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Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges, but eventually you find a hair stylist you like.

There's nothing like a hairstyle change to make you feel like a whole new person. Sometimes, that's all it takes to bring a breath of fresh air into your look and style. Done right, it can take you from plain Jane to a glam ma’am with just a few snips here and there. On the other side of the coin, a hairdo boo-boo can have you running for the hills to hide.

We're bringing you the 411 on the season's hottest looks, so that whether you're trying a whole new style, or looking for something that suits your image, you'll know how to turn your tresses into the mane event!

"I'd say hair straightening is the biggest thing right now. Women of all ages are waking up to the fact that it takes very little to maintain hair once it's straightened, and it looks great, so everyone's getting it done" says Sadia Moyeen of Labelle. She adds that the sleek, straight look affords opportunities for bold experimentation. One style that's all the rage at Labelle is the 'blunt steps' with severe, sharp edged steps that create an interesting, geometric effect. Older women, particularly professionals, are opting for a fuss-free short bob with a wedge at the back. Bangs and flakes are still in vogue, and add variety to the hairstyle, and curls and waves look great if managed properly.

When it comes to colour, again, bold is beautiful when you're young. The new fad is for coloured extensions in bold shades of pink, purple and green, which are glued into the hair and can be shampooed, brushed and plaited like real hair. These nifty add-ons cost between Tk 300-500 a piece at Labelle.

Older women and professionals are opting for subtle colouring, and the trend is for double and triple highlights in shades like ash blonde, roebuck brown and burgundy.

Another leading lady in the field of style and beauty, Farzana Shakil talks about the season's sizzlers. She too, mentions that re-bonding continues to be in vogue. From Farzana Shakil's Hair and Makeover Salon come soft waves and curls that create a feminine look. Pointed edges are also in, as are transient length cuts and asymmetric fringes. While people with straight or wavy hair can play with cuts and fringes, or opt for re-bonding, curly girlies can get away with using moisturising styling products and let the curls speak for themselves.

Commenting about the different hairstyles worn by women of different age groups, Shakil mentions that young girls look for styles that are fun and new, and can carry these off with confidence. Colours this season tend towards muted shades of burgundy, roebuck brown, and ash blondes, and people are going for colouring the ends of their hair as opposed to overall colour jobs.

You can't talk about hairstyles and not mention the wizardry woven at Ban Thai. Quazi Quamrul Islam told us about some easy-to-manage looks that are popular this season. He recommends 'increased layers' for straight to semi-straight hair, which adds dimensions to the overall style. People with curly hair, particularly professionals, should opt for mid-length hairstyles, and avoid layers at the nose level, which makes it hard to keep it out of the face. Pointed ends and v-cut at the back look really good.

For people with fine or sparse hair, Quamrul recommends hidden layers to add volume. Another option would be the mushroom layers, which consists of a sleek, short bob with flakes extending at neck level.

Ban Thai's re-bonded hair tips
Chemical hair straightening, or re-bonding is a popular choice because it creates a sleek look that is easy to manage, and saves you hours of ironing and blow-drying. Nevertheless, it is a process that can damage your hair if not properly taken care of. Quazi Quamrul Islam shares four simple hair care tips that will allow you to maximise on style and still have healthy hair.
Choose a good shampoo that suits you. Book an appointment with your stylist if you need help choosing.
After shampooing, leave conditioner in your hair for a minimum of fifteen minutes before rinsing off.
Get professional deep-conditioning treatment at least once a month, and once a week at home by yourself.
Give your hair an oil massage treatment at least once a week.

Young men are opting for longer hairstyles recently, something, which Quamrul is a little uneasy about, because longer hair is best carried off by taller, fitter body types and requires a lot of maintenance. He recommends shorter cuts, like the pointing cut, which looks clean and trendy at the same time. Spikes are still in, with more variety.

Ban Thai, which is shifting to a new and larger venue next month will be offering digital spa perm from April 1.

Julynne Derrick, the stylist on About.com tells us how to pick looks that go with your face shape.

Oval faces: Chin-skimming bobs, blunt bangs, and long beachy waves look superb on this face shape, which can actually carry off just about any cut. Try to avoid short layers that add height on top of your head. This will make your face appear long. If your hair is thick or curly, avoid a blunt cut. You'll look like a pyramid.

Long faces: Brow-skimming bangs look flattering on this face shape. Chin-length bobs are also ideal, because they create the illusion of width. Curls and waves work well because they also add width. Go for a happy medium and avoid very long hair (which drags your face down), or extremely short hair.

Round faces: Try cuts that fall just below the chin. Soft, graduated layers are a great bet because they make your face appear slimmer and tend to remove bulk and weight from the sides. Consider wispy and tapered ends. These de-emphasise the roundness of your face. Bangs are flattering, but keep them long or side-swept. Stay away from one-length, blunt cuts if you have short hair. Curly, short hair is also a no-no. These only emphasise your roundness.

Square faces: Play down your strong, angular jaw by creating texture, in the form of curls or choppy ends. You can also get away with short, spiky cuts and long, sleek styles with layers that start at the jaw-line and continue downward. Don't go for one-length bobs (especially chin-length) and blunt-cut bangs. These will make your face look even more square.

Heart-shaped faces: Draw attention to your eyes and cheekbones, and away from your pointy chin with side-swept bangs, brow-grazing fringe, a strong part and hair that falls at or below your jaw-line. Have short hair? Keep top layers soft and long. Long hair? Go for long layers that graze your cheekbones. Avoid short, blunt-cut bangs and harsh, choppy layers.

When all is said and done, what is important is to pick a look that suits the wearer, and can be carried off. “Trends and fads come and go,” Sadia Moyeen reminds us, “But good, clean, and healthy hair is always fashionable”.

By Sabrina F Ahmad
Photo: Abu Naser
Hair Styling and make-up: Farzana Shakil Makeover Salon, Gulshan.
Wardrobe: Almira and Shanda


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