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GIVE YOUR HAIR A SHADE OF HAPPINESS!

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New years, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and break-ups are the times when women go for a drastic look change. More often than not, they choose to give themselves this change with a new hair-do or hair color. http://bit.ly/18L8CNl

Now there is no denying that we’ve all had home hair dyeing horror stories that are so bad that a shaved head seems like the only solution. So before you take this colorful leap, think!

Here are a few things that you would like to consider before going through that make-over:

Start with a semi-permanent dye. They are like summer romance and will wear away after about 10 washes. If you are happy with the shade you get, go ahead and make a long-term commitment!

Once you have established your favorite shade, you can go for a permanent color that you would want a happily ever after with.

For the most natural effect of your hair color, stay within three shades of your natural color. 

Deep-condition your hair regularly for a week before using a hair color. If your hair is damaged, the pigment won’t adhere well to your strands and it will end up looking streaky. http://bit.ly/ 15OmAC9

Don’t shampoo for a day or two before you color. Your hair’s natural oils will protect your scalp and prevent irritation.

Dab the roots of your hair with water before applying color. Since the tips of your hair tend to be dry and damaged, they can soak up too much color

After dying, hold off on shampooing for three days. This will give the cuticles–which open during the coloring process–time to close and seal in the color molecules.

Always wash off the color with cold water as hot water can cause cuticles to expand and open, allowing some of the color to escape. Use a color-protect shampoo for your hair color to stay longer. http://bit.ly/1dY3jQP

And while you are on a change in hair color quest, choosing the right type of hair color is even more important than choosing the shade http://bit.ly/18L8CNl Commercial hair colors and dyes contain harmful chemicals that only deteriorate your hair quality. As per a study by Manipal University, India, about 5% of the total hair dye users suffer from allergies due to harmful chemicals in hair dyeing products. One of the primary allergens used in these dyes is para-Phenylene di amine (pPD).

So what is the alternative, you ask. We are glad to answer that. There are two alternatives to these chemical based hair dyes: Henna and Hair-dyes made from natural extracts of plants. http://bit.ly/18L8CNl

Natural Mantra has a whole range of hair color products, including henna and natural hair-dyes. Our natural hair dyes are 100% ayurvedic preparations, therefore they don’t give you an immediate effect like chemical based hair dyes do. That said, they have a whole range of other benefits that more than make up for the slight delay.

It helps controls dandruff and increases hair growth. 

The proteins in it provide nourishment to your hair and scalp.

It gives UV Protection and helps maintain luster of the hair shafts.

It does not increase white hair.

It conditions and protects your hair.

The hair that gets damaged by chemical hair color can regain their shine and softness by regular use of our natural hair color! http://bit.ly/18L8CNl

So what sits on your crown, a head full of beautiful and lustrous hair or an itchy scalp – the choice is yours. In your pursuit to be different, don’t head on for a disaster! Give your hair a shade of joy with natural colors!

SOURCE: http://www.womenshealthmag.com

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Eeeks, what on earth is that white, flaky stuff on your head & shoulders?!

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Having dandruff is not just a physical problem that needs to be treated patiently and carefully. It needs to be tackled in a larger sense, taking societal factors into consideration.

The Problems

What is the stigma attached to such a visible affliction? First off, you feel really, really embarrassed about Dandruff. There are so many who suffer from emotional symptoms when they realize that flakes of skin are affecting their social interactions? They try to cover up by –

• Wearing hats all the time to cover up dandruff

• Not wearing black clothes so the white flakes don’t show, even though they know black is a slimming color

• Continuously wiping the white flakes off, sneaking into the bathroom or another room to check their shoulders for any flakes

• Feeling very self-conscious at school, college, work or social occasions, and worried about body image and dandruff at the same time

• Wearing gloves to stop themselves from scratching their hair and making it flake even more, and then making it bleed

• Being worried about what other people might think about their personal hygiene

• Suffering embarrassing or misunderstood intimate moments with partner about how they have tried, but nothing seems to work

• Trying various commercial anti dandruff products in vain – some make it better or worse and most are expensive when you have to continuously have to use them.

What is Dandruff?

There are often two confusing aspects of what people see as white flaky bits, which are medically diagnosed dandruff and dry scalp. Dandruff can only be diagnosed by a doctor. Dry scalp is often treated by hairstylist.

There are a few major differences between dandruff and dry scalp. Dandruff is usually recognized by larger, greasy or waxy flakes or clusters of skin cells which are yellowish or grey. They may come off in your hair brush or stick to your hair or scalp, and are accompanied by itching. Dandruff, unlike dry scalp, is usually associated with a fungal or bacterial infection of the scalp and can be contagious.

If you have dandruff, you should not share brushes, combs, hats, towels, hair clips, or anything else that touches your head, and you should clean and disinfect brushes, etc. after each use. There are different types of dandruff and the type and cause can only be diagnosed by a medical professional.

In general, it takes around 2 weeks for the old skin cells to push their way to the surface of the scalp and replace themselves with new ones. Dandruff is caused when the skin cells flake off faster than the skin can cope with and then cause the skin cells to become inflamed with a fungus, causing them to become white and flaky in appearance.

How do you recognize Dandruff symptoms?

You may have some of these symptoms and are wondering what to do.

• Dry or oily scalp

• Yellowish, grayish, or white flaky skin cells on your clothes or bedding

• Itchy scalp

• Redness on scalp

• Inflammation on the scalp. It’s not always visible, but feels a bit raised up from the normal areas.

Who Can Get Dandruff?

Many people think that dandruff is just an old person’s hair condition. To tell you the truth dandruff affects every age, from toddlers (often called cradle cap) to teenagers to middle-aged adults.

Look out for this space, we shall explore ways of tackling this embarrassing affliction.

Meanwhile, do check out various organic and effective options to tackle this affliction, on http://www.naturalmantra.com. You can order them and get them delivered at your doorstep easily!


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Winter Skin Care: Natural Winter Skin Care Tips

Winter is here. Two weeks of ignoring my skin because of a tight work schedule, and I realised something had to be done. Due to low humidity, it’s now become unbearably dry. Had to bid adieu to laziness and say hello to a little pampering to my skin. Needless to say that I ain’t the kind who’d engage in long hours of pampering. Something quick, effective and and needless to say chemical-free.

I have mixed skin which is sensitive. And thin scanty hair to boot. So I always have to remind  myself to check product labels for any toxic chemicals that cause more harm than good in the long run. I personally always try to use as many natural, safe and non-toxic personal care products as possible to avoid harming my already sensitive skin and scalp. While I gathered the various natural options that were available to me to treat dry skin it came to me why not write a post that becomes a ready reference guide to you too.  Within just a few weeks of religious skin care routine I can feel the difference. No kidding!!

Here are a few handy tips for you to ensure that your skin does not suffer in winter and continues to stay soft, supple, healthy and nourished through bleak and harsh weather:

1. Moisturise plenty.  Use a good hand and body lotion to moisturise your hands. Pay special attention to the skin near knuckles and elbows since they darken and turn rough because of the extreme dry air.

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Full body butter works well on dry darkened elbows and knees. To regain the natural skin colour before the skin darkened, follow these easy steps:

  • Soak in a bath. Use a body scrub to gently cleanse the dead skin.
  • Use a soft towel to tap the skin dry. Do not wipe the water off. Even if a thin layer of water is left on your skin, it’s alright.
  • Apply body butter and hand lotion except on the elbows and knees.
  • On the elbows and knees, use a skin-lightening oil to ensure that they do not darken further and with constant use, they will gradually regain their original colour.
  • Follow up by applying the body butter or moisturising lotion.
2. Acne is a big problem during winter because of dryness. Start with the dictum: 8 glasses of water a day. Filtered tap water is a non-fancy inexpensive way to maintain your body’s water levels. A couple of extra trips to the washroom are better than muscle cramps, fatigue, dizziness and other symptoms that manifest themselves when you stop drinking water because it’s cold. Energy drinks, fizzy colas and coffee and tea do not count as fluid suppliers.
To replenish skin that is already damaged, at night, wash up with a mild face wash and apply a facial moisturiser before turning in for the night.
You might want to try an organic Aloe Vera Gel which has natural astringent properties and has multi-purpose uses. Use it like an antiseptic, or a recommend it as an after-shave it soothes and calms the skin without leaving it oily.  To me it’s a must have in my purse.
3. The skin on the lips is very thin. Moisture escapes easily from here. Hence, to keep the moisture sealed inside to prevent chapped lips, apply a lip balm. Do this after bathing when there’s a tiny bit of moisture still present in the skin. You can later apply lip colour over it. Reapply the lip balm as often as your lips need it.   4. Hair also tends to suffer during winter. More than pre-monsoon weeks. Remember to use hair oil before washing with a mild shampoo, and a conditioner after washing.

Rustic Art 100% Natural Aloe Shampoo.It really works!

Tip: Rinse in tepid or cool water for the last two minutes (as cold as you can manage on winter mornings). This traps the moisture in the hair ensuring that it does not turn brittle when it dries out. You can use a scarf to protect hair from drying out in the breeze.

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5. A perfect way to pamper your skin from top to bottom is to soak in a half hour bubble bath with fragrant oils and soft music. The aromatherapy oils work wonders in relaxing you. Alternately, you can also lavish your skin with an oil massage and then have a long soak in de-stressing bath salts.
Remember to invest in a product that suits your skin type and hair type. Not choosing the right product for your skin and hair may worsen its condition.  More importantly understand what is ‘truly natural’ and I can’t emphasize it enough. Simply stay away from products that have sulphates, parabens and phtalates. Incase this is too much to remember, visit NaturalMantra.com to shop for products for your family that are safe, healthy, non-toxic products. Their team screens product ingredients so you don’t have to. You will find a wide range of natural, organic non-toxic, safe oils, lotions, scrubs, and balms that you can choose from to pamper your skin and hair during the aftermath of winter. Visit NaturalMantra.com for the full list and details of all natural  products.
About NaturalMantra.com In our fast paced lives, a sustainable lifestyle shouldn’t be a struggle, but it sometimes is. Our mission is to provide the largest selection of  natural, organic and eco-friendly products making it accessible and affordable to all. At NaturalMantra.com you can choose from a wide selection of safe, healthy non-toxic products, all in one place delivered to your door! Leave us a comment and connect with us here:
Post contributed by : Ankita Gujar ; About the Author : Ankita Gujar 
Ankita is a graduate in Sociology and Political Science from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. The environmental movement has always interested her ever since she was introduced to the water cycle in the 3rd standard. She loves to travel and experience new cultures. At age 21, she first got a taste of “pristine” nature when she backpacked across the Scottish Highlands and she wants her kids to be able to experience that when they grow up to earn their trip across the world. She is also a teacher of languages – English and French. She hopes to make people aware of the advantages of adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle because she wants to be able to pet a tiger and swim with a dolphin when she gets the courage to pet the tiger and gets out of the house to exercise regularly at the pool in her locality and learns to swim…which is going to probably be around 5 decades from today. So help her to pet a tiger and swim with a dolphin. Go Green.