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Hair Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

Hair Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

As promised, here is part two of Myths Busted. This time we are covering hair care.  We all know at least one woman in our lives with perfectly groomed, non-frizzy, salon-worthy hair that could have bounced straight out of a L’Oréal commercial.

Your precious mane deserves more than tall tales. Here are few myth busted by our in house  expert:

Hair Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

1.Brushing hair many times a day makes your hair healthier

This is now known as a risk to damage your scalp and follicular anatomy. Brushing pulls out hair that isn’t ready to fall out and also breaks healthy hair and scratches the scalp. Brush gently and only whenever required and that too by a good structured and smooth edged brush or comb.

Hair Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

  1. Stress does not affect hair health

New evidence proves stress is bad for hair health, so do take steps to reduce stress. Being stressed makes your hair fall out! When someone is under stress, hair can go into the telogen (fall-out) phase. Telogen effluvium is a very common hair loss problem that can occur up to three months after a stressful event.

Hair Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

  1. Cutting your hair frequently makes it grow faster.

Trimming your hair does not affect your hair growth but proper nutrition, good Hb levels and oiling (nourishing) your hair surely does!

Hair Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

4.Shampooing makes your hair shed

Don’t blame the shampoo! Your hair will simply fall our somewhere else of because of something else. People often lose hair in the shower so they associate shampooing with shedding. But do switch to organic / herbal ones rather than chemical loaded ones!

Hair Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

5.Colour treated hair is unhealthy

Bleaching indeed is one of the worst 5 things you can do to your hair but try using natural hair colours which do not affect your hair strands and follicle / scalp health. It is ok to color your hair.

Hair Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

6.Oil is no go if your hair is greasy

You need to apply oil to your hair regularly for nourishment even if your hair is greasy! Opt for nourishing oils with good ingredients like amla , almond, shikakai, jatamansi, henna, etc.


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Coconut Oil Can Help Boost Your Energy and Support Your Heart

 

We were first told coconut oil’s saturated fat caused heart disease. Now we’re told coconut oil promotes weight loss. So what does coconut oil do?

Coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats. Saturated fats help in increasing the healthy cholesterol (known as HDL) in your body, also help to convert the LDL “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterols. Increasing the HDL’s in the body, helps to promote heart health, and lower the risk of heart disease.

Each tablespoon of coconut oil provides 130 calories, this increase in metabolism can easily be offset if large amounts are consumed.

 

Have you envied the long jet black hair of your South Indian friends, the secret : “Coconut Oil” ofcourse.

Coconut oil benefits include skin care, hair care, weight loss,  improving digestion and immunity.

Skin Care: Coconut oil helps in preventing degenerative diseases like premature aging due to its well-known antioxidant properties. It also helps in treating various skin problems, including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections.

Hair Care: Coconut Oil helps in healthy growth of hair and gives your hair a shiny quality. It is also highly effective in reducing protein loss.

Weight Loss: Coconut oil helps to reduce abdominal obesity in women. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system.

Immunity: Coconut oil helps to strengthens the immune system because it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.

Here are some uses for Coconut Oil:

  • Facial Highlighter: A tiny amount on your fingertip spread on top of your cheekbones after you’ve applied makeup, works to highlight and add an extra glow.
  • Massage Oil: The oil absorbs quickly, but not ultra fast, which means it keeps your hands slick when you’re giving a back massage. Did we mention that coconut oil smells amazing? Like a beach vacation? Because it does.
  • Body Balm: Mix coconut oil with Shea butter to treat yourself to your own massage that keeps your skin soft and smooth long after the rub is over.
  • Body Scrub: Add a little sugar to the oil and you’ve got an awesome, all natural, exfoliating and moisturizing scrub that rivals a spa experience.
  • Hand Moisturizer: You might not want to do this on-the-go. But at home, when you can wait for it to sink in, it works to keep your hands soft.
  • Lip Balm: Just a small amount applied to lips keeps them soft and kissable.
  • Cuticle Cream: Keep fungus and bacteria at bay, while also softening your cuticles, by rubbing it into them during manis and pedis.
  • Makeup Remover: This works fast, but be careful not to let it get to your eye. Just a bit on a cotton pad does the trick.
  • Facial Moisturizer:  This works best for normal skin types. If you’re not sure, try applying a thin layer of oil to your face, massaging it in and then rinsing it off with your cleanser.

Here are the different coconut oils available at NaturalMantra.com:

Vedic Delite Coconut Oil

Vedic Delite Organic Coconut Oil is rich in fatty acids, particularly Lauric Acid.

Rustic Art Organic Coconut Oil 200mL

A must have in every home! This oil is multi-purpose and can be used on skin as well as hair.

Conscious Food Cold Pressed Coconut Oil 500mL

Cold Pressed Organic Coconut Oil is good not only for the hair and skin, but maintains cholesterol levels, aids weight loss, increases immunity.

Coconut Oil and Honey Hair Mask

For this recipe, simply pour honey and coconut oil into a pan and heat it on a stove until it’s melted. Allow the mixture to be cool to the touch and then apply it on dry hair, split ends and scalp. Massage with your fingers and leave it on for about 20 minutes before washing it out.

 

 


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Dealing with dandruff

Dandruff can be a pesky condition to deal with. While it’s just shedding of dead skin cells, not only does it leave you with embarrassing white flakes, it also leads to itchiness. But, don’t worry! It’s not a difficult condition to manage – if you know what’s causing it. Instead of searching for the best anti dandruff shampoo, look for factors such as stress, genes, hormones and unbalanced diet. Several skin conditions can also cause dandruff. Take a deeper look into what’s causing it, so that you can fight and treat it effectively.

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Skin issues often lead to dandruff

The next time you see white flakes, blame your skin! Dandruff is often caused by dry skin, or a dry scalp. In such cases, you will see small, oily flakes form on your scalp. On the other hand, if the flakes are white or yellow, and are accompanied by a very oily, red, inflamed scalp, you could be suffering from seborrheic dermatitis.

Other skin disorders that can lead to dandruff include eczema, an inflammatory skin condition and psoriasis, a skin condition that causes a rapid build up of dead skin cells. Dandruff can also be caused by fungal infections such as malassezia (an inflammatory skin disorder), as they irritate your skin and lead to an increase in the number of dead skin cells in your body.

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There’s a way to beat it

There’s no one way to treat dandruff, but there are several natural remedies for it! You do have to be careful though, because treatment for one type of dandruff may actually be counterproductive for another kind. A quick example is how you should treat dry scalp and seborrheic dermatitis dandruff differently. Moisture is great for dry scalp dandruff – but it could aggravate seborrheic dermatitis! So, make sure you know what sort of dandruff you suffer from before trying to treat it on your own.

Once you do know, home remedies for dandruff come to a quick rescue. Try applying lemon juice or aloe vera gel to your hair before you wash it to deal with dry skin dandruff. For oily skin, the best dandruff treatment is to apply a mixture of equal amounts apple cider vinegar and water, as it helps to soothe your scalp and reduce inflammation. You can also try using a paste of baking soda and water, which will help to absorb excess oil. If your dandruff is being caused by a fungal infection in your scalp, apply a mixture of tea tree oil with grape and walnut extracts – this will cure the infection and also treat dandruff.

Psoriasis and eczema are serious conditions, so you will need to find the best anti dandruff shampoo for them, often a medicated one. Finally – remember that following a healthy lifestyle, especially reducing stress and eating a well-balanced diet, plays an important role in managing dandruff.


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The Crowning Glory of a Woman’s Beauty – Hair Care!

You too can be a Fairy Tale Princess!

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As a child, you have often read the story of the fairy tale Princess Rapunzel, and how her long, strong, beautiful hair helped her escape from the evil witch to her Prince Charming! Indian art & literature too refers to hair care, just like your childhood fairy tales!

How often do you wish you had such beautiful hair as you get ready for your date or party! But then, the reality is that the mirror mocks you as you struggle to style your dry hair with split ends!

What is healthy hair? Shiny hair is a sign of health because the layer protecting each hair strand – the Cuticle – lies flat and reflects light. It protects the inner layers from heat, sun, chlorine, and other environmental hazards. Good nutrition also shows in the happy bounce in your mop!

You know you need good Hair Care. But have you stopped to think of what damages your hair?

  • Pollution and stress
  • The inner two layers of damaged, dry hair is not protected by the broken surface. So hair breaks and looks dull
  • Sebum, the natural oil on the hair, covers straight hair better than curly hair, which is why straight hair appears shinier
  • Combing wet hair stretches and breaks it
  • Using a heat styling product on wet hair damage it.
  • Use of chemical hair colors, bleaches, etc.

How to Care for Hair?

  • Regular nutritional supplements – have a good, daily diet of vegetables, fruits, cereals and dairy products, that contain these naturally
  • All hair, straight or curly, needs to be treated gently, especially when wet
  • Don’t wash dry hair too often
  • Ayurvedic massages stimulate growth of hair follicles, prevent hair loss, and enhance thick growth
  • Regular haircuts – even if you have long hair, a haircut helps protect hair-ends from splitting and damage
  • Herbal hair oils, shampoos, hennas, combs and many other products have been used from ancient times. And they are the safest and healthiest hair care option today too!

Use organic and natural products for effective hair care. Choose from Natural Mantra’s wide range of carefully curated natural Hair Care here. And look gorgeous!

You are sure to agree with Martin Luther, when he said, ‘The hair is the richest ornament of women!’