The weather gods are playing havoc with the city, choosing rain showers one minute and muggy temperatures the next. In these conditions, it’s your skin and hair that are most likely to take a beating. The usual set-up of beauty and hair products that carry you through the other seasons won’t do anymore. Lucky for you, we called in the experts to offer foolproof advice to keep the weather from raining on your parade.
Clint Fernandes, celebrity make-up artiste
When all other products seem like too much fuss for this damp weather, the make-up maestro swears by waterproof kajal. “No Indian woman feels complete without kajal lining her eyes,” he says. “Using a waterproof eyeliner, which I do even during fashion shows, helps prevent the colour from going all over your face and making you look like a raccoon.”
Working with Kareena Kapoor has helped Pompy adapt to a variety of situations and occasions. He knows from experience that during the monsoon, a movie star-style big bouffant or bouncy blowout will fall flat in minutes. “High-maintenance hairstyles will become limp in no time,” he warns. “I prefer to do a tong texture, add some volume with a little mousse.” What are his other recommendations for those bad hair days, when the grease just refuses to be banished from your head? “Create a messy bun and just keep it in place by using a light hairspray. Look for something that’s mild and won’t harm your hair,” he advises.
Jawed Habib, hairstylist
The original man behind the mane says a strict ‘no’ to the use of hair oils during the monsoon. “It’s too heavy to be used on hair that’s already absorbed so much moisture from the air. Also, avoid using anti-dandruff shampoos at this time because they will strip the oil off your scalp, making your hair weak,” he explains. “My one foolproof trick to taming hair is to use a light silicone-based hair serum, which won’t weigh it down.” But he warns, “Don’t go to a chemist and ask for something over-the-counter.He won’t be able to prescribe something to suit your specific hair type. Instead, ask a
hairstylist who you trust for his/her recommendation.”
Kiran Bawa , spa expert
For Shilpa Shetty’s business partner Kiran Bawa, nourishing yourself inside out is the biggest favour you can do this season. “There’s no point in using the best lotions or acne controlling creams if you aren’t feeding your body with the right fuel,” she says. “We give our clients a vegetable juice made from blending beetroot, carrot and spinach to give them a boost of nutrients. Incorporate vegetable smoothies, made with dahi and water, into your diet to keep your skin glowing.”
Dr Rashmi Shetty, dermatologist
According to Rashmi, the biggest problem that your skin faces is combating acne due to open pores and high humidity. Her solution? Good old Indian neem. “Most international beauty products now come with neem extracts because it has good anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties,” she explains. “Look for skincare products that have neem as an ingredient, or simply make a paste out of fresh neem leaves and apply it to your face. Or you can even have a shot of neem juice in the morning.”