Ere you say, I do!

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Gor­geous tresses on for your wed­ding can’t be a day’s job ei­ther. ERUM ALI QURESHI gives you a low­down on how to get your hair ready for your wed­ding.

Hair - - In Focus -

That your hair should be in con­trol, man­age­able, shiny and healthy on your wed­ding day is a no brainer. Ex­actly how you get it to be­have this way is an­other mat­ter al­to­gether.

Ide­ally, one should start prep­ping hair at least two months be­fore the wed­ding date for best re­sults. Ex­perts ad­vise reg­u­lar spa treat­ments at least twice a month; or a min­i­mum of four spa sit­tings be­fore the big day for max­i­mum effect. “Hair spa is one of the most ad­vanced forms of treat­ments avail­able for the tresses these days, which can pro­vide treat­ment for scalp and length is­sues. It helps to strengthen the hair fol­li­cles, nour­ish the roots and re­vi­talise the scalp. It helps to nor­malise oil se­cre­tions, in­creases cell me­tab­o­lism and stim­u­lates blood cir­cu­la­tion,” says Swati Gupta, SP In­dia Master Al­chemist. End­less rounds of shop­ping, func­tions and fit­tings will keep the brides-to-be on their toes. A week be­fore the wed­ding though, it makes sense to visit your sa­lon and have a con­sul­ta­tion with your stylist. He/she will be able to as­sess the con­di­tion of your hair and sug­gest treat­ment and styling tips. A word of cau­tion — you should avoid treat­ments such as colour­ing, straight­en­ing or perming your hair so close to the D-day. In case you are un­der­go­ing a chem­i­cal treat­ment, per­ma­nent hair colour­ing op­tions are not pos­si­ble. In this case you can use demi-per­ma­nent colour such as L’Oréal Pro­fes­sion­nel’s Dia Richesse to give shine and re-touch or cor­rect hair colour. The treat­ment works on both nat­u­ral base colour and pre-coloured hair. It nourishes the hair and can be used on the very same day as well post a tex­ture treat­ment. L’Oréal Pro­fes­sion­nel’s new Kera-Smooth Treat­ment is an op­tion if you are look­ing for a quick ser­vice (two hours for shoul­der length hair) for lus­trous hair with a nat­u­ral bounce. Also, it’s im­por­tant to use the right kind of prod­ucts at home. “Use of good prod­ucts such as sham­poos and con­di­tion­ers, and more im­por­tantly some serums and leave-in con­di­tion­ers, go a long way in im­prov­ing the tex­ture and feel of the hair,” adds Swati. “Hair spa is one of the most ad­vanced forms of treat­ments avail­able for the tresses these days, which can pro­vide treat­ment for scalp and length is­sues,” says Swati Gupta.

For dry scalp: L’Oréal Pro­fes­sion­nel’s Sensi Bal­ance Treat­ment soothes and mois­turises the scalp while pro­tect­ing it against harsh ex­ter­nal fac­tors. A dry and sen­si­tised scalp is left feel­ing re­freshed. The Sensi Bal­ance Sham­poo en­riched with Sor­bitwin gen­tly cleanses and com­forts the scalp and is per­fect for daily use at home.

For oily scalp: L’Oréal Pro­fes­sion­nel’s Pure Bal­ance Treat­ment is a cleans­ing treat­ment that has an anti-ox­i­da­tion effect on the scalp, mak­ing it healthy and cleans­ing it thor­oughly. This can be fol­lowed up with the Pure Re­source sham­poo at home that leaves the scalp nour­ished af­ter re­mov­ing build up. You can try some home reme­dies such as hair masks and reg­u­larly mas­sage your scalp with warm co­conut or olive oil. • To fight frizz, mix half a cup of honey with equal parts yo­gurt. Add half a tea­spoon of al­mond oil and work through the length of your hair with the mix. Let it sit for an hour and wash off with a gen­tle sham­poo. • A cup of cooked pump­kin, half a ta­ble­spoon of co­conut oil, a tea­spoon of yo­gurt and one tea­spoon of honey works won­ders for an ir­ri­ta­ble scalp and also pro­motes hair growth. Leave on for 20 min­utes, wash as usual. For over-pro­cessed hair, you can in­vest in the Moroc­canoil In­tense Hy­drat­ing Mask. This mir­a­cle-in-a-tub does not need steam to be ac­ti­vated; only 5 to 7 min­utes is what this highly ef­fec­tive mask needs to re­vi­talise and hy­drate your hair. In ad­di­tion to all this, a bal­anced diet, ad­e­quate sleep, lots of wa­ter, reg­u­lar ex­er­cise and a stress-free mind are im­por­tant for a glow­ing you on your D-day.

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