Friday, 29 June 2012

This Week in Hair: Vote for your Favourite!


It’s not very original but Preeti Desai’s cascading tresses look lovely, paired with the rich blue Anita Dongre outfit at Esha Deol’s sangeet. Asin looked pretty as a picture in sideswept waves in Hyderabad. Blake Lively kept it beautifully casual with a scraggly updo at her appearance on Good Morning America. She also entranced the media with a stunning retro do earlier in the week as did Katy Perry whose purple hair gave it a modern twist.


- The DIVO Team

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Fight the Frizz

That’s the worst thing about the monsoon isn’t it – misbehaving hair! But soon we promise you that your frizzy hair woes will be a faint memory with our top ten list of anti-frizz products. There’s one for every budget too!


John Frieda FRIZZ-EASE® Hair Serum Original Formula

Blocks frizz. Instantly and dramatically transforms dry, frizzy, or chemically-treated hair into incredibly smooth, glossy hair. An exceptional blend of silicones immediately smoothes texture while delivering a layer of crystal-clear gloss for perfectly polished, frizz-resistant styles. Repels humidity to help prevent weather-related frizz.

Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Relaxing Balm

Helps hair dry faster, fights frizz and delivers incredible memory. The exclusive Super Skinny® Complex displaces water and constricts hair to speed up drying and styling. Wheat and vegetable proteins combined with conditioning ingredients moisturize hair from within. A unique, humidity-resistant ingredient provides memory that lasts in any weather.

L'Oreal Tecni.Art Hairmix Fab Finish

A quick spritz of L’Oréal Professionnel Hairmix Fab’ Finish leaves your hair supple and shiny. This soft anti-frizz spray is a dream for those with thick, dry and rebellious hair in need of extra attention. With nutritional properties, L’Oréal Professionnel Hairmix Fab’ Finish helps to condition thick hair, and offers volume control and anti-humidity protection. Combined, this gentle shine-enhancing spray gives long lasting lightweight hold.

Philip B Anti-Frizz Formula 57

Not only does this nutrient-packed elixir protect hair from heat styling, it also conditions hair and miraculously wards off frizz for a naturally glossy, long-lasting blowout. Pure Lavender, Jojoba, Rice Bran and Soybean Oils lend hair a perfect dose of moisture — ensuring lightweight definition, movement and shine without added weight. One drop and you’ll forget you ever had a bad hair-day.

No Frizz Straight Styling Spray

Formulated for fine to medium frizzy hair, No Frizz Straight Styling Spray is a quick-absorbing, weightless formula that eliminates frizz for a straight, shiny style with natural movement. No Frizz features PolyfluoroEster - the first new anti-frizz technology in 30 years to effectively block humidity for beautifully soft, silky, frizz-free hair. Works great on coloured hair, too.

Philip Kingsley Smooth Cream

For medium textured, coarse, curly, or frizzy hair types. Smoothes, shines and protects. This rich cream tames frizz and calms curls to leave hair superbly shiny and under control. Contains sunscreen for UV protection and to extend the life of colour treated hair.

TIGI Catwalk Sleek Mystique Calming Conditioner

Catwalk Sleek Mystique Calming Conditioner helps you take control of hard-to-handle hair. It transforms dull, frizzy, lifeless hair with it's special formula including Lychee, Japanese Honeysuckle, Bamboo, and Dragonfruit extracts. It imparts incredible shine and silky softness.

Toni & Guy Frizz Smoothing Curl Conditioner

Custom tailored polymers allow hair to be re-shaped back to its original style no matter what elements you encounter. This innovation enables hair to remember its original style. Hair has the ability to be re-styled without adding product, re wet or using heated tools.

Kerastase Masque Oleo Relax

It’s a daily treatment masque for dry, rebellious hair. Provides detangling ease, softness, and shine. Hair is left extra smooth with long-lasting frizz protection.

Sebastian Taming Elixir

Sebastian Taming Elixir is designed for you to help minimize frizz, fly-away hair, and to smooth down the hair cuticle. With avocado oil, this product will help tame your hair, leaving it feeling touchable and soft.

- The DIVO Team

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Hair Hot List

We’ve always wondered what our favourite Page 3 personalities use to keep their locks looking fabulous all the time. Rather than continuing to wonder, we decided to delve into their bathroom closets to find that one hair product they just can’t live without! Here’s what we found:


Queenie Dhody

L'Oreal Elnett Hairspray: Elnett is micro-diffused so hair does not get stuck together and stays soft. Your hair sets without stiffness.

Serum Oleo Relax Leave In Conditioner by Kérastase: This leave-in, smoothing, controlling care for dry, rebellious hair. It controls volume and provides smoothness, shine, and long-lasting frizz protection. Hair is left glossy and smooth.

Shaan Khanna

Dove Nourishing Oil Shampoo: A unique blend with non-greasy natural almond and mineral oils that are so fine, they are rapidly absorbed to deeply nourish and replenish essential nutrients. It’s next generation nourishment for beautifully smooth, soft, shiny hair.

Lisa Haydon

Bain Satin 1 by Kérastase: It offers complete nutrition shampoo for normal to slightly dry hair. Gently cleanses and nourishes hair, providing optimal hair fibre nutrition and leaves hair soft and shiny with a lightweight finish.

Lait Cristal by Kérastase: This luminous perfecting conditioner is for long hair. A rinse-off formula that facilitates detangling, softens, loosens and lightens the fibre making it supple; improves the hair’s natural shine and creates an airy feel.

Mallika Haydon

Moroccanoil Treatment Light: Moroccanoil Treatment Light's versatile, nourishing and residue-free formula can be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool. Ideal for fine hair, it blends perfectly with other products and even speeds up drying time. This treatment for hair completely transforms and repairs as its formula transports lost proteins for strength; fatty acids, omega-3 oils and vitamins for shine; and antioxidants for protection. It absorbs instantly to fill gaps in hair created by heat, styling and environmental damage.

Maya Lalchandani

Wella SP Volumise: It claims to be weightless, strengthening and cleansing. It strengthens fine hair without overweighing it and creates light volume.

Nisha Jamwal

Chroma Thermique by Kérastase: It’s defined as thermo-radiance protecting milk. It protects hair from the harmful effects of heat-styling tools and other aggressors, improves hair drying time and straightening performance, nourishes, softens and moisturizes hair and provides lasting optimal shine from roots to ends.

Deveika Bhojwani

Elixir Ultime by Kérastase: Elixir Ultime delivers a powerful cocktail of emollient and anti-oxidant active ingredients for ultimate shine and suppleness while promoting cellular renewal. The elixir brings shine, nourishment and deep conditioning to the hair while smoothing the hair fibre, resulting in incredible shine. The multi-use elixir also helps restore strength to the hair and protects it from external aggressors.

- The DIVO team

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Flip Side – One Style, Three Ways

While we absolutely love the monsoons, our hair doesn’t seem to agree. With all the humidity in the air, there are days when it just refuses to behave. Leaving it open and loose it not really an option these days but we have a solution for it – the humble ponytail. But rather than the boring, regular way, we recommend wearing it to one side. Here are some celebrity versions we love!


It’s not difficult to do really. Just pull your hair to one side and fasten with a hair tie. When accessorised right and styled intelligently, this quick-to-put-together style will be appropriate for any occasion, and any time of day. Here’s what we would do:


Keep it sleek and neat in the office for a look that means business. It’s all about power dressing with a structured blazer and heels that’ll put you head and shoulders above everyone else.

Blazer & Trousers: Both from Zara

Bag: Red Hermes Birkin

Shoes: Melitta from Nine West

Lipstick: Creme d’Nude by MAC



Keep your ponytail loose, low and nonchalant for a coffee date. A little flower clip – one of our favourite summer accessories – will add a dash of exotic playfulness to your look.

Dress: Full Circle Floral Print Shirt Maxi

Clip: Medium Fiery Ombre Rose Flower from Accessorize

Necklace: Pieces Pian Shop Necklace

Shoes: Senetti by Steve Madden



Amp up the texture and play up contrasts when you’re heading out for a night on the town. Use a wet look gel to get that uber sleek look and tightly curl the free ends before setting them with a strong hold volumising spray.

Dress: A Wear Glitter Bodycon Dress

Shoes: Bracker by Aldo

Bag: Touch Rigid Clutch from Mango

Necklace: Triangle Collar Necklace from ASOS


- The DIVO Team

Monday, 25 June 2012

Eat your Way to Healthy Hair

They say ‘you are what you eat’. Dr. Vijaya Venkat of The Health Awareness Centre strongly believes there is a definite connection between the health of our hair and our diet. We asked her more about this and what we should do keep our locks healthy, the natural way.

What’s the connection between our hair and overall health?

Healthy hair is an indication of total health. Experiments on animals have shown that many types of deficient diets cause loos of hair in them. Falling hair is actually the body’s decision to withdraw power and nutrients from the hair and redistribute them to other organs. Very often, hair is one of the first signs of illness or disease. The hair grows back with the return of health.

How does our diet affect hair?

Our hair needs nourishment to grow. Just like the health of a plant depends on the soil, the quality of our hair too depends on the quality of our blood. Hair grows from the roots and not from the tips. Lathering hair externally with products doesn't improve our hair. It only masks what we have. Hair becomes longer, stronger and better when it gets the nutrition that it needs.

What should we include in our diet for healthy hair?

1) Raw vegetable juice: the structure of our hair is built from amino acids, a lot like bricks make a wall. These come from raw vegetable juices. Make a raw vegetable juice out of any watery vegetables like tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, pumpkins, beetroot, etc. To this add herbs and greens like coriander, mint, dill, spinach, parsley, basil, etc. Add lemon and Ginger as it improves circulation.

2) Since our hair has no blood supply, nutrition reaches our hair through a layer of sebum underneath it. Keeping this clean ensures nutrition reaches the hair faster. All fruits especially fresh berries and sweet fruits help in this process start your day with a fruit smoothie. For an evening pick me up have seasonal berries. They will keep your hair and skin clean and fresh.

3) To enrich the layer of sebum that nourishes your hair and to add lustre to your hair, add nuts to your meals. Almonds, walnuts, cashews and coconut work wonders to make your hair shine.


- The DIVO Team

Friday, 22 June 2012

This Week in Hair: Vote for your Favourite!


Keira Knightley was radiant at the ‘Seeking A Friend For The End of The World’ LA premiere with a gorgeous red head band to complement her Valentino gown. Neha Dhupia and Sophie Choudry both paired their solid coloured dress with chic updos – one straight and one curly. The third updo of the week that wowed was by Neha Dhupia at the ‘Maximum’ Music Launch. Emma Stone has been hitting the streets promoting the new Spiderman movie but of all her hairstyles we loves this low slung side chignon – so elegant and relaxed at the same time! And Katie Perry debuted a brand new hair colour – violet! – at the 2012 MuchMusic Video Awards at MuchMusicHQ in Toronto, Canada.


- The DIVO Team

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Celebrity Hair Secrets

With the cameras constantly trained on them, these socialites and celebrities have to look perfect at each and every appearance. We’re sure that’s not easy to do. We asked each of them for their deepest hair secret that keeps their tresses in perfect shape, all day and night.

Hair Care Tips

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Devieka Bhojwani

Once a week I have a head massage with warm olive oil which I keep on 3-4 hours. It keeps the hair healthy and shiny from root to tip.

Aarti Surendranath

It’s a lot internal, it a lot what you eat and drink and how you look after your basic overall health and you’ve to really live quite healthy which is very difficult to do in a city and your workout, it is surprising how much people ignore that.

Mallika Haydon

For my hair, my ends tend to get really dry so I always get shampoo and conditioners that are really good. Like an oatmeal conditioner from L’Oreal it’s very moisturizing. After that when my hair is dry I put Moroccan Oil through the mid length to the ends because that really helps to combat the dryness and makes your hair really silky and soft.

Maya Lalchandani

I have got very fine limp hair so I use a lot of volume shampoos. Leave-in products are the best. Never use conditioner, just leave-in products and a volumizer in everything.


Styling Suggestions

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Queenie Singh

Well it depends where you are going, and pretty much if you are going to an important function you have to get it done properly. Switches are a great idea for the body and bounce otherwise a little bit of back combing sets u up even if you are not done. And then these DIVO brushes- the new line of blow dry brushes which will be great.

Shaan Khanna

I love curls; curls look so good any girl /any woman, whether you are wearing Western/Indian anything, so I would always go with curls. People tend to straighten their hair but they don’t realize that it makes them look flatter. I feel if you put your hair up or you curl you hair it looks better.

Nisha Jamwal

I’ve been colouring since I was fifteen. I began to see that my hair was very, very not-virgin and damaged. I learnt a little trick that you keep giving it a break from over styling, so something I began to do is allow the natural look to stay and the interesting thing is that I got a lot of compliments saying “Oh my God you’re looking so good” and “What have you done?” and the fact was all I had done was wash it and not even combed it because, you know some times after you wash it you’re supposed to let it be and apparently it was looking very styled and fabulous, so now what I do is if I am shooting for an interview there’s a very lovely party I style it or get it styled, otherwise I just give it big break like today, I just do nothing to it.

Nonita Kalra

I finally learnt it the hard way that when the weather is bad and humid which it is in Bombay all the time you’ve got to tie your hair. Figure out whether you want to do a messy braid or an up-do don't bother with blow drying, brush your hair up nicely, style it and tie it up it’s better for your hair.

Aishwarya Nair

I love back combing and teasing my hair to astronomic heights! Think Bridget Bardot & Amy Winehouse. I love big hair with a lot of volume and think it accents any look, impeccably.

- The DIVO Team

Monday, 18 June 2012

In Conversation With: Lisa Haydon

We caught up with the lovely Lisa Haydon over a glass of wine with rain pouring outside and quizzed her about those gorgeous locks of hers, and how she keeps them that way. There are a few tricks that you could pick up too!

What’s your daily hair routine like what do you do?

Umm...I definitely brush my hair everyday with a broad bristle brush, I use a broad bristle brush because it distributes the moisture from your scalp all the way down to the tips of your hair. Aside from that I use a GHD iron to style my hair because I have a very frizzy hair problem so a GHD iron sort of fixes it in two minutes and if I am going out I like to out a little bit of body onto the top of my hair and tease it as well again with my broad bristle brush.

The flat one or the round one?

No, the flat one... the flat broad bristles and I use the paddle brush...

Do you have a favourite hair product...something you can’t live without?

It’s my GHD hair iron for sure. And also Kerastase... Kerastase shampoo and conditioner and there also a Kerastase leave-in conditioner that I also use as well...that’s about it.

Do you have a favourite salon that you go to?

Umm...I am currently frequenting Jean Claude Beguine.

Why is that?

Because it is really convenient... there’s one near my house in Colaba and one near my house in Kemps Corner so it’s just the most convenient option and the other reason being it is a one stop shop... I can get a blow dry, a manicure, a pedicure, a facial, all in the same place.

Do you a favourite hair treatment? Not just a hair cut or something but a hair spa or a head massage?

Yes, I did my first Keratin hair treatment two months ago... the protein Keratin treatment... it was fantastic... it was amazing and besides of that I make a habit of getting a Kerastase ritual done once every month.

Do you have a go-to hair style? Like something you do when you’re in doubt or don't have the time?

No, if actually somebody finds one please let me know. I don't have a go-to hairstyle. My hair just plays up a lot so I actually can’t get it to look right at the same time twice.

What’s your worst hair experience ever?

I recently did a shoot for ‘Elle’ magazine. The shoot was amazing but the hair stylist put dreadlocks in my hair. This happened to me one four years ago as well I shot my first TV commercial for a motorbike and they put dreadlocks in my hair again and I was doing my first beauty shoot for Vogue the next morning and I spent the whole night just tearing these dreadlocks out and I showed up for Vogue and I said I have been up since four a.m. tearing my hair out. That was bad.

Have you ever had a really bad hair style... like a bad haircut?

I am not too experimental wit hair... I am very possessive over my length so I usually just trim. I’d say a bad haircut that I’ve had is I’ve cut a fringe... and waiting for my fringe to grow out can tend to get annoying.

A hair accessory that you’d use in the summer?

A hair band, it’s nice to keep your hair back. I think hair bands are nice in summer.

A recommendation for others... a quick party style tip?

Take a brush and do a bit of back combing and then if you can get a bit of a wave into the bottom of your hair then just... you can just keep it messy and natural.

- The DIVO Team

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Taming of the Tresses

Salon Stories: b:blunt, Bandra


shimsha-shettyMy hair has a mind of its own and usually prefers to express its individuality over my wishes. With hair that doesn't behave, going for a haircut is usually a nightmare. This time though, much to my surprise I actually enjoyed my hair cut!

I like always went for my haircut with trepidation. I walked into b:blunt at Bandra, which looks very art deco. After a short wait I was greeted by a very spunky young woman, Shimsha. She immediately put me to ease by making sure I was comfortable and fussed about.


I introduced her to my hair, and told her my dilemma. Most of my haircuts look great when brushed, teased and blow-dried by an expert much like her, though when I try to set my hair into any decent do at home - it usually goes all over the place.

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Having carefully listened to all that I wanted my hair to be, she explained what she was going to do and what she hoped the final outcome would be. Surprisingly, she didn’t cut out chunks of my hair. She did not think that her opinion of what suited me was more important than mine! And most surprisingly through the entire episode she did not try to sell me a single product.

- Guest Blogger, Shilpa Chawla

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Get Rid of the Grease

The worst thing about living in a sea side city is the year-round humidity, which only gets worse in the summer. Freshly shampooed hair stays that way for a few hours at best before the scalp’s oil takes over and makes it limp and scraggly. You can’t even think of setting foot outside your house without shampooing every day, no matter how pressed for time you are. But we found out how you can foil the oil and not let it ruin your summer!


There’s no question that you must regularly clear your scalp of all the accumulated oil. The oil glands in your scalp can be triggered by stress or hormonal changes, but most often by the environment to produce excess oil. This causes the harmless bacteria that live in your skin to proliferate and feed off the oil, which produces a bad smell too! Regular washing is a must.

You need to find a good product that not only cleans out the oil but prevents the roots from drying out too. Kérastase Specifique Bain Clarifiant Shampoo and Kérastase Specifique Bain Divalent are designed to manage over-active scalps prone to oiliness. For a light-weight formula try Drama Clean by Herbal Essences, while L'Oreal Professionnel’s Sebo Control Shampoo will give a more salon polished look. Avoid conditioners if possible but if you must use them, apply it only to the ends of your hair.


Touching Up

But if you live the lifestyle that is worthy of a metropolitan city, chances are you have less than half an hour every morning to dedicate to getting dressed for the day. Washing your hair doesn’t usually fit into that time frame. What will work is a dry shampoo – it’s nothing short of a miracle product. Open, spray, tousle – three steps that take all of five minutes and you’re out of the door. A light mist of TIGI’s Rockaholic will get rid of any shine or try Suave Dry Shampoo; for just about Rs. 150, it’s a bargain buy!



Oily hair can be a nightmare to style and what’s worse is that you can’t use regular styling products like gels or mousse because they’ll just increase the sticky factor. But there are a handful of products that make even the oiliest hair easy to manage. Paul Mitchell’s Pray Wax will give you thickness and volume without weighing your hair down. Pantene’s Classic InControl Mousse is light and fluffy and doesn’t leave an oily residue.


Unfortunately many brands aren’t very easily available in India so if you can’t find any of our recommendations at your favourite beauty store – shop online! Websites like and have a great range of international products and offer free shipping.

- The DIVO Team

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

One Style – Three Ways: Beachy Waves

The name itself sounds summery, doesn’t it? Beach waves are a great style to wear this season. They’re quite hassle free and require very little maintenance, which just so important in this heat! Celebrities absolutely LOVE this style; we’ve seen so many avatars of it both on the red carpet and off it.


To create this look:

1. Apply a volumizing spray to wet hair and distribute evenly to create volume, texture, and lift. Use a dime size leave in treatment for shine and control.

2. Blow dry on medium heat and medium airflow. Use your hands instead of a brush to create texture.

3. Scrunch and twist small strands around your fingers for that just-off-the beach look.

4. Finish with a mist of hairspray for a lightweight, touchable hold.

But the best thing about this style is its versatility. It can take you from morning to night and look appropriate and stylish all throughout. We’re giving you three ways to wear this style but you’re welcome to change them up and make the look your own.


For a lazy Sunday brunch, keep your waves as dishevelled as possible (like you just got out of bed) without looking like a hobo. A floral (or polka dotted) romper to lounge around in, coral lips and oversized sunnies will set the mood.

Romper: Forever 21 Ditsy Floral Print Romper

Bag: Princesse K Bus Conductor Bag

Shoes: Aldo Noriego Wedges

Sunglasses: Forever 21 Wayfarer Sunglasses

Necklace: Pieces Herdis Necklace


We’re thinking something boho chic – a billowing maxi dress or skirt in colours that reflect the setting sun and a statement beaded necklace. Channel some yesteryear spirit with a floral headband on your messy tresses.

Top: Mango Sleeveless basic t-shirt

Skirt: Topshop Dip Back Maxi Skirt

Shoes: Zara Ankle Strap Sandals

Necklace: Aldo Salvati Necklace

Headband: Pieces Nigela Flower Garland Wrap­­­­



Add a dose of sophistication by straightening your bangs to contrast the waves and maybe create a little volume on top. Keep the rest of your look sleek and fierce – a pencil skirt, sheer blouse and femme fatale shoes!

Top: Vero Moda BB Lenno Blouse

Skirt: Warehouse Ponte Pencil Skirt

Shoes: Alejandro Ingelmo Red Shoes

Necklace: ASOS Horn Spine Collar Necklace

Bag: Pinky Saraf Scarlet Whispers


- The DIVO Team

Monday, 11 June 2012

IIFA Insider

The Bollywood brigade made their way to the island country of Singapore last weekend to attend the most glamorous awards ceremony in this industry – the IIFA awards. While their male counterparts did look suave and debonair, the ladies undoubtedly stole the show. From industry veterans like Rekha and Neetu Singh to red carpet novitiates Aditi Rao and Parineeti Chopra – they pulled out all the stops with their hair, makeup and styling perfectly in place. Since we are all about hair – if you haven’t guessed that already – we take a look at the hair styles and trends that emerged.

Put’em Up

What’s a black tie red carpet without updos right? Predictably IIFA also saw its fair share. Sameera Reddy is still on a roll in terms of her styling – retro finger waves hairdo paired with smoldering eyes was a match made in heaven. Kalki Koechlin, Priyanka Chopra and Bipasha Basu all opted for soft, romantic styles. Kalki and Priyanka pulled it off but there was a disconnect in Bipasha’s look. We’d have preferred a braid or beachy waves with that cute summer dress.


Cold Shoulder

The pretty but done-to-death and bordering on unimaginative one shoulder wave seemed to be a celeb favourite. Everyone from yesteryear star Rekha to the Rowdy Rathore girl Sonakshi Sinha were spotted in it. The only breath of fresh air was Sameera Reddy, who gave it a retro twist for the second time this weekend.


Warp and Weft

Braids are still proving to be a red carpet favourite. Kalki, Aditi and Bipasha, all paired their long braids with boho chic maxi dresses. But what stood out for us was Shreya Saran’s voluminous take on the style (it took a while to figure it out) and Chitrangada’s fishtail with a poufy bouffant. The latter’s was an unexpected but pleasing pairing with the gold corset.


Pony Up

They’re pretty versatile and the stars at IIFA proved that. Asin and Parineeta kept it cool and casual in unfussy, straightforward styles. Nargis and Sonakshi had uncannily similar versions of it – high, straight, sleek and finished with a towering bouffant almost like a faux hawk! Raveena Tandon’s though was a little dated and we wish the pretty lady turns things up a notch.


Let Loose

From the Bollywood belles who let their hair down on the red carpet – literally – our favourite was Kalki. Her soft, large curls contrasted the straight lines of her gown. While Bipasha went poker straight (It worked with the minimalism of her Shivan Narresh sari), Neha Dhupia and Chitrangada went for messy volume. The let down of the day was Priyanka Chopra in in-turned tresses that did absolutely nothing for her.


- The DIVO Team

Friday, 8 June 2012

The Braid-y Bunch

Braids have been all over this season – on the streets, the runways and the red carpets. This easy summer style is great to hide bad hair days, keep hair away from your face and will work well even in the upcoming humid monsoon. You could try the regular, simple braid, but if you’re feeling a little adventurous, we’ve some stylish options for you to try!

The Fishtail Braid

Also known as the fishtail braid, it looks quite complicated but it really isn’t. Dress it up or down – it works either way. It’s a great style for traditional events too. Embellish it with jewelled clips to match your outfit.

How to: Divide your head of hair into two. Take a thin section from side and keep overlapping till you reach the end.

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The French Braid

We’re sure all our mothers tied up our hair like this sometime or the other – a vain effort to keep it control. Like most things French, this is a classic hairstyle. Instead of at the nape, this style begins at your hair line. It goes very well with corporate – try wearing it work sometime. For an evening look Sarah Michelle Gellar’s side French braid tied up in a messy is a more contemporary take.

How to: Start with three sections from your hairline, taking more sections as you go along. Intertwine just like a regular braid.

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The Messy Braid

If you find the regular braid to be too geeky or you’re pressed for time in the morning, go for the braid version of the just-out-of-bed look. It’s quickly become a hot celebrity favourite - Blake Lively, Dia Mirza and Diane Kruger have all worn them.

How to: This works best if you’re hair is cut in layers. Scrunch your hair with mousse before tying it up in a loose braid.

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The Milkmaid Braid

Yes, shepherdesses and milk maids in the verdant highland sof Switzerland used to style their hair like this. But now it’s become the style of choice for a lot of urban women. Very girly, very romantic and very summery – we recommend pairing with a lovely summer dress or a long flowing maxi. Check out how Sienna Miller and Sonam Kapoor wear it.

How to: Braid your hair into pigtails. Wrap them around your head till they overlap and pin them behind your ears.

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The Braided Updo

Got a big event to attend but don’t have the time to get your hair done? This style comes to your rescue when you are crunched for time. That’s not to take away from the sophistication and elegance of it. We love Heidi Klum’s version.

How to: Tie your hair into a ponytail. Braid it till the end and wrap in around your pony before fastening it with u-pins.

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The Ribbon Braid

This is for the free-spirited and creatively inclined. Go crazy with textures, colours and prints. Pick a ribbon and braid it into your hair. We loved the Spring 2011 look at Hermes backstage where the hair stylists weaved scarves into the model's hair.

How to: Weave a length of ribbon or a scarf into your hair the way you would a regular braid.

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Micro Braids

They’re inspired by the flower girl movement and the African style. These tiny braids instantly transform a sleek look into bohemian chic. Perfect to wear with maxi dresses and long skirts: look to Blake Lively for inspiration.

How to: Take small sections of hair and weave them into a braid and then tie the ends.

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- The DIVO Team