#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! 😛

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

Time for a holy Holi !

Holi is like Love. Either you believe in the whole concept of getting down on your knees, douse yourself and others in its’ different hues, shades and colors, the good and the bad, the chase and the foreplay and the whole act of enjoying the passion it involves. Or you (like the Love cynical people) can just hate it and call it a huge wastage of time, energy and water 😛 You just can’t have a middle standing in the matters of Love and Holi. And if you do, you should know that you are getting screwed and you are not even enjoying it! :-p 😉 Such a pity, no?

Anyway, I have no middle standing on the matter. Howsoever strongly I believe in the concept of Love and all the jazz, I don’t like Holi. I mean, I like the spirit of the festival where everything should be colorful, and you meet your next door neighbors for the first time in the year (the second time being Diwali ;-)) and have sweets and thandai and a general bonhomie pervades. But. Only if Life were that simple. Over the years, it has turned into this unrequited kind of love. You know the kinds where you tell people that you are not interested in playing along. But they just talk, tag and stalk and bully you into playing along.

I might be wrong when I say this, but I feel that the spirit of the festival has been lost somewhere over the years. The idea of the whole festival is to have a good time with all and sundry, while in actuality, people have just taken it up as an excuse to inconvenience other people by flinging water balloons on unsuspecting people/cars/bikes on the roads. Plus they do this week long and not only on the festival day. And to round off the brutality of the festival, everyone must get pakka colors so that the others have a hard time getting it off. I mean, people, when did the entire agenda of the festival shift from masti and pleasure to hurt others. Yes, I just said Hurt. Because of all these artificial color sprays and pakka colors contain harmful chemicals that harm our skin and hair. Call me cynical or paranoid but that’s true.

I mean, isn’t the polluted air and water bad enough for you that you want to rub in these chemicals on to your friends? And I am not even talking about the kind of water wastage that happens during Holi and even after when scores of people all over the country try and remove these pakka colors from their skin. And then, if this was not enough, should you really be harassing people to join you in this mayhem?

I can understand if some of us like the festival in all it’s fervor. But guys. Seriously, one request. If somebody doesn’t want to play, just let them be. For all you know, they may be allergic or have some medical condition that could worsen. Just respect a person’s decision to disassociate. I know the tagline says, “Bura na mano, Holi hai” (roughly translates to Don’t mind, It’s Holi!!). But I guess with the changing times, or let me put it more appropriately, in the times of declining morality, where our women don’t feel safe anywhere, we certainly don’t want strange men smearing us with chemicals and getting fun out of it. We’d rather not play.

If this post sounds depressing, that wasn’t my intention at all. All I wanted was to wish you all a very Happy Holi. May you be doused in all the colors of Holi (and Love too) and be surrounded with a lot of friends and family and sweets. Thank your stars that you have enough safe water to drink and a little extra to throw around. Count your blessings and spare a thought for somebody who probably isn’t as lucky as you.

PS: Wouldn’t it be great if we could celebrate a Holi with ubtan, curd, honey, olive oil, rose water, lemon and other such things that are good or the skin and hair. I can’t imagine how cool that would be! Isn’t it?

*Images courtesy Google