So what’s the big deal with New Year Resolutions?
Dec07

So what’s the big deal with New Year Resolutions?

What are New Year Resolutions? Most of us are familiar with New Year Resolutions, which we have tried to make and keep more than once. A lot of us do it every year! A New Year Resolution is a promise that you make to the single most important person in your life. Yourself. Other days are marked for promises you make to other human beings, gods, idols, animals, the world and so on. The list is endless and the list is good. But on New Year’s day, the reason is the best. Only if you promise to run the best course for you, will you be in a position to support others. What is the mythology of New Year Resolutions? Janus was a mythological god of Romans way back in 153 BC. He had two faces. One looking forward, and one looking backwards. This symbolised that Janus looked both into the past as well as the future at the same time. The Romans concluded that Janus forgave them for past wrongs, and blessed them for what lay ahead. Hence, on New Year’s Eve, the Romans paid homage to Janus by themselves ceremonially forgiving those who had wronged them the previous year, and making positive promises to themselves for the year that lay ahead. This was the first mythological reference to New Year Resolutions. What is the history of New Year Resolutions? Some 4000 years ago, once a year on a particular day, Babylonians celebrated Akitu, the festival signifying the rebirth of the sun god Marduk. The people of Babylon promised themselves to conduct themselves such that the Gods would be pleased with them. The festival then continued for 12 days. At that time, either a new king was crowned or the people again formally pledged their allegiance to their old king. This was the first historical reference to New Year Resolutions. The Romans continued to celebrate New Year in honour of Janus who to them stood for new beginnings. So what is the relevance of New Year Resolutions today? Like most good things in life, we have a lot to learn from our ancestors. We have been advancing as civilisations by following their values and traditions to mould our development around them. Whether in a light mood at a New Year’s Eve party or in an formal list, we proclaim our resolutions first to ourselves and then to others. Why just the coming year, and not the entire life ahead? This is because we know that we need to set a serious timeline for our goals. Tired of resolving to just do generally better in our lives which we...

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Beauty benefits of activated charcoal
Nov15

Beauty benefits of activated charcoal

Was this Cinderella’s beauty secret? Lying amongst the cinders and working in it all day ended happily when her beauty got the prince’s attention and she was whisked away in the golden carriage into happily ever after land. Now you can leave the toils of the fairy tale behind and go straight for Cinderella’s shine and glamour with activated charcoal you can buy over the counter! Great for your hair, great for your skin, great for your insides, it can only help out the best in you. And the best in you will always be beautiful.   What really is activated charcoal? Activated charcoal is created from natural ingredients like coconut shells, bone char, coal, peat, petroleum coke, olive pits, sawdust, bamboo and more. The resulting charcoal is then heated in a special way so that it becomes pure, non-toxic, and even more porous than normal charcoal is. These pores further increase normal charcoal’s properties of absorption, and help to extract and retain within it toxins and harmful chemicals from your skin, hair and body. So it works not by adding anything to your skin, thereby nulling the possibilities of side effects, but by taking away the bad in a super effective way.   What are its broad benefits? Activated charcoal helps us by absorbing excess oils from your skin by: 1. Keeping the pores of your skin clean 2. Deep cleansing your skin 3. Soothing and healing allergic reactions, insect bites and cuts 4. Removing toxins from your face 5. Removing toxins from your hair 6. Keeping your hair voluminous since it does not leave behind any residues 7. Soothing and healing scalp conditions like dandruff and itchiness. These are all benefits from the external use of activated charcoal. Eating it is good for removing toxins and gases from the body, but this should only be done under strict medical supervision. So here we will only talk about the external ways of using activated charcoal.   Some ways to make the best use of your activated charcoal 1. Use it as a facial cleanser Mix well one tablespoon of activated charcoal powder, one tablespoon of baking soda, a few drops of lavender essential oil with half a cup of coconut oil. If required, use a blender to mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Keep the blend in a dispenser bottle for use as and when. Discard if not used up within six months. To use it, take some in the palms of your hands and use it like an exfoliator on your skin. Rub it in gently with circular upward motions for a couple of minutes. Rinse it off...

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Enrich Salons and Academy signs MoU with ICICI Foundation
Oct23

Enrich Salons and Academy signs MoU with ICICI Foundation

An initiative for a social cause Enrich Salons and Academy recently signed an MoU with IFIG (ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth), to introduce a three-month course named ‘Assistant Beauty Therapist’. This course will teach the students about the various aspects of beauty treatments, and also about preparation and maintenance of equipment and safety practices at the workplace.   Better empowerment for a better society Through this, Enrich and IFIG aim to reach out to the underprivileged women in our society, who can then have a good means of earning a livelihood. Together, both the organizations will provide real time training with both practical and theory sessions. The training will make the trainees experts in this particular field, and help them to become socially and financially independent. The target is to improve their livelihood on both individual and community level & provide maximum possible income out of this occupation. Enrich Salons and Academy hopes that this initiative will provide greater empowerment to the individuals involved in learning from this...

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You can make sure that you have a happy Dussehra
Oct10

You can make sure that you have a happy Dussehra

What is the significance of Dussehra? Dussehra, celebrated at the end of Navratri, is in actuality the symbolic celebration of the victory of good over evil. Whether it be goddess Durga’s killing of the asura Mahisasura in order to restore dharma, or Lord Rama’s killing of Ravana to end his evil reign, or Arjuna’s defeating the entire Kaurava army to restore peace, harmony and all that is good. Which is why when we greet someone with a “Happy Dussehra”, we wish upon that person the power to find within himself only his or her good by vanquishing all that is evil inside.   What is the significance of wishing yourself a Happy Dussehra? At Enrich Salon, we have always believed in ‘Love Begins With You’, and we feel this philosophy has special meaning on Dussehra for each of you. Since, by wishing yourself a Happy Dussehra, you respect that love that you have for yourself by working on your own negatives, and bringing out your positives in all their glory. Sounds difficult? Not really, if you look within yourself, analyse your own traits, and break them down into simple workable parts. Here are a few examples of how you can go about doing that. We all have our own unique lists of inner evils. It is about being able to identify them yourself. The following are pointers and exercises on how to tackle a bad trait and to turn it on its head into something good. If you love yourself enough to do that, that is. Which you should be. Because you are worth it.   This Dussehra kill your envy, and celebrate your ability to appreciate others Envy is extremely counter productive. It is in no way constructive. It makes you not only want your name on what somebody else has achieved, but actually makes you hate that person for doing it. Where does that get you? In a quagmire of your own negativity and impotent rage. Love yourself by first realising this. And then working on it. Kill the envy. Replace it with appreciation for the other’s achievement. That is very easy to do. It’s just about realising that the other person is another individual like you and did what he wanted to do. Another great take away from this exercise is telling and teaching yourself that if someone else can do it, you can too. Find out how. Go about trying. You might fail, you might succeed. But you shall have gained self-respect. And constructive ambition.   This Dussehra kill your greed, and celebrate your ability to share Taking what you need is a necessity, what...

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10 super foods for healthy skin
Sep21

10 super foods for healthy skin

What are you feeding your skin? We all know that eating the right kind of food is crucial for the well being of each and every organ of the body. But we might not all be aware of the fact that the largest organ of the human body is the skin! So what you eat has a huge impact on the health of your skin. While superficial treatments and skin care routines are good for healthy skin, what they actually do is enhance the health of your skin that originally comes from within. Here are some foods that, apart from being good for other parts of your body, are particularly beneficial to your skin. Try and add as many of them in your diet as you can, and see the difference for yourself.   Tomatoes Tomatoes contain Vitamin C, and various carotenoids including lycopene, beta carotine, and lutein. Vitamin C helps your skin from ageing prematurely. Lycopene protects your skin from damage caused by exposure to the Sun’s ultraviolet rays. Beta carotene improves your skin’s tone and elasticity. Lutein helps keep your skin hydrated. Having tomatoes with a bit of olive oil or cheese improves the body’s capability of absorbing all the goodness in them.     Green Tea Green Tea contains catechins and polyphenols. Catechins are powerful antioxidants that protect your skin against damage from the ultraviolet rays of the sun, while improving hydration levels, thickness and elasticity of your skin. The polyphenols help reduce inflammation, reduce blemishes, flush out toxins, treat acne, and keep the skin supple. Avoid having green tea with milk as this reduces your body’s ability to absorb all the goodness in green tea.   Avocados Avocados are rich in good fats, Vitamin E and Vitamin C. The good fats make your skin more elastic and supple. The Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from premature ageing through damage caused by the Sun’s ultraviolet rays. Vitamin C helps in collagen production that is essential for the strength of your layer of skin. Vitamin C along with Vitamin E work together to bring each other’s benefits even more.   Fatty Fish Fatty fish are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin E, a specific protein and Zinc. The fatty acids help reduce skin inflammation and keep it elastic, hydrated and thick while helping fight autoimmune conditions like lupus and psoriasis. The Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from premature ageing through damage caused by the Sun’s ultraviolet rays. The special protein helps hold the structure of the skin together. Zinc reduces inflammation and helps in skin cell...

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