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The female tress has been the poet’s muse since time immemorial. Alexander Pope’s ‘The Rape of the Lock’ is a mock-epic of five long cantos lamenting the impeachment of Belinda’s beautiful locks. But due to the polluted atmosphere we live in and the stressful lives that we lead, the poets’ inspiration is on the verge of losing its charm. So sit up ladies, it’s time we took action to preserve our beautiful tresses. Here’s a list of products that will help you in your quest.
In the course of the day, a lot of dirt particles accumulate on our scalp which may cause infection. Brushing hair regularly not only removes the dirt considerably but also promotes hair growth by increasing blood circulation in the scalp. A brush and massager combo is therefore the first product on your list.
Hair Protein Cream
Protein creams nourish hair with natural proteins generally like wheat germ and chickpea. The main function of protein cream is to restore hair’s lost shine and strengthen hair roots to prevent hair fall. With the amount of stress and pressure we take today, trust me, you’ll need it.
Application of hair oil seals the cuticles of hair, imparts great shine and makes hair soft and touchable. A hot oil treatment with carrier oils like coconut and almond is a must at least once a week.
Mild Gentle Shampoo
Only part of the dirt collected on the head is removed by brushing. For the other more stubborn part you have to wash your hair with shampoo. A mild gentle shampoo with inbuilt moisturiser should be used everyday to keep your hair squeaky clean. The inbuilt moisturiser will protect your hair from feeling dry.
Conditioner or Softener
Even if your shampoo has inbuilt moisturiser, using a good conditioner or hair softener will keep your hair soft and tangle free. Apply to the lower end of your hair, leave on for ten whole minutes and then wash off. NEVER apply conditioner to your scalp or your hair will loose its bounce.
Frizz control serum
Use a frizz control serum to keep your hair frizz free. Use a deep cleansing shampoo once a week to avoid building up.
This is our list of six products that will give you beautiful hair, undoubtedly. If you’ve got more tips, feel free to share.
Amidst all the huff and puff to make our homes look commendable we often forget about a most essential factor –odour. A divine fragrance can transform even the plainest of houses into a momentary heavenly abode. Read on to find out how you can have a time in heaven even while staying put in your earthly residence.
There’s hardly a scent that perfumed candles don’t come in. Starting from exotic musk to yummy strawberry milkshake to refreshing aqua, you only have to name it. Scented candles not only exude good smell but the candle light sets a mood of romance in your room. Does that give you an idea?
Diffusers are electronic devises that disperse essential oils so that the fragrance enters the surrounding air. There are various types –passive diffusers, fan diffusers, mist diffusers and heat diffusers.
Very similar to body sprays, only this one is meant for your room. These too come in a wide range of fragrances starting from woody to floral and spicy to sensual. However the aroma doesn’t last too long in case of room sprays.
Pot pourri is a mixture of dried leaves, flowers and barks of naturally fragrant plants like cinnamon, clove, rosemary, jasmine and rose. The aroma discharged is rather gentle and natural. Potpourri is generally kept in wooden or glass bowls and often adds to the room décor.
Incense sticks or cones are great stuffs to deodorize the house. These are composed of aromatic biotic materials which when burned produce a sweet smelling smoke. However the scent lasts only as long as the material burns.
All these substances use fragrance oils or essential oils. So next time when you get a bottle or two, use them in candles and potpourri instead of re-gifting. A fragrant home will not only help you unwind after a long day but will also get your guests to keep coming.
The right kind of lighting is essential for setting up the mood of a room. If the lighting is too bright then the room will look stark and if it’s too dim, it’ll look gloomy. Table lamps make your rooms look warm and inviting, especially when used in bedrooms. Fortunately for us, now we have a plethora of designs for table lamps to choose from. Read on to learn about the various types…
Contemporary Table Lamps
If your bedroom is furnished with modern and arty furniture then sleek, contemporary table lamps should be your pick. These lamps are devoid of elaborate carvings but have a futuristic appeal. The shades are plain and essentially utilitarian and the lamp fixtures come in refreshing geometric patterns.
Traditional Table Lamps
True to its name, traditional table lamps fit perfectly in rooms furnished with traditional wooden and majestic furniture with elaborate designs. The fixture of these lamps show ornate artwork with dexterous carvings and the shades are stylized too.
Transitional Table Lamps
Not too modern yet not too orthodox, transitional table lamps are somewhere in between. Porcelain fixtures and perforated shades fall under this category.
These lamps have glass shades made with glass designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany’ glass studio and come in beautiful, alluring designs. The fixtures are also elaborately adorned.
These are the basic classifications when it comes to table lamps, but as mentioned earlier, there’s a plethora of designs to choose from even under these categories. So get your beau and get the table lamp of your dreams for your room.
You’ve chosen the perfect bed, the perfect rug and the perfect furniture for your child’s room. Now comes the fun but very crucial part –wall décor. If you want your child to spend sometime in his room and buy yourself a few minutes to relax, you’ll have to make the room engaging enough for him. Here’s how you can decorate your child’s walls …
First choose a colour theme for the walls. Think bright and fun. On the psychological level, every colour enhances some characteristic features in us, so choose wisely. Also when it comes to wall paint, check if it is complementing the rest of the furniture, you wouldn’t want things to look out of place.
Wall paper or mural stickers come in a variety of prints and pattern and kids love them. They’re usually used for covering entire walls so you don’t have to use wall paint if you’re using wall papers.
Other than mural stickers, you also get vinyl stickers or wall tattoos which don’t cover the wall entirely but enhance the effect of the wall paint. You can practically create a story on a wall with these.
This is a really cool wall decal and all kids love them. The stickers use a phosphorescent material that harnesses light and glows in the dark. You can use them along with other wall stickers, so that during the day the walls are all colours and bright and at night they are all shiny and celestial. Your kid will not want to sleep anywhere else!
Decorating the walls of a kid’s room has never been easy. Their preferences keep changing. But it’s your child after all and you know you want to give him the best.
Rakshabandhan or Rakhi is the celebration of one of the purest and innocent of relationships – the relationship between a brother and a sister. They have grown up together, they have laughed together, they have been through so much together; they fight, they crib, but they’d leap before the bullet to save one another. They have a unique place in each other’s heart that no one else can ever take. So Writer’s Pad thought of digging a little into the ways brothers can make their sisters feel special on this auspicious day.
Women indulge in chocolates and no matter how old your sister gets she’ll always love them. Some companies compile special packs of assorted chocolates exclusively for Rakhi, so make the right choice and get the best one for her.
Along with being a necessity watches make for great fashion statements and girls know that very well. Irrespective of your sister’s age, a watch will always make a good gift. But make sure to choose the right one – if she’s in college then give her something trendy, if she’s working then she’d prefer something a bit more classy.
All girls without exception love labels. Period. If you can afford it then this can be a really great idea. A designer saree, salwar suit, dress, shoes or bag is enough to warm the cockles of her heart.
Your sister spends quite some of her time and money in the spa or the salon. So why not give her something that would enable her to do some of the beauty treatment in the comfort of home? A spa hamper is an ultimate collection of aromatherapy goodies and comes in an attractive treasure box.
If you are looking for something more personal, here’s an idea. Collect childhood photographs of your sister and yourself, scan them, design a collage, then get it printed and laminated. You can add a special message or an original poem and this can be your unique personalized card!
Sponsor a trip
Gift your sister a vacation! Arrange for flights, hotels, fun activities and other things from before hand. To make it more fun, don’t tell her about the arrangements that you’ve made. Just give her the ticket and send her off. Have someone from the hotel pick her up from the airport/ station and get them to give her letters from you everyday, telling her about the day’s plan. She’ll love you eternally for such a great and thoughtful gift.
A purse, a jewellery box, watch case or even a journal … a monogram of her intials can make all the difference. If she’s about to get married, then a gift with the monogram of her new initials will totally ‘wow’ her.
Plan a sister-and-you day
Plan a day of activities for the two of you and ONLY the two of you and relive those brother-sister moments of childhood.
Gift according to hobby
If she loves music, gift her a music concert pass. If she plays an instrument, buy her a new and better version of it. If she loves books, get her the latest book by her favourite author. To make this more special, you can get limited edition things. For example a limited edition guitar or in case of books, may be a rare, out of print edition or a manuscript if you can manage.
Not everyone gets to be a part of this auspicious occasion. Not everyone has a brother or sister. If you’re one of the lucky ones, then cherish this beautiful relationship and celebrate this exclusive festival in the best way possible.
There are times when we feel like getting out of the confining comforts of our rooms and spending an hour or two in our garden, in the lap of nature. This is where outdoor furniture comes into play. Since we cannot literally relax in Nature’s lap, we have to seek assistance of certain furniture to maximize our backyard enjoyment. Here’s a list of the outdoor accessories that you should consider for your backyard….
Having a patio table-chair set will let you enjoy the fruits of nature, in the nature. You can have your food, tea or even play a board or card game on the table while sitting back comfortably on the chair, placed somewhere in the middle of greenery.
A breezy lazy Sunday is the perfect day to spend in your hammock. There are two types of hammock – one where you need to hang it yourself and another that stands freely. Read a book or listen to a relaxing music, you’d be asleep in the arms of Nature before you know it; such is the magic of a hammock.
If hammock is not your thing then a garden lounge chair is a good option. You can lie back and relax and still be ‘rooted’!
Swing is childhood favourite for most of us. A small garden swing can be the best way to unwind from the day plus it is sure to be a hit with your family’s little ones.
This is an essential outdoor accessory, especially if you don’t have a covered porch. A parasol or garden umbrella will provide shade from excessive sun as well as protection from water loaded clouds as and when they appear. It will also create a sheltered area for you to have your food and drinks. Most of the times, parasols come with patio table and chairs.
So go on then, accessorize your garden or backyard with these outdoor furniture pieces and you won’t even have to go outside for a dinner date.
Blogging can be fulfilling as well as rewarding. Some people blog to satiate their passion while some do it as business. To be successful in this business, however you’ll need more than just hard work and consistency. A blog without traffic is like a tree without fruit. A good traffic and a loyal blog audience is quite essential. Here are a few of the ways by which you can popularize your blog :
Write on topics that will interest a large number of people. Continuous informative posts will help to build a loyal audience.
Other Blog Links
Add links to other blogs on related topics to your blog and get them to do the same for you. This way their viewers will also be able to view you.
Comment on other blogs and invite them to visit yours. Like this you can build up a strong blogging network.
It is easier for search engines to trace tags . Including appropriate tags in your blog will help get some additional traffic.
Another way of sharing audience is by guest blogging.You can post articles on your friends’ blogs and they can do the same for you.
Social Networking Websites
Facebook and Twitter are easy and free platforms to publicize your blog. Create a fan page and when people join it, they can see regular blog updates from you. When they find an interesting topic, they’ll read. If they like what they see they’ll keep coming bag.
In the blogging world , keeping to yourself will get you nowhere. Sharing is one of the keys to success in this business. So share, comment and spread love and why not start right here right now?
William Wordsworth said, “Writing is a deeply immersive experience. When the words are flying, the house could be burgled and I wouldn’t notice. ….writing is a way of escaping the quotidian.” Writing is much more than a series of ornamental words arranged in a sentence. It is how a writer expresses the finer details of his emotions. This post is dedicated to those young budding writers who are as passionate about writing as we are…
Some are born with a flair for writing while some grow a passion for it in the course of their lives. However writing is an art perfected by practice. Writer’s Pad brings you tips on how to master this art:
1: Read a lot
Reading the works of great writers not only inspires but also educates you in the field. It’ll increase your vocabulary and perfect your grammar. Remember, the more you read the more you learn.
2. Write a lot
As mentioned earlier, practice makes one perfect. So write a lot. Write about a variety of things to sharpen your skills and broaden your horizon.
3. Word Control
Every word carries a different sense and a writer is expected to understand that. Do not go overboard with descriptive words and keep the writing style fluid. Which one would you like better, a writing that flows effortlessly or one that hurls words at you ostentatiously?
4. Engaging readers
While writing a story, do not reveal information through narrative explanations and let it unfold gradually and organically instead. An element of conflict always interests people, so throw obstacles in the way of your protagonist.
While writing other articles, back every point with example or reason instead of making them sound like aphorisms.
5. Publish on the internet
In order to receive honest feedback, publish your compositions on a public forum or an on-line writer’s forum. This will also facilitate meeting of ideas and minds of strangers sharing the common passion for writing. Besides, you can learn from other’s works.
Writing can be both fulfilling and rewarding. Certain things nourish your existence and refine your being. The art of writing is one of those. Nurture your talent so that it never fails you. So why not start with Writer’s Pad today?