The Going Blonde Guide

So, how many times have you seen yourself in the mirror and thought, if you could pull off something bold, whimsical & something that breaks you out of your comfort zone? Maybe, you must’ve sighed, pushed in a little “ooh aah hmmm” and then again defenestrated the thought, because you or rather we, are ruled by habits and monotony.

So, after 1.5 years of wait and letting my hair outgrow the previous highlight, i allowed myself the luxury to immerse my locks in some liquid gold.

Here’s how they do the highlighting :

  • Make sure your hair is prepped by having washed your hair with a shampoo that’s actually good for your hair. I, love Schwarzkopf’s bonacure Hairtherapy Smooth Shine.

  • The stylist/ hairdresser then, checks your scalp & then determines the strength, thickness & length of your hair.
  • You then discuss, the kind of blonde you want to be. Yes, there are lots of blondes; from cinnamon blonde to orange blonde & from hazelnut blonde to platinum blonde. Choose wisely!

  • They then perform a patch test (if you’ve never coloured before, but I skipped this test as i have coloured my hair before) to determine how your hair will react.
  • They then start by mixing the ingredients that are needed for the perfect blonde colour development, into a plastic bowl and add the most important secret that keeps your locks strong. The measured cup of SmartBond! Yes, that gives your hair so much of a life and minimises damage.

  • The stylist/hairdresser will then go ahead and part your hair into several partitions and slowly starts applying the mixture on your hair that’s encased by aluminium foils. The aluminium foils serve the purpose of warming the hair and opening up the hair cuticles, so that the colouring happens at a faster rate.
  • After the application, your hair is let to warm under the influence of an orbiting hair processor, for a better colour development.

  • Hair is then washed with a colour depositing shampoo, to give it a more uniform look.
  • Your hair is conditioned with a conditioner apt for your hair type or given a hair mask treatment.
  • Last but not the least, your hair is blow dried & styled accordingly.
  • I, chose a nice sun kissed caramel blonde and here is a close representation of what it looks like

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Tips before going blonde :

  1. Make sure your hair has been conditioned well, looked after properly and is in its best state.
  2. Make sure that you do not have any kind of product in your hair, before the session. Oil, hair creams or leave in conditioners are a no no.
  3. Make sure, you have done a through research on the kind of blonde you want and that you clearly make your stylist understand that. For all that you know, you might want a Honey blonde & you end up with orange blonde.

This intensive hair highlighting treatment happened at “Vurve Signature Salon”, for me.

That’s it peeps! Happy Blonding ❤️❤️

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Vurve Signature Salon Launch |Indiranagar |

” Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it”-Confucius

These words couldn’t ring any truer, as i see myself with a beautiful cascade of sun kissed caramel blonde hair. You really ought to know beauty to see beauty in everything.

About Vurve Signature Salon :

Vurve Signature Salon, has inaugurated their fourth salon in Indira Nagar, Bangalore. This is their first salon in Bangalore after having had an overwhelming response in Chennai. The launch saw, the who’s and who of the beauty community.

We were given a chance to have a one on one, with the team of Vurve. Vurve Signature Salon is co-owned by Rebecca Samuel, Sushil Thomas, Manoj Samuel, Sathya Marie with over seven years of experience in salon industry set-up and handling successful operations of 5 salons across Chennai, India. They are highly skilled professionals with a single goal of ‘Customer Service Excellence”.

The salon is spread across 2700 sq.ft on one floor & has been designed by by a renowned Architect Group – RSDA from Delhi who have deep knowledge and experience in building unique and customer friendly salons.

The inclusion of handmade tiles, cloud ceilings and exposed brick just revs up the ambiance by notches.

Services Provided by Vurve Signature Salon:

The comprehensive range of services include all hair services such as Haircut, Hair-Colour, Hair Rituals, Creative Makeover, Keratin, Bridal Makeup services and Spa using the brands of Kerastase, L’Oreal, Skeyndor and OPI nails .

They offer a wide range of Signature Facials and Kerastase Luxury Hair Rituals to choose from and a host of manicures and pedicures too.

L-R: Mr. Manoj, model, Ms. Rebecca, model.

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Verdict : I, completely loved the salon & it’s aesthetics. The main factor, that will make me visit them again is the staff. The staff have just so much expertise & are extremely efficient at their job. I, had my hair coloring done and I must say, I haven’t been happier.

Stay tuned for my next post, which will be describing the hair colouring experience.

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Unisex Green Salon| HSR Layout |

“Let the beauty of what you love, be what you do”- Rumi

While we conglomerate with distinct ideas pertaining to beauty, we all do need to realise that not all of these ideas are holistic or devoid of disguised harm.

I, was invited over to be a part of the launch of Blossom K Aroma Magic Unisex Salon, at HSR Layout. This is one of a kind salon and the first green salon in Bangalore under the Blossom Kochhar brand. The Franchise Green Salons operate on the philosophy ‘responsible beauty solutions for consumers’ by Dr. Blossom Kochhar, pioneer Aromatherapist and an icon in the beauty industry.

About Dr. Blossom Kochhar :

Dr. Blossom Kochhar is the pioneer of aromatherapy in India and is globally recognised for her work. She has over 35 years of experience and a double doctorate in aromatherapy, she manufactures her own range of aromatherapy-based beauty products under the brand name ‘Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic’. It is the first aromatherapy product line of India.

About the Green Salon :

The Bangalore Franchise Green Salon is spread across 1600 sq. ft and has sections in manicure, pedicure, haircut, hair wash stations, beauty room (where facials and body massages are given), spa room, bridal room, nail art and hair colour bar.The newly launched Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Franchise Salon is owned by Mr. Prateek Vaishnav.

Salon USP:

Interiors – The salon has a rustic look with colours playing between white and wooden along with the natural Green Wall and flooring displaying a raw cement look. Energy efficient lighting is included.

Products – Products from Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic brand are used as all our products are 100% free of parabens, alcohol, harmful chemicals, artificial fragrance and colours and promote an organic way of lifestyle.

Training – Therapists are trained to control water wastage and usage of excess electricity while servicing their clients

Services provided: The services provided here are all aromatherapy based thus are very different from services provided at different salons. The facials, body massages, body wrap and body spas are created using products from the professional range of Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic which brings in the authentic touch of aromatherapy; this is because all our products are nature derived. Some of the services are specially curated for the Franchise Green Salons.

I, had a chance to get a one on one skin consultation with Dr. Blossom Kochhar, where she advised me, on how I could improve the quality of my skin.

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Verdict : After an in depth talk, with the dynamic mother-daughter duo “Dr. Blossoms Kochhar & Samantha Kochhar”, it was very clear about their vision and why they have this unique concept up and going. While the world, had just realised the boons of aromatherapy & their uses, Dr. blossom had been clearly ahead of her times to visualise this.

This salon, is all about loving yourself responsibly, by causing minimum damage to yourself and your surroundings.

Kama Ayurveda x Tanya Fontes Dhar |Beauty Masterclass | Bangalore |

” Beauty is when you can appreciate yourself. When you love yourself, that is when you’re most beautiful”- Zoe Kravitz

In a world of “Prima donna’s & Primo uomo’s”, everyone wants to always be at their fluttery best. Vanity rates high & in the pursuit of being the best, we tend to take shortcuts or fall prey to trends that rise & fall as the tides on a full moon night.

It is during these episodes, do you need to realise that it’s our roots & traditions that haven’t changed in centuries. Maybe because, those traditions are timeless and maybe because they do not need an upgrade.

About Kama Ayurveda:

Kama Ayurveda was started in 2002 in India, to promote the message of authentic Ayurveda, universally. Since then, creating pure Ayurvedic products according to authentic prescriptions has been the unique purpose of the brand.

It has received recognition in various global and Indian publications including US Vogue, French Vogue, Japan Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Tatler among others.

The brand has been synonymous with reawakening the tranquility of Ayurveda with its offerings and reintroducing Indian aesthetics to the world.

About Tanya Fontes Dhar :

Tanya Dhar is the face behind the luxury lifestyle blog “Urban Diaries”. The blog covers various topics from beauty & lifestyle to celebrity interviews & technology.

She is always a very graceful presence in the blogging community with so much knowledge to impart to her camaraderies. Refined and humble, is how you will find this lady.

About my Kama Ayurveda Masterclass Experience:

I, was invited over by the elegant “Tanya Dhar” , to experience a Beauty Masterclass session, curated by her and the expert panel of Kama Ayurveda.

The slow teasing whiff of turmeric, rose water and saffron was prevalent all across. The warmth of those whiffs had me, smiling ear to ear.

The class started with a one on one consultation with Dr. Sharad Kulkarni, whereby he delved into your skin woes and suggested what essential steps are necessary for the overall well-being of your facial epidermis.

He then went ahead, to give us a brief walkthrough of the essence of Ayurveda and why it is an immaculate option for a life of holistic living.

Whilst the doctor explained, the station was getting prepped, so that we could indulge in some DIY scrub making. Not surprisingly, the scrub proved to be a hit with the ladies.

Here’s the secret recipe for a scrub that guarantees smooth skin:

Ingredients:

  • Oats – 2 Tbsp
  • Honey – 2 Tbsp
  • Pure Rose water – 2 Tbsp
  • Kama Ayurveda Mridul – 2 Tbsp
  • Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
  • Sweet Almond Oil- 3 drops
  • Lemon Juice – 5 drops
  • Rose Petals – 2

Directions : Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Apply on damp skin & exfoliate gently for 3-4 minutes. Rinse off with water & pat dry.

The Masterclass ended with a photo shoot with all the ladies.

And while we bid our adieus, Kama Ayurveda & Tanya, spoiled us with some goodies from “Kama Ayurveda” & the let us have a mason jar of the DIY scrub as well. Pretty us, after all!

Oval brushes- by wiseshe | Anamika Sureka Malik

With a good makeup brush, every woman can be an artist” – Anonymous

I, love my tools & it is imperative that they are, perfect. We have all fallen head over heels with the new makeup trend, that hit the first half of 2016.

“Yes, I’m talking about the oval brushes”

Oval brushes have changed the way, you perceive makeup applications. What used to take a good 10 minutes, now takes only 3 minutes.

What are Oval Brushes?

Oval brushes are the latest & the most sought after trend, in the beauty community. These oval brushes are synthetic, densely packed & extremely soft on your skin. They look like little hairbrushes or toothbrushes, but do wonders the minute they touch your face. They give you a very even application & save up on the product, that you use.

Who is Anamika Sureka Malik?

This lady, is a powerhouse of inspiration for all those beauty enthusiasts, who want to explore their options. She runs a hugely successful blog “WiseShe” and manages her YouTube Channel “WiseShe”, where she uploads videos on beauty related queries. She has been an active member of the beauty community and has decided to launch a set of oval brushes.

You can check this beauty and her work out on her website :

http://www.wiseshe.com

WiseShe Oval Brushes by Anamika Sureka:

I, received these beauties in the mail for an exchange of an honest review.

The 3 brushes that I received were :

  • Concealer Brush
  • Eyebrow Filling & Shaping Brush
  • Crease & Tear Duct Brush

I, honestly believe that, these oval brushes are subjective to what you feel suits you. I, have used these brushes for the above reasons and named them accordingly. What I mean by that is, what is to me a concealer brush might do you well as a Nose Contour Brush.

So, without further ado, let’s get into it.

  • Concealer Brush : I loved the fact, that the concealer brush, concealed my under eyes and filled the fine lines up, in just 2 swipes. I didn’t need to do much. It also, doubles up as a cheek contour brush, for some light contouring. Hands down, my favourite one. Just look at how densely it’s packed and it left no streaks, just full coverage in 2 swipes. Bye bye mini beauty blender.

  • Eyebrow Filling & Shaping Brush : This thin and finely tapered brush, is your best bet if you like filling your brows with a brow powder. If you’re more of a pomade girl, then this brush helps you shape up & clean your brow work by neatly drawing on sharp lines with a concealer. I just wish, it was a little more dense, as the product kept getting dispersed while using the brow powder.

  • Crease & Tear Duct Brush : This brush is a wonder, if you’re in a hurry but would like to put on a little makeup. The round tip of the brush, helps give you a neat crease filling situation. It also doubles up as a highlighter brush for the tear ducts.

This was my makeup look, which I created using these oval brushes, by multi tasking them. The look, which was achieved using these brushes was subtle, even and great for daily wear.

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Verdict : The brushes are quite good and do a fair enough job at their uses, but i would suggest that they are a little more densely packed especially the “Eyebrow Filling Brush” and have a much sturdy material for the body. They look aesthetically pleasing, but the feel when I’m holding them physically isn’t very pleasing.

My best wishes for the venture to this beautiful lady, who herself is an inspiration to many.

Rating : 3.5/5

P.S. : The picture of Anamika Sureka Malik, has been procured from google photos.