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Ruff, or something rougher? (Or why persistent ‘dandruff’ might just be a sign of something worse)

Ruff, or something rougher? (Or why persistent ‘dandruff’ might just be a sign of something worse)

Dandruff is a common enough condition – most people have suffered it at some point or the other. Although usually treatable with household remedies and normal over-the-counter anti-dandruff shampoos, in some cases, one might encounter a very stubborn form that refuses to budge even after strong treatments.  What if this persistent dandruff isn't dandruff at all? Dry flakes are commonly caused by dandruff, but sometimes also by psoriasis, which is a very different, and far more serious, condition. Dandruff (also referred to as seborrhea) is largely treatable and seldom causes major medical problems. Psoriasis, on the other hand, is a...

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No grease, please! (Or, did you know there is such a thing as too much hair conditioner?)

No grease, please! (Or, did you know there is such a thing as too much hair conditioner?)

Like all hair products, too much conditioner can actually get in the way of hair health. The good news? It’s pretty easy to spot the signs of over-conditioning.  Your hair stays greasy, even after you wash it.  If you condition your hair too much, it may retain much more oil and product than what’s normal, leaving it oily even after a wash. Styling your hair is difficult and takes time. A dead giveaway of too much conditioner is when hair refuses to stay in place even after styling. You may even end up resorting to hairsprays and bobby pins to...

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Damn the ’ruff! (Or, how to manage dandruff)

Damn the ’ruff! (Or, how to manage dandruff)

Dandruff is a common condition of the scalp that causes it to flake. While neither infectious nor a dangerous condition, dandruff can be socially debilitating. While it can’t be cured, dandruff doesn’t have to be endured. Read on to know what we mean.  What are the different types of dandruff treatments? Washing your hair and using an effective dandruff shampoo can help alleviate your condition. India's hot and dry weather can play havoc with hair (read as dandruff). Which makes it imperative to find the right shampoo. And finding the right shampoo may entail trying more than a few. Add...

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Be tough on the ’ruff (Or, how to manage dandruff)

Be tough on the ’ruff (Or, how to manage dandruff)

Dandruff is a fairly common problem. While there is no permanent way to be rid of dandruff, using an anti-dandruff shampoo does help.  How does anti-dandruff shampoo work?  At a very basic level, an anti-dandruff shampoo is like any shampoo - it cleanses the scalp and hair. What makes them a speciality shampoo is the ingredients. Typically they may contain either salicylic acid (which helps clear dead skin cells from the scalp), or selenium sulfide (which helps slow the growth of skin cells on the scalp) or zinc pyrithione (which targets dandruff causing fungus).   Properly used, an anti-dandruff shampoo helps...

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Curls just wanna have fun! (Or, how to shampoo your curls right) 

Curls just wanna have fun! (Or, how to shampoo your curls right) 

A head of thick, luscious curls that bounce joyously with your every step – what’s not to love? Around the world there’s been an awakening of sorts – to the undeniable beauty of healthy, curly hair. And high time too. Fed for far too long on a steady diet of images of straight hair as the standard of beauty, we had almost forgotten how stunning and vivacious curly hair can look. But like all things beautiful, curls have their own set of challenges when it comes to a care regime. As anyone with curly or wavy hair knows, the slightest...

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Tender Loving Care for Dry Hair (or, How to Choose the Right Shampoo for Dry Hair)

Tender Loving Care for Dry Hair (or, How to Choose the Right Shampoo for Dry Hair)

Dry, frizzy hair leaving you feeling frazzled? Fret not. The answer to getting back its healthy, hydrated bounce may lie in simply, ‘pooing it right.   So how do you do that?  Let's start at the root of the problem. Hair is naturally porous, but also has a lipid barrier (integral hair lipid, in science-speak) that protects it from damage. But when it is stripped of  its natural oils and hydration, this lipid layer is lost, causing the hair to become overly porous and defenceless. This stripping of the lipid barrier can happen from over-washing (yes, there is such a thing),...

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Welcome to the No-Poo Movement  (Or, natural hair care for those who dare to go all-natural)

Welcome to the No-Poo Movement (Or, natural hair care for those who dare to go all-natural)

Water-only hair cleaning has been practiced for hundreds of years in our country. Instead of using man-made toxins to wash their hair, our ancestors cleansed their bodies and tresses with coarse brushes and good old hot water. This technique removed all of the dirt and grease from our skin and hair, while the warm water flushed it away, leaving the body’s natural oils intact. Synthetic shampoo, on the other hand, removes not only dirt and excess oiliness, but also the body’s naturally secreted beneficial oils known as sebum.  And to compensate for the sudden dryness, the scalp actually produces more...

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Wash Away That Oil, And Worries (Or, picking the right shampoo for oily hair)

Wash Away That Oil, And Worries (Or, picking the right shampoo for oily hair)

India during summers, is a sweltering steamy cauldron of hair worries. And if you have naturally oily scalp or hair, it only gets worse. The greasy ‘summer buildup’ on the scalp can be super itchy and, of course, annoying. The good news? We’ve got you covered. With this handy little guide to having your hair live its best life. Yes, even oily hair. Effective hair and scalp maintenance begins with selecting a shampoo that is appropriate for your hair type and needs.  If oily hair is the bane of your existence, remember to look for a shampoo that ticks some...

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Conditioners Apply! (Or, How To Show Your Hair Some Unconditional Love)

Conditioners Apply! (Or, How To Show Your Hair Some Unconditional Love)

Even a couple of generations back, the concept of a hair conditioner was alien to most of us in India. Then again, so were pollution, heat and chemical treatments, stress, food adulterations. But back then there was also the trademark oiling of hair which kept our hair healthy, strong and lustrous, just as nature intended. But today life is very different (read ‘tougher’), and it shows on our hair - rough, dry, tangled, frizzy. And yet, very few consider a hair conditioner an important part of a hair care routine. If we have a routine at all.    So what is...

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Why are lotions greasy

Why are lotions greasy

Using lotions can be a lifesaver in the harsh Indian summers or even during humid weather. It can help your skin hydrate and also ensure you’re protected from outside pollutants, UV rays and more! Sometimes, after applying lotion, your skin might feel greasy or oily, and you’re supposed to keep an eye out for the same.  Regardless of skin type, regular moisturizer should never leave your skin feeling oily. However, let's not jump to conclusions about your moisturizer just yet. The key ingredients of a moisturizer are supposed to assist lock in water in your skin to aid in skin...

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What goes into a good body lotion? A useful guide to understanding your body’s moisturising need

What goes into a good body lotion? A useful guide to understanding your body’s moisturising need

If you’re a person who likes to keep their skin hydrated and healthy, choosing the right body lotion can be a daunting task. Especially in India, where both weather conditions and skin types are aplenty, the body lotion aisle is a nightmare to walk down, filled with various products claiming to solve a numerous number of issues. This shouldn’t be the case. A good body lotion or moisturizer is made up of only so many elements, and knowing what goes into one can help in a significant way when it comes to skincare. Say hello to Ceramides! Ceramides are lipids...

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Choosing between a body lotion and moisturise

Choosing between a body lotion and moisturise

As Indian summers and monsoons tend to be quite harsh, constantly moisturising the body is important. Using several items might complicate the process, particularly with all the options available. For instance, it may be difficult to choose between lotion and cream. Knowing the distinction between the two is crucial, because they each have their own advantages and components.  Regardless of your decision, both of these products are strongly recommended. The scent can be used to refer to a fragrance in the components being used to hide an unpleasant smell. You can choose from a wide range of fragrances available to...

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