Tuesday, June 23, 2015

20 days and Nioxin later...!

If you have been reading the blog, you might know that I had taken up the Nioxin 20 day challenge. Nioxin is a hair product that is aimed at people with thin and thinning hair. It has been known to stop further thinning of hair and even make the scalp a suitable environment for the growth of new hair. I had attended the launch of this product in India. You can read about it here.

And so, I came back home armed with the designated pack assigned to me, identified according to my hair type. The pack had three bottles - A shampoo, a conditioner and a scalp revitalizer. According to the instructions given to us by the Nioxin guys at the event, these products had to be used every day. Since Nioxin follows a skin care approach to hair, they said you need to wash and clean your scalp like your face, every day. First, shampoo your hair using the Nioxin cleanser shampoo. Then rinse your hair and apply the Nioxin conditioner. Now here’s a twist. Unlike most conditioners that are applied only to the length of the hair and not roots, Nioxin conditioner needs to be applied onto your scalp as well. Conditioning your scalp after a wash, like moisturizing your face after a wash, that’s the skin care approach they have been talking all along. Wash off the conditioner after 2-3 minutes and then gently towel dry your hair. Lastly, you need to apply the scalp revitalizer. It is actually a spray that you have to sparingly apply evenly to cover the entire head.

It was a challenge for somebody like me to use the product every day, since my mornings are rushed with trying to get ready for office and getting the little one ready for school. So effectively I ended up using the product on alternate days. Coming to the product, the shampoo has a nice pleasant smell. The good part about it is that you literally need to use a very small amount every time you shampoo. It lathers well and easily. The conditioner? Well, have you ever tried Menthos? The Nioxin conditioner feels like your scalp is having Menthos. It has a strong mint fragrance and is very very cool on the scalp. Like when you wah off the conditioner, it feels like you are pouring ice cold water on the head. Since it is really hot now, using the conditioner was a “cool” experience.

Let me tell you the change I felt after using Nioxin vs the other off-the-counter shampoos I have been using till date. Earlier, on the first day of hair wash, I would have really nice, clean and silky hair. By the second day it would start patting down on the head with a little oil. By the third day, the only hair style I could do was tying it up in a knot. But with Nioxin, even on the third day, the hair felt almost as clean and silky as the first day. Even though it is advised to be used every day for thicker hair, I observed that not following it a couple of times would do no harm either.

Now, I cannot verify the authenticity of this product by gauging hair growth. It is not possible to effectively know if I have really grown more hair during this 20-day period. But what I can tell you is that my head feels fuller. I don’t think my hair thickness has increased but I do feel that there is a spurt in the growth of new hair. I also feel much better with how my hair looks and feels now. The product (the three piece treatment) is a little steeply priced at Rs. 3000. But as I mentioned earlier, you literally use a very small quantity each time. So it may, as well, last you a long time. I am not sure if I will continue with this expensive treatment for my hair. But if you are really desperate and looking for a solution for thinning hair and are ready to shell out some big bucks, do try Nioxin. I didn’t use the product as religiously as told, and yet I can feel the change. I am sure and hope it will work for you if you give it a 100% chance.
These are my before and after pictures. You decide!

Before and After!
PS: This is purely my own opinion after using the product. It is not a sponsored review.

You can try and experience #NioxinNowIndia at your nearest salon. This activity is in association with BlogAdda.com

Friday, June 19, 2015

One and a half years, twice the drama!

The little one is on a rampage these days. She has always been a hyperactive child, right from her days in the womb. But now, at 1.5 years, with feet and mind firm and always running, she is giving me the hiji bijis. I feel like the Terrible Twos have already started. Only 6 months too early.

Yesterday she gave me a full blown tantrum at the mall where we had gone to buy her a new pair of shoes. By the way, she threw her old shoes down from our 7th floor balcony and lost them is another story. At the mall, I also happened to like a dress for her. So I tried it on but it was a little too fitted for comfort. But apparently she had her heart set on it. She said she won't take it off. I tried coaxing and cajoling, which by the way hardly ever works. And then, I took it off amidst her protests. In the next instant, she was down on the floor, wearing  shorts and shoes and no t-shirt, crying with all the energy she could fathom from her reserves. Of course, all the people were staring at us. The truce was reached with the barter of a chocolate-y bourbon biscuit.

After we reached home, she did the same with the shoes. She just didn't want to part with them. I pried them open ONLY for her bath time. But hell hath fury! This little lady is not taking things lying down from mummy. Another full blown tantrum with lots of crying and red face was unleashed on mummy, and it subsided only when she was allowed to take a bath with her shoes on. And then had her dinner and milk and every other activity with her shoes on. She then went to sleep after talking to her shoes for quite some time, and also saying "bye" to it almost 500 times. I am traumatized, is to say the least.

The list of weird things she does is going up by the day and has me worried. Like for real.
The other day she was playing on the floor. And as usual, I had an eye on this mischief maker. Then I saw her pick up a grain of dust on her finger. She then put this finger in her nose and took a deep breath and snuffed it away. Putting everything in the mouth is too mainstream for her I guess!

I thought a lot about this and came up with a theory. I was sure she couldn't have seen this on TV. So I figured she is just a curious toddler who is exploring all the open spaces accessible to her little hands. And prove me right she did. A day later, she tried to snuff some fruit peel. Since it didn't oblige, she tried putting it inside her eyes. When that didn't happen too, she put it at the spot right where the eye meets the bridge of the nose. And then went around the house proudly showcasing her creativity. She also tried to stuff my tic-tac clips in her ears today!

She has also thrown the rolling pin (belan) and steel containers down from our seventh floor balcony. Thankfully, no one has been hurt yet. But mommy dear definitely got a nice hearing from the building guard who saw her doing this both times.

Am I sounding grumpy and cribbing all over the place? Because that's not the whole story. She is also growing up pretty and learning too many rhymes and songs and dance. She speaks non stop the whole time. And I have gone from "When will you speak?" stage to "Please baby, quiet for sometime" stage almost too soon. She loves reading her books more than ever and has even got a choice at which one she wants to read for the day. I am enjoying this stage as much as I can. The rest of the time, we have a screaming match. I ain't winning any, though! :-P

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Product Review : Dabur Baby Massage Oil

And so, we are back with a product review. Dabur baby massage oil. I was quite an obvious choice for the review as I have a kid who falls into the maalish waali category. And so, last week I received three packs of Dabur baby massage oil from BlogAdda for review, as a part of the #FirstLove activity.


As soon as I opened the neatly done package and took out one bottle to generally have a deko, the little one neatly got hold of the other two, one in each hand, and ran away. And then, as is usual, she threw them on the floor as soon as I asked her to return them to me. For her it’s a game. But I think I had a minor heart attack. The two extra bottles needed to be given away. But lord bless the guys! Since it’s a baby oil, they must have figured that the babies can go for the bottles once in a while. So the non-glass/plastic bottles fell on the ground. And that’s that. Nothing happened. So even before the review started, a point had been scored. Make baby products baby-proof :)

Ever since the little one was born, we have been very particular about her massages. Everyday, half an hour. Our mothers and grandmothers have waxed eloquent about its benefits and the husband and I have been really sincere with the massage routine from the beginning. In the initial months, a massage helps relive the tensions in a baby’s muscles as they cannot move around on their own. I remember how every day during the massage she would fall off to easy sleep. We sometimes tried to do it at night to make her sleep too. I, for one, can personally vouch for the fact that a massage really helps growing babies. As the little one started growing older, we could see that her hands and legs were strong and she sat, eventually started crawling and walking, all in good time and pretty confidently.

Since the beginning, we have used mustard oil and desi ghee for her massage, as these oils help build the child’s muscles. We have also occasionally used Johnsons’ baby oil when we were travelling and didn’t have access to the above mentioned oils. There are some other alternatives like Olive oil, and Almond oil that are popular for baby massages. Dabur baby massage oil combines the goodness of both olives and almonds into this oil. The oil is clear, not very thick and has a pleasant smell to it. The packet cover and the bottle have a very cute and colorful design with a chubby elephant dancing and the text sprawled across in rainbow hues.

I have had a really difficult time massaging my little one ever since she learnt to crawl. Because that means she can run away during the massage. So this cute little cover came in quite handy to keep her occupied for a little while I quickly got to work. The oil has a sweet smell and is non-sticky. Of course, I cannot say how effectively the oil is helping my child grow as it is something that is dependent on a lot of factors. But the fact that a popular and age-old brand like Dabur is associated with it, it makes me want to believe in all the goodness mentioned here like being Parafins free and no artificial colours.



Some children do have extra sensitive skin. And if you have such a child at home, I would advise you to first do a skin test by applying the oil on a small patch of skin and wait for a couple of hours for any allergy to show up.

I am writing about Dabur Baby Massage Oil with the goodness of olive and almond for the #FirstLove activity atBlogAdda.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

The everyday Drama of Life!


The one reason that I have been away is because the husband is travelling again. And that means that I am just barely making it, day by day. The days are crazy without him. By the time I reach office, I feel I have been through a battle. That’s because right after I wake up, I prepare the little one’s bag for the day care. So clothes, diapers, breakfast, lunch, snacks, fruits and the rest of the universe it is. Take a bath and get ready. Then wake her up and begin the tantrums. Some days she wants to laze around on the bed. I have one eye on the clock and the other on her. Then very tactfully I have to coax her out of her stupor because if you have a toddler, you would know, a meltdown is not what you want at the beginning of your day. Follow it up with milk, brush your teeth, potty, bath and dressing up. Each task is as eventful as she can make it. And then a short car ride to the day care later, off she goes to spend her day playing. And off I go, to scramble and punch in my card and start my day with never ending work and boring meetings.

The evenings are no better. I pick her up on my way back home. She is so full of energy after having spent an eventful day with the kids and a nice 3 hour nap in the afternoon. The rest of the evening passes pretty much like the morning. I have an eye on the clock and the other on her. I am mentally counting the minutes to her bed time. You would know what I am saying if you have/ever had a hyper active toddler at home, plus a full time job and minus a husband :(

Anyhow, I digressed. A bit too much. The other reason that I haven’t been here is because I have been hooked onto this really cool show that airs on NatGeo called “Air Crash Investigation”.


 As the name suggests, they document air crashes around the world, investigate them and bring them to us in an hour long episode on how they painstakingly built an entire theory of something that happened half way to the moon. You have to see it believe its awesomeness. My husband says I am sadistic because I watch this show. Also because I have always had a phobia of flying, even before the low cost airlines came in and anyone and everyone around us was taking flights. As a child, I always took refuge in the fact that we would hardly ever need to fly. But now, of course the things have changed. I have flown quite frequently in the last few years. The husband is a frequent flier himself. And trust me, it doesn’t help to watch the show. Because I obsess too much about it. Every time I sit on a plane, I remember “that” episode where “so and so” happened. And all thanks to me, the husband has also developed a mild phobia of flying. But all said and done, the show is really awesome. 

The whole technology part on how every single move you take high up in the air has a digital counterpart on the earth is truly mind blowing. Also the way they construct an episode – firstly, how the accident unfolded (in detail), then how the investigation began, the roadblocks, and the clues that led them to the chain of events, is mind blowing. I know it’s a crash and I do feel sad, AND AFRAID! But the series is a must watch! And I'll tell you what! After watching way too many episodes and crashes and seeing “everything that can go wrong does go wrong”, I have actually lost some of my phobia. Darr ke aage sach mei jeet hai!

PS : Yesterday I finished all the episodes and all the seasons of the show. And hence the time to come up with this post. :-)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

#NioxinNowInIndia Meet !

Last week I got a call from BlogAdda asking me if I was available for a Hair care product launch on the weekend. Since the husband had been away (again) for almost a month, I had been feeling rather miserable. The weather is too harsh outside  and being all alone with the naughty little one wasn’t
helping things. So, I just grabbed at the opportunity to go out and meet some grownups for a
change. And talk, instead of babble! :P

Now I had been informed that #Nioxin was being launched in India and that it was a product that caters specifically to thinning hair, and the works. Now, if you have ever birthed a child, you would know how your hormones go crazy after delivery and you lose chunks of hair. So I was a potential candidate too for the launch. 



And so the event started with a presentation with the Nioxin guys on what really is the product all about. 
The very animated Amy talking us through!
Let me sum it up for you:

1) Nioxin is salon-only product, targeted mainly for thin and thinning hair.

2) It has been around for almost 25 years and is quite a household name in the Western countries.

3) It follows a skincare approach to hair. What that means is that the way you need to wash and moisturize your face every day, your scalp needs it too.

4) It is not an off-the-counter product that you can just use. They have broken down the treatment to six different scenarios which majorly cover all hair problems and conditions like Normal-to-thin
looking hair, Visibly thinning hair, fine hair, medium hair, natural hair or chemically treated hair.

5) Based on the above parameters, you can break down your problem and find out which out the 1 to 6 treatments is meant for you. 

This is how they break it down from 1 to 6!

I quite liked this approach, as, in real world, I believe that not a single product can work to its potential the myriad of unique problems we face. After the very animated presentation by Amy, we also asked a lot of questions to the in-house and famous hair-dresser Sebastian. It was quite impressive the way they handled the real hair issues of the ladies, rather than just promoting their own products.
Posing with Pallavi!

The best part of the day was, of course, the hair spa. Also, we did have a one-to-one consultation
with the guys which was quite good. I loved the way my hair looked at the end the spa. It definitely
felt more shiny and silky.

And while waiting for our respective turn for the spa, we just chatted around with the other bloggers. I had almost forgotten how it felt. I met the Indian Rapunzel, the girl with 5 feet long hair, Pallavi Chaturdevi at the do. After I was done fawning over her hair, I spoke to her and had a great time connecting with her. 






And now, I am back home with the treatment that was identified specifically for my hair. I will be 
trying it out over the next 20 days and be back with a review. Ideally my hair should feel thicker and more voluminous. I do hope it works. Because that would be a win-win for me. Until then, stay tuned.

This is how I had walked in - excited!
This is how I walked out - preening! The hair looks better, right?

You can try and experience #NioxinNowIndia at your nearest salon. This activity is in association with BlogAdda.com