8 ways to make hair colour last longer
Jul27

8 ways to make hair colour last longer

Is your latest hair colour doing a Cinderella number on you?   There is hardly anyone amongst us who has not given in to the temptation of colouring their hair at least once in their life. And we have all, unless having been better informed, faced the same ordeal. We have come out of the salon with colour, dyes, highlights, lowlights, streaks and what have you, looking like a million bucks… but the party ends at midnight! Ok, in a few weeks or a month at most. After which the hair colour starts to fade and you start looking like a mop that needs to be replaced. Considering the expense involved in hair colour, and the inevitable chemicals that are used in the process, you cannot afford to keep doing this every time to your wallet or your hair. So what is the solution? Find out below what makes hair colour fade, and what you can do to slow the process down.   1. Keep away from shampoo immediately after colouring your hair The process of hair colour involves opening the cuticle layer so the chemicals can penetrate deep into each shaft of the hair. The cuticle layer then takes some time to close again. If you shampoo your hair before that happens, you will simply wash off the colour you spent so much time and money on. To be on the safe side, do not wash or shampoo your hair for at least three days after colouring it. If you really really have to wash, just take a quick shower in cold water with a gently rub on your scalp using nothing but your fingers. But that too only if you just have to.   2. Choose the right kind of shampoo Shampooing too much or using the wrong kind of shampoo is not a good idea as it washes off the natural oils of your hair that keep it naturally healthy. As for coloured hair, a little bit gets washed away every time you shampoo. Hence, you need to shampoo less frequently, and with the right product. The shampoo should be free of sulfate. Sulfate just adds to the foam, and foam strips your hair of its colour even faster. Better still, try switching to a dry shampoo. Choose the colour safe variety. It will not only clean your hair without the need for a wash, but will also protect the hair colour while keeping your hair healthy. Colour tinted dry shampoos are another option that help in actually fortifying your existing colour! Same with your conditioner. Adding a matching dye to your conditioner will help fortify...

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What’s the perfect haircut for your face shape? Expert tips for women
Jul23

What’s the perfect haircut for your face shape? Expert tips for women

Mirror mirror on the wall, will this style suit me at all? While scouring international hair styles trending this year, there are a million new options to choose from and experiment with. How do you select which of the hair styles to go for? Here are a few tips based on the shape of your face that will help you narrow your search and help you make a more informed choice. Not all hair styles suit every body, because we all have different face shapes. So first of all, find out roughly what your face shape is.   How to know the shape of your face (women) Take a measuring tape or ruler and measure the distances between your brows, between your cheekbone and jawline, and between your forehead and chin. Mark them as A, B and C. If A and B are almost equal, you have an oval face. A is greater than B then you have a heart shaped face. If B and C are almost equal you have a square face. But if B and C are almost equal but your jaw and forehead curve at the corners, you have a round face. If you are still confused, ask a salon hair expert to tell you your face shape.   For the exact hair styles, here are the tips to follow matched with the existing length of your hair!   If you have a round face and short hair Consider a chop with spiky layers around the top of your head. This works because a pixie like hair cut takes away from the roundness of your face, which a face hugging style would have only made even more round. It also adds to the height and hence length of your face and gives the illusion of a face longer than it actually is. While this works for more or less straight hair, it does not if you have really curly hair.   If you have a round face with shoulder length hair Consider a bob cut with choppy layers. This works because while the length of your hair already takes away from the roundness of your face and the choppy layers create an illusion of long slices that seem to slice away from the roundness. A side parting may help by creating asymmetry in your existing perfect round symmetry. If you do opt for a side parting, a bang right on your eye might look good.   If you have a round face with long hair Consider keeping your hair as long as possible with a hint of layers that start only at your jaws. The...

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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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