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Greasy limp hair, falling lifelessly on the shoulders even after frequent washes, is enough to make any woman's day a bad one. And if you belong to the not-so-blessed oily hair category, then such days seem more like a daily routine. Especially hair which is fine in texture is more prone to such greasiness. But there is an effective home remedy for such hair present right in your kitchen- the humble yet miraculous baking soda.
The advantages of using baking soda are many. To start with it is gentle on the hair. Hence, it doesn't rob your hair of its natural moisture. It is the weakest alkaline hence it is not at all harsh on the hair. In fact it is gentler than most of the shampoos available in the market. Baking soda is very effective in cleansing oil or any other residues in the hair thereby preventing a chemical buildup. It even helps in maintaining the right chemical PH balance in the scalp thereby helping to fight eczema or even psoriasis.
The quick fix- when you are in need of an immediate relief, just sprinkle baking soda to your hair roots (make sure the hair is dry) and brush through your hair with a wide toothed comb. Make sure the powder is evenly distributed throughout the scalp so that it soaks up the oil residue. Keep on brushing until all of the baking soda is completely out of your hair.
The hair wash- this is the most common way of using baking soda. Mix adequate amount of baking soda to a cup of water and keep it in a bottle. Shake it well before use. When in the shower wet your hair properly and then apply this liquid mixture to your scalp. Massage it well into your scalp and keep it for a few minutes before washing it off. In case the ends of your hair are drier, you may want to follow this up with a conditioner. Doing this for a few days will actually make your hair a lot less greasy as the oil residue gets cleared up.
Stretch marks are unavoidable as they often occur due to reasons beyond our control. A sudden spurt of growth during adolescence, gaining or losing weight or even hormonal issues can lead to stretch marks on your body. Though it is not possible to remove stretch marks completely except through cosmetic surgery; one can always lighten those marks so that the skin texture looks better. Given below are some such easy ways of dealing with stretch marks:-
The easiest way to lighten the marks is to keep the skin well moisturized. Well moisturized skin gives off a healthy, well toned appearance thereby visibly reducing the ugly stretch marks. It is also a good way of preventing further occurrence of stretch marks as moisturized skin has more elasticity and hence is not prone to too much damage due to stretching. Oil is your best bet as it easily penetrates the skin. You can go in for castor oil, wheat germ, vitamin E oil, jojoba oil etc. Apart from oils, other highly moisturizing products having ingredients like cocoa butter and Shea butter are also helpful.
Another big part of the process of lightening stretch marks is regular exfoliation of the skin. Presence of dead skin cells hinders blood circulation in the skin and also gives the skin a coarse and dry look. Regular exfoliation is helpful in removing these dead cells and revealing clean, smooth and soft skin which minimizes the appearance of stretch marks significantly. You can simply exfoliate your skin with a loofah or a body brush. Using body scrubs regularly is also helpful. You can buy readymade scrubs from the market or make your own by mixing ingredients like baking soda and oatmeal. Body scrubs with essential oils are also a good idea.
Exercise regularly as it not only prevents sudden gain or loss of weight, but also makes the skin of the body taut thereby minimizing the appearance of stretch marks.
A healthy diet is equally important in removing stretch marks. Take in lots of fresh fruits especially citrus fruits which are rich in vitamin C, and foods rich in vitamin A, D, E etc. These are responsible for a healthy skin. Keeping yourself hydrated is also a must.
Laser treatment is a popular and pricey method which can remove even the deepest stretch marks. For improving the skin appearance, micro-dermabrasion or chem-exfoliation methods are carried out in many spas and salons.
Dry hair is undoubtedly the most difficult to manage among all hair types. It gets extremely rough and unmanageable, becomes frizzy in humid weather and has a tendency of breaking when you try to work on them with hairbrushes. Hence, it is very important to opt for a proper hair-care routine for such hair.Â Since dry hair becomes rough very easily, it is always good to opt for mild shampoos for cleaning such hair. And what could be milder than a homemade natural shampoo!
Making your very own shampoo is not only safe for your hair but is also very economical. You can get the ingredients in your very own kitchen or from nearby drug stores. Given below are some such recipes for making your own homemade shampoo for dry hair.
You need to heat one and a half cup of water in a pan. Once it starts boiling add around 4 chamomile tea bags. Keep it for 10 minutes and then add 4 tablespoons of soap flakes and once the soap flakes start softening, you can add one and a half tbsp of glycerin and keep stirring the mixture. Cool it before use. This shampoo gives the much needed moisturized glossy feel to the dry hair.
If you have long, dry and thin hair, tangled hair could be the usual nuisance you have to face from time to time. Long hair is very susceptible to knots and tangles, which when forced free often lead to hair breakage. Hence, needless to say, detangling your hair is a serious affair which should be done gently and in a proper way.
The key to detangle your hair without breaking them up is to treat them gently. Given below are some tips to help you detangle that knot with ease:-
Before shampooing your hair, run a wide toothed comb through the hair once and rid it of any tangles. This helps in preventing the extreme tangles after you wash your hair. Hair becomes a lot easier to detangle later.
Use a conditioner liberally from the middle of the length right up to the hair ends. This makes the hair softer and loosens the tangles. You can also try the leave-in conditioners before detangling your hair. Apply a dime sized portion of such serums to your hair and loosen the knots with your fingers before using a comb.
For combing out the tangles always use a wide toothed comb. It causes less strain on the knotted hair and makes it easier to run through it. Always start from the lowest portion of the hair and gradually go up. This prevents unnecessary pressure on the hair follicles, thereby reducing the chances of hair breakage.
Never ever try to detangle your hair when it is still wet. Hair roots are at their weakest when wet and hence are more prone to breakage. Always wait till the hair is damp or semi-dry before embarking on the detangling procedure.
If hair is tangled up for other reasons like because of being scrunched up or tied in a rubber band for too long, then it is important to work through your hair and try to loosen those tangles as much as possible with your fingers. If necessary cut the rubber band and apply some instant detangler like an anti frizz spray or serum and gently loosen the knots before combing the hair. In case the knot has surpassed the extreme level and is impossible to detangle, then you may need to cut it. But make sure you bring the amount of hair in the knot to minimum so that too much hair is not lost.
Wavy hair is versatile. One can go from the "girl next door" look to the "sexy siren" look in a jiffy. In case you have not been blessed with natural waves, you can now easily get that look without much hassle.
There are a number of ways to create those waves in your hair. One of the easiest ways to do so is by using a curling iron. It is not only easy to use, but also gives you the control over what kind of waves you want to have. Given below is the step by step technique to create a wavy hair:-
Wash your hair a day before you wish to curl your hair, as too clean hair may be resistant to such styling and the waves will not last long. Before you begin styling your hair, spray a texture or styling spray on the roots of your hair and massage it well. Make sure your hair is completely dry before embarking on the styling process as wet hair will make the waves go limp. Blow-dry your hair if necessary.
Gently comb your hair with a wide toothed comb in order to eliminate any knots or tangles. Once completely dry, separate your hair into different sections and secure it with hair clips. You will have to style one section at a time.
Take around 1 inch thick strand of the bottom most section of hair and spray styling spray on it. Comb it through and wrap it around the barrel of a curling iron up to one inch from the scalp. Keep it for 5-10 seconds and then gradually release it. Roll up this strand and attach it with a bobby pin. Follow the same procedure on all the sections of your hair.
Once you are over with the curling, wait till the hair cools down, release the bobby pins and run your fingers through the hair in order to loosen the curls and give your hair the desired waves. You can spray some hair serum or saltwater mist in order to add shine to your waves and to hold them in place.