Wednesday, 30 April 2014

DIY Flower Crown

In our previous post, we spoke about the 2014 edition of Coachella Music and Art festival and the hair trends we saw at it. Of all the assortment of hairstyles and colours, the most prominent trend that stood out for us was that of the flower crown. The flower crown is a wonderful tiara or crown consisting of flowers, either fresh or artificial that is to be worn on the crown of the head as a headpiece. 


The flower crown is a very versatile accessory and can be worn in multiple ways to add a bohemian, playful or creative touch to an ensemble. The flower crown, a trend that is although growing in popularity in the country, is not widely available at most local or high street stores and hence, in this post we will be showing you a complete tutorial on how you can create your very own flower crown from scratch with a few easily available items.



Step 1:
Gather all your supplies of a thin pliable wire (roughly the length to circle the crown of your head), a few flowers and a thin gauze tape which is ideally a green colour to match the stems of your flowers and to make the crown look seamless. You can choose either fresh or artificial flowers for your crown and while fresh flowers do look effervescent, artificial flowers will last longer than the fresh variety.

Step 2:
Wrap the pliable wire around your head and shape it into the circumference of the crown of your head. Bind the ends of the wire framework together and make sure it is securely in place. Separate all your flowers and cut the stem to a short length, removing any unnecessary stalks and leaves. 

Step 3:
Allocate a particular part of the crown as your front of the crown. Take a large flower, align in along your wire, which is your frame of the crown and secure it in place with a small piece of gauze tape. 


Step 4:
Continue securing flowers to the wire framework, with the heads of the flowers facing your allocated front of the crown. You can align your flowers in a pattern according to colour, pattern or just a mixed assortment of flowers. Once the front of your crown is covered, your flower crown is ready to use!



Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Hair Inspiration at Coachella

Coachella is an annual music and arts festival which takes place during the month of April, and makes enormous waves all over the media every year for not just its star-studded artists and performers but its style statements as well. This year, apart from the impressive line-up of artists which included Jay-Z and Pharell, Coachella makes the perfect fashion and beauty inspiration for the chic yet breezy vibe that it exudes so abundantly. And it isn’t just the fantastic fashion that we can take inspiration from but the innovative, summery hairstyles that are perfect to lust over.

 
   
This year, it was not only the music, art and entertainment lovers that attended the festival but a number of A-list Hollywood celebrities as well which included Paris Hilton, Katy Perry and the Kardashian sisters – Kylie and Kendal amongst others. A favorite for Coachella fashion is a mix of lace, light denim cut-offs and maxi-dresses which match the theme of the festival. When it comes to the hairstyles, at large, women are definitely more experimental and tend to take a new step with new hairdos and looks.


A favorite this year was the flower crown sported by a majority of the women all over the festival. Whether their crown of flowers was created with daffodils or daisies, artificial or real flowers; the flower crown was popular with the women at Coachella and was worn on the crown of the head, over loose waves, beach curls or even playful braids.



A colourful burst of hues were also a popular choice at the festival. Many attendees choose to wear rainbow hued streaks of colour in their hair, especially in summery pastel tones. This pop of colour not just livened up their head of hair but added a spunky, young feel to their looks. 



Braids were a hairstyle of choice at Coachella as they added a necessary touch of femininity to a complete look and keep away the trouble of tending to untied hair. We spotted a few pigtail braids, French braids and fishtail braids.



 And finally, hair accessories went bold at Coachella when the women chose to adorn themselves with floppy hats, innovative crowns and fashionable twists.




Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Do's & Don'ts for the Pixie cut hairstyle : Part 2

In our previous post, we discussed the Pixie cut hairstyle and everything related to it. We went into detail regarding the research that the individual has to carry out prior to the actual hairstyle. In this part of the series, we will be speaking in depth about the actual pixie cut and the post-hairstyle care that you need to know.



Previously, we covered the facial structure and background that would best suit the pixie cut. Once you decide to take the plunge of the pixie plunge, go ahead with it. It is one of the most daring moves to make in the hair world but it is worth it as you will not only feel much lighter but you will also find it relatively easier to care for. The best part about having short hair is the fact that ends of the hair are relatively concealed which make split-ends and untrimmed hair unnoticeable.


A popular assumption about short hair is that it leaves you with limited styling options; which is, however, untrue. However, as more and more celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway opt for the pixie cut, they’ve proven just how versatile the cut can be. In actuality, short hair may not be as fuss-free as it may seem but just a little blow-drying and hair mousse can go a long way. Here are a few helpful tips and tricks to handling your pixie cut:
Adding shine to your hair will give it the appearance of health and nourishment. Wash your hair regularly and keep your hair clean for a smooth appearance. Apply a shine serum or oil for an added enriched look.


A sleek and straight look is easy to maintain and carry off, as well. The hair falls downwards in this look, emphasizing your eyes hence if your hair is on the longer side of the pixie cut spectrum; make sure to straighten it downwards for a sleek fall.
 
For a texturized look with added height, use a sculpting wax or mousse to add a choppy texture to your hair, push it backwards to add height to the look and then finish off with a setting hairspray to keep it in place.



Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Do's & Don'ts for the Pixie cut hairstyle


As we saw in our previous Oscar 2014 round-up, a hairstyle that made waves for its effortlessly, elegant form was the Pixie cut.



The Pixie cut, known for its cropped length and sophisticated edge, is a favorite among many Hollywood beauties including Anne Hathway, Jennifer Lawrence,  Audrey Tautou, Halle Berry, Emma Watson, Rihanna and even yesteryears stars like Audrey Hepburn, Mia Farrow and Twiggy sported them.



In this series of posts, we’ll be speaking about Pixie cuts, what makes them look so phenomenal and whether you should take the plunge and opt for them.
Summer can be a sweltering season and apart from light clothing and cooling cocktails, a pixie cut is the perfect hairstyle to sport this season. Not only is the length of a pixie cut conducive to the weather but its laid back charm and edgy yet sophisticated vibe can be a whole new look for you.


 

The foremost question before you can take the plunge and chop is whether the pixie cut is right for you so here’s a few tips and tricks to help you get started on the preparation that the Pixie cut requires:

  • Prior to just about any Pixie cut research that you do, take a look at yourself in the mirror and study your look to find out your exact face shape. Once you are aware of them, you can know what hairstyle would be ideal for you. Oval, Square and Heart-shaped faces are best suited for Pixie cuts.

  • A good thing is that Pixie cuts suit all kinds of hair textures. If you’ve got straight hair, that would be ideal. However, if you have wavy or curly hair, it doesn’t mean that you cannot get the hairstyle, it just means that the hairstyle would take more effort from you, it terms of hair care.

  • Pull your hair up into a faux pixie style and study how it will compliment your face. If you have delicate features which lean towards being finer and angular, the Pixie cut would suit you perfectly. A short neck and wider figure only tends to be emphasized with a Pixie cut.



With these tips in your pocket, we’ll talk more about the Pixie cut and share more information on it in our next of the series.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Astounding Facts About Your Hair

Our hair is one of our most loved elements of our body. We shampoo it, we condition it, we nourish it and pamper it unconditionally to get the shiny mane of our dreams. But apart from bestowing beauty treatment on our tresses and longing for better hair, how much do we really know about our hair? Think about it. While we may know its colour and texture, what else do we have knowledge about when it comes to the north-most point of our body? In this post, we’re providing some fascinating facts about human hair and a glance into the background of hair that will astound and surprise you!

Your hair contains information about everything that has been in your bloodstream: medicine, drugs, minerals, vitamins etc.

Healthy hair can be stretched up to 30% of its length when wet. If hair does not stretch back to its original state, it’s lacking protein. If it snaps it is either containing too much protein or lacking moisture.

  

According to a survey carried out, Blondes are perceived as being fun and flirty; brunettes are seen as smart and serious while redheads are looked on as strong.

On an average human head, there are approximately 100,000 strands of hair.
The hair follicles that we, as humans, have on our heads were formed when we were fetuses in the womb. 




Your hair is composed of the following elements: 50% of Carbon, 21% of Oxygen, 17% of Nitrogen, 6% of Hydrogen and 5% of Sulphur.

During the times of the Renaissance Era, it was fashionable for women to pluck their hairlines in the front in order to push it further back and expose more of their forehead.

We get goose bumps when we are cold, scared or emotional because at the time of a reaction, each muscle of each and every hair strand contracts which in turn causes the hair to rise.

The word shampoo is derived from the Hindu-Urdu word, ‘champna’ meaning “to knead” or “to massage.” 

The word ‘champi’m which means “massage” in Hindi is a derivative of the same word and is used even today.

A strand of hair is stronger than a copper wire of equivalent diameter.