Archives for the month of: September, 2011


Red: Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez wore this ruby-red shade from head to toe. This super celebrity’s luxe nail look matched her glamorous ensemble.

Get the look: L’Oreal Pro Manicure nail polish in Caught Red Handed, $4.99 at Ulta.














White: Blake Lively

We love Blake Lively’s bright white manicure that she wore to the MTV Movie Awards.

Get the look: Nars summer 2011 polish in Ècume, $17 at Bloomingdale’s.












Silver: Katy Perry

Katy Perry is always sporting outrageous polish, so this space-age silver shade didn’t surprise us.

Get the look: Estée Lauder ‘Pure Color’ long lasting nail lacquer in Wild Storm, $19 at Nordstrom.













Yellow: Hillary Duff

Hilary Duff picked this primary yellow to match her floral-print dress.

Get the look: Deborah Lippmann nail color in Yellow Brick Road, $16 at Barneys New York.












Blue: Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson has always been a risk taker when it comes to fashion and beauty. Her royal-blue polish definitely didn’t go unnoticed.

Get the look: Love and Beauty nail polish in Blue Steel, $2.80 at Forever 21.

The bad reputation of mainland Chinese women (in my part of the world)

Chinese New Year is a time for family gossip. Two days ago, over sweet tangerines and chicken jerky in my family home in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, my Auntie Chan (who is related to me in some convoluted way) said she prayed that the Year of the Rabbit would bring luck and fortune to her family… such as her son ending his relationship with “a China girl.”

China girl? I asked. What China girl?

“He’s been seeing this girl from who-knows-what province in China,” she scowled. “A ‘student’ here, so he thinks. She’s very pretty. Sexy. No wonder he’s so ga-ga over her.”

What’s wrong with this Chinese girl? I wondered.

“Oh. She’s been very sweet. But… she’s a China girl. And whatever their good intentions, these women from China eventually get up to no good here.”

The sort of photo that usually accompanies local news reports on Chinese nationals caught working illegally in Malaysia.

Her comment bothered me, even though it definitely wasn’t the first time in my Southeast Asian life I’d heard such comments by local Chinese regarding mainland Chinese women. In the past, I’d usually be bored by those sentiments and brush them aside, but there were times, I’ll admit, that I agreed with them, nodding my head and giving my own examples of “China girls” I’d read about who’d “gotten up to no good.”

But living in China and the meaningful friendships I’ve developed with some mainland Chinese women have affected my ability to appreciate flippant remarks about “China girls.” Out of respect for my auntie, I swallowed my discomfort and let her rant against her son and his no-good China girlfriend who she was sure was nothing but a gold-digging opportunist who would dump him after she’d gotten all she wanted.

Yesterday night, my mother and I were sitting on the couch reading newspapers when she laughed and thrust her paper into my face. “Remember what Auntie Chan was saying about those China girls?” she asked. “Here’s another example.”

My mother had been reading the “Dear Thelma” section in The Star‘s Sunday Starmag pullout, and yesterday’s sad soul needing advice was a Malaysian man in his early fifties who was in a bad relationship with a China woman. You can read his letter here.

A summary of this man’s problems: He is in love with a Chinese national he met eight years ago. She was in Malaysia on a student visa but worked as a prostitute; her only reason for being here was to make as much money as she could. He paid RM20,000 to her pimps to bail her out, and gave her another RM10,000 because he was smitten with her. She ran off and married someone else in Taiwan, but he still sent her money. She later wanted to divorce her husband, with whom she had a kid, and contacted this sad Malaysian guy again, rekindling their romance. Against his better judgement, he agreed to bring her back to Malaysia for a visit, and for the first time saw her as selfish and cunning, but is still in love with her. He suspects she uses sex for power, but loves her and believes she loves him. Now he doesn’t know what to do.

My mother’s summary of this man’s problems: Dirty old uncle blinded by a pretty, willing China girl who uses him when it suits her. A woman who, no surprise, was in Malaysia on a fake student visa for the purpose of “getting up to no good” in the first place.

The discomfort I’d felt earlier on with my auntie swelled up again. “Not all China girls are bad, Ma,” I said, thinking about my friends back in Shanghai. “Anyway, it’s this old uncle’s own fault that he’s so in love with her he can’t turn her away. He’s the one asking for trouble.”

“Not all China girls are bad,” my mother agreed, surprising me. “But the ones flooding into Malaysia have a bad reputation. Week after week you read about police raids on bars where they find China girls working here illegally. Many of them are mistresses. Why do you think Malaysia won’t allow China girls to come in as maids? Their whole purpose in coming here is to start affairs, catch a rich man as soon as possible. These old apeks; their wives are old, and now they have beautiful young China girls throwing themselves at them. What apek is going to say no? And then they cry when the girls run away with their money. The whole situation is stupid.”

I thought back to Auntie Chan and her concern over her son, who was a young man starting his first job, not a rich old Malaysian Chinese apek. “What about him?” I asked. “Why would auntie be concerned that his girlfriend is an opportunist when he doesn’t have much to his name?”

My mother mulled over it. “Remember your Singapore uncle who married that woman from Tianjin?” she asked. “They met in China, and she married him within a month. A month! Do you think she would have married some Chinese guy from her own city that quickly? She saw it as an opportunity to get out of China.”

“But what’s wrong with that? They are still married, they have a kid. It’s not like she’s run off with someone else. And I like Auntie Li An. I don’t think she’s planning to take money and run off with anybody.”

“I know,” said my mother. “I’m just trying to explain what Auntie Chan finds distasteful. That her son’s girlfriend is possibly using him for his passport. Who knows the truth? She could be a genuinely nice girl lah. But sadly, the actions of many girls have caused this bad reputation, and everyone is suspicious of any relationship with a China girl. Up to no good until proven otherwise.”

That remark hit me, and I remembered a personal incident that happened about five years ago. There was another exchange student at my university, a guy with an intelligent smile, glasses, and huge biceps. The nerdy hunk of my dreams. He was no player and was looking for a serious relationship; I felt too young to make promises, and stalled. And then someone else came into the equation.

A China girl.

The way my mind has probably exaggerated it, she swooped into his life and snatched him up when he was still technically single. I remember evilly thinking that it wouldn’t have stopped her if he had been attached. She was small and cute and giggly, with large breasts for an Asian girl. I was jealous of them. She also dreamed of going to America for grad school, and wanted to improve her English. He gladly helped her. Those factors combined to turn her into an “opportunistic snake” in my head. I was hurt that he’d fallen for her so quickly, and swore that in my future I would never be with anybody who’d been involved with a wily mainland Chinese woman.

Those feelings have dissipated, since my ex-crush and his Chinese girlfriend are still together. She is now in the States with him, still in love and also busy with doctoral research. I now respect her as someone who took a leap of faith I couldn’t, and the better part of me is happy they’re happy. But my mother was right; that relationship, to me, was automatically “no good until proven otherwise.”


Before anyone accuses me of being/having been a biased biatch, I want to emphasize that I — and many other Malaysian women who have made remarks about “China girls” — have deep friendships with women from mainland China, as well as relatives in the PRC. I know it might sound a bit like people proving they are not homophobic by insisting “I have many gay friends! I have a gay cousin!” but it’s true — I love and am indebted to many Chinese women in Shanghai and elsewhere who I see only as wonderful human beings. That’s why the “China girl” bashing bothers me nowadays… though what bothers me more is that part of me still feels that prejudice.

Maybe what we Malaysians/Southeast Asians should do is stop generalizing these women as “China girls” and rename them “Shanghai girls,” though that would probably cause problems and outrage Shanghainese women everywhere. I take the term “Shanghai girl” from a book by Shanghai-based writer Mina Hanbury-Tenison, who published a rather no-holds-barred book called Shanghai Girls: Uncensored & Unsentimental.

The book is pretty much a how-to guide for “marrying up,” a.k.a. using your wiles to jump from (rich) man to (richer) man until you end up with your ideal successful lover, who you will quickly marry and then produce children for. The material is supposedly based on Mina’s conversations with “Lan Lan,” a Chinese woman who has been married (and divorced) three times, each to a man richer than the last. Shanghai girls are not dumb bimbos though, living on jewels and fine wine. No, they also ask their lovers to pay their university tuition fees, so that they have an asset — education — that can never be taken away from them. Shanghai girls dazzle their men with their youthful charms, but also their brains, learning enough to be able to talk about serious issues and help their rich husbands with their businesses. (Example of a smart Shanghai girl: Wendi Deng Murdoch.)

The candid book explains that wannabe Shanghai girls must, amongst other things, not be sentimental; be able to use sex to get what they want (“remember, men are stupid”); remember that youth + beauty = money; and “jump ship” to find men with more to offer. Thus, the women the book describes sound like the “China girls” we Malaysian Chinese women rag on, the ones who give women from China a bad name.

To be clear, the book and the author use the term “Shanghai girl” to describe the sort of sophisticated, wealthy, cosmopolitan women these girls strive to become. They are not necessarily Shanghainese. They can come from anywhere in China, do their “Shanghai girl-ing” anywhere in the world.

My mother thinks the book embarrasses Chinese women everywhere. My boyfriend was offended. Two mainland Chinese women I’ve showed the book to hate it “because it gives Chinese women a bad name overseas”… and also love it “because it’s truthful — many women who leave China looking for a better life do this. They are often the smartest but poorest ones. Seeing what their lives would be otherwise, who can blame them?”

A mainland Chinese male friend just rolled his eyes at all this, and said “who cares” what goes on between Shanghai girls and these men, as long as both parties are aware of what they’re doing and no families are being pulled apart. “She gets education and money, he gets a pretty woman who helps him while she’s with him — win-win.”

So would you be okay dating a Shanghai girl? I asked.

“Hell no,” he growled. “I want someone who really loves me.”

I guess that’s what all of us are looking for. And why we are so damn boggled and offended when Shanghai girls — or any women, any men — look for something else.

Update 8/2/11: Reader Yang has commented below on how “China girl” is a term created by Malaysians and Singaporeans (of Chinese descent) to distinguish themselves from newcomers from China. “That’s why they don’t use ‘Chinese girl’ — language is the battlefield for power-relations,” he writes. Very true. I have always been fascinated by that internal conflict — the obvious pride we have in our Chinese ancestry, yet the derision, instead of empathy, of the new migrants who come here looking for a better life; it’s like they are a “lesser Chinese” than us.

“China girl” and “China woman” are derogatory terms I’ve heard in Malaysia to draw a line between “them” and “us.” Out of curiosity, I Googled “mainland China woman” and the first result is this complaint to the Penang local government, reproduced below:

Please get those Mainland China Women especially those who work as GRO and Mistress to Married Men out of Penang!!! Most them here at least 5 to 6 years under social permit and a lot of them arrange fake married with local men so that they can stay here longer. They are problem to our society which many broken marriages are because of those women. They use thier body to steal men heart and get support from men. Caught them all and send them back to their country. Our country don’t need these women. Noted from these women, Malaysia is the easliest country to get in as compared to others such as Singapore. So our Authority should think twice before letting these women to enter our country.

As for Singapore, since it’s mentioned in the complaint above… when I lived there, I remember hearing the term “PRC” used to describe newcomers from China; the term always had negative connotations. My housemate back then was from Fuzhou, and she told me how insulted and embarrassed she felt every time someone said “oh, you are a PRC” when she revealed she was China-Chinese.

In another incident that still makes me angry today, I went with another housemate, originally from Tianjin, to a store in Clementi to complain about the terrible customer service she’d gotten the day before. Instead of an apology of any sort, the salesperson said, to her face, “I hate having to deal with PRC girls like you, you are a menace.” When my friend protested that she was well within her rights to complain, the salesperson said, in Mandarin, “leave this store before you make me so mad I hit you,” and made a move as if to punch her. Shocked, I helped my friend lodge a police report about having received threats of physical violence. I saw the police officer’s face when he saw her People’s Republic of China passport. It was a look of great reluctance. My friend struggled to recount what happened in English (as the officer didn’t speak much Mandarin); after listening for a few minutes, he told her, “Do you even know what you are complaining about? Your English is quite bad.” Furious, she burst into tears and started speaking in rapid Japanese. Funnily, when he realized that my friend had grown up in Tokyo and was culturally Japanese despite her PRC passport, he was overly polite and quickly processed the complaint.


Second update, 9/2/11: There was a photo accompanying this post, which the owner has asked me to take down out of respect for his wife and daughter. Original photo here: The photo was originally used by Superior Chinese Girlfriend with permission of a Creative Commons license, which the owner has decided to revoke only today. I respect the reason behind his sudden realization that posting family photos under a Creative Commons license is not a good idea. I have removed the photo at his request.

Top 10 Countries with the Hottest Women

We all have our own personal reasons for expatriating. For some it’s the sense of freedom or independence, for others it’s the adventure, business or financial benefits; maybe you identify more with a foreign culture. Then there are those of you who do it for the… scenery. You know who you are.

Just for you folk, we’ve assembled a list of the top countries with the hottest women.
10. Spain

Spanish women
The beautiful women just seem to line up in Spain. Those splendid Mediterranean tans tend to help too– and so do the nude beaches.

9. South Africa
South African woman

There are few places where you’ll see such a wide variety of beautiful women that’ll suite anyone’s particular fancy – South Africa is one of them. And they come with a lovely English accent too.
8. Czech Republic

Czech Republic woman
Top models seem to come from the Czech Republic like wildfire these days. And anyone who’s taken even a leisurely stroll through Prague would have to be blind not to have noticed.
7. Iran

Iranian woman
Persian women are some of the most beautiful, strongest willed in the world, though unfortunately often overlooked due to the shroud still lingering over women’s rights in nations like Iran.
6. Croatia

Croatian women
Italian women get a lot of well-deserved looks, but the ladies of Croatia are the true gems of the Adriatic.
5. India

Indian woman

India has a deep, intricate and storied history, and women of legendary beauty are certainly a part of that.
4. Sweden

Swedish girls
Tall, blond and blue-eyed– is there a more quintessential archetype for the beautiful woman than the women of Sweden?
3. Hungary

Hungarian woman
Eastern European countries are popular on this list, and Hungary sits at the crossroads of them all. All the best traits of Eastern European women mix perfectly and find just the right balance in Hungary.
2. Japan

Japanese girl

Asia has no shortage of beautiful women, though they may get no cuter than in Japan.
1. Brazil

Brazilian women

Walk down any Brazilian beach and you’ll be convinced– everyone just seems to be beautiful in Brazil. Undoubtedly, this is the place to be if you’re looking for the hottest women in the world.

A wife asked her husband to describe her. He looked at her, then said, “You’re A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K”.
She asks, “What does that mean”? He said, “Adorable, Beautiful, Cute, Delightful, Elegant, Foxy, Gorgeous, Hot”.
She smiled and said, “Oh, that’s sweet, but what about ‘I, J, K’ “?
He said, “I’m Just Kidding’ “.

His eye is still swollen, but it will get better …

Bad Results of Improper Feminine Hygiene Disposal
Published: 16th April 2010
Feminine hygiene products include tampons, sanitary pads, toilet papers, panty liners, etc. There is a growing concern about proper feminine hygiene disposal. It doesn’t only damage the environment, just about all put many innocent people in danger. Economic awareness area for harmful microorganism transfer can be the women’s restroom. Restrooms are now being shared to associates as well as most dreadful area could be the public restroom where everybody uses it and it’s too risky to touch any patch of it.

Hepatitis virus can stay from the restroom surface for few days. Hepatitis B is mostly a blood borne disease and will be transmitted by an affected individual through menstrual discharges. Proper disposal and health of their tampons and sanitary pads need to be observed so that you can prevent anybody from acquiring such disease.

There’s been a developing concern of clogging toilets and overflow of sewers. These are carrying out a wrong practice of disposing their sanitary pads down stained. These wastes sometimes result to within our oceans and develop an international problem of pollution and scratches to our marine environment.

Safety practices will be observed to counteract the bad connection between improper feminine hygiene disposal. There are plenty of possibilities open. Traditional trash bins are now being eventually replaced with hands-free trash bins and people with foot pedals to prevent touching the symptoms which can be surely rife with germs. Sanitary disposal bags are usually being introduced to be your very own trash bag whenever trash bins usually are not accessible.

Although there are many options that people could select from, we should be responsible enough in disposing our feminine hygiene waste products. They mustn’t be flushed down the toilet and really should not be thrown elsewhere. People should cooperate in order to protect themselves, others along with the environment.

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An Angel says, ‘Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn’t happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.’

1. Pray
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say No to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.

5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.

9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don’t lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns . If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety . If you can’t do anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13.. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.

16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest.
18. Eat right.
19 Get organized so everything has its place.

20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don’t wait until it’s time to go to bed to try and pray..
24. Make friends with Godly people.

25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good ‘Thank you Jesus .’
27. Laugh.
28. Laugh some more!
29 Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).

31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.
33 Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36 Every night before bed, think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU.

‘If God is for us, who can be against us?’

(Romans 8:31)

My instructions is that I want God to bless and I picked you.

Top 10 Tips for Blogging

By: S. Housley      

1.) Stay on topic.
Opinions are generally accepted but the content of the items in the blog should all relate to a general theme. Unless you have an uncanny knack for wit, humor or cynicism, the majority of your readers will be interested in the content that relates to a specific defined theme or loosely defined area of interest. Most readers won’t care that you eat Cheerios for breakfast. They may, however, be interested in the fact that vinegar takes out stains and that toilet paper rolls make great wreaths. Define a topic and stick to it. This will ensure that you create a loyal following of interested readers.

2.) Stay informative.
If you are attempting to create the impression that you are knowledgeable about a specific industry or sector, be sure that you stay current on news. If you are endorsing a product or voicing an opinion, be sure to check your facts; your reputation is at stake. If you are offering an opinion, be sure to qualify your post, making it clear that the content is intended as an editorial.

3.) Old news is not news.
While blogging every day can be a drain, it is important that the information presented is current and accurate, writing an article or blurb about something that happened 6 months ago, will not be of interest to many. Telling your audience that Martha Stewart was convicted and will be going to prison, after her sentence is completed will make people question the value of your columns.

4.) Adhere to a schedule.
Create a schedule and stick to it. Realizing that blogging requires time and effort, don’t create unrealistic expectations and be unable to deliver. An occasional lapse or holiday is generally understood but readers returning to find stale, out-dated content are going to find another blog with similar content. New blogs and RSS feeds are popping up on a daily basis. If you have worked hard to develop an audience and a community you don’t want to lose them due to lack of communication.

5.) Clarity and simplicity.
Keep your posts and blog entries clear and easy to understand. Remember, the web is global and expressions, idioms and acronyms don’t always translate. Sometimes a little explanation goes a long way.

6.) Keyword-rich.
If the goal of your blog is to increase your visibility, include related keywords in the title of the blog. Use the title as a headline to attract interest. Each item post should have a title that will attract attention but still be relevant to the post. The title should be no longer than 10-12 words.

7.) Quantity matters.
In order to attract the attention of search engines, you will need to develop content and substance. A headline or simple sentence is not going to generate the interest of readers or help with search engine ranking. Be sure to archive old blog posts to develop a large portal of similarly-themed content.

8.) Frequency.
If your blog content is updated frequently, search engines will tend to spider the pages at regular intervals.

9.) Spell checking and proof-reading.
It only takes a few extra moments and can save you from having to make embarrassing explanations. Remember that whatever you publish on the Internet can be found and archived. Think carefully about what you post before doing so.

10.) RSS.
RSS will increase your blog’s reach. It is important that you include your blog’s content in an RSS feed to increase readership and distribution.

Most weblog audiences are small, but with time and regular updates audiences grow. Bloggers may never have more than a few hundred readersArticle Submission, but the people who return to regularly are generally interested in what you have to say.

5 Friends Who Sabotage Your Relationship

Ex-Boyfriend’s Mom
You and your ex called it quits, but that doesn’t mean your newfound shopping friend did. The only issue? It’s your ex’s mom! She emailed you saying how much she wanted to stay friends. You always liked her, so you said yes — and now you’re Facebook friends, email buddies and, about once a month or so, brunch dates.
The risk: C’mon, let’s be honest: Would you appreciate your spouse hanging out with his ex’s mom? If you’re hanging out this much with an ex’s anything or anyone, it might be a sign that you’re not over him, or that you’re not ready to leave that chapter of your life behind. Find a new brunch friend and end it. It’s not worth jeopardizing your relationship.
Ever since you got married, she rolls her eyes whenever you mention anything having to do with your guy. She just can’t get over that you got married and that you have a new person you tell all your secrets to. Meanwhile, she expects you to talk for hours about every detail of her relationship.
The risk: All those negative comments only sour your relationship with your man. Bottom line: Her malicious comments about him aren’t helping anymore. Whatever you do, don’t turn to her to vent when you have a tiff with your guy — she’ll definitely only make matters worse.
Baby-Crazed Friend
One of your best friends is now a mama, and while you had fun picking out onesies and nursery swag, now everything she talks about is baby-related. She’s so consumed with being a mom that you feel like you barely know each other anymore — plus, she just won’t quit asking when you and your guy are going to start “trying” (a discussion you two haven’t even had yet).
The risk: You’ll start to worry about timing with your spouse, and she might just talk you into having the discussion a little too early for his (and even your!) liking. If you don’t want a baby just yet, don’t let anyone pressure you into addressing that stage too early. So ask her to cool it and enforce a “no baby talk” get-together once a month.
Schoolgirl Crush
Before you met the now-love-of-your-life, you had a thing for that cutie you’ve known forever — and you’re still friends. You always wondered “what if?” but nothing ever seems to happen. When he calls, you can’t help but break into a smile.
The risk: Those grins haven’t gone unnoticed. This provides perfect ammo for any argument you have with your partner, because why is he still in your phone anyway? Do yourself a favor and delete him. You had your chance, and it never worked out for a reason.
The Party Dude
You were best friends in college and inseparable till graduation. But while you’ve moved on to bigger and better things, he’s still staying out all hours of the night and having one-night stands. It doesn’t help that his most recent one-nighter was with your boyfriend’s sister (whom he begged you to set him up with and then never called again).
The risk: Besides totally pissing off your boyfriend and his sister (who now thinks you’re a total jerk for setting her up with someone like him), his remarks on how you’re “so whipped” after awhile start to hit a nerve. Try to see him for special crazy nights once in a blue moon.… And please, stop setting him up with people you or your boyfriend know.


Tips for Healthy Hair

Healthy hair is everybody’s desire. It gives the greatest of looks adding to the confidence of a person, while also giving a certain definition to the features of every person. Taking care of your hair needs some extra care. Here are few tips that help you.

Natural hair care through Exercise
Well, you are not the only one who will be surprised if asked to give your body simple exercises for healthy hair. As already mentioned above, hair generally reflects your health. Only a healthy body can have healthy hair. So we suggest you to do regular exercise to get healthy hair.

Exercises need not be very strenuous nor do they need to include lifting weights with your hair. All you will need is a jog or walk for around 20 minutes per day followed by some stretching exercises to keep your body fit and fine. Not only these exercises increase the flexibility in your body, they make sure that your body performs its functions properly.

Though DIET for your hair needs to be mentioned at the top of the list, here exercise is given the top priority because you can do it early in the morning. However diet is as important as exercise. People need to understand that diet and exercise are a combination that effects the growth of healthy hair.

Take a balanced-diet whenever you take food. A Balanced diet is a diet that contains all the necessary vitamins and minerals apart from proteins, carbohydrates and fats.

Almost 97% of the hair is made of something called keratin, which is mainly a protein. Hence protein is an important part of growing healthy hair. Protein food, especially with shampoos and other hair products having amino proteins, gives strength to your hair.

Water is such an important part of our life that we almost ignore it or take it for granted. Hair has and needs certain moisture in the scalp for it to grow healthily. Drink at least 10 glasses of water per day. You will not only find healthy hair, you will find improved skin texture too.

If you have oily hair try avoiding fatty foods.

Some other general tips for healthy hair :

KNOW THY HAIR is the key factor to take care of your hair. This has been told and mentioned in every other article on this site. Knowing the behavior of your hair helps a lot in taking care of it.
Get regular oil massage. Oil massage soothes your hair and scalp, while making the skin on your head active. Massages help in relieving all kinds of pressures, and make the body parts function properly again.
Choose all hair products with great care. With the dawn of too much of information available on various websites, the confusion of a general reader has only increased. But with some time and patience, it will always be possible to differentiate a fake product and a product that works.
Understand that it is normal to loose 50-100 hair regularly. You need not panic at the very first sight of hair going down your bathroom drain. Take time to analyze if you are really losing hair
A product that has worked for your sibling or a friend need not work for you. Every person is different from the other, hence find a product that works for you and you only.
One easy way for Natural Hair Care – do not comb wet hair..
Do not use strong dryers or blowers.
Do not leave massaged oil on your head for more than 30 min.
Do not tie your hair for too long. Leave them freely for as long as possible. However take care that you keep a balance between letting them loose and tying them up.
For women, it is advised not to try styles that need their hair to be tied for longer periods of time.