YLG, Baby!

I recently found out that YLG, this parlour in Bangalore, offers great annual packages for salon buffs. I’ve signed up for the Hair Spa treatment. They charge me 14k a year (rupees), for unlimited hairspas, followed by a blowdry. I can even get a hair spa everyday if I wanted but hey, I’ve got a life! For now, I’m sticking to twice a week – that’s how often I blowdry my hair anyhow. And I’m going to intersperse my salon trips with my wonderful new Kerastase conditioner. Wow, how FABULOUS is my hair going to be!

Basically it costs around 1000 rupees for a hair spa at most parlours, so even if you go for a hair spa once a month, you’re spending 12k. Add 2k to that, and you can reverse all the damage you have ever done to your hair over the years, by getting a hairspa once a week. With once a week, it’s a straight 52k value, and if you go twice a week or once in 5 days – wow! You’ve got a great deal! And that’s just for hairspa. They have other offers too, 7k for unlimited root touch-ups, 30k for a bunch of stuff – pedicure, manicure, waxing, threading, facial etc etc, all unlimited. If you live anywhere in Bangalore, you should definitely check the packages at YLG and look gorgeous, everyday!

Kerastase Kcravings

I happen to have really curly, unruly hair, and it looks totally huge and wild. But when I blowdry it straight, the volume disappears and it looks like it’s fairly fine. Not very fine though, but I wouldn’t call it thick when it’s straightened. So when shopping for Kerastase Masquintense yesterday, I got a little confused. I was planning to pick up the one for fine hair, but the sales lady suggested I try the one for thick hair. My hair hadn’t been blowdried, so when I said No, no, my hair is really ‘fine’, she looked at the bush on my head, and then at me, as if I were crazy. I then painfully explained how my hair loses considerable volume when straightened, and she said, “Well, I’m a little confused and don’t know which one you should go for. Why don’t you try something else?”

Considering the fact that the product is so expensive and is only sold at high-end salons, one would think that the sales women should be trained in detail, so they can advise you well. I did finally heed my own advice. I picked up the Masquintense for fine hair, and applied it to towel-dried hair yesterday. My hair feels super-soft, smooth and silky. I’m hoping that with regular use, hair quality also improves. The next product I want to try is the Kerastase Resistance Ciment Thermique, which is a heat activated conditioner and strenghtens your hair when you blowdry it. Anyone’s tried it? Drop me a note, please!

When was your last haircut?

I just had the most incredible haircut today, and the first thought that crossed my mind was, why hadn’t I discovered this hairstyle years ago?

Every time I’d cut my hair, I would be moderately happy, and as the haircut grew out, I lost all incentive to go back for a repeat trim. With the result that my trips to the salon were pretty infrequent, my hair would just grow out and I’d wear it in a ponytail. I am now determined to stick to this style for a year at least, and to go for repeated trims on a regular basis.

If you are like me, and often pull back your hair into a ponytail because it looks too untidy and messy open and you couldn’t be bothered to style it, and no haircuts really make a difference, realise that time is flying by far too quickly. Maximise your full potential NOW. Change your hairstlye regularly, make frequent trips to the salon, and keep working at your hair until you find a style that says wow! Even after you’ve found it, don’t stick to the same style for years and years. As the years pass, your looks keep undergoing subtle changes. In addition, newer methods of hair cutting and styling keep cropping up, so keep experimenting, and you may find something you liked even better than the previous haircut.

Go to the most expensive parlour you can afford. Expensive parlours pay their staff well, and keep getting them trained by the best in the field. So although you may feel like a cut is a cut, well, there are cuts, and there are cuts – if you know what I mean. I wanted a simple hairstyle, and fully believed that any old hairdresser at my neighborhood salon will be able to do a good job. So around 5 years ago I went to my neighbourhood parlour. Yes, she did a good job, I was happy. Then just this morning, I took a chance with an expensive salon, decided to treat myself. What the heck, let me try it, I thought. And the cut she gave me was so wow, I just cannot get over it. I am hooked, and am never going anywhere else for a haircut. I have called up all my friends raving about my new cut, and am going out tonight to show it off. Oh, I’m so excited.

Most of us can afford to get a fabulous haircut, and for an expense that would recur once in a few months, its probably worth the investment.

So the next time you reach for your rubberband to put your hair up into a ponytail because its “so all over the place you don’t know what to do”, get a haircut. Be fabulous.