5 manly hairstyles for men with thick coarse manes
Jul13

5 manly hairstyles for men with thick coarse manes

If you’ve got it, flaunt it! Long before they should, men are facing increasing trends of thinning and balding. If you feel disadvantaged because you have thick coarse hair, be thankful that you’re lucky enough to retain your locks! We’re here to put your hair to your advantage. Here are some bold and handsome hairstyles for men you could try out depending on your hair and you or your lady’s taste!   The Textured Cut If the length of your hair is moderately long, you can experiment with this to pull off a fashionably messy toss of the head. This is among the more modern hairstyles for men. To achieve this style, your stylist will keep the strands on the top of the head as well as the front longer than on the sides. Your face shape will determine how long and short it should be. A mix of point cutting and the use of the razor is usually used to get the desired effect. But do make sure no thinning scissors are allowed anywhere near the top of your head or you will end up with a dense base and wispy ends. Maintaining this hairstyle is very easy as the whole idea is to look messy and not too groomed. So just rub in some clay, putty or texture enhancer and you are ready to roar!   The Pompadour If you are a lover of everything classic, this hairstyle is for you. The Pompadour was created by none other than the great fashion icon, Madame Pompadour, lover of King Louis the Fifteenth of France! This hairstyle is about gathering the mass of your hair on the top of your head. It matches the shape of your face, whatever it may be. In order to go for this style make sure your hair is at least three inches long. Your stylist will then carefully cut his way around it to a natural graduation to the top of your head. The length of your hair at the back will be short, and the length in front long. In order to maintain this hairstyle, you will need to use a hair dryer along with some salt spray or mousse to give it a majestic swoop. To do this, keep pulling your hair upwards as you dry it and then push it backwards to give it life. Some putty on the sides and the back followed by a touch of hair spray, and you will truly be standing majestic and tall!   The Quiff One of the classic hairstyles for men that is in vogue even today is The Quiff. This hairstyle...

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Hair breakage: 7 most common causes and preventions
Jul06

Hair breakage: 7 most common causes and preventions

Break ups and splits are scary things for your hair too! While we will not go into giving you relationship advice, but wish you only the best in that, we do have a few words to share if you are worried about hair breakage or split ends. Firstly we can help you understand why hair breakage happens, and along the way we can suggest some easy preventive methods and remedies that can put the style back in your hair as well as the smile on your face! Let’s understand some of the reasons behind hair breakage.   1. Dehydration of your hair and scalp Hair, as do all other parts of your body, needs its fair share of moisture. Otherwise naturally it gets brittle and starts splitting at the ends and breaking off. This dehydration could be for a variety of reasons. Either you are not drinking enough fluids which can be tackled by monitoring your water intake, or the water in your taps is hard with heavy metals and chlorine which can be tackled by using special filtering shower heads, or your shampoo and conditioner does not contain the amount of moisture required for your type of hair.   2. Sleeping on pillows with cotton pillow cases While cotton might sound like an organic healthy option, the friction between the material and your hair will cause your hair to break more than if you opted for a satin or a silk pillow case. The micro fibres in cotton, however soft, snag your hair without you realizing it, and in your sleep, as you toss and turn, slowly and steadily damages your hair.   3. Blow drying your hair Blow drying your hair immediately takes the moisture out of your hair, as it is supposed to do. And if you blow dry dripping wet hair you will tend to overdo the drying. If you have to blow dry it, you should dry your hair with a towel instead of rubbing it, and then blow dry it using as little heat as possible. Keep in mind that you should not pull unnecessarily at your hair while drying nor should the dryer be too close to your hair. A valuable tip is to just invest in a good quality blow dryer which dries hair quickly without overheating it.   4. Exposing your hair to too many harsh chemicals Think twice before running to any salon to get a quick hair colour, straightening or perm before an evening out. The quick fixes are usually done using harsh chemicals, heat treatments and such which take the strength and health out of your hair...

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15 ways to get straight hair naturally
Jun28

15 ways to get straight hair naturally

You don’t have to be born with naturally straight hair to have it   People with curly or wavy hair are not always happy with it, especially on humid days when their hair frizzes out, and either go for a harsh chemical straightening at the salon or sit back and curse their genes. Why do that when you have so many natural options to choose from which you can do yourself at home? Here are a few suggestions which might not give you salon-treated straight hair, but more natural looking straighter hair than before. Try them to see which suit you best, and have healthy and straight hair all the time!   1. Coconut milk with lemon juice treatment   Mix a quarter cup of coconut milk with one table spoon of lemon juice and refrigerate it overnight. When you wake up, apply this to your hair in the direction from the roots to the tips. Leave it on for about half an hour before washing off with cold water and a mild shampoo that is free of sulfate. Repeat once a week for best results.   2. Milk spray treatment Spray your hair to saturation with milk in a spray bottle. Leave it on for about half an hour before washing it off with cold water. Repeat twice a week for best results.   3. Warm castor oil and coconut oil treatment Mix the two oils while warm and apply it not just to your hair but your scalp as well. Once saturated, start gently massaging your scalp for about fifteen minutes. Now leave it on for about half an hour before washing it off with cold water and a mild shampoo that is free of sulfate. Repeat twice a week for best results.   4. Milk and honey treatment Mix a quarter cup of milk with two table spoons of honey well. Completely cover your hair with this mix. Leave it on for two hours before washing off with cold water and a mild shampoo that is free of sulfate. Repeat once a week for best results.   5. Eggs and olive oil treatment Whisk two eggs with three table spoons of olive oil till they have completely blended. Apply this into your hair. Leave it for about one hour before washing off with cold water and a mild shampoo that is free of sulfate. Repeat once a week for best results.   6. Eggs, rice flour, fuller’s earth and milk treatment Mix the white of one egg with five table spoons of rice flour, one cup of fuller’s earth and a quarter cup of milk. More milk...

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Reclaim your childhood
Feb23

Reclaim your childhood

The eternal quest for the Time Machine Since time immemorial man has looked at scientists for answers, and scientists have tried in vain, till now at least, to invent a Time Machine. Men have wanted it for various reasons. To go back into the past or to see what the future holds. Either out of pure academic curiousity or for personal reasons. One such personal reason has been in order to be a child again, free of the shackles of adulthood. Every one of us have wished at some point or the other, even at the cost of having to do homework all over again, that we could go back to those days which are unmatched in their goodness. What made them so good? Why do we wish we could be children again?   We get love without seeking it Did you know there is a popular theory that Mother Nature makes all its babies, be it in the animal or human world, snub-nosed, curvy, soft and adorable looking to ensure that the baby has the maximum chances of survival? This is because, according to the theory, those features release maternal hormones in other humans or animals which make the latter more often than not want to love and take care of the baby! Theory or not, even the most hardest of individuals cannot hide a smile when they see a baby gurgling and kicking about happily. And love happens automatically and instantly. Which is why babies and children are loved and pampered by all around them. Who, in their right senses, would not want to go back to that state of existence?   We do not have to put others before ourselves Come on, being selfish feels nice, doesn’t it? It is our conditioning as an adult that makes us feel guilty every time we put ourselves before others. As a baby or child that guilt simply does not exist. So you can reach for the biggest piece of cake without asking, the red carpet treatment is your birth right, and not getting your way all the time is simply taken care of through tantrums which work more often than not. The best part is, you get away with it all, and, as we said, no niggling feeling of guilt robs you of your baby sleep either. Who, in their right senses, would not want to go back to that state of existence?   In fact we do are not expected to do anything at all for others As children, if we as much as smile at the other person who happens to be around, that person feels...

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Be your own Valentine first
Feb02

Be your own Valentine first

Will you be your Valentine? Contrary to popular belief, Valentine’s Day is not just about romance and couples romantically inclined. It is about celebrating love, in the broadest sense of the term, with any one you love. Your mother could be your Valentine. Your sister could be your Valentine. And yes, you yourself could and should be your own Valentine first. Why is that?   Because love begins with you Like everything else in the world, all things have a beginning. The same goes with love. Love begins with one person. You. As an infant you love only yourself. Yes, you need your mother, you need your milk, and you need your sleep. You learn to love them later on, once you have realized what love is about after having loved yourself. There is nothing wrong with loving yourself. In fact there is everything right with it. Because, if you don’t have it within yourself for yourself first, how do you spread what you don’t have?   Because you need to accept yourself before you expect others to If you are not in love with yourself, with who you are, with the values you believe in, it shows. Just like an internal illness shows in an unseemly pimple on your skin. So until and unless you learn to love and accept yourself as you are, others will just see that insecurity within you and be justifiably unsure about you as a person. Whereas if you are totally comfortable with yourself, that too will show. And the people around you will accept you as you are and will love you for it.   Because you need to set your own standards of love before expecting the same from others Love means as many different things as there are people on this planet. Each has his or her own unique interpretation of it as well as his or her unique way of showing it. What you need to come to terms with is what your standards regarding love are. That realization can only come when you have a relationship with the person closest to you. You. Love yourself completely and only then will you realize what loves means to you and what you expect from it. Once that is clear in your own head, loving another or accepting love from another becomes easier with little room for confusion. Leading to longer lasting, or even eternal love.   Because if even you cannot love yourself, how will another love you? You do not love yourself? Delve deep why. What are these flaws in you that even you cannot get yourself to live...

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10 beauty mistakes to avoid this winter
Dec01

10 beauty mistakes to avoid this winter

Go negative for positive results While the tips and suggestions are doing quite the rounds about how to keep your skin, hair and body healthy now that Winter is setting in, there is not much about the things that you should AVOID doing this Winter. Here are a list of things that you should NOT do in order to retain your beauty during these lovely months which are not so kind on your skin.   Do NOT overdo the heat treatment While Winter seems the ideal time to soak into a hot bath and stay in it forever, this is a very bad idea in reality. Hot water, while great at removing dirt, is as great in removing the natural oils from your skin while completely damaging the layer of lipid under your skin that helps in locking in existing moisture. And Winter is the time your skin needs this natural moisturization the most. What you should do is keep the water luke warm, and finish your shower in five minutes. Also, moisturize your skin with rich replenishing formulas after your shower, while it is still damp, to immediately replenish what is lost. Indulge in warm cozy woolens to keep yourself warm. Not in hot water baths.   Do NOT reduce your fluid intake While you thought Summer was the time to boost up on your water and fluids regime, what you probably did not know is that Winter is a time when you probably need more of it. This is because the weather is stripping your skin of all its moisture so you need that much more added hydration to balance the loss. Not having enough water during Winter will not only dehydrate your skin but will also make you more fatigued, dizzy, give you a dry mouth and make you sluggish all over. The skin reacts by chapping, wrinkling, sagging, losing its glow and gaining an unhealthy ashen colour. If guzzling gallons of water in the cold does not sound appealing, fill in with hot teas, decaf coffees, or hot water with a bit of lemon. Go easy on the sugar though.   Do NOT ignore your diet While you would normally go for heat-inducing foods this season, you need to actually eat food packed with fluids. Apples, cucumbers, celery, lettuce, spinach, baby carrots, tomatoes and citrus fruits are good examples of such food. Also go for foods rich in antioxidants like grapes, pomegranates, cranberries and blueberries.   Do NOT use the cleanser you used in Summer Summer cleansers are water based. Winter cleansers are oil based. So while cleansers are a must no matter the season...

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