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9 Cute Hair Braiding Styles for Teenage Girl Students

9 Cute Hair Braiding Styles for Teenage Girl Students

Braids are beautiful. They are versatile too. They are perfect for beach holidays, office, weddings, and even rock parties. You can wear them up, down, and on the side. They look adorable whether they are neat and formal or fancy and messy. There are lot of cute hair braiding styles and some of them can really make you shine. What’s more, braiding isn’t rocket science! They look complicated but hardly are.

Also you don’t want your Hair braid to look something like this:

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So get some really cool hair braiding styles here. Want to try a few different braids on yourself?

Here are a few beautiful  and cute hair braiding styles that require minimal effort and look gorgeous nevertheless:

  1. The French braid:

    Start off by brushing your hair, preferably with a boar bristle padded brush so it’s all smooth and easy to work with. Now use a tail comb to section your hair into a V shape right from the temples of your head, to the crown. Separate the section into 3 pieces and start braiding them. Every time you cross the hair over from one side, incorporate more hair from that side. Once you subsume all the hair, finish the braid and secure it with a hair elastic. To add more oomph, tag at the braid corners to widen them and make the braid look thick.

  2. The Rope braid:

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    This one looks stunning and is the easiest hairdo you will ever do (probably). Start by securing all your hair in a high ponytail with a clear elastic band. Next, separate the ponytail into two sections and twist each in the same direction. Now cross the twisted sections over each other to form a rope like braid. Secure it with another band. That’s all! Tip: Rub a little pomade such as the Aveda humectant pomade on your finger tips and tame away and flyways. You can even use a hairspray to lock in your style.

  3. The Fishtail braid:

    This one looks ornate and elaborate but the effort required is hardly any. The fish braid gives the face a very feminine look and can complement almost any kind of outfit. Start by pulling all your hair to one side and brushing it till smooth. Next, secure the hair in a ponytail with a clear band (optional). Next, separate the hair into two sections and hold them in one hand separated by your finger. Use your other hand to grab a wisp of hair from the outside of one section and braid it in the opposite direction. Do the same with the other section. Keep braiding till you reach the end of the hair length and then secure it with a clear elastic. Fish braids look best when they are messy, so go ahead and pull out some strands and stretch out that braid to give it a beautiful texture. If you want a wispier and romantic look, you can even try a texturizing spray such as the Oribe dry texturizing spray.

  4. The Dual Textured braid:

    This one looks very ‘Victorian’ and is a must try, especially on brown hair.  Start off by applying a mist of hair spray to your hair for more grip. You can even choose to loosely curl your hair before attempting this to give your look, more texture. Next, make a deep side part and then pull your hair from one side and French braid it close to the hairline all the way past your ear. Do the same on the other side till it meets the first braid at the nape of your neck. Now combine all the hair and fishtail braid it till the very end. Secure with an elastic and you are done. For a lustrous and smooth look, use Silk Express Miracle over your hair before attempting this one.

  5. The Halo braid:

    If this doesn’t look angelic what will! Kidding. This one looks pretty, feminine, and classy. It specially suits people with round faces but just about anybody can try this look. First off, make a centre parting in your hair all the way from your forehead to the nape. Next, beginning at the nape, create a French braid while following your hairline pulling wisps of hair form either sides as you go. . Continue doing it the entire way around your head. Once you are done braiding your entire hair, tuck the secure ends in the braid. Use a strong hairspray to prevent the braid end from slipping through the braid and you’re done!

  6. The Waterfall braid:

    the waterfall braid

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    This braid has a little whimsical feel about it. It looks romantic, subtle, and way more challenging to do than it is. To get this, start by creating a centre parting in your hair. Next, pull three wisps of hair from just where the parting begins, and start French braiding it. While you French braid it, keep dropping the outermost section (that you would normally cross over), letting it fall straight. Once you reach the other side of the head, secure the braid tail with bobby pins behind your ear and you are done. You can use a curler to loosely curl your open hair to make the hairstyle look more elaborate.

  7. The Chain Link braid:

    Chain-link-braid-at-Donna-Karan

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    This one’s an attention grabber. Wear this and you will leave people thinking how you ever managed to create it. First off, tie a low ponytail with an elastic and then grab a piece of hair and wrap it around the hair for a neater look. Next, separate the hair into four sections and name them one, two, three, and four from left to right. Now take number three and cross it over number two. Next, take the fourth piece and cross it under number two and three. Then, drop number two and bring number one under number three and four. Continue this sequence until your reach the end and voila! You might want to use a little wet pomade to make it look slick.

  8. The Boho braid:

    boho braid style

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    This one looks red carpet chic without being even a tad complicated. Start off by pulling all your hair over to one side and resting them on your shoulders. Now take a small section of hair from just an inch away from your hairline and braid it all the way till the end and secure it with a hair tie. Next, pull another section of your hair (larger than the first time) and inch behind the first braid and this time, French braid it. Finally, pull all your hair together and divide it into two sections. Now go ahead and fish tail braid it. You will be surprised how amazing it looks.

  9. The Lobster braid:

    lobster braid - Cute hair braiding styles

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    This one looks messy (but in a very pretty way) . It is easy, very girl-next-doo-rish and beautiful. You just have to grab a thick section of hair from near the nape of your neck and braid it. While you are braiding, the rest of the hair will be pulled to one side over your shoulder. Now take the entire section of hair that was resting on your shoulder and wrap it over and under your braid creating a coiled look. Once you reach the end of the braid, tuck the wrapped end into the elastic. Voila!

There you go. Try out these incredible hairstyles and you will never quite leave ‘the braid’ again. Braided hair prevents your hair from the excess heat you would otherwise use to style your hair. Once you get a hang of few braids, use your imagination and modify them to suit your tastes.

Go look like a Rock star!

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Happy braiding!

 

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7 Amazingly Cool and Cute Medium Length Hairstyles for Thin Hair

7 Amazingly Cool and Cute Medium Length Hairstyles for Thin Hair

Thin hair is a woe to many a woman.  Flat and limp hair that fails to hold voluminous styles cause distress and leave women (most of them) wondering if they can ever make the hair look chic and well styled.

If you have thinning hair (it’s not the same as naturally fine hair), evaluate your body first. Make sure you do not suffer from any ailments, are eating healthy food, and taking your supplements. Healthy hair not only looks better but also takes products (that you might use to get volume) well.

If you have naturally fine (thin) hair, fret not. There a dozens of haircuts and styles, that when done right, can add the desirable body to your hair making it look thicker than it is. Whether you have straight or curly tresses, there is a fix for you out there. A little texturizing or a messy touch can save the day for you, almost always.

Here are a few ingenious ideas you can embrace.

Few Medium Length Hairstyles for Thin Hair:

  1. The collarbone bob:

    Get a layered collar bone bob with side bangs. Keep the ends shagged to add more volume to the look. To make it look more gorgeous (and less disturbing), you can braid your bangs and pin it to the other side of your hairline. This will add the Victorian glamour and also keep the bangs of your face. This look is for those who have pin straight hair. You might want to avoid this if you have curly hair else it will look short and wiry. When styling this hair, dampen the strands and apply styling mousse such as Neuma styling mousse fluid and then blow dry your hair (set the dryer at the lowest setting) while gently twisting pieces of hair with your fingers, holding and then releasing. The tousled texture will make your hair look ultra-glam.

  2. Go messy:

    The more texture you add to your hair, the more voluminous they will appear. Messy waves not only look great but are easy ‘breezy’ to achieve. This straight, out of the beach look is great for casual outfits and summer day parties. Start off by applying a smoothening serum to your damp hair and then blow dry completely to get the volume while maintaining the smoothness. Next, apply a sea salt spray while crimping your hair using your hand. Allow it to dry and you are good to go. This look, although versatile, is especially recommended for hair with colour highlights.

  3. Flip and you’re done look:

    A blunt bob cut does wonders in making the hair appear thicker as it is because even hair appears ample. Flipping your hair is the key to up this look. Just flip your hair to one side and wear a cool pair of shades before stepping out of the door and you will have created a perfect casual cool look. A cool tip: Tip your hair upside down when blow-drying after a shower. You will be surprised with the difference it makes. If you have barely-there hair try using a root boosting product such as Matrix wonder boost root lifter before you blow dry. You’re welcome.

  4. Messy backswept curls:

    Curls are always a great option for thin hair. Back swept hair in particular not only gives your tresses a thicker look but also nonchalantly natural. It seems like the wind played with your hair and to call this look romantic and beautiful would be an understatement. Start off by applying a mist of heat protecting spray all over your hair. Now grab a curling wand and curl small sections of hair one at a time. Make sure you curl them tight (you can always loosen them a little by brushing if you curl them too tight for your taste). Keep varying the direction in which you curl. You don’t want all your curls going in the same direction and eventually clumping up to form one big curl. After you have finished doing all your hair, just run your fingers through them to make them lose its tightness a bit and giving it a more finished look. Spray a mist of hair finishing spray to complete your look and you are done.

  5. Barrelled waves with bouffant:

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    A bouffant is your go to whenever you are done sulking over your limp hair and want to dress up for a party. The trick is to tease the hair well. Start off by gathering your hair from the crown and holding it straight up with one hand. With your other hand, with the help of a good teaser, start back bombing your hair towards the scalp to create a nest. Next, go back in with the teaser towards your scalp and tease it some more in that area. Use a wooden comb (because it does not produce static electricity) to comb it smooth. You have to keep your hand very light, else you will ruin your whole ‘teasing’ effort. Next, spray a little hair spray on your fingers and gently smooth it out on the pumped up hair for hold. Now take the top half of your hair, twist it under itself and pin it. Use heat barrels to create soft romantic curls with the bottom portion of your hair. Leave them open and voila!

  6. The wide messy fishtail:

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    A fishtail braid is not just beautiful but ridiculously versatile. Whether you have thin hair or thick, long or medium, curly or pin straight, you can lightly alter a fish braid to look just perfect for you. For fine hair, a messy fishtail braid is one of the most preferred hairstyles. Start off by applying a little amount of light hold pomade into your hair to make it more workable. Next, sweep all your hair on one side of your head and secure them with an elastic. Divide the ponytail into two sections. Now use your pointer finger to separate a small section of hair from the outer edge of the main section and cross it over the other side Repeat the same form the other side. Continue till you reach the ‘tail’ end and secure it with an elastic. Now take a scissor and snap the elastic at the top. Now gently tug at the outer edges of the braid to make it look broader and messier. Leave a little hair on the sides hang freely and you’re done!

  7. Curl them up:

    Like said earlier, nothing adds more life to thin, limp hair than curls. Ringlets can be you ultimate solution. If your thin hair is a result of them being ‘weak’, there is an ingenious way of curling them without using heat – Cut up an old t shirt into strips. (The width of the strips will depend on the width of the curls you desire and the length will be longer than the length of your hair). Now take small sections of dampened hair, line up the bottom with the strip and roll all the way to your roots and then tie knot. Wait for several hours till your hair is completely dry before untying the strips. Once untied, run a wide toothed comb in your hair and you will see your hair all plumped up and gorgeously curled.

There you go,

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Above all, do only what feels comfortable. Because when you are comfortable in your skin, you feel more confident and look better.

 

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11 Wedding Hairstyles of Celebrities of all time

11 Wedding Hairstyles of Celebrities of all time

Women love emulating their favorite celebrities to look as picture perfect as they do, on their wedding day. Many celebrities, style icons in their own right,  have looked drop dead gorgeous on their D-day, some with elaborate and stunning hairstyles, some with beautifully simple ones.

If you are walking down the aisle anytime soon –

Here’s a list of celebrities who’ve sported pretty hairdos, for inspiration:

  1. Lauren Conrad

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The American television personality and fashion designer looked surreal on her wedding day. She got her hair styled in signature loose waves and accessorized with Jennifer Behr’s Arielle chignon wrap hair comb. To get the look, start off by clipping away the top section of your hair. Take little portions of the remaining hair, one at a time and use an inch curling iron to wrap the sections. Hold for 10 seconds without shutting the clamp and leave. Once the bottom layer of your hair is covered, unclip the top section and start curling ¼ the way down. Now apply a dime sized amount of Argan oil to the entire length of hair to tame flyways. Use a gem studded hair comb such as the bridal crystal flower hair comb to accessorize your look and hold the veil in place. Done!

  1. Kate Middleton

The Duchess of Cambridge looked every bit the diva that she is with a demi chignon and a diamond Cartier tiara. To get her look, pull back small sections of hair from each side of your head and tuck it into a demi- chignon. Leave the rest of the tresses flowing in loose cascading curls. Wear a light hairspray to keep flyways at bay without weighing down your hair. Accessorize with a tiara (doesn’t have to be a Cartier one!) such as the Wedding Prom tiara hairband and look like well… a princess.

  1. Hillary Duff

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The American actress and singer looked elegant and sophisticated when she walked down the aisle. Her hair was quite a talk of the town. To get this perfect look, wear your hair in a high tousled voluminous bun. For that, start off with a high ponytail in a clear band. Do the last wrap of the band while pulling you hair only half way through. Let the tousled hair drop naturally. Secure the remaining hair with bobby pins and give your hair a quick mist of your favorite hair spray. Done!

  1. Jessica Simpson

jessica simpson wedding hair

The versatile talent powerhouse had her hair done to look romantic and dreamy. Did she look gorgeous? Oh hell yeah! To get her look, use a wide curler such as the Instawave one to create soft romantic curls and run a hand of serum such as the Garnier Fructis anti-frizz serum to keep them in place. Pull a few strands of hair from the sides of your face and clip it back with antique style brooches such as the Austrian rhinestone crystal brooches. Next, leave a few strands of hair loose from the top of your head to give the hairstyle a dreamy feel.

  1. Molly Maloney

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The ‘The Bachelor’ star had to combat heavy rain on her wedding day. But that didn’t stop her from looking any less gorgeous than she is. Her messy bun hairstyle looked perfect and it complimented her face shape beautifully. To get her look, pin you hair in pieces to the crown of your head to create a large messy bun. Next, pull out pieces of hair from the bun to dive it a windswept look. Next, pull out strands of hair from each side of the face and add a few crystal rhinestone hair pins to complete the look.

  1. Rebecca Romijn

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The American actress and former fashion model’s romantic curls quite made the ‘waves’. She looked simple and elegant on her wedding day and the flowers on her hair made it look all perfect. To get her look, apply a heat resistant spray to your hair and use big rollers romantic loose curls. Next, fasten the top sections of the hair at the nape of your neck and pin a few Silk Gardenia flower clips where the sections meet. Simple and pretty we say!

  1. Ivana Bozilovic

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The American reality television star opted for a messy hairstyle on her wedding day and it looked just perfect with her wedding dress. To get the look, wear your hair off your shoulders in a deep side part.  Next, pull your hair back in an off-centre bun and pin it in the back. Leave a few strands of hair loose in the front and back to add a little shape and you are done.

  1. Gwen Stefani

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The much loved celebrity singer and song writer left us all jaw dropped on her wedding day. Her hairstyle matched her outfit oh so perfectly. To get her look, start off by teasing hair with a teaser such as the Spornette Little Wonder Boar right from where you hairline begins till where your crown ends. Now gently comb the top portion of your hair into an extended poof and secure with U pins . Next, take the rest of your hair and tie it into a large braided bun. (Use hair extensions if you hair lacks volume). Accessorize with studded jewellery and you are done.

  1. Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys wedding hair

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Alicia Keys chose a bejewelled look for her wedding day. To say the look suited her would be an understatement. She showed how a stunning piece of jewellery can up your style quotient by a few notches without effort. To get the look, pull back all your hair in a neat chignon. Loop a jewelled headpiece around your forehead and that’s that!

  1. Catherine Zeta Jones

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The Welsh actress had the most perfect fairy-tale wedding, the cost of which ran into millions of dollars. The actress sported a long ivory sheath dress and looked every bit a royal. Her hair and tiara grabbed the attention of a million eyeballs. To get the amazing look pull your hair back and wear a jewelled band tiara on your head at an angle. The bun will help the weight of the tiara from bogging you down. Also, it’s important to anchor the tiara with bobby pins to secure it in pace. If you use a hairspray, make sure you spray before placing the tiara, else you will ruin the brilliance of the gems.

  1. Lara Dutta

lara dutta wedding hair

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The former miss world and Indian actress looked understated yet elegant on her special day. She chose to sport a simple chignon bun accessorized with a diamond brooch. To get the look, make sure you are generous with the hairspray after you pull your hair neat, and tight into a chignon bun.

There you go! Pick one that you think suits you best.

The best way to decide is to experiment with different looks ahead of your D-day to gauge what looks and feels the best. You can even alter it a little to suit your face shape, dress, and taste.

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Top Deadly 11 Short Hairstyles for Men this Summer

Top Deadly 11 Short Hairstyles for Men this summer

Men are now obsessed with how their hair looks more than ever before. But if you think the preoccupation with hair is recent, you are wrong. At least the last 5 decades have been witnessing men fuss over their barnet wanting to make them look better. With man buns and different undercuts making the waves, this beautiful obsession isn’t seeing an end soon.

Are you someone who has a newfound love for your hair and want to transform it? Don’t know what’s best suited to you? Would you go with frosted tips or slick back this summer?

Read on to know the hottest trends in men’s hairstyles:

  1. The prohibition high and tight:

This one’s a classic and has been around since the 1920s. It looks chic and utterly masculine at the same time. If your hair is straight this look’s for you. This hairstyle doesn’t work with wavy or curly hair.

How to get the look?

Ask your stylist to keep the sides as short as possible and then fade the hair into the nape of your neck, shorter as he goes, leaving at least 1.5 inches on the top and the edges blunt. Rock the look like Tom Hardy does, with a scruff.

Tip: Use gels such as Kerastase home capital force gel to keep your hair in place. For best results apply when hair is wet and reapply when it is dry.

  1. The mainstream hipster style:

This one’s arguably one of the most popular of the lot. It works for men of all ages and gives you that edge, and that’s why it’s the most preferred.  If you are a wallflower though, stay away from this hairstyle because this one is an attention getter. This one’s also not for people who have very thick or curly hair. If you have medium thick wavy hair, though, it can prove to be your best hairstyle.

How to get the look?

Ask your stylist to leave at least a length of three inches on the top to build up a pomp. You can choose the side length depending on your style from medium to short.

Tip: Blow dry the top straight back to help give it more body. You can use a strong hold product such as Phillip B Lovin Pomade to keep your hair in place.

  1. The James Dean hairstyle:

This is for you if love rocking the leather and sex look with ease. It gives a whole movie star swag but is still clean enough for office. It has body and pomp but looks neat. If your hair is very fine or pin straight, sorry this one’s not for you. But if you have thick curly mane or even medium thick wavy, you have to try this look at least once in your lifetime.

james dean hairstyle

How to get the look?

Get your stylist to keep the sides a medium length and the top twice the length of the sides but well blended.

Tip: Use a medium hold pomade such as Supremo Magic Move Soft while your hair is still wet and comb it straight back. Look into the mirror and thank us.

  1. The flow and comb style:

This look works for any professional but is less obnoxious than the slicked back business man look. It gives you a neat look without making you look chocolaty. This hairstyle is only for men who have straight hair (fine or thick), so steer clear of this if you have super wavy or curly hair.

flow and comb style hairstyle

How to get this look?

Get your stylist to give you a classic square cut and keep it slightly longer on both the sides and front, than the top.

Tip: To pull off this look perfectly use a mousse such as Sebastian Mousse Forte while your hair is still wet. Comb back and let your hair air dry naturally.

  1. The Ceaser look:

This roman hairstyle is a killer. Many a woman went weak in the knees when Russell Crowe sported this one  in gladiator and more recently Gerard butler pulled if off oh so well.  It is a low maintenance hairstyle and is definitely here to say for a long long time.  If you have textured hair, this one is a no no. Otherwise, this style sets well on any kind of hair from straight to wavy and from fine to thick.

Ceaser hairstyle

How to get this look?

Get your stylist to cut hair perfectly (almost) on the sides and keep it short on length at the top.

Tip: While this look is best without any product, you can use a light style aid such as Aveda Humectant Pomade to push hair forward and keep the cut looking clean.

  1. The bed head mop:

This is strictly for the young and playful. If you work in a corporate office, you might not want to continue to read this. This look looks easy but it does have quite a lot of effort going into it. If your hair is wavy and curly, congratulations! You can try this wonderful look. Else, sorry. It’s preferable to let your hair grow at least 2 inches on the sides and three on the top for maximum oomph.

bed head mop hairstyle

How to get the look?

Your stylist just has to add texture to your hair and create movement.

Tip: Hair gels such as Paul Labrecque Curl Defining Gelee when used on wet or towel dried hair work like magic.

  1. The James Bond cut:

This hairstyle is clean and spells sophistication. This one requires you to indulge in frequent upkeep to keep it look polished and exude class like no other hairstyle. This one is for people who have straight hair that is fine to medium thick. If your hair is very thick or curly, you should probably go try something else.

James bond hairstyle

How to get the look?

Get your hairstylist to cut the top short and then cut hair even closer at the sides blending as he goes and then texture it?

Tip: Towel dry and part hair. Apply a good gel product such as L’Oreal melting gel  to keep it in place. Visit your stylist at least once every three weeks to keep rocking the look.

  1. The angular fringe hairstyle:

This was way too popular in 2014 and it’s still making quite a wave now. The asymmetrical line of this haircut is crazy and beautiful at the same time. It gives a perfect balance to any kind of face ranging from square to round.

angular fringe hairstyle

How to get the look?

Ask your hairstylist to keep the top layer long and flowy while cutting at an angle. The sides should be neatly tapered.

Tip: Use a good hair wax such as Bed Head matte separation workable wax to create texture and hold.

  1. The modern pompadour style:

The pompadour has been an integral part of fashion history and it is going to stick around for long. A pompadour will work with varied hair lengths and it looks très chic.

The modern pompadour style

How to get the look?

Get your hairstylist to cut your hair short at the back and on the sides while keeping it the longest he can on the top such that the top sweeps over the head.

Tip: To create a nice and neat finish with shine, apply a strong hold pomade such as Layrite super hold pomade to towel dried hair. Alternatively you can slick back your hair while it is wet with Kevin murphy super goo. The simple short hairstyle:

  1. This is for the no-fuss, no-muss people. It can be played with, to change your look completely in a matter of minutes and requires minimum maintenance and that’s why this one is among the most popular hairstyles.

simple short hairstyle

How to get the look?

Get the stylist keep the same length of hair on the entire head. You can choose to add a touch of colour to up the funk.

Tip: Take a good quality wet pomade such as to spike up the hair or alternatively run wax along the hair to give it a slick look.

  1. The French crop look:

This one suits most face shapes and is ideal for men who have hair growing thinner on the top. If you leave a little length in the fringe, you can even cove up receding patches. This one does not need a styling product or maintenance. It’s perfect for someone who is in and out of gym.

French crop look

Tip: If you absolutely must use a product, just spray a little hairspray (and nothing else!). The more natural it looks the better.

There you go!

Remember though, that is is important to keep your hair healthy to be able to take styling products. So eat well, exercise and stay positive.

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13 Astonishing Wedding Hairstyles for Long Hair

13 Astonishing Wedding Hairstyles for Long Hair

Every bride wishes to look her best on her wedding day. Silly money and hours are spent on deciding the perfect look on the D-day.

Your wedding hairstyle is just as important to your look as your costume is.

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If you wish to have that perfect romantic hairdo on your special day without spending a bomb on a hairstylist, we have a few gorgeous looking easy-to-do hairstyles for long hair that you must check out.

Here goes:

  1. The waterfall braid:

Start off by French braiding over your right ear. As you go, pull a tiny bunch of hair from the left into the middle immediately followed by hair from the top. Now take a bunch of hair from the right and drop it down. Pick the section of hair that is behind the section that you dropped and place it in the centre of the braid. Continue to do this, working towards the left side of the head. Once you reach the left side, drop a small section of hair as usual. Now wrap that left section over the middle piece and secure it in place with a bobby pin and you are done! If you wish to add more glamour, you can stick a piece of hair jewellery to hide the bobby pin.

  1. The retro bouffant:

Take the top half of your hair, and clip it. Now take the bottom portion of your hair and tie it in a low ponytail at the nape of your neck. With your fingers, work a small hole at the base of your ponytail and then push the ponytail down through it. This will give the look of an inside out ponytail. Now tease the ponytail with a hair teaser and once nicely teased, use your fingers to roll the ends of your hair upwards. You will have created a chignon. Secure the chignon with bobby pins. Now take the top portion of your hair and create a deep side parting. Back comb it and then take it back loosely, twisting it and pushing it upwards towards your scalp. Secure the portion with bobby pins. Now continue to loosely twist the hair through the ends and wrap the ends around the side of the chignon. Use bobby pins again to secure and you are done.

You can choose to gently loosen some small hair around your face to soften your look. Done.

  1. The braided bun:

Start off by separating a small section from the front half of your hairline. Now, do a small Dutch braid right behind that section. When the braid reaches the top of your hair, continue down in a regular braid. Use a clear elastic band over the end of the braid. Now tie the rest of the hair in a low ponytail at the nape of your neck.  Now take small sections of the ponytail, bit by bit and start wrapping them back into the band to create a bun. Now take section of hair that you separated at the start, tease it, and pin it in place.

Use a hair spray, to tame flyways and you are done. A nice big piece of jewellery can be placed at the centre of the bun for more oomph.

  1. The infinity braid updo:

First, make three sections in your hair. The middle section will be large while the other two on the sides will be small. Take the left section of your hair and French braid it. Do a regular braid with the right section and the middle section. Use clear elastic bands to secure all the braids. Now, take the centre braid and wrap it loosely into a bun. Use a bobby pin to secure it in place. Now, wrap the French braid under and around the middle bun and pin it in place.

Finally, take the side braid and wrap it over and around your middle bun. Pin it in place and spray hair spray mist all over. Done!

  1. The double twisted bun:

Apply a smoothing serum all over your hair and comb it out neat. Use a rat tail comb to create a side parting in your hair. Now divide your hair into three sections. Again, the middle section will be larger than the two side sections. Take the middle section and tie it in a low ponytail using a clear elastic. Now wrap the ponytail in a regular bun. Next, take the right section of your hair and further divide it into two sections. Twist the first section tightly toward your bun and then wrap it under and around. Secure it with a bobby pin.

Repeat with the other section on your right. Do the same on your left side too. But instead of wrapping the twisted sections under and around, wrap them over and around the bun and then secure.

  1. Flower braid:

Take a one inch section of hair from each side of your head above your ears and gently twist them to the centre of your head. Secure the two sections with a clear elastic. Grab a two inch section of hair from under the elastic and braid it up. Secure that too with an elastic. Wrap this braid around the base to form a flower shape and use bobby pins to secure it in place and you are done.

You can choose to use sea salt spray on the rest of your hair to give it a straight out of a beach texture.

  1. The twist and pin do:

Use a small amount of reworkable hold paste and your fingers to slick down any major cowlicks. Next, take a two inch section of your hair on the top of your head at the centre and twist it to form a tight coil, naturally forming a bun. Now keep taking two inch sections from either side, twist and wrap them around the bun. And secure them with pins. Repeat till all the hair is pinned up.

Use hair stickers all over to give it a glam look. Done.

  1. The half French twisted do:

Take the top quarter section of your hair and tie it into a small ponytail using a clear elastic band. Next, grab two inch sections from both the sides of your head, pull them back and create another ponytail. Now twist the ends of the second ponytail till it becomes hard and then use a bobby pin to secure the twist flat on your head. Continue pinning so that the entire length of twist is in place.

That’s all!

  1. The topsy tail do:

This one’s a winner. Looks beautiful on all face shapes. To do this wonderful wedding hairstyle, start by gathering a medium section of hair on the top of your head. Loosely secure this section of hair at the back of your head using a mini elastic. Now two inches below the first ponytail, gather a two inch section of hair from both sides of your head and tie it in a ponytail, such that the second ponytail sits perfectly on top of the first. In the same way, create two more ponytails. Now grab the first ponytail and gently remove its end from the remaining three ponytails. Make a small space in the hair above the elastic and push the ponytail up and through the elastic to create a topsy tail. Repeat it with all the four ponytails that you have created. Next, grab a half inch section of hair from under the first ponytail and wrap it around the base of the ponytail to hide the elastic.

Pin the hair such that the ponytail sits flat on the head. Voila!

  1. The fancy updo:

You have to begin by separating your hair into four sections. The two front sections will be from the either side of your ear to temple area and the remaining two sections will be from the rest of your hair in the back. Take the mid-section of your hair at the back and divide them into a top and a bottom section. Take the bottom section of hair and tie it into a ponytail at the nape of your neck. Put another clear elastic two inches below the first one. Now gently roll the ponytail up into a bun and secure it with a bobby pin at the nape. Let the top section of the hair sit smoothly down now. Secure the top section in a loose half-up ponytail with an elastic. Now twist the tail end of the ponytail into the base and pin the twist above the bun. Now take the section of the hair on the left and braid it. Secure the braid with an elastic.  Gently tug at the braid from either side for a thicker looking one. Now wrap the braid around the back of the head and secure it with a pin above the bun.  Now repeat the same with the remaining hair on either side.

Fix the face framing sections (the top sections) to fall on your face in soft curls. Use a hairspray to secure the style in its place. Done.

  1. The French hawk do:

First off, separate a two inch section of hair at the top of your head, at the centre, such that the section starts at your hairline and ends at the crown. Next, beginning at the hairline, separate the section into three smaller sections and start French braiding it. French braid the entire section picking up tiny amount of hair to add to your braid as you go. Once your braid reaches the end of the section you first created, secure it with an elastic. Secure the hair elastic on your head with a bobby pin.

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Spray a good texturizing finishing spray on your loose hair to add body. Simple and gorgeous we say!

  1. The criss-cross mad do:

Don’t go by the name. This one looks super cute. Start of by using a texturizing finishing spray at the roots of your hair so as to hold your hairstyle in place, better. Next, separate a one inch section of your hair at the front of your hairline and clip it so it’s out of the way.   Section out an inch of hair from the right side of your head at the temple using a tail comb and pull it back around the back of your head. Pin the section on the left side of your head with a pin, pointing down.   Now repeat the same on the left side and then continue doing it alternating from left to right side working your way down the back of your head. Make sure you cover up each previous pin with a new half inch section of hair each time.

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Finish the look with a texturizing finishing spray on your loose hair. Done.

  1. The wrap around bun:

Start of by separating the hair into four sections- Top, bottom, left, and right. Now pin the bottom section up into a bun at the nape. Next, take the top section straight down and pin it under the bun. Now take the right section of your hair and braid it. Secure the braid with an elastic. Repeat the same on the left side. Now carefully pin each braid on the opposite side of the bun.  Take a small amount of reworkable hold paste in your finger tips and smooth out frizz or flyways and you are done.

Remember to eat well, take your supplements, and give utmost care to your hair before the D-day arrives. Healthy hair is beautiful hair.

Now, go be ‘tressed’ to impress!

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9 Proven and Easy Home Remedies for Dry and Damaged Hair

9 Home remedies for Dry Hair

Your hair, your crowning glory, plays such an important role. It defines your outer appearance to a large extent and good, lustrous hair up your beauty quite a bit. If you are looking for proven and easy to use home remedies for dry and damaged hair, you have come to right place.

Apart from that, your hair helps you maintain your body temperature (did you know that?) and cushions your head against shock and injury! You must give your hair some good TLC. You owe that much to it.

Healthy hair looks beautiful and feels beautiful.

How to keep your hair healthy?

It is important to know the structure of your hair before you jump into taking care of it. Your hair is made up of a protein called keratin which gives it its texture. The keratin is cemented together with strong disulphide bonds to make it resistant to wear and tear. Your hair also has hydrogen bonds which give it its flexibility but they are weaker on contact with water. The melanin pigments produced inside the hair follicle gives your hair its colour.

It is essential to figure out your hair type before looking for ways to make it healthier. Every person’s hair differs from the other but,

Hair is broadly classified into 4 types:

    • A day after shampooing, blot the centre of your scalp with a tissue paper. If you find any traces of oil on it, you have oily hair which is caused due to the overproduction of sebum.
    • If your hair appears frizzy, lack lustre, and has split ends, you have dry hair. This is certainly the most common type because pollution, heat, chemicals, and hair treatments dry out hair and all of that is more common than ever. (Read on to know fool proof dry hair remedies to fixing your problem.)
  • If your scalp is oily but the ends of your hair lack shine and softness, you most likely have combination hair. This kind of hair is tricky to fix as the scalp and hair ends need separate attention.
  • If your hair is shiny and manageable but absolutely non greasy, then you are blessed. You have what they call ‘normal’ hair and this type of hair requires minimal attention.

What causes dry hair?

Hair has no natural lubrication, and hence it relies solely on the oils produced in the roots to keep it moisturized and looking lustrous. If your hair roots naturally make less oil, your scalp and hair will appear dry and flaky.

Either that, or the moisture that is naturally present in the hair is escaping! Your hair strands have a protective layer around them called the cuticle, the layers of which lie tightly together to retain moisture. If the layers separate or peel away, the moisture escapes. Simple!

What causes the cuticles to separate or peel?

  • Most shampoos contain sodium lauryl sulphate, the chemical that strips your hair off moisture, and damages your hair cuticles if used for long periods.
  • Blow drying your hair and using heated straighteners and curling irons too often, also plays a big role in stripping away your hair’s natural oils.
  • Exposure to sun, dry wind, and pollution also causes your cuticles to break and peel away.
  • Chemical treatments such as dyes, perms, and relaxers do more damage to your hair than you ever thought possible.

Here are a few wonderful dry hair home remedies that will fix your hair and make it look silky smooth and shiny:

  1. Peel and pit a ripe avocado and then mash it in a bowl. Add a whole egg to it and mix till it forms a smooth paste. Wet your hair and apply the prepared paste on the scalp and hair making sure you cover the entire area from roots to tips. Leave for 30 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water several times till there are no residues left. Do this treatment once a week. The essential fatty acids and the minerals present in the avocado will restore the moisture and lustre in your hair while making it more resilient to damage. Do this treatment at least once weekly for a month to see results.
  2. Olive oil helps smooth out the outer cuticle of the hair making it retain more moisture and its rich anti-oxidant content repairs hair damage. Heat extra virgin organic olive oil till it’s nice and warm. Gently massage the oil in the hair starting with the roots and slowly moving towards the tip. Soak a towel in hot water, squeeze out the water and wrap it around your head, covering your entire hair. Leave it on for about 45 minutes and then wash hair as usual. The heat helps open up your pores helping it absorb more oil and work better.
  3. Organic apple cider vinegar is the elixir for your hair. Combine a tablespoonful of Apple Cider Vinegar along with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 3 egg whites. Beat it till well combined. Massage this mixture into your hair and cover your hair with a shower cap. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes before you shampoo and rinse. The egg whites help rebuild the protein in your hair making it healthy, while the vinegar adds a glossy shine to your hair.
  4. Mayonnaise makes for an excellent hair conditioner. The egg and the oil content in Mayonnaise effectively moisturize and repair your hair while the acid content renders a shine. Take a generous dollop of this goodness and gently work it into your hair. Leave it on for 45 minutes and then shampoo as usual. Do this treatment twice a week to give your hair a new life.
  5. Don’t rub or brush your hair as soon as you are out of the shower. This causes depletion of natural oils and also makes the hair more brittle. Instead wrap your hair in a cotton towel and let the cotton absorb the moisture. Once all the excess moisture is out, let your hair air dry. This will prevent more split ends and maintain the quality of your hair.
  6. Applying henna has been an age old tradition in India. A lot of people owe their lustrous hair to this wonder leaf. Henna powder is now widely available on amazon.com and once you know how magically it transforms your hair, you will ditch your fancy hair spa treatments to this modest one anyway. Take henna powder (the quantity is subject to the length and thickness of your hair) in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to it. Now warm a cup of coconut milk and slowly stir it in the henna mixture till it becomes a smooth paste (not runny). Make small partitions in your hair and apply the mixture thoroughly making sure each strand of hair is covered in henna. Cover you head with a plastic wrap and leave it on for at least 30 minutes. Rinse, dry, and apply warm coconut oil to your hair. Leave it on overnight and wash hair the next morning. You will be amazed with the kind of results it gives.

     

  7. Mash an over ripe banana and work it in your hair. The rich Vitamin B content and the antioxidant work like magic on your hair. Leave the sweet mask on for about 15-20 minutes and wash as usual. Wake up to softer hair.
  8. Yoghurt is also a potent ingredient to ward of dryness. A cup of fresh yoghurt mixed with a little lemon juice will effectively help restore moisture in the hair as well as prevent flaky, and itchy scalp (yoghurt is known to fight dandruff effectively). This hair mask needs a good 30 minutes to work its magic. It’s really worth the wait though.
  9. Who knew pumpkin  is amazing for hair? Pumpkin puree mixed with honey serves as the perfect mask for dry hair. Honey being a natural humectant attracts moisture to it while the pumpkin’s Vitamin A soothes and moisturizes the hair and the Vitamin C repairs sun damage making your hair look and feel healthy.

There you go! Adopt these dry hair home remedies and transform the health of your hair. Remember to eat well, stay hydrated, and be sun protected to fix your hair like no therapies can.

Here’s to beautiful hair!