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  • Soak your feet in a tub of hot, soapy water.
  • Add salt and essence oils (if you have any).
  • Using a foot file (or a pumice stone or any other scrub), scrub your feet lightly.
  • Remove from tub and wipe your feet with a soft towel
  • Apply a generous amount of cream on your feet till a few inches above the ankles.
  • If you have rose water, keep some in a spray bottle and spray on your feet before starting the pedicure, and a couple of times during the pedicure.
  • Push back your cuticles gently with a cuticle buffer. You can also use this buffer to clean your nails.
  • Clip your toenails. The best way to clip toenails is to go straight across, rounding them off slightly at the ends.
  • Dab a cotton pad with nail polish remover and use it to take off your old polish. Gently press the cotton on your nail, and wipe the polish off, using strokes in the outward direction only.
  • Massage each foot for 5-10 minutes. Concentrate on the heels, and any other dry and cracked areas of the foot.
  • Separate your toes with tiny wedges of cotton, and apply two coats of nail polish. Remember to let the polish dry before applying a second coat.
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Answer the phone by LEFT ear.

Do not drink coffee TWICE a day.

Do not take pills with COOL water.

Do not have HUGE meals after 5pm.

Reduce the amount of OILY food you consume.

Drink more WATER in the morning, less at night.

Keep your distance from hand phone CHARGERS.

Do not use headphones/earphone for LONG period of time.

Best sleeping time is from 10pm at night to 6am in the morning.

Do not lie down immediately after taking medicine before sleeping.

When battery is down to the LAST grid/bar, do not answer the phone as the radiation is 1000 times
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Look up, look down 

Look up towards the roof. Hold the position for three counts. Now look down towards the floor. Repeat these eye movements for five times and then close your eyes and relax. Blink your eyes for several times and then close your eyes for a few seconds. You are ready to move on to second exercise.

Look left, look right 

Look left and count three, now look right. Repeat the movements for three times and relax. Blink your eyes. You can also place two guiding points to the left and right sides. Hold two pencils in both your hands at same distance. These points will guide you to keep moving your eye while sustaining equal speed.

Look at the corners 

Same as first two exercises, this exercise too includes eye movements. Look at the upper corner of your right eye and then look at the lower corner of your left eye. Repeat these movements for five times. Blink your eyes and relax for a few seconds. Now do the other way round, look at the upper corner of your left eye and then look at the lower corner of your right eye. Repeat the movements for five times and relax.

Move eyes in circular motion 

It is not advisable to start your eye exercise regime with this exercise. For first few days keep your eye exercise routine to first three exercises only. Once your eyes get used to these eye movements you can start practicing further exercises. Roll your eyes slowly clockwise and then anticlockwise. Do not forget to blink your eyes or close your eyes if you are feeling strained.

Squeeze and open 

This exercise helps to relax muscles around your eyes and jaw. Contract your eye muscles by shutting your eyes tightly. Hold on this position for three counts and then relax your muscles. This exercise relaxes muscles around the eyes and helps to let go the strain after eye exercises.

Concentrate on a point and move eyes

Hold a pencil in your hand. Concentrate on the point of the pencil. Move the pencil slowly in various directions. Keep on following the pencil's directions.

Move pencil forward and backward 

Place your thumb or a pencil little below your nose tip. Your thumb or tip of the pencil is your point. Move your point forward and backward. Concentrate and follow your point as it moves.


Palming is an important aspect of eye yoga. Palming helps to maintain eye sight and it is the well known relaxation exercise. Seat on the floor, fold your legs near your chest, and rest your elbows on your knees. Rub your palms for about 20 counts. Place your cupped palms on your eyes. Hold on this position for a minute or two. You can do take any other comfortable position while palming. Palming is the best relaxation exercise to do on your office desk to relax the strained eyes.

Benefits of eye exercises

Like every other part of our body, our eyes to need regular exercise. Early morning is believed to be the best time to do your eye exercises. You will start noticing the relaxing effects of eye exercises after a few sessions. Here are the benefits of doing eye exercises regularly.

Relax strained eyes

Increase blood circulation near eye area

Help maintain the eye sight

Help to improve vision
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All women and young girls love having silky hair. Having smooth and silky hair is one of the attributes of beauty. Silky long hair is a beauty asset of good looking girls and women. It is easier to tie your hair in any style you like. With proper care of your hair silky hair can be a reality. Natural and safe cosmetic products can make hair silky and soft. Using natural products is not only safe but also make it affordable to maintain your silky hair. These natural ingredients are easy to obtain. Read on to know some beneficial tips to get and maintain silky hair.

Basic tips for maintaining your silky hair

Some basic hair care can go a long way. You should always cover your hair with a scarf when you go out in sun. Avoid using hair dryer regularly; it may damage your hair. Eat lots of fruits, green vegetables and drink lots of water. This is not only important for having a healthy body but also essential for good hair. Avoid combing on your wet hair and always use wide toothed comb.

Try to use natural conditioners rather than using harsh chemical products. Avoid hairstraightening if your hair is curly and do not perm your hair if it is straight. It might lead to hair damage. Always use mild shampoo for your hair. Avoid colouring your hair with artificial colours unless necessary. Do not iron your hair. Frequent ironing may cause damage to your hair. Loving your natural hair is the best way to stay away from hair fall and damage.

Here are some simple but great remedies for getting soft, smooth and silky hair. Try these tips mentioned below and find out which one works best for your hair.

Tips for getting silky hair

Follow these tips to make your hair more silky and soft. It will require some ingredients which are easily available in market. If shiny hair is what you desire then know that dream is soon going to be true.

Use almond oil to massage your hair one day before washing your hair. Frequently massaging your hair with almond oil will help you to get silky and soft hair. Massaging is good for improving blood circulation and getting stronger hair.

Apply paste made out of the leaves of hibiscus plant on your hair. Let it stay for 10-20 minutes and then wash your hair to get best results

Use mixture of shikakai powder, henna (mehndi) powder, amla powder and curd as conditioner to get soft and silky hair

Mix two whole eggs with four tablespoon of olive oil apply this mixture on your hair and leave it. Wash your hair after 20 minutes, you will find your hair slipping like silk after this.

Try massaging your hair once in a week with aroma oils to make your hair silky and soft

Rubbing your hair with hibiscus flower is also a good remedy for soft and silky hair. Soak hibiscus flower in water and then use the same for applying on your hair before hair wash.

Make a mixture using amla powder, shikakai powder, ritha powder, henna powder, and bhringaraj powder in equal proportion. Add water to this mixture and heat this mixture. When the mixture becomes lukewarm apply gently on your hair. Leave this mixture on your hair for 15-20 minutes and wash your hair without using shampoo to get the best results

Use mixture of mustard oil, curd and lemon to apply on your hair. Leave this mixture on your hair for half an hour and then wash it

Use Aloe Vera gel with hair shampoo which is helpful to make it shiny and soft

Apply boiled apple pulp or pour apple juice on your hair before washing

Ensure that you have a balanced and protein rich diet which is essential for good, shiny and silky hair

Always trim your hair after 3-4 months depending on your hair growth. This will help you to get rid of split ends and also maintain the texture of your hair
All these natural and safe ways of getting silky hair can work wonders. Using products with chemical contents is not long lasting and beneficial to keep hair healthy. Use natural products and stay away from harmful chemicals and pollution. This will help you save money on costly hair products. Learn to love your natural hair as natural beauty is real beauty indeed.

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In the looking glass
Normal mirrors and soft lighting can be quite deceptive. The first step in pinning down your skin type is to get hold of a magnifying mirror to see what's really happening with your skin. Now brace yourself, because in most cases, this is not a pretty sight. A magnifying mirror highlights every blackhead, whitehead, pimple, crater and wrinkle. But if it's any consolation, most people's skins don't pass the magnifying mirror test with flying colours.
Tissue test
The next thing to do is to check on the glandular activity of your skin. As complicated as that sounds, it's actually a simple procedure that just requires a paper tissue. Press the paper tissue to your nose and forehead for a few seconds. Do not rub it over the surface of your skin. Then remove the tissue and examine it.
If your glands are working overtime, the tissue will have greasy marks on it. If the tissue is spotless, don't get too excited. It's not a good sign. It means that your skin lacks lubrication. If the tissue is hardly soiled, you are one of the lucky ones with perfect skin.

The pH factor
his may sound like something out of a science fiction novel, but the pH factor is actually a measure of the acidity of your skin. pH is a measure of hydrogen particles, which, in excess, cause 'alkalinity' and if deficient cause 'acidity'. If the pH factor has a value of 7, it is neutral and represents perfect balance. When the figure is above 7, it is alkaline and when it is below 7, it is acidic.
To determine the acidity or alkalinity of your skin, you have to apply litmus paper to the surface of your skin. First clean your face thoroughly. Then wait for an hour before you apply the litmus paper so that the test result is not affected by the remnants of soap or cosmetics. Keep the paper against your skin for one minute and then remove it.
If the paper remains blue, your skin lacks acidity and will be prone to infections. If the paper is a rosy-lilac, your skin is sufficiently acidic. But if the litmus turns a pinky-red, your skin is too acidic as a result of which is delicate, sensitive and likely to show the effects of age prematurely.
Skin can be broadly classified into 5 categories:

  • Normal
  • Dry
  • Extra dry
  • Oily
  • Clogged
Normal skin: It's ironic, but normal skin is a rarity. It's the kind of skin you have as a baby and which rarely survives the ravages of puberty and pollution into adulthood. This type of skin leaves only faint traces on the tissue and turns litmus paper pink. When you squeeze it, the skin is smooth and you don't see any pores.Dry skin: This type of skin leaves no traces on the tissue paper and turns the litmus paper red. It is a delicate kind of skin that wrinkles and burns easily under the rays of the sun.
Extra dry skin: The skin is drab and dull and has a flabby texture. It wrinkles prematurely and its acidity varies from day to day.
Oily skin: A shiny nose is typical of oily skin. It is not prone to developing wrinkles and has enlarged pores. It leaves very visible traces on the tissue paper and usually lacks acidity.
Clogged skin: The skin is rough, thick, flecked with blackheads and whiteheads. It tends to be high on alkalinity and leaves no traces on the tissue paper.
You will notice that different areas of your skin exhibit different characteristics. For instance, your cheeks may be really dry, but your nose is always shiny and your forehead is a field of blackheads. In that case, you will have to care for each area of your skin as is required.

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Dry skin
Use a rich cream cleanser instead of soap and water. Avoid astringents, as they will further dry your skin. Instead, use a mild skin toner after cleansing your skin. Apply a good moisturizing lotion in the day, before sleeping, before applying make-up and after removing make-up.

Once a week, wash your face with the juice of a melon. You can give yourself a weekly facial by mixing a yolk of an egg with two tablespoons of milk and half a tablespoon of honey. Apply this on your face and leave it on for about fifteen minutes. Then wash with lukewarm water. If you're out in the sun a lot, milk mixed with melted butter helps soften the dry skin.

Lanolin, apple juice, peach juice, sour cream and crushed almonds are also helpful for dry skin. 

Oily skin

You may not believe it, but oily skin actually has some advantages. As a result of excess lubrication, wrinkles do not form prematurely and skin is not much affected by wind and sunlight. However, oily skin is a magnet for dirt and grime and thus a good and regular cleansing regime is a must. If oily skin is not cleaned thoroughly and regularly, the dirt will clog the pores in the skin and blackheads will appear.

People with oily skin should wash their faces with medicated soap and water. The use of astringents is advised as they have a tightening and drying effect on the skin. Buttermilk or beaten egg whites also have a drying and tightening effect. Parsley juice mixed with honey and a few drops of lemon or ginger is good for an oily skin. This mixture controls the secretion of oil.

Fuller's earth (Multani mitti), oatmeal, almond paste, or lime juice or vinegar mixed with water are excellent cleansers. Steaming opens up the clogged pores and you can push out blackheads and whiteheads and prevent pimples.

Avoid rich fried foods and load up on green vegetables instead. Take two tablespoons of lecithin granules (a by-product of soyabeans) daily.

After washing your face, soak a towel in hot water and press it to your face. Repeat this process two or three times. Next wet the towel in ice-cold water and repeat the process two or three times to close enlarged pores.

Cucumber, parsley, cabbage, tomato, yoghurt and lemon are natural aids for an oily skin. 

Combination skin

If you have an oily nose and forehead, but dry cheeks and chin, you will have to treat each area of your face separately depending on whether it is dry or oily.
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As you are going to be pregnant for nine months, it is perfectly understandable that you want to look good and feel good during this time. In fact, it is important that a woman feels good about herself when she is pregnant. Needless to say, there's not a lot you can do about your weight or figure, but you certainly can do something to make your hair look better, to hide those grey strands and to brighten it up. The question is, should you?
Not in the first trimester
Your baby is most susceptible to harm in the first trimester, so it is best to avoidcolouring your hair at all during this time. We know for sure that the chemicals in hair dyes and hair colours are not very toxic, and are relatively harmless except when administered in large doses. If a change in your hair colour makes you feel better about yourself, play safe by colouring your hair in the 2nd or 3rd trimester.
Consider highlights
Play even safer by getting highlights in your hair, instead of all-over colour. Thechemicals in hair colours are absorbed into your bloodstream through the scalp, and not through the hair shaft. If you highlight your hair instead of colouring it all over, a lot less chemical comes into contact with the scalp. Whether or not a chemical will affect your foetus depends upon the amount of chemical that you come in contact with, upon whether you absorb it by direct contact or inhale it, and of course, upon the nature of the chemical. Some chemicals may sting, but they are not necessarily dangerous as they only have a surface effect and don't get into your bloodstream.
Henna is a good option
Henna is a completely natural product, so if you must colour to your hair cover grey strands, highlighting may not be the best solution for you. In this case you could consider applying henna to your hair. Henna has no chemicals, and is perfectly safe for the baby. If you do not dislike the colour imparted by henna, this is your best bet.
Wear gloves
If you are colouring your hair by yourself at home, make sure you wear gloves. Wash off the colour after the requisite time, and do not keep it for longer than necessary. The best way to ensure a healthy baby is to keep your contact with chemicals to the minimal.
Is facial bleach safe?

Bleach too is a chemical, and it is best to apply avoiding it in the first trimester. Lemon is a natural bleaching agent, so apply this to your face instead, with a little honey to prevent the sting. This may not make as much of a difference as you would like, but it does help to an extent. Thread your eyebrows and upperlip and avoid do bleaching your face as far as possible in the first trimester. You could start bleaching again towards the end of the second trimester. When applying bleach, avoid contact with your fingers, and wash it off within the stipulated time period. 

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What is dandruff? 

Everyone is experiences the dandruff problem some time in their life. Summer is the season which makes you sweat a lot thus giving you an oily and sticky scalp. On the other hand too much of dryness in the scalp can also lead to dandruff. The skin of the scalp is sensitive. Dandruff is nothing but the excessive shedding of dead cells of the scalp. Human body gets rid of dead cells occasionally. Loosing some amount of dead cells is normal but large amount of flaking could lead to irritation and redness. Dandruff is the accumulation of the dead skin in a large amount.

Causes of Dandruff 

There are many causes of dandruff. To begin with an imbalanced diet and constipation can be reasons for a scalp full of white dandruff flakes. Using a shampoo which is not suitable for your hair or excessive use of hair products like gels, mousses and styling sprays can make hair unhealthy. Stress, fatigue, pollution and exposure to cold weather add to the problem even further.

It is a known fact that dandruff causes social problems. One may feel shy to attend a social gathering if dandruff is highly visible or is accumulating on clothes and shoulders. A very dry or a very oily scalp is the main cause of dandruff.

How to cure dandruff? 

The market is full of products that can get you rid of dandruff. But if you want to stay away from strong chemical products then there are many natural ways to cure dandruff. These have been developed and have evolved over time. But before you try any method you must ensure that you are following the right diet pattern.

Natural ways to cure dandruff 

Dandruff can be easily cured by adopting some natural remedies. Explore your kitchen and you will find many solutions to cure dandruff right there. Following are some simple remedies to get rid of dandruff naturally.

  • Soak a spoon of fenugreek seeds in water overnight and then grind it into a fine paste in the morning. Apply it all over the scalp and rinse it off after half an hour
  • Add a teaspoon of lime juice into the mug full of water and rinse you hair with this solution immediately after washing your hair
  • Boil beetroot in water and apply the solution to the scalp with a cotton ball every night before going to bed
  • Massage your hair gently with curd and rinse after half an hour
  • Apply a mix of lime juice and amla juice to the scalp. Keep it overnight and wash next day
  • Rinse your hair with one part Cider vinegar diluted with three parts of water

  • Massage your scalp gently with warm coconut oil twice a week
  • Apply Aloe Vera gel all over the scalp for half an hour before taking a bath

  • Massage the scalp with olive oil and keep it overnight
  • Mix a tablespoon of limejuice and crushed garlic. Apply it all over the scalp and rinse after 10-15 minutes
  • Soak a few neem leaves in hot water, filter, cool and rinse your hair with this water
  • Apply onion juice all over the scalp and wash it off after half an hour with shampoo

Other than these remedies, ingredients such as honey, brandy, rosemary leaves, henna, carrots, salt, tea leaves and egg white are also found beneficial to cure dandruff.

Proper diet to cure dandruff 

While you are trying out various natural remedies, follow a diet that keeps your hair healthy. For example, Omega 3 Fatty acids found in fishes is beneficial for hair. It is also necessary to have adequate amount of fibers in your diet.

One should add raw vegetables and fruits to the diet. Drinking plenty of water is also essential to keep skin hydrated. Intake of fibers and water helps dispel toxins from the body. Carrots, broccoli, spinach and tomatoes are rich sources of Vitamin A, including them in your diet helps fight infections. Dark green vegetables, sprouts, nuts, dry fruits and beans are also very beneficial for a healthy scalp and hair.

If you are planning to take vitamin supplements then it is advisable to consult your doctor before doing so.

Preventing Dandruff 

It is not possible to get rid of dandruff completely. One cannot be sure that it will not reappear once treated. Though dandruff is a common phenomenon it can be a cause of concern if it is in excess. Maintaining a healthy scalp is the only way to keep dandruff away.

Avoid being in the sun without applying a hair serum. Wear scarves or caps before stepping out of the house. Sunrays are harsh on scalp skin and can harm hair structure.

Avoid exposing hair to cold weather. It can cause hair problems including dandruff. Make use of head gears in extreme weather conditions.

Wash your hair at least twice a week. In humid weather washing your hair thrice a week is advisable. Select a shampoo which is suitable for your hair texture.

Condition your hair after every wash. Some may need mild conditioning and some may need deep conditioning, according to their hair texture.

Apply a leave-in conditioners for shiny, radiant hair

Avoid combing you hair when they are wet. Use a wide toothed comb.

Avoid chemical treatments such as colouring, highlighting, straightening or perming if your scalp is prone to dandruff.

Practice stress reducing methods such as meditation and yoga. These healing treatments can have positive effects on physical health and your hair condition too.

Dandruff is a tricky hair problem but it is not impossible to get rid of. A few lifestyle modifications, constant hair care, healthy habits and a balanced diet can keep your scalp dandruff-free. So get ready to sport a beautiful mane that you are proud of.

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Using colour that is too harsh, or leaving the colour on for too long, may also damage your hair. In any case, your natural hair that grows out will be just as healthy as it always was, and the only portion that will get damaged is the coloured part, so don't believe that your hair will get ruined for life aftercolouring it! In fact, if your hair is too oily, get it coloured to balance it out.
Should I colour my hair if I have split ends?
If your hair is damaged, colouring it will only damage it further. Wait until your hair recovers before subjecting it to any form of chemical treatment.
Why should I do a strand test?
If you are colouring your hair by yourself, make sure you do a strand test. Many women apply colour to their hair and wash it off only to find that their hair has not caught any colour at all. So colour a very small portion of your hair first, to see how long you need to leave the colour on. If you have curly hair, leave the colour on for less time than that specified, as curly hair is porous, and catches colour easily. If your hair is straight and healthy, it may take a while longer to colour your hair, so leave it on accordingly. After taking the strand test, you will get a general idea as to whether you need to leave the colour on for more or less time.
After-Colour Care
Oil your hair at least once a week. Apply a generous amount of warm oil to your scalp, and massage well, so the oil spreads right to the ends of your hair. After applying oil, whip up the yoke of an egg and apply it to your hair, for extra conditioning. If you like, you could add curd to this mixture too. All of these natural products are excellent for the hair, and provides it with all the nourishment it needs.
Leave the oil, egg and curd on for at least 45 minutes, and then shampoo your hair. Use a gentle shampoo, preferable one especially formulated for coloured hair.
Apply conditioner after shampooing your hair, to prevent your hair from drying. You could also consider a leave-in conditioner, which is preferable for chemically processed hair.
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Getting curly hair to behave begins in the shower. Wash your hair every third day. On days you are not washing your hair, wet it and apply conditioner. Don't wash your hair everyday if you have curly hair, even if you are using a mild shampoo that claims it is suitable enough for daily use. Of all hair types, curly hair is the driest and most brittle.
Always follow up with a conditioner. Concentrate conditioner on ends, which are the most dry, and rinse out. Towel dry hair and apply a leave-in conditioner. If you don't have any, moisturising lotion is a good substitute! It keeps the frizz at bay and controls the curls. You could also apply a couple of drops of oil to your hair when wet. Remember, when towel drying frizzy hair, pat it down, don't
ruffle it.
For a quick fix for damaged, weak, dull or dry hair, work in a good healthy dose of conditioner on wet hair and expose it to steam for 15 minutes. Then lightly shampoo and rinse.
Curly heads need to apply more styling products, conditioners and oils to control their mane. This leads to build up. Once a month mix an equal amount of baking soda with your shampoo and wash your hair. This removes build up and residue and leaves your hair squeaky clean.
Comb your hair with a wide toothed comb when it's damp and not dripping wet as wet hair breaks easily, especially if it is tangled. Apply a good conditioner and using a wide tooth comb start from the ends. Take as much time as is necessary to avoid stretching or breaking your hair. Never comb curly hair when it is dry and never, ever brush your curls. They'll just open up into frizzes.
When blow drying your hair, use a diffuser attachment. Don't dry it completely; leave it slightly damp or you run the risk of over-drying your hair.
Perfecting the Curl
If you're letting your hair dry naturally, try this: Apply gel or leave-in conditioner to towel dried hair and create curls by twisting locks of hair around your fingers or by scrunching your hair. Or twist sections and clip them up with butterfly clips. Once dry, take them down. Loosen the curls with your fingers.
Wash your hair at night, apply gel or mousse and braid it. The next morning, open out your braids and finger comb your hair for lovely, natural curls.
Fed up with hair that zooms out at the sides as if you've been electrocuted? Pull your hair taut and secure it into a ponytail when it's drying. This way your hair will tend to fall down instead of spreading out.
Frizz Busters
If you tie up your hair in a silk, satin or velvet scarf at night, it will kill some of the frizz.
If you catch a case of the frizzies, simply wet your hair. Your mane needs to be kept megamoisturised to fight frizz.
So there you have it. In a world of people with flat, limpy hair that just hangs down, your curls set you apart. Just one out of twenty have curly hair, so count yourself lucky and chuck those straightening irons where they belong. In the bin.
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Wide-toothed comb

  •  Get yourself a wide-toothed comb. This is probably one of the most important yet underutilized of all hair tools. A wide-toothed comb helps you distribute conditionerevenly all over your hair while shampooing and conditioning. In addition, it also helpsget rid of knots smoothly.

  • The best time to get rid of knots is during conditioning. Apply conditioner and run a wide toothed comb gently through your hair.

  • While untangling dry hair, do so in sections. Take one section at a time, and first, untangle the ends of your hair. Do so slowly, and don't pull unless you want your hair to fall out in clumps or break.

  • Don't wait for the last minute before detangling your hair. Every night, while sitting in front of the television, run a wide toothed comb gently through your hair, until you have untangled it completely. Do this every night, and you will notice that your hair remains free from tangles.
    Leave-in conditioner
    Dry hair tends to tangle easily, and, needless to say, causes it to break. Make sure your hair is never devoid of moisture by always keeping a bottle of leave-in conditioner handy. The next time you feel your hair is dry and rough to the touch, simply rub a dollop of leave-in conditioner between your palms, and apply it to your hair. Comb through with your wide toothed comb. Your hair will be instantly rejuvenated and moisturized. Gradually, the texture will also improve. This is a must if you blow dry your hair regularly, or if it is chemically treated. Such hair constantly craves moisture, so get yourself a bottle of leave-in conditioner.

    Olive, almond and coconut oils are all excellent for the hair. While you could apply oil as an alternative to leave-in conditioner, oil tends to make your hair sticky, and you cannot style your hair well after applying oil. Your only alternative would then be to tie up your hair. For better results with oil, apply just a few drops immediately after washing your hair, when your hair is still dripping wet. Oil doesn't penetrate the strands as easily as leave-in conditioner does though. Nothing beats a hot oil massage followed by a steam treatment, as the steam helps the oil penetrate the hair strands, strengthening them and curtailing hair fall.
    Egg is great for the hair - there are no two ways about it! True, it causes a tremendous stink in the bathroom, and your hair may let off an 'eggy' smell, but the results are instantaneous and worth it! Egg strengthens your hair almost immediately, and the egg yolk leaves your hair shining. Whip an egg with two tablespoons of olive oil and apply it to your hair. Wash off after half an hour. Make sure you wash off with cold water though, or the egg will start cooking in your hair, and would be harder to take off! Use a scented shampoo to counter the smell of egg in your hair, and follow up with a leave-in conditioner. Do this for a month, and you will be amazed by the change in your hair texture and the reduction in hair fall.

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    A chat with Dr.Devi Shetty , Narayana Hrudayalaya ( Heart Specialist) Bangalore was arranged by WIPRO for its employees . The transcript of the chat is given below. Useful for everyone.
    Qn: What are the thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart ?

    1. Diet - Less of carbohydrate, more of protein, less oil
    2. Exercise - Half an hour's walk, at least five days a week; avoid lifts and avoid sitting for a longtime
    3. Quit smoking
    4. Control weight
    5. Control blood pressure and sugar

    Qn: Is eating non-veg food (fish) good for the heart?

    Ans: No

    Qn: It's still a grave shock to hear that some apparently healthy person
    gets a cardiac arrest. How do we understand it in perspective?

    Ans: This is called silent attack; that is why we recommend everyone past the age of 30 to undergo routine health checkups.

    Qn: Are heart diseases hereditary?

    Ans: Yes

    Qn: What are the ways in which the heart is stressed? What practices do you suggest to de-stress?
    Ans: Change your attitude towards life. Do not look for perfection in everything in life.

    Qn: Is walking better than jogging or is more intensive exercise required to keep a healthy heart?

    Ans: Walking is better than jogging since jogging leads to early fatigue and injury to joints .

    Qn: You have done so much for the poor and needy.. What has inspired you to do so?

    Ans: Mother Theresa , who was my patient.

    Qn: Can people with low blood pressure suffer heart diseases?

    Ans: Extremely rare

    Qn: Does cholesterol accumulates right from an early age
    (I'm currently only 22) or do you have to worry about it only after you are above 30 years of age?

    Ans: Cholesterol accumulates from childhood.

    Qn: How do irregular eating habits affect the heart ?

    Ans: You tend to eat junk food when the habits are irregular and your body's enzyme release for digestion gets confused.

    Qn: How can I control cholesterol content without using medicines?

    Ans: Control diet, walk and eat walnut.

    Qn: Can yoga prevent heart ailments?

    Ans: Yoga helps.

    Qn: Which is the best and worst food for the heart?

    Ans: Fruits and vegetables are the best and the worst is oil.

    Qn: Which oil is better - groundnut, sunflower, olive?

    Ans: All oils are bad .

    Qn: What is the routine checkup one should go through? Is there any specific test?

    Ans: Routine blood test to ensure sugar, cholesterol is ok. Check BP, Treadmill test after an echo.

    Qn: What are the first aid steps to be taken on a heart attack?

    Ans: Help the person into a sleeping position , place an aspirin tablet under the tongue with a sorbitrate tablet if available, and rush him to a coronary care unit since the maximum casualty takes place within the first hour.

    Qn: How do you differentiate between pain caused by a heart attack and that caused due to gastric trouble?

    Ans: Extremely difficult without ECG.

    Qn: What is the main cause of a steep increase in heart problems amongst youngsters? I see people of about 30-40 yrs of age having heart attacks and serious heart problems.

    Ans: Increased awareness has increased incidents. Also, edentary lifestyles, smoking, junk food, lack of exercise in a country where people are genetically three times more vulnerable for heart attacks than Europeans and Americans.

    Qn: Is it possible for a person to have BP outside the normal range of 120/80 and yet be perfectly healthy?

    Ans: Yes.

    Qn: Marriages within close relatives can lead to heart problems for the child. Is it true?

    Ans : Yes, co-sanguinity leads to congenital abnormalities and you may not have a software engineer as a child

    Qn: Many of us have an irregular daily routine and many a times we have to stay late nights in office. Does this affect our heart ? What precautions would you recommend?

    Ans : When you are young, nature protects you against all these irregularities. However, as you grow older, respect the biological clock.

    Qn: Will taking anti-hypertensive drugs cause some other complications (short / long term)?

    Ans : Yes, most drugs have some side effects. However, modern anti-hypertensive drugs are extremely safe.

    Qn: Will consuming more coffee/tea lead to heart attacks?

    Ans : No.

    Qn: Are asthma patients more prone to heart disease?

    Ans : No.

    Qn: How would you define junk food?

    Ans : Fried food like Kentucky , McDonalds , samosas, and even masala dosas.

    Qn: You mentioned that Indians are three times more vulnerable. What is the reason for this, as Europeans and Americans also eat a lot of junk food?

    Ans: Every race is vulnerable to some disease and unfortunately, Indians are vulnerable for the most expensive disease.

    Qn: Does consuming bananas help reduce hypertension?

    Ans : No.

    Qn: Can a person help himself during a heart attack (Because we see a lot of forwarded emails on this)?

    Ans : Yes. Lie down comfortably and put an aspirin tablet of any description under the tongue and ask someone to take you to the nearest coronary care unit without any delay and do not wait for the ambulance since most of the time, the ambulance does not turn up.

    Qn: Do, in any way, low white blood cells and low hemoglobin count lead to heart problems?

    Ans : No. But it is ideal to have normal hemoglobin level to increase your exercise capacity.

    Qn: Sometimes, due to the hectic schedule we are not able to exercise. So, does walking while doing daily chores at home or climbing the stairs in the house, work as a substitute for exercise?

    Ans : Certainly. Avoid sitting continuously for more than half an hour and even the act of getting out of the chair and going to another chair and sitting helps a lot.

    Qn: Is there a relation between heart problems and blood sugar?

    Ans: Yes. A strong relationship since diabetics are more vulnerable to heart attacks than non-diabetics.

    Qn: What are the things one needs to take care of after a heart operation?

    Ans : Diet, exercise, drugs on time , Control cholesterol, BP, weight.

    Qn: Are people working on night shifts more vulnerable to heart disease when compared to day shift workers?

    Ans : No.

    Qn: What are the modern anti-hypertensive drugs?

    Ans : There are hundreds of drugs and your doctor will chose the right combination for your problem, but my suggestion is to avoid the drugs and go for natural ways of controlling blood pressure by walk, diet to
    reduce weight and changing attitudes towards lifestyles.

    Qn: Does dispirin or similar headache pills increase the risk of heart attacks?

    Ans : No.

    Qn: Why is the rate of heart attacks more in men than in women?

    Ans : Nature protects women till the age of 45.

    Qn: How can one keep the heart in a good condition?

    Ans : Eat a healthy diet, avoid junk food, exercise everyday, do not smoke and, go for health checkup s if you are past the age of 30 ( once in six months recommended) ...

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