While observing the circular pattern of fashion, I’m almost tempted to resign to my mother’s gloating about her 20-year-old clothing coming back in fashion soon. After adopting harem pants, bohemian fashion and big hairdos from the 60s and 70s, we are now chasing the trend of flaunting hair embellishments. Whether it’s to achieve a dramatic look for the night or to keep it neat and light in the day, hair accessories are something we all need to keep a budget for.
With more and more people being charmed by the grungy carelessness of the boho-chic fashion, hippie inspired headbands have become quite a fashion statement these days. Ranging from something as radical as a gritty rope to something more polished like a readymade strand of braided hair, hippie headbands are this season’s economical must-have. Usually worn over the forehead, the band may not be very kind to your bangs, but is sure to transform your look. Just don’t forget to tease your hair around the crown.
Gliterring hair jewellery
Usage of hairpins dates back to ancient civilisations including the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. They were, and still are, used to hold and secure hair strands as well as hair up-dos. However, we advise you to trash the smaller ones and go for mega shiny hair jewellery that instantly add the Audrey Hepburn panache to your otherwise everyday look. Make-up artist and hair stylist Rukaiya Adamjee owner of Rukaiya’s Salon states that, “When it comes to evening hairstyles, women can’t get enough of glitzy flower embellishments.” Put one of these in the centre of a low bun or just let your hair down and wear it with a side parting.
Pony: Fashion do
Remember all those times when you tied your hair in a pony and one of your aunts inquired rhetorically whether you were coming from the gym? Well, to elude such heart-deflating remarks, must we suggest you add a little tease and a little height (volume) to the proverbial ponytail and transform your look from ‘just out of gym’ to ‘almost ready for Red Carpet’. Believe it or not, the higher and the messier your pony is, the more it adds on to the glamour quotient. According to stylist Mona J, “Volume around the crown area is an important trend but only for women with rounder faces. Women with defined jawlines must avoid this trend as it will make their face look sharper.”
Brush. Enough said.
When she told you to brush your hair, your mother knew exactly what she was talking about. While we know that for girls with curls, hair after brushing looks like something people would want to hide things in, everyone with a frizz problem can afford a good brushing before hitting the shower.
Brush bristles massage your scalp pores just like a masseuse does, and unless you can afford to go to the parlour every day, we suggest you make use of the cheaper and handier option — your hairbrush.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 7th, 2011.