Friday, 31 May 2013

Bollywood at Cannes


The Cannes film festival celebrated 100 years of Indian Cinema this year, so we were treated to appearances by Bollywood’s finest.

Stars from Aishwarya Rai to jury member Vidya Balan were spotted on the red carpet, looking more gorgeous than ever.

Wearing ensembles by Sabyasachi, Vidya Balan kept her hair simple throughout the festival, sticking to a middle parting. Usually accentuated by big earrings, the ‘do stays true to her understated style. We’re definitely going to try this look out during wedding season!

Vidya Balan at Cannes '13

Aishwarya Rai and Sonam Kapoor upped their glam factor to astronomical heights, displaying princess-like hairstyles at every event.

While we love Aishwarya Rai’s oversized curls, we like her sleep high bun and embellished updo even better. Don’t miss the structure her bun commands, styled to perfection to complement her equally sleek Gucci Premiere gown.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at Cannes '13

Sonam Kapoor on the other hand, took her curls over one shoulder to complement her eye-catching Dolce & Gabbana ball gown. We also loved her romantic updo, swept away from her face and intricately detailed. As for our third favourite of her looks, the sleek straight hair tucked behind her shoulders showed off her ensemble perfectly. A great look to try for your next special occasion!

Sonam Kapoor make

International diva Freida Pinto paired her gowns with updos that we loved, one of which was a braided updo that was consistent with the trend on the red carpet this year! As we mentioned in our last post, stars like Berenice Bejo, Rosario Dawson and Milla Jojovich were also spotted wearing similar braided hairstyles.

Freida Pinto pairs her gown with updos at Cannes '13

Also seen in a romantic updo was Ameesha Patel, who left a few tendrils framing the side of her face. Can’t say it was a particular favourite of ours, but she wore it well.

Ameesha Patel pairs her side parting with a few loose tendrils at Cannes '13

Mallika Sherawat went the safe way and paired her ball gown with soft curls, a look we’re not exactly complaining about. We also adore Nandita Das’ side parted sleek hair that she wore with her traditional saree. Understated – even more so that Vidya Balan tends to be – was her choice of look and we think she wears it well!

 

So which Bollywood actress makes it tot the top of your favourites list at Cannes 2013?


Images courtesy - ibtimes.co.in, indiatimes.co.in, kaprayshapray.blogspot.com, vogue.in, pinkvilla.com, awomensclub.com, andhracnn.com, ibtimes.co.uk, celebrityvisits.wordpress.com

- Vaidehi Mirashi.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Red Carpet Style: Cannes 2013


One of our favorite events of the year, the Cannes film festival has us waiting with bated breath for the multitude of red carpet appearances.

Cannes ’13 was no different, especially with jury member Nicole Kidman going for a vast array of super creative hairstyles for each ensemble.

Her little twisted ‘do that she secured with a black ribbon, for example. It’s not easy to incorporate ribbons into your hairstyle without looking like a schoolgirl, but Kidman made it look demure and classy. And can you believe the bird’s nest hairstyle she sported at the closing ceremony? Laced with braids, the actress dropped jaws with the statement updo.

Nicole Kidman made stylish statements with her romantic hairdos
(Images courtesy - vogue.co.uk, yahoo.com)

Structure and volume had Nicole Kidman looking runway-ready
(Images courtesy - vogue.co.uk & handbag.com)

Volume and structure also seemed to be Kidman’s first choices, with her tall, tall quiff stealing the spotlight again. A runway-worthy look was her ponytail, sleeked back at the sides but with a structured middle section that was played up with volume. Even her red carpet glam curls were given a twist with volume at the top and hairclips securing the sides. Gorgeous doesn’t even begin to describe this jury member’s hairstyles!

Braids seemed to form a mini trend on the red carpet, with Berenice Bejo, Rosario Dawson and Milla Jojovich opting for braided updos. While Milla Jojovich gave her updo a romantic look with bangs, the other two kept theirs simple and to the point.

Braided dos seemed to be a popular choice
(Images courtesy - vogue.co.uk)

We also spotted the high bun crop up in a couple of places. Marion Cotillard gave us a finished version of the top knot, while Chanel Iman kept it messy and charming for the Cleopatra premiere. We can’t decide which we like better – what do you think?

The top knot - one of our favourite styles!
(Images courtesy - vogue.co.uk)

Marion Cotillard also gave us another of our favourite Cannes hairstyles this year – the statement oh-so-high beehive. The actress swept us away with the sophisticated do at the Blood Ties premiere.

Marion Cotillard flaunts her beehive at the Blood Ties premiere
(Image courtesy - vogue.co.uk) 

Emma Watson also wowed us with another trend we’ve gotten used to seeing back home …the side braid. Hers started all the way up behind her ear and made its way over her right shoulder, with a casual texture to it that complemented her floral outfit perfectly. A must-try DIY look, we think!

Try Emma Watson's funky side braid at home!
(Images courtesy - vogue.co.uk, sugarscape.com)

These were just a few of our favorites from the hundreds of red carpet looks at Cannes this year. Stay tuned for our post on the bevy of Bollywood stars spotted at the Festival de Cannes ‘13!

Monday, 27 May 2013

DIVO Style Files: Carey Mulligan


You’ll recognize her as Daisy Buchanan from the recent megahit The Great Gatsby, but Carey Mulligan has been making waves for quite some time now.

We think she garners recognition for a whole other reason, however - the dainty actress never fails to wow us with her hairstyle choices. Since most people think it’s a little too tough to style short hair, there’s a lot we can learn from Mulligan’s creative dos.

Let’s start with the actress’s penchant for a neat bouffant. Seen on multiple occasions, she wears her hair pulled back and twisted at the back, with a tiny bouffant to top it off. We love, love, love the look but maybe she’s worn it too many times? It’s a great look to DIY though, just pull the front section of your hair into a bouffant, then divide the rest of your hair into sections (as many as you want, you can make it look real intricate right here) and carefully twist them into twirls and pin them up. Alternatively, just pull the rest of your hair into a low bun.

Tryt this neat bouffant look at home!
She may have left all her glamorous headpieces to make their statement in the movie, but Carey brought all her charm to the front at the Cannes ’13 Opening Ceremony. The enchanting gown she wore was complement with the simplest of hairstyles – the all natural middle parting with her hair pushed behind her shoulders. Considering she has shoulder length hair, this will take some styling products – in case any of you would like to take this look home, keep the styling cream at hand.

Another great ‘do with a middle parting was her look at the Women In Film celebration – this time, the rest of her hair was pull back into a low, carefully styled bun.

 
                    

Speaking of careful styling, take a shot at her glossy sleek bangs from the Met Gala ’13. They’re easy to accomplish provided they suit your face (pay a visit to your stylist!) and spell instant sophistication, wouldn’t you agree?

Carey Mulligan at the Met Gala '13

Carey Mulligan’s hairstyle at the Sydney premiere of The Great Gatsby is one of our favourite looks so far. Her curls have a girlish, carefree look to them that’ll be perfect both for the workplace and when you’re out at night. Easily achievable with a little product and a curling iron!

Curls are the perfect style solution for hair of any length


So now that we’ve shown you a few best of The Great Gatsby’s leading lady’s hairstyles, which one are you going to try at home?


Images courtesy - gossipcop.com, imnotobssessed.com, yimg.com, perezhilton.com, justjared.com, glamour.com respectively.



Saturday, 25 May 2013

Maintain Your Hairstyle!


You know that feeling you get when you walk out of the salon with a fresh cut? Glamorous doesn’t even begin to describe it, right? That’s why it’s just as important to maintain it well. It’s quite easy to start getting split ends, damaged hair and other such issues soon after a haircut, so we thought we’d give you a few tips on maintaining your hairstyle.

Our first and most important tip is to lay off the heat styling. Blow dry and straighten/curl your hair too often and you’ll be saddled with split ends and brittle strands. Instead, get your haircut to suit your natural texture plus face shape and then let it air dry after every wash. You’ll need minimal styling for the perfect look!

We love: Long layers. They suit almost every face shape and both curly and straight hair.

Our next tip is to use the right products for your hair. Don’t just use any shampoo + conditioner that you think looks great…if you have dry hair, go for a moisturizing product. If you have curly hair, you get shampoos and conditioners that will define your curls instead of letting them get frizzy. You’ll also find a number of serums, mousses and curl enhancing creams that you can apply on damp hair before you leave it to air dry.

If you have fine, straight hair, you should look for volume-enhancing shampoos and conditioners that will add a bit of bounce to your hair and maintain its lustre. Straight hair can look oily really fast, so you might find that you don’t need to shampoo too often. Apply serum onto damp hair to smoothen flyaways!

Our final tip is to watch out for environmental damage! Harsh sunlight will definitely damage your hair, but so will humidity and more importantly, so will pollution. An easy solution to protect your hair from pollution is to maintain clean and healthy hair. Keep it well moisturized with a deep conditioning treatment so that the pollution doesn’t make it dry and brittle. On the other hand, don’t let it get greasy. Greasy hair will only get dirty with the pollution as soon as you step out.
Check out our article on protecting your hair from sun damage here. Also take a look at our post on fighting frizz and humidity here.

With these few steps in mind, you’ll be able to maintain healthy hair that won’t look like it’s dying for another cut!

Bumble and bumble. shampoos for fine hair, dry hair and curly hair. Take your pick!

Dia Mirza, Diana Penty and Alicia Keys sport super natural hairstyles



Friday, 24 May 2013

DIVO Loves: Aishwarya Rai at the amfAR Gala, ‘13


We sure do love a classic red carpet ‘do! Aishwarya Rai did not disappoint with her princess-like locks at the recently held amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS gala.

Her hair was slicked back at the scalp only to be piled on top of her head in a series of twists. It was glamorous but didn’t steal the limelight away from her gold ensemble. The updo also allowed her dazzling earrings to make their statement, not to mention showcase the embellishments on her blouse.

Take a cue from the Bollywood diva and style you hair up for your next party. Show off your shoulders, complement your neckline – you don’t literally need to ‘let your hair down’ to look fabulous and have a great time as well! 


Thursday, 23 May 2013

Get The Look – Race 2


We watched Race 2 over the weekend and realized it would make for a perfect blog post. With Deepika Padukone looking her usual glamorous self, we were dying to talk all about her hairstyles in the movie.

We found three hairstyles we especially loved and we’re going to show you how you can recreate them yourself!

Perfect Beachy Waves:

Deepika's beachy waves go perfectly with her beachwear
(Image courtesy - oneindia.in)

This style is best for a layered hairscut, so if you’re really intent on it, get some long layers in your hair first. Next, apply some volumiser to your roots before you start styling.

Now stylists have been known to use salt water to create the perfect beach waves. With that in mind, you can use sea salt spray – a product made by a number of companies – on damp hair; then scrunch your hair into submission. Without a doubt, the fastest way to get beachy waves!

If you can’t find a sea salt spray, just follow these steps:
1. Apply some styling cream onto damp hair.
2. Section it into two parts, down the middle.
3. Braid it tightly into two plaits – take some help from a friend, because these braids really do need to be tight. If you want your waves to start near the roots of your hair, style your damp hair into a French braid instead, thus stying your hair closer to your scalp.
4. Let it air dry. This may take a while, but it won’t work as well if you use a blow dryer.
5. Open up your braid(s) and scrunch your hair with a little mousse if needed.
6. Finish up with hair spray!

The bouffant + Side Braid:

Deepika sports the impeccable bouffant + side braid hairstyle to complement her utility-chic look
(Image Courtesy - imdb.com)

We’ve already covered how to create the perfect bouffant in our ‘Get The Look – Cocktail’ post, but here are the basics:
1. Section off the hair at the top front of your head, right up till the back with a fine toothed comb.
2. Next, start back combing this section, which basically involves you combing in the opposite direction toward your scalp.
3. Back combing creates volume, but doesn’t look very neat. So once your done back combing, use your comb to smoothen just the top layer of the little poof you’ve created.
4. Spray some (or a lot of) hairspray to hold the bouffant in place.
5. Next, start braiding the bottom section of your hair sideways, over your shoulder.
6. Secure with a hair tie.

You’ll probably need some help creating this hairstyle at home, especially to stop that bouffant from falling apart. The end product is so worth it though, don’t you think?

Sleek Bun + Fascinator:
A fascinator is a kind of a miniature hat that may come with a band or that you can simply clip on. And as you can see on Deepika, it lends an air of sophistication to any formal outfit.


Deepika's fascinator is the ideal accessory to her sleek updo
(Image courtesy - wallpaperfreehd.com)

To perfect Deepika’s look at home, sleek your hair back with a comb and some styling gel, then twist it into a bun. It doesn’t matter if your bun is high or low, but we prefer the more formal low bun to go with the formality of the fascinator. After you’re done creating your bun, hold it in place with some hairspray and then perch your gorgeous fascinator on your head at an angle.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

The Sephora Treasure Trove


There’s nothing we like more than walking into a store full of hair & beauty products. As most women out there would agree, it’s pretty easy to get addicted to product shopping. Right?

So obviously, Sephora’s kind of our haven. With a jaw-dropping range of hair products designed to give you the healthiest, shiniest locks you can have, this megastore is an easy favourite all over the world.

So we’ve compiled a list of hair products worth investing in, all available at Sephora. Keep in mind, we had to shorten this this list a lot.

Josie Maran Model Citizen Argan Oil Hair Serum:
This hair serum is perfect for weightlessly restoring the shine and softness to your hair. It comes with Vitamin E and a delicious honey lavender chamomile fragrance to gloss your hair into perfection. Also, ten percent of sales from this product go to the ‘Model Citizen’ of the year – someone who’s making a positive impact on their community and their planet. This year, that is the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, which is building a sanctuary to rehabilitate neglected, mistreated animals. So get your hair shiny and smooth for a cause!

Josie Maran Model Citizen Argan Oil Hair Serum

Ouidad Cimate Control Heat and Humidity Gel
It’s like they knew the kind of effect Indian summers have on our hair. This product shields and hydrates the hair, sealing the hair shaft and preventing it from expanding. It’s the ideal product to keep the frizz away in the summers and monsoons. Apply on damp hair and then style.  After using this a few times, you can use the DIVO brush cleaner to keep your favourite brushes free from build up!

Use the DIVO Bris Clean brush cleaner to complement your Ouidad Heat and Humidity Gel!

Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumising Dry Shampoo Spray
Say goodbye to bad hair days that start with unwashed, greasy hair. Sometimes you just do not have the time to wash and style your hair, but (yay!) there is a solution – dry shampoo! Try Oscar Blandi’s formula for cleansing your hair without water. It also adds volume, leaving your hair looking fresh and residue-free. The reason it’s an ‘invisible’ spray is that it comes on clear, making it completely undetectable in hair of any colour. To top off this quick solution, wear your hair pushed back with a DIVO headband, adding a little volume above your forehead. What’s better than solving your bad hair day with just a touch of product and these cute embellished headbands?

Use the Oscar Blandi Volumising Dry Shampoo with a DIVO headband and wave away those bad hair days!

Bumble and Bumble Semisumo pomade
Now it was really tough for us to make our pick from this brand, because it’s one of the best ones out there and makes all kinds of great products. Considering the recent slick ponytail trend, however, we thought we’d give you a little key to achieving the hairstyle at home. Use the pomade with the DIVO Salonica Ceramic Vent Brush to recreate the perfect bouffant at home. This brush is designed with vents to add height and volume to your hair, allowing the warm air from your dryer to circulate at root level. When used with this brush, the pomade will add shine to your hair and define it to help you create your hairdo. It’s ideal for any creative hairstyle, but you can also use it to simply smooth down your hair after a frizz-inducing blow dry.

The Bumble and Bumble Semisumo pomade can be used with DIVO's Ceramic Vent Brush to create the perfect bouffant.

Living Proof Prime Style Extender
So this product does exactly what its name says it will – extends your style. No, it’s not a finishing product like a hairspray, but apply it on damp hair before styling as usual and you’ll find that your hairdo lasts longer than usual. Use with the DIVO Iconika Product applicator brush to get the product evenly through your hair, from root to tip. The style extender is also light enough hat you can layer it under other products, so that makes it perfect for some great party styles.

Use the DIVO Product Applicator Brush to apply this Living Proof Style Extender evenly through your hair

Drybar Hot Toddy Heat Protector Frizz Fighter
Isn’t that just the cutest name for a heat stying product? Well we love a good anti-frizz product. There’s nothing worse than stepping out of a shower and blow drying your hair only to find that it’s frizzed out on you right before you’re about to step out. And while heat defense products are available in plenty, only a select few do a really good job. We’ve already given you a list of effective heat styling products…now we’re adding this one to it too! Besides, look how lovely the bottle is.





Monday, 20 May 2013

DIVO Loves: Sophie Choudry at an 'Ishkq in Paris' promotional event


We’re seeing a lot of understated, girl-next-door hairstyles on Ms.Choudry at Ishkq in Paris promotions. First it was the simple blowout with a pulled back mid section on top. This time, it’s a fishtail side-braid. Totally on trend, but with a curly-haired twist.

The top section of her hair was styled into tiny curls, with the braid making its way out from the base. We have to say, this was a pretty great take on the trend that’s made its presence felt quite heavily on the red carpet this year.

What do you think?

Give your own fishtail braid a twist with a bouffant or a pompadour. Even better, add some accessories like an embellished headband or golden strands woven through the braid. 

Sophie Choudry flaunts her creative take on the fishtail side braid
(Image courtesy - stylemeindia.com)

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Accessories for every occasion


It’s easy enough to straighten or curl your hair into gorgeousness, but why not give it that added bit of style? After all, not everyone wants to go with rigorous styling to be able to sport a glam hairstyle.
So we thought about it, and we’ve come up with three scenarios where you can use hair accessories to brighten up your outfits. In addition, we’ve provided suggestions of what to buy and where to buy it from – as an added bonus, you can buy most of these accessories online!

Wedding Season
Now even though it’s May and sweltering hot outside, it’s still wedding season. There are plenty of updos that you can wear your hair in to look great and keep the heat away. Whether you’re the bride or simply attending a wedding, accessorise your updo with some good ol’ bling!
We have here a gold-plated Manish Arora for Amprapali headband from perniaspopupshop.com that will see you through wedding season. For maximum effect, wear it like the model does, with your hair pulled back. Also try the Pamela Love gold-plated headpiece from net-a-porter.com. It’s delicate with rose shaped beads and will look perfect when paired with a low bun with some braids in the front.
You can find the headband here: Perniaspopupshop.com and the headpiece here: Net-a-porter.com

Headband by Manish Arora for Amrapali and headpiece by Pamela Love 
Work to Play
There isn’t always time to go home and change when you want to grab quick après-work drinks. So your best option is to wear something that moves seamlessly from day to night, or something that you can wear at work without looking too conspicuous.  These criteria get fulfilled with our DIVO headbands that come with embellishments. Go for the flower headband (recently seen on the face of DIVO, Lisa Haydon at the ELLE Carnival) for a quirky addition to a dress or the crystal-embellished band for adding some sophistication to everyday work wear, Blair Waldorf style.

These DIVO headbands are perfect to take your look from day to night.

Spring Break
We’ve already told you how you can protect your hair from sun damage using hats and bandanas, so here’s a couple of accessories that’ll allow you to do that in style. Wear this ethnic printed raffia hat as you stroll along the beach at your beach vacation. Its wide brim will provide you plenty of shade and protection and that pattern will liven up any outfit! Also try this Dog Print headscarf at ASOS. It’s quirky and perfect to pair loose beachwear – especially coverups!
You can fine the hat here: Zara.com and the Head scarf here: asos.com

Add some flair to your spring break with a quirky headscarf or a wide-brimmed hat!

Saturday, 11 May 2013

DIVO Style Files: Priyanka Chopra


It’s not often you see one celebrity pull off a myriad of hairstyles, but Priyanka Chopra isn’t just any other Bollywood celebrity. The actress, who’s put in an appearance in Shootout at Wadala, is a much-anticipated celebrity when it comes to red carpet style.

As we saw the actress’s short curls in Babli Badmaash, we decided to do a DIVO Style Files post to celebrate the various hairstyles we’ve seen her in only this year. Believe it or not, we had to shortlist our favourite few.

First off is her statement making bouffant at the MTV Video Music Awards India that positively doubled the striking factor of her outfit. Not something we can hope to emulate (unless you happen to attend a lot of theme parties) but gorgeous nonetheless.

Next up are her big voluminous waves at the Star Guild Awards 2013. What with the embellished dress, platform heels and perfect ‘do, she looks definitely doll-like, wouldn’t you agree?

Priyanka Chopra at the Star Guild Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards India
(Images courtesy - theweddingdressesideas.blogspot.com & ibnlive.com)

In fact, we see Priyanka in curls/waves more often than not…even though they may all be incorporated into different lengths and styles. For example, her over-the-shoulder tight curls at the Times Of India Film Awards ’13 or her over-the-shoulder loose curls at the Filmfare Awards ’13. Wish she’d gone for something more exceptional for the latter event, though she still looked just as pretty as ever.

Priyanka Chopra at TOIFA '13 and the Filmfare Awards '13
(Images courtesy - missmalini.com & stylemeindia.com)

A pleasant look was her updo for the Stardust Awards 2013. It showed off the neckline of her dress well and brought attention to her earrings too. Even better, however, was the super straight hair at the In My City promotions. The singer, as Ms.Chopra is in this case, wore the sleek hairstyle well and we really wish she wore it more often. The bangs, too, looked great front and centre instead of being parted to the side.

Priyanka Chopra at In My City promotions and the Stardust Awards '13
(Images courtesy - stylemeindia.com & oneindia.in)

As we mentioned earlier though, our latest favourite is her bob in Babli Badmaash, an item song from Shootout at Wadala. Which one of Priyanka Chopra’s hairstyles is your favourite?

Thursday, 9 May 2013

DIVO Red Carpet Style: The Met Gala ‘13


The most-awaited event on the fashion calendar, the Met Gala marks the opening of the fashion exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. All eyes, however, are on the celebrities that descend to the venue in all their finery.

This year, the theme for the Gala was ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’.

Everyone from Madonna to Kristen Stewart made an appearance, many of them with various kinds of studs and spikes as embellishments. While few went all out with hairstyles like Sarah Jessica Parker, others such as Mary Kate Olsen subtly incorporated the theme with braids and textures.

We loved Anne Hathaway’s new platinum blonde hair, which she styled with a deep side partition and lots of structure. Also making a similar statement was Gwen Stefani, who side parted her hair in the front and left one side open while pulling back the rest. Speaking of hair colour, what do you think of Nicole Richie’s silver locks?

Doing the red carpet updo was Emmy Rossum of the TV series Shameless, using braids and twists add character to the front-and-center bun. Mary Kate Olsen and Taylor Swift also went the understated punk way, one with braids and waves and the latter with a bit of crimping and texture.

On the other hand, we love the all-out punk vibe that Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj went for. Cyrus styled her short hair into numerous stiff spikes, while singer Nicki Minaj opted for volume by styling each strand into the tiniest of curls. Even JLo embraced punk with an exaggerated pompadour.

Some celebs used accessories to make statements with their hair. We’re referring, of course, to Sarah Jessica Parker first and foremost. Her Mohican headpiece by milliner Philip Treacy created quite a buzz – do you like it or do you think she took it too far?

Katy Perry also accessorized her super curly hair with a golden crown (way to make a statement!) that was quite the cherry on top to her embellished dress. Actress Sienna Miller also perfected the theme with her spiked headband that held all her hair to one side.

So these were just a few of the celebrities that we think took the more outrageous road to punk, but the Met Gala is always the best melting pot of all kinds of personal style. Can’t wait for next year! 

Gwen Stefani, Nicole Richie and Anne Hathaway

Emmy Rossum, Mary Kate Olsen and Taylor Swift

Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj and Jennifer Lopez

Katy Perry, Sienna Miller and Sarah Jessica Parker

Images courtesy - vogue.co.uk

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

DIVO Loves: Jennifer Lopez at an event in Las Vegas


We’ve waxed lyrical about the practicality and elegance of a good ponytail. We’ve seen enough celebrities on the red carpet to know that a ponytail can be high, low, to the side or even wrapped but it will never get old.

Even after having seen so many celebrities in ponytails, we were très impressed with JLo’s hairstyle at a recent event in Las Vegas. The singer/actress made a youthful appearance in a ponytail that was sleekly pulled back away from her face and culminated with volume and slightly messy waves. Don’t miss the wrapped base, either! This ponytail might have a bit of a casual feel to it, but we think it looked super chic all the way.

What do you think?

Recreate this look with a little bit of styling gel to pull your hair back sleekly and then once you wrap your ponytail high up, tease the ends to give it a bit of volume and that messy appearance.  Take a look at our post on how to wear ponytails here

JLo gives the high ponytail a red carpet makeover
(Images courtesy - glamour.com)

Friday, 3 May 2013

DIY: Celebrity Hairstyles


You know what you have in common with celebrities? Impatience. No one likes spending hours getting her hair done. If there’s a way to get glamorous, red carpet ready hairstyles in just a few minutes, you can bet almost every woman (celebrity or not) will take up that offer.

Take a look through some pictures of a few red carpet events and you’ll notice a lot of elaborate braiding, updos and embellishments. There’s no way we can swing that as a super fast DIY project, right? So skip it…take a look at the classy, easy to achieve hairstyles that most celebrities tend to opt for. You’ll find ponytails, easy waves and straightened hair emerge as winners.

The next time you’re heading out to a party, go the extra mile to make your hair glamorous. Don’t just straighten it, put in a bit of effort and get it poker straight. Don’t just curl it, go a step further and shape it into glossy waves. If you’re up for it, go to your hairdressers and make one dramatic change.

Take Sophia Bush, for example. At the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this year, she wore her hair (sectioned off away from her bangs) in a neat updo on top of her head. But the bangs are what made the real statement. If you have an event coming up that you’d like to go all out for, we suggest taking a quick trip to your stylist and getting a set of bangs that will suit your face shape. Then you can either leave the rest of your hair loose around your shoulders or put it up like Bush did, in a bun or a ponytail.

Speaking of ponytails, we love Kareena’s recent look at the Bharat & Dorris awards. The sleek ponytail showed off her dress and let the embellishments do the talking. You can achieve the same look at home with a little bit of styling gel or mousse and a hairspray.

Also wearing her hair away from her face was Avantika Malik, who opted for a slightly messy side plait. An easy look that will take you only minutes to accomplish. If you have curly hair, you can straighten it a little to get a neater looking plait. Don’t forget to use your heat defense products!

Another easy look to achieve at home is Selena Gomez’s pin-straight strands. You’ll need a lot of product and intense heat for this one, but it will pay off. A little more time consuming than the others, poker straight hair will give your outfit a polished look that can’t be beat. So take the time out before your next Saturday night party and remember: H is for heat defense!

If you’re running really low on time or patience, we have two hairstyles for your to emulate. One for naturally straight hair and the other for naturally curly hair, these two will see you through those rushed evenings. For all you ladies with straight hair, try Sophie Choudry’s simple look with the mid section pulled back. It’s a classic girl-next-door hairstyle that will complement pretty much every outfit.

For those of you with curly hair, try Katy Perry’s over-the-shoulder curls. A tried and tested formula in Bollywood, you’ll find that this hairstyle is perfect for almost any ensemble. The jet-black curls on Perry make a definite statement, so go meet your hair colourist if you’re really looking to make a change.

What do you think ladies, are these hairstyles you’d like to try at home? All it takes is a few minutes of your time and a few spurts of hairspray!

Sophie Choudry, Kareena Kapoor and Avantika Malik
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Sophia Bush, Selena Gomez and Katy Perry
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