Like any other Indian girl with wavy hair, my tress problems are endless, changing with the weather, water, place and seasons. It’s not been easy to manage these locks with recurring hairfall, dullness, roughness, dryness, breakage, dandruff, frizziness and the list can go on. I’ve been no stranger to experimentation. Name any product in the market and you might just find them in my vanity cabinet, as I have tried them all in a vain effort to tame my hair through the years. Someone once told me it takes your hair and scalp about three months to adapt to a product. Take it from me, a week, a month, a year – doesn’t matter how long, no product has been friendly to my terrifying mane. Sometimes, when the product seemed to work, the water would nullify the effect or worse, create a situation that was worse than before.


In a recent conversation with beauty guru Dr. Blossom Kocchar, I had the longstanding myth debunked much to my horror and relief. When I asked her how long does it really take for hair to adapt to a new product, this is what she said.

You can and should adapt straightaway. If you apply something, and someone says “Wow! You are looking good.” That’s your product.

As I pondered on that all day and all week long (I multitask people, so stop wondering if I don’t have any better work to do), I realized that there was one product I always went back to because of how it made my hair feel instantly. As my luck has it, every store I walked into for the rest of the week, seemed to have run out of stock. So I patiently waited and made trips to all Health & Glow stores I could find until I bought myself a bottle each of Herbal Essences Shampoo and Conditioner. I would have preferred the one for dry hair since it suits my hair texture, but I could wait no longer so I bagged two pink bottles of Herbal Essences Dangerously Straight Shampoo and Conditioner.


My gut feeling was right as the next day after shower my hair felt absolutely beautiful. For the first time in months it was manageable, completely free of all the frizz and quite soft. I have never been able to figure out where the curls come from, but I am quite glad to have them. It’s not completely curly, neither straight, nor proper waves, which is why I figured the “dangerously straight” option would even out whatever uncertainties I had. Doesn’t make my hair dangerously straight, but yes, I did find an escape from sporting Monica-do from The One in Barbados episode on Friends. I quite like the large bottles of shampoo and conditioner that proudly flaunt VFM for the mere 200 odd bucks I shell out. It’ll probably last me for two months even if I wash my hair every day (which I don’t anymore).

I’m not asking you to try Herbal Essences, but am giving you an option that could work if you have faced the same problems I did. If you haven’t given a second thought to a product you threw out too soon, maybe it is time to reconsider Blossom’s words. It saved my hair, it could do more than that for you too. 🙂

Oh! Just because I said all my hair problems are solved, doesn’t mean it looks like Lisa’s from the new commercials. I wish. This is not television, people! This is real life.