Thursday, 11 September 2014

Quick Solutions to Bad Hair Days


Let’s face it, with the kind of products available in the market, there’s just no excuse for a bad hair day anymore. Not even lack of time can get in the way, because products are meant to be quick fixes.
So we decided to list of a few common problems you may be facing, depending upon your hair type, and the kind of products you should be using.

Curly woes:
If you have curly hair, chances are you face problems with your hair falling flat, without that bounce that looks great with curls. Either that, or your hair frizzes up like an afro you never asked for. In any case, it’s nothing a little curl definig spray or mousse won’t cure. Bed Head by TIGI makes a whole range of curl enhancing products, from a hi-def curl spray, to an extreme curl mousse and even curl recall cream, if you feel like softening your curls down without the lankness.



Flat strands:
We all face the situation where we simply do not have the time for a wash an blowout, much less for a flat/curling iron. And so we’re left with flat, lank hair that refuses to look anywhere close to glamorous. Solution? Volumising products. If you’ve an event to go to, maybe a rushed after-work party, rub some label.m’s Resurrection Style Dust into your roots. It’s perfect for a bit of backcombing to get a little bouffant on top, after which pull the rest of your hair into a ponytail. For an easier option, you can simply use a volumising spray on your roots.



Second day issues:
We all have them, because we can’t all wash our hair every single day. And so you’re left with that bit of middle ground before your next hair wash where your hair isn’t quite up there with the best. Second day = most common bad hair day.
Solution: Dry shampoo! If you haven’t heard of this yet, you’ve been living under a rock. But you’ve been caught up to speed now: Just spray some/rub some dry shampoo into your hair to add some much-needed life! We love the TIGI Rockaholic Dry Shampoo and the Fresh Start Smoothing Dry Shampoo by Tresemme.



Frizz:
Especially in the monsoons, a bad hair day constitutes frizz and a lot of it. Lucky for us, we’ve got serums and detanglers to take care of that! If you have curly hair, use a detangler – you can try Paul Mitchell’s Lite Detangler. Finish up with a frizz control serum before you leave your home. We love Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny Serum – it’s light and it smoothens flyaways.



Now these are all the common problems, but as we know everyone has their own specific set of them! What’s your biggest hair woe? Let us know in the comments section! There will most definitely be a product for it!

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

5 Ways to maintain that perfect ‘do in the rains


The monsoons in India come with a host of hair problems – especially for women with curly hair that’s hard enough to maintain otherwise. We recently gave you a couple of monsoon hair tips (read them here and here), but what about when you’re already for a night out on the town, and your hair just refuses to stay in place? We always need ways to maintain that perfectly straightened or curled hair.
Whether you have straight hair or curly, long or short, come monsoons the perfectly coiffed look only works indoors – once you step out of your house, yours curls go lank and the perfectly straightened strands go frizzy.
Here are a few ways you can prepare for and maintain the perfect hairstyle on your night out:

1. Plan ahead:
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If you know you’re going to be heading out on a particular night or for a particular event, don’t wash your hair on the same morning. Wash it the night before. A good wash will make your hair light and soft, which is great in any other season, but in this season it only make your hair more prone to frizziness. Notice your freshly washed hair getting a bit fluffy as you step out in the rains? That’s the moisture in the air lifting it up.


2. Go natural:
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You’ve probably heard this one before, but the best thing to do is to let your hair be. Of course, this works best if your hair is naturally straight or slightly wavy. Don’t go curling that hair for no reason! If you’ve also managed to get your curls under control with some well-selected shampoo and conditioner, try your best to not bother them with a straightener.


3. Go overboard on products:
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As we mentioned in the first paragraph, light hair is your enemy this season. When you’re styling your hair for an event (remember to wash the night before), bring out every product in your arsenal. We’re talking style extenders, hairspray, you name it. The idea is to weigh your strands down with product so that they can’t frizz up. Of course, be careful on the amount of product you use and how you use it – you don’t really want to end up with stiff, greasy hair.


4. Stop combing through:
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We’re all in the habit of combing through our hair with our fingers. Whether you realize it or not, most women tend to run a hand through their hair quite frequently. When you step out in the rains this may seem like a good idea, in order to keep your hair from getting too fluffy, but you’re actually making it worse. The natural oils in your fingers and palms simply add to the moisture in your hair.


5. Put it up:
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The simplest solution is to use a style extender and then carefully tie your hair up, perhaps in a neat chignon or a French braid, then spray it with hairspray. If you prefer a more casual style, you can try a neat topknot – the messy ones will only get messier the more time you spend outside. Don’t forget to use enough bobby pins and seal the deal with holding products!


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Hair Tutorial : The Messy Bun

When the seasons turn and monsoons come along, they bring along with them a host of conditions. While the season is a blissful and scenic time, that isn’t always true and hair problems are just one of them. We’ve previously spoken about ways to prevent and treat monsoon hair problems, some even with home remedies. Our fun bun hair tutorial showed you how to create an updo that is both classy and quick. Today, we will guide you through the messy bun tutorial which is the perfect casual updo when effortless style is your choice.


You will need:

  • A comb
  • A thin hair tie
  •  Bobby pins


      Step 1: Lay your hair flat downwards. The more volume your hair has, the better it will serve the purpose of the tutorial. 

Step2: If your hair tends to be of the finer nature, then this step is a must. Take the foremost section at the crown of your head and back comb it. This will created volume and your messy bun will have more texture to it.

Step3: Let your hair fall downwards naturally. Then gather the hair at the base of the neck into a low ponytail.

Step 4: Once gathered, smoothen the hair and bring it all together, keeping the hair tie in one hand.

Step 5: You may then use the hair tie in such a way to tie the ponytail that it is half tied up, only by its ends sections.

Step 6: Once done, it should look as above. Allow for any layers to stray out the ponytail as well.

Step 7: Use the hair tie to fasten the base of the messy bun in such a way that it is tight and secure.

Step 8: Secure any stray sections of hair that are coming out of the ponytail by twisting them backward to create a tight curl.

Step 9: Once you’ve created twisted back the section, fasten it in place with a bobby pin and cover the half bun you have tied. Carry out the same for each section of hair.

And your messy bun is complete, looking effortless and chic as ever!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Home remedies for your hair

We live in a time where we are constantly trying to manage our time, our diets and our emotional well-being. A healthy balance of the same can be beneficial to our lives but stressing about keeping up that balance can be detrimental to our health, skin and hair. This is often the cause of brittle hair, dullness and hair loss. While we may try the latest of treatments, products and heat stylings; it may cause more good than bad in the long term. That is when we can turn to the age-old home remedies that have been passed through the generations and use the most natural and purest of ingredients. Today we will be covering a few of these remedies that are trusted potions and use ingredients that can be found in your kitchen itself.
 
Coconut Oil: Known for its miraculous properties, coconut oil is a multipurpose potion and comes first on our list. Warm a small portion of coconut oil and massage it into your scalp and the ends of your hair. Tie your hair together with a warm towel and leave it for an hour or two. Make sure to wash it off thoroughly after and you will noticed your now nourished hair.

 


Apple Cider Vinegar: It makes for a great clarifying rinse for the scalp. All one has to do is take a few capfuls of the vinegar, dilute it in half a tumbler of water. Once your bath is finished, pour the diluted vinegar solution over your head and massage it gently into your scalp. You will find your scalp feeling cleaner and your hair lighter.



 Aloe Vera: The pulp of the Aloe Vera plant is famed for its beneficial properties and in the hair care sphere, it is known to restore the PH balance of ones scalp. On a regular basis, use the raw pulp of the alow vera plant and massage it into your scalp. After leaving it to sit for 30 minutes in your hair, continue with your bath as per usual. You will find your hair much healthier.
 
                                  
  
Use such home remedies on a weekly basis over a period of a few months and your happy hair will speak for itself.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Trend Report: Rainbow hair trend

Colouring your hair can do so much for you – it can make you feel trendy, fun, sexy and even empowered. More than just the appearance of your hair, it can change the way you portray yourself to the world as well as the way you feel about yourself. A chestnut brown can add an air of sophistication. A deep burgundy can make you feel sensational. A passive blue can make you feel cool.  This up and coming hair will make you feel all of that and more.

The rainbow hair trend is a rising phenomenon hitting all the movers and shakers in Hollywood, from musical artists to actors. For this particular trend, smaller sections of the hair are chosen to be colored as this makes the effect of the trend stylish yet subtle and does not verge on overpowering the global colour of the hair. Generally, the lower ends of the hair, from the midsection to the ends are the prime choice to be coloured as this is the portion of hair that is most visible. What is most popular with respect to this trend is the contrast between the hues that are all used together in the look. While some choose to go bright with the shades that they use, others opt for softer pastel tones (an inspiration post of which we’ve covered here!) 


Singer Lily Allen rocked the rainbow hair trend with a global colour contrast of flaming red with a deep violet, both blending into each other with an ombre effect.



Artiste Ke$ha, just like her funky music, chooses a bright head of hair, all decked in rainbow colours and neon shades.


Pop star Demi Lovato snapped a selfie with her brunette hair intermingling with shades of cobalt blue, purple and turquoise at the ends.


Singer Rita Ora made a statement with her elegant blond locks tied in a sleek ponytail and her ends complimenting her look in cool tones of blue and violet.


Pop icon Katy Perry went all out with a bright sleek ponytail in shades of blue which shone with her neon look.

You can always give the rainbow hair trend a try with some simple hair chalking of a few sprigs on colour on your midsections and ends of your hair.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Fun bun hair tutorial

When the monsoons come around, there is nothing more than enjoying the season with a hot cup of tea and a dance in the rain. We’ve tackled the problems faced by ladies during this season in our previous monsoonseries and the ways one can prevent it so today, we have got another monsoon special on the cards. With the fun bun tutorial we will show you today; you can keep your hair worries at bay with this easy tutorial and look fantastic doing so.


Here is what you need:
·         A curling iron
·         Bobby pins
·         Hair brush
·         Elastic bands
·         Hair spray


Step 1: Using your curling iron (preferably with a large barrel), curl small sections of your hair at its bottommost length. This step is primarily to add volume to the hair hence you do not have to be neat whilst curling. Once carried out, loosen all your curls with your fingers into loose waves.

Step 2: Flip your head downwards so that all your hair will fall forward. Once done, gather your hair upwards and using your hair brush, smoothen the rest of your hair with your hair brush as this portion of the hair will be most visible. 

Step 3: Once brushed, gather your upwards ponytail and tie it with an elastic band in such a way that the midsection of your hair forms a loop and the end section of the hair is left out of the firmly knotted elastic band.

Step 4: Placing either hand at the end of both sides of the loop of your midsection of hair. Then gently spread out the loop of hair in a fan-like motion in order for the loop of hair to gain more volume.

Step 5: In this crucial step, separate portions of hair from the hair loop in the same fan-like motion in order to add texture to the bun.

Step 6: Arrange all sections of the hair by wrapping them tightly around and tuck any ends into the bun.

Step 7: Use an elastic band to tightly keep the bun in place at the base and using bobby pins, keep any ends in place as well.

Step 8: Spritz your fun bun with hair spray to make sure it lasts through the day.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Protecting your hair this season

The monsoons may be the season to make merry in the rains but as our recently concluded series on the effects the monsoon has your hair may speak otherwise. Hair fall, dandruff and so many more problems are commonplace in the monsoons and while we’ve spoken about them in great length in our series, we’ve written largely about the ways to cure these ills. Today, we’ll be discussing about the critical step to take even before the monsoon damage can affect out hair and how we can prevent this from happening, while staying fashionable throughout.


·         A caution to take would be to unnecessarily avoid wetting your hair and an umbrella would be the best solution for short periods of time, especially to keep your hairstyle flawless throughout. Transparent pieces and printed umbrellas are all the rage this season.  If you have a long distance to go, make sure to tie your hair in a bun and use the hood of your raincoat/windcheater to cover all of its length.
 

·         Before leaving for the day, use a small amount of leave-in conditioner and run it through the lengths of your hair. This will keep your hair nourished throughout the course of the day, even if you are faced with monsoon showers. If you are prone to frizz, try a pea-sized amount of a suitable serum in place of the conditioner that will liven the appearance of your hair while protecting it.
 
·         Shorter hair tends to be more manageable to protect. So if you are fond of experimenting with styles, a textured bob, an edgy pixie (with tips to help you try it here!) or a shoulder-grazing chop is ideal for seasons such as these when managing your hair is tougher.



·         Keeping your hair braided will reduce any frizz or dullness from showing through. You can incorporate a scarf into your braid, as our previous tutorial shows to add a touch of playfulness to it. A scarf wrapped around your hair and neck adds regality and beauty as well. If you have to attend a more formal event, our easy updo tutorial will show you how to achieve the same, while avoid any moisture and monsoon hair distress.