Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Top 6 Vitamins for Brides to Get Long and Black Hair Naturally

To make your dream of flaunting long and silky tresses on your wedding come true, you would do everything possible- from spending hours at salon to buying expensive hair care products. After all, your hair will be an integral part of your bridal look. But, only external care and treatments are not sufficient for healthy hair growth.To get healthy and long locks you need internal nourishment as well.
Vitamins play a vital role in promoting hair growth, and make your hair healthier and shinier. So, let us tell you about six most vital vitamins that you need for healthy and happy hair and the best natural sources to get them.

Vitamin B7

Vitamin B7, also known as Biotin, is one of the most important vitamins for hair. It is popularly also called vitamin H. Biotin helps in the production of the fatty acid that is responsible for cell growth. It not only repairs brittle hair, but also improves the texture of your hair. Biotin deficiency can lead to a dry, flaky and itchy scalp.

What to Eat?
Foods that are a great source of vitamin B7:
  • Cauliflower
  • Almonds
  • Walnut
  • Oatmeal
  • Bananas
  • Raspberries
  • Egg yolks
  • Liver
  • Meat
  • Dairy products
Vitamin A

Vitamin A is another important vitamin that would help you to get long and shiny locks. It not only promotes hair growth, but also keeps your hair black. The antioxidants present in vitamin A keeps your scalp moisturised and prevents your hair from drying out. Vitamin A also helps in keeping your hair thick and strong.

What to Eat?
Foods that are a great source of vitamin A:

  • Mangoes
  • Apricots
  • Peaches
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Red peppers
  • Paprika
Vitamin B3

Vitamin B3, or niacin, is helpful in making your hair thick. This water-soluble vitamin helps in nourishing the scalp and promoting hair growth. Deficiency of niacin can cause hair to become dull, brittle, and eventually lead to hair fall.

What to Eat?
Foods that are a great source of vitamin B3:

  • Carrots
  • Mushrooms
  • Celery
  • Kidney beans
  • Almonds
  • Peanuts
  • Avocado
  • Passion fruit
  • Rice (especially brown)
  • Shrimps
  • Lean red meat
  • Beef
  • Tuna
  • Salmon
  • Coffee
Vitamin C

Everyone is aware that vitamin C is vitally important for your immune system and is a great antioxidant. It helps in curing various hair problems like premature greying and dryness of scalp. A person deficient in vitamin C suffers from split ends, hair breakage and hair fall. So, to save yourself from all these problems indugle in vitamin C-rich foods.

What to Eat?
Foods that are a great source of vitamin C:

  • Guavas
  • Strawberries
  • Kiwi
  • Citrus Fruit (oranges, grapefruit, lemon, etc.)
  • Broccoli
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Peppers (especially yellow bell peppers)
  • Thyme
Vitamin E

One of the most overlooked vitamins of all; vitamin E has the ability to cure roughness and dryness of hair. It promotes a healthy scalp that is a prerequisite for long and healthy hair. It locks in moisture in hair strands, keeps them shiny and protects them from drying out. It improves the texture and quality of your hair strands and discourages hair fall.

What to Eat?
Foods that are a great source of vitamin E:

  • Cooked spinach
  • Peanuts            
  • Seeds (like Sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, etc.)
  • Dried herbs (basil, Oregano, etc.)
  • Tomatoes
  • Asparagus
  • Red bell pepper
  • Chilli powder
  • Hazelnut
  • Almonds
  • Olives
Vitamin D

Vitamin D is responsible for promoting healthy hair follicles. Lack of this vitamin can lead to hair fall problems. However, you do not require vitamin D in large quantities. Regular outings to soak in a little sunlight, are sufficient for the body to generate the required amount. 

What to Eat?
Though there is nothing better than letting the body generate vitamin D on its own by soaking in the sunlight. Here are some foods that are a great source of vitamin D:

  • Fatty fishes (tuna, salmon, mackerel)
  • Oysters
  • Dairy products
  • Soy milk
  • Cereals
  • Cheese
  • Egg yolks
Vitamin B12

Cobalamin or vitamin B12, is a vitamin that plays a vital role in boosting metabolism. Vitamin B12 aids in production of red blood cells. At the base of hair follicles, there are numerous blood vessels, which are connected to the hair roots. The red blood cells carry oxygen to these blood vessels. Without adequate oxygen, hair cannot sustain healthy growth and will become dry and brittle. Vitamin B12 is also essential if you wish to keep problems like hair greying and falling at bay.

What to Eat?
Foods that are a great source of vitamin E:


  • Mackerel
  • Cheese (swizz, feta, mozzarella)
  • Oysters
  • Mussels
  • Whole-fat milk
  • Non-fat yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Meat
  • Shellfish
To get long and healthy hair for your wedding, you need to care of your scalp both externally as well as internally. So, remember to add these vital vitamins in your daily diet, along with your external treatments to get those gorgeous locks.

Friday, August 29, 2014

10 Ways To Have Soft Hair

Healthy hair means beautiful hair. But not all of us are blessed with healthy, beautiful hair that shines and bounces with joy. Moreover the present day lifestyle of running from pillar to post, erratic eating schedules and lack of rest deprives our hair of the much required nutrition. To top it all is the amount of pollution that strips every strand off its oils and leaves it dry and lifeless. What does one do in such conditions?

Hair care tips are numerous but which one to follow? If we go by the luring television commercials and glossy magazine ads a hefty amount will be spent on hair care products. In the form of tips for soft hair there will be a host of products displayed. We have products ranging from quick action hair oils, shampoos repairing years of damage in a couple of washes, conditioners, serums, softeners and a host of other products.

The range of products available should make our hair feel so special but so we really need all of them? Our older generation never had so many hair care products and yet they had lovely, long tresses. The basic requirement is to keep hair and scalp clean. Massage oil once or twice a week and keep away from unnatural treatment. Keep your minimum requirement to an oil and shampoo. For other hair care tips look towards your kitchen.

Hair care in the Kitchen

Given here are some items that we all find in our kitchen and pantry. Make use of them for your hair and see your hair thank you in a real bouncy manner.

Egg

This has been my all favorite all along. It not only provides the much needed protein to the scalp and hair but also acts as an excellent conditioner. Mix with other items like honey, lemon or even milk. If your hair is oiled then no problem or else you can add the oil to the egg hair mask. Apply on every strand and scalp. Allow to dry for at least half an hour and then shampoo as always.

Honey 

Mix it with egg or milk and apply to strands and scalp. If you do not wish to mix it apply as it is. However, do not leave it for too long a time as honey can lighten the shade of your hair. A natural conditioner and moisturizer for your hair that gives natural care.

Milk

This is a source of protein for the hair. Time and again research has said that protein is important for good hair and what could be better than milk. Apart from that it also helps condition the hair strands.

Oil

Hair care tips can never be complete without oil. If you regularly wash your hair without pre-oiling you will so see your hair texture taking a dip. Hair will start looking dry and dull and may develop a frizz as well.

Banana

The fruity smell of banana comes with the goodness of giving us gorgeously beautiful hair. Puree bananas as per your hair length, mix with beaten egg and apply. Let it soak it in a little and wash as always.

Yoghurt

This is yet another great source of protein, a good moisturizer and conditioner for the hair. Apply it on its own or mix with gram flour, soaked and ground fenugreek seeds or even with egg.

Beer

Have we not heard of beer shampoo? Chuck the shampoo and get real beer. No do not drink it but use it as a conditioner. After you have shampooed your hair give your hair a beer rinse. They will dance with joy.

Apple cider vinegar

Of the many benefiters of apple cider vinegar the hair is also one to benefit. A post wash rinse with apple cider vinegar helps get rid of all residue and hair shines with all its might and also has a smooth texture.

Lemon

A close cousin of vinegar this too is an excellent cleanser when mixed with hair packs. The juice of one lemon for long hair and half a lemon for shorter hair. Apply with egg, oil, milk or honey and treat your hair.

Gram flour

Rich in protein mix it with yoghurt and apply as a hair mask. Allow the hair and scalp to absorb the benefits for a minimum of half an hour and wash as usual. Hair will be soft, smooth and silky.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

8 Different Ways To Part Your Hair

Love to style your hair differently? Well, giving your hair the desired partition, either the side or centre, can do wonders in styling your hair. You will see that there are ways to part your hair. It is one of the most interesting styles for any kind of hair. It adds volume and also puts in some amazing curves to your hair making it look gorgeous. You can have any kind of hair, short, long or wavy, but having a partition will suit your hair and enhance your overall look.
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Sometimes, your hand plays games, and while you are sitting in a meeting or something, you part your hair with the hand. It may appear like a habit, but it gives some different look to the hair. There’s no need to visit a stylist in case you are looking for ways to part your hair. There are some instant tricks to part your hair that you can try out.

This would help you get a new hairstyle and also make sure your hair looks voluminous. Here are some tricks to part your hair. Try them out before hitting out for a party or something.

Side Ways PartThis is one of the usual and most significant ways to part your hair. The trick is to keep one side heavily filled with hair, while not having much hair along the other side of your head. It gives your hair and your face a good appeal. Overall, your hair begins to look and feel good. You should definitely try this whenever you are bored with your current hairstyle.

Middle Part This is yet another way to give your hair a part. This definitely works well when you got to tie a ponytail or something similar. You may want to make sure both sides have equal hair. When you have long hair, middle part makes it look and feel good. You can possibly try it out.

Zig Zag PartingsThey are the best way to give your hair the desired look. You would find your hair looking adorable in the zig zag pattern that you have just created with your brush. Zig zag is one of the best tricks to part your hair. Make sure the zig zag looks good enough though.

Middle to Zig ZagThis is yet another flattering hairstyle that you may want to try. This suits best when you have fringes in the middle. They work perfectly with the fringes. You would have to part with the fringes, and then you can have a zig zag formed by layers.

Extreme Side PartYou could use this style to part your hair. In this case, your one side of the hair is extremely parted, while the other side is thinned down in terms of partition. You will definitely feel good when you try out this hairstyle.

Side Part with Thin LineYou will see that this kind of side parting is quite popular. You will need a thin line clinging along the side that would create this parting. It is famous for the eyeliner look.

Deep Side PartingOne of the best tricks to part your hair would be giving it a deep side part. Along with the plain lines, it makes your features look distinct and you will appear to have a pretty face.

Undone Zig ZagWhen perfectly done, you would feel a good zig zag in order, but just in case you have not done it up perfectly you know how it is. The zig zag is pretty unusual and layered in format giving your hair a different style.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Five Amazing Hair Care Tips for Winter

Rough and dry hair is a very common problem in winter. Here are some ways to keep your hair looking healthy and beautiful, even as the mercury drops.
The cool winter wind might calm your soul but it’s going to leave your hair dry, frizzy and unmanageable. As the season changes, you need to revamp your hair care regime too. So here is a guide to amazing, healthy and manageable hair.
Hair care tips for winter

Oil your hair: In winter, it is chilly outside and dry and warm inside the house; this changing temperature harms your hair.  Oil your hair regularly, use warm oil if you are comfortable. It will help to restore the moisture and give life to your lifeless tresses.

It is not necessary to keep the oil on for long hours; one to two hours is enough to do the trick.  Do not over use shampoo while you are washing the oil off because it will nullify the conditioning effect.

Wash them right: Even though it is cold do not use very hot water to wash your hair. The heat will steal your moisture. Use lukewarm water. Do not over use the shampoo and use mild shampoo if you wash your hair very frequently.

Never miss conditioning: Rich conditioning can be your shield against the harsh cold. Condition your hair everytime you wash them, it strengthens them and increases the elasticity. If you are opting for readymade conditioner make sure it suits your hair and is right for your hair type. You can also use coconut milk or curd for conditioning your hair. If you have curly hair it is best to use leave-in conditioner in the end.

Let them dry naturally: It is advisable not to use heat to dry your hair in winter. With blow drying you can end up having flyways and static effect. Let them air dry. Your lovely tresses will thank you for letting them be.

Take care if you cover: If you wear woollen cap or scarf to protect yourself against cold, you will experience hair breakage in certain areas on your head. This is because the caps and scarves rub against the delicate hair and pull them out. It is advisable to use satin scarves and to use caps which have cotton or satin lining.
Tame your flyaways

    Apply some hair serum and move your fingers instead of using a comb. You can also use a clean new toothbrush with soft bristles to tame the flyaways.
    Apply shampoo to your scalp and not your hair. You need to clean your scalp and flow of shampoo will automatically clean your hair.
    Flyaway hair is the dry hair so apply a little leave-in conditioner specifically to that layer of hair.
    It is great to stay away from alcohol. This means alcohol in your hair care products of course. Check the ingredients of the product you buy.

Mask for healthy hair in winter

Mix an egg yolk with two table spoons of olive oil and a glass of lukewarm water. Apply it all over your hair and wash off in an hour. Use lukewarm or cold water to wash it off.

*Do not use heena mask in winters as it dries your hair and can also cause cold.

Love of shampoo, warmth of oil and care of conditioning will give you beautiful hair this winter. So just treat your hair with love, warmth and care and shine on!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Find a Hairbrush that’s Right for You

Ask any hairdresser and they’ll tell you that one of the most important aspects of your hair care regimen is getting the right brush for your hair type and style. To help you choose the right hairbrush for you, we’ve put together some handy tips.

Choosing the Right Hairbrush

Oval hairbrush – This hairbrush is used primarily for smoothening the hair. If you have a fringe, use this hairbrush to style it.

Cushioned hairbrush – Oval and rectangular hairbrushes often come with cushioned bases. These are great for people with long hair as the cushioning helps prevent the hair from being stretched or broken.

Ceramic round hairbrush – Ever wondered how beauty salons manage to give your hair volume and bounce that’s nearly impossible to replicate at home? The secret is the ceramic round brush that can works wonderfully well for styling and volumising hair.

Wooden round hairbrush – This hairbrush is pretty multi-functional and can work on multiple hair textures. Avoid using it while your hair is dropping wet though, and allow it to be nearly dry before you style it with this brush. In general, round hairbrushes are the best for styling straight hair.

Nylon hairbrush – Nylon hairbrushes come in many types and their efficacy depends mostly on their bristles. Stiffer bristles that are closed placed together give you better control over your hair. Bristles that are set far apart are better for detangling and light brushing.

Wide-toothed comb – If you’ve got curly hair, one way to make the best of your curls and avoid frizz is to use a wide-toothed comb to untangle it while it’s wet and then just let it dry. Many curly haired women prefer to not even use the wide-tooth comb and only use their fingers to comb through their hair.

Hairbrushes with metal bristles – These are best avoided as they are too inflexible to use on human hair.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

13 Food Types for Healthy Hair

A wholesome diet, rich in silica, calcium and iron, will help reduce or prevent hair loss. Following a simple diet schedule of these 13 food type one can hold back hairloss without having to run around expensive salons.
When your hair starts falling off like dry straws, what can you do? 

Well, panicking and running around to expensive salons for hair treatment might seem a brilliant idea, but the truth is that you can manage to get a hold of the situation back at your home alone.

First, it would help to locate the various reasons for hair loss. Studies have revealed that men lose hair for some common reasons, like:

  • Improper diet,
  • Lack of proper vitamins,
  • Genetic factors,
  • Excessive stress, anxiety and worries,
  • Prolonged illnesses like typhoid, anemia, dysentery, jaundice etc,
  • Poor blood circulation, and
  • Unclean scalps.

Once you have located the source of your problem, it can become much easier to fight back. In desperate times like these, it would help to go completely natural. Do not trust chemical products since they might cause more harm than good. To put your panicking soul to rest, here are 15 different ways to reduce hair loss:
  • Take a glass of water with flaxseed (alsi) in an empty stomach. This will provide you with the omega 3 acid that you need for hair growth.
  • Begin every day with one amla. Women generally use hair oil made of amla to get those lustrous curls, didn’t you know?
  • Soak 5 almonds every night in water and eat them with their skin on.
  • Your scalp needs nutrition. So get plenty of fluids like buttermilk, lime juice and coconut water. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day!
  • One bowl of sprouted pulses for would be great.
  • Proteins. Eat chicken and egg each day.
  • Reduce you daily intake of tea and coffee.
  • When you are washing hair, use a teaspoon of lime juice for the last rinse. That make your hair lustrous while protecting it from dandruff.
  • You are never too old for milk. Drink two glasses of skimmed milk for maximum benefits.
  • Apply a paste of methi seeds on your scalp for half an hour once every week, and drink methi water on empty stomachs.
  • Remember how the age old sadhus survived on fruits? No wonder that they had such long hair! Eat at least 2 or 3 fruits every day like strawberries, bananas, apples, mangoes, chikoos, and grapes.
  • Go green- eat a lot of vegetables, munch away on that iron laden spinach.
  • It is better to have more faith in white meat. Fish, chicken and egg can do wonders for your hair!  Try to stay away from red meat.


Hair loss is more common in case of men than women. And you always did wonder whether gender difference worked out better for women, right? Follow these principles to the boots, and you would see satisfactory results soon enough!

Friday, August 8, 2014

7 Home Remedies to Control Hair Loss

Owe it to our flawed genetics or hectic lifestyles and the falling standards of nutrition in our diets hair loss seems to have turned into a healthcare plague.

Use the following home remedies for controlling hair loss:

1. Regular Massaging with Basic Oils

Regular massaging of the scalp with lukewarm oil helps to stimulate the hair follicles. This is also an easy way to cure hair growth deterrents like dandruff and fungal infections. Regular massaging increases the blood circulation in the scalp. It is also useful for lowering anxiety or stress that is often the underlying reason for thinning of hair. Recommended oils for 3 to 4 times-a-week massaging schedule includes coconut oil. You can alternate this with mustard oil. Keep the oil on for at least six hours before washing it off with a mild shampoo. Other oils that can be mixed with coconut oil in trace amounts for faster results include almond oil.

2. Natural Concoctions for Preventing Hair Loss

Coconut milk is among the richest sources of tissue-nourishing, plant derivatives. It is an excellent home remedy for keeping the hair soft without depending upon chemical formulations and regenerating dead hair follicles. You can also use a concoction of coconut oil mixed with half the amount of Amla oil. Just add a dash of lemon juice to this mixture and you have an effective, dandruff-fighting and scalp-healing concoction that arrests receding hairline.

3. Nature’s Effective Hair-stimulating Juices

Wheatgrass juice is one of the most effective remedies against hair fall. It is known to decrease the shedding tendency of hair within a few weeks of regular intake. Aloe vera juice has a similar effect. However, aloe gel can be applied to the scalp too. This is helpful for preventing hair loss due to irritated, dry or infected scalp. After massaging the head with aloe gel, wash the hair with lukewarm water. This can be done twice, every week.

4. Slightly Demanding But Very Effective Natural Therapies

You can make your own hair fall-preventing medicine at home by frying some fenugreek (methi) seeds in coconut oil. Strain this mixture and apply it in minimal amounts, rubbed gently into the hair roots. Alternatively, you can boil some henna leaves in mustard oil. After cooling and straining this preparation, add drops of it in your coconut oil container that you are using for regular massaging.

5. Homemade Pastes

You can wash the hair with a paste made from Neem leaves. This is particularly effective for hair loss caused due excessive build up of scalp oil or invasive skin infections. For restoring the alkaline balance of the scalp and preventing hair fall, you can follow this with washing the hair with apple cider vinegar. Other homemade pastes that can be very useful include a mixture prepared from adding honey and olive oil to some cinnamon (dalchini) powder.

6. Arrest Hair Fall With Elementary Household Items

Before washing your hair, apply the juice extracted from crushed coriander (dhania) leaves. You can also use a mixture of curd and gram flour (chana atta) that should be kept-on for at least an hour before bathing.

7. Hair Fall Dietary Recommendations

For a comprehensive, hair fall prevention regimen, you need to be equipped with a diet plan that includes foods that can arrest hair fall and stimulate better scalp health. Recommendations here include eating more seeds and nuts (almonds and peanuts) along with green leafy vegetables like spinach and sprouts of a variety of dals (legumes). Basically, foods rich in calcium, protein and iron are vital for ensuring overall health of the scalp. Combine this with some basic dietary supplementation, i.e. using over-the-counter products that help to ensure wholesome nutrition for your hair. Regular intake of Amla juice ensures adequate amounts of Vitamin C but you can boost this with eating more guavas. Ensure you take a multivitamin that combines beta-carotenes, Vitamin B complex, Vitamin E and trace amounts of zinc and iron.