Hair rules gorgeous gals live by
Makeup artist to the stars Namrata Soni
Say goodbye to bad hair days forever!
For a Nykaa girl a bad hair day is like discovering a zit on the morning of an important meeting! But hold on to that pair of scissors and cancel that SOS appointment with the hairdressers. Namrata Soni, the gorgeous, celebrated makeup artist and last year’s ‘Vogue Make-Up Artist of the Year‘ shares some of her closely guarded hair care secrets to ensure you too sport healthy, bouncy, happy hair every single day.
To wash or not to wash?
Soni declares that the worst thing you can to your locks is washing them every day. “Thrice a week is more than enough,” she declares. But I have oily hair that starts looking greasy? “Start tying it into a stylish high ponytail or side bun with a hair accessory for a super chic and cool look,” she suggests. Or invest in a bottle of dry shampoo that temporarily sucks out oil from the roots temporarily to give you fluffy, ‘clean’ hair. Nykaa recommends L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni Art Fresh Dust Dry Shampoo.
Hair straightening warning!
If you’re one of those who likes to iron out your less than poker straight hair everyday stop right now! “Straightening strands without using the right products is so damaging to hair,” says Soni, suggesting instead that curly haired gals should get their hair relaxed with a ‘milk straightening’ treatment from a reputed salon twice a year. Brazilian blowouts are great if you’re planning to travel though, she adds. Soni recommends using heat protecting sprays if you can’t be parted from your straightening iron. “Toni&Guy and Paul Mitchell have fantastic heat protection sprays.” Nykaa suggests Toni&Guy Heat Protection Mist: High Temperature Protection and Paul Mitchell Heat Seal.
Is oiling hair really necessary?
“It really all depends,” she says with a wave of her long fingers, “as long as you understand the process of how it works.” For instance it’s a great way to relax and enjoy a pamper session. But remember oil should only be used on the scalp, not all over strands because it dries out the hair even more when you shampoo it. “After oiling one tends to use double the shampoo to get the greasiness out, and that’s never good for hair because so many variants contain sulfates that hurt strands.” Nykaa recommends non-greasy hair oils like L’Oreal Paris 6 Oil Nourish Extraordinary Oil and FX Moroccan Moisture Miracle Argan Oil. Sulfate-free shampoos worth a try include Just Herbs Silky Strength Aloevera-Wheatgerm Moisturising Shampoo and Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo.
Styling your hair
There’s no harm styling your hair, even daily, if that’s what you want, provided you do it correctly. “Always condition after shampooing, and use a heat protection spray and serum before styling to ensure your strands are super protected and frizz-free,” says Soni. Nykaa recommendations: Paul Mitchell Taming Spray, Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist, Toni&Guy Glamour: Moisturising Shine Spray and FarmaVita Hd Life Style Extra Strong Gel Spray.
Strand loving serum
“I have searched high and low for the perfect serum for hair and I’ve finally found it. It’s Moroccan Oil! It’s perfect for all hair types and my hair has never looked shinier and silkier,” says Soni ecstatically. She insists that every woman who loves blow drying her hair try it every time she shampoos. Take your pick of the best loved Moroccan Oil formulas at Nykaa: Aroma Treasures Moroccan Spa Hair Oil, Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil 3 – Piece Starter Kit and FX Moroccan Moisture Healing Argan Oil Spray.
Sun shield for strands
Like your complexion, your strands need some TLC too. Soni swears by Wella Crystal Lotion. It’s important to protect your hair from the sun, especially if you color your strands. Exposure to sunlight bleaches color and makes strands dull and dry.” Apply sun protectant on towel dried hair and style as usual.
Tease those tangles!
“I simply love these new brushes, Tangle Teasers! It’s such a great way to brush out knots from hair even if you’ve just shampooed and your strands are wet,” waxes Soni eloquently. Especially designed to detangle wet hair without breakages and hair fall. Get them on Nykaa today! As Soni says, “A good hair brush does wonders for the hair and it’s important to find the right one.”
If you have normal to thick hair, says Soni, you can banish frizz by pampering strands with deep conditioning treatments. Meanwhile, if you have fine strands, restrict deep conditioning only to the tips of strands so that it doesn’t fall flat or get too heavy. “Do a moisturizing conditioning treatment once a week and try to let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing, depending on how much time you have. Keratin treatments are great when the weather heats up because they tame frizz without laying hair flat. But if you’re in a rush a quick fix anti-frizz remedy is rubbing a tiny bit of hand lotion in your hands back and forth and then smoothing it over the frizzy bits. “It’s not an everyday solution,” she laughs, but it does the job in an emergency.”
Trim away split ends
Soni’s last piece of invaluable advice: “Keep those ends trimmed,” she says. “Get a good haircut every six to eight weeks. Split ends are a major cause of scraggly ends and frizz.”