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What’s Under The Hat? Hair Tips For Women

Celebrity hairstylist Paul Edmonds, who has over 30 years in the industry, explains the must haves hair tips that one should try before stepping out with your hats on, reports femalefirst.co.uk

What's Under The Hat? Hair Tips For Women
Always carry with you a hat or hairband to protect your hair from damage. Pixabay

Even if you’re wearing the most elaborate and stylish hat for a day out at a race course, it’s important to emphasise on your hairstyle so as to not kill the look.

Celebrity hairstylist Paul Edmonds, who has over 30 years in the industry, explains the must haves hair tips that one should try before stepping out with your hats on, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

* Hair normally looks better worn back and away from the face, especially if it your hat has a large brim.

Representational image. Pixabay

* If your hair is long and you want a simple quick hairdo, try putting your hair in a low ponytail and split the hair behind the band down the middle and pass the tail through itself and pull tight to get a soft, rolled up look.

* Long hair can also be plated and finished with a binding of ribbon.

* If you have shorter hair, tuck the sides back or leave them out until the hat is on and then fold them back and grip under the hat.

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* Always practice wearing a hat before the occasion as panic does not help give a great style.

* If all else fails, get a professional blow-dry. (Bollywood Country)

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Give Your Coloured Hair The Most Essential Care During Lockdown

With salons till closed, here are some tips!

Hair colour
Hair coloursrequire special care. Pixabay

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.

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Don’t shampoo your coloured hair too often. Pixabay


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.

Use lukewarm or cool water because hot water may rapidly fade your hair colour. Pixabay

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
Cleanse (shampoo),
Care (masque),
Protect (leave-in)

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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)

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DIY: Here’s a List of Hair Colors to Celebrate your Hair

Try a new hair colour in quarantine

Try a new look before the lockdown is lifted. Pixabay

Here’s a reality check – we know its going to be a while before we see our favourite hair dressers and manicurists, so its time to take care of our beauty needs all by ourselves!

And if you’re ready to switch things up a little, try sporting a new hair colour which that you can flaunt, once things return to the new normal.

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Try new hair colours during quarantine. Pixabay

While there is some apprehension to switch to a different hair colour, IANSlife spoke to the experts at L’Oreal India to put together a style guide and ensure you find the right hue to match your skin tone.

Shilpa Joshi Halder, Senior Scientist – Hair Color & Care Development Manager South Asia at L’Oreal India Pvt. Ltd, shares a useful tip to keep in mind before you go through any hair colour process, “It’s a good practice to always do a quick allergy test before you start with your hair colour. Do this, 24 hours before, by swabbing a small amount of hair colour behind your ear. Wait at least 2 weeks after bleaching, a perm or a straightening process before applying this colorant.”

Here are a few colour suggestions L’Oreal thinks you try a trend this summer:


If you are looking for a natural hue and want to ditch those jet-black locks, try a warm bronze hair colour. This will up your hair game adding shimmer, bronze tones and bring in subtle tones of browns resulting in a stunning, sun-kissed look. It works for almost all skin tones and is a sure shot hit when you see Aditi Rao Hydari, one of the leading ladies of Bollywood sport it. (Shade 530 – Praline Brown)

Bronze hair
Bronze hair give a natural look. Pixabay


This vibrant shade falls between brown and red and is perfect for those who want a natural, but at the same a time, edgy tint lien up your face. And if your hair is wavy then Mahogany can help define those tresses even more. Mahogany will give you a refreshing change whether it’s just a short stint or ends up staying with you for long. This colour will definitely lift up your entire look as it did for the wonder woman of Indian cricket, Mithali Raj.

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(Shade 550 – Mahogany)


If you own naturally dark brown hair then adding a pop of cherry could be a great option. This intense and bright huewill offer a completely different aura to your look. If you want to experiment and go all out, like the dancing diva Shakti Mohan, then this is the color for you.

(Shade 360 – Black Cherry)

Achieve a whole new look with simple, subtle colours with the L’Or�al Paris Casting Cr�me Gloss Hair Colour. It comes with a colour protect shampoo and conditioner that is a must-use to keep your hair healthy and vibrant, post the colouring routine. (IANS)

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Here’s How you Can Enjoy Natural Spa Treatments at Home

Enjoy spa experience as you can make treatments at home

Spa treatments can be made at home. Here’s how. Pixabay

A trip to the spa is one of the best ways to rest and recharge.

However, when you’re not visiting a resort and can’t make it to your favourite spa, you can still create your own spa experience with natural products right at your home.

This can be just as effective – and even more fun – than booking a treatment at a professional spa.

Bawah Reserve, one of Indonesia’s most exclusive off-grid resorts, provides every guest with a daily spa treatment during their stay. IANSlife spoke with Emelda Drapiana, Bawah Reserve’s Aura Spa Manager , to bring you six easy yet fabulous recipes for your body, face and hair right from the comfort of your home.

For The Body

Start your natural spa day by exfoliating the dead cells from your skins.

Coconut spa
Coconut oil is an ingredient while making coffee scrub. Pixabay

Coffee Scrub

Used coffee grounds are packed with minerals that are great for the skin. And, because they do not dissolve in water, their gritty texture is great to naturally exfoliate to a super-soft finish.


4 tbsp coffee grounds

2 tbsp milk powder

100 ml virgin coconut oil


Combine all ingredients and stir well.

Apply to your whole body using circular motions, paying attention to drier areas such as the elbows, knees and feet.


Honey spa
5 tsp honey is required while making Honey and Sesame Scrub. Pixabay

Honey and Sesame Scrub

Sesame seeds are a rich source of zinc which can help increase the skin’s flexibility. They are also rich in antioxidants which help detoxify the skin. Black sesame seeds have anti-inflammatory properties as well as iron and vitamins B and E.


200g white sesame seeds

100g black sesame seeds

5 tbsp honey

5 tbsp sesame oil


Crush the sesame seeds together using a pestle and mortar or the end of a rolling pin.

Mix all ingredients together and stir well.

Apply to your whole body using circular motions, paying attention to drier areas such as the elbows, knees and feet.


For The Face

A simple face mask can make your skin look radiant and glowing. There is no need to use expensive store-bought masks when these clean and restore lost moisture too.

Lemon spa
Lemon Face Mask Can be prepared easily at home. Pixabay

Lemon Face Mask

A natural astringent, lemon juice removes dead skin cells, tightens pores and reduces blackheads.


1 tsp lemon juice

1 tbsp egg white


Whisk the egg white until fluffy.

Slowly add in the lemon juice.

Apply to face avoiding the eye area; leave for 30 minutes.


Turmeric & Honey Face Mask

Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits. It can reduce redness from blemishes, minimize acne and calm skin conditions like eczema.


1 tsp turmeric or cinnamon

2 tbsp honey


Mix all ingredients together and stir well.

Apply to face avoiding the eye area; leave for 30 minutes.


For The Hair

Don’t forget about your hair. A quick and easy hair treatment can add shine and moisture to your hair as well as it being great for your scalp.

Hair mask for shiny, sleek hair

Olive oil is a rich emollient that helps to deep condition hair. Honey locks in extra moisture, minimises breakage and strengthens hair, making it more likely to grow longer.


4 tbsp olive oil

4 tbsp honey


Blend the olive oil and honey together.

Apply to dry hair, massaging it into the roots and ends; comb it through for better coverage.

Leave for a minimum of 20 minutes – either loose or wrapped in a towel.

Rinse, then shampoo and condition hair as normal.

Avocado spa
Mashed avocados are helpful in making Hair Mask for dry hair. Pixabay

Avocado and coconut oil have numerous benefits for your hair; moisturising, nourishing and smells good too.


2 tbsp avocado, mashed

2 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp honey


Blend the oil and honey together, then slowly mix in the mashed avocado.

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Apply to dry hair, massaging it into the roots and ends; comb it through for better coverage.

Leave for a maximum of 20 minutes – either loose or wrapped in a towel.

Rinse, then shampoo and condition hair as normal.

Now, why not make yourself a rosella tea to complete your home spa experience. (IANS)

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