The Cosmetic Republic Detox Wrap | Hair Mask | Review

Sometimes you come across a product so unique that you want to try it out just because of how it looks, and when this product also turns out to be effective at what it claims to do, it is a win-win situation! Today I will be talking about one such product – The Cosmetic Republic Detox Wrap which is a hair mask in a wrap format. The brand was kind enough to send me a couple of these wraps to try and here is my review of the product after testing it out on my hair.

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Nature Sure Thumba Wonder Hair Oil | Review

I do not talk about a lot of hair oils on the blog because I am personally not a fan of oiling my scalp regularly, but when I find a light-weight hair oil that has been scientifically proven to stimulate hair growth I have to tell you about it right? A lot of you ask me for effective hair growth and dandruff remedies on my Instagram profile, here is why the Nature Sure Thumba Wonder Hair Oil can be your saviour!

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Ashtapathy Deva Thali Shampoo | Review

A healthy head of hair can instantly make you look more put together, especially if you have naturally fine and limp hair like mine. I had been loving the Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Shampoo to add some bounce to my thin hair, but I noticed that in the summer heat, this product was making my hair slightly dry. The Ashtapathy Deva Thali Shampoo arrived at my doorstep just in time to add that extra boost of nourishment to my hair. Read on to find out why this shampoo has won my heart.

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Schwarzkopf Bonacure Hair Activator Shampoo | Review

Do you enjoy the feeling of freshly-shampooed bouncy hair? I usually do not, because most shampoos are unable to impart any bounciness to my fine and limp hair. However, us greasy haired gals need to have each other’s back, which is why I always talk about any product that manages to impart some bounce and volume to my hair, and the latest product to join this list is the Schwarzkopf Bonacure Hair Activator Shampoo.
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This shampoo is primarily meant to encourage hair regrowth but as per my personal experience, it also imparts a good amount of vitality and bounce to otherwise limp hair. The formula is in the form of a clear liquid that lathers really well and has a wonderful fragrance that lingers in the hair. A little goes a long way with this shampoo and the lather is able to get rid of all the grease and the gunk on the scalp. 
 
Needless to say, it is a bit drying on the hair but does not turn the hair extremely dry and frizzy like a clarifying shampoo. In fact, it also has a slight smoothening effect on the hair. This helps in providing a bouncy effect at the roots and smoother hair overall. In order to prevent your hair from getting a little too dry, follow this up with an argan oil conditioner (I use the one from Moroccan Oil). Also, the product seems to live up to its actual claims of activating hair regrowth as my baby hair caused by regrowth have significantly increased ever since I started using this shampoo.
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Overall, I am pretty pleased with how my hair is behaving these days and this shampoo has a huge role to play in this improvement. Although the price point of INR 840 for a 250ml bottle is pretty steep, I got it for around INR 670 on Purplle.com and wouldn’t mind paying even the full price when I repurchase it. If you have fine, limp hair with an oily scalp then you must try out this product!
 

A Haircare Tip For Combination Hair

Just like people have combination skin, with some dry patches on the face and some oily, some of us have combination hair i.e greasy roots and dry ends. The trouble with combination hair is that if you use products meant for dry hair, then your roots become oily, and if you use products meant for greasy hair then your ends become dry like a bird’s nest. Which is why I decided to share a tip with you today for combination hair. Some of you might be aware of this, but in case you aren’t, here is something that I call multi-masking for the hair.

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So basically, if you have combination hair like mine, use a shampoo and conditioner/mask meant for oily hair, so that your roots don’t look greasy and your hair becomes voluminous. However, when using the conditioner or mask, mix in some oil such as argan oil, almond oil or olive oil in the product that you apply to the dry regions of your hair only. For the rest of your hair, use the mask without the oil mixed in it. Keep the mask on for 5-10 minutes, or as per the usage instructions, and then rinse it off. This method ensures that the oil is able to add extra hydration to your dry ends but does not add greasiness to the rest of your hair. Since the excess oil gets washed off along with the mask, there are no chances of it somehow reaching your roots while brushing your hair etc, which is something that happens with leave on serums and oils. This trick is something that gives me the best results with my hair and makes it look smooth yet voluminous from the roots to the ends.

Have you ever tried multi-masking for the hair? Do let me know your experience in the comments below!

BBlunt Intense Moisture Hair Serum | Review

I usually shy away from serums and anything that has oil in it because even if I apply something oily on my toes, it somehow manages to reach my roots and face, both of which are oily to begin with. However, the BBlunt Intense Moisture Hair Serum is something that works quite well for me despite my greasy roots. Read on to find out more about this product.

BBlunt Intense Moisture Hair Serum | Review

This serum is supposed to be specifically designed for Indian hair. It can be used on dry or towel dried hair and also provides heat protection, which I really like. Also, apart from heat protection, it claims to protect the hair from environmental damage as well, which is yet another attractive feature for me because while I have greasy roots, the ends of my hair tend to get frizzy and dry quite easily. The product contains many nourishing ingredients, such as avocado, jojoba, and argan oils and Vitamin-E, therefore it tames and hydrates the hair while protecting them from damage.

BBlunt Intense Moisture Hair Serum | Review

I use a very small coin-sized amount of the product, rub it between my fingers and then comb it through my hair, starting at the mid-lengths and moving towards the ends. Unlike most serums, this product does not weigh down my hair or make them look oily. The serum sinks in quickly into the hair and leaves behind a very subtle shine. It makes my hair smoother and softer to the touch and reduces the frizz without making the hair look limp. I also love the sweet fragrance of the product that lingers on the hair.

BBlunt Intense Moisture Hair Serum | Review

Overall, I am really impressed with this hair serum and will recommend it those who want to smoothen their hair without losing out on volume. The quirky blue bottle contains 75ml of product and is priced at INR 500, which seems reasonable to me considering the efficacy of the serum. Do try out this product and I am sure that you will love it too!

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OGX Morocco Argan Oil Hair Conditioner | Review

My hair care is such a mish-mash of products that it often tends to confuse people. The reason for this is that I have combination hair that is oily at the roots and can be extremely dry at the ends. This is why I usually use a volumizing shampoo combined with a nourishing conditioner so that both the problems get addressed. I have currently been using the OGX Morocco Argan Oil Conditioner and will be reviewing it for you guys today.

OGX Morocco Argan Oil Hair Conditioner | Review

OGX hair products usually never disappoint me and this conditioner is no exception. It contains the goodness of Argan oil that penetrates the hair and leaves them incredibly soft and smooth. However, the best thing about the conditioner is that unlike most argan oil based hair masks and conditioners, this product does not weigh my hair down at all. My hair feels glossy, but not greasy, and healthier whenever I use this conditioner. One thing I always make sure is that I only apply it to the lower halves of my hair so that the scalp remains oil free.

OGX Morocco Argan Oil Hair Conditioner | Review

If you are someone with extremely dry hair then using this conditioner in conjunction with the shampoo from the same range will work very well for you. But if you have combination hair like mine then pair it with a shampoo meant for oily hair for optimal results.

OGX Morocco Argan Oil Hair Conditioner | Review

Priced at INR 725 for a massive 385ml bottle, this beautifully packaged conditioner is a mid-range product that is a good alternative if you do not want to spend a fortune on higher-end products. Also, OGX has a vast range of alternatives for different hair types, so even if you do not have dry hair, you can still find something from the brand that you love. So do check out their collection and let me know how it works for you.

I hope that you enjoyed this review. You can buy the OGX Morocco Argan Oil Conditioner here.  

Loreal Professionnel Instant Clear Shampoo | Review

Back in the day, I was struggling a lot with dandruff when an angel sent from heaven (read my go-to hair stylist) recommended a wonderful shampoo to me that sorted out my scalp within a few weeks! This product was the Loreal Professionnel Instant Clear Shampoo, which is the only product I trust till date to get rid of any dandruff that may appear on my head from time to time.

Loreal Professionnel Instant Clear Shampoo | Review

This shampoo is from the Loreal Professionnel range and is targeted for those with normal to oily hair. It contains Zinc pyrithione which is a commonly used antimicrobial/antifungal agent that is used to treat dermatitis, and Citric Acid which is known to work wonders against dandruff. It has a lovely light blue color and the usual shampoo consistency. It lathers up really well and you will need the tiniest amount of this product for every wash. Within a couple of weeks of using this product, I always notice a drastic reduction in my dandruff and within a month, it manages to eliminate all traces of dandruff from my scalp. Once I am completely dandruff-free, I use this shampoo just once a month to avoid the dandruff from reappearing. No other product has ever worked so well on my scalp.

Coming to the possible cons of the shampoo, it does have strong citrusy+perfumy scent that may irk a few people although I love it. It also can be quite drying, so you must not use it more than once a week, which is what was recommended by my hair stylist as well. If you have dry hair then this product may make the situation worse, but if you have normal to oily hair and do not use too much of the shampoo in one go, you will definitely see the benefits.

Loreal Professionnel Instant Clear Shampoo | Review

This shampoo is priced at INR 575 for a 250ml bottle, which is pretty reasonable considering that it is a salon range and that you only need to use this once a week. As you can probably gauge from my ravings, I am head over heels in love with the shampoo and can’t recommend it enough, however, everybody’s scalp and hair are different, so test it out on your hair to see if it works as well for you. And when you do, do let me know in the comments below whether my recommendation worked for you or not!

I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Loreal Professionnel Instant Clear Shampoo here.

Does Hibiscus Really Help With Hair Fall? – My Experience

The powder of the hibiscus flower is claimed to be extremely potent at fighting hair fall. It is an ingredient of various traditional hair mask recipes and hundreds of Indian women swear by its efficacy. I too decided to test out hibiscus powder to help me with my hair fall issues and here is a brief account of my experience so far.

Indus Valley 100% Organic Hibiscus Powder Review

I was meaning to purchase the hibiscus powder from Banjaras because several bloggers that I trust recommended it, however, I wasn’t able to find it in stock on any website, which is why I settled for the Indus Valley 100% Organic Hibiscus Powder instead. This powder claims to be 100% natural and comes in a 100gm plastic pouch. I am not a huge fan of the packaging because you need to transfer the contents to an air tight jar once you open the packet. I like my products to be low-maintenance, which is why this extra step irks me 😛

Indus Valley 100% Organic Hibiscus Powder Review

This powder has a slightly grainy texture and is brown in color when dry. It does not have a strong scent, just a faint herbal smell. This means that the brand has not added any artificial chemicals to this product, which is always a huge plus. There are several hair mask recipes available online but I went for the simplest one i.e. hibiscus powder, coconut oil, and water.

Indus Valley 100% Organic Hibiscus Powder Review

On the addition of coconut oil, the powder turns reddish in color. I tried to add enough oil and water to get a smooth paste like consistency. Once the paste was ready, I applied it throughout the lengths of my hair, trying to massage it into my scalp as well. This process might get a bit messy, so take the necessary precautions.

Indus Valley 100% Organic Hibiscus Powder Review

I allowed my hair to absorb the nutrients for around half an hour and then proceeded to wash them with my regular shampoo and conditioner. I faced a little difficulty in rinsing off all the tiny grains of powder from my long strands (perhaps I need to look for a more finely milled powder?) but the results of all the efforts were clearly visible once my hair was dry. My hair felt softer than usual and also looked healthier and shinier. As for the hair loss, after using the mask 2-3 times, I noticed a very slight improvement in my hair fall. Perhaps using it regularly will help eliminate the breakage of hair completely, but as of now, I am happy with my healthy looking mane.

I plan to report back after a few more weeks with my full-fledged hair care routine. Hopefully, by then, I will be able to give you a more thorough review of all the products that I have been using recently. Until then, if you wish to try out the Indus Valley 100% Organic Hibiscus Powder, you can buy it by clicking on this link.

Which hair products are you loving at the moment? Let me know in the comments below!

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The Battle of the Brushes | Tangle Teezer vs The Wet Brush

Many of you might have read rave reviews of the Tangle Teezer and the Wet Brush on the internet. Both of these are favorites among the long haired lasses who want to detangle those knots while being gentle on the hair. Anyone with fine, long hair that is dry at the ends will know the pain associated with the arduous task of brushing it, especially right after shampooing or after venturing outdoors on a windy day. The Tangle Teezer and the Wet Brush are both designed to make the task easier by effectively removing the knots without tugging at the hair. However, which of the two performs better and is more suited for your hair? Read on to know my thoughts on the subject.

The Wet Brush Tangle Teezer Review

Starting with the Wet Brush, this one has softer bristles and comes in the form of a paddle brush. The bristles have rounded beads at the ends that help in massaging the scalp while the design is such that it effectively brushes through both wet and dry hair without any sort of pulling. The handle makes it easier to work with as compared to the Tangle Teezer, however, I feel that the Wet Brush it is not as effective at removing stubborn knots in dry hair.

The Tangle Teezer, on the other hand, is more compact, and therefore easier to travel with. However, it does not have a handle and may be difficult to hold while brushing the hair, especially if you have longer hair.  It has fine bristles just like the Wet Brush but these are made of a harder plastic and do not have rounded ends. This means that the bristles can hurt the scalp if you brush too hard and do not have a massaging action. The lack of the rounded beads makes this brush easier to clean though. In terms of detangling, it works better than the Wet Brush on dry hair but I feel that it tugs more on wet hair and may pull out a few strands if your hair is knotty post-shampooing.

The Wet Brush Tangle Teezer Review

So, the big question is which one should you buy? The Wet Brush or the Tangle Teezer? I would say buy them both! The Wet Brush is my favorite for detangling wet hair and for touch ups throughout the day while the Tangle Teezer is perfect for working on those terrible knots on my rough, dry ends. If you do not have extremely dry hair then you might get away with only buying the Wet Brush. It comes in a few different sizes and shapes too and is in the price range of INR 700 – 1000, which is slightly more affordable than the Tangle Teezer that is priced at approximately INR 1200. It is also gentler on the scalp and hair and is better suited for multiple uses in a day.

I hope that this information is useful for those who are looking to invest in a good detangling brush. Both these brushes are available on Nykaa.com as well as Amazon.com.

Here are the links to buy the Tangle Teezer and the Wet Brush.

Have you tried any of these brushes? What was your experience? Let me know in the comments below!