Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Glamorous bun hairstyles for the Indian Wedding - Hair Care

Sophisticated side-bun

If you want the look of a bun with a soft yet elegant style, the side-bun is the way to go. Whether you are sporting a gown or clad in Indian and ethnic wear, a side-bun would grace any attire.
  • To achieve a well-textured bun, begin with prepping your hair with some soft curls or waves. You could either use a curling tong for this or simply tie your hair the night before into a loose plait.
  • Open your hair the next morning to find natural and gorgeous looking waves. Once done, apply some mousse meant for your hair type.
  • For the bun, begin with adding some more texture to your hair by back combing it loosely with a rat-tail comb. Do this essentially for the crown portion on your head.
  • Proceed with pulling all your hair to one side, as if tying a low, side pony. Hold your hair in a pony and wrap it around in a doughnut pattern.
  • Quickly pin up the bun from underneath and use transparent clear ones. It is preferable that you use a good set of at least 15-20 pins if your hair is below shoulder length.
  • Doing this, would reduce chances of your hair opening up especially during an event running throughout the day. However, don’t tighten up the hair bun too much. Also, if you want a braided look with this bun, just before you are securing the side pony, begin plaiting a loose braid in the direction of the bun.
  • Begin the braiding right in front, near your forehead. At once, tie the braid along with the rest of the hair into the pony. Pull out some strands from the sides and leave your front fringes falling on your forehead.
  • Or try front-wave by brushing your hair in an outer curl direction. You could accessorise with a beaded headband. Or use a heavy embellished pin on one side.If the ponytail is your preferred personal hairstyle, then here is how you can style it differently.
 Timeless classic doughnut bun

Weddings and functions are all about a lot of fun and glamour, but it could also be an unnecessary hassle if your hair is just not in place. To ditch such situations, its best to stick to an all-time classic hairstyle. One such being the doughnut bun. It doesn’t eat up too much time and transforms your look instantly.
  • Comb your hair out to get rid of any tangles. Back comb the crown portion of your hair, so it doesn’t look too flat and limp.
  • Hold your hair at mid-level to tie a pony. Ensure you don’t tie the pony too tight as it would call for breakage.
  • Pull your hair through doughnut hair tie. Just spread out the rest of your hair over and around the doughnut and secure it with pins, neatly.
  • For a classic and vintage look you could wear  the hair-net over the bun. Or leave it as it is if you prefer to. You could decorate the bun with some fresh flowers on one side for a natural and traditional look.

It’s always a challenge to manage long and thick hair for hours together. A hair bun is meant to keep you off from worrying and dealing with too much hair on your face. The wrap bun does just this. It’s not too ‘high-maintenance’ and looks dapper too.
  • Begin with brushing your hair to clear out all the knots and leave some part of your hair that usually falls on the face and section it.
  • Then, take the rest of the hair and tie it into a pony with a clear elastic. Take moderate volume of  hair, section by section into your hand from the pony and begin with wrapping it around. The layers will then turn out like a wrap.
  • Quickly pin these up. You could pin your hair with coloured pins or stick to gold or silver.
  • Then, for the hair that falls on the face, you can either leave it as it is if you have some coloured streaks.
  • Or you could take the front section and wrap it behind around the rest of the bun and secure it. Once you are done with it completely, you could pin some flowers all around the bin. Here are some
 Double twisted bun

Braids have been ruling the latest hair trends this season. I f you’ve been itching to braid out your hair then the twisted bun gives you the perfect chance to mix the two. This particular hairstyle has plaiting as its base hairstyle. The rest of it is only a cake walk then.
  • For this one, first tie two plaits on both sides. Remember that before you begin plaiting, tie high ponytails.
  • Ensure your braids are loose. Once done with both the sides, take one plait and wrap it around the other and do the same.
  • Twist and tie the braids into a bun with a fancy hair band and secure it well with pins.
  • As for the hair on the front side, depending upon your haircut if you have short fringes then just brush them inwards.
  • Or you could wear a puff for the crown portion if you think your scalp looks too flat. Backcomb the hair and push it forward slightly and then pin it. Do this before you proceed with the plaits. For a simple, quirky style, try  out the bubble braid too.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Herbal Remedies to Cure Acne - Skin Care

#1. Basil

This herb is popular because it kills bacteria, which may be one of the reasons for your acne problems. It also helps to purify blood and keep the skin clean. Put some basil leaves in water and let it boil for at least 15 minutes. Strain and let it cool. Bottle this mix and refrigerate it. Apply the solution twice daily on your face with a cotton ball. You will see remarkable results within a short duration of time.
You can also take some fresh basil leaves, clean them properly, and crush them to take out their juice. Now, using a cotton ball, apply this juice on acne marks. Let it stay for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water.

#2. Neem

A well-known and highly effective blood detoxifier and purifier, Neem is a proven remedy for acne. Just dry a few neem leaves and grind them to make a powder. Now, mix this powder with some rose water to make a paste. Apply this on your face, and rinse it off after a few minutes.
You can also make a paste of fresh neem leaves using water. And apply that on the affected parts. Keep it on for at least 20 minutes before washing it off with cold water. You can also buy some neem oil from the market, and use that on your face regularly to reveal a clearer skin.

#3. Lavender

Thanks to its antibacterial, analgesic and antiviral properties, lavender is great herb to fight acne. Mix lavender oil with rosewater and you get an excellent treatment. Apply it on the acne and use it regularly to also soothe the inflammation and red marks that come with the condition.
Always remember one thing, as lavender oil is very strong, you should never apply it directly on to your skin. Always mix it with something else like, rose water or grape seed oil. You can also mix a few drops of lavender oil in your regular moisturiser and use it every day.

#4. Coriander

Another amazing herb that can be used for acne treatment is the 'good old' dhaniya, also known as coriander or cilantro. It is an effective remedy to get rid of acne and blackheads. Just crush some fresh coriander leaves to extract their juice. After that, apply this on your face, particularly on the marks. Wash it off after a few minutes. For more goodness add a few drops of lime juice in it.
You can also boil some coriander seeds in water and strain the water. This solution can be used as an effective skin toner after it cools down. To keep your skin clean from inside, drink a herbal tea combining coriander, cumin and fennel seeds, regularly.

#5. Aloe Vera

This herb has always been an important beauty ingredient for women. It helps control skin breakouts. Also, with regular usage, it prevents the further formation of acne and helps heal acne spots too.
You can use aloe juice or gel that you can find in the stores. You can also break open an aloe vera leaf, extract the pulp and apply it on your skin. After 15 minutes, wash it off with lukewarm water.

#6. Tea Tree Oil

Studies have shown that the antimicrobial effect of tea tree oil can help to prevent the growth of acne. It can also reduce any existing skin inflammations.

 #7. Green Tea

Easy to find and use, Green tea is also known as “pimple tea” in many Asian cultures, as it is an effective herbal remedy to get rid of acne. Green tea helps deal with acne in two major ways. You can drink 3-4 cups of green tea every day to help detoxify the body.

You can apply it on your face as well. To apply on the blemishes, take a used green tea bag, allow it to cool down, and then dab it on the affected parts. The antioxidants in green tea help your body to get rid of free radicals that can cause damage to your skin.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

How to do a Body Wrap - SPA

A full body wrap is a session at the spa which is nowadays getting incredibly popular. However, do you know how expensive it is? We know that to get a full body wrap done, you would have to spend a lot of money. But if you do it at home, it will cost you much less. Also, it is very relaxing and refreshing.

To do a full body wrap, you would need someone to help you, ideally, who would apply the wrap on you. You would need some oil cloth or something easy to wash for you to lie down on. You would also need a full-body cleanser as well as a body wrap pack. There are a number of popular packs out there. Choose one you want to.

At first, you will need to cleanse your skin. To do this, you can either wash your body with a good-quality soap, and then clean it thoroughly before applying the pack, or, you can use a good cleansing agent and wipe your body clean. You can use any pack you want, but make sure it suits your skin.

Once your cleansing is done, it is time for the wrap to be applied. It is advised to be in a room which smells good. You can burn incense or scented candle, or use essential oils in vaporizer to achieve that. Then, settle yourself in a comfortable position on the oilcloth or something similar.

Either apply the pack yourself, or ask another person to apply it for you. Once the application is done, rest comfortably till the pack is absorbed, or it dries up. It will take about 30 minutes to 1 hour, so rest during that time. Then, wash your body, and feel your skin look much better almost immediately after the process.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Benefits of Aloevera – Fictions or Facts?

Aloe Vera has become a very trendy herbal treatment these days. Lotions and creams that contain aloe vera have been used to treat minor scrapes and sun burns; and also to just moisturize dry skin. The early Egyptians used Aloe Vera for the same purposes. It has today become increasingly popular for internal use as a drink.

Aloevera is a non-toxin, juicy plant that store water in its fleshy leaves and its juiciness allows it to survive in low rainfall areas. There are numerous Aloe vera benefits ranging from health, nutrition, acne treatment to general skin care. The plant is also commonly grown as a decorative plant.

Various sites online searches give the benefits of aloevera ranging from a boosted internal immune system, longer life span, longer life span, avoiding cancer, more youthful complexions, and many other somewhat extreme claims.

The aloe vera plant relives pain from burned skin caused by severe sunburn. A glowing and smooth skin can be attained with the assistance of the Aloe vera plant by just rubbing the gel from aloe vera on the face.
The aloevera plants is also useful in curing insect bites, blisters, burns, wounds,  inflammations, eczema, psoriasis and most allergic reactions. Aloevera benefits are a boon for those who have a sensitive skin.
Drinking Aloe Vera Juice on a regularly replenishes the body naturally with numerous essential amino acids that present in the Aloevera plant. A daily dose of Aloe Vera Juice can improve the body defense system against most kinds of oxidative stress.

The aloevera plant is known to have vitamins that include: Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E, Niacin and Folic Acid. Minerals to be found in the Aloevera plant juice are copper, manganese, sodium, iron, chromium, calcium, zinc, magnesium and potassium.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

How To Take Care of Dry and Splitting Nails - Body Care

If your nails are really dry and split easily, here are a few simple homemade masks to help them to be softer and stop splitting so easily. The masks can be made from simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.

Heat up enough olive oil for your nails, until the oil is warm to your touch, add a few drops of lemon juice and mix well.

Soak your hands and nails for 10 minutes and then put on some gloves (rubber would be best since it won’t absorb all the oil, but make sure you try to get the ones that don’t have the powder inside) and leave them on for 20 minutes.

If you want better results you can leave the gloves on overnight and rinse your hands off in the morning. You can also take some pierced capsules of vitamin E and apply them to your nails. Apply a few drops to each nail and gently massage it in. This should be done nightly.

You don’t want to wash the oil or vitamin E off if you can handle it, seeing as how they will both leave a sticky residue. But if you leave them on they will be able to moisturize and give them some extra care, as long as you leave on the oil. Also, while you are applying them, make sure you give special attention to your cuticles and rub some on them.

Another simple thing to do is to simply rub in a good moisturizing lotion on to the nails. Make sure you put a bit extra on because then the lotion can sit and soak into the nails and moisturize them even more. You can also use some petroleum jelly, and apply it the same way to also help your nails become soft.