There are so many people who swear by the benefits of onion juice for reducing hairfall and improving scalp health. A lot of people go through the effort of creating fresh onion pulp every week and applying it to their hair. Unfortunately, I am not much of a DIY gal and my eyes are extremely sensitive to the pungency of onions, which is why the Skin Salad Onion Oil came as a boon for me. Here is why I love this product so much!
While many major brands have hair products that make a huge dent in our bank accounts, there are a few under dogs that perform much better at an extremely affordable price. The Biotique Mountain Ebony Vitalizing Serum for Falling Hair is one such product that is not expensive at all yet manages to work wonders. Although the brand calls this product a serum, it is actually a watery liquid that you are supposed to massage into your dry scalp. What makes this product unique is the fact that it does not have any oily ingredients in it, which makes it perfect for those with greasy roots. This elixir contains the extracts of Mountain Ebony as well as some other herbs such as Neem and Mint, and claims to stimulate hair growth and reduce scalp irritation. I have been using this product on and off for quite some time now and am pleased to report that it does live up to its claims.
I usually massage this product on my dry scalp a day after I wash my hair. It instantly provides a cooling sensation that lasts for several minutes and eliminates any itchiness that is caused by dandruff or dryness. The pleasant aroma of herbs lingers on my hair until the next wash and I do notice a visible reduction in hair fall whenever I use this product regularly. My scalp feels so healthy after using this product that I am almost certain that it encourages new hair growth as well. A combination of these results helps in making my hair look more voluminous and luscious. The best thing about this serum is that it does not cause any sort of build up on my hair or scalp and gets absorbed into the skin without leaving behind any oily residue. All those with oily hair will understand why this light weight texture of the serum is so important.
This amazing product is priced at INR 185 for a 120ml bottle and I will recommend all those suffering from scalp issues and hair loss to buy a bottle asap. While the plastic packaging is a little weak and prone to breaking, the product itself is fantastic and gets full marks from me. If you have already tried expensive scalp treatments with no luck then do give this one a shot, you may end up being pleasantly surprised.
I hope that this review was helpful, you can buy the Biotique Mountain Ebony Vitalizing Serum here.
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I think that my rants on this blog have already established that I am an oily skinned gal with long, knotty hair prone to frizziness at the ends. What can I say, I can only talk about the products that work for me, so you will only hear about products that help with my hair troubles and skin issues on this blog. So, today’s hair trouble is how applying a hair serum/oil to the dry ends sometimes results in extremely greasy roots! Does this happen to anyone else or am I the only one with a suction system in my hair that carries any product from the ends to the roots, making them look limp and flat? Well, I have found one product that helps with detangling the knots without making my hair feel greasy and the name of this gem is the Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair Wonder Serum Spray.
This product is basically a hair serum that comes in a spray form. What this means is that it is more liquidy and misty than a regular hair serum. It contains 7 nutritive oils that nourish the hair and repair the cells but the spray consistency ensures that the product does not weigh the hair down or make it look greasy. Before you read any further, I want to let you know that along with the nourishing oils, this product also contains silicones and parabens, so read on only if you are fine with putting these chemicals on your hair. Personally, I feel that a few spritz now and then, only at the very ends of the hair, do more good than harm to my dying locks but if you have a strict no-parabens policy then this one is definitely not for you. Coming back to the point, this spray does work well as a replacement for a leave-in serum and makes the hair glossier, smoother, and softer without making them too limp. The spray helps to distribute the product evenly and the detangling action works on both towel-dried and unwashed hair.
The product also makes a claim to repair split ends but I wouldn’t place my bets on it. To be very honest, I do not use this product so often as to achieve a visible reduction in split ends even if the claims are true. It does nourish the ends and makes them softer though, so perhaps with daily usage, it can reduce the appearance of split ends. I am a little lazy to use this on a daily basis and therefore reach for this spray only when my brush refuses to pass through my hair without breakage. Also, I have a feeling that this serum can double up as a heat protectant but the packaging doesn’t mention this anywhere. There may be speculation around what all it can do but one thing is certain, a few pumps of this product make brushing my fingers through my hair a pleasure! The scent, however, is a bit strange, it smells nutty and fruity when freshly sprayed but has a musty undertone when the product is absorbed by the hair. It is not a big issue though because the fragrance is not very noticeable.
The availability of this product is another concern. I see variants with slightly different packaging floating around the internet. It seems that the brand has different packaging and names for this product in different parts of the world. All the options fall within the price range of INR 800 – INR 1200, which is a bit pricey but the bottle contains 200ml of the product- quite a substantial amount if you ask me. Although this is a slightly expensive serum, I am willing to repurchase it because it helps with dispensing the perfect amount of serum due to the spray nozzle, something that is unique to this product. If you have oily roots and dry ends then you may want to invest in this product to spray some nourishment onto your rough ends without weighing your hair down.
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.
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.
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.
Have you tried any of these brushes? What was your experience? Let me know in the comments below!
Holi, the Indian festival of colors, is round the corner and if you are planning to partake in the celebrations then here are 5 tips that will ensure that you have a safe experience.
1. Protect your skin with coconut oil- Before you go out to play with colors, apply a generous amount of coconut oil on your body. This will protect your skin and hair from the colors by creating a film that will also prevent allergic reactions.
2. Prevent staining of the nails- If you do not want your nails to get stained with the colors then apply a coat of nail polish before you head out. Once you are done with the festivities then remove the nail polish with any remover. The Holi colors will come off along with the nail paint, leaving your nails perfectly clean.
3. Buy/Make natural colors, in bulk- A great trick to avoid harmful chemicals is to use natural colors. However, you cannot force others to do the same. A good way to encourage everyone to use natural colors is to volunteer to supply these for the event in your neighborhood. This small contribution will ensure a safe Holi for you and your friends.
4. Keep food items uncontaminated- If you are organizing a Holi party then ensure that the food table is away from the area of the festivities. Keep the food items covered and provide clean water and towels near the dining area so that the color does not contaminate the food. This is a simple trick to avoid ingestion of harmful substances.
5. Be prepared for small accidents- Carry along a waterproof pouch with tissues, cotton pads, wet wipes and a small bottle of water. This way, if some color accidentally enters your eyes or ears then you can use these items to get rid of it quickly.
These are my tips and tricks to stay safe while enjoying this lovely festival. I wish you all a great Holi. Hope you have a lot of fun with your dear ones.
There are two opposing schools of thought regarding whether or not one should stick to the same skincare and haircare products for a lifetime. The first school of thought recommends being loyal to the products that have worked for you over time and not confusing your skin with new ingredients. The second one suggests that moving on to different products after every few months will help because the skin stops responding well when it gets used to a particular product.
I am living proof that there is some truth in the second theory. I have noticed that I stop getting the same results when I continue to use a product for a long time. For example, a shampoo that used to make my hair look lovely starts leaving behind an oily residue and a face wash that had completely cleared up my skin is no longer able to fight acne. I have found the perfect way to battle this resistance that my body develops towards my favorite products.
Taking a cue from the first theory that is against confusing the skin with random formulations, I have devised a middle ground solution for the problem at hand. I note down the primary ingredients of my favorite shampoos and skincare products and then look for other brands that offer a similar formula. This way, I keep circulating between products that are different but fundamentally similar. Whenever I notice that a product is not performing as well as it did before, I switch to a similar alternative. Therefore, I do not have to bid a permanent goodbye to some amazing products and am able to maintain the health of my hair and skin too.
Of course, if you are lucky enough to get consistent results from the same product then you do not have to spend time and effort on this exercise. However, if your skin behaves like mine then you may benefit from this tip.