Thursday, 14 February 2013

V-Day How To: The Bouffant

Some of our most iconic Hollywood and Bollywood actresses come from the 50s and 60s. Take Audrey Hepburn, for example. Ever so elegant, she had millions of people – men and women alike – exalt her for her beauty. She was known for her trademark cat eyeliner, pouty lips and the oh-so-essential bouffant…the same one we’re going to take inspiration for this Valentine’s Day.

Audrey Hepburn sports a version of the bouffant in this picture from 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'

Super popular with the celebrities, the bouffant makes for a perfect Valentine’s Day hairstyle. It adds a touch of chic to any outfit, instantly making you look elegant and graceful. And contrary to how it may seem, it’s really easy to execute – all you need is a comb or a brush, some hairspray and a bunch of bobby pins.

Julianne Hough wears her bouffant with curls, while Emma Stone complements her subtler bouffant with cat eye liner

Not everyone can walk around with a full-blown bouffant though  - it would be slightly awkward if your valentine’s date was, say, at a movie theatre. So let’s take it a step down and go for the half-bouffant, which you can easily do in 15 minutes and instantly up your glamour quotient.

What you’ll need:
  • ·      A comb or a brush
  • ·      A few bobby pins, in the colour closest to that of your hair
  • ·      Volumizer Spray
  • ·      Hairspray

Step 1: Making sure your hair is completely dry after washing it, spray it with a volumizer spray. Then, neatly section off a two-inch portion of the front part of your hair. 

Step 2: Take the top part of your hair (leaving the bottom part down like you would in a half ponytail) and after combing it out to neaten it, start back combing it to create volume. Back combing is combing in the opposite direction, toward the roots.

Step 3: After creating enough volume, smoothen the top layer gently with your comb to hide the back combing and then pin your hair at the back in the centre of your head with two bobby pins.

Step 4: Take the two front sections of your hair that you’d left out earlier and after gently brushing them out, pin them back - one after the other – exactly where you’ve pinned your back combed hair.
And there you have it! It’s like a half ponytail with a bit of volume at the top, enough to give you a retro look but not extreme enough to make you look overly dramatic.

Of course, you can make it more fun with some embellished headbands or by curling the bottom of your hair afterwards, or even tying the bottom section of your hair into a sleek ponytail like Nargis Fakhri and Sonam Kapoor.

Nargis Fakhri and Sonam Kapoor add ponytails to their half-bouffants, with Kareena Kapoor going the classic way

You can do so much with this hairstyle; arrange it however it suits you – the bouffant is the centerpiece, let your imagination run wild with the rest of it. Here’s wishing all you sensational ladies a happy Valentine’s Day!

-Vaidehi Mirashi.