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Lately, my skin has really not been doing well so I got this inveda cryo mask at the right time. It looked quite exciting to me. Not everyday you come across a new sort of product. So, check out what I think about it!
Inveda Cryo Mask Product Review
Price : Rs 165 for 20 gms, quite expensive!!
Do you Know?
The first ingredient of this product is Diatomaceous Earth. It is a naturally occurring powder related to silica family. It is a detoxifying agent and its electrical charge helps it to attach to the free radicals and other toxins. It dries out the harmful toxins from the skin just like bentonite clay. It is more beneficial to consume it actually. But, if applied on the skin, it can draw out the impurities and exfoliate when removing it.
I was so excited for Oils of Life that I got it the first day of its release. Yeah, the advertising works 🙂 And, I have been using it on and off for almost six months now (got it in November). I am nearing the end of the bottle so decided it is time to review it. So, let me start.
The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Facial Oil Product Review
Price : Rs 3,095 for 30ml
Skin Type, Fragrance and Texture
I think it would suit all skin types. The texture of the oil is not heavy on skin, gets absorbed in a jiffy and has cumin oil which would, according to me, sit well on oily and combination skin.
The oil is colourless and smells awesome. It has the subtle cumin smell which is amazing and soothing for my nerves. It helps me calm down and does not linger long either.
How to Stop Hair Fall?
Most of the time hair fall is just due to lack of proper nutrition to the hair follicles. This can occur due to lack of exercise or lack of proper blood circulation through out the body. The inversion method works only in such cases.
Everyday for one week you must bend your head down for 4-5 minutes and keep massaging the scalp simultaneously. Repeat the exercise again after a month. The break is so that the body does not get used to the exercise and stop showing its effect.
Also Read : What causes hair fall?
Hair Oiling and Scalp Massage
Scalp massage helps improve blood circulation which delivers nutrients to the hair follicle. It is one of the basic techniques in hair care. Hair oil helps lubricate the hair and scalp at the same time, making it easy to massage and conditioning the hair.
It is true that hair oil does nothing more than conditioning the hair but regular application of oil keeps hair fall at bay and helps hair to stay frizz-free and manageable.
Take Care of your Hair Accessories and Choose Hair Products Wisely
Hair accessories like combs and bands get dirty and oily as well (when you apply oil). They must be washed and cleaned regularly to make sure the dirt and grease does not keep on transferring to your hair and scalp over time.
Try to buy wooden combs and avoid hair brushes if you have curly hair. Wooden combs distribute oils all through hair and calms the frizz.
Whenever you are buying hair care products, make sure you buy the professional ranges of good hair care brands instead of the over the counter products. Though expensive, the professional range products are gentle on hair and provide better maintenance. They help control the excess hair fall which can happen due to drying ingredients in the regular shampoos.
Pamper your hair every week with a hair mask. And, never EVER skip conditioner after a shampoo.
Exotic Oils and Essential Oils
I have time and again stressed on how essential oils are one of the best hair fall treatments. My favourites are Rosemary, peppermint, tea tree for hair. They help promote hair growth and reduce hair fall as well. You can mix essential oils in everything right from your hair oil to your shampoo, conditioners, hair masks and even the leave-in treatments.
Another pampering treatment I love is indulging in exotic oils like argan oil, hazelnut oil, macadamia oil, brazil nut oil. They all feel very luxurious (I am not sure how different they are from regular oils in terms of hair conditioning) but it is more of a feel good factor which leaves you and your hair happy after the treatment. It is more psychological.
So, these are just few ways on how to stop hair fall. But, you must remember that excess of everything is bad so if you feel hair fall is excessive, visit a dermatologist or trichologist immediately. Hair fall can indicate an underlying health condition.
What are your tips to stop hair fall?
Welcome to the first Sunday of the New Year! Did you take a long weekend break or started working on the first day of the year? “Our whole year depends on how we chart out our first day”. Do you believe it? Or, do you think every day is an opportunity to change? This year I decided to change a bit or a lot on the blog and bring in fresh voices. I hope you will support me through the change.
I am inviting everyone who love to write and love all things in beauty and health. Yes, it is a paid job. And, since we are small, the openings are limited. If you are interested, please shoot me a sample of your writing and your details on firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject – Writer. I hope to hear from you! Thanks a ton for your support and I would not have made it to my sixth year of blogging without you. I am determined to make huge changes in the blog this year. Hope this is the first step in the right direction.
The other day, I was shopping at Spar and saw some wonderful fresh basil and thyme and picked up a packet each. Unfortunately, when cooking for one, there’s only so much you can use. After making some pasta with basil and avocado sauce, a couple of other dishes and a toner with thyme, I was wondering what to do with the remainder while it was still fresh.
It struck me that I could try making an infused oil with them along with other things I had at home. My goal was something that would stimulate hair growth and combat hair loss. Unfortunately, Bangalore has been mainly cloudy of late, plus I don’t have any sunny window-sills or terraces, so I realized I couldn’t use the usual method of infusing for weeks with the help of the sun. Besides, when using fresh herbs, they need to be dried first or else the oil will develop mold from their moisture content.
Also Read : How to infuse herbs in oil?
I’ve seen many people heating the herbs in a base oil directly in a iron wok or kadhai, but I wasn’t sure about the herbal contents withstanding the heat, as some of them produce volatile extracts. I looked up the kashayam process commonly used in Ayurveda to make herbal oils. But that process involves first boiling the herbs in water and then heating the extract in oil. While this does have its benefits, I decided to shorten the process by directly infusing the herbs in the oil as many people do, but using an oven instead. I have a gas oven at home with reasonably accurate temperature controls, and I checked the lowest temperature setting on mine is around 70-80 deg C, which is not too high for this purpose. Some newer models may have even lower settings than that.
For those concerned that heating oils reduces their efficacy, what you need to be concerned about is the smoke point of the oil used. It is only after an oil has exceeded its smoke point that is begins to break down. For sesame oil, which I used, the smoke point is approximately 232 deg C/ 450 F. If using cold-pressed oils, the smoke points are lower. For those interested, you can easily find sites on the net listing smoke points of various oils.
Whaaat?! Bhindi? Why would anyone put that in their hair…
In fact, it’s used by Rastafarians to make their dreadlocks and keep them healthy. Okra is one of numerous natural items that contain mucilage, which is the slimy stuff you must be familiar with when it’s cooked. Mucilage is good for the skin and hair, and even for your gut health. The reason I was even looking this into was because I’ve been trying to find a way to put less chemicals into my system. And I definitely see an improvement in the quality of my skin and hair since.
Okra’s also high in Vitamins A & C, folic acid, calcium, zinc, including biotin, all of which make it incredibly nourishing for the hair. That’s probably why it’s been used as an ingredient in various high end products including a conditioner by Lush. All this means it can be used in different ways to treat and condition hair – as a rinse-out conditioner, leave-in, de-tangler or even as a hair gel as it gives excellent curl definition. The best part is that it doesn’t have a weird smell, like many natural things you may be using in your hair already. It actually doesn’t have any noticeable smell.
So in case you’re in a really experimental mood, or just fed up with the same old stuff, take a look! I’m going to show you how to make a general conditioner using bhindi, with tweaks to adapt it to your needs.
INGREDIENTS (BASIC RECIPE)
- 6-8 okras, chopped or sliced length-wise
- 1 ½ cups water
- 1-2 tsp oil (I used sesame this time, you can also use grape seed oil, almond oil, coconut oil etc)
- Aloe vera gel