted to get one such extension done and sport a new look. Here is everything you ever wanted to know about hair extensions but were too afraid to ask!

  • Synthetic hair vs. human hair?

This is a very pertinent question up front. For temporary, as well as semi-permanent hair extensions, human hair tends to work the best. Called as Remy hair, this virgin human hair has not undergone any processing. This gives it a more natural look and can be heat-styled. On the other hand, synthetic hair extensions cannot always be heat-styled and prove to be more difficult.

  • Do I need to care for the extensions separately?

You need to take proper care of your hair extensions. For starters, shampoos lacking sulfate and sodium-chloride work best with an extension. However, care should be taken that the oil-based or cream-based conditioners do not come in contact with the attachment areas. These may weaken the attached bond. Also, hair products with alcohol are a strict no-no for the extensions.

  • Where do these hair extensions come from?

As a rule, the most common places that provide these hair extensions are Europe and India. But, why someone needs hair extensions specific to each place is interesting. For instance, if you are a brunette and your main idea is to increase the volume, the best way to go forward would be using Indian hair. On the other hand, European hair works better with blonde hairstyles with thinner qualities.

  • Are tangles normal on hair extensions?

Just like natural human hair, hair extensions are also prone to knotting. But the effects are a lot worse than natural hair. Thus, the key here is to prevent the tangles before they show up. And this would require extensive hair care.

One good way of doing it is to blow-dry the hair right after a wash. This will prevent the water from accumulating near the attachment area. Adding that, you could also add some leave-in conditioner for best results.

Silk pillowcases are a big no-no for hair extensions. In this case, the best way to handle a silk pillowcase situation would be making a loose ponytail and braiding the hair. This avoids friction and thus the extensions remain free from knots.

Sporting some hair extensions and thus some voluminous waves can indeed act as a good confidence-booster. These are simple, easy, yet beautiful solutions for experimenting with different hairstyles.

Be it temporary or semi-permanent, a little bit of care can keep these extensions in good shape!

4 Questions You Must Ask Yourself before Dyeing Your Hair

Hair colors are exciting. But, let’s face it – a new color can either make or break your look. A dramatic change, for example, platinum blonde to brunette can refresh your look and make you look bolder and send the right message. However, if that color or highlight just turns out bad, it is nothing less than the worst nightmare.

We want to save you from such a hair-color disaster, and so, we are here with a few things that you should consider before coloring your hair.

  • Is your hair healthy?

Keeping your hair in good condition should be your top priority, as styling can wait. Make sure that your hair is healthy and are not heat damaged or over-processed from chemical treatments.

This is simply because using too many chemicals in a short period of time can make your hair turn fragile. Thus, if you notice that you have dry and brittle hair, you should delay your hair dyeing idea for a few days until your hair looks healthy again. During this period, it is highly recommended to invest some time in your hair. Look after them, trim them, and deep condition them until they are healthy back again.

  • How long would you want to flaunt it?

Trying new hair colors is exciting and refreshing. But, it is important to know how long would you like to keep your new look. Certain colors like black and red are hard to remove. So, if you just want to keep your hair color for a month or so, you might be in a fix.

In such an event, it is always wise to consider your long-term plans. Or alternatively, you can choose to go for semi-permanent color before fully committing to it.

  • Did you try patch test?

If you are new to hair dyes or are going to a new salon, it is always recommended to get a patch test done in order to determine if a particular dye is a good fit for you.

Allergies to certain dyes can cause skin irritation, dryness, and alopecia. This is where a patch test can help you out. In such a test, a small amount of dye is applied on your skin before going full-fledged to ensure that you are not sensitive to the product.

  • How much time do you have to upkeep your hair?

While regular maintenance of hair is important, it becomes all the more essential when you have dyed your hair. It is important to mention here that dyeing your hair makes your hair drier, so you should adjust your routine accordingly.

The hair colors which require most maintenance include blondes and platinum. It is highly recommended to choose a shampoo and conditioner which has reduced levels of alcohol as it can make your hair dryer. Further, make sure that you moisturize and condition your hair regularly.

If you want to flaunt your color for a longer period of time, you should touch up your roots every once in a while. This should be done every 6 months depending on how fast your hair grows.

Already excited about your new hair color? Do share your experience with us in the comments.