Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Monsoon Hair Tips #2

It is that time of the year again to listen to the pitter-patter of the rain drops, sip a steaming hot cup of ginger tea and deal with hair woes. Yes, you heard it! The monsoon is one solitary season within all 365 days which causes grief to ladies who love their tresses, primarily due to the increased humidity in the climate.

 In the previous partof our monsoon hair care series, we covered the nourishment that hair needs and avoiding the worry of hair fall. Today, we shall speak about a few more of those monsoon hair worries and just the right solutions for you to them.

Cleanse your hair:
A common issue faced by many in the monsoons is that of greasy hair. A sudden downpour can wet a head of hair and when not thoroughly dried, such hair can attract dust and grime from the surroundings. The added moisture in the atmosphere, especially when the rainfall is happening in bouts, can also result in profuse sweating which is another factor that weighs down the hair. By the end of the day, you can feel the limpness in your previously-healthy hair.
When possible avoid getting your hair wet in passing showers of rain by either putting the hood on of your raincoat or windcheater, opening your umbrella or waiting in an enclosed space till the rain subsides. Sometimes, that can be impossible and after doing your best to avoid the shower, you might just get caught in one. As a curative measure for this, make you dry your hair as soon as possible, either by towel or by the cool setting of the blow dryer. Ensure that you use a clarifying shampoo strips your scalp of any grease and will leave it clean.

 Bid Dandruff goodbye:
The increased moisture content in the climate can cause a number of issues, another one of them being dandruff. To treat dandruff, make sure you hair gets as much care as you possibly can provide. Carry out hot oil massages for your scalp on a weekly basis. Purchase an anti-dandruff shampoo that is suited to address this problem. Follow the home remedy of mixing neem and amla in your hot oil massages and avoid leaving your hair unwashed for more than 2 days. 

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Monsoon Hair Tips #1

The monsoon season is here to stay and if you are not a lover of the rainy days ahead, then the next 4 months can prove to be quite an arduous task to overcome. Not only can the unstable weather and flooding cause a number of hurdles in our daily life but in our beauty routine as well.
You may find that your hair has become coarser and more difficult to manage while your hair fall may have increased. These are signs for you to bring your regular routine to a halt and instead alter your routine to the season in swing. To make your transition to the monsoon just a little easier, we’ll be guiding you in this series as to how to fight away your monsoon hair troubles.

Nourish your hair
The increased humidity in the air causes your hair to become dull and coarse while also being prone to frizz. The best way to put these problems to rest is to nourish your hair more than you may usually do. You can do so by applying a hair mask at home or at a salon which is rich in nourishing extracts and proteins. A solution that is seconded by many a wise grandmother is to get weekly head massages with pure coconut or olive oil around an hour prior to your bath. Alter your regular hair routine and add in the use of a nourishing conditioner post your shampoo every few times a week.

Fight the hair fall
Hair fall is a monster than rears its head, especially during the monsoon due to the increased moisture in air and the humidity in the climate. To help treat the problem, you can avoid the usage of unnecessary heat styling products like straighteners and curling tongs. During the monsoons, as soon as you step out from a bath, make sure to thoroughly air dry your hair with a soft towel so that it is as dry as possible once you finish. Especially in this season, air dry your hair and avoid using blow-drying for the same. By doing so, you will lessen the damage of the hair fall to your hair.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Side-swept curls hairstyle tutorial

Our previous post was all about the glamourous ensembles and the chic hairdos that were seen at the Cannes Film Festival held in Cannes, France. While many went for prim and sleek updos, the rest of the attendees took inspiration of the delightful French weather and atmosphere and went for glamourous yet flowing hair looks and one of the most popular looks was that of the side swept curls. Side swept curls not only look lived in and effortless but add a subtle glamour to any formal event.

 In our post today, we’ll be showing you a step-by-step tutorial as to high to achieve this high glamour look.

Step 1: Start by parting your hair slightly off centre where one side has slightly more hair than the other side. The section with the larger amount of hair is where we shall create our base of curls followed by the upper section of curls being created by the other section.

Step 2: We start our look with the larger parting of hair. In this step, we must begin to pin our hair in different sections. To correctly pin them, you must determine which pieces of your hair are at what lengths, especially if your hair is in steps or layers. Divide the similar lengths together and start pinning them up.

Step 3: Once your curling iron is heated, begin from the bottommost and longest layers of hair and form your base of curls by beginning to curl your hair into tight curls.

Step 4: Once the lower section of the hair is curled, we can use our curling iron and begin curling the uppermost sections of the hair  until all the hair in the larger parting has been curled.

Step 5: Once all your hair from the larger parting is curled, make sure to spray a setting or holding spray to make sure that the hair retains the curls for hours to come.

Step 6: In our final step, move to the smaller parting of hair and as we did previously, curl the hair starting from the bottommost longest layers and work your way to the top and finish off with a holding spray.

Step7: Once both partings are curled and set, flip the smaller parting over to the large parting and pin any fly-aways and short hair in place with bobby pins.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Cannes Film Festival 2014 : Inspiration

At the Cannes Film Festival, not only was all the world a stage for the variety of films being screened, but as with every great festival; the beauty and fashion share the centre stage with the films as well. Wonderful gowns, crisp tuxedos and high formal ensembles were the choice for the week-long festival and along with it, the hair and makeup had a defining role in the complete looks. Today, we shall be bringing to you the best of hair inspiration at the Cannes Film Festival 2014.

Suki Waterhouse brought out her trademark fringe and side-swept it in the front. To keep with the classy look, she pulled her hair into an effortless updo on the back of her blonde hair and showed off her dazzling danglers by doing so.

Our very own Frieda Pinto looked sophisticated and chic as ever with her head of hair being neatly side-parted and then sleekly being pulled back into a long ponytail. The look was seamless and the minimalism of it let her dress do all the talking.

Hollywoods blue-eyed girl, Jennifer Lawrence looked fresh and fabulous as she gave her short of crop of hair a few Hollywood curls that were swept to the side letting her reveal her pretty earrings.

Amber Heard looked effortless as she pushed her head of tousled hair to one side which allowed for a single earring of hers to be spotted along with the a miniature braid she did on the other side of her hair.

Blake Lively looked every bit the bombshell that she is when she shone with an ingenious updo which was a sleekly created side part in the front and a uniquely refreshing pin-up updo at the back along with her bold red lip.

India’s first fashionista shone on the international stage and she went for a elegantly crafted updo at the back and a few glamourous curls in the front that oozed old-world Hollywood glam.

Marion Cottilard kept her look fresh as she opted for a unique swooped updo in the back and a twisted section in the front of her hair.

Kate Blanchett wore her grace on her sleeve with a delightful updo of a bun on the back and a miniature braid in the side swept into the bun.