Nioxin Derma Renew therapy- A facial for your scalp: Review

A facial for your scalp? Anyone?

Today I am going to review the Nioxin Derma Renew therapy which claims to remove dead skin cells and excess sebum from your scalp, and act like a facial for the scalp. Because, our scalp is an extension of our facial skin, and deserves some pampering too!

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My hair Smoothening experience at Geetanjali Salon

Hey everyone!

If you have been following my social media channels, you must be knowing already that I got my hair smoothened at Geetanjali Salon last month. It’s been already more than a month now, and I was waiting for all this time to be able to fully review the after-effects of smoothening on my hair, and here is my detailed review, before and after pictures, and current hair condition. This will give you all the info about hair smoothening in one place. I hope you will like this post 🙂

To give you an idea, for hair as long as mine (upto mid-back), smoothening at Geetanjali Salon would cost approx. Rs. 8500.

I’ll carry forward this post in a QnA format to answer your queries. Also, I got rebonding done some 4 years back, so at the end of the post, I will also give you comparative details on both.

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What is hair smoothening? How is it different from/ similar to hair straightening/ rebonding?

In layman’s terms, you can say that hair smoothening is a milder version of straightening/rebonding. Smoothening helps eliminate frizz, restores shine in the hair and makes the hair relatively straight or almost straight. The hair still remains bouncy and has natural movement. Less damage or minimal damage to the hair.

On the other hand, rebonding/ permanent straightening is a more aggressive treatment, wherein the hair becomes pin-straight, shiny and frizz free. There is no natural movement in the hair. Can be quite damaging.

Who should get smoothening done?

Anybody who has frizzy hair. Wavy and slightly curly hair will love this treatment. If you have very curly hair, this may not give you the best results in terms of straightening.

What products were used?

Geetanjali Salon hairstylists used L’Oreal products on my hair. Shampoo and serum were from Kerastase (from the house of L’Oreal again!).

The cons of smoothening?

In the last 1 month since I got smoothening done, I haven’t noticed any ill effects on my hair and health. The hair looks perfect, and I haven’t noticed any side effects that could have occurred, like dry scalp, dandruff, hairfall, split ends, thinning of hair, etc. That however, may vary from person to person. I must add here that the side effects can be minimised if you get the treatment done by an expert.

What is the smoothening procedure like?

Well, a lot of steps are involved. Multiple rounds of smapooing, applying neutraliser, straightening cream, ironing, conditioning, blow drying were involved.

Here I must warn you about a possible ‘immediate side effect’ which I faced. Because of sitting in one place for around 3-4 hours (at one point, I had to keep my neck fixed in one position for 7 minutes- longest 7 minutes of my life), by the time the procedure was finished, I was a little dizzy. I do have some cervical spine pains, so that added to the dizziness. Took me a few minutes to get back to normal.

You may also start feeling very hungry and want to pee really bad! #RealGirlProblems

Immediately after…

You are supposed to go back to the salon for the first wash and blow-dry after 2 days… All this while you are NOT to touch your hair, bend it, tie it, get it wet (water/ sweat), or basically anything that will add a kink in the hair, or your hair ‘sits’ in that position forever!

Lessons learnt:

  • Get smoothening done in winters ideally. You’ll need to wash your face less number of times as compared to summers. Plus no sweat!
  • Whatever the season, don’t get front bangs/ fringes done along with the smoothening. I got that done, and had a really difficult time for two days. The hair was all over my face. I couldn’t move it back. Had to see through the hair-curtain. Eating, sleeping, driving… Oh well… You may check all the pics that I Instagrammed during that period below 😛
  • Don’t wear shirts/ pullovers with stiff collars since that can lead to a bend in the hair.

hair smoothening pros and consOnce the first wash was done at the salon, I felt a lot relieved from the 3 days of ‘hair all over the face’. The hair was almost the same as you saw in the first pic above, but in the one month till now, the ‘straightness‘ has slightly come down. However, there’s no frizz at all. I only used the flat iron once for a wedding function, and was done with the ironing in 2-3 minutes. Basically just touched up the hair. All other days, I let my hair air-dry and can just walk out of the house without caring about frizz and waves. *Happy*

As of today, my hair looks like this:

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This is one very important aspect of getting any chemical treatment done on the hair. Since my hair is now ‘sensitized’ and prone to dryness (I wish!), I was recommended the Kerastase Nutritive Bain Satin shampoo and conditioner, but that would have been a very expensive regime, so I opted for the L’Oreal Mythic Oil masque for a conditioner. Will review these products shortly.

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How long does the effect stay?

Well, theoretically, about 7-8 months easily. Practically, that totally depends on how fast your hair grows back, and how curly/ wavy/ frizzy your natural hair is. The treated hair will stay as is.. It is the re-growth which kills! (More on that below).

Smoothening vs Rebonding: My experience

Now, about my experience with both rebonding (got that done 4 years back) and smoothening… I’d say, if you have hair like mine (see first pic), it is better to get smoothening done for the below reasons:

  • The effect is more natural.. Let’s admit it.. Rebonded hair DOES look fake 😐
  • It is less damaging for the hair. With rebonding, I faced severe hairfall, and lost most of my hair volume forever!
  • Re-growth: Once the hair starts growing back, the difference between smoothened hair and natural hair won’t be so stark (if you have hair like mine). You can see in the pic above that the hair growth of first month isn’t separately noticeable on me yet… With rebonding, since the treated hair is poker straight, it contrasts with the natural hair that grows from within. Believe me, half-half hair is very frustrating. When I got rebonding done, it was very frustrating for me when half the hair was straight and half of it wavy. You can either iron daily, get touch-ups done or chop them off. I did the latter. 😐

Final word:

In the end, it is still a chemical treatment. And one should tread this was with caution. If you have any underlying medical issues, consult with your Doctor first. If you are trying to conceive/ are pregnant, avoid chemical treatments by all means. Also, only get chemical treatments done at good salons– an expert knows this job best. Perfect chemical treatments are all about the timing (of product application).

Geetanjali Salon:

I was very happy with my service at Geetanjali Salon (I went to the one in Select Citywalk, Saket). Their staff is very experienced, and they know how to take care of your hair best. Best part was that they did not try to ‘sell’ things to me, something I really appreciate, coz this is one thing that puts me off at salons. They also maintain very high standards of hygiene. Highly recommended!

If you have any further questions on hair smoothening/ rebonding, let me know in the comments below 🙂

Have you got any permanent hair treatments done? Your experiences? Do share 🙂

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Warren Tricomi salon Delhi review & experiential

Hey everyone!

How many of you are regular at salons? Never miss an appointment? Well, we all have a favorite salon that we go back to every once in a while, but it is always a joy to discover newer options, especially the good ones! I recently visited the Warren Tricomi Salon at The Manor, Delhi. Read on for the details 🙂

Where: Warren Tricomi salon, The Manor, Friends Colony, Delhi.

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Korum Salon, Delhi- Review

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How’s your week going on ladies!? The weekend is just around the corner, and here I am with a review of Korum Salon in Delhi, which, if you are in Delhi, you must go to! Read on for more! 🙂

korum salon delhi reviewKorum Salon, tucked away in the midst of New Delhi’s posh GK- M block Market Part 1, is the luxurious gateway for everyone who wants to indulge. Less than a year old this newly opened salon and hair spa is a one stop solution for all your personal hair and beauty needs. The brand aspires to redefine relaxation and rejuvenation in a contemporary environment perfected by signature Korum services. With a great emphasis on attention to detail to ensure that you look your best each artist works patiently with you to create the look you want.

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Lakme Salon new ‘Chocolicious Masque’ and ‘Chocolate Wax’: My experience

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Lakme salons have introduced delicious new services like the Chocolate Wax and Chocolicious Masque into their existing menu.

1. Chocolicious Masque is a tempting way to get a facial done. Filling your senses with the pleasant and relaxing aroma of chocolate; the masque has unique properties of chocolate that make your skin radiant, nourished and refreshed. The anti-oxidant attributes of chocolate neutralizes the effects of ageing. The tonic properties of the masque make your skin firm and the cocoa has moisturizing properties that prevents wrinkles. With the use of this special masque the protective film of the skin is reconstituted and your skin gets a glow like never before. The chocolicious masque can also be used as a delicious top-up to the other facials.

Price: Rs. 550 (approx.)

My experience: Chocolicious Masque

Oh gosh, this is one heavenly mask! My face was first cleansed, and then rose water was applied. Then, the chocolate mask was prepared, and the warm mask, like warm, molten chocolate, was applied to the face, followed by cooling eye pads. The mask has a heavenly chocolate fragrance, and I had great difficulty in resisting licking off some of it 🙁 it dries off to a gel-like texture, which can easily be peeled off from the skin (not like those regular peel-off masks, though). The skin felt relaxed, pampered and, needless to say, it was a heavenly aroma-therapy session too!


2. Chocolate Wax has a smooth and creamy texture with the fragrance of chocolate that ensures removal of even very fine hair. Along with that it has effective de-tanning properties that help in getting rid of the tan caused due to the extreme Indian topical weather. This wax epilates the hair above the skin which prevents the inner hair growth and with regular use you experience reduction in hair growth.

Price: Rs. 1,100 approx. for arms and legs.

My experience: Chocolate Wax

I’ve got chocolate waxing done before, but this one was quite different! The chocolate wax I’ve used before was quite thin, runny and of translucent nature. The Lakme chocolate wax was quite thick in nature, opaque, and applied thick. The wax needs to be applied on small sections on the skin, and removed with the regular waxing strips. It did actually remove some tan (unlike regular chocolate wax, which also claims to remove tan), so I’d highly recommend you to try this chocolate wax if you’re looking for a tan removal remedy. It is said to reduce hair growth with regular usage, though I cannot vouch for the same with just 1 usage.

Overall, I would highly recommend the services to you all. These are both good value for money, and deliver in the ‘claims’ department. Also, with a brand like Lakme, you can be sure with the hygiene and privacy issues at a salon.

You can avail these unique and delicious services at a Lakme Salon near you.

Have you tried any of the services above? 

Disclaimer: The above services were offered to me by the Brand. The reviews are honest!
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Lakme Absolute Salon Experiential

Hiya everyone!
Remember the pic I shared with you all about the Lakme Absolute event HERE
In this post, I will share with you all my experience at the Lakme Absolute Salon in Delhi.

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Lakme Absolute had organised a Bloggers’ Meet on 28th December 2012 at the only Lakme Absolute Salon in India, located at South Extension, New Delhi.

We were welcomed into the Salon by a very warm team of members from the Salon, and after some food and drinks, we were taken for a salon tour. And I must say, I am way too impressed by the way the Salon has been designed. Let me take you on a virtual tour of the salon.

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As we enter the salon, we see a retail section, where they have a collection of exclusive products from brands such as Tigi, Dove Spa, Bed Head, Miriamquevedo, Eminence, and of course, Lakme Absolute.

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They also have a dedicated section for manicures and pedicures. A huge range of nail-paints are on display on the walls here!

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One very interesting thing incorporated in the design of the salon is a chemical room, which is a dedicated cabin for procedures such as hair coloring, re-bonding, etc., so that other people in the salon are not subjected to the fumes from these chemicals. I do not have the pics 🙁

Also, they have separate facial rooms, which are very cosy. You can just relax on the beds/ plinths and get your facial done. I loved the entire setting. But hold on, the best is yet to come!

A separate VIP room is what I loved the most. It has been designed keeping in mind the privacy requirements of VIPs, celebs, and brides-to-be, or anybody who wants to go to the salon for  party make-up. This room is right in front of the lift, so the moment you come out of the lift, you walk into this room. You can change into your party/ bridal outfit, get your make-up and hair done, and leave from the lift, without the need for you to change into a salon gown, and then go to the hair and make-up stations, and then to the changing room, etc in that gown. This, I found to be very thoughtful.

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The V.I.P. Room

We could opt for either a hair make-over or make-up session. I opted for make-up. Products from lakme Absolute were used for the make-up, and I especially liked how the Lakme Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse felt on my skin. I was also very much impressed with the baked eyeshadows and lip gloss. I have a few products from the range, will review them shortly.

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The Lakme Absolute range of products

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We were also offered skin and hair consultation with the experts, but time didn’t allow me to get my skin checked by the experts. But my hair was analysed by Mr. Jatin Kapoor, Hair Expert, Lakme Absolute Salon, and he discussed with me in detail my hair and it’s problems, and I picked up a lot of useful tips from him. I am definitely going back to him to get a few treatments for my hair issues.

Overall, I would highly recommend you all to visit the salon and avail the host of services provided by them, for hair, skin, make-up. You wouldn’t be disappointed.

You can visit the salon hereLakmé Absolute Salon, A-6, 2nd Floor Above Royal Bank of Scotland, Next to Haldiram, South Extension Part -1, Delhi – 110049

Ratings: 9.9/ 10

Do share with us your experience if you visit the salon/ if you have already been to the salon.

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