Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Hair Inspiration at Coachella

Coachella is an annual music and arts festival which takes place during the month of April, and makes enormous waves all over the media every year for not just its star-studded artists and performers but its style statements as well. This year, apart from the impressive line-up of artists which included Jay-Z and Pharell, Coachella makes the perfect fashion and beauty inspiration for the chic yet breezy vibe that it exudes so abundantly. And it isn’t just the fantastic fashion that we can take inspiration from but the innovative, summery hairstyles that are perfect to lust over.

 
   
This year, it was not only the music, art and entertainment lovers that attended the festival but a number of A-list Hollywood celebrities as well which included Paris Hilton, Katy Perry and the Kardashian sisters – Kylie and Kendal amongst others. A favorite for Coachella fashion is a mix of lace, light denim cut-offs and maxi-dresses which match the theme of the festival. When it comes to the hairstyles, at large, women are definitely more experimental and tend to take a new step with new hairdos and looks.


A favorite this year was the flower crown sported by a majority of the women all over the festival. Whether their crown of flowers was created with daffodils or daisies, artificial or real flowers; the flower crown was popular with the women at Coachella and was worn on the crown of the head, over loose waves, beach curls or even playful braids.



A colourful burst of hues were also a popular choice at the festival. Many attendees choose to wear rainbow hued streaks of colour in their hair, especially in summery pastel tones. This pop of colour not just livened up their head of hair but added a spunky, young feel to their looks. 



Braids were a hairstyle of choice at Coachella as they added a necessary touch of femininity to a complete look and keep away the trouble of tending to untied hair. We spotted a few pigtail braids, French braids and fishtail braids.



 And finally, hair accessories went bold at Coachella when the women chose to adorn themselves with floppy hats, innovative crowns and fashionable twists.




Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Do's & Don'ts for the Pixie cut hairstyle : Part 2

In our previous post, we discussed the Pixie cut hairstyle and everything related to it. We went into detail regarding the research that the individual has to carry out prior to the actual hairstyle. In this part of the series, we will be speaking in depth about the actual pixie cut and the post-hairstyle care that you need to know.



Previously, we covered the facial structure and background that would best suit the pixie cut. Once you decide to take the plunge of the pixie plunge, go ahead with it. It is one of the most daring moves to make in the hair world but it is worth it as you will not only feel much lighter but you will also find it relatively easier to care for. The best part about having short hair is the fact that ends of the hair are relatively concealed which make split-ends and untrimmed hair unnoticeable.


A popular assumption about short hair is that it leaves you with limited styling options; which is, however, untrue. However, as more and more celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway opt for the pixie cut, they’ve proven just how versatile the cut can be. In actuality, short hair may not be as fuss-free as it may seem but just a little blow-drying and hair mousse can go a long way. Here are a few helpful tips and tricks to handling your pixie cut:
Adding shine to your hair will give it the appearance of health and nourishment. Wash your hair regularly and keep your hair clean for a smooth appearance. Apply a shine serum or oil for an added enriched look.


A sleek and straight look is easy to maintain and carry off, as well. The hair falls downwards in this look, emphasizing your eyes hence if your hair is on the longer side of the pixie cut spectrum; make sure to straighten it downwards for a sleek fall.
 
For a texturized look with added height, use a sculpting wax or mousse to add a choppy texture to your hair, push it backwards to add height to the look and then finish off with a setting hairspray to keep it in place.



Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Do's & Don'ts for the Pixie cut hairstyle


As we saw in our previous Oscar 2014 round-up, a hairstyle that made waves for its effortlessly, elegant form was the Pixie cut.



The Pixie cut, known for its cropped length and sophisticated edge, is a favorite among many Hollywood beauties including Anne Hathway, Jennifer Lawrence,  Audrey Tautou, Halle Berry, Emma Watson, Rihanna and even yesteryears stars like Audrey Hepburn, Mia Farrow and Twiggy sported them.



In this series of posts, we’ll be speaking about Pixie cuts, what makes them look so phenomenal and whether you should take the plunge and opt for them.
Summer can be a sweltering season and apart from light clothing and cooling cocktails, a pixie cut is the perfect hairstyle to sport this season. Not only is the length of a pixie cut conducive to the weather but its laid back charm and edgy yet sophisticated vibe can be a whole new look for you.


 

The foremost question before you can take the plunge and chop is whether the pixie cut is right for you so here’s a few tips and tricks to help you get started on the preparation that the Pixie cut requires:

  • Prior to just about any Pixie cut research that you do, take a look at yourself in the mirror and study your look to find out your exact face shape. Once you are aware of them, you can know what hairstyle would be ideal for you. Oval, Square and Heart-shaped faces are best suited for Pixie cuts.

  • A good thing is that Pixie cuts suit all kinds of hair textures. If you’ve got straight hair, that would be ideal. However, if you have wavy or curly hair, it doesn’t mean that you cannot get the hairstyle, it just means that the hairstyle would take more effort from you, it terms of hair care.

  • Pull your hair up into a faux pixie style and study how it will compliment your face. If you have delicate features which lean towards being finer and angular, the Pixie cut would suit you perfectly. A short neck and wider figure only tends to be emphasized with a Pixie cut.



With these tips in your pocket, we’ll talk more about the Pixie cut and share more information on it in our next of the series.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Astounding Facts About Your Hair

Our hair is one of our most loved elements of our body. We shampoo it, we condition it, we nourish it and pamper it unconditionally to get the shiny mane of our dreams. But apart from bestowing beauty treatment on our tresses and longing for better hair, how much do we really know about our hair? Think about it. While we may know its colour and texture, what else do we have knowledge about when it comes to the north-most point of our body? In this post, we’re providing some fascinating facts about human hair and a glance into the background of hair that will astound and surprise you!

Your hair contains information about everything that has been in your bloodstream: medicine, drugs, minerals, vitamins etc.

Healthy hair can be stretched up to 30% of its length when wet. If hair does not stretch back to its original state, it’s lacking protein. If it snaps it is either containing too much protein or lacking moisture.

  

According to a survey carried out, Blondes are perceived as being fun and flirty; brunettes are seen as smart and serious while redheads are looked on as strong.

On an average human head, there are approximately 100,000 strands of hair.
The hair follicles that we, as humans, have on our heads were formed when we were fetuses in the womb. 




Your hair is composed of the following elements: 50% of Carbon, 21% of Oxygen, 17% of Nitrogen, 6% of Hydrogen and 5% of Sulphur.

During the times of the Renaissance Era, it was fashionable for women to pluck their hairlines in the front in order to push it further back and expose more of their forehead.

We get goose bumps when we are cold, scared or emotional because at the time of a reaction, each muscle of each and every hair strand contracts which in turn causes the hair to rise.

The word shampoo is derived from the Hindu-Urdu word, ‘champna’ meaning “to knead” or “to massage.” 

The word ‘champi’m which means “massage” in Hindi is a derivative of the same word and is used even today.

A strand of hair is stronger than a copper wire of equivalent diameter.




Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Hair Myths Debunked - Part 2

In our post today, we’re continuing from where we left off last week and talking about the various myths surrounding hair care, what is fact and what is fiction so as to find out the truth to benefit your hair care routine.

Getting frequent trims for your hair will make it grow faster.
This is a popular statement that has been passed around from hairdressers to customer which is however, untrue. The growth of hair is determined by your growth hormones and the internal biology of the chemicals in your body. Trimming your hair is an external process which is carried out to the ends of your hair. While a regular trim can make your hair feel thicker, healthier and gets rid of any stray split-ends; it can, in no way, have any effect on the growth of hair in your body.

Shampoos and conditioners should be changed frequently.
It is often said that the shampoos and conditioners used in the hair should be changed frequently as the hair tends to build a tolerance to a particular variant or brand of shampoo after a long period of time. This statement is untrue. You hair has no power to build levels of tolerance to a particular shampoo or conditioner and neither can it identify brands and variants. As long as you provide your hair with good quality, nourishing hair care; you can reap the benefits of it. So if you have a shampoo or conditioner that gives you good results, stick to it.


Certain products can fix your split-ends.
This is unfortunately untrue. Think of a split end as a rip in a piece of cloth that would be your hair. While stitching and gluing it together can make it unnoticeable, it can only be removed if it is cut off from the piece of cloth. In the same manner, while hair masks and leave-in conditioners can temporarily improve the appearance of split ends, they can only be removed when they are trimmed off.

  
Colouring your hair causes damage to it.
Colouring your hair today is a safe, fuss-free procedure with relatively less chemicals and hassle and hence does not cause any damage to the hair. In order to get the best of our of your hair colour and keep your tresses safe, make sure you use a protective serum pre colouring, use a post colouring conditioner and pay heed to your hair stylists post care instructions.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Hair Myths Debunked

Our grandmothers and mothers have always passed on their age-old wisdom to us. Whether it is about cookery or beauty, we’ve always relied on them. However, every once in a while comes along an old-wives tale which confuses you and makes you question their truth. In this post, we’ll visit a few of those tales which are nothing but make believe myths and tell you why you should be breaking them!

Colouring your hair will make it turn grey faster:
This is one of the most popular myths out there and the truth is, colouring your hair does not, in any way make your hair turn grey faster. The process of the greying of your hair is controlled by the melanin and pigmentation production that occurs deep inside your follicles and scalp. When hair colour is applied, it is carried out superficially from the roots upwards and hence, the colouring process on the outside has no connection whatsoever with the greying process that takes place on the inside.

100 strokes while you brush your hair will make it shiny:
This is an old myth that has been passed down from the ages which is untrue. Brushing your hair a 100 times is unnecessary in many ways and will, in fact, only do bad to your hair. Brushing your hair numerous times can cause damage to the hair follicle, strip it of its natural oils and its coat, thus, in turn making your hair frizzy and rough.
 

Washing your hair every day is bad for your hair:
This myth is one that we’ve read for years but is another untrue statement. The amount of times you wash your hair should depend on what kind of scalp and hair you have and not on anything else. If you tend to have an overly greasy scalp that makes your hair oily and flat, washing your hair daily is fine for you. If you’ve got a dry scalp, washing your hair on alternate days should be enough. The only precaution is to use a nourishing, mild shampoo for regular washing so that your hair stays healthy, strong and free from damage.



Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Hair Trends at the Academy Awards 2014

The Academy Awards (more commonly known as the Oscars) need no introduction. It is the convergence of movie stars, artists, musicians, film personnel and technicians on one night, the said night of which is popularly termed as ‘Hollywood’s biggest night’. Along with the showcase of fashion and films, a commonly overlooked are is hair and being Hollywood’s biggest night on the town, you can be certain to spot quite a few trends on the glamorous red carpet.

This year was all about a fresh and ethereal look when it came to the ladies strutting on the red carpet and their hair. Just as keeping it short and sweet is popular in the real world, the Hollywood’s bevy of beauties followed it with their mane as well. So let us take a look at the hair trend that took 2014’s Academy Awards by storm. While some of these ladies having a short crop of hair pulled their names back, those with flowing luscious locks decided to tie them up into a variety of stylish updos.


Amy Adams, a frontrunner for her role in American Hustle, pulled back her ginger locks in a tight updo that brought focus to her face and neckline while keeping her hair neat and minimal. 


Lupita Nyongo added a touch of girlishness to her short hair with a simple white hairband that matched her summery toned dress.



Jennifer Lawrence, Hollywood’s sweetheart, effortlessly pushed back her short crop of hair with its deep brown highlights.



Anna Kendrick, who is often known for her humourous nature, used a pushed back updo to a different advantage of hers. With a simple side-parting in her brown hair, she tied it into a small bun to make her shimmery earrings and her unique sheer dress the focal point of the entire look of hers.


Charlize Theron used a strong side-parting in her pretty blond cropped bob that reaches her ears. The simple crop made her statement neckpiece an attention-grabber in her ensemble.


Anne Hathaway kept her look ladylike and feminine by pushing her fringe and her pixie cut hair off her face and nape.


Lady Gaga, the queen of eccentricity, went for a subdued look by tying her long blond tresses into a pretty bun.