What's your monsoon style?
From updos to natural wavy, from chestnut brown to burgundy red — forget dryness, frizz and unmanageable mane, and try these celebrity styles, with a little help, of course
Henry De La Paz, who has styled celebrities for high profile events such as The Grammy’s, Golden Globes, and The Oscars, along with the New York, Paris and Milan Fashion Weeks, gives a lowdown on how to look your shining best, even in the dull and humid monsoon season:
Kristen Stewart, Eva Longoria and Scarlett Johansson. Pics/AFP
The monsoon look
Natural is still in and is the keyword in hairstyling presently. Keeping it wavy and textured is what you should do. Also, high pony tails, bobs, blunt bobs, blunt bangs, braids, and high buns are hot this season. One style that I like a lot is a top-braided pony, rolled into a bun.
Definitely, the 1980s bangs.
Favourite celebrity styles
I really like red carpet updos like the ones usually sported by Scarlett Johansson. They are easy-to-make and can look good on varied occasions. I also like Kristen Stewart’s wavy hair, Eva Longoria’s beautiful brown chestnut colour and Zooey Deschanel’s bangs.
Do's and don'ts
>> If your hair is curly or thick and wavy, shower at night, put a little conditioner, and serum and then put a braid in. The braid will make the hair more wavy and beach-y when you wake up. Also, the products that you use will eliminate the frizz overnight.
>> If you have fine thin hair, the braid really works well with some mousse. Then when it dries and you take it out, it looks like you have styled it. Using a hydrating serum is essential.
>> For curly frizzy hair, keep the products toward the ends, don’t put it on the scalp. Apply wherever you see there is a problem. Target the problem areas first.
>> Always carry a serum, and a hair spray when you leave the house.
>> As far as natural products go, coconut oil is the best. You can use it as a serum; it will help cut the frizz. You can mix it with the conditioner and make a curling cream out of it as well. It acts as a keratin. Using it twice a week is good.
>> Consume fish, nuts, coconut, avocados, fruits, and flax seeds because they keep the hair hydrated and protect it from becoming dry.
Try these looks
For wavy hair
1. Keep the hair a bit damp and then blow dry the bangs. Henry De La Paz calls them the ‘Convertible Bangs’, because one can wear them straight and even on the sides.
After blow dry, use a serum and target the problem areas (frizz). Then spiral the hair with the product, it will trap the frizz. Then just scrunch it and your look is ready. You can go for a natural bang as well. Dampen it; then, scrunch it with your hand and fingers.
2. Split the hair in two, tie it in a knot, twice. Use one bobby pin to lock it in its place. Then if you want, you can put a flower to add a distinct touch. It’s a kind of messy bun, which is in vogue.
For straight hair
1. Back comb the hair in the front, so as to make it a little fluffy. This makes the hair look voluminous. Then tie it in a mid-level pony (a major fad nowadays).
You can also roll the pony with the help of bobby pins and make a back bun for a more formal look. Leave some hair on the sides and keep it a bit loose for a natural look.
2. For a top bun, make a high pony and then braid it. Roll the braid into a bun neatly and attach it with bobby pins on either sides. You can add a hair accessory or a flower to make it look more beautiful.