Tuesday, April 17

How To Get Kangana Ranaut's Tight Curls

So, you have straight hair but want Kangana Renault's tight curls? Here's how you can get them!
Nowadays everyone likes to switch types of hair. Straight, wavy or curly, you name it and you can get it. I was blessed with silky and straight Asian hair and trust me when I say I love my hair. However, sometimes it's fun to go curly.

I've grown up watching bollywood and Kangana Renault's hair stood out to me particularly because of her beautiful curls. I've only ever dreamed of having curls like hers, but now I can get tight curls in no time! And fun fact is that these curls can last for a week; my curls usually just stay for a day or two and sometimes they just turn into soft waves, but not with these curling methods!

Prep your hair
After washing your hair with shampoo and conditioner, spray amla serum to your hair. Usually when I curl my hair it gets really dry, but a bit of amla serum can easily solve the issue and give shine to my hair. In a spray bottle add 50% amla oil and 50% water, shake well before use and spray just a few times and brush the hair to distribute the product.

Choose your weapon
So there are two ways to achieve tight curls like Kangana's: 1) the heatless way or 2) using a curling iron.
 
1) Heatless Tight Spiral Curls Curling Method

If you don't want to use heat, working on damp hair grab a pack of disposable wooden skewers. Start by taking a thin strand at a time and wrap/curl it around the wooden skewers. Make sure to twist the strands and curl them tightly around the skewer. Secure the hair to the skewer with a thin rubber band and do this with all the remaining hair. Remember to be extra careful or you could poke yourself (you can break the pointy part of the skewers before using them). Just relax and listen to some music because this process may take a while. Let the hair dry and undo all your beautiful curls. Separate each curls from one another until you reach your desired look.

2) Tight Curls with Chopstick Curling Wand

For those who haven't got the time for option 1), there is a shortcut and that is by using a curling iron instead. However, not just any curling iron will do. You need to use a chopstick curling wand as it is thin and perfect for tight curls. I use Lee Stafford's Original Chopstick Styler Hair Wand and find it great to get lovely tight curls. Wrap thin strands tightly around the chopstick wand and hold it for 8-10 seconds then release it. Repeat the steps with the rest of the hair. Separate the curls from each other and you're done!

In the video below I show you how to easily get tight curls with a chopstick curling wand and I also share some easy ways you can style your curls. Go check it out!


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Tuesday, April 3

4 Reasons To Start Putting Amla Oil In Your Hair & How To Do It


Amla oil has a lot of health benefits for your hair. In fact it can prevent hair loss, get rid of dandruff and improve the strength of your hair.

What is Amla oil?

Amla oil derives from amla tree (also known as Indian goosberry), which is cultivated throughout the Indian subcontinent. The oil is made by soaking amla fruit in another oil (like coconut oil), for several days which helps to release the fruit's natural oils before purification. The oil is rich in vitamin C, polyphenolic compounds and tannins, which are not only beneficial for the hair but also for the skin and the whole body. 

How to use Amla oil for your hair?

1. DANDRUFF REMEDY
Amla oil has an anti-inflammatory and moisturizing quality which is why it's great for dry scalp issues. It helps with easing any skin irritation which may be causing skin flaking and dandruff.

Amla Oil Hair Mask before shampoo

What You'll Need:
  • Hands
  • Amla oil
  • Shower cap (or plastic wrap)
  • Hair
  • Shampoo
Directions:
  1. Apply the oil directly onto your scalp. 
  2. Massage the scalp gently with circular motions. Once you’ve massaged your scalp with the oil for 3-5 minutes, move on to applying it down the shaft of your hairs. 
  3. Cover your head with a shower cap or a plastic wrap.
  4. Wait for 30 minutes to 2 hours.
  5. Wash it out using warm water for a boost of extra moisturizing. Shampoo twice to get rid of all the oil in your hair.
  6. Let the hair air dry and when it's at least 3/4 of the way dry, use a hair dryer.


2. HAIR SHINE
As previously mentioned, amla oil has excellent moisturizing qualities. Most shampoos tend to make the hair dry as they have chemicals in them. Here's how amla oil can help to give shine and moisture to your dry hair after you shampoo your hair.

Amla Hair Serum after shampoo

What You'll Need
  • 50% amla oil
  • 50% water
  • Spray bottle
Directions:

  1. Take a clean and empty spray bottle.
  2. Pour in amla oil and add water.
  3. Close the lid an shake. Water and oil don't mix, so you should shake the bottle each time you apply it to your hair.
  4. Spray just a few times on damp or dry hair, after shampoo, and brush the hair to distribute the product, concentrating on the ends of the hair.

 3.  HAIR GROWTH
Amla oil along with many other natural oils are known for their properties which help promotes hair growth. Here's an easy oil mixture that will help you grow your hair fast in just one month!

Amla oil with seeds mixture
What You'll Need:
  • 2 tbsp amla oil
  • 2 tbsp coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp black sesame seeds
  • A bottle (container)
Directions:
  1. In a bottle add amla and coconut oil, mix well.
  2. Add sesame seeds and close the bottle lid. Let the bottle sit in direct sunlight for 3 days.
  3. Use the oil on your scalp by massaging the scalp in circular motion. The mixture of amla, coconut oil and black sesame seeds are packed with many nutrients which nourish the scalp and hair. 
  4. Leave it for at least an hour.
  5. Wash the hair with warm water and rinse with cold water.

4. REDUCE HAIR FALL
The main reason for breakage of hair is the deficiency of vitamin C and using amla oil on your hair is the easiest way to get vitamin C.

Amla Oil and Lemon Mask

What You'll Need:
  • 2 tsp amla oil
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • Bowl
Directions:
  1. In a bowl mix amla oil and lemon juice.
  2. Apply directly on the scalp, leave it to dry.
  3. Rinse and wash with warm water.

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Saturday, March 17

How to celebrate a Pakistani Dholki


Dholki aka Drum Beating is one of the many glamorous celebrations occurring in a Pakistani Wedding. It's celebrated before the couple gets married and it's usually held at houses where family and friends dance and sing to traditional wedding songs.

So, you are attending a Dholki. Great! Here's all you need to know.


What To Wear?
Pakistani Dholki functions are usually held in the evening which gives you plenty of time to get ready. It's a custom to wear fancy traditional clothing such as salwar kameez, frock, choli etc. Most people go for vibrant colours because it's a happy event, however you can choose to wear dark colours like black and indigo to create a contrast with the other guests. Wearing jewellery is a must in all Pakistani weddings, and Dholki is no exception. It's common to wear traditional sparkly bangles and heavy earrings for the occasion.

At my cousin's Dholki I wore a peach outfit and made a statement with my braided high ponytail which I wrapped in peach yarn to match my kameez. I also applied white mehndi on one hand to finish the look. (I got a lot of compliments from family and friends)


What To Eat?
Food is an important factor in Pakistani weddings. In fact chatting while eating food is part of Dholki sessions. Families serve traditional food like biryani, naan, meat based salan and Pakistani sweets with chai etc. Food is usually served after the singing and dancing sessions. However, there are often snacks to eat before these sessions (such as gol gappe, baked patties, chicken and veggie rolls etc.). I think snacks are the best because they give you energy for all the exertion you'll be doing later on while dancing.


Singing Session
Dhol (drum) is played during singing sessions. There are many traditional songs that are sung accompanying the dhol. Here are a few:
  • Mere Anganein Mein
  • Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna 
  • Mehndi Taan Sajdi
  • Ye Kaali Kaali Aankhen


Dance Session
After the singing session family and friends gather up and dance together. Some prepare their dance performance weeks before the occasion. There are different types of dances that you see during Dholki events. Some of the basic steps you should know before you attend are thumka, balle balle and any other bhangra steps. As a kid I grew up watching bollywood movies and I would dance to many bollywood gaane (songs) along with my sisters and cousins. We also learned most of our dancing steps while watching Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan. Here are some songs I danced to during Dholki events:
  • Mauja Hi Mauja
  • Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan
  • Ni Nachleh
  • Kala Chashma
  • Say Na Say Na
  • Badi Mushkil
  • London Thumakda

What Games To Play?
It's always nice to have games prepared while taking a break from all the dancing. There are singing games like Antakshari and if there is more time to spare, games like Ludo and Yassu Panju are played later at night.

I recently went to my cousin's Dholki and vlogged it. You can watch it and have an idea on how Pakistani Dholki works.
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