Wednesday, 3 September 2014

5 Ways to maintain that perfect ‘do in the rains

The monsoons in India come with a host of hair problems – especially for women with curly hair that’s hard enough to maintain otherwise. We recently gave you a couple of monsoon hair tips (read them here and here), but what about when you’re already for a night out on the town, and your hair just refuses to stay in place? We always need ways to maintain that perfectly straightened or curled hair.
Whether you have straight hair or curly, long or short, come monsoons the perfectly coiffed look only works indoors – once you step out of your house, yours curls go lank and the perfectly straightened strands go frizzy.
Here are a few ways you can prepare for and maintain the perfect hairstyle on your night out:

1. Plan ahead:
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If you know you’re going to be heading out on a particular night or for a particular event, don’t wash your hair on the same morning. Wash it the night before. A good wash will make your hair light and soft, which is great in any other season, but in this season it only make your hair more prone to frizziness. Notice your freshly washed hair getting a bit fluffy as you step out in the rains? That’s the moisture in the air lifting it up.

2. Go natural:
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You’ve probably heard this one before, but the best thing to do is to let your hair be. Of course, this works best if your hair is naturally straight or slightly wavy. Don’t go curling that hair for no reason! If you’ve also managed to get your curls under control with some well-selected shampoo and conditioner, try your best to not bother them with a straightener.

3. Go overboard on products:
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As we mentioned in the first paragraph, light hair is your enemy this season. When you’re styling your hair for an event (remember to wash the night before), bring out every product in your arsenal. We’re talking style extenders, hairspray, you name it. The idea is to weigh your strands down with product so that they can’t frizz up. Of course, be careful on the amount of product you use and how you use it – you don’t really want to end up with stiff, greasy hair.

4. Stop combing through:
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We’re all in the habit of combing through our hair with our fingers. Whether you realize it or not, most women tend to run a hand through their hair quite frequently. When you step out in the rains this may seem like a good idea, in order to keep your hair from getting too fluffy, but you’re actually making it worse. The natural oils in your fingers and palms simply add to the moisture in your hair.

5. Put it up:
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The simplest solution is to use a style extender and then carefully tie your hair up, perhaps in a neat chignon or a French braid, then spray it with hairspray. If you prefer a more casual style, you can try a neat topknot – the messy ones will only get messier the more time you spend outside. Don’t forget to use enough bobby pins and seal the deal with holding products!

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