Henna for your Hair

The one advise (amongst many) my mom gave me as a teenager was ‘Never apply any kind of dye…it damages your hair and and it is  irremediable’ and I don’t know why but this advise I took very very seriously 😉 Hair loss is a major problem among men and women. You constantly listen to people talking about it…what should i do…should I apply egg yolk…any special oils…yoghurt….lemon….?? I say…the best solution is to apply henna with all these ingridients in it along with a few important additions. If you don’t have any plans of going blonde 😉 I advise everyone to give henna a try. Not only does it nourish your hair but leaves it shiny and dark burgundy in colour 🙂

Preparation Time: 20-25 mins

Ingredients: Please remember that the amount of ingridients being added depends on the length of your hair. This method is particularly for those individuals whose length of hair is neck long (or less).

  1. Henna – 3/4 cup (You should be able to find Henna at any Desi Store)
  2. Coffee or Tea Decoction – 350 – 500 ml (aprrox)
  3. Amla Powder (Usiri Podi) – 1/2 cup
  4. Soapnut Powder (Kunkudikaya Podi-optional) – 1/4 cup
  5. Yoghurt (Curd) – 2 Tbps
  6. Fresh Lemon Extract – 2 Tsp

Tools:

  1. A Kadai
  2. A fork to mix ingridients
  3. Henna Brush

Preparation:

Add atleast 3-4 Tbsp of Tea/Coffee powder in 500 ml of water and let it boil.

In the meantime, place henna in kadai and add amla powder, soapnut powder, yoghurt, lemon juice and mix well.

Once you think the decoction has reached it’s maximum concentration, add it to the mixture in the kadai.

Mix well with a fork so as to prevent from any balls from forming

Leave it overnight

You can apply henna yourself. In order to achieve best results, I personally prefer someone else doing it for me because then you don’t miss a spot. Make sure that you (or the person helping you out) divide hair into thin layers and apply henna starting from scalp and ending at the tips. It’s obviously easier for men 😉

Leave it for ateast 2.5 to 3 hrs and wash with shampoo or preferably Soapnut Juice (kunkudikaya rasam). Some people might advise you against washing with shampoo to allow the colour of henna to set in your hair…but I prefer to wash it off because otherwise….you end up with a terribly itchy scalp…leading to an unpleasant night.

(Optional)..Oil you hair with warm coconut (or any other) oil the following day for wonderful results.

So how many times do you need to do this? Well, I suggest apply henna once a week for a month and then apply once a month or atleast once in two months.

Good Luck and three cheers to a beautiful us 😉

The Happening

I am pretty excited about M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming movie ‘The Happening’ *ing Mark Wahlberg. The movie, if I am not wrong, deals with biochemical warfare. But what was even more interesting and made me jump in my seat was the fact that it was co-produced by our very own UTVRonnie Screwvala’s Motion Picture Production Company.

When some of the Hollywood’s biggest Production Houses like Sony Pictures have taken the plunge into Bollywood, UTV has gone a step ahead by co-producing one of the most awaited Hollywood Movie’s this summer. Three Cheers to UTV 😀

Death and Destruction. God Help Us!

Pic Courtesy: www.watton.org

  1. The first thing I saw on tele yesterday morning was NEWS of the Earthquake in China. Atleast 15,000 people are believed to be dead and thousands missing. Most of the vicitims were children who were caught unaware when their school building collapsed in a matter of seconds. Since China implements ‘one-child’ policy, a generation of children have been lost in some of the worst hit provinces.
  2. Day before, I also learnt of the serial blasts in Jaipur, where alteast 60 people are believed to be dead and atleast 150+ injured. The bombs were placed bicylcles parked in busy market areas. One of the bombs placed at Hanuman Temple was defused by the bomb defusal squad. As far as I remember, it was first Bangalore, then Delhi, then Hyderabad, then Ajmer Dargah and now Jaipur. The Intelligence Bureau (IB) should be re-named ‘The World’s Most Unintelligent Bureau (TWMUB)’. My reaction was that of shock when it happened in Delhi and Hyd. Now, I have somehow got used to the NEWS. They are bound to happen in our country…if not today..then tomorrow. I am sure most of us feel this way…since we live in a country where the security system is in shambles and IB seems to be doing nothing about it! It agitates me!
  3. Atleast 32,000 people are believed to be dead and scores unaccounted for due to Cyclone Nargis in Burma but the Burmese Military Junta is not accepting help from foreign authorities for food and aid…inspite of it’s people dying of starvation and illness. God, please give them some sense. First they force their power on the Burmese and now they don’t care inspite of so much suffering. If you want to help, please donate here. I read somewhere…IT IS ONLY THE POOREST THAT ARE HIT THE HARDEST BY NATURAL CALAMITIES.

My prayers are for the families who have lost their loved ones….to give them strength to cope with their irreplaceable loss. It is difficult…very difficult. But if our thoughts are with the vicitims and their families when we pray…it will be easier.

When such things happen, my faith in God is questioned. Why can’t God stop all this from happening?

Why Oh Why?!

I login to wordpress, check out what my felow bloggers have been upto and then logout. I’ve become so lazy…so lazy that I am watching NDTV Imagine’s version of Ramayan instead of simly changing the channel.

I have decided to take my life under control…and I must have made this decision atleast 100 times before 😀 The weather here is soo crappy! It’s dull, cloudy and to top it all up…it’s also windy! Can it get any worse…oh yes..it can…it aint raining luckily! Weather does have an affect on how you get along with your day to day activities. Apparently, S suffers from SAD aka Seasonal Affective Disorder…but he very well wakes up at 6AM everyday. Probably it’s me who suffers from it and I aint accepting it. Oh how so convinient…blame something or someone for your shortcomings. Now a days there’s a syndrome for everything! You sleep 9 1/2 hours a day…it’s a syndrome…you like wearing black most of the time and that’s another right there 😀 How crazy world has become these days! God save us!

Anyways, since yesterday, I have been listening to two songs continuously. I am not a great fan of Telugu Music. My favourite list starts and ends at Ilayaraja and occasionally Devi Sri Prasad. This is THE maximum extenet I dare to venture…but the two songs I have been listening since yesterday come from Mani Sharma from the movie Chirutha and Pokiri and then I realised I liked quite a few of his songs…like Rovoyi Chandamama starring Nagarjuna and the forgettable Anjala Zaveri.

Here goes

 NjoY!

Truly Back!!

Right…so I came back on saturday…after a reaaaly long holiday…which was for abt 2 and a half months. Now I don’t feel like staying here…I want to go back 😦 Weather here is terrible… -5 degree or something…

S is in Czech now…so waiting desp for him to be back so that I can get my life back on track.

One advise to people..if you are living away from home, don’t ever go on a loooooong holiday to see your family! The after effects are terrible!!

So long folks..will be back very soon…I have so much to write about…so many photographs to share…I just can’t wait!!

Hello to a Brand New Start….all over again…. ! 😀

Waiting to Write

I want to write but simply can’t find the time. I am eagerly waiting to go back to UK just to update my blog. There is so much to write about…..kerala, araku, indian villages…so many pictures to share….:D

Will be back very soon..so tune in 🙂

xx