eye for style
notice how hair always manages to play that ultra important part in
your life? No matter how well you are dressed, or how perfect your makeup
is, if your hair isn't done up to your liking, there is always a constant
nagging feeling of something 'missing'. Each season has some new styles,
often with the common style of meticulously arranging hair for the prim
and 'proper' look. Apart from taking hours to get everything perfect,
you also have to worry about escaping strands that might look untidy.
Goodness, when would you possibly get time to enjoy? Well, it looks
like the perfect solution to your problems is here.
A new variation
of how to wear your hair up makes an appearance each season. This time
around, it's all about the "undo" -- an up do that's purposely
loose and seemingly on the verge of tumbling down. To get the current
look of stylish disarray, it's as easy as randomly pinning up sections
of hair with bobby pins, then letting some loose for that chic, tousled
look. Instead of pinning hair up, short hair would also look great in
tresses or waves (best for curly and hair cut in layers, respectively).
Curling irons would
be ideal for setting the style, and generous amounts of hairspray will
help keep hair from getting too out of hand. An ideal style for parties,
where you can actually stop worrying and start having some fun! For
a more casual look, what could be more perfect than the ponytail? The
ponytail gets an unstructured update this year. Decidedly not prim or
perky, the Spring 2004 ponytail is tied low and loose -- with plenty
of free-flowing tendrils and bushy tails to complete the undone feel.
To get the low-down pony, first create volume and texture in hair by
setting hair in curls, using a curling iron.
can also blow dry your hair, sectioning strands, and twisting while
drying. Next, gather hair loosely into a ponytail low at the nape of
the neck. To complete the look, free some pieces of hair from the ponytail
so they frame the face. Guaranteed to look great with any outfit! No
matter how hairstyles tend to vary and change, let's not forget the
simple fact that great hair adds great style, not to mention elegance.
If you have perfect, straight, shiny hair, why go through all the hassles
of various hairstyles? No matter how varied styles tend to be each season,
straight hair sometimes remains the only way to go, for some women.
For those who want to stick to straight, I suggest updating the look
with an of-the-moment cut … longer bangs with an angle are new this
season, as are layers throughout the hair. With such a glamorous look,
you'd definitely end up being the 'belle of the ball'.
for Asian hair
Take time washing your hair. Use only a dessert spoonful of shampoo
and massage your scalp to improve circulation and stimulate growth.
Rinse extremely well, as traces left behind will reduce shine.
2. Always use conditioner. When applying, concentrate on the lengths
and ends of hair rather than the scalp to avoid greasiness at the roots.
If the hair has been chemically treated, or is prone to dryness, deep
condition once a week.
3. Use cold water for the final rinse, as this will close the cuticles,
leaving them lying flat to make the hair look shinier and protect it
Styling products can leave a residue on hair over time, so when necessary,
use a clarifying shampoo to remove any build-up.
4. An effective trick is to use a temporary colour. Choose one that
is the same colour as your hair and there will be no noticeable colour
change, but it will give the hair extra shine and look of healthy strength.
5. Do not wash and blow dry too often, as it can strip hair of natural
oils. Long hair is especially prone to becoming dry and brittle. Whenever
possible, allow hair to dry naturally, and use extra serum or smoothing
cream on ends of long hair.
6. Invest in good quality styling tools to minimise damage and achieve
a professional look. Follow the techniques used by your stylist.
7. Less is more when it comes to styling. Too many styling products
will weigh hair down, leaving it dull, lifeless and difficult to style.
8. Need to rejuvenate hair, but short on time? Spritz hair with water
and blow-dry quickly.
9. A great cut can give the flattest hair loads of volume. For long
hair, layering is ideal for more volume.
10 For extra lift, apply a volumising product before styling hair. Apply
it only to the roots.
11 For maximum volume when styling, blow-dry the roots first using a
large round brush, or tip your head upside down concentrating the hot
air at the roots.
12 For a long lasting perfectly smooth finish, apply smoothing cream
to towel-dried hair, concentrating on lengths and ends. Blow dry hair
in sections with a barrel or paddle brush, directing the heat downward
from the roots to the ends. Keep the hairdryer nozzle moving to avoid
What do you take into account before styling someone's hair?
The whole aim is to compliment the face and lifestyle of the person.
That, for me is the most crucial point. But it I'm doing, say, magazine
work, I look at it differently. There is a lot of exaggeration in form
and style, so that a stronger message gets across. When it comes to
magazines, the eye is very spoiled, especially of beauty editors.
How should one choose a stylist?
As a consumer you have to know what you don't want. If you know what
you want, you are taking the creativity out of the stylist. Get the
best stylist you can afford and let them think for you.
A DIFFERENT SKY
"So the first
time you had physical interaction with him was the night of your wedding?"
once again the imbecilic, personal question was asked by a co-worker
while I was explaining the semi-arranged nature of my marriage.
It always brings
such awe into an outsider's dark or fair face when I tell them how
I met my husband, and how we evolved into a couple. How the parents
got involved even before the first stage of dating and how dates were
fixed and jewellery was bought before we celebrated our first Valentines
Day or birthdays together before the marriage happened. I sometimes
use my arranged-marriage story when a conversation with a new acquaintance
turns boring, if someone's ignorance of another culture or their sense
of superiority brings entertainment to my mundane being, why should
I not share such details of my life?
It's true, I had
a semi-arranged marriage. It's true I left it up to chance, and I
know many Bengali women and men have also taken this similar path,
as they realised that sometimes it's okay when you meet someone with
mutual liking and leave the background checks and compatibility of
families to your parents. I am not saying there is a definite compatibility
of background in all arranged marriages; in fact it's rarely true,
but there is a satisfactory bond in most cases.
are an educated, independent woman. What made you do such a suicidal
thing?" they ask me often. I never have an answer for them. I
usually end up pondering, is it so wrong of me to be so adventurous?
Why didn't anyone stop Darva Conger from getting her 15 minutes of
fame when she competed against fifty other women to marry Rick Rockwell
for the greed of marrying a millionaire in the television show "Who
wants to Marry a Millionaire"? Or when women in TV shows like
"The Bachelor" throw themselves into the arms of some "eligible"
hunk? The man I married isn't a millionaire and neither does he fall
in the category of a hunk. Is that why I am 'suicidal' and Darva Conger
is a celebrity?
I agree that Russian
mail-order-brides are not as popular as they were in the 90's, but
the men who did marry the Russian women they ordered by mail, were
they ever asked if they were suicidal for their desperate actions?
I am not sure
about the meaning of acting or living with suicidal tendencies. The
closest I have seen to that existed among few single-white-females
in their 30's, paying high prices for hair products and engaging in
short-term relationships in search of the blue-eyed blonde investment
banker with a big house in the suburb and a boat by the sea. To me,
being married to a storybook image and knowing it is unachievable
is way more suicidal than being dull and Bengali.
about divorce? That's obviously not possible. Girl you are trapped
for life." They often tell me, reassuring my arranged prison-like
marital status. I want to remind them that Darva Conger got a divorce
a few days after her glamorous arranged marriage to the millionaire.
Then I remember again that I am the suicidal one and therefore into
self-torture. Why would I want out of something even when it turns
miserable? So I remain silent.
Us Bengalis are
known for being a repressed society. So we jump quickly at the first
hint of excitement, we settle easy in the sake of peace and love.
We are sexually and romantically repressed. Our repression drives
us to arrange marriages, to blush when the word "Sex" is
mentioned or to fall in love according to the Hindi movie formula.
We are way behind when it comes to being open and accepting about
sexual and physical liberation. Then I wonder why such an open and
unconstrained society like the Americans have gone mad over Janet
Jackson's exposed breast at the Super Bowl.
I do not stand
up for arranged marriages. I do not stand up for our repressed Bengali
society. However, I do stand up against our hypocrisy. Our contradictions
of being dependent and remaining independent. I stand up for our undefined
wants and distinctiveness as Bengalis. I stand up for being naïve
and still believing in love and fate.
It does get hard
though, answering questions about my 'suicidal' conjugal tendencies
to the people full of choices, who only choose to identify but never