Utilise this time to indulge in selfcare which we often neglect because of our busy schedules! Dr. Apoorva Shah, Founder of RichFeel, shares some simple home remedies to bring your hair back to being healthy and lustrous.
Coconut oil, honey, lemon
Coconut oil, honey and lemon act as natural conditioners and also reduce hair fall. It gives moisture to your scalp and reduces dandruff. Mix some drops of lemon with coconut oil and honey and apply to your hair as a mask. Once it dries, rinse it with water.
Massaging with oil
Your quarantine hair care programme needs to have specific focus on hydration, lubrication, and should aim to renew its oil and moisture content. Pamper your hair and scalp with an oil massage before going for a wash. You can regain the strength and shine of your hair by massaging it with warm oil.
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Home-made hair masks
Mixture of multani mitti, amla, and shikakai works awesome for oily hair. Shampoo after about 40 minutes. It has a cooling effect. It is also ideal for hair’s conditioning, removes dandruff and lice.
Massage your scalp with some rose water, as it’s useful especially for dry hair.
Olive oil and honey
If you have olive oil and honey at home, mix it with rice-papaya mash and apply before an hour to shampoo. Mix, apply, let it rest for 20 minutes and finally rinse with cold water. It makes the hair lustrous and smooth.
Bananas are excellent if you have dry hair. Bananas have minerals and nutrients in them which will help the hair in recovering if you have dry and permed hair.
Water is the most important fuel to your hair as it requires moisture the most. Increase your water intake especially during this quarantine time as we tend to forget to have water since being at home. Lots of water, fresh fruits and vegetables, protein-rich and zinc-rich diet are some steps to follow to preserve hair at its best.
Always oil, shampoo and condition, this three-step mantra which is most important. It is a tried, tested, and a trusted technique in hair care. Conditioning is one step which is skipped way too often and it is perhaps the most crucial one. (IANS)
Researchers have found that improved everyday hygiene practices, such as hand-washing, reduces the risk of common infections by up to 50 per cent, thus reducing the need for antibiotics by up to 30 per cent.
As witnessed during the recent global efforts to delay the spread of COVID-19, hygiene practices, including hand-washing, have become an essential part of everyone’s daily routine and are considered to be the first line of defence in reducing the spread of common infections.
“In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and evidence presented in this study, it is more urgent than ever for policymakers to recognise the role of community hygiene to minimise the spread of infections, which in turn will help in reducing the consumption of antibiotics and help the fight against antimicrobial resistance,” said study researcher Jean-Yves Maillard from Cardiff University in the UK.
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The study, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, explored the role of targeted hygiene in the home and everyday life settings to reduce antibiotic prescribing and its likely impact on antibiotic resistance. It provides evidence that practising hand hygiene in homes and community settings can prevent infections and therefore reduce the need for antibiotics.
One intervention study demonstrated a 30 per cent reduction of antibiotic prescriptions for common respiratory infections in a group who used hand sanitisers compared with a control group.
The study also showed the increasing prevalence of multidrug-resistant bacteria in the home and community. It is considered that 35 per cent of common infections occurring in healthcare and the community are already resistant to antibiotics and that in some low-and middle-income countries, resistance to antibiotics is as high as 90 per cent.
“With evidence to show that home and community hygiene urgently needs to be taken more seriously, it is time for the global community to collaborate and recognise that reducing the need for antibiotics is important,” the researchers noted. (IANS)
Colouring your hair boosts confidence and one feels transformed; but coloured hair also needs special care.
Over a period of time, the optimum state of grace of any hair colour fades. The sun’s harmful UV rays, pollution, excessive styling, chemical treatments and an incorrect haircare routine, become important concerns.
During this lockdown, Monisha Bhatia, Head of Education, Kerastase India, shares the basic care for coloured hair to help your colour last longer.
Shampoo too often: Wash your hair less frequently. Shampooing twice a week is recommended, although those with oily roots can shampoo more frequently
Over style: Excessive heat will strip away your hair of colour and hydration and lead to dry & damaged hair. To avoid these problems while using hot tools, using a heat protectant product before blow drying or styling is a must! This will help reduce moisture loss, smoothen the cuticles of the hair, and protect from humidity.
Colour your hair at home – If your roots are showing, wear a head band or a scarf.
Wait for your salon to open to get that perfect hair colour.
Be aware of your hair’s natural porosity before committing to colour treatments, especially bleach, because it will give you a better idea of the intensity of the treatments you can use. For example, if your hair has higher porosity, I would recommend not to frequently colour and chemically treat the hair, since it’s already weak and prone to damage.
Use lukewarm or cool water/ turn down water temperature: Hot water can cause colour to fade sooner. Washing hair with hot water, opens your hair cuticles allowing your colour to wash out sooner.
Use a masque every time you shampoo, and keep it on for 5 minutes – till you finish your shower. A deeply nourishing masque will ensure your colored hair looks and feels healthy. Even if you have fine hair, condition the mid-lengths & ends as they require most care.
Deep conditioning – Apply the masque, make a bun and put on a shower cap. Wash out after 5 minutes. Kerastase masques act fast and go deep because of their advanced formulae.
Protect your hair from the sun:
UV rays fade hair colour and dehydrate strands. With summer coming up, it’s all the more important to preserve your hair colour. Otherwise, your hair colour can turn brassy or dull a lot quicker than if it were to fade naturally. Use a colour protecting leave-in and cover your hair with a scarf/hat when going out in extreme sunlight.
Protect your hair before swimming:
Chlorine in the water contains a number of properties that make it unsafe for hair. It dries out the hair fibre causing it to become coarse, brittle, and prone to breakage. For colour-treated hair, the chemicals in pool water can build up and cause hair color to fade easily. Before you get into the pool, apply a protective leave-in, tie up your hair and wear swimming cap.
Rule No1: Always use a colour protecting shampoo and masque
Frequently Coloured or highlighted hair, that is not well looked after can become dull, lose its shine, dry, porous, and eventually brittle depending on the colour process and technique used.
Using a shampoo followed by a masque for colour treated hair is an absolute essential. Additionally, colour-protecting masque, available for both thick hair and fine hair, will add the nourishment your hair needs. Reflection Chromatique Range by Kératase is ideal for coloured hair. The range has two shampoos – Bain Chromatique, a gentle sulfate free formula for coloured, dry hair and Bain Chromatique Riche, a clear shampoo ideal for extremely sensitized, coloured hair.
Blonde highlights or have your hair pre-lightened frequently? Using bleach over a period of time can make your hair feel dry, damaged and rough to touch. To take care of your highlights, I recommend the Kérastase Blond Absolu range. The shampoo has purple & blue pigments that instantly remove brassy and yellow undertones while protecting hair from daily oxidation and pollution, restoring shine and softness. The conditioner Cicaflash is a hybrid conditioner – like an intensely nourishing masque yet lightweight like a conditioner! It has Hyaluronic Acid for deep hydration & anti-oxidant power from Edelweiss flower to instantly heal, smooth, strengthen and soften the sensitized pre- lightened and highlighted hair.
Rule No 2 : Follow the 3 steps for an ideal haircare routine
For the 3rd Step oils are great to keep moisture locked in and can restore, soften, and nourish even the most damaged hair over time! Apply a few drops to your hair (dry or damp) everyday mid-length to end for instantly smooth, shiny, tangle free hair with a sensual fragrance.
I recommend the Elixir Ultime L’Huile Rose by Kérastase. It’s a leave in oil with a serum like texture that offers multiple benefits. Enriched with super oils – Marula and Camellia & the antioxidant power of imperial tea, it helps in providing lightweight nourishment, protecting the colour from oxidation, while providing 96 hours of frizz control. The Elixir Ultime L’Huile Rose also gives your hair heat protection up to 230 degrees so you can use it before your blowdry or heat styling. (IANS)
In todays time, a sustainable way of living is the key to our existence.
But what is sustainable living? Sustainability means to live in a synchronized manner without disrupting the course of Earth. It attempts to reduce the consumption and stress of Earth’s natural resources and one’s personal resources. Development in the present without harnessing future assets or without basically harming our future is high priority.
But the best way to practice a sustainable lifestyle is by planning our homes.
Sustainable living is essentially guided by four principles – minimizing waste, limiting the use of Earth’s natural resources, wise use of the environment, and ensuring quality working/living environments – which can be easily incorporated in housing plans and construction as well, says Sudeep Kolte, VP Sales & Marketing, Saint Gobain India Pvt Ltd – Gyproc Business.
Many interior designers and architects these days put emphasis on sustainability when building and designing spaces and encourage consumers to build eco-friendly surroundings.
Sustainable housing helps to not only to bring about a change in the way we live but also attain a better and healthy future.
Kolte tells us how can one make their house sustainable
Design for energy eco-efficiency
Energy conservation and a zero-waste lifestyle are key to sustainable housing. When designing a space try and incorporate elements that help reduce waste and consume only the necessary amounts of energy. Some examples of this are the use of energy saving LED lights, solar panels to generate power and electricity, organic paints that are made with natural raw materials and building materials like gypsum that are recyclable and have environment friendly properties.
Design for low environmental impact
The millennial generation wants affordable functional spaces that offer comfort without compromising on design or affecting the environment. One of the big trends catching on among designers is minimalism, which not only declutters a space but also helps to project a small space look bigger and spacious. Similarly, reduce, reuse and recycle and do-it-yourself (DIY) are other trends that have propagated among young homeowners. Use of multipurpose solutions like drywalls which help in partitioning a room into two, saves not only the cost but also the materials used to build another separate room. Drywalls are also flexible in nature, faster to construct and easier to build than brick or cement walls. .
Design for durability and flexibility
Investing in a home is typically a one-time investment as there is a lot of thinking that goes in while buying a house. The goal of designing for longevity is to create durable and timeless spaces and reduce the need to change the whole design every couple of years. The best way to achieve timelessness is to choose quality over quantity, and simplicity/functionality over embellishments. Technology and innovations have led to designs that can be modified to create bigger spaces. For example, adjustable and modular furniture like sofa cum beds and wall mounted tables or built in shelves or mounts for TVs on drywalls.
People spend most of their time indoors, be it schools, colleges, offices or homes. Consideration of the indoor health environment should be on the priority list for every designer and homeowner.. Use of materials which have low emission of VOC – volatile organic compounds and other air pollutants or materials like Gyproc that have moisture resistant qualities and can absorb harmful compounds help in creating a healthy living space. The right kind of ventilation also improves the air quality of a home. To increase connectivity with nature biophilic designs are the way to go, however more relevant for large spaces.
Industries like energy, automobile, IT and biopharmaceuticals have adopted the green concept. The construction and interiors industry too, is striding towards sustainability with ecological practices implemented while designing spaces. (IANS)