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  • Melinda's Beauty Blog: The Secret to Long and Healthy Hair

    Posted on 03/06/2014 by Melinda Shankar

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: The Secret to Long and Healthy Hair

    You know and love Melinda Shankar as Alli Bhandari on Degrassi, but if you've followed her outside of the show, you've probably noticed she has a knack for style and beauty. We are so excited because Melinda has offered to share her image expertise with us in a brand-new beauty blog! Over the next few weeks, Melinda will periodically pop in to answer questions you sent us via Facebook and Twitter about hair, makeup, skincare and everything in between. She's taking to the blog to share all of her secrets, so stay tuned!

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: The Secret to Long and Healthy Hair


    FAN QUESTION: What do you do to get your hair so long and healthy?

    Aside from keeping up with monthly hair trims, I have a couple of secrets to healthy hair growth success. Don't over wash your hair. Oil seems gross and annoying but it's actually providing moisture and the nutrients needed to have healthy hair. I also give myself head massages to massage the hair follicles and then I brush my hair out, spreading the natural oils to the rest of my hair!

    Once a month I'll get messy and drench all of my hair in castor oil before showering. Castor oil is incredible for hair growth and will provide your scalp with extra vitamins and nutrients.

    (Bonus Tip! Apply castor oil on your lash line before bed after washing your face for long, thick lashes!)


    Hailing from Canada's capital, Ottawa, Melinda Shankar joined the cast of�Degrassi�in its eighth season as Sav Bhandari's little sister, Alli. Prior to this, she did runway and print modeling. Melinda's passion for beauty has led her to a new position as CEO of Miss Conception image consulting.

  • Melinda's Beauty Blog: Beating Your Winter Skin Blues

    Posted on 02/25/2014 by Melinda Shankar

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Beating Your Winter Skin Blues

    You know and love Melinda Shankar as Alli Bhandari on Degrassi, but if you've followed her outside of the show, you've probably noticed she has a knack for style and beauty. We are so excited because Melinda has offered to share her image expertise with us in a brand-new beauty blog! Over the next few weeks, Melinda will periodically pop in to answer questions you sent us via Facebook and Twitter about hair, makeup, skincare and everything in between. She's taking to the blog to share all of her secrets, so stay tuned!

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Beating Your Winter Skin Blues


    FAN QUESTION: What are some tips to beating winter skin? I'm always so dry and scaly feeling!

    Winter winds can be harsh on our skin. The cold air dries it out and you can feel like you're braving non-stop skin issues until spring. One of my favourite (and inexpensive) cures is Petroleum jelly. It acts as lip balm, hair flyaway tamer, cuticle moisturizer, and treats wind burn. Not only is it a heavy source of moisture, but it's also instant relief for cracked skin. I wouldn't recommend slathering that on your face, however, as it has an oil base which can clog pores.

    Drinking extra water is also key as hydration plays a big part in your skin. Too cold for water? Drink it hot! It'll double as warmth and comfort. Keeping a humidifier by your bed side at night can also help circulate moisture into the air, which, in turn, leaves your skin hydrated!


    Hailing from Canada's capital, Ottawa, Melinda Shankar joined the cast of�Degrassi�in its eighth season as Sav Bhandari's little sister, Alli. Prior to this, she did runway and print modeling. Melinda's passion for beauty has led her to a new position as CEO of Miss Conception image consulting.

  • Melinda's Beauty Blog: The Secret To Simple Hairstyles!

    Posted on 02/20/2014 by Melinda Shankar

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Simple Hair

    You know and love Melinda Shankar as Alli Bhandari on Degrassi, but if you've followed her outside of the show, you've probably noticed she has a knack for style and beauty. We are so excited because Melinda has offered to share her image expertise with us in a brand-new beauty blog! Over the next few weeks, Melinda will periodically pop in to answer questions you sent us via Facebook and Twitter about hair, makeup, skincare and everything in between. She's taking to the blog to share all of her secrets, so stay tuned!

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Gym To Class


    FAN QUESTION: What is your best go-to hairstyle when you have no time to do something fancy or special to it? Do you have a favourite hair accessory that you cannot live without?

    My life consists of attending many fun events, but a lot of the time I'm not given much notice. With little time to book a hair appointment, I've mastered the art of simple high fashion hair styles that never let me down!

    One of my favourite hairstyles is a pin-straight, slicked-back high pony tail. Sounds way more complicated than it is. Start with brushing your hair out, straightening it much as possible and tie your hair up wherever you desire (I suggest fairly high on your head). Then, using an empty mascara wand, either drench it in hair spray or dip it in gel. Comb back any fly always and stray hairs until it's perfectly sleek! Tip: This sharp look paired with cheek contour/blush is amazing as a look!

    My favourite hair accessory would definitely be my thin jewel studded head band. Its base is elastic, so it works with my hair down, in a ponytail, and over my head like a crown. The added bling jazzes up even the most simple hair style. Tip: Get two and wrap one around your arm twice as a bracelet.

    The best part about personal image and fashion is that it's YOURS! Play around with different styles, bend all of the "rules" and make it your own.


    Hailing from Canada's capital, Ottawa, Melinda Shankar joined the cast of�Degrassi�in its eighth season as Sav Bhandari's little sister, Alli. Prior to this, she did runway and print modeling. Melinda's passion for beauty has led her to a new position as CEO of Miss Conception image consulting.

  • Melinda's Beauty Blog: Gym To Class Tips!

    Posted on 02/13/2014 by Melinda Shankar

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Gym To Class


    You know and love Melinda Shankar as Alli Bhandari on Degrassi, but if you've followed her outside of the show, you've probably noticed she has a knack for style and beauty. We are so excited because Melinda has offered to share her image expertise with us in a brand-new beauty blog! Over the next few weeks, Melinda will periodically pop in to answer questions you sent us via Facebook and Twitter about hair, makeup, skincare and everything in between. She's taking to the blog to share all of her secrets, so stay tuned!

    FAN QUESTION: Do you have any solutions for freshening up after gym class? I always just put my hair in a ponytail but it's getting very boring.

    Growing up heavily involved in extracurricular physical activity, I'd often have a workout before school. Having the time to wash your hair isn't always easy, especially when hurrying off to an early morning class! Depending on the occasion, you can:

    1. Create alternate options for your hairstyle: You can try braids, a half up / half down style, or clipping your hair up to create a small poof!

    2. Accessories: Pull your hair back with headbands, clips, cute fashionable hats (if it's not against your school's dress code) or clip in hair extensions to create volume!

    3. Dry shampoo: One of my key products to freshen up my hair when needed, the aerosol spray consists of fine, non-coloured oil-absorbing powders. Spray it in, leave for about 30 seconds, flip your head upside down, shake your hair out by massaging your scalp lightly, brush your hair - et voil�! A quick fix for sweaty hair!

    Hailing from Canada's capital, Ottawa, Melinda Shankar joined the cast of�Degrassi�in its eighth season as Sav Bhandari's little sister, Alli. Prior to this, she did runway and print modeling. Melinda's passion for beauty has led her to a new position as CEO of Miss Conception image consulting.

  • Melinda's Beauty Blog: Five Minute Makeup Routine

    Posted on 02/06/2014 by Melinda Shankar

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Five Minute Makeup


    You know and love Melinda Shankar as Alli Bhandari on Degrassi, but if you've followed her outside of the show, you've probably noticed she has a knack for style and beauty. We are so excited because Melinda has offered to share her image expertise with us in a brand-new beauty blog! Over the next few weeks, Melinda will periodically pop in to answer questions you sent us via Facebook and Twitter about hair, makeup, skincare and everything in between. She's taking to the blog to share all of her secrets, so stay tuned!

    FAN QUESTION: I'm so lazy in the morning and I rarely have time to put on any makeup. Do you have a good five minute plan that I can follow?

    Although we'd like to look red carpet ready every moment of the day, we simply don't have the time each morning to get that dolled up. I came up with a basic makeup routine to say "I care about my image..and my beauty sleep!"

    1. A light liquid foundation that doubles as extra skin moisturizer to keep skin looking healthy and fresh. Apply it over your entire face with either a sponge, a foundation brush, or even with your own fingers!

    2. A rosy pink creme lipstick. It's neutral but alive, a subtle touch of glam.

    3. Optional: A skin-coloured eye shadow all over the lid (feel free to use shimmer or non shimmer options).

    4. A healthy dose of mascara. On top of completing your makeup look, it will also open your eyes up giving the illusion that you're wide awake!

    5. With a foundation or concealer 2 shades lighter than your skin tone, use your fingers and pat the product under your eyes to highlight and brighten up your look!

    If you have extra time (for a bold touch): Liquid eyeliner on the top lid only, slightly winged out.

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Five Minute Makeup


    Et voila! A little more than a fresh face, but less than your party look!


    Hailing from Canada's capital, Ottawa, Melinda Shankar joined the cast of�Degrassi�in its eighth season as Sav Bhandari's little sister, Alli. Prior to this, she did runway and print modeling. Melinda's passion for beauty has led her to a new position as CEO of Miss Conception image consulting.

  • Degrassi's Melinda Shankar Visits TeenNick Headquarters!

    Posted on 09/10/2013 by Rachel1016


    You guys, how lucky are we? Last week, the multi-talented Melinda Shankar (a.k.a Alli Bhandari) visited us at TeenNick HQ in Times Square! The Degrassi senior / style maven / sweetest girl in the world was visiting the city on a short break and took time out of her day to chat with us! Can I just say, girl knows how to light up a room. And just because we work in the industry doesn't mean we're immune to extreme Degrassi-stan antics, okay? We shamelessly fangirled (and fanboyed?) all over the place when she sat down with us.

    First of all, Mindy is 23847239 times more beautiful in person than her already-stunning TV self. She rocked an acid-wash crop top and mini skirt ensemble with some KILLER platform heels (no really, I would likely fall to my death in them), added a pop of color on her lips, and sprinkled a little bit of bling around her neck.

    Killer heels, amirite?!

    She chatted us up like we were all old friends, and gave us the scoop on the goings on of the Degrassi crew while they're in between chapters. In fact, she let us know that a few of the cast members attended the Toronto International Film Festival (which is a HUGE deal, y'all) and even though they've been on break, she said that cast is getting ready to start up filming again very soon! YAY FOR US.

    Naturally, we tried to get some insider details about the upcoming season, and, well, we may or may not have gotten some juicy info. O_O Even though we're sworn to secrecy for now (SORRRRRRY), rest assured it will be worth the wait come October!

    Check out these cute pics we snapped from the meet-and-greet!


    You might be wondering what in the world she's holding up there... but we promise it means something! We have some great content with Melinda coming your way very soon.


    Little known fact: Here at TeenNick we're not only know for stellar teen programming, but also world famous coffee served in giant mugs. Sure, it kind of looks like Mindy found a bug in her drink, but just trust us. All of this is true.


    Is that the most glamorous fish face you've ever seen, OR WHAT? Work it. Covergirl.

  • Nowhere to Run: Marshmallows and Mosquitoes

    Posted on 11/18/2011 by Lisa

    Here's another behind-the-scenes video shot on the set of Degrassi: Nowhere to Run.

    "It's really dark, really late, and full of bugs." - Aislinn Paul (Clare)

    If you could sit by that fire, making s'mores (or making out), with any Degrassi character, who would it be?

  • Nowhere to Run: Go behind the scenes.

    Posted on 11/17/2011 by Lisa

    Warning: Cuteness! Here's Melinda Shankar (Alli), Luke Bilyk (Drew), Munro Chambers (Eli), Aislinn Paul (Clare), and Justin Kelly (Jake), hanging out on the set of Degrassi: Nowhere to Run.

    I love when they play tortured, emotional characters on Degrassi, but in real life, they all seem so nice.

    Random question: Would you rather hang out with the Degrassi cast -- or their characters? (In a cabin in the woods, of course.)

  • Melinda Shankar Interview - Part 2!

    Posted on 03/23/2011 by Mary

    What's it like to get fan mail? And what is Jamil (aka Dave) like in real life? Melinda expounded for us, approximately 31,000 twitter followers ago:

    Melinda Shankar from Degrassi
    Melinda Shankar of Degrassi works them red ankle booties.

  • Melinda Shankar Interview!

    Posted on 03/02/2011 by Mary

    What music does Degrassi's Alli listen to when she's posing for pics? And how does Munro feel about that? Find out here:

    See, now when you look at this huge picture of her, you know exactly what she was listening to as she posed. Trippy, right?

    Melinda Shankar, aka Alli on Degrassi

    Melinda Shankar, aka Alli on Degrassi