Common grooming mistakes women make
Who said only Indian men are clueless when it comes to grooming? Grooming tips for women are just as valuable to the fairer sex in India!
Forget the fashion-forward, style conscious, and upper-class women who know the moisturising routine and carry a loyalty card with the local manicure/pedicure spa or beauty parlour in a chic corner of a tony neighbourhood.
We are talking about grooming tips for women from a middle-class background who duke it out every day in the local trains, buses and two-wheelers to go to work and have hardly any time for themselves for most of the week.
That’s not all, some women go out of the way to make themselves unattractive just to make sure they are not harassed by men in the street! Here is what Vinati Sigh had to say about it on Quora.
All said and done, a big chunk of the population of women in India for reasons such as lack of time, money or awareness fall short in matters of grooming.
If you are a woman who is of a “marriageable” age and know you are destined to go through an arranged marriage first meeting or “date”, committing these grooming mistakes can ruin your chances of finding a match.
Common grooming mistakes made by women in India
Not taking care of facial hair, especially those on the upper lip.
Embracing the ‘Kajol unibrow style’ that works only on Kajol.
Poor hair care and oily hair.
Sporting sweaty armpits.
Bad breath aka dragon’s breath.
Not taking care of body odour.
Wearing ill-fitting clothes that probably belong to someone else.
Wearing mismatched accessories.
Men are visual creatures and end up deciding if someone is attractive just based on looks. So if you don’t take the effort to present yourself properly, you are shooting yourself in the foot when it comes to arranged marriage first meetings.
8 Essential grooming tips for women for arranged marriage first meetings
We lined up 8 essential grooming tips for women to help you highlight your personality better and improve your chances of meeting your soulmate. These tips are designed to be applicable without requiring a trip to an expensive salon or requiring any experience in applying makeup products. The idea of lining up these tips is to help you enhance your natural beauty and make sure your sloppiness doesn’t come in the way of finding Prince Charming.
1. Removing facial hair
There are many effective home remedies for removing facial hair easily without using any harmful chemicals or fancy instruments. Some of these home remedies include preparations that require items such as coconut oil, lemon juice, wheat flour, water, and honey to name a few.
Check out this video that gives you a demo of how to remove “peach fuzz” (which is the thin, light coloured hair that grows on the sides of the face and on the forehead).
2. Removing hair on the upper lip
Indian women have been using natural ingredients such as turmeric to not only remove unwanted facial hair but also to exfoliate the skin and protect the skin from infection and the harsh sun. In this video, you can do away with the hair on the upper lip using talcum powder, rose water and a thread!
3. Haircare for Indian women
The Indian tropical sun along with high pollution levels in our towns and cities cause major problems for women when it comes to maintaining the hair. The result is bad, frizzy hair that seems to have a mind of its own! So here are some of the ingredients you will need – coconut oil, natural shampoo, comb, scissors, bananas, milk, and curd/yogurt to get your hair back in shape.
4. Dealing with underarm sweating
Among all the grooming tips for women, the remedy for underarm sweating probably has the most relevance for men and women in India.
Excessive sweating in the underarm area can be embarrassing. When you have to meet a prospective groom, you want them to look at your face and not at the wet rings adding its own design pattern to your shirt, salwar or blouse!
Here are some easy ways to solve this problem. Look for a natural antiperspirant, avoid eating spicy food, make sure you are not emotionally excited before you meet anyone important, and wear loosely woven clothes such as those made of linen, cotton or silk. Check out this informative video for more details.
5. Tackling bad breath
The biggest buzz kill in an arranged marriage first meeting could be your bad breath! While it’s OK to brush your teeth or use mouthwash before meeting a prospective groom, you might have to tackle the issue on a more consistent basis if you suffer from chronic bad breath. Natural remedies include the use of clove, cinnamon, mint and cardamom. Of course, don’t forget to brush twice a day, and keep your tongue and gums clean.
6. Taking care of body odor
When you meet someone with a body odor, you most probably end up disliking them! While this may sound cruel, just notice what your brains tells you when you meet someone with a bad odor. Fear not, you don’t actually need fancy shampoos and deodorants. Here is a simple remedy -Just make a paste of sandalwood and orange peels and use it instead of soap.
7. How to put together a smart wardrobe
Let’s face it. Clothes make the man and indeed a woman! You are as good as the clothes you wear and books are indeed judged by their cover! According to a research study, people indeed feel and act differently depending on the types of clothes they wear! Here is an interesting video that will give you practical tips to help you build a wardrobe for traditional Indian clothes that you may choose to wear on occasions such as arranged marriage first meetings.
8. Choosing the right footwear
If you are someone that wears the same footwear for every occasion, you should check out the video below. Shoes and outfits go together. Picking the right outfit for the occasion and a matching pair of footwear really creates a great impression. So stop skimping on footwear.
We hope our grooming tips for women will help you present yourself properly when you meet a prospective match or his family. Remember, you don’t need fancy lotions and potions from high-end boutiques to look good. Simple home remedies and spending time in properly grooming yourself can certainly get your mojo back and that’s always good for you.
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