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Some tips to tame the frizz in your hair

Written By kom nampultig on Rabu, 04 Maret 2015 | 18.47

Wavy hair is great, but with great wavy hair, comes the automatic frizz, thanks to factors such as humidity and sometimes, even improper hair care. If you have frizzy hair, fret not.

Here are some tips to help you tame the frizz, while retaining the volume and the waves. Comb your hair with wet fingers/comb: Brushing dry hair can only lead to more frizz. Wet your hands or a wide toothed comb with water or hairspray and use it to detangle or even just set your hair in place.

Use a homemade hair mask: Protein-rich conditioners can work wonders on frizzy hair, so look for a shampoo-conditioner that has protein. Alternatively, use a homemade hair mask of mashed avocado and olive oil. After shampooing your hair, apply this mask for about 30 minutes and rinse it out thoroughly.

Keep the styling simple: If you are pressed for time, the simplest way to style frizzy hair is to tie your hair in a top knot or a loose bun, as they not only keep the hair in place, but gives you a casual look as well.
Carbonated water rinses: Carbonated water (soda), has low pH levels, which help reduce frizz. Wash the hair with carbonated water after a regular shampoo conditioner rinse.

Don't dry your hair with a towel: Instead, simply squeeze the water out or use a T-shirt to minimize the frizz.
Published on 4/3/2015

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The festival of colours: Holi

Prep your hair for Holi

Prep your hair for Holi
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Holi recipes: Badam kheer, besan laddoo

Holi recipes: Badam kheer, besan laddoo
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Spring décor for your home

Celebrate the Spring Season in your home decor

Clean the clutter: The best way to welcome spring is to declutter your home. Arrange each and every room and see how much you have accumulated. If you don't need your woollens now then clean and store them. Arrange your kitchen selves and get rid of whatever you don't need.

Celebrate colours: A simple basic way is to add a rug, chatai, colorful cushions, bedcovers, runners on the dining table. All these don't cost you much but they will add beauty and a kind of freshness to your home decor. Be open to embrace colors in your life. You can also use your old saris, dupattas to good use, this season. Why spend money when you have the luxury of recycling? Just push your creative boundaries. Play with your imagination and see the difference.

Green touch: The weather is pleasant. The sun is not harsh. It's the perfect weather to sip a cup of tea in your balcony. And if you have not done it before, do it now. Bring in some plants and add a touch of greenery to your space. And how nice the spring season feels.

Hang mirrors: Hang two large mirrors on opposite walls. You won't recognize the space.

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Tips to save your skin this Holi

Holi is as much about fun and frolic as it is about colours and, in turn, chemicals.

The festival can result in a dermatological nightmare if you don't take precautions to protect your skin from the harmful chemicals in the colours. You may have bought loads of organic colours, but have your neighbours and friends done so too?
Organic colours are safer, but that doesn't reduce the risks. "It is advisable to use colours derived from dried flowers for a skinfriendly Holi," advises Dr Anusree Gangopadhyay , a dermatologist at a city hospital. "Inorganic colours can induce contact dermatitis -a condition that causes reddening of the skin, a burning sensation and subsequently , rashes. Some people are allergic to the chemicals used in the colours and the reactions may show up the same day or even a week later."
If your skin reacts by breaking out, the quickest, albeit temporary remedy is to wash off the colour immediately and apply an ice pack to the affected area. "Calamine lotions are good and can be used for post-Holi treatment," she says.

It is also important to prepare your skin for the beating. Makeup artiste Ojas Rajani suggests application of a mixture of olive oil, Moroccan oil or castor oil on your skin and hair to keep the colours from penetrating. It also helps rinse off the colours easily . "Oil your hair well and tie it in a neat pony tail before stepping out and apply waterproof sunscreen all over. It's best to enjoy Holi sans makeup. Moisturize your lips well and apply the darkest shade of nail colour to avoid multi-coloured nails. You can also wear a funky scarf to protect the ears from powdered colours," she suggests.

To remove colours, opt for a mild cleanser instead of soap."Soap dries the skin out, while cleansers clean without stripping off the moisture. If you have sensitive skin, dip cotton balls in rose water and apply on the skin.Follow up with aloe vera gel mixed with an Avion capsule (an overthe-counter vitamin) for glowing skin!" Rajani adds.

People often make the mistake of wearing contact lenses on Holi.These lenses are semi-permeable and cannot protect your eyes.Stick to glasses or shades. Steer clear of dry colour if you have asthma or are prone to dust allergy . "Dry gulal contains irritants that can cause severe asthma attacks. Keep your inhaler handy ," Dr Gangopadhyay suggests.

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Save sensitive skin during Holi

If you have sensitive skin and you're wondering if Holi will make your skin worse, go for natural colours, use moisturiser in abundance and do more to protect your skin on the festival of colours, which will be celebrated on Friday.

Pankaj Chaturvedi, senior consultant dermatologist at Medlinks clinic, shares how to be cautious if you have sensitive skin:

* Apply a waterproof sunscreen on your skin to protect it from the sun.

* Buy only natural colours which are skin-friendly. The best you can do is to play Holi with flowers and homemade colours so that your skin doesn't get affected.

* Apply a thick coat of moisturiser or oil all over the body. The slipperiness of the skin prevents the dry colours from sticking to the skin and come off easily later.

* If you experience irritation in any part of the body, wash with cold water immediately. Pat dry and apply soothing calamine lotion. Do not use a face wash very often.

* If the colours don't come off easily, do not rub or scrub the face over and over. The skin becomes dry and can also peel. One can use curd to soften the body and hair.

* Homemade ubtans like Fuller's earth and sandalwood powder are helpful to rinse off the colours.

* Prepare a paste with milk and turmeric powder. The paste is good for the sensitive skin of the face.

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Expert tips to care for your hair this Holi

Written By kom nampultig on Senin, 02 Maret 2015 | 18.47

In an exclusive interview, Dr Apoorva Shah, trichologist, shares some tips on how to take care of your hair this Holi

Harsh colours of holi may have chemicals which can cause permanent damage to your hair and skin, if not treated immediately. While holi brings a lot of cheer, colours and revelry, it also ends up damaging your hair and skin. Salons and hair spas are packed on the days after holi, with women and men suffering the after effects of the revelry.

Dr Apoorva Shah says, "I am of the opinion that prevention is better than cure and therefore, a few precautions taken before the big festival will go a long way in ensuring that your hair suffers least during these celebrations."

Here's the damage that these colours can do to your scalp and skin.

1. The colours, in dry or liquid state, can cause a condition called 'acute irritant contact dermatitis'. This causes redness and rashes with intense burning and itching in the scalp.

2. They can also flare up existing allergies.

3. If you have pre-existing dandruff or acne it can actually worsen because of the colours.

4. Hair exposed to colours can become dull, dry and brittle.

5. Accidental ingestion of colours can cause toxicity, as they're usually prepared from metal oxides.

Colours, heat, dust, dirt - all of which make for a successful Holi can prove equally disastrous for your hair. Add to that, the over exposure to chemicals that strip your hair of its protective coating through the inevitable repeated shampooing and you've got the perfect recipe for a hair disaster. To survive such harsh treatment, your hair needs that extra nourishment and protection.

1. The simplest and most effective method would be to massage your hair with a good hair oil, preferably jaborandi, an hour or so before getting into your Holi celebrations. The Jaborandi hair oil is also known for forming a protective coat on the external covering (cuticle) of your hair. This protects it from chemicals and dust and dirt. This also causes the colour to come off the hair easily after you have finished playing. It effectively prevents the harmful colours from settling down. This oil takes care of any dryness caused by the weather. It's also the best way to provide your hair (and skin) the extra nourishment it needs to survive the day. For better results soak a towel in hot water and wrap it around your oiled hair. Leaving it like this for even half an hour will be enough to ensure penetration.

2. Besides jaborandi, you can also oil your hair and scalp with olive, coconut or castor oil. Add a few drops of lemon juice to prevent dandruff and infection triggered by the chemical colours.

3. A mixture of jojoba and rosemary oil can also be applied to make the right base for your hair and prevent the harmful colours from settling down.

4. While going out to play Holi, cover your hair with a bandana, or cap. This will save your scalp effectively.

5. Avoid synthetic colours and powdered dyes. Instead opt for skin-friendly vegetable or natural colours.

6. Apply a thick layer of moisturizer, petroleum jelly or coconut oil on your face and other exposed parts to prevent dyes and colours from coming into direct contact with your skin.

7. Dry rose petals and petals of other flowers can be powdered and used as dry colour (gulal). They are safe and good for the scalp. The use of natural colours made with vegetables and fruits should be encouraged.


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Here's how to take care of your hair post holi

Holi colors can damage your hair. Dr Apoorva Shah, one of the world's leading trichologist and the pioneer of trichology in India, talks to us exclusively about ​post Holi care.

1. While washing the hair, first rinse with plenty of plain water to wash away the dry colours and tiny particles of mica.

2. Then apply a mild daily use shampoo, on wet hair, work it into your scalp for 2 minutes and rinse with warm water. Add the juice of a lemon into a mug of water and use it as a last rinse. This helps restore the acid-alkaline balance of the scalp. If you had been drenched in colour and had to wait for some time before you could take your bath, then to discourage hair loss and fall due to harsh chemicals in the Holi colours, here are some remedies.

3. Soak fenugreek seeds in 4 tablespoon of curd then apply to hair to the scalp for 30 minutes. Then wash away with a mild cleanser.

4. In the days after holi, you can also mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar to 3 tablespoon of oil and apply it to the hair. This will strengthen your hair. For most people, this pampering is enough to ensure that holi colours do not damage your hair. If your hair or skin is severely damaged by colours, please see an expert at the earliest to avoid permanent damage.

Also remember that holi is a festival of joy for everyone. We all know how harmful the colours can be for someome's skin and hair. In case someone refuses to participate in the fun, there's perhaps a good reason for it so let that person be. Do not rub colours in someone's hair or skin. Sometimes, the effects are disastrous!

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Make a decor statement with tables

Tables can actually help create a focal point in your living room. You can arrange the other furniture around it and give your home a whole new look.

If you are using more than one in your living room, it can help create conversation areas. But, when you do this, you need to keep in mind the traffic flow. Your tables should not obstruct the movement. These pieces of furniture can also double up as your statement piece, if you keep the other things in the room muted and light. The shapes, the texture, the kind of material it is made of, all make a difference to how your room and the decor finally looks.

Square it
Squares that are actually side tables can be placed together and arranged in a way to make up for the absence of a centre table

Go all glass
This all glass centre table can make your room look more spacious. It adds to a minimalist decor

For a spacious feel
Using dark mahogany table with clean lines in the centre of your room and contrasting it with a floor rug or carpet of a lighter colour can make a decor statement

Wood you
Another minimalist decor idea that is easy to incorporate at home. Use a low all-wood table, if you have a room that has low ceiling.

Opt for ornate
Oval side tables can make your home decor look chic

(Originally published on March 2, 2015)


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The secret to looking good at 30,000 feet

Cabin crew members share their secret beauty and grooming tips.

Have you ever marvelled at some airline's cabin crews and wondered just how they keep themselves looking so immaculate, fresh and perfectly groomed at the end of a long-haul flight?

An Emirates cabin crew member from India shares tips on how to stay fresh and beautiful while travelling.

Choose light tones Make-up changes its appearance when viewed under aircraft lighting. Try to avoid darker shades of eye and face make-up as these can create the look of tiredness while in the air. Instead, opt for rosy, peachy or pinky tones to draw attention away from tired skin and eyes. Try also to avoid bronzers - they tend to be thicker than other face or foundation powders, which means they can clog your pores if worn for a long time.

Easy on the eyes We all love our eyeliner, and it's a great way to open up the eye. When you're tired, though, lining your bottom lid can make dark circles look even darker. Apply eyeliner to the top of the eye only, to create a fresh, "eyes-wide-open" appearance. Also avoid waterproof mascara at all costs - it tends to dry out lashes much faster than the regular kind.

Protect your lips The lips are often the first part of the face to appear dry when flying. Exfoliating lips prevents them from appearing cracked under lipstick. Also try applying balm under the colour to ensure lips remain moist and lipstick stays fresh throughout your journey.

Touch up Depending on the length of the flight, you will need to re-apply make-up one to two times on a journey. Frequent use of a hydration spray stops these touch-ups from looking cakey. Taking the time to put your makeup on properly goes a long way as well: if you carefully apply a good base and foundation, you will need fewer touch ups throughout the day.

Stay Hydrated It's important to keep skin hydrated from the inside and out. Remember to drink lots of water and avoid food and beverages that may dehydrate the skin while flying. Use a hydrating spray during a flight - these products can be applied over make-up and give skin an instant boost of freshness. It's also good to travel with a hydrating eye gel which can be applied to tired eyes during a long flight.

Inputs by Sibille B Juen, training specialist image and uniform cabin crew at Emirates

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How to use cinnamon in your beauty routine

While cinnamon is a spice that lends great flavour to your food, it can also be used in your make-up and skincare routine! We tell you how.

Use it like a bronzer. Combine cinnamon, nutmeg, corn starch and cocoa powder and mix them together. Check the colour; if you want a darker shade, add a little more cinnamon, or if you want a lighter shade, add some corn starch.

If you have dyed your hair in a reddish hue, you can use cinnamon to keep the colour flaming and bright! Add cinnamon to your conditioner and once you have applied it to your hair, wrap them up in a shower cap. Leave your hair for six to eight hour. Wash your hair and you will notice the difference.

You can use it to make a delicious lip balm. Add a tablespoon of powdered cinnamon to hot coconut oil. Once this mixture sets, it will turn into a balm.


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