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How to care for your dyed hair

Always prepare your hair

If you want good, long lasting hair even after you’ve got it coloured, you ought to prepare for the damage many months in advance. This includes ensuring that your hair is well-nourished and hydrated. Step up your oiling and hair mask game at least 2 months before you plan on dyeing your hair. Also, get regular trims and avoid heating tools.

Always bank on right dyes

A good quality hair dye which is sulphur free will go a long way in maintaining the health of your hair. If you are lifting the color with bleach, ensure you get the right developer for your hair color.

Wait before you shampoo

Don’t wash your hair for at least 48 hours. This is a mandatory step for anyone wishing their hair-color to last more than a week. Ideally, wait as long as you can.

Color-treated hair should always be cared for with mild shampoo and conditioner

Most shampoo and conditioner bottles will state if they are designed for color treated hair.

 

Wash you hair in the coldest water you can stand

Not just the first time, but all the time. Hot water dries out hair and skin, leaving it dull. Cold water will not only help you keep your color but also helps you keep your hair’s health and shine.

Dyeing is a repetitive process

Your hair shaft is delicate, and should only be dyed once a month or so. Any sooner than that and it will be prone to breaking, splitting, tangles and straw-like texture.

Hope these tips help you when you dye your hair!

 

Your Holi Guide

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The smell of spring flowers always brings with it the undying spirit of Holi! And of course we all know that though Holi might be super Fun, the aftermath of those chemical colors on your skin is disastrous!

Worry not, this year we have got some hacks to get you through the Festival of Colors. Read on to find out more 🙂

1. Put on your Worst Clothes

The real fun of Holi is enjoyed in last year’s Trashed Clothes! Not only paint, but also eggs, tomatoes and many other flying objects might be thrown at you from all different angles and there’s no way you’ll be able to wash your clothes!

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2. Wash, dry, and oil your hair

Many of us avoid washing our hair before going to play Holi, but in reality the pre-dirt already existing in our scalp mixed with the colors damages the hair further more thus making it rougher. So wash and condition your hair well. Then apply significant amount of coconut oil or olive oil in your hair. This will prevent colors from settling down on your scalp.

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3. Paint those nails

Holi colors often leave unappealing multi-colored nails. To avoid this, apply double coat of a dark, good-quality nail paint. After playing with colors, just use a nail-paint remover to remove the nail color and your nails will be as good as New!

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4. Use kitchen ingredients to wash of color

After you have played colors, prepare a mix of gram flour, honey, and milk and use that as a gentle scrub for face and body. It will easily take the color off your skin, leaving your skin glowing and smooth. For added nourishment, apply fresh aloe vera gel on your body.

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5. Deep condition your hair

Ideally, you should do this the same day after playing with colors,  as hair tends to get damaged easily with colors. Put two tablespoon of honey in a bowl, and then add two eggs and one tablespoon of coconut oil. Blend the ingredients well. Apply this on hair, and leave it for 40-60 minutes so that it can dry. Wash it off with a mild shampoo and regular conditioner.

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So this year try these pre-and-post Holi remedies and don’t shy away from the Colors!

And more importantly, have lots and lots of FUN 🙂

Healthy Reasons You Need Coconut Oil In Your Life

Helps control weight

In a 2009 study, an observation was made at the weight loss link between women’s consumption of coconut oil and found that it reduces abdominal obesity. Researchers discovered coconut oil is easy to digest and also protects the body from insulin resistance. To try coconut oil for weight loss start by adding one teaspoon to your diet and gradually work your way up to four teaspoons per day.

Eases digestion

If you suffer from poor digestion or tummy bloating try adding coconut oil to your diet. Coconut oil has been found to benefit digestive disorders including irritable bowel syndrome. Fatty acids in coconut oil contain anti microbial properties, which have a soothing affect on bacteria, candida, or parasites that cause poor digestion.

Manages type 2 diabetes

A recent study by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research found that coconut oil protects against insulin resistance, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. Coconut oil helps in controlling blood sugar, and improves the secretion of insulin. It also promotes the effective utilization of blood glucose, thereby preventing and treating diabetes.

Supports immunity

Coconut oil is also good for the immune system. It strengthens the immune system because it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Lauric acid contains the highest concentration of MCFA fatty acids, approximately 75 per cent. The body turn this fat into monolaurin which is claimed to help heal viruses such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, helicobacter pylori and candida.

Boosts metabolic system

A study reported in the Journal of Nutrition found that coconut oil boosts metabolism. Researchers found that participants who consumed two tablespoons of coconut oil per day burned more kilojoules than those who consumed less. A speedy metabolism helps boost the body’s immune system and keep weight off.

Hydrates skin and reduces fine lines

Coconut oil is an excellent massage oil for the skin as well. It acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skin, including dry skin. It keeps the skin’s connective tissues strong, which prevents sagging and wrinkles. Apply coconut oil directly to your skin to soften the appearance of fine lines or use it daily on your face and body for a healthy glow. Be sure you use virgin coconut oil with no additives.

Relieves stress

Coconut oil is very soothing and hence it helps in removing stress. Applying coconut oil to the head, followed by a gentle massage, helps to eliminate mental fatigue.

Heals infections

When applied to infected areas, coconut oil forms a layer that protects the infected body part from external dust, air, fungi, bacteria and viruses. Coconut oil is highly effective on bruises because it speeds up the healing process of damaged tissues with its’ antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties.

Have you or your family benefitted with the goodness of coconut oil? Leave us a reply sharing your story in the comments box below.

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