Beauty Benefits of Mango

Summer has a special place in my heart. I’m sure it does in most of your hearts too. Even though the heat might make us go crazy sometimes, it brings so much joy of its own. One major thing I remember is, the summer holidays. I as a kid used to look forward to enjoy summer breaks. Where my mom used to get us ice creams, Rasna (a famous drinks among kids those days) on her own. We didn’t even had to beg much. haha. Also, talking about summer, how can we forget that it’s the season of yummy mangoes.

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Who doesn’t like mangoes??? We all do..!!! So many dishes we can prepare, be it sweets, spicy pickle what not…!!! Every dish made out of mangoes will win our hearts.

We all have heard that eating more mangoes is not good. It will increase body weight and body heat. But let me tell you, too much of anything is bad. Isn’t it? In fact, nutritionist recommend seasonal fruits. With weather, our body changes internally. Eating seasonal fruits would help our body for sure.

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Apart from helping our body, mangoes also help us in improving our skin and hair. How? Let’s see the list of benefits we can get from mangoes to get beautiful skin.

  • Vitamin A and C are more important when it comes to maintain good skin and hair. Mangoes have both these vitamins in them. Applying mango pulp to hair adds moisture and shine.

How to prepare mango hair mask:

All you need to do is take the pulp and squeeze. Apply the juice and pulp to your hair. Keep it for 15-20 minutes before washing it.

  • Similarly, if you are worried about dry skin, apply mashed mango pulp to your face to add moisture.
  • Vitamin C is required to maintain collagen level. Collagen is responsible for skin elasticity and avoiding wrinkles. By consuming a cup of mango everyday helps in improving skin’s texture.
  • Maintain health of facial pores is what is important to maintain good facial skin. Clogged pores are the biggest culprit to cause breakouts. Applying mango pulp to face helps in unclogging pores and thus keeping pimples at bay.
  • Not just the pulp, even the seed can be helpful in order to improve the health of our hair. Mango seed oil can help with reducing hair fall and greying of hair.

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How to prepare mango seed oil at home:

Remove the pulp and dip the mango seed in any oil of your choice, like for example coconut/ sesame oil. Place this container under sunlight for some days. Using this concoction regularly, can help you get healthy hair.

  • Vitamin A in the mango helps in adding shine to hair, plus it helps in reducing dandruff when applied.
  • Mango also has vitamin E in it. When we apply mango pulp on to our scalp, this vitamin helps in the scalp circulation thus boosting hair growth.
  • If you have blemishes or dark spots on your face, all you need to do is to apply mango pulp on the effected area. With regular use, it is proved that mango can reduce the appearance of dark spots or blemishes.

These are some of the quick tips to make the most of this season’s fruit – Mango. 😉 So the next time while you enjoy eating one, don’t forget to apply on your skin and hair to get glowing skin and hair.  (In short, be like Katrina Kaif in ads of a soft drinks you see in the television. haha. You know what I mean, If not, check the glimpse below..!!! )

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Dozen Reasons to Include Garlic In Your Daily Regimen

Garlic – is such an ingredient which has both haters and lovers. Some just love it, like I do… Some, run away because of it’s smell. I personally love the taste it adds to a dish. At my home, only my mom and I love garlic so my dad and sister give us the garlics to us if they find it in their plates. Not because sharing is caring, because garlic is precious. At least to my mom and me. hehe.

So, you know this little ingredient can work wonder on your skin and hair??? Yes. You can replace some of your beauty items with this. Skin, hair friendly and most importantly budget friendly.

Let’s see how this kitchen ingredient does wonders to your skin and hair..!!!

Hair:

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Hair Loss and Hair Growth:

Allicin, a sulphur compound which is used to treat hair fall or hair loss. This is also found in one more kitchen item – onion.
All you need to do is, slice the garlics. Squeeze the juice out of it and rub it on the scalp. Massage the scalp and leave it for a while. You can wash your hair post half an hour or so. This helps in preventing hair loss as well as promoting new hair growth.

Improves Blood Circulation in Scalp:

Garlic has Vitamins C, B2 and B1. They boost the blood circulation. Which in turn helps in boosting hair growth and improves health of hair.

Skin:

Acne Treatment:

Garlic has great antioxidants. Which helps in killing the bacteria. You know the acne or pimples are the skin’s way of fighting against bacteria. To help your skin to win this battle, all you need is garlic in your team. Rub garlic juice on pimples which will kill it’s enemy – bacteria.

Smooth and Rash Free Skin:

Garlic has great anti-inflammatory properties. Thus as you might have heard garlic oil is been a part of skin treatments. It helps in healing skin and result in rash free and smooth nourished skin.

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Perfect Pedicure Ingredient:

We need to wash skin between the feet fingers especially during monsoon for the obvious reasons. If you are looking for anti fungal liquid or something, don’t waste your money on them. Instead, slice garlics and dip them in the bucket of warm water and dip your feet. Garlic will do its magic.

Anti Aging:

Garlic is a good source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients etc. They are the key ingredients which help in protecting it against aging signs like wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots etc. So next time when you find garlic in your plate, don’t waste it. Eat it for the sake of that glowing skin.

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Minimizes Large Pores:

If your facial pores are visibly large, you are at a risk of more skin damage. How??? The open pores invites more dirt accumulation. Thus resulting in clogging them and causing acne. But worry not, mix garlic juice with any of other favorite kitchen ingredient of yours to make a paste. Apply it on face. Let it dry before washing it warm water. With regular use, this has been proved to minimise the large pores.

For Your Nails:

No matter how much you take care of nail’s hygiene, there is always a scope for improvement. There is always this tiny dirt stuck in the edge which will cause infection thus effecting nail’s health. So rubbing slice of garlic on your nails acts as anti bacterial lotion. Thus killing bacteria and helping the growth of nails.

Health:

Cold:

Garlic has been said to improve the immune system. When you are effected by common cold, drop few garlic in a pot of water and boil it. Strain and drink the water. This will help in curing the common cold. If you do not like the taste of it, you can add honey to it.

One more Ayurveda remedy which I have heard is, put a tiny piece of garlic inside a small cotton ball. Put this cotton ball inside your ears. It’s said that it will cure the cold as well as ear pain.

Weight Loss:

A study was conducted to prove that garlic in diet can help in reducing the weight. Thus if you are on the way to weight loss, do include garlic in your diet. What’s more happier than reducing weight by eating. Isn’t it???

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Mosquitoes Hate Garlic:

Yes even though there are no exact reason for this, but they hate garlic. And we hate mosquitoes for their annoying noise and their bad habit of spreading diseases while sucking our blood out. Bad mosquitoes.
The good news is, you don’t have to spend money on mosquito repellent any more. Make one at home with less cost. Ingredients required are – garlic(obviously), Petroleum jelly and beeswax. Mix them well to form the lotion. In case you do not like the smell of it, add any essential oil of your choice. and tada you have your customised mosquito repellent.

Pests too Hate Garlic:

If you love gardening and thinking of which pesticides to buy next, try this out. With garlic oil, mineral oil, water and liquid soap – make one and spray it on plants. Pests hate garlic so they don’t dare to harm your little green friends.

Did you know these benefits??? I hope you found this post useful.

If you know any other benefits do let us know. Happy to share your remedies on Mygirlypedia so that it can help more people.

Do You Have Aloe Vera Plant At home??? Read This to Get Most Out of It. If Not, I am Sure You Will Get One Post Reading.

Hey,

Who doesn’t like to look beautiful… that too without burning the pockets??? Huun???

Today’s magical beauty product doesn’t cost you much. All you need is to give the product a space to live and pour a mug of water to it everyday. Haha… Yes, the product I am talking about is natural and green. It’s the multi purpose plant – Aloe vera…!!!

Even though there are multiple brands out there, who have made packed aloe vera gel for us. But, I am sure they do have some kind of preservatives to preserve them from getting spoiled. Hence, planting a Aloe vera plant at your balcony is a great idea to get more benefits with no side effects.

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It might not add that ‘beauty’ quotient to your balcony though. As leaves are prickly and bitter. I am sure you must have heard, bitterness is good for health. Umm I am talking about taste here…!!!

Without wasting much time lets jump into the list of benefits of this plant…

Wait a sec, you know how to use it right??? Just have to pluck a leaf, and slice it. The gel which you get is the magical product which we need to heal our beauty problems. The gel is made up of 96% water, some organic and inorganic compounds. It also contains a type of protein with 18 types of amino acids, Vitamin A, B, C and E. Pheww… So much this little plant carries huun, I must say…!!!

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Ok, now lets jump to the list…!!!! #wink

Beautiful Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel:

Eyes:

  • Puffy eyes??? Aloe vera for the rescue. Apply a thin layer of freshly cut aloe vera gel  under eyes and leave for sometime. Bye bye puffy eyes…!!!
  • Most of us get cuts and red patches post getting our eyebrows threaded. Applying aloe vera gel on it will give you cooling and soothing effect.

Lips:

  • There are so many lip products in the market which has vitamin E as their main ingredient. Do you know this little plant is loaded with vitamin E??? Thus applying aloe vera gel on lips has proven to heal chapped lips, making it soft and pink.

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Nails:

  • Brittle nails??? Have a habit of applying aloe vera gel on nails and massaging them gently. This will add moisture and boost the growth of stronger nails.

Skin:

  • As I said above, vitamin E is moisturizing content. Thus aloe vera is one of the best natural moisturisers you can find at your home.
  • Aloe vera gel is proven to provide cooling effect to skin. Applying it on burns should be helpful.
  • Oily skinned beauties – fed up with access oil production by your skin cells???? applying aloe vera gel on face has proven to reduce the oil production. Thus giving you a matte finished skin.
  • Acts a great moisturizing makeup remover.
  • Good to prevent aging signs like wrinkles and sagging skin.
  • It is also used to heal sun burns too.
  • Insect bites??? All you need to run to balcony, pluck aloe vera leaf and apply the gel.
  • Aloe vera gel has been said to cure various skin problems like pimples and scars.

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Body:

  • Dry skinned beauties this one is for you. Mix aloe vera gel and sugar. Use it as scrub. Sugar granules will scrub off dry skin and aloe vera gel will add moisture to skin.
  • For pains and strains of joints, apply cold aloe vera gel. It gets absorbed into the skin and thus helps in soothing pain and strain.

Health:

  • This is also used in many ayurvedic recipes. Aloe vera juice when consumed, heals stomach disorders and allergies.
  • It also helps in curing diseases like piles, ulcers and jaundice, when consumed.
  • Plus, aloe vera juice consumption aids weight loss…!!!!
  • Also helps in improving digestion, regulates blood pressure, manages diabetes and  prevents heart attacks.

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Hair:

  • Applying aloe vera gel on to scalp for couple of hours before washing hair has proven to reduce hair fall and boost hair growth.

Oral Care:

  • Teeth and gum problems like – bleeding teeth or gums, inflammation, tooth ache and decay can be cured with aloe vera.

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One important thing to take care:

Dear reader, even though aloe vera is a great herb, it might or might not work for you. If you apply the gel directly to your skin you might get itching or allergies. Because some people are allergic to this gel.

So, I would suggest to try a patch test before applying it to whole face directly. You can also dilute the gal by adding some quantity of water and then use it on skin.

Try out this home remedy to get most of the benefits with less or no cost.

 

DIY Serum For Thick Eyebrows and Eyelashes

Hey,

Eyebrows can make or break your look. You won’t get to know the importance of shape of your eyebrows till the time your beautician ruins it. Haaa it’s nothing less than a nightmare…!!! Phewww… 😱

I know majority of ladies like those thin and arched eyebrows. But I fall in the other category. If you love thick eyebrows, I’m in your team…!!!

Thick Eyebrows are a sign of youth. Thin eyebrows usually make you look old. Thus in order to look younger, maintaining a good thick eyebrows is a good idea.

The problem with most of us is, after threading the eyebrows, they take really long time to grow back. Getting thick eyebrows is not at all an easy task. I’m sure most of you agree with me.

Now about eyelashes. Those thick lashes look so gorgeous. Isn’t it?? No wonder, many companies out their have come up with fake eyelashes. But maintaining and using fake eyelashes are painful. You can check out my post about fake eyelashes here.

Now I’m sure you know all the drawbacks and precautions for unreal lashes. How to skip this??? Ummm growing natural eye lashes…!!! Sounds easy??? But it’s not an easy task too…!!!

The good news is I have tried and tested this easy serum which you can prepare at home. All you need is these ingredients and a container. Preferably an empty mascara container which will ease the application.

What are the ingredients we need???

  • Castor oil
  • Vitamin E tablets
  • Aloe Vera gel

Why these Ingredients???

Needless to say the benefits of these ingredients on hair growth. They are well known for boosting hair growth and improving health of hair.

How to prepare???

Take a spoon of castor oil.

Puncture couple of vitamin E capsules.

Mix half spoon of aloe Vera.

Transfer the serum to container.

So now you have this magical serum, you can now apply them on your eyelashes and eyebrows prior to hitting the bed.

I have tested this serum on myself. I have good results. I hope the serum spells its magic on you guys as well…!!!

Do write to me about your experience and about queries if any…!!!

Happy to help… Always… 😘

Health, Skin and Hair Benefits of Coconut Water

Coconut – The relationship with this one and us, the south Indians is everlasting one. We use it in food, skin and hair care routines. This fruit (Yes, it is not a nut. Strange huun??) has amazing properties which makes it so useful.

Between, have you ever wondered from where did this name ‘coconut’ came??? The one who reached India while his exploration, Vasco da Gama. Yes, he gave the name coco by seeing the eyes of coconut.( You know what I mean right???) So, when this coco reached England, Britishers added the suffix nut. Thus – Coconut.

I am a huge lover of coconut water and the pulp. They just taste delicious. The water, its so sweet and makes my soul happy. ( The pure South Indian girl inside me is talking…!!!)

If you drink it, you will get multiple health benefits like –

Physical Health –

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  • Lowers the blood pressure
  • Increases digestion.
  • Bye bye to dehydration
  • Prevents Kidney stones
  • Cardiovascular system will be improved
  • Reduces Bloating
  • Treats Diarrhea
  • Aids weight loss
  • Has anti tumor properties
  • Boosts immunity

Mental Health –

I am explicitly writing down this section. Because I strongly believe that the mental health is much more important than your physical health. Because every thing depends on what is your mental status is. Trust me if you do not have a stale happy mental status, your society status will never be of any use.

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So, if you feel you are having a bad day(I am not using the word depressed. It is a huge word and this remedy I am gonna say might or might not help.) get a coconut and drink the coconut water. It has proven that it does have properties to fight depression.

PS: One extra tip – while sipping the coconut water, kindly stay away from electronic gadgets. Try to connect with your close ones or with the world around you. You will enjoy the drink more. #smile

Skin Benefits:

It is nothing like you have to drink it get the most out of this. You can also apply coconut water to get below benefits.

  • It is a great moisturizer. ( I hope Dry skinned beauties are listening..!!)
  • If you wash your face using coconut water, it will cure

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  1. black and white heads
  2. pimple scars
  3. dryness
  4. dullness
  5. unevenness
  6. Acne
  7. Sun tan
  8. Skin infections
  9. Signs of aging

Hair Benefits :

When we are talking about skin benefits we do talk about hair care too..!!! Because we love our hair. Isn’t it??? Yes this magical fruit has benefits in hair care regime too. These are the ones, when you apply it on your hair/scalp:

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  • Moisture scalp
  • Adds shine to hair
  • Bye bye hair loss
  • Stimulates hair growth
  • Dandruff control
  • Applying coconut water on unmanageable frizzy hair can make it smoother and manageable.

This is all about benefits of Coconut water.

If you want to know the health and beauty benefits of coconut oil, check this post of mine.

So, the next time when you are thirsty and wanna try some carbonated drink, opt for this healthy and tastier one. Your body will thank you.

 

 

Everything You Need to Know About Derma Rollers

Have you heard about the new hottest skin care trend – ‘Derma Roller’???

I will tell you allll the details about this skin care technique in this post today.

So, to start with – What is a derma roller???

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Derma roller is a tool with a wheel. The interesting part of this wheel is, it has 100 to 1000 micro needles on it..!!!

How does it works???

The whole idea behind the tool is, using the handle you will roll the wheel all over your face. The needles will penetrate into your skin and reach the area where collagen and elastin is produced.

How to Choose the Right Derma Roller for Your Needs???

Needle Length

This plays a significant role when it comes to ‘serving the purposes’. Different needles’ length, different the action.

Let me list the ideal length of needle for massaging face parts:
Forehead – Up to 0.75 mm
Under Eyes – Up to 0.75 mm
Cheeks – Up to 0.75 mm
Nose – Up to 1.0 mm
Nose Tip – Up to 1.5 mm
Chin – Up to 0.75 mm
Neck – Up to 0.75 mm
Upper Lips – Up to 0.75 mm

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Number of Needles:

Roller with broader wheel with maximum needles can be ideal to treat larger areas like neck.

Smaller roller is recommended for face.

Length of Handle –

Depending on your comfort, you can choose the one for you.

Advantages of Using Derma Roller

 

  • As I mentioned earlier, it punchers skin cells. Thus helps in penetration of the products you use inside the cells. Which will help you get 100% benefits of the product you use.
  • You can get plumper lips by using derma roller over your lips.
  • The fact is it does damage skin cells. But that is how it works. As and when skin cell is damaged, there is production of collagen. Thus making the skin plumper and glow.

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  • Using roller on wrinkles can work wonders. Collagen and elastin helps in creation of new cells and bye bye Winkles.
  • Collagen production also helps in curing the skin imperfections like – scars’ marks, sun damage, hyper pigmentation, stretch marks etc.
  • Also, massaging head with derma roller will helps in producing hair growth hormones. Thus helping in hair growth and curing baldness.

 

 

Things to Consider When You Opt for Derma Roller:

 

  • Hygiene – Do not share your roller with someone else. Always clean it before using it.
  • Roller needles with length 0.50 mm or more should not be used daily. Using it frequently will cause more harm than good. Hence using them once in 4 to 6 weeks is recommended.

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  • Make sure the product which you are using on your face is safe and you are not allergic to it. Because, the darma roller helps the product to get into the skin. If you are allergic, you might end up worsening the situation.
  • Do not use it on pimples. This can cause more blunders than wonders on your skin.
  • Be extra cautious while using it around your eyes. As they are the most delicate organ.
  • If you are less tolerant to pain, this is not for you. Depending on your comfort go ahead with the method.

 

Please note:

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At the end of the day they are needles. They puncture your skin cells. Most common and obvious thing that will happen is that the bleeding and the pain.

If you are using needles with length 0.25 mm or below, the pain is very negligible or no pain. But, 0.5 mm are happened to be painful and also effective.

Only if you think your skin need the treatment and the pain is worth, go ahead. You can Buy it from here.  

Hope you enjoyed knowing a new skin care technique today. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Different Types of Hair Brushes/Combs You Need to Know…!!!

Hey,

Its been a longgg time since I have written something here…!!! I can say, “MyGirlyPedia and I were on break…!!!” (Only FRIENDS fans will get this… wink)

I have been writing a lot about hair care these days. One more to the collection today…!!! A quick post about “Different types of Combs/Brushes”. Read on, to know different types and choosing right comb for your hair type.

Synthetic Bristle Brush:
If you blessed with thick hair and detangling it is making you tired, this one is for you. The stiff synthetic bristle is useful for detangling and they don’t create much static like other combs.
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Natural Bristle Brush:
They are made up of boar bristles. These are super soft and helps in distributing natural oil and the result- super shiny soft hair…!!!

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Mixed Bristle Brush:
This is made of both synthetic and some boar bristles. These are good for all types of hair. It helps in detangling and smooth-ens hair.

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Paddle Brush:
Having problem with frizzy hair??? Pick this one. This helps to flatten out frizz and adds shine to hair. Bye Bye Frizzy hair… wave

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Vented Brush:
It is used for blow drying. The vents in the brush let the heat pass through and reach hair roots, thus speeds up drying process.

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Round Brush:
If you want curls and volume by blow dry, this brush is for you gal… These come in different sizes. The smaller the size of comb, tighter the curl.

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Teasing Brush:
As the name suggests, this is for teasing purpose. Used for creating knots in hair dos to increasing the volume. But this brush can even break fragile hair. So be careful while picking one. I would suggest you to go for boar bristle one. Since boar bristle are smoother and cause less damage.

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Rattile Comb:
The long handle is used for flawless parting and set the total breeze for curls. You can choose this one if you want to smoothen bumps or cowlicks in your hairstyle. Savior I say.. Because those little flaws ruins some of amazing hair dos right???

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Wide Tooth Comb:
As I had mentioned in my previous post, we shouldn’t comb wet hair…!!! But if you want to detangle wet hair, you can pick this wide tooth comb. This eases out the detangling process.

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Wet Brush:
Guess what there is this brush which is meant for wet hair…!!! The stiff bristles doesn’t pull the strands… Hence this is gentle on wet hair.

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Barber Comb:
Usually barbers use these type of comb. They use it to cut and trim without getting too close to the head. It is similar to guards that are on electric clippers.

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Pocket Comb:
Handy one. It has both fine and wide tooth. Servers to brush and detangle purpose..

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Rake Comb:
This gets the name since it looks like rake used in garden. Long haired beauties like me, can use this comb to straighten the tangled mess. It detangles with minimal pain and hair loss.

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I hope you found this helpful to choose a comb and use it effectively…!!!

 

Take Care Beautiful,

Pallavi ❤

 

Right Way to Wash Your Tresses

Hey Beautiful,

Hair is your crown, which you will never take off…!!! The least maintenance we can do is washing them regularly and keeping it clean right.???  Today, I will be sharing tips to wash your hair in right way. Shall we get started???

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Rinse your hair:

First thing first, always rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water before applying shampoo.

Less is more:

Take little amount of shampoo on your palm. Add some water to make it dilute. Apply this to your scalp and massage gently with your fingers. Lather well and with lather, massage the end of your hair. Hairs’ root is the new hair and need more cleansing as compared to the root tip. Root tip is the older but fragile hair. Massage more on the scalp than the hair ends.

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Avoid repeat shampooing:

It is recommended to use shampoo only once. We tend to wash hair using shampoo twice or thrice. But hair experts suggest using shampoo only once. One time is enough to clean the scalp. If you have applied oil before washing, then yes you might need to use more shampoo and wash it twice to get rid of oiliness.

Always be gentle:

No matter how busy you are, how much you are running out of time, always take time and wash your hair gently. The more gentle you are to your hair, the lesser the friction. Lesser the friction, lesser damage to hair.

Conditioner is must:

Shampoos are full of chemicals. They tend to absorb moisture from hair. It is recommended to use conditioner after you wash your hair. Wipe your hair with towel before applying conditioner to make most of it. The older hair requires more care. It is advisable to apply conditioner below the shoulder level. Do not apply conditioner on your scalp.

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If you have long hair, you can use conditioner before shampoo:

If you have long and dry hair, you can reverse the  procedure to keep the moist in your hair. Conditioner conditions and adds moisture to hair. Shampooing later to that, doesn’t make your hair dry.

End with cold water rinse:

Hot water opens the pores and cold water closes them. It is recommended to rinse your hair with cold water at the end of washing, to close the opened pores and add shine to hair.

Some More Tips:

Do not use hot water shower:

Heat causes more damage to hair. It dries out hair thus making it brittle and more split ends. In order to keep your hair healthy, its better you use warm water instead of hot one.

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Use shampoo and conditioner which are made for your hair type:

There are plenty of shampoos and conditioner in the market. Depending on your hair concern and type, choose a product. For eg. If your concern is dry hair, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner are best for you. If your hair is thin and scalp is oily, you avoid moisturizing shampoo. Instead you can opt for volumising shampoo and conditioners.

Hair mask:

Once in a week apply a moisturizing hair mask. Our hair needs that extra care. Pampering your self with a good hair mask, once in a while will do more good to you. You should use mask after cleaning hair. You can skip conditioner if you are using a mask.

You can check this post for homemade hair mask recipes. 

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Hair serum:

I personally like applying hair serum when your hair is wet. Reason being, it helps in more absorption. You will love the softness due to serum applied, when the hair dries.

These are some of the hair serums which worked for my dry hair.

I hope you found this quick post useful.

Take care of your crown Princess…!!!

Pallavi ❤