Plagued by problems like hair loss and greying, most young women's crowning glory is no longer their hair.
With help from experts, convert the bane in your life to a boon by trying out natural solutions.
According to a random survey by IANS, hair loss, dandruff, greying and split ends top the list of hair problems faced by women in their 20s.
"At this age, the body undergoes lots of hormonal changes along with (sometimes stressful) landmark events happening in women's lives, like marriage, pregnancy and job worries.
"All of these events occupy a great deal of time, which means hair can go unattended. Not taking adequate care, combined with nutritional changes, can lead to havoc for hair," Kapil Dua, co-founder and chief hair transplant surgeon at Delhi-based AK Clinics, told IANS.
It is also the time when women want to look their best and stay in shape, for which some end up doing crash dieting. Seema Saadikha, an expert in clinical nutrition, says it is one of the causes of hair loss.
"Crash dieting causes nutritional deficiencies like magnesium, vitamin B12 and vitamin D3. People on diet should get their blood investigation done and consume proper nutritional supplements," she said.
Beauty and hair expert Shahnaz Husain suggests including oil in your beauty regime for luscious locks.
She says oiling the hair once a week a night before washing it off is a good idea, and using olive or pure coconut oil are conducive for healthy hair. A tip -- try not to vigorously massage your head as in case of hair loss, the roots are already weak.
"Use only fingertips and move the scalp in small rotary movements. If the hair is dry, shampoo twice a week. Those with oily hair should avoid oil applications and shampoo three or four times a week. But use less shampoo. Dilute it with water and then apply," said Husain, who also advises to keep dandruff in check as it is one of the reasons for hair loss.
But you can't battle dandruff if you don't know its root cause!
Sachin Dhawan, Dermatologist, Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), explains what leads to dandruff.
"Dandruff is caused by malessezia yeasts naturally growing on the scalp. It happens more on oily scalps and due to hard water. Dry allergic dandruff happens due to shampoo allergies and use of hot water.
"Natural ways to treat dandruff include using apple cider vinegar mixed with water to wash off and using a mix of lemon and hung curd as a hair pack for 20 minutes," he said.
Though every star promotes ageing gracefully, no one really wants salt and pepper look when they are just in their 20s. Sadly, grey hair is the story of many young women's lives.
Use gooseberry, says Husain.
"Soak a handful of dry gooseberries in two to three cups of water overnight. Next morning, strain the water, but do not throw it away. Grind the gooseberries. To henna powder, add the ground gooseberries, four teaspoons each lemon juice and coffee, two raw eggs, two teaspoons oil and enough gooseberry water, mixing into a thick paste.
"Keep the paste for two to three hours and then apply on the hair. Make sure the entire head is covered. Keep it on for at least two hours and wash off with plain water," she said.
Another way to maintain black hair is to use a mixture of beetroot juice and coconut oil.
"It will give white hair a crimson colour, but if there are a few white hair strands, the colour will mix with the rest of the dark hair and provide coloured streaks," she said.
Young women also complain of split ends, lack of shine and frizziness.
Sirisha Singh, founding member and partner consultant of The Skin Center, says these problems are related to the hair shaft.
"The hair shaft is composed of keratin, which is essentially dead. These problems of the hair shaft are generally related to hair styling products, use of other hair care products and the general hair care," she said.
The problems can be greatly minimised by using a conditioner first. Also, minimise the use of hair dryers and hot irons.
"When the hair is wet, there's water inside the hair shaft. Use of a heating device causes the water inside the hair shaft to bubble. These bubbles make the hair rough and increase the tendency to split ends," she said.
Natural ways to to prevent split ends is to have a healthy protein-rich diet, especially animal and milk proteins and soy proteins, says Dhawan.
"Use a combination of rose hip oil and castor oil for hydrating the hair and conditioning with egg white," he added.Read more at:cocktail dresses australia
It's back to haunt women again -the size zero issue. A few years ago, Madrid banned anorexic models from walking the ramp. And recently , Israel has banned models who don't maintain a minimum Body Mass Index (BMI) of 18.5%, in response to a reality check, albeit a little late, on the rampant spreading of eating disorders among female models.
But even as we get to hear of these things, fact is that the ramp does create an illusion of glamour, which is lapped up by girls who look up to models, thereby being obsessed with becoming skinny . Even Giorgio Armani had admitted that `skinny is glam' is nothing but a `fashionable myth'.
Though India doesn't really have too many skinny models, the fixation to be `thin' is on a high. Idolising models or actresses is a custom among many girls, and aping their look is one of the most-followed trends in our country . As designer and choreographer Karun Raman says, "Some models do become anorexic, and Israel would have regulated the BMI law owing to eating disorders among young girls.However, to showcase my collections, I prefer girls who have some flesh.Models need to be healthy , fit and have a great body . But compromising on eating habits is not advised. India, as such, doesn't have too many skinny models. Our body type is different." Miss India contestant and citybased model Sahithya Jagannathan, who is quite skinny , says, "I am skinny because I come from a family of skinny people. In fact, it is difficult for me to put on weight. But I have never tried any shortcuts to achieve a certain look. I have healthy eating habits and follow a fitness regime. Girls can look up to fashionistas, but they should do what they want to do in a healthy way ."
But that becomes hard to follow for young girls who, to fit in, or due to peer pressure, want the `perfect everything'. Socialite Minnie Menon says, "The whole `slim is in' mantra is being taken to new levels in our coun try, where, the epitome of beauty rests in two attributes: getting fairer, or getting thinner. The second option, unfortunately , seems far more attainable to young girls, and so, there is a profusion of cold press drinks, slimming teas and several other weigh tloss options in the market."
Model and actress Parvathy Omanakuttan says, "This ban has come at the right time. Though I don't agree with banning the models as they will be left jobless, the ban will definitely encourage girls to have healthy eating habits. There have been instances when models have lost their lives owing to anorexia. While it is important to look a certain way when you are in the fashion industry , compromising on your health is a no-no. I am a fitness freak, but I am a foodie, too." On the being skinny obsession, she adds, "There is no harm getting inspired by models or actresses, but one should also remember that losing weight happens over a period of time. I stopped going to the gym as several trainers in India are not certified trainers with fitness knowledge. They end up giving the same exercise routine to someone who is 20, as they do to someone 40! When girls decide to lose weight, they should consult a proper nutritionist and customize their diet plan according to their body type instead of following what their friends do. Hard work and dedication are important." Read more here:one shoulder formal dresses
A travel agency in Kyoto has created a two-day wedding package for all the single ladies that includes a trip to a wedding dress boutique, a photographer, and even a Japanese gentleman who will play the role of fake groom in the fake wedding photos.
It’s part "Muriel’s Wedding," a little "Friends" and a dash of Beyoncé.
If you’re single, with nary a romantic prospect in sight, but want to immortalize your youth with wedding photos while you’re still “young and beautiful,” well, apparently Cerca Travel has the travel package for you.
Same goes for ladies who believe they're entitled to wear a bridal gown and feel beautiful without having to be engaged, says the travel agency.
For about 300,000 JPY ($2,500 USD), ladies will be able to choose a wedding gown or bridal kimono, get the princess treatment with hair and makeup services, and immortalize their big day with a photo shoot in nearby Japanese gardens.
The two-day package includes a night’s stay at a local hotel.
For an added fee, ladies can hire out a Japanese model to accompany them during their faux-photo shoot.
Furthermore, if you’re feeling anxious before the big day and you don’t want to eat dinner alone, the tour coordinator will double as a dinner companion -- for an added fee.
Meanwhile, the wedding package flies in the face of a major, national effort to get young people to marry and procreate.
Birth rates have plummeted in Japan due to fewer marriages and career-minded women.
The national birth rate in 2013 was at 1.43 children per woman, far below the replacement rate of 2.1 needed to sustain a stable population, according to the International Business Times earlier this year.
The results of a major survey released last summer also shed light on how attitudes to marriage are changing in Japan, suggesting that nearly one-third of Japanese think marriage is pointless.
Of the 37,610 respondents, 34 percent said they saw no merit in getting hitched.
That was especially true of respondents in their 30s, as that figure rose to 41 percent.
The travel package, meanwhile, is reminiscent of the 1994 film "Muriel’s Wedding," in which actress Toni Collette plays a cringingly socially awkward woman in her 20s desperate to get married; a "Friends" episode in which all three ladies don wedding dresses to feel better about themselves; and Beyoncé’s anthem for female singletons everywhere: “Single Ladies.”Read more at:MarieAustralia princess formal dresses