How To Get Rid Of Dandruff


Dandruff is a pesky problem which aggravates in winter. The easiest way to deal with it is using an anti-dandruff shampoo but does using anti-dandruff solve the problem? Some medicated shampoos cant but the variety of shampoo available just wash the dandruff away.

Let’s look at the causes of dandruff:

  • Dry scalp
  • Over Shampooing
  • Yeast-like fungus called Malassezia
  • Medical conditions like Psoriasis
  • Sensitive to ingredients in hair care products or hair dyes (Minoxidil – use in hair loss treatment, Paraphenylenediamine – hair dyes)

Some home remedies to remove dandruff:

Fenugreek seeds (Methi seeds):  Fenugreek seeds have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal Properties. Soak them overnight, grind to a paste. Apply on scalp and keep for 20 minutes. Wash.

Lemon juice:  Help correct pH balance of the scalp. Two teaspoons on lemon juice apply on scalp wash off after 20 mins. Combination of lemon juice and coconut oil also works very well. Coconut oil has anti-bacterial properties and is a good conditioner.

People with Color treated hair do not try this. Lemon is natural bleach.

Gooseberry ( Amla) with Basil (Tulsi) leaves:  Mix basil leaves paste and gooseberry power. Apply on the scalp. Wash off after 30 mins.

Yoghurt(Curd):  Has good bacteria and conditions hair. Apply for 30 mins. and wash off. You can also combine yoghurt and lemon juice for better results. Another remedy uses yoghurt(enough to cover scalp) and black pepper powder (two teaspoons).

Apple Cider Vinegar:  Has anti-fungal properties. Equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar and apply on scalp rinse after 5 mins. Vinegar has a bad smell and that will stay until you rinse your hair again.

People with color treated hair do not try this. Vinegar has bleaching properties.

Ginger and Beetroot juice: Ginger has anti-bacterial properties. You can add vinegar to this mix as well for better results.

Neem Leaves : Have Anti-bacterial properties. Boil neem leaves. Use the boiled water to rinse hair.

Coconut oil and Camphor: Coconut oil conditions and has anti- bacterial properties. Camphor cools the scalp. Heat the oil with camphor and apply to the scalp with a cotton ball. Rinse with shampoo after 20 mins.

Aloe Vera Gel: Conditions and soother itchy scalp. It helps in removing the dead skin.

Henna: Creates a protective layer and reduces scalp irritation. Henna is also a conditioner.

Banana and Vinegar: One mashed banana with vinegar. Banana conditions and vinegar has anti-fungal properties. Keep for 20 mins. Use daily or alternate days.

Baking soda:  Cleans and exfoliates. Add one Tablespoon of baking soda with 1 cup water.

Salt: Yes, that right! Salt helps exfoliates and can relive that itchy scalp.

Tea Tree Oil: Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and soothes skin. It also moisturizes the scalp. It is a known remedy for dandruff, often used in dandruff shampoos. Add it to coconut oil or olive oil (or any carrier oil) and apply to scalp. You can leave it overnight if possible or wash off after 30 mins.

Jojoba and Rosemary oil:  Jojoba conditions and Rosemary has anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties.

Hibiscus leaves: Helps regain pH balance and relives itching. Make a paste of hibiscus leaves and leave on scalp for 30 mins.

Egg and Lemon: Egg conditions and lemon maintains pH balance. Lemon reduces the offensive smell of egg.

Other things to consider:

  • Include zinc, B vitamins and essential fatty acids, vitamin D in your diet.
  • Reduce hair styling.
  • Shampoo less. Shampoo strips the hair of its natural oils causing the scalp to produce more oil.

If you don’t have time for the home remedies then look for the following ingredients in your anti-dandruff shampoo.

Anti-dandruff shampoo should have

  • Zinc Pyrithione
  • Zinc Omadine
  • Selenium Sulfide
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Ketoconazole
  • Blue Lagoon Algae
  • Proctone Alamine
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Coal Tar (controversial, said to increase cancer risk. Has several side effects).

Some people swear by the no shampooing method. Go without a shampoo, just rinse hair with water for a month. The body adjusts the scalp oil production and restore pH balance. I don’t think I can live with the greasy hair for so long though, it’s not for me!

The only shampoo that has worked for me for dandruff is Nizoral. Pregnant and breastfeeding women are advised not to use it.

Maybelline Color Show Lipstick Review

My love for lipsticks is never ending. My makeup drawer is starting to overflow and I am in serious need of some storage space.

My new love –  Maybelline Color Show Lipstick range have some drool worthy colors! Maybelline-Colour-Show-Lipstick-Caramel-custard

My Favourites are

Maybelline-color-show-lipstick-cherry-crush Cherry Crush – Neon red pink

Maybelline-color-show-lipstick-choco-latte Choco Latte – MLBB brown

Maybelline-color-show-lipstick-creamy-caramel Creamy Caramel – Frosty caramel orange brown

Maybelline-color-show-lipstick-orange-icon Orange Icon – Sheer orange (Picture shows two three swipes)

Maybelline-color-show-lipstick-fushia-flare Fuchsia Flare – Vivid fuchsia

Maybelline-color-show-lipstick-crushed-candy Crushed Candy – Light frosty pink

Maybelline-color-show-lipstick-forever-Mauve Forever Mauve – Lovely mauve (lighter that what shows in the picture)

What Maybelline says about the product :

Get runway-ready lips with MNY Color Show Lip Colors, brilliant lipsticks straight from the New York Fashion Week. The Maybelline Color Show lipstick range has lip colors in four stunning hues – reds, pinks, browns and mauves. Offering 27 shades, this lip color range has a lipstick for every mood! The Color Show lipsticks have vibrant color pigments and a soft, non-sticky texture. The best part is that they also moisturize your lips, keeping them soft and supple!

The Yays!

27 beautiful vibrant colors which would cover different skin tones.

Creamy texture

Decent pigmentation

Contains SPF

Contains Linalool, Jojoba seed oil, Shea butter which help in moisturizing the lips

Value for money – Rs 299 for 3.9 gms

The lipsticks have a colored sticker to identify them when stacked together.

The Nays!

Staying power is poor – nothing more than 3 hours

Transfers to objects

Can melt in summer

Fragrant (bubble gum)

Lakme Eyeconic Curling Mascara Review

Lakme Eyeconic Curling Mascara

I have been using the Maybelline Colossal Volume Express Mascara, waterproof one. I love the volume it gives to the lashes but at the same time it looked like I have mascara on. More than two coats of the colossal mascara and it would clump. It is a disaster when I have to remove it.  Some of the mascara always remains on my lashes despite cleaning. I have a bi-phased remover from Chambor so I don’t think it is a remover issue.

I was in a desperate need of a new one and I was sure I would get a non waterproof mascara.

I got the Lakme Eyeconic Curling Mascara and I simply love it!


It has a curved brush which helps me curl the lashes just a bit. It lifts the lashes as you turn the brush. However I prefer using the lash curler before using the mascara.

It doesn’t make the lashes hard to touch (maybe because its washable).

It has not clumped on me at all, Yippee!

Most of all it doesn’t look overdone so I can wear it more often.

It’s not waterproof so very easy to clean. My eyelashes will thank me 🙂


Now the downside is that you have to be careful while using the brush especially with the lower lashes, it tends to touch the skin.  I don’t use mascara on the lower lash line so this one does not matter to me.

Beware the mascara not dry fast at all. Do not  flutter your eyelashes or close your eyes after you are done, it will transfer to somewhere else on the eye.

Not waterproof therefore cannot wear it in the rains! I haven’t really tried this though.

I would recommend this mascara because it is not expensive ( Rs. 250) and does a good job.

Edible Lip Scrub Recipe

Exfoliation of lips is as important as moisturizing them.

Why bother to buy expensive lip scrubs when you can make one at home? Its cheap and extremely easy so lets start :

What will you need?

  • 1 tsp Sugar (granulated or crushed)
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1 drop Vanilla essence
  • Mixing bowl and a toothpick
  • Small lip balm container, emptied and sterilized (dip it in boiling water)

 Mix all the above ingredients together in a bowl and fill it in your favorite small container. I like to make this in small quantities as I have to dip my fingers in the container to use the scrub. It smells really nice, the sugar does the exfoliation and the honey will moisturize the lips besides you don’t have to worry about it accidentally getting into your mouth because it is edible too 🙂


 Rub the scrub on your lips and then wipe it off, don’t wet your lips first because the sugar granules will dissolve. Follow with a lip balm. Enjoy smooth lips in a jiffy!

 You can experiment with this recipe by replacing vanilla with peppermint oil or other food flavors that you like example: pineapple, strawberry etc.

A non-edible variant of this scrub is to use Vaseline petroleum jelly instead of honey.

Tips To Reduce Lip Pigmentation

I love wearing lipsticks and experimenting with a range of shades especially pink. When I was new to makeup I would often buy lipsticks and would be disappointed when it wouldn’t turn out the same way as the swatches or in the pan. That is when I realized that the problem is with my lips and not the product. I have pigmented lips and that means most light shades look terrible on me. After some searching on the internet, I found quite a few tips that would help me.

Here I have complied a list of tips to reduce lip pigmentation, how to cover up pigmentation by makeup.

Tips to reduce lip pigmentation:

  • Sun Protection: Not just your skin but lips needs sun protection too. Use a lip balm with SPF to reduce pigmentation due to sun damage.
  • Moisturize: Moisturize the lips always. I cannot stress this point enough. Licking your lips will make them dry, don’t do that.
  • Remove Makeup: Remove lip makeup at the end of the day.
  • Exfoliate: I know this is sounding like basics of skin care but these are applicable to lips as well. Remember do not exfoliate too much, lips skin is sensitive. If lips are cracked avoid exfoliation.
  • Expired Products: Check the expiration date on your lip products. Expired goods can cause a lot of damage.
  • Tea/ Coffee Consumption: Avoid excessive tea and coffee. I am a tea addict and this one is really tough for me.
  • Smoking: Smoking causes pigmentation of lips, remember nicotine stains!
  • Biting Lips: Avoid sucking, biting of lips that basically cause lips to become dry and chapped which results in pigmentation.
  • Vitamin B: Include Vitamin B in your diet. Deficiency of vitamin B is known to cause pigmentation.
  • Hormonal Changes: Hormonal changes are a big cause of pigmentation of lips and skin. See a Dermatologist if simple remedies don’t help.

Some home remedies to reduce pigmentation:

  • Apply honey or glycerin and lime juice overnight. Lime juice is natural bleach and honey moisturizes the lips.
  • Apply a mixture of castor oil and lime juice overnight. If you cannot bear the smell of castor oil overnight, keep it for 30 minutes and then wash it off.
  • Rose water and glycerin is a great combination to get natural pink lips.
  • Overnight application of beetroot juice also helps.
  • Diluted clove oil heals chapped lips and has pain numbing and antiseptic properties. Remember it has to be diluted otherwise it can sting. It gives a warm sensation when applied. Olive oil can be used to dilute clove oil.

Makeup tips to cover pigmentation

  • Layer the lipstick: Apply a coat of lipstick, then blot it with a blotting paper or tissue paper and then apply another coat of lipstick. This also helps making the lipstick last longer.
  • Use a Lip liner: This helps in covering the pigmentation on the rims of your lips. You can use a nude pencil rather than using a different one for each colored lipstick.
  • Nude lipstick Base Coat: Just as it says use a base coat of a nude lipstick and apply your lipstick on top.
  • Use Matt Lipsticks: Matt lipsticks are better in coverage rather than the sheer ones or glosses. If you like gloss, use opaque ones. Example:  NYX lip creams, Chambor lip glosses.
  • Use a concealer: My favorite method to hide pigmentation is to use a concealer first before applying lipstick or gloss. Concealers are drying in nature hence use a lip balm underneath. Mac has a special lip concealer for this purpose: Mac Lip Erase. It has concealer plus lip balm. Although I find it expensive and a regular concealer can get the job done.

I wanted to put some before after pictures but I am not feeling very brave right now!

Hope this post helps you.

Tips For Healthy Hair During Monsoons

The Summer is over and monsoon is here. Mumbai’s had it’s first rain of the season few days back.Image

It’s almost irresistible to not go out and get soaked in the rain, isn’t it? I love doing that.

Come monsoons and the hair problems begin. I have compiled a list of tips to keep hair healthy during the monsoons.

Keep heating products to a minimum – Curling, straightening etc. dries out the hair. If you wish to color your hair try to wait and do it after the season is over. If not then treated hair need special care, use a mild shampoo and conditioner. Try the L’Oreal professional range, Schwarzkopf Professional Anti frizz products or Kerastase Nutritive Bain Oleo-relax Smoothing Shampoo.

Shorten your hair – Now is a good time, you want a change in hair style go for the short hair cut. They are more manageable in the rains.

Natural Products – Use homemade hair packs and natural conditioners. Curd, eggs, mayonnaise make very good conditioners. Rinsing hair with apple cider vinegar or beer (fresh or flat) also helps. Just use 1:1 ratio of water and apple cider vinegar and rinse the hair followed by a water rinse after 5 minutes.

Oil your hair – Hot oil massages are very effective. Keep the oil in the hair for 1 or 2 hour before a wash. Do not go out in the rain with oiled hair. That will just attract dirt and grime and lead to infections. Coconut oil or olive oil are good choices.

Wash hair regularly – Hair should be washed every 2-3 days to keep it clean. Rains water invites a lot of infections.

Tie hair Loose – When you are out in the rains, tie the hair in a loose pony tail or a loose bun so that it does not retain rain water.

Stay healthy – Eat lots of protein rich food, include nuts (especially walnuts), whole grains in your diet and drink plenty of water.

Hope the tips help you. Happy Monsoons!