Hair Care Tips For Summer

Hair Care Tips for summer

Hair Care Tips for summer

Come summer and your hair starts feeling the heat. It’s not only your body that gets damaged from sun but also your hair that gets burnt out. Saltwater and chlorine are also hair damagers. A few weeks of summer exposure and the hair that was once shiny and easily manageable gets easily fried. The sun exposure can also leads to faded hair colour.

The other damage is the most obvious when we see colour-treated hair becoming faded, bleached and brassy. Even the hair that is not coloured will suffer from sun induced stress. The ultraviolet rays of the sun damages the hair’s deepest layer called cortex and damages the hair proteins too. It can lead to loss of hair, strength and elasticity. It also damages the colour producing cells (melanin) in the roots of hair and fades out the colour of the hair.

Frizz factor: In summers you also have to face frizzy hair. This is because the parched hair soaks up the extra humidity in the air causing the shaft to swell and causing breaks in hair cuticle. This ultimately results in frizzy hair.

Swimming Damage: The swimming is also a cause for dry, frizzy hair. It is because the chlorine strips your hair off the protective oils. A dip in the ocean also affects the hair in the wrong way as the salty water draws out the water from the hair and skin leading to dry fingers and parched hair.

Tips for Hair Care in Summer:

  1. Go for a Haircut: Hair grows faster in summer and you can get rid of split ends and can refresh your hairstyle.
  2. Shield your hair from summer heat: Make a daily habit of applying hair care product that contains UV filters.The application of these products help in controlling the sun damage and help to keep the colour of the hair intact. If you are spending a lot of time outdoors uses a wide brimmed hat that will cover your scalp, skin, neck and ears from the summer heat.
  3. Also, apply a sunscreen of SPF (30 to 50) when you are outdoors in the scorching summer heat.
  4. Before doing swimming, wet your hair. Cover the hair with a thin layer of conditioner and leave it until you shower after the swim.
  5. Keep your hair knotted or tied in a bun or plats as that will avoid the total exposure to sun and stop the hair to get frizzy.
  6. After your hair is exposed to longer duration of heat try using Sun Hair repair mask.
  7. Make less use of hair dryers and hair curlers on your hair. But if it is required then condition your hair before doing so.
  8. Avoid hot water hair wash as the heat can damage your hair. Instead use cold water.
  9. Don’t use alcohol on your hair during summer as applying the same will dry your hair.
  10. Simply wash your hair with water daily. Don’t shampoo it daily as shampooing it daily deprives the scalp from its natural moisture.
  11. Try using moisturising shampoo during summer rather than a normal shampoo.
  12. Condition your hair after each shampoo hair wash.

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Dandruff -Causes, Symptoms,How To Get Rid of Dandruff

Dandruff -Causes, Symptoms,How To Get Rid of Dandruff

Dandruff -Causes, Symptoms,How To Get Rid of DandruffDandruff -Causes, Symptoms,How To Get Rid of Dandruff

What is Dandruff?

Dandruff is a common chronic scalp condition characterized by the production of flaking of the skin on your scalp. It is not contagious and is rarely serious. But, at times it can be embarrassing and difficult to treat.

Usually dandruff can be controlled. Daily shampooing with a gentle cleanser can be suggested for a mild case of dandruff. While, medicated shampoos can be used in stubborn cases of dandruff.

Symptoms of Dandruff

The dandruff symptoms are easy to spot. White, oily looking flakes of dead skin that resides on the scalp is dandruff. The scalp can also feel itchy . The condition can worsen during the winter.

When to see a doctor

After experimenting with several over-the-counter dandruff shampoos if you are still feeling itchy or your scalp becomes red or swollen, then see your doctor or dermatologist. You may have seborrhoeic dermatitis. Your doctor can diagnose the problem simply by looking at your scalp and hair.

Causes of Dandruff:

1. Dry skin – Dry skin is most common cause of dandruff. The flakes from the dry skin will be small oily flakes.

2. Irritated oily skin: It is marked by red, greasy skin covered with flaky white scales. Seborrhoeic dermatitis can also be seen on the other areas on your body that are rich in oil glands such as eyebrows, side of your nose, back of your ears, breastbone, armpits and groin area.

3. Not shampooing often enough: If you don’t wash your hair regularly, then also oil and skin cells from your scalp can build up causing dandruff.

4. Other skin conditions: Other skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis can lead to dandruff.

5. A yeast like fungus called Malassezia: Malassezia lives on the scalp of most adults but in some cases it irritates the scalp.

6. Sensitivity to hair care products: Sometimes certain ingredients in the hair care products such as paraphenylenediamine can cause red, itchy, scaly scalp. Shampooing a lot and regular usage of hairstyling products can also cause dandruff.

Risk Factors

Anyone can have dandruff. But certain factors can make you more susceptible:

1. Age: Dandruff starts from young adulthood and continues throughout middle age. That doesn’t mean that the older age people don’t get dandruff. For some people, problem can be lifelong.

2. Being Male: Men have larger oil-producing glands on their scalps and are generally prone to dandruff.

3. Oily hair and scalp: Having excessive oily skin and hair makes you more prone to dandruff.

4. Poor Diet: If your diet is not having zinc, Vitamin B and certain type of fats then also you are prone to dandruff.

5. Certain Illnesses: Person suffering from Parkinson’s disease and HIV Infection are prone to have dandruff on their scalps.

Preparing for your appointment

There is no preparation required for seeing a dermatologist in this case. Your doctor can easily diagnose the problem by simply looking at your scalp and skin. If you have started using some hair care products then do let your doctor know about them.

Treatments and Drugs

Mild dandruff can be treated with a gentle shampoo to reduce oiliness and skin cell build up. When regular shampoos fail, and then start using an Anti- Dandruff shampoo. If you develop allergy after using it then consult your doctor immediately.

Some useful tips:

1. Learn to manage stress.

2. Regular shampooing of hair with any medicated shampoo and keep your scalp clean.

3. Oil your hair once a week. Tie the hair with a warm, clean cloth and keep it overnight. This helps oil to penetrate and nourish the hair.

4. Reduce the usage of hair styling products.

5. Eat a healthy diet. Natural foods such as sprouts, green leafy vegetables, nuts, carrots, cucumber, tomatoes that gives you calcium, potassium, magnesium, selenium, phosphorus, zinc should be part of your diet.

6. Spend some time outdoors to get some sunlight. Wear your sunscreen.

7. Take supplement of B complex vitamins.

8. Lead a healthy lifestyle with enough sleep and exercise to boost your immune system.

9. Lemon juice rubbed on the scalp and kept for an hour provides relief. Vitamin A and C in lemon juice provides nourishment to the scalp and strengthen hair roots.

10. Buttermilk with its calcium and B complex content provides excellent relief. Rub it on your scalp and keep it for some time. It cleanses the hair, nourishes it and leaves it soft and silky.

11. A combination of orange peel, gram flour and yogurt rubbed on to the scalp and washed off after an hour, clears dandruff. Cleanses and conditions the hair.

12. Avoid stress, bad eating habits, caffeine, smoking, alcohol and late nights as they can cause havoc both with your general state of health and your hair.

Good quality hair is the reflection of your overall health. If you are in a good state, then your hair will be shiny and healthy.

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Diet And Yoga For Healthy Hair Growth

diet and yoga for healthy hair growthDiet And Yoga For Healthy Hair Growth

The four major culprits of hairfall are stress, hormonal imbalance, digestive problems and inadequate nutrition. Instead of weird home-made solutions or expensive salon treatments, we look at yoga and nutritious food for help. They will not only promote good healthier hair but will also add glow to your skin and a fit and fabulous body. Yoga will also keep our vital power intact. If we are aware of our health then we will avoid the ageing process. Internal sanitation should be done at all times. We should adopt moderation in our food habits and daily life.

Don’t let stress kill the health of your hair

Overcome stress with some breathing exercises.Pranayam is considered one of the best exercises to kill stress. Especially the anulom vilom where you breathe in from one nostril and exhale from the other is preferred for reducing stress in one’s life.

3 Asanas which prove beneficial for your hair

Yoga recommends 3 asanas for boosting circulation to your scalp.Sirsasana-where you balance your entire body on your head,Sarvangasana-balancing your body on your head and shoulders by placing your hips on the palms of your hands and Utrasana(the camel pose)-where you bend backwards as you kneel and and hold the heels of your feet with your hands.

The above mentioned 3 asanas provide a good flow of blood to the scalp, face and thyroid thereby giving a healthy shine to your hair, giving a youthful glow to your skin and curing any hormonal imbalances.

An upset stomach is also bad for hair too

If you have an upset stomach or constipation then also the scalp loses hair. For curing constipation, pawanmuktasana helps a lot. To do this, lie on the floor breathe in as you breathe out; hug your knees to your chest. This asana along with utrasana (the camel pose) is very good for digestion and metabolism.

Deficiency of certain vitamins and fats also causes hairfall. The suggestions given below will provide many other benefits, which will not only provide boost to our hair but also to our health in general.

Right kind of food intake

1. Vitamin A and E are must for healthy hair. Other essential nutrients are Vitamin B complex, B12, Vitamin C, protein and carbohydrates. The foods that are rich in the above mentioned nutrients are:

Vitamin A – Pumpkin, spinach, carrot and dried apricot

Vitamin E – Wheatgerm, coconut, avocado and almonds

Healthy fats to absorb Vitamin A and E – Kachi ghani tel, extra virgin olive oil, mustard oil and coconut oil. Omega -3 fatty acids such as oily fish, walnuts and flaxseeds are also good.

Vitamin B complex – Wheat and Rice

Vitamin C – Berries like amla, guava, oranges and lemon.

2. We should also eat lots of green leafy vegetables like spinach and all other seasonal vegetables.

3. Vegetable juice and soups are good for blood formation. Everything in our body depends on a good blood circulation. We should eat such kind of food that doesn’t tax our digestive system.

4. Seasonal fruits should also be a part of our daily life.

5. Intake of sprouts helps in easy digestion.

What to avoid

1. Maida and dishes which are deep fried.

2. Sweets made up of white sugar.

3. Soft drinks, tea and coffee.

4. Highly spicy food.

If the healthy regime of yoga, pranayam and a good healthy diet is followed on a regular basis, then it will accelerate the process of revival of hair.

Braided Hairstyles

Braided Hairstyles

Braided Hairstyles

Spring is always a good time to sport a fresh look with braided hairstyles after the winter season. The traditional braided hairstyles is seeing a glamorous makeover as the leading ladies from Bollywood are sporting many different versions of it. The hairstylists are making their names visible by doing braided hairstyles on the ladies whether they are on the red carpet, international TV shows, films or desi soaps.

Braided hairstyles are generally easy to do and they look good when they are messy. They keep you cool as ponytail also. The most common of them all is fishtail, which can easily sported with long or medium length hair. Second comes the Dutch Braid or waterfalls. Now these days many actresses are sporting buns with side braids or multiple braids woven together. Here there are 10 Braid Hairstyles you can do it yourself for all types of length of hair.

1.Waterfall Braided hairstyles: Part your hair into middle. Begin sectioning from your forehead and part. Hold the section in one hand. Divide the section into three parts. Braid the hair toward the back of your head in a French Braid style. Begin working the outside pieces of hair into your braid so that you are French braiding your hair. Create the waterfall look. When you’ve reached the last part of the first braid section, drop the last section of hair. This will give it a look of waterfall. Take a new strand of hair next to the strand you’ve dropped to replace the strand. Pick the next section of hair located beside the hair section you dropped and continue braiding to give it a waterfall look. Secure the braid with bobby pins. Braid the remaining hair until you run out of hair. Adorn it with a small hair clip that matches your dress.

2.Messy Side Braided Bun: It’s one of the favourite summer hairdos. You just have to start with a side French braid and then bundle it all into a bun on the other side. If the hair keeps falling off, then tuck them neatly with the help of few hairpins.

3. Messy, yet Ponytail Braided Hairstyles: You have to start making a normal braid and pull it in the form of a ponytail by tying a rubber band on the top. It will keep you refreshed in the coming summer season.

4.Fishtail Braided Hairstyles: Divide your hair into two large sections. Comb them properly. Leave them messy for a more perfect look. Take your hair to one side and do a sidewise fishtail. Pull out a thin strand from the first section and pass it on to the second section. Like cross stranding. The thinner your strand, the better is your fishtail. Pull out a thin strand from the second section and mix it with the first section. Repeat the above mentioned steps till you reach the end of the hair.Once, ended tie the hair with satin band and give it a perfect ending.

5.Classic French Braided Hairstyles: A classic French braid is really beautiful for beachy, summery look. It is kept on one side by building the braid using an off-centre line rather than down the centre back of your head.

6.Five Strand Braided Hairstyles: Brush and divide hair into five strands. Move strand 1 over strand 2 and under strand 3.Weave strand 5 over strand 4and under strand 1.Move strand 2 over strand 3 and under strand 5 and place strand 4 over strand 1 and under strand 2.Repeat it through the entire length of hair and at the end tie the hair with a hair clip.

7. Simple, Messy Side Braid: This has been a celebrity favourite and is simple to create also. Take the hair into your hands and start pleating the hair into a braid on one side of the head and keep it messy by leaving few hair strands all over. This will give a messy look to the side braid.

8.Rope updo for short hair: Start making braid on the crown of the head from both the sides. And end it towards the bottom by keeping the braid still in the form of a bun. It’s a good hairdo for someone who has medium length or short length of hair.

9.Little Braid+Ponytail: Start making braid on the crown of the head from both the sides and keep the rest of the hair flowing at the end. Make a ponytail from the rest of the hair.

10. Upside Down Braid Bun: Make a braid upside down on the back of your head and keep the rest of the hair loose. Make a bun out of the rest of the hair and place it on top of your head. This will keep you refreshed during the spring and as well as the summer season.


Beauty regimen for newly married

Newlywed beauty regimen

Many women stop taking care of their beauty needs once they are back from their honeymoon.Yes, it’s true that there are responsibilities and marriage brings a major change in one’s life.However,taking care of yourself should be the top priority no matter what the circumstances be.Because,this is a new phase,and whatever routine you set for yourself,chances are that for a long time you would end up following it.You are a new bride and you must retain that charisma for at least a few months after your wedding.And,most importantly,because as a woman you must look and feel beautiful; not for anyone else,but for your own self.

Skin Care Regimen:-

If you have not still taken the path of renowned beauty ritual – CTM,better gear up for the same ASAP.CTM which stands for Cleansing,Toning and Moisturising are the basic rituals that every woman should follow.There have been times when we come across a beautiful face that makes us surprised and our minds are churning on how one can have such a beautiful skin.The secret behind such a sparkling skin is nothing but religious follow-up of CTM.A newlywed should have a dedicated daily skin care regimen.The first thing that they should keep in mind is their skin type and should chalk out their skin care routine.

While for oily skin,one should have gel-based face wash,someone with dry skin should use cream-based face wash.Toning helps remove the residues of cleansers while reducing open pores.SSomeone with oily skin can opt for rose water for toning whereas; someone with dry skin should again stick to milk based toners.This should be followed by moisturizing.Again,the choice of moisturizer is as per the skin type.

People with dry skin often find it difficult to come across a moisturizing face cleanser which would leave the face clean without ripping it off the natural oils.One DIY beauty trick that would leave your facial skin feeling soft while cleaning it properly is a mix of three-fourth cup of rose water,one-fourth cup of glycerine and 1 teaspoon of vinegar along with one-fourth tsp of honey.Using this solution as a cleanser would help you have that glowing complexion and hydrated skin.

Hair Care Regimen:-

In India,marriage is a grand affair which starts with smaller ceremonies and ends with relatives and close friends inviting the couple home for dinner parties.For at least a few weeks at a  stretch,the couple keeps attending these gatherings.And,each gathering calls for tones of hair products and sprays getting applied on the hair.This tends to rip the shine off the mane. Add to that,long waking hours.It all takes atoll on the health of hair. Thus,to keep your hair in the best shape,it is important to condition your hair.

Besides using a brush with natural boar bristles helps distribute the natural oils on the scalp from root to the tip of the hair strand.Such brushes prevent hair breakage too.Oil massage is also very important as it instantly infuses life in hair.

Thus,these pathbreaking solutions will give instant relief to the newlywed’s beauty regimen.Apply these in your life and find the new you.

Indian Bridal Hairstyles

Wedding is an important occasion in the life of every Indian girl.On her big day,she is the centre of all attention and everyone’s eyes is on how the bride looks.And,the bride also puts a lot of effort on making herself the cynosure of all eyes.The focus is always on three very important aspects which are the bridal dress,make-up and hairstyle.Speaking particularly of bridal hairstyle,the bridal hairdo you choose should compliment  the bridal dress.There are a variety of Indian bridal hairstyles that will compliment the heavy jewellery and embellished bridal outfits which are just tailor-made for the occasion.

1.Traditional Bun Hairstyle :


Indian brides generally opt for large,beautifully shaped buns that are further made beautiful with flowers and other hair accessories.In the traditional bun hairstyle, the hair is first pulled together and then twisted in the form of a bun.It is very well complimented by traditional Indian wedding dresses like lehenga and sarees.




2.Pinned up bun :

Pinned up bun For Indian brides Pinned up bun is also a popular wedding hairstyle.Pinned up bun is not actually a bun,rather a small quantity of hair that are pinned together on top of the head to create an illusion of a bun.It is very good for brides who do not have long hair but who love to sport a bun on their big day.Embellish the bun with beads and floral accessories to give it a neat look.



3.Side Bun :

The side bun is the another variation of the traditional Indian bridal hairstyle comes in the form of side bun.This hairstyle is similar to traditional high bun.The only difference is that the bun is shifted to one side rather than staying in the centre.This style looks great only if you have well defined cheeks and doe-shaped eyes.

4.Spanish updo:

Spanish updo is for long and thick hair.To add enough volume blow dry your hair. Now part the hair horizontally.Lift the upper part of the hair and let it be curled.Leave the rest of the hair to be flowing back.Decorate the hairstyle with fancy bows or floral pieces.

5.An embellished braid :

Bun is not the only option when it comes to Indian Bridal Hairstyles.You may also opt for beautiful braids decorated with flowers.This style is best for long hair.Hair is parted in the middle and decorated with jewels and flowers.

6.Bohemian Hairstyle:

If you want to experiment a different look then bohemian hairstyle is your pick.It works well for long  hair.You have to set your manes into curls.As soon as the curls are set,pull them away from the face and crown them with a tiara leaving them loose at the back.

What are the ingredients of Shampoos

Shampoos have been in use for quite a long time and are generally used to keep hair clean. It helps remove dirt, excess oil, dandruff, etc.

shampoosShampoos are generally prepared using chemicals. Shampoos use surfactants like sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate along with co-surfactant like cocamidopropyl betaine. Water is added to this mixture to get a resultant sticky and thick liquid. Salt is added in to get the desired thickness. Shampoos also have fragrance and preservative as its ingredients. Various ingredients are added to a shampoo to enhance its qualities such as, creamy texture, easy to rinse off, good lather, pleasing fragrance, etc.

Shampoos have been a part of the Indian culture for since a very long time. Traditionally Indian shampoos use different herbs as their main ingredient. Aamla which is dried Indian gooseberry is one of the main ingredients of the ayurvedic or herbal shampoos. Other important ingredients used in the Indian shampoos include Reetha (Soapnuts), Khus, Egg, Lemon, Thyme, Chamomile tea, Glycerin, Henna, etc. Indian shampoos also make use of Shikakai, Neem, Methi seeds, Tulsi, Brahmi, etc. Various ingredients have different effects. For shiny hair one must use a shampoo which has egg extracts. Similarly to cure dandruff one must use a shampoo which has extracts of vinegar and peppermint.

Homeopathy treatment for pre-mature greying of hair

Premature greying, also known as Canites, is a condition where the hair strands turn grey.  The skin pigment Melanin is responsible for the colour of the hair strands and the degree of melanin present in the skin cells determines whether a person’s hair is black, brown, auburn, or blonde.

Variety of factors are attributed to premature greying, the more prominent ones are the oxidation process of the hair strands by free radicles in the blood, lack of proper diet and nutrition and the exacerbation of the condition by stress and poor lifestyle.

Homeopathy is a holistic science and has been used successfully in the treatment of premature greying.  The medicines are prepared from natural sources from plants, minerals, and animal kingdoms, and the active principle undergoes a series of dilutions and potentizations which are then prescribed by homeopaths.

Homeopathy can control the rate of canites (premature greying) where the similimum (the most similar medicine to the patient’s condition) acts on the entire being and helps in arresting the rate of premature greying.  Hair strands already turned grey though may remain as they are in-spite of treatment but the rate of premature greying in an individual can be drastically brought down.  A homeopath analyses the patient through a detailed case analysis in which the entire personality of the patient is captured dwelling on both the physical and mental spheres so as to cover both somato-psychic and psycho-somatic causes of the problem in question.

Homeopathic treatment coupled with a good lifestyle and diet regimen with food rich in Vitamin E and C go a long way in controlling the growing menace of premature greying in young adults.

Do Shampoos help in fighting Dandruff

Dandruff is nothing but dead skin of the scalp.  The skin of the scalp like the other body parts sheds continuously and the dead cells are replaced by new ones.  At times there is excessive scaling from the scalp which maybe precipitated by change of weather (rainy season and winters), poor nutrition, fungal infection, or due to stress.  This excess scaling of the scalp, mixed with the dust and grime and the sebum secretions from the scalp lead to development of dandruff, also called seborrhoea.

While a dietary and lifestyle change is required to eradicate dandruff, certain shampoos are effective in controlling dandruff formation.  These are medicated shampoos available in the market and can be purchased over-the-counter whereas some are prescribed by doctors.

The different types of anti-dandruff shampoos available are:

  • Shampoos containing the antifungal and antibacterial zinc pyrithione like Selsun and head & Shoulders.
  • Coal tar based shampoos which slow down the shedding of the skin cells of the scalp which is commonly seen in seborrhoeic dermatitis and scalp psoriasis.  Example of such a shampoo is Neutrogena.
  • Shampoos containing Selenium sulphidealso slow down the rate of death of the skin cells, thereby reducing scaling.  An example is Selsun Blue.
  • Shampoo like Nizoral contains Ketoconazole as its active principle which is antifungal in nature.

These shampoos when used for a period of time, reduce the scaling and the dandruff production on the scalp.

Shampoos for Dry hair

In last 2-3 decades a lot of awareness has been seen across the world regarding commercial health care and beauty care products, which revolutionized their market. One such sector is hair care and shampoos are the largest selling product under this. Shampoos are available to suit all types of hair.

Dry hair is a common situation these days. There could be various factors causing it such as heredity, vitamin deficiencies, malnutrition of hair and scalp, pollution, etc. Dry hair also makes hair look dull. Curly hair, as compared to straight hair is more prone to dryness.

In earlier days herbs like Shikakai and Reetha were commonly used as a shampoo for treating dry hair and Henna was used for conditioning purposes. However, gradually with growing market many manufacturers in the organized sector bloomed, paving way for a variety of shampoos being available over the counter.

Frequent shampooing can also cause hair to turn dry. Ingredients used in shampoos to clean hair, often wash away the hair of its natural oils which are responsible in providing moisture to the hair. However, a mild shampoo will not cause the hair to lose its natural moisture. A shampoo with a pH of 4.6 to 6.6 is suitable for dry hair.

Mint based shampoos give good results when used to fight dry hair. They make the hair soft and leave behind a fresh and soothing fragrance.

Thus you should always make a note of the ingredients when picking up a shampoo and also read the instructions carefully to get the best results.

In order to treat dry hair, you should regularly massage your hair with olive oil and wash it off with a mild shampoo, followed by a conditioner.