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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.
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.