The tomato soup is on the boil!

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Before you scratch your head thinking what the hell am I talking about, I will save you from all the trauma of the guessing game, we are talking about those dreadful days when your cousin TOM has come to visit (time of the month). Not that this phase is less than a short horror movie, were you’re not only bleeding your guts, but also going through the worst stages of mood swings (Scene 1 – you can’t recall the reasons that makes you mad enough to kill someone to Scene 2 –  when you burst out loud crying for the silliest reasons). We all have a fair share of the horrifying experiences, but what we all tend to ignore or maybe have not researched that much, is how much it affects our hair.

Cramping pain was not enough; that now you also have to go through the monster zit phase with your hair looking like you just got hit by a bus (Perfect tragedy).  Don’t sulk, as we have a little info that might guide you through your and help you maintain healthy hair.  Let’s surf through the stages.

Just before you start looking for the hot water bottle, you’re levels of progesterone and testosterone increases which leads to an increase in oil production of skin glands. Which pretty much explains why some of us look like we poured a bottle of oil on our scalp and our face, the best way to deal with this sticky situation is to use dry shampoo, and have frequent showers. The plus side, this is the best time to dye your hair according to experts, as having slightly oilier hair actually  helps to protect the delicate skin of your scalp from the chemicals as they sit on your hair.

During the time when Tom’s visiting, the ideal way to get through it is by stuffing your face with chocolate ice cream, and taking endless hot showers, Lol. On a serious note, when it comes to your hair you’ll notice that your scalp will become particularly sensitive, which means you should avoid any treatment that can cause you further discomfort, e.g. when you are getting hair extensions, or you decide to go green, pink or fiery red (Ideal colour for your mood), or do chemical straightening.

After the leek week you’ll thank god for the end of all the drama and excess oil production. Your hair might feel drier than usual as oil production of skin glands will reduce. If your hair is normally dry, you may need to condition it more often to keep them healthy. Even if we all have different types of hair, it’s still the best time of the month to do deep-conditioning.

Overall, just pamper yourself and your hair, and we all have Netflix to fix the rest!

 

By Konika Dastidar

THINGS YOU COULD BE DOING WRONG WHILE BRUSHING YOUR HAIR!

 

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How many of us have been brushing their hair 100 times a day?

If yes, polite applause to your dedication, and sorry as no one can bring back the time you have wasted doing that. I know, we all love the idea of sitting in front a mirror and brushing our gorgeous hair like the Victorian times  (P.S. if you’re living with you’re bae, this habit would annoy the heck out of him Lol).  But the present generation hardly has time to eat their lunch, let alone brushing your hair like a ghost of the past. Plus, we are too smart in getting our facts right to fall for such habits. This age old myth isn’t just useless, but it could also harm your hair, brushing harshly and frequently is bad for your hair as it pulls hairs out of their follicles and it can possibly weaken individual strands.

Method: (This will seriously help) We all are use to brushing our hair from roots to our tips in autopilot, did you know this can cause excessive stress on the hair leading to breakage and hair fall? The Right way to do it is to begin brushing from the ends, and slowly working your way up the shaft in sections. You can also use your fingers to gently de-tangle knots. Worst case scenario, if you have practically lived your hair in a bun for days, you might need a lot more time in doing that my friend.

NEVER EVER brush your hair when it’s wet, unless you want to go bald. Wet is far more elastic than dry hair, due to which it is more fragile and can easily snap. If you have been getting heart attacks looking at your hair fall, this might be one of the reasons. De-tangle it before you wash.

Don’t use paddle brush to de-tangle you hair, always use a wide-tooth comb and a de-tangling product to reduce hair fall. And yes, price matters in case of your brush, as cheap brushes have low-quality plastic bristles that can rip damaged hair at its weak points. Stop saving at the cost of your hair, instead, cut down on your junk food and get yourself a good brush.

Lastly, just as important it is to clean your hair, it is also very important to clean your brushes regularly, at least once a week.  With time the bristles get clogged with stray hair and dirt. When you use your unwashed brush on freshly cleansed hair, you are actually depositing product residue onto your strands. Yes, for those who do it once a year, HEAR THIS OUT LOUD.

Follow these simple brushing tips. Trust me; your hair will thank me later.

 

By Konika Dastidar

 

BE A REBEL

From birth we have been feed by one notion of beauty; the fair maiden with long locks, a much more feminine perception which has defined how we see ourselves and others for a long time. It was not long ago when tall, dark girls with manly or strong features were considered unattractive (especially in a place like India, the notions of beauty is still primitive), sometimes I don’t understand this medieval concept of beauty that has been passed down to us, it makes it so easy to stigmatise someone as ugly or beautiful. Thank god, we are not a part of that generation were people do not embrace their individuality and try to be the same as everyone. I believe, there is nothing more powerful than a woman who feels confident and comfortable in expressing herself, and breaks free from these stigmas’s. They help us evolve and change our notions of BEAUTY that we have been stuffed with for ages. I still remember my grandma saying ‘I looked like a boy as a kid’, I won’t be surprised if many of us have such stories to share.

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Katie Moore

But then we have the rule breakers like, 18 year old model, Katie Moore, whose amazing transformation from ‘the girl next door’ with long blonde hair to blunt bob, copper orange hair did not only change her look but also her career. (WE LOVE this little Punk) This shows how notions of beauty is changing and evolving constantly.

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Grimes

Recently, Stella McCartney newest Pop fragrance campaign’s latest face was none other than Madonna’s teenage daughter, Lourde Leon, who is now sporting her new pastel hair for this amazing campaign, one kid who really loves to push it, from grey to pastels. Maybe, that’s what makes us adore Lourde. Before her, we had our Instagram feed exploding with pictures of the multimedia artist and musical powerhouse Grimes, with her Pink punk look, shooting for this new ad campaign. What we love about these young women is – they are not afraid to be who they are; strong-willed, free spirited and independent. Beauty is a constant evolution and you have to love the skin you’re in.

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FKA Twigs

Be a rebel, if you can’t be conventional, than be anti. How you look is how you feel, don’t be scared of expressing yourself. Don’t worry, go pink or green, blue whatever you want to. Chop it off or shave it. Yeah, it might shock your parents or teachers, but honestly, we don’t care.  After all, this generation celebrates the weird and wonderful; it’s always good to be different.

 

By Konika Dastidar

 

LOB OBSESSION!

 

We have been washed by many hair trends over the past few years, but, very rarely do you come across a trend that has gone viral, and it’s everywhere. Lob (the long bob) and the bob have gone from the ‘next door girl’ look to one style that was seen all across Golden globes, Oscar and the Grammys.

We love the sexy shorter do Miranda Kerr rocked last month, by far the best feed when it comes to Instagram makeovers. I know we all get bored of the same look day after day. The best thing about summers; it gives you an excuse to go for something shorter and more lived in. I know so many people who would hate to style their long hair every day, plain lazy or someone clueless when it comes to trying different styles and experimenting a little with their looks. Well, maybe the best way to deal with the situation is to go CHOPPY. I know so many of you have been thinking about it for a year and contemplating SHOULD I? SHOULD I NOT? If you’re sick and tired of washing your HAIR FOR HOURS, then maybe it time to chop it off RAPUNZEL, because  you’re not going to get laid by letting your hair down from a tower in this generation.

We all have to admit it; it can be hard as hell to take care of your long locks, especially when you’re fighting DELHI’s pollution, dust, the fricking heat, and have lost half of your hair trying out products from TV ads. Why struggle so hard when you can look 10 times hotter chopped?

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: Model Karlie Kloss attends the Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection launch event on November 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Target)
Karlie Kloss

 

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Taylor Swift

 

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Don’t make a nest or a mess of your hair, and go get the LOB. If you are slightly more excited then you have the option of going super short, pull off a Taylor Swift,or a Karlie Kloss (IT’S HOT AS HELL, RIGHT NOW).  It can be one of the most versatile haircuts, as it fits any woman, with any face shape, or style, and if you have straight hair it’s said to be the shit.

You can keep it with or without bangs, blunt or layered, straight, wavy or curly, and style it in 100 different ways.  Who said short hair can’t be styled in many ways, maybe my GRANDMOM.

A LOB can give you a sense of confidence, a stronger look where you will feel more in control. Haircuts have a major impact on how you feel from inside as well as outside, go for this sexy, chic hair style —and refreshingly easy to wear.

 

By Konika Dastidar

Things your doing Wrong!

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No matter how foolish it sounds, everyone has tried  weird home remedies hoping that it will make their hair long, silky, thicker, and help to reduce hair fall. Honestly, we all need to stop picking things from our kitchen garden, fridge and the kitchen cupboards and stuffing it on our hair. Not only it is “disgusting” to be dunking your head with egg, fatty milk, honey, curd, etc etc, it’s ineffective. I don’t know if desperation has even let someone of you to put ‘cow shit’ on your head, and everyone avoids you for a week, let me be frank it’s NOT GOING TO WORK. Get over these MYTHS, and stop putting yourself through the torture.

If you’re squeezing orange juice right now as we speak, then maybe it would be much more beneficial if you drank it than use it as part of your hair care regime! Keeping a healthy diet with proper amount of exercise is much better use of time then fussing over natural external remedies. Get rid of your medieval ways of making herbal pastes, instead start by breaking free from the myths.

Regular trim makes your hair go longer – MYTH

Hair grows from roots, not the ends so obviously it won’t help your hair to grow longer, what it will do however is help you keep your hair healthy without split ends, if split ends appear and you are trimming it regularly then they will be removed.

One of my favourites is the beer myth, I don’t know what people think before washing their hair with beer, the only excuse to it should be when you’re shit drunk, and have spilt it all over your head.  MYTH

Cold water is better for your hair – NO IT’S NOT

In fact, cold water rinses may not efficiently rinse products out your hair as well as warm water, and it doesn’t make your hair shiny and silky. Rinsing your hair with hot water helps to open up your cuticles and pores, which is good while shampooing or conditioning your hair. Cold water seals your cuticles and pores, so that your hair doesn’t get damaged too easily, and protects the scalp pores from dirt, grease and oil. When it comes to your shampoo, the best advice is to use Paraben (chemical preservatives) & Sulphate free shampoos; as these chemicals cause hair loss and hair thinning because it deteriorates the follicles of the hair, and slows the growth of hair.

I can go on and on about 100 myths but let me just say, it’s the 21st century people!!! No one buys a product without looking it up, then why would you be breaking eggs on your head believing in myths? So let go of your myths and save your time to go out for coffee with your bae.

By Konika Dastidar

 

Spring / summer 2016 hair trends

Both on the catwalk and backstage, we are seeing a lot of new trends and the return of some classic favourites. Don’t worry, we are saving you from flipping through it all and have hand-picked some of our favourite looks so far this season.

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Marc  Jacobs

Baby Bangs – From models slaying SS16 Fashion week, to celebrities, to the trendy girl living next door to you, or in Rod’s case in the same house, short Bettie Page bangs are all the rage this season.  This style gives your face a fresh look and highlights your facial features. Keeping’ short messy bangs will never fail to add some edge, plus you don’t have to worry about hair coming on your face.

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Dolce Gabbana

Hair Accessories – SS16 saw the rise of hair accessories like never before. This season is all about getting your crowns out and wearing it like a ‘queen’. Simple accessories like metallic clips, or regal crowns that rocked the runaway at Dolce & Gabbana, it’s time to spend a little on hair accessories this season. But most importantly put some thought into it and don’t be mainstream!

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Chanel

SLEEK PONYTAILS – Who doesn’t  love this one? Straight hair left loose, or tied up into low, sleek ponytails (easy as shit). We saw models at Chanel rocking this look with simple accessories, if you want to soften the edges, you can “Dior” it up from the  runaway  by tying it low with a ribbon, be bold.

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Ruth Bell, we all have been crushing hard on this babe.

 

BUZZ CUT – The biggest (and boldest) cut of the season is the buzzcut! Only for the brave, if you have been dying to get a drastic make over and you have the right personality and attitude to pull it off, this look will change it all. When the temperature is boiling hot, time to SHAVE IT OFF! For some its the only choice they have, for many its a statement.

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Christopher Kane

 

CHOKER HAIR – We saw an influx of this style throughout fashion week, hair tucked into scarves and chokers, one look you can get really creative with, using chokers, to scarf’s to tuck in your hair. Perfect for a bad hair day or for times when you’re running out of time to style your hair, just tuck it in! For the Christopher Kane show you can also re use the plastic ties if anyone annoys you on the metro too!

 

Who knew zip ties could be cool?