is one of the primary requisites of a good
Maya Paranjpe an authority on Indian Beauty in Mumbai, India ! So what makes us beautiful....is
it the hair, make up, body?
Beauty is surely in the eyes of the
beholder....but we have to take care of our outer appearance just as we enrich ourselves from within.
Feeling a little "blah"
after a busy and stressful holiday or summer season? Then
rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit with a little
post-holiday pampering. It's easy to recreate many of your
favorite spa treatments in the privacy of your own home, for a
fraction of the price, and on your own schedule—no appointment
Ready to set up your
home-spa sanctuary? You will need to create two areas: Your
bathroom will become your "treatment room," and your
patio, bedroom, or living room will become your "quiet
room," where you can relax after your treatment. Clear away
any clutter that will prevent you from relaxing and focusing on
your spa experience. Stash your hair products and makeup under
the counter. Supply your bathroom with plenty of fresh towels,
and make yourself a pitcher of "spa water"—ice water
with sliced lemons or oranges and cucumbers. You'll need this to
rehydrate in your quiet room following your treatment. Most
importantly, turn off your computer, television, radio, and cell
phone—you shouldn't be distracted during your spa vacation.
For many centuries, Indian women have passed down
Indian Beauty Secrets from one generation to the other. At home
and natural treatments use simple ingredients like fruits and herbs, which are widely available in many grocery and
health food stores.
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- For centuries, Indian woman have used simple, all natural,
tropical ingredients for their beauty recipes. Recipe
ingredients consisted of fruits, rose petals, nuts, milk,
yogurt, honey, neem, clay, sandalwood, and most of all,
For centuries, Indian
woman have used simple, all natural, tropical ingredients for
their beauty recipes. Recipe ingredients consisted of fruits,
rose petals, nuts, milk, yogurt, honey, neem, clay, sandalwood,
and most of all, ayurvedic herbs.
- A simple Indian beauty regimen:
Herbal Steam: 1 bowl of boiling water, 1 tsp rose petal powder
or citrus peel powder, 1 tsp tulsi powder, 1 tsp fennel seed powder, 1
tsp lemon balm, 1 tsp peppermint leaves. Place a towel over your head,
hold your face above the steam for about 10 minutes to allow the steam
to open up the skin pores. This will allow you to deep clean the skin.
Make sure your skin stays hot until you apply the exfoliating cleanser
so have it ready.
If you have acne prone or oily skin, you can soak a washcloth with hot
neem infused tea and place the washcloth over your face for an
additional 5 minutes. Remember not to lick your lips - the tea will be
bitter! Rinse the face really well with warm water and pat dry.
Exfoliate: Make a paste with 1/2 Tablespoon aritha powder,
1/2 tsp sandalwood powder, 1 tablespoons multani mitti clay, 1/2 tsp
powdered rose petals, 1 tsp arrowroot powder, 1/4 tsp neem powder and
milk. Alternatively, you can do a almond nut meal scrub using 2
tablespoons nut meal, 1 tsp honey, 2 tablespoons oatmeal coarse and 1
tsp buttermilk powder. Add water to make a paste. Using a circular
motion, massage exfoliating mixture into the skin. Rinse well with
Tighten the pores: Mix 1/2 cup of refrigerated yogurt with 2
tsp refrigerated rose hydrosol and 1/2 tablespoon honey. Apply to the
face and allow it to sit until the mixture becomes warm and then
rinse. If your skin is dry you can smooth on a few finger tips full of
virgin coconut oil or sweet almond oil, both of which are very light.
Amla Powder : The amla fruit, also known as the Indian gooseberry,
comes from a small tree that grows throughout India. The tree is
worshipped as “Mother Nature” due to its nourishing fruit. The
fruit is one of the highest natural sources of vitamin C, and it
yields an oil that has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine
to treat the hair and scalp. It is said to penetrate the scalp and
strengthen hair at its root, to stop and reverse abnormal hair loss
and to promote stronger, healthier new growth. It is also an excellent
To use amla powder, make a hot water infusion with the powder and
strain it. The tea can be used to rinse the hair after shampooing.
Amla is best used in combination with shikakai, aritha, neem,
bhringraj and tulsi powders. When using the herbs in combination,
steep all of the herbs in water and strain the tea. The tea should be
kept refrigerated and used within 4 days or preserved with an
Aritha Powder (Soapnut)
Aritha powder, also known as Soapnut, comes from the fruit of the
Soapnut tree. The pulp of the fruit contains a high level of saponins
that act as natural foaming agents. This powder can be used to wash
delicate fabrics as well as to wash sensitive skin and hair. Add the
powder to a facial mix of milk powder and clay to provide delicate
cleansing of the skin. Add aritha powder to salt scrubs to add
As a hair and body wash, aritha powder is best used in a tea. Add 1
tablespoon of aritha powder to a cup of boiling water. Allow it to sit
for 10 minutes. Cool and strain the tea for use as a hair wash or mild
cleanser. Aritha can also be combined with amla, neem & shikakai
powders for a more nutritive hair wash. Steep all of the herbs in
water, and strain the tea. The tea should be kept refrigerated and
used within 4 days or preserved with an anti-bacterial preservative.
Use with caution around the eyes.
Shikakai Powder :
Shikakai is referred to as "fruit for the
hair." It has a naturally mild pH, and it gently cleans the hair
without stripping it of natural oils. Use shikakai as a natural hair
sensitive scalps or to control dandruff. Shikakai is said to promote
hair growth and strengthen hair roots.
For best results, combine 1 tablespoon each of
shikakai powder, amla powder, bhringraj and aritha powder. Add them to
1 cup boiling water. Allow the infusion to sit for 10 minutes. If you
have dandruff or scalp problems, you can add 1 teaspoon of neem powder
to this mixture. You can also add 1 teaspoon of liquid castille soap
to the mixture if you have very oily hair. Once cooled, use this
mixture to wash your hair. Rinse well with warm water. If desired,
follow with a light spritzing of amla and brahmi oils to condition the
Triphala Powder :
Triphala means "three fruits," and is a blend of haritaki,
amla and bibitaki. This blend of herbs is a traditional gentle,
detoxifier that nourishes as it removes toxins from the body. It is
said to balance the three constitutional elements of human life: the
nervous system, the metabolic processes, and the body’s structural
integrity. When used in masks and skin treatments, Triphala is said to
rejuvenate, balance, tone and nourish the skin at the cellular level.
Add it to facials, body treatments and wraps. Is said to have
antiseptic properties due to the inclusion of haritaki. Triphala can
also be added to Ayurvedic soaps and washbags.
The bark is cool, bitter, astringent,
acrid and refrigerant. It is useful in tiredness, cough, fever,
loss of appetite, worm infestations. It heals wounds and is also
used in vomiting, skin diseases and excessive thirst. Twigs have
been used as a ‘toothbrush’ and for dental care, since
antiquity. Neem toothpaste has been on sale in the US and
Germany for some time, and is now available here.
According to Ayurveda, Neem leaves help
in the treatment of Vatik disorders (neuromuscular pains). Neem
leaves are also reported to remove toxins, purify blood and
prevent damage caused by free radicals in the body by neutralizing
A paste made with leaves is used in India for the cure of
chicken pox, smallpox and warts. A poultice is effective for
boils, ulcers and eczema.
Neem fruits are bitter, purgative,
antihemorrhodial and anthelmintic (vermifuge) in nature.
The flowers are used in vitiated
conditions of pitta (balancing of the body heat) and kapha
(cough formation). They are astringent, anthelmintic and non
Neem seeds are also described as
anthelmintic, antileprotic (cures or prevents leprosy) and
antipoisonous. Seeds, along with leaves and dry Neem cake, are
an active ingredient in mosquito coils.
Neem oil, derived from crushing the seeds, is
antidermatonic, a powerful vermifuge and is bitter in taste. It
has a wide spectrum of action and is highly medicinal in nature.
As an oil used in aromatherapy, it has been effective in the
treatment of head lice in children, especially where tea tree
has failed to clear up the condition. This was particularly
noticeable on an outbreak of head lice, two years ago, at a
school local to my practice, where I treated several children.
Those with blonde to reddish hair had their head lice condition
cleared up much quicker with Neem oil applied at a 3% dilution
to a shampoo base, than with tea tree.
- CLAY -
Mitti, also known as Indian Fullers Earth, is similar to kaolin
clay. It is formed by the decomposition of volcanic ash. Fullers
used it to clean sheep’s wool prior to spinning it, and hence
the reason for its name. Multani Mitti clay is highly absorbent.
It is good for drawing excess oils from the skin and stimulating
circulation to the skin.
- Almonds were first
introduced many centuries ago by Persian and Afghanistan
traders. They were available in only a few regions at first,
but eventually were sold throughout India as a valuable source
of protein in a country where many people don’t eat meat.
Almonds in India were believed to be a sacred “brain” food
that would increase your thinking ability.
- Known by the Indian
and Sanskrit name of Chandan, Santalum album is used for its
volatile oil. It is astringent, cooling, deodorant,
disinfectant, stimulant and tonic. Sandalwood is useful in
cutaneous inflammation, where the chief uses are in skin care,
to soothe cutaneous inflammation, as an antiseptic, a skin
softener, and to invigorate peripheral blood circulation in the
skin. It acts as a prophylactic against skin diseases and
allergic conditions, is haemostatic or styptic, and removes skin
A glowing, smooth skin is
one of the first things you notice about an attractive,
well-groomed person. But looking neat and attractive is easier
when you are healthy. You can keep your body healthy with
responsible hygiene. Hygiene is a set of healthful practices
that help prevent disease.
Hygiene includes good
health habits, such as eating a variety of foods, exercising,
getting enough rest, and keeping your body clean. You hygiene
program should also include careful choices of grooming
products. Many of them may have chemicals that can irritate the
skin. Preventing and properly treating skin infections and
disorders, as well as avoiding overexposure to the sun are
All skin types look better after a weekly polishing treatment
to slough off dead surface cells. In India, where a tropical
climate means more oily skin and therefore a tendency to collect
dust and grime, women have used home-made skin polishers for a
The luster of the
skin contributes to a divine appearance. Home made face masks containing natural ingredients are quick and simple to create at home.
Also commonly used are
, HONEY, TURMERIC
Besan & Turmeric Mask
This is the traditional mask, also used for a bride, seven days in advance of marriage.
Take in a cup half a cup of besan (gram flour), 2 tsp of turmeric powder, 2 tsp of sandal wood powder, 2 tsp of ghee or almond oil, add some water to make a paste. Apply to face and whole body and leave for 5-10 minutes. Rub with pressure with both palms and fingers to remove all the paste.
& Lemon Mask
Mix 1 1/2 teaspoons
honey, the juice from 1/2 of a lemon, and 3-tablespoon yogurt. Stir in 1 whipped egg white. Apply to face and let
set about 15 minutes. Then wash off with lukewarm water.
and Honey Facial
This easy mask is
suitable for all skin types. It clarifies and moisturizes the
skin, leaving it cleansed and silken. Egg yolks contain
anti-oxidants, which are very beneficial to our skin.
1 egg yolk
1 tsp. honey
1 tsp. vitamin E oil
1 tsp. almond oil
Mix all ingredients together, stirring until smooth. To use,
apply to face and rinse with warm water after 15 minutes.
This fragrant facial
cleanses and moisturizes your face, leaving you relaxed and
1 cup clean rose petals
1˝ cups full cream milk
1/8-cup vegetable glycerin
Fill a pan with water and place another bowl on top (like a
double boiler). Heat until the water begins to simmer in the pan
and then pour the milk into the bowl above. Add vegetable
glycerin and rose petals. Remove from heat and let the mixture
cool. Once the mixture is cool to the touch, pour it into a
blender and mix well.
Wash your face with the rose and milk mixture and rinse with
warm water. This mixture can be refrigerated for up to four
White Skin Tightener
As far as masks go, it
can't get simpler than this…it leaves your skin tightened and
feeling very refreshed.
1 egg white
Separate the egg white from the yolk. Put the egg white on your
face and relax for about 15 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm
& Honey Mask
For Extremely dry skin:
To treat extremely dry skin, mash a Banana and a
tablespoon of Honey to it. Apply on the skin, leave on for 10
minutes and wash off.
Mix a 4th
cup Olive Oil to half cup Brown Sugar and add 4 tablespoons
grated Lemon zest - makes great low cost body exfoliator.
- Make a paste from a
little oatmeal and water. Apply to face and let it dry. Then
wash off with lukewarm water.
- Mash half of an
avocado and apply to entire face. Let set for about 20
minutes and then wash off.
- Mash 1/2 banana and
add 1-tablespoon honey and 2 tablespoons sour cream. Apply
to face and let set for about 10 minutes. Then wash off with
- Two tablespoons of
cornmeal mixed with enough water to make a thick paste makes
a great inexpensive facial mask. Gently apply to face and
- Soak 1 cup dried
apricots in water until softened. Puree in blender or food
processor with 2 tablespoons skim milk powder. Apply to face
and let set about 15 minutes. Then wash off with lukewarm
- In a food processor or
blender, combine 1/2 cucumber, 1-tablespoon yogurt, a few
strawberries, and 1-teaspoon honey. Apply to face and let it
dry. Then wash off with lukewarm water.
- To loosen blackheads,
combine equal parts baking soda and water in your hand and
rub gently on your skin for 2 to 3 minutes. Rinse with warm
- If you have acne prone
or oily skin, you can soak a washcloth with hot neem infused
tea and place the washcloth over your face for an additional
5 minutes. Remember not to lick your lips - the tea will be
Exfoliate: Make a
paste with 1/2 Tablespoon aritha powder, 1/2 tsp sandalwood
powder, 1 tablespoons multani mitti clay, 1/2 tsp powdered
rose petals, 1 tsp arrowroot powder, 1/4 tsp neem powder and
milk. Alternatively, you can do a almond nut meal scrub
using 2 tablespoons nut meal, 1 tsp honey, 2 tablespoons
oatmeal coarse and 1 tsp buttermilk powder. Add water to
make a paste. Using a circular motion, massage exfoliating
mixture into the skin. Rinse well with warm water.
and foremost, always comb your hair gently to prevent breakage.
Hair is at its weakest when wet. So never brush your hair when
wet. As far as possible let your hair dry naturally. Use dryers
only when you are pressed for time or when you want to set them
for an occasion. Detangle your hair before you wash it. Wet hair
is very fragile so brush your hair thoroughly before getting
into the shower.
your hair at least twice a week or for a day before washing. Oil
really does wonders for your hair; coating each strand and
making it shine. Besides oil massage also increases the
circulation in the scalp and promotes hair growth. Avoid using
harsh shampoos and conditioners as they can harm your hair and
make them dry. Tackle dandruff with good antidandruff shampoos.
Most of all try to keep your hair clean and do not expose it to
strong wind, dust and pollution.
Do you want to have
beautiful long hair, but cannot because of problems like
dandruff, split-ends, graying etc which compel you to cut your
hair? Well, here are some easy home recipes for good growth of
hair. So get going to have hassle free bouncy hair!
- Wash and clean a bunch
of Methi leaves in water. Without adding water, add black
pepper, a few drops of lemon and salt to taste and boil.
Churn this in a mixer or juicer and drink this concoction.
Drinking this regularly will increase hair growth.
- Half an hour before
washing your hair, rub coconut milk onto your scalp. This
will also make your hair shinier.
- Just as you massage
oil, massage raw milk in your hair. Wash off after an hour.
- Cashews are very
nutritious and good for your skin and also enhance hair
- Grandma's advice still
holds true. At night before going to sleep, give your hair a
hundred strokes with a brush. This increases the blood
circulation in the scalp and promotes hair growth. However
brush your hair gently for vigorous stroking will cause
breakage. Drink coconut water at least twice a week. It is
good for your skin, digestive system and really a miracle
ingredient for your hair.
- Heat olive oil and
massage into hair and then take steam. By doing this
regularly you will get rid of split-ends.
- Make a paste of
jaggery, curd, and Multanni mitti and apply on scalp an hour
before shampooing to get rid of dandruff. Take this
treatment once in 15 days.
- To bleach your hair,
you can use lemon juice while olive oil works as an
effective hair conditioner and gets rid of the frizz. A
quarter cup of vinegar mixed with three quarters of a cup of
warm water is a great rinser and makes your hair soft and
shiny. We have even found out that a daily soak in burdock
tea will stop hair loss!
The henna used for mehndi
comes from a bush called Lawsonia Inermis which is part of the
loose strife family and is grown in the Sudan, Egypt, India,
most of the North African counties, The Middle East and other
hot and dry places. Henna is used for hair dye, as a skin
conditioner and as a reliever for rashes.
The art of Mehendi has existed for centuries. The exact place of
its origin is difficult to track because of centuries of people
in different cultures moving through the continents and taking
their art forms with them and therefore sharing their art with
everyone along the way.
Use plastic gloves always
as the color will stain your hands. The paste will also stain
your clothing, towels etc., so take necessary precautions.
- Measure into a bowl
the required quantity of your choice henna powder and mix
with warm water (preferably) or simply with tap water, and
stir it until you get smooth creamy paste of henna powder
and leave this paste to mature for 4 to 8 hours.
- Then apply a generous
quantity of henna paste with fingers smoothly and absorb the
paste well into hair, to avoid henna paste running down to
your neck or forehead, wrap your scalp/hair with plastic or
aluminum foil or with cotton strips, making sure the henna
paste covers the hair around the hairline. Use plastic
- Leave the paste on
hair/scalp for minimum 45 minutes or up to 8 hours.
Its better to let the paste remain on hair for recommended
timing to get perfect coloration and to let the hair absorb
henna properties. Cover hair with a plastic shower
- After desired time,
carefully remove the cover, and rinse thoroughly until water
runs clear and remove any remaining of henna paste from
- Now you can shampoo
your hair or just dry hair by towel. Finally be confident
your hair has been treated with nature's gifted colorant and
Some things to know about
hennaing your hair:
Henna products do not wear
out readily. It can take up to 9 months to a year for the henna
coloring to completely disappear. Sun may fade the color over
time to a lighter shade, but hair colored with henna will
maintain its coloring for a long time. This sometimes makes
people think that henna coloring is permanent. It is not...but
it will last for months. While henna coloring lasts for 9 months
to a year, you will want to henna your hair every 4 to 6 weeks
for the conditioning properties.
Henna does not lighten
hair. If your hair is dark, you cannot use a henna product to
lighten your hair...only to darken it. However, henna can
provide beautiful highlights to hair. Black and dark brown hair
can become black and brown with burgundy wine highlights when
colored with henna. Eventually and with ongoing henna
applications, even dark brown and black hair will appear a dark
red or dark auburn. Brown and dark brown hair can get beautiful
deep auburn and wine colored highlights and coloring.
Hands and feet are often
the most neglected areas, yet the way they look gives our inner
secrets away. Cared-for nails are a sign that the rest of our
body is well looked after too. Vitamin deficiencies show up as
weak and splitting nails; insecurity appears as nail biting;
stress can slow growth; Spend a little time and effort sorting
our dry, flaky nails, and hard, rough skin, and thanks to the
latest technical advances in nail care, a perfect set of strong,
healthy nails in now within reach.
Butter Hand Softener
- 1 Tablespoon almond oil, 1
cup butter, Mix well. Before bed, massage mixture into hands,
then cover with white cotton gloves. Wear all night while
Your Feet In The Shower
Treat your feet to a
friendly wake-up call with this quick morning routine that will
leave you feeling beautiful and energized down to your
toes. File down rough spots on your feet to restore your
skin's natural softness. Concentrate on the ball of the foot and
the heel. Exfoliate your skin with a natural defoliant like a
mixture of coarse sea salt and sugar mixture. Rinse off, and
continue with your shower. Use a light, daily moisturizer on
feet and legs to naturally condition your skin and lock in
Minute Home Manicure
- Remove old nail polish
with a single stroke by soaking a cotton wool pad with nail
polish remover. Wipe away traces of polish around the
cuticles stick dipped in remover.
- Using an emery board,
shape nails lightly, working from both edges towards the center.
Avoid moving the board back and forth quickly, which
produces heat that dries out the nail and leads to
splitting. Try holding the emery board at a single angle
under the nail. Don't file down the sides- the nail tip
needs the sides as support, otherwise it will weaken and
- Apply a cuticle
remover around the nail contours. Using the tip of a cuticle
stick wrapped in cotton wool, gently push back the skin.
Work away dead tissue before carefully passing the stick
- Wash your hands in
warm soapy water, and brush nails with a soft manicure brush
so that polish will adhere to them properly. Pat hands dry
with a towel.
- If nails are weak,
apply a strengthening or hardening product, paying special
attention to the tips. Allow to dry.
- Apply a protective
base coat, covering the entire nail but stopping short of
- Apply two coats of
polish, starting with a single stroke down the center of the
nail, then across the cuticle base and down the two sides
without touching the cuticle. Allow each coat to dry.
- Finish with a top coat
for extra gloss and the shield against chipping.
optimum skin and nail health, check that your diet includes
plenty of vitamin A, E and B complex, and the minerals calcium,
Zinc, magnesium and iodine. If need be, take nail-fortifying
vitamin and minerals supplements.
Minute Home Pedicure
- Clean toenails and
remove all traces of polish with a conditioning remover, as
described for the manicure.
- Cut toenails using a
nail clipper and file into the desired shape using the rough
side of an emery board. Hold the board slightly angled down
over the edge of the nail. Smooth the edges towards the
center with a light motion; don't cut or file them always as
this weakens the nail and can lead to ingrown toenails.
- Lightly massage the
nail contours with a cuticle oil or cream.
- Place both feet in a
bowl of warm water into which you have added a handful of
bath salts or a few drops of pure essential oil such as
peppermint. Soak feet for five to ten minutes.
- Dry feet thoroughly
with a towel and apply a drop of cuticle remover to the nail
contours. Leave it on for a few minutes while you smooth
away any hard skin or calluses on the soles of your feet
using an exfoliating cream. Then gently 'roll' the cuticles
back with a manicure stick covered with cotton wool. Massage
hard skin again with the scrub, then rinse off in the warm
- Rinse your feet in
cold water to boost circulation. Dry them again with a
towel, paying special attention to the skin between your
- Clean your toenails
again with a cotton pad soaked in remover to take off any
- If required, apply a
hardening formula to the toenails, taking care not to let it
touch the cuticle or the surrounding skin.
- Apply a base coat,
followed by two coats of polish, ans finally a top coat, as
described for the manicure. Placing cotton wool between your
toes separates them to make applying polish easier.
cuticles on toenails are so tough, it's important to work on
them with a cuticle remover at least once a month, paying
particular attention to the little toe, which usually suffers
the most. If you have a dry skin on your feet, the best way to
remove it is with a scrub cream, which will leave your feet
smoother and well conditioned or best of all, use pumice stone
for smoothing those rough patches.
- Remove all traces of
nail polish with a cotton wool pad soaked in
remover. Pay special attention to the corners, where streaks
of nail color may remain.
- Soak hands in a bowl
of warm, soapy water with a pinch of salt.
- Massage cream into the
cuticle, all around the nail and down to the first joint of
the finger. Push back the cuticle with a cuticle stick.
- Clean your nails with
a soft brush. Give your hands a light scrubbing with a
pumice stone, to gently cleanse the skin.
- Cut your nails to the
Black Circles under eyes
A lot of us have black
circles under the eyes. A very common and effective way to
reduce puffiness as well as the black circles,
close your eyes and cover eyelids with slices of raw potato or cucumber for 15-20 minutes. wash with warm water and apply a cream.
How To Apply Eye
deeper colors on the lid.
lighter colors on the brow bone.
a casual but polished look, sweep one shade from lashes to
cream shadows sparingly -- the colors tend to be very vivid.
gloss is the newest trend. It adds a sheer shine to lids,
but don't try it unless you know you can carry it off -- it
can look greasy and inappropriate.
powder eyeliners wet for more intense color.
- White, pink and
yellow eyeliner pencils tend to make the eye look open and
brighter. Blue counteracts redness, and black will give
you a sultry look.
- In order to make
eyeliner easy to apply, manufacturers sometimes make it so
creamy it doesn't stay put. You can use a matching eye
shadow or powder liner to set your eyeliner.
Like nail shape,
the shape of your brows depends on your personal preference, but
keep in mind that your eyebrows can affect your whole
expression. In general, the beginning of the brow should be
aligned with the center of the nostril below it and extend a bit
past the outer corner of the eye. The arch should fall over the
outside third of the eye.
Threading is an age
old skill and is used in almost all Indian Salons. It is very hygienic
an usually pain free - that is if you have a professional do
it quickly and swiftly.
It is a natural, safe,
simple, fast effective method of facial hair removal. The
art of threading is gentle and precise, making it
suitable for even the most sensitive skin.
An esthetician takes a
bit of sewing thread and wraps it around 2 fingers on each
hand. Then she winds it up, places it over the hair she
wants to remove, and tugs on the end of the string.
The twisting action of
the thread traps the hair and lifts it out of the follicle.
Threading is more effective and less painful than tweezing;
hair re-growth becomes finer and more sparse after regular
treatments; and the top layers of skin are not peeled or
traumatized in the process.
What are the Benefits of
Threading vs. Waxing?
1. Threading does not peel a layer of skin.
2. There is no redness or swelling. If redness or
swelling occurs, it is gone within 30 minutes.
3. No irritation or bumps at all.
4. Hair does not grow back as fast, and hair regrowth is
5. Threading removes even the finest of hair and feels
smooth like baby's skin.
In the News : California
regulators and lawmakers will soon have to decide whether
threading, a hair removal technique mostly practised by
immigrant Indian American women, should be exempted from
state cosmetology regulations that protect consumers.
Threading does not fall under the purview of California's
Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, the principal
cosmetology industry group that oversees cosmetologists,
barbers, manicurists and electrologists, as the practice is
void of chemicals and scissors covered by cosmetology rules.
Besides, one does not require a licence to run a threading
salon. Democrat assembly member Tony Mendoza recently
introduced a bill that seeks to permanently exclude
threading from the regulatory books, calling the practice
"a tradition that should be respected".
The 100% cotton thread is twisted
and rolled along the surface of the skin entwining the hairs
in the thread, which are then lifted out from the follicle. It
is said to be more precise than waxing.
In waxing they spread
a thin layer of wax over the area, then press a strip of cloth
over it and pull away quickly so that the hair and wax are
pulled off onto the cloth.
Nowadays you even get
wax plastic strips already shaped like an eyebrow and you can
do it at home.
Threading is the
best/safest one. Waxing can stretch and thin the skin around the
eye area. The threader has much more control over the persons
brows than a waxer does. Many Indian home beauty
salons are home based businesses.
Tweezing too far in from the inner
edge of the eyebrow will make your eyes look smaller; plucking
too much from the bottom will make you look perpetually
surprised. If you have doubts, leave the hair un-plucked. Be sure
to tweeze in the direction that the hair grows and pluck only
one hair at a time. Proceed with caution! Eyebrow hair grows
There are ways to reduce the pain
and irritation that result from tweezing. Take a hot shower
before tweezing, or hold a warm washcloth on the area. But
whatever you do, don't numb the area with ice: Cooling the area
closes the pores, making it more difficult to remove the hair
and causing more pain. When you're finished, wipe the tweezed
area with a cotton ball soaked with astringent to prevent
Shaving the bikini area can be tricky but with a little
know how, you can master it. Here's How:
- Change the blade in your razor. Your shaving blade needs
to be very sharp.
- If this is your first time shaving this area, trim hairs
before you begin.
- Lather the area with a good quality shaving gel.
- Shave with the grain first.
- Reapply shave gel.
- Shave lightly across or against the grain.
- Repeat step 7 until you have the area relatively smooth.
- Wait for a few hours to allow the area to calm down.
- Repeat step 7 until you have the area relatively smooth.
- With an electric razor, go over the area to pick up
anything that your razor may have missed.
- Soap and water might work for washing your hands, but for
shaving -- definitely not.
- Using a dull blade will not give you a clean shave and can
contribute to razor burn.
- Let the shaving gel sit for at least three minutes to
soften the hair.
Chapped lips give new
meaning to the expression "crack a smile." Cold, dry
weather, the sun's unrelenting rays, and even allergic reactions
to lipstick, toothpaste, food, or drink can make your lips peel.
The best way to deal with
chapped lips is to avoid the dry, cold weather that can cause
them in the first place. But since heading for the tropics is
not too practical for most people, head to the drugstore instead
and pick up a skin protectant lip balm. Desi ghee has also been
used as a daily protectant .
A creamy lipstick helps soothe lips that are already chapped.
Licking your chapped lips will only aggravate the problem.
That's because chapped lips are basically a dehydration issue.
When you lick them, you momentarily apply moisture, which then
evaporates and leaves your lips feeling drier than before.
Moisturize your lips from the inside out by drinking additional
fluids in the winter—perhaps several ounces of water every few
hours. As you age, the ability of your cells to retain moisture
decreases, so your dryness problem may actually increase each
Let a humidifier help.
Furnace-heated air can reduce the humidity level inside your
house to 10 percent or less, whereas 30 to 40 percent is closer
to ideal for keeping moisture in your skin. If you don't have a
whole-house humidifier, put a smaller unit next to your bed, and
close your bedroom door to keep moisture in.