Tuesday, 30 April 2013

How To: Protect Your Hair From Sun Damage

Our last article was about great hairstyles you can wear to the beach, but we haven’t told you what you can do to protect it from the sun yet. You can come up with a hundred different hairstyle ideas, but none of them will be any good with dried out damaged hair, right?

Even in the city, summertime will inflict maximum damage on your otherwise shiny, healthy locks. Spend too much time in the sun, and you’ll notice your hair colour fading, ends splitting and your hair shaft getting dry and brittle.

Now it may require a bit of an effort on your part, but protecting your hair from UV damage should be first and foremost thing in this heat. Say goodbye to unprotected heat styling for starters, especially with the heat and humidity at its highest point. Another simple tip would be to oil your hair once in a while.

You can go a step further and use products with sun protection in them. Go for a deep conditioning treatment once a week if your hair starts looking brittle. Kérsatase makes a great deep conditioning treatment called Masquintense that’ll zap your strands back into their shiny state.

TRESemmé also makes a ‘Climate Control Finishing Spray’ that’ll set your hairstyle while protecting it from the sun. It works as a hairspray, but claims to be a non-sticky version that “creates a barrier between your hair and outside humidity, static, UV rays and wind”, as quoted on their website.

There’s always a few very simple steps your can take to protect your hair without going overboard on the products, and that’s to cover up! Wear a hat or a cap; you can even take a cue from Lindsay Lohan and wrap a bandana around your hair. In addition to protecting your hair, these accessories will keep the sun from having too much of an impact on your health. Try shops like Acessorize or Aldo Accessories for fun, stylish hats and caps. Pick up a scarf and wrap it around your head for a stylish take on the biker-girl look.

Halle Berry and Lindsay Lohan do a fashionable job protecting their hair from sun damage
(Images courtesy - wohoo.co.uk and vacationmiamihomes.com)

Just a few of these steps will make help you keep the damage at bay…and you can always indulge yourself and make a lovely trip to the spa once in a while!

Monday, 29 April 2013

Glam hairstyles for the perfect beach getaway

No one would recommend going to the beach in this overpowering Indian heat. When flip flop season rolls around though, you can’t help but picture yourself by the beach, beverage in hand.

So we’ve come up with a list of super easy hairstyles that’ll make sure you look as great as Deepika Padukone from the movie Cocktail. Contrary to a few of our Bollywood movies, beach hairstyles aren’t about super shiny, perfectly in place locks. Make your summer statement with these suggestions:

First there’s our favourite, the top knot. Doesn’t this hairstyle keep cropping up all the time? That’s because it’s an all-rounder, prefect for all occasions and especially for the beach, when you might want your hair away from your face, protected by the water. Whether you’re diving into the waves or the chlorine-saturated pool, this hairstyle can help you prevent maximum damage. Consult our How To article for the complete know how!

For all you girls with wavy hair prone to humidity frizz, worry not. All you have to do is apply a little product – maybe a styling gel or an anti-frizz cream right after your shower. Then don’t comb through your hair – even with your fingers. Let it air dry for effortless beachy waves.

If, on the other hand, you happen to be born with pin straight hair, you can achieve the beachy waves with just a couple of steps. After you wash it, apply a styling gel (lightly) and braid your hair as tightly as possible, then let it air dry. Only open your braid once it’s completely dry and you’ll have the perfect beach waves!
Another great hairstyle is the side braid, a popular choice for our Bollywood celebrities as of now. Sweep your hair sideways and start braiding, pulling it low over your shoulder. The best part about this hairstyle is that the braid looks pretty great messy, so you don’t have to be very meticulous as you do it.

You can also skip the braid and go for the easier hairstyle choice, the ponytail. It’s easier to maintain and will take lesser of your time to accomplish. You can have it sideways too, or wrap it with a section of your hair instead of a scrunchie…be creative! For some inspiration, here’s our article on ponytails.

Last but not the least; combine two styles with beachy waves and a braid. Get your hair into those gorgeous waves with either of the two methods listed above and then proceed onto the braided part. Section a 2-inch bit of your hair behind your ear and start braiding it into a thin braid. Wrap this braid around the top of your head till it reaches behind your other ear, securing it with a bobby pin. This should look like a braided headband of sorts, with your waves fanning out over your shoulders beneath it.

A stop knot, ponytail or a side braid are fuss-free hairstyle options
(Images courtesy - bellasugar.com, stylebistro.com and glamcheck.com)
Messy waves are an all-natural look for the beach that you can pair with accessories.
(Image courtesy - koimoi.com)

Combine beach waves and braids is this easy hairstyle.
(Images Courtesy - hairstyleslooks.com and instyle.com)

So now that you’ve got these amazing beach hairstyles to try out, you must be thinking the same thing we are…sun, sand and surf! If you aren’t already, pack your bags and make your way to a beach weekend. Have fun!

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

DIVO Loves: Kareena Kapoor at NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards

Kareena Kapoor recently made an appearance at the NDTV Indian of the Year awards ceremony, where she was presented with the NDTV Entertainer of the Decade award. The Heroine actress surprised us with her understated ensemble and hairstyle, which she pulled off with panache, as always.

Hair pulled back into a sleek bun, she looked every bit the Indian beauty. An added bonus to her simple-chic get up was the mogra she chose to entwine her hair with.

Try this look at home with hair gel, a very large scrunchie (the puffy kind), a couple of bobby pins and hairspray. First pull your hair back into a ponytail at the height you’d like your bun to be. At this point use a bit of hair gel to get the sleek, pulled back look. Secure it with the giant scrunchie.

Then carefully wind your hair around the scrunchie to form a bun. This is where the scrunchie’s giant size comes into play – it gives your bun some volume and will make it look larger. When you’re done winding, tuck the tail end of your ponytail under the bun and secure it with a bobby pin. Spray the bun with a little hairspray. Next, proceed to wind your mogra around the bun and secure that with a bobby pin. Voilà!  You are now ready and armed for wedding season.

We love Kareena’s entire look, what do you guys think? 

Kareena Kapoor at the NDTV Indian Of The Year awards
(Image courtesy - bollywoodworld.com)

DIVO Recommends: Must-Follow Twitter Accounts

Are you on twitter? It can be a little overwhelming at first, what with everyone updating every detail of his or her lives onto a social media platform so vast. It does have its advantages though, so if you haven’t already, go sign up now! 

No, we’re not advertising for twitter. But if you love learning abut new hairstyles, see what hairstyles celebrities are wearing to their next red carpet event, hair health & care tips and just about anything else you want to know about hairstyling, really…twitter is the place to be.

So we decided to make a list of must-follow twitter accounts for your daily dose of hairstyling. If you want to know which curling iron will give you the kind of waves you need, if you need inspiration for your next haircut or if you just want a preview of how all the stars will be wearing their hair to the next red carpet event…these are the accounts to follow.

1. Jen Atkin (@atkinjen): Hairstylist to some of Hollywood’s A-listers, Jen Atkin’s twitter page is positively star-studded. Follow her if you want a little backstage peek into the lives of Jessica Alba, Kaley Cuoco, Khloe Kardashian, Sofia Vergara and many many more. You’ll get the chance to see red carpet hairstyles in the making and even pick up plenty of hairstyling tips.

2. The Beauty Department (@TBDofficial): Launched by celebrity Lauren Conrad, Kristin Ess and Amy Nadine, you can follow tweets that’ll show you what the latest trends in hair colouring are, which curler you should use to get the curls you want and hundreds of more styling tips. The hairstyling section of the account is handled by Kristin Ess, another celebrity hairstylist (whose twitter account is also pretty amazing).

3. Hairstyle Stars (@hairstylestars): A no-nonsense account that will give you all the information you in short, concise tweets. ‘Long hair down hairstyles for special events!’ and ‘Best bangs for your face shape’ are just some of the topics they’ve recently tweeted about. This is one of the most informative, precise accounts out there.

4. Daily Makeover (@DailyMakeover): These guys are have brought in a cornucopia of hairstyling trends and tips to twiiter. Along with tweets about hairstyling, you’ll find that beauty is also on top of their list. Recent tweets include ‘No more flat hair!’ and ‘How to trim your own bangs’.

5. POPSUGAR Beauty (@POPSUGARBeauty): The POPSUGAR Beauty team from San Francisco, LA and New York tweets about a lot of celebrities. A lot. These tweets are also mixed in with hairstyling tips like, ‘Tired of your hair color fading? These products are the secret to prolonging your highlights and all-over color’, followed by a link.

These 5 twitter accounts will have you fully up-to-date with what’s going on in the hairstyling world and sometimes in the beauty world too. Now it’s super easy for all you beautiful women to get your fill of celebrity hairstyles, red carpet hairstyles and ‘How To’ posts delivered right to your phone!
Jen Atkins and POPSUGARBeauty are great sources for inspiration from the latest Hollywood hairstyles

The twitter accounts of The Beauty Department, Hairstyle Stars and Daily Makeover are great for hairstyling tips

Thursday, 18 April 2013

How To: Define Curly Hair

A lot of women with curly hair complain that they end up with hair in the shape of a pyramid or a triangle. Most of them also complain about frizzed out manes that are impossible to handle.

Well, if the former’s your problem then there’s an easy solution. Get a great haircut that’s meant for curly hair of your texture. When you visit your stylist, let him get a feel for your hair – go to the salon just after you’ve washed it and let it air dry so that he knows how it feels on any given day.

The frizz problem, on the other hand, has a lot of solutions you can try. Start right at the very beginning, when you wash your hair. Use a conditioner that will lock the moisture in, for one. Next, detangle your hair in the shower with a wide-toothed comb. This will make it easy for you to keep the frizz away as it dries.

Try leave-in conditioners that work for your texture (some might just end up feeling sticky) or if that doesn’t suit you invest in a great hair serum. The unfortunate thing about hair products is the ones that work are usually the most expensive – but they’re definitely worth it.

Once you’re done moisturizing your hair, air dry it so that you don’t ruffle any strands with a blow dryer. At this point you can try a curl scrunching mousse or maybe a gel that works well for you so that your hair doesn’t take on a mind of its own.

If you have a big day ahead and would rather style your hair to the T, however, use your blow dryer pointing downwards, so that you don’t upset your hair cuticles. A great idea for getting defined curls is using rollers – yes, you can also just use a curling iron, don’t roll your eyes at us. Anyway, working with rollers is pretty satisfying; use bigger rollers for larger curls and take them out of your hair only once it’s completely dry.

As a last tip, we’d like to remind all you gorgeous curly haired ladies out there that the brush is your enemy. Avoid it like the plague, but that doesn’t mean you leave your hair tangled. Use wide-toothed combs or just your fingers, anti-frizz serums and fresh air to dry your hair and you’re well on your way to managing curls.

The downside of having curly hair is that its unpredictable and never turns out the same way after every wash, so we understand if you’re ready to throw in the towel (no pun intended) and go for that straightening treatment. These tips can give you some pretty great looking hair though…when it comes to hairstyles, there’s nothing as lively and charismatic as a well-defined set of curls.  

Kangana Ranaut, Taylor Swift and Scarlett Johansson with impeccably styled curls
(Image Credit - indianexpress.com, hairstyleagain.com and polyvore.com respectively)

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

We Love: Item Number Hairstyles

They’ve been over-contemplated, criticized, applauded and looked up to. They can make or break the movie they’re in. And most importantly, they give us a peek into a world that’s a dazzling distraction from real life. We’re talking about our gorgeous item number actresses, of course.

Dressed to the nines, their clothing and physiques are widely discussed. One thing that often gets overlooked, however, is their hairstyles.  Which is a downright shame if you ask us because we’ve seen some of the best hairstyles in item numbers.

For example, Priyanka Chopra’s curled bob in Babli Badmaash Hai from the movie Shootout at Wadala. Quite an adventurous look for an item number, considering these songs usually feature women in traditional clothing with conventionally long hair. This song, however, features Priyanka in an edgy jumpsuit with her hair stylishly curled into a slightly long bob. We love her new hairstyle, what do you think?

Priyanka Chopra, Sunny Leone and Sophie Choudry in Shootout at Wadala
(Image Credit - ndtv.com, movietalkies.com & ibnlive.in respectively)

Also seen in the same movie are Sunny Leone and Sohpie Choudry. All three actresses sport entirely different hairstyles, much to our relief. Sunny Leone is seen with carefully styled hair cut into layers and straightened with outward flicks. The maang tikka captures the traditional statement her bra-choli fails to make, however, and we think it’s a nice accessory that sets off the layers around her face.

The third actress to do an item number in Shootout at Wadala, Sophie Choudry makes her appearance in wildly curled hair. By wild we mean they’re a far cry from Priyanka Chopra’s structured curls. Sophie’s hairstyle has it’s own charm and character that we think comes across very well.

Mugdha Ghodse also does an item number this year for the movie Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns, though her appearance is decidedly tame compared to those in Shootout At Wadala. Her long hair curled carefully below her chin, the front part of her hairstyle features a very slight bouffant parted down the middle.

Mugdha Godse in Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns (Image credit - itemsong.in)

Also making a slightly tame appearance is Sonakshi Sinha in an item number for the movie Himmatwala. Her long hair impeccably straightened – really, you’ll notice every strand falls perfectly in place – she wears a sparkly head band around her forehead in keeping with the 80s theme. So now you know what the theme to your next party is going to be ladies! Just pile on the shine and add a glittery headband to top it all off. The entire look is super glamorous.

Sonakshi Sinha grooves to the 80s beat in Himmatwala (Image credit - in.com)

Surpassing all these hairstyles with a small town charm is Jacqueline Fernandes in the film titled ‘Ramaiya Vastavaiya’. Her hair is tied back with a number of braids pulling away from her face, with a slightly rumpled texture to it. Adding to the entire look is her matha patti, which accentuates the rustic ensemble.

Jacqueline Fernandes in Ramaiya Vastavaiya (Image Credit - ibnlive.in)

Now you can’t wait to see the rest of the item numbers this year has to offer, can you? Us neither.   

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Behind the Scenes with Celebrity Stylist Triporna Majumder

      We caught up with Kajol's stylist, Triporna Majumder and had a little chat about what it's like styling one of Bollywood's most sought-after divas. In addition to working with Kajol, Triporna has styled advertisements for Knorr, Whirlpool and Huggies and is also involved with the styling of photo shoots and movies - remember Dum Maaro Dum?  Much to our delight, we give you the woman behind the scenes. 

      As the stylist to one of Bollywood’s most revered divas, we must ask – what is the kind of planning and preparation that goes into one of Kajol’s red carpet appearances?
      Well, I put in a lot of planning and preparation – getting visuals of her in beautiful clothes and hairstyles, that sort of thing. But Kajol’s always laughing at me because she thinks I get over-enthusiastic…I guess in the end we don’t follow any red carpet trends as such, we just go with what looks best.

      We'd really like to know, who is Kajol's hairstylist?
      Kajol's styling is done by Sangeeta Hegde.

      We love her recent hairstyles paired with the Sabyasachi saris, especially since the side braid and updo are more experimental than those we’ve seen earlier. What prompted such a change from the simple-and-safe hairstyles?
      Life is spent is phases. Kajol’s in a different phase today than the one she was in ten years ago. Five years from now, she’ll probably be in an entirely different phase. Earlier, everybody around her and she herself loved simplistic and natural hairstyles, which she looked great in. However I like to do up her hair because I feel Kajol’s is a face that can be explored much more in terms of styling and can carry off just about any hairstyle. I am glad that she is allowing me to try new things on her.

      Of all her recent ones, which would you say is your favourite hairstyle on Kajol? Which is one of her favourites?
      I loved the side braided Russian knot on her and I also love to pin a small portion of her hair in front and leave the rest open and wild all over her shoulders. She always looks resplendent in that hairstyle.
      And if I had to guess her favourite hairstyle then it definitely would be any hairstyle that takes less than 15 minutes to achieve.

      Just like we’d choose an outfit based on the occasion we’re wearing it for, what’s your suggestion on matching hairstyles to occasions?  Are there any rules or guidelines to live by?
      Whether it is choosing an outfit or a hairstyle the thumb rule is that it should be occasion and age appropriate and you should look comfortable and confident in it. That is when your look is successful. And your mirror is your best guide to that.

      As a decidedly hair-crazy blog, we’re always looking for new trends on the red carpets that we can incorporate into our daily lives. Can you name a couple of hairstyles we’d be crazy not to try out this summer?
      In my opinion, try everything – try every new style you see, but please don’t leave your hair open this summer unless you have lost your hair tie or something. Open hair for now is a bit boring. Braid it, tie it, look up your old family albums and copy your mum’s or aunt’s vintage hairstyles. I see everybody doing low side plaits and low side ponytails everywhere. Why isn’t anybody doing the mid to high side ponytail like in the 80’s? Whatever you’re wearing, depending on the shape of your face, try doing a mid to high side ponytail using fancy and colourful hair ties if you’ve got long hair. It’s a fabulous hairstyle to bring back for young girls this summer.

Triporna's favourite: Kajol in a side braided Russian knot and at Karan Johar's party with a section of her hair pinned up. (Image courtesy - indiatimes.com & indiawest.com, respectively)

Kajol pairs her Sabyasachi with an updo at the Mai premiere

Kajol in a side braid to complement her Sabyasachi sari at the Jagjit Singh Tribute Concert


Saturday, 13 April 2013

Protect Your Hair Now!

Do you straighten/curl your hair every week? Yeah, we don’t blame you. No matter how much grief our hairstylists give us, heat styling is a temptation that’s hard to stay away from.

There are so many great products out there, however, that will make sure the flat iron or curler don’t end up making a mess of your hair. You’ll notice every time you style your hair it ends up looking slightly frizzy. That’s because even blow-drying it can suck the shine out of your hair.

So while you might love the straight, put together look that your flat iron gives you or the gorgeous beach waves you can coax out of your curler, there’s only so much your strands can put up with before splitting out into a frizz.

Of course, once said strands start splitting your only option is to get yourself a fab new haircut. But we’re going to give you a few options that’ll let you style your hair all the time while keeping them healthy and glossy. You’ll find plenty of products on the Internet that’ll protect your hair from the heat…but we’ve compiled a list of products that are readily available in India. Now you don’t have to wait for your cousins to make their trip down to India, you can just buy your hair products right here!

First up on our list is the Kérastase Ciment Thermique reconstructing milk that’ll give your frizzed out locks a boost. This heat protector is also the most popular one on our list.

Also a great cream is the Kiehl’s Heat Protective Silk Straightening Cream. Both Kérastase and Kiehl’s are brands that will work wonders for your hair. Give both of these a shot if the texture suits your hair.

Another great cream-based heat defense product is The Body Shop’s Brazil Nut Define and No Frizz anti-frizz cream. Body Shop products tend to be on the mild side though and while this is great for the environment (and in the long run it’s probably great for our hair, too) you may find that you won’t get immediate results.

Moving on to heat defense sprays, Paul Mitchell always has a very effective line of hair products. You’ll almost never go wrong with this brand – try their Paul Mitchell Soft Style Heat Seal spray. Like we mentioned in our earlier post here, the Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum is great for giving your hair the shine it loses from a blow dry.

Another popular brand when it comes to hair products, TRESemmé has a wonderful spray you can invest in. The TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray is one of two editions – they also make one especially for when you’re curling your hair, called the Thermal Creations Curl Activator Spray. Take your pick!

If it’s a good quality affordable spray you’re looking for, we’d have to say the Toni & Guy Iron-It Heat Defense spray makes the cut. It’s available almost everywhere and it’s very effective, too - Toni & Guy is usually a brand you can never go wrong with.

And now for the last of our sprays… look for L’Oreal’s Eversleek Smoothing Mist to keep the frizz and flyaways at bay. A reliable spray that’ll work for almost any texture, spray it on before you style your hair.

Lastly, try the Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask. It’s more of a reviver than a protector, but we thought it deserved a place on our list. It’s also made for coloured hair, so this is a great product for dry and damaged hair that you just don’t want to stop styling. Give it a go and see if it’ll work wonders for you!

We’ve given you quite a few products that’ll protect your hair, but the entire process is one of trial and error. Pick the one you think will suit your hair texture the most. If it doesn’t, try another one. As and when you find a product that suits your hair, try and stick to it. We find that’s usually an effective tactic in our never-ending battle against hair damage!

Heat Defense Creams from Kiehl's, The Body Shop and Kerastase, alongside Neutrogena's hair mask

Heat Defense Sprays from Paul Mitchell, Toni & Guy, L'Oreal and TRESemme

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Red Carpet Style: Times Of India Film Awards

The Times of India Film Awards took place in Canada recently, with plenty of glitz and glamour from our favourite celebrities. While it wasn’t as star-studded as some of our events back home, our red carpet fashion craze was sufficiently satiated.

Curls seemed to be the order of the night, as you’ll see from our pictures below. An exception to the apparent rule was Gauri Khan, who had her hair up in a sleek top bun (one of our favourite hairstyles!). The updo complemented her embellished shoulders, also drawing attention to the feather detail. 

 Neha Dhupia and Gauri Khan with Shah Rukh Khan at the awards

In a very similar hairdo was Neha Dhupia, who accentuated her bun with a little bit of volume. Even Mugdha Godse and Ileana D’Cruz put their hair up, with a dramatic side parting for both.

Ileana D'Cruz and Mugdha Godse on the red carpet

Nargis Fakhri and Priyanka Chopra opted for tight curls, both of them looking glamorous in their eye-catching gowns. While Nargis went for a simple side part with curls cascading down her shoulders, Priyanka wore her hair in a deep side part with side swept curls and bangs – a look Zareen Khan also assumed.

Nargis Fakhri, Priyanka Chopra and Zareen Khan all opted for tightly curled hair 

Anushka Sharma paired her Dior suit with large, loose curls, paired with bangs. The short and centered bangs didn’t really do it for us, but the overall outcome is pretty great.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Chitrangada Singh and Anushknt for large and loose curls

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan also wore her hair in large, loose curls to go with her Sabyasachi anarkali. A lovely, down to earth look she’s been adopting as of late. Also taking the natural, down to earth stance was Chitrangada Singh with wavy hair swept to one side with bangs.

So we loved the curled hair trend this year at The Times Of India Film Awards. While the event may be over, we can’t wait to see our favourite Bollywood actresses make their next red carpet appearance. Wonder if we’ll see another trend emerge…

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

5 great hairstyles for the working woman

Have you been feeling like you need to step it up with your work wear? Most of you probably don’t even have the time. It’s the story of every working woman’s life.

However, there’s a super simple solution. Start wearing your hair a little better, a little more creatively…you won’t have to put much thought into it and even lesser time. And then no matter what you wear, you’ll look right on top of your game. Just don’t turn up in your PJs.

We’re giving you 5 really simple hairdos for five working days of the week. Low maintenance, but high on style. All you need to do is find those couple of minutes before the mirror.

Monday: Oh, the most dreaded of all days. It’s the morning when you just do not want to get out of bed and so will have the least time to spend getting ready. Worry not, we’ve got the simplest styling tip for you: poker straight hair. It’s the neatest, fastest way to style your hair. Rub some product into it when you’re done with the straightener so smooth those flyaways.  If you already have poker straight hair (no one’s a stranger to permanent straightening) just carefully hold up the front two inches, twist them to one side and secure with a bobby pin.

Poker straight hair is a neat and easy solution to Monday morning blues

Tuesday: Let’s add a bit of volume, shall we? Amp up your ponytail with a little bit of backcombing and you’ll have a very simple solution to an otherwise very boring hairstyle. Wear your ponytail low and messy like Victoria Beckham here, or high and sleek like Aishwarya Rai. Brushing your hair in the opposite direction on top, then smoothening it over once before you tie it can help you perfect both styles. If you want more ponytail styles, check out our article here.

Victoria Beckham and Aishwarya Rai with two very different versions of a great work ponytail

Wednesday: Most of you are probably familiar with Blair Waldorf and her quirky headbands. We love this particular hairstyle of hers – hair half up, half down, curled at the bottom with a hair band on top. If you don’t have the time to curl the bottom part of your hair its fine, this style will look good even with straight hair. The secret’s in the hair band – check out DIVO’s new range of hair bands here.

Leighton Meester - Blair Waldorf - with one of her signature head bands

Thursday: You already know the top knot is one of our favourites. For those of you who haven’t read our how to article, you can find it here. This is a hairstyle you can achieve in 5 minutes and if you work at an office that isn’t too conventional, you’ll find that the messier you wear it the better. You can even accessorize with pins or a band if you like!

The top knot takes only 5 minutes of your time on a Thursday morning

Friday: It’s the last day of the week for most and you probably have some after-work plans to kick start the weekend. Try the super funky side braid – sweep all your hair to one side and then braid it so it hangs low over your shoulder. Messy works better, but keep your hair away from your face for a more structured, solemn look. Take your braid from day to night with the addition of a few simple accessories.

The side braid may take a few minutes, but is perfect for bringing in the weekend on Friday

We’ve given you one hairstyle a day for the coming week, so arm your dresser with the required bobby pins and hair spray. Because - to quote a chick flick - feeling good about looking good will make you feel good, period.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

DIVO Style Files: Anushka Sharma

Though at first glance she may be the perfect girl next door, Anushka Sharma actually has plenty of panache up her sleeve. We thought we’d cover her as our latest DIVO Style Files celebrity because honestly, there’s no one who surprises us the way she does with her red carpet appearances.
Demure though she may be at all times, Ms. Sharma spices her ensembles up plenty with innovative hairstyles.

You can see for yourselves, we have here five of her recent red carpet appearances that we loved most.

Filmfare Awards 2013:
The old world charm of Anushka’s ensemble here is breathtaking – from the cat eye liner to the perfect bouffant updo, she’s got the retro look down pat. The side swept bangs are a perfect example of how the bouffant is reinvented from the classic Audrey Hepburn style to something slightly more modern.

Anushka Sharma at the Filmfare Awards '13 (Image courtesy - Indiatimes)

Star Guild Awards 2013:
One of our favourites, Sharma’s look here is traditional all the way. Parted down the middle and then slicked back into a no-fuss bun, her hairdo’s conventionalism is only further accentuated with the simple black bindi and oversized jhumkas. And easy one to try at home, this hairstyle is perfect for saris.

Anushka Sharma at the Star Guild Awards '13 (Image Courtesy - nevisinfotech.com)

Stardust Awards 2013:
We have two words for this ensemble: Easy elegance. And by easy we don’t mean the look was actually easy to achieve, we mean Anushka Sharma makes it look effortless. Notice the braid detail in her updo paired with the bit of volume on top – there’s nothing simple about this hairstyle.  Her natural makeup is what gives her the demure glow.

Anushka Sharma at the Stardust Awards '13 (Image credit - rediff.com)

Stardust Awards 2012:
While this look may not be our most favourite of the five, Sharma definitely gets full points for creativity. Her hair was styled poker straight with a side parting, tucked behind her ears to fall down her back. A minimalistic hairdo to top an equally minimalistic dress, don’t you love it?

Anushka Sharma at the Stardust Awards '12 (Image credit - iDiva.com)

Dubai International Film Festival 2012:
Once in a while, fairytales come to life on the red carpet in the form of sequins, diamonds and full-skirted dress. Anushka’s look at the Dubai International Film Festival ’12 reminds us of a princess and she styled her hair to fit right in with the image. Blown out glossy waves with twists at the bottom and topped by a small pompadour, her hair made quite an impression on us. Try this hairstyle out for your next Saturday night party! Your look will scream glamour. 

Anushka Sharma at Dubai International Film Festival '12 (image courtesy - vogue.in)

Like we said earlier, Anushka Sharma sure does surprise us with her red carpet glamour - from princess-like to downright traditional. What do you think ladies?

Thursday, 4 April 2013

The Bob

A hairstyle that made it into our top 5 iconic Bollywood hairstyles list, the bob is perfect for the summer. So we thought we’d give you a little more know-how about this hairdo that will allow you to bear our sweltering hot Indian summers and look super stylish as you do it.

Now don’t go picturing that blunt mushroom-style cut all the kids used to have 25 years ago. When we talk about the bob cut, we’re thinking about the chic Bipasha Basu, Katie Holmes haircut that’s made waves all over the world. And there’s more than one way you can wear it, so don’t worry if you think this hairstyle may not suit you.

There’s a bob cut for everyone, but if you’ve got a round face it’s usually a big no-no. However, wear your hair in a slightly long bob, below your chin, and you’re right on track. They also say people with curly hair should avoid the bob too, because it can end up looking awfully triangle-like unless you take care of it.

However, worry not, there’s definitely a solution out there for curly locks and it’s called the layered bob. As the name suggests, it involves layers and lots of them. Taking care of this bob entails high-maintenance defined curls that will have you in front of the mirror for quite a few minutes with a curling iron. But if you don’t mind high maintenance hair there’s nothing like it! The layered bob is also effortlessly chic for women with straight hair – no curling iron required there!

All you ladies with naturally straight and thin hair can also go for a straight cut bob, a classic bob, one that cuts off at your chin or even higher at your jaw line.

If you’re feeling adventurous and more importantly, if you need some volume, ask your hairstylist to keep your cut longer in the front and shorter at the back with multiple layers. This kind of bob is always on trend and is called the graduated bob.

But if you feel like the razor sharp graduated bob isn’t quite the one for you, how abut the inverted bob? It’s pretty much the same, but without the layers in the back – this will give you a softer look and is still trendy enough to earn you those cool points.

There’s one more type that’s evolved from the classic bob cut, and that’s the asymmetrical bob – like the others, this style involves longer lengths in the front. The twist is that one side in the front should be longer than the other. For example, you hair on the left should hang slightly lower than that on your right. Brilliantly experimentalist, no?

Now that we’ve listed and briefly expounded upon the various kinds of bob cuts (that’s the long bob, layered bob, classic bob, graduated bob, inverted bob and asymmetrical bob for you) do try and go in for one this summer. Trust us – or trust Bipasha Basu if you don’t trust us – it’s totally worth it!

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Bollywood’s 5 Most Iconic Hairstyle Trends: Now

So we’ve already given you the story behind some of Bollywood’s most iconic hairstyles that originated between the 50s and the 80s. And unsurprisingly, a lot of those hairstyles have been reinterpreted to bring us our current trends.

We made a list of the top 5 most iconic hairstyles in the Bollywood film fraternity today. While they’re nowhere as representative as their historic counterparts, they still give us a sense of what latest trend is sweeping the nation’s red carpets.

Bangs: Front and centre, long and spiky. That’s the latest style when it comes to fringes and we have celebrities like Deepika Padukone and Dia Mirza propagating it. While the hairstyle may not suit everyone, it’s a great way to change your look completely and make you look more youthful. The good news? We don’t see this hairstyle going anywhere anytime soon.

Dia Mirza and Deepika Padukone

The Bob: It takes the slightest bit of courage to chop most of your hair off, even when you know it’s going to grow right back. Take our word for it - if it will suit your face shape, it’s worth taking the leap. Take a look at Priyanka Chopra and Bipasha Basu. We love them with their long hair, but their bob cuts sure do look trend-tastic!

Priyanka Chopra and Bipasha Basu

Sleek and simple: Seen regularly on the runways, the sleek and simple look basically constitutes hair pulled back from the face and smoothened into a ponytail or an updo. The hairstyle could work out to look slightly futuristic or just chic. The no-fuss outcome is the perfect option for outfits that garner attention. Sonam Kapoor’s sleek knot and Aishwarya Rai’s sleek ponytail both add a simple elegance to their ensembles.

Aishwarya Rai and Sonam Kapoor

Side Swept Curls: A celebrity favourite for quite some time now, the side swept curls make for easy glamour, especially when worn with hair accessories like Kareena Kapoor in this movie still. This style usually calls for big, structured waves or curls that are paired with a side partition and then pinned to one side.  

Kareena Kapoor

Poker Straight: Unlike the volume infused hairstyles seen decades ago, straightened hair has been trending for quite a few years now. A low maintenance hairstyle that’s easy to accomplish, poker straight hair will complement any and every outfit. Seen here on Katrina Kaif (note the side flicks!) and Neha Dhupia, straightened hair creates an effortlessly chic look.

Katrina Kaif and Neha Dhupia

So which is your favourite iconic hairstyle trend? We personally love the sleek and simple hairdo! All you gorgeous ladies, go ahead and a try a new trend this year.