Hair and there

You know those days when you stand in front of the mirror and use your hairbrush like a weapon just willing, ordering, commanding and coaxing your hair to behave? That is a situation I’ve been very familiar with thanks to my original curly, frizzy locks. I was at the receiving end of some weird nicknames during my teens – Maggi noodles, Medusa and the likes – now when I think back about it, they are pleasant memories but at that time it was just nothing short of terror!

I resisted experimenting with my hair for the longest time, save for some new haircuts which brought out the same curly, frizzy results all the time, but a hairstylist (who I was very loyal to until I moved cities some time ago) convinced me to go in for straightening. I reluctantly agreed but I was pleasantly surprised with the results and I’ve been a convert ever since. But, there has to be a but, the minute my original texture starts resurfacing it is time to exchange dirty looks with the mirror and wrestle with the hairbrush once again.

Then I saw this notification on IndiBlogger about Sunsilk‘s new shampoo and conditioner called Perfect Straight, so I went ahead and clicked on the required buttons. Usually I’m not lucky with these things so I was kind of taken aback when a parcel arrived at home after three days. That was fast, I thought. I wanted to wait till the weekend to use the shampoo and conditioner leisurely but it was too tempting, so I settled for using it mid-week.

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First things first, I always go by the smell when it is something new – food, lip balm, even a new book – the first whiff of the Perfect Straight shampoo hit me as I opened the bottle, it smelt of fruits, almost berry-like and that, for me, is a winner! So I gave myself a quick oil massage before I used the shampoo and went ahead. The shampoo lathered quite well and it was easy to wash off, same with the conditioner. Here I must say that the conditioner is very light in texture and not heavy and dense like some of the ones I’ve used before, so it was pretty effortless to use it. I went about the chores at home and rushed to work without paying much attention to my hair, about two hours into a working day when I finally got the time to breathe I checked out my hair in the mirror, and wow! It really did look smooth. Yes I’ve got partially straightened hair but at the roots the curls are beginning to show and they usually have a mind of their own! Surprisingly, they were behaving. Even though I was pleased, I dismissed it as beginner’s luck. That yummy fruity fragrance stayed with me all day and guess what? My hair behaved the next day too! *does a little jig in joy*  I should have know that this is one experiment that would be ‘fruit’ful when I smelt it, isn’t it?

I’m sending this off to the Sunsilk Perfect Straight contest at IndiBlogger.

On the subject of hair, here’s some more…

Someone once told me that just like you feed your tummy, it is important to ‘feed’ your hair and skin as well. I was amused at this perception but the person went on to tell me how different fruits and vegetables play a huge role in keeping your hair and skin healthy. If you’ve been a regular around here, then you’ll notice how I use different coloured veggies in most of the food I make. I’ve learnt that this is one of the keys to better hair and skin. Oh yes, I do include a lot of fish (no qualms about that!), fruits and nuts in my meals too.

Enough of the gyaan. Sometimes when I’m in a hurry to make breakfast, that isn’t a meal I’m willing to skip, I usually end up whipping up a smoothie. All it takes is a couple of fruits and some curd, both of which I always have at hand; apart from this I also add some nuts to the whole concoction because besides the health angle it also gives a lovely texture to the smoothie. This time, I made this smoothie on a rushed weekday as I had some time at hand I chilled it in the fridge before we had it and it tasted almost like a frozen dessert. Yumm!

Best option for breakfast. Psssst! Check out the pretty coasters, they’re a wedding  gift from a family friend!

Banana, papaya & almond smoothie

2 medium-sized bananas, peeled and chopped
1/4 of a papaya, peeled, de-seeded and chopped
1/4 cup of fresh curds
1 tbsp of almonds, chopped – I didn’t bother blanching or peeling them because I wanted all the nuttiness

Blitz all the ingredients together in the mixie. Add some honey if you would like, but I skipped this because both the fruits I used were sweet enough. Chill in the fridge for a while and serve topped with chopped pieces of fruits or scooped papaya, like I did.

Serve chilled

* I’ve used almonds here because that’s what I had at hand. Walnuts will be good in this smoothie too. If not,  you can always use some pumpkin or sunflower seeds. Flax seeds are another healthy options.

* Banana makes the smoothies really thick, so you can add some ice while blitzing the entire thing to adjust the consistency.

* I would serve this with some muesli or granola too, but for this I’d skip the ice and chill the smoothie for longer so that it becomes thicker. 


  • Square Meals February 25, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Those look totally yummy! Here's a suggestion, I have seen this on many shows. Try freezing the banana for some time before blending, it is supposed to make the smoothie creamier!


  • Renuka February 27, 2013 at 2:31 am

    Yup Aparna, that's something I always do when I'm making ice cream 🙂 In fact, if you look at my previous post on banana & strawberry ice cream – that's what I've done!

    Never tried it in a smoothie.. Thanks for the idea, will try that soon!


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