Hi Komal, is there anything you can recommend for hair static? I’ve looked it up, and nothing seems to work. Not serums (I have really fine hair), not letting it air dry; that made no difference at all – and not even dryer sheets, which I had to look all over for.
If you have fine hair, I get that the last thing you want to be using to stop static is a serum, so I’m not going to recommend you use one. The truth is that static is caused by super dry hair, so you want to moisturize it without weighing it down. How? I’m about to change your life (or make you far happier with your hair, at the very least) by suggesting you try Alterna’sBamboo Smooth Dry Oil Mist Spray.
I’m not entirely sure what it is about this particular formula (other than maybe unicorn tears) that makes your hair so incredibly soft and silky without ever weighing it down. You can use it on damp hair or just when your hair feels really dry (which happens a lot when you have bleached hair); but the best bit is that it nixes static completely. That’s how I found it – a nice lady in a department store in Vienna recommended it for killing the static in my hair when I was on holiday in Austria in February last year. She was right – my hair was soft, static-free and imminently touchable all month long, which is exactly what you want when it’s cold out – and I loved it so much that I’ve continued to use it since, even in warmer Indian weather. Try it; I promise you’re going to love it.
I have really sensitive skin, so I try to keep my product use to a bare minimum. How important is it to use face wash in the morning as well as in the evening if I don’t go to bed with anything on my skin?
Washing your face in the morning isn’t so much about stripping your skin of dirt as it is about getting rid of the buildup of oil through the night. The oil isn’t harmful in itself but I’m guessing that even though you’re on a minimalist skincare regime, you use a bit of moisturiser or makeup – it’s putting that right on top of the oil buildup that’s the problem. So yes, it’s always a good idea to cleanse your face when you wake up. If you’re worried about sensitivity, try using a super mild, gentle face wash that’s known for its ability to work well with sensitive skin. Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleasning Foaming Face Wash is a personal favourite, and Dermalogica does a great line of products geared towards sensitive skin; try their UltraCalming Cleanser. I’ve also heard pretty good things about L’Oreal’s Go 360 Deep Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin, so you might want to give that a go.
Can you recommend a mascara for long lashes that won’t break the bank?
For sure! Rimmel’s Glam’Eyes Mascara is your best bet. It gives you these great, fan-like doll lashes (mine sometimes get long enough to touch my brow bone with this mascara), and the formula doesn’t clump. It’s also relatively easy to get off at the end of the day – a good oil-based cleanser or cleansing milk, and you’re done. It doesn’t flake, it doesn’t run; and it doesn’t break the bank either!
And because it's almost the weekend, and weekends are made for fairy tales (or should be), here's the trailer for Disney's live action version of Cinderella! This has me way more excited than should be acceptable for a grown woman. Have a great weekend!
Photographed by Suresh Natarajan for Vogue India February 2013.