~ Henna / Mehendi Hair Mask for Deep Conditioning…

Henna is a dye prepared from crushing leaves of the Lawsonia Inermis plant as known as the Henna tree! This is all natural and a very commonly applied on hands and hair. It is also called Mehendi.

Henna for the hands is whole another ball game as today I am talking about using Henna for deep conditioning your hair.

While there are many benefits of Henna for the hair, some of them are as follows, I mainly use it to repair my hair, help with hair loss and reduce oiliness, luckily I don’t have any greys yet, so I don’t use Henna to dye my hair and hence not talking about that aspect in my blog today.

1. Improves Scalp Health

2. Conditions the hair

3. Repairs damages and strengthens hair

4. Is a natural hair dye

5. Promotes hair growth and curbs hair loss

6. Balances the pH of the hair and reduces oiliness.

So with that said, here’s how to go about putting Henna in your hair!

You’ll need:

– I use Nupur Henna that’s specifically for the hair and has the goodness of 9 herbs mixed into it, see the picture below for more details. You can buy it online or from any Indian store near you. Or get it from India on your next trip!

– If you are using regular Henna, make sure it is good quality Henna, then make sure to add the following to the powder – herbal mixture of 1 tablespoon Manjistha powder, 1 tablespoon Bhringraj, 3 tablespoons of Amla Powder and 1 tablespoon of Shikakai Powder. This is optional and doesn’t effect the color, it just helps with conditioning the hair.

– 1/2 cup black tea

– 1/2 cup black coffee

– 1/2 cup boiled beetroot powder (gives a more burgundy tingle)

– Little bit of Yogurt or lemon juice

– Aluminum Foil and a Shower Cap

Method:

– Take required amount of Henna in a kadai / iron vessel. I have hair little below my shoulder, and 1.5 cups of Henna is needed, so adjust accordingly depending on your hair length.

– Brew the tea and coffee.

– Boil the beetroot in water.

– If your Mehendi doesn’t already have the herbal mixture pre-added and you are interested in adding it, do that now, to the Mehendi powder you took out.

– Once the tea/coffee/beetroot water has cooled down a little bit, strain it and mix it into the Henna making a semi-liquify / pasty consistency. Do not make the mixture runny. Make sure there aren’t any lumps. Mix with a spoon to avoid getting your hands dyed.

– Leave overnight.

**Using an iron vessel is recommended because that will help in oxidizing and giving that deep rich color and tinge to your hair. And the reason we soak this mixture overnight is because Henna needs to be soaked properly to give good color to your hair.**

– Next day before application, add either yogurt or lemon juice, this helps curb dandruff as well. But be careful with lemon juice as too much of it can cause hair to start greying!! I always prefer using Yogurt.

– Henna application is always tedious and messy and time consuming, so make sure you have ample of time in your hands before you start application. Start by wearing gloves and taking your hair coloring brush. If you don’t have a hair coloring brush, simply use your hands!! Start applying from the back of your head in small sections, covering the entire length of your hair root to tip. Once you have applied to the entire hair, pile it up on top and wrap with aluminum foil and cover with a shower cap.

– Leave this mixture for 2-3 hours atleast, since I have black hair, to get that perfect tinge, I leave it in my hair for 4-5 hours.

– When you are ready to wash it off, first rinse with plain water to ensure all the Henna is out and then you can apply conditioner as Henna does dry out the hair. I avoid putting shampoo the same day.

– In a day or two, I will oil my hair and then shampoo and condition as regular. Henna can make your hair brittle, so always oil after this treatment.

Now enjoy your freshly Henna colored / deep conditioned hair!! Don’t forget to flaunt it!

I had also shared some Hair Conditioning Tips in an earlier blogpost, take a look.

Until next time, stay stylish!!

** Apart from the Henna packet collage, all other images are courtesy Google**

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~ 7 Tips for dressing up for work this Winter!!

I haven’t done a fashion post in a while!!! Sorry about that. Lifestyle, recipe and travels along with maternity related stuff has kept the blog busy, but for those readers who have been requesting more fashion related content, this post is for y’all!!

Dressing up for work in winter can be a challenge, it’s cold and gloomy and all we want to do is wear comfy pjs and sip on hot coffee all day long. LOL!! Well that would be the scenario in my ideal world, unfortunately work is work, so today, I thought of sharing some tips on how to dress up for work this winter, read along…

1) Little Black Dress

Till very recently, I didn’t have a LBD in my wardrobe and often didn’t understand the whole hype about one. But since I have owned a pair, I totally see how a LBD is a must for any wardrobe!! It’s such a versatile piece. Aim to get a classic chic black dress which isn’t too fancy. Not only will it provide you countless options for layering, accessorizing, dressing up or down, it will also provide you numerous outfit options!! And don’t forget that it will come in handy when laundry hasn’t been done, thanks to it’s versatility!

2) Statement Color

If you are like me and love colors, wear it! It’s 2018 and the rules for office attire are changing and colors are more widely accepted now. The key here is choose classic colors and keeping the hot pinks, blood reds and mints for the weekend. A pop of color with neutral goes a long way but definitely do not don’t overdo it.

You could also do a pop of color via your lipstick to spice up a neutral outfit. Or accessorize a neutral outfit with colors!! The options are endless!

3) Legging-Like Pants

I live in leggings, have been and will continue. No shame there! Haha!! I own a lot of pairs, from jeggings to yoga style ones… I even have a couple of work approved leggings, that are basically skinny legged work pants and are as comfy as leggings but look formal. Not only are they comfy but they work well with boots and look super chic with heels or flat ballerinas!!

4) Neutral Sweater

I always have a classic sweater on the back of my desk chair for easy access during the day because offices are always chilly. Choose a neutral color that will go with anything. Not only is it the the perfect defense against over-air-conditioned offices, but it will help you transition between seasons. If you have the liberty to, keep a couple of pieces for being more stylish.

5) Modern Blazer

I believe in less is more and quality over quantity. I used to be a quantity kinda chic earlier but then I realized that if you buy versatile good quality pieces, you can make more from less!! Invest in pieces that go from work to weekend with the change of accessories and you have won the style battle! And not to mention your wallet will be happy too!!

A modern blazer will definitely do just that – be versatile. You can choose to play with colors or keep it black, simple but always a winner!

6) Scarves

Like necklaces and earrings are a staple in my spring and summer wardrobe, scarves are a must in my fall and winter wardrobe. I have way too many scarves to even count, but believe it or not I actually wear them all. I have also shared a post on scarf styling for both men and women.

7) Your Personal Style

Don’t let your office dress code take away your spark!! The most important thing is to always embrace your personal style and wear clothes that make you feel your best and that you are comfortable be. Don’t follow trends blindly, always go accordingly to your taste and body type. When you are confident in your outfit, you will shine with confidence in everything you do. So go ahead and embrace your personal style.

Hope you found this blog post helpful… Lemme know in the comments section below!! Until next time, stay stylish!!