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BEAUTY TALK

BRIDAL guide

By Sadia moyeen
Beautician, La Belle, 13/A /2
Kemal Ataturk Avenue , ( 3rd/ 4th fl ) Gulshan -2

Section 3
Haircare & Grooming

Some lucky ones are blessed with thick beautiful tresses and others like us just are not. No matter what sort of hair you actually have the common goal is the health and preservation of our precious hair. Beautiful shining hair is a valuable asset, fun to play around with, dress, colour, curl and what not. However sometimes all this attention combined with pollution, air conditioning and the elements of nature can result in damage. More so we want our hair to look especially good when we have our wedding around the corner. A string of events in a row are bound to take it's toll on your hair with all the fancy hair styles you will be undertaking and the same goes for all the accompanying ladies who will also be torturing their tresses too.

So for starters, if you still have some time in hand start pampering your hair and arm it for the assault it will be facing in the near future. Do try to set realistic goals for what you want to address and what you can actually achieve in the span of time that you have in hand.

Diet
You are what you eat, if you have been on a starvation promoting, crash dieting routine, you can be sure it will show on your skin and hair as you might have read in Section 1of this bridal guide. What you eat is reflected in the health of your hair. An adequate supply of protein is essential; fish, lean meat, cheese and eggs pulses are good sources. Yoghurt, seaweed, almonds, etc. help to give hair strength and natural shine. Wholegrain foods and those with natural oils are really good for the formation of keratin, the major component of hair. Try to eat fruits instead of juice as fruits are packed with fibre, vitamins and minerals. Use low-fat yoghurt and milk products instead of the full fat variety. Cook food in vegetable oils instead of animal fats. All these provide nutrients essential for luxuriant hair.

Exercise and head massages improve blood circulation, encouraging a healthy blood supply to all the cells nourishing, regenerating, and repairing them.

Protein hair treatments help hair to retain it's natural moisture balance. They make hair manageable, remove frizziness, smoothening split ends as well as adding shine.

Weekly hot oil massages with strengthening packs made with wholesome ingredients such as amla, yoghurt, eggs, lemon and fresh fruits are like food for the hair. Oil nourishes the scalp and packs reinforce the essential nourishing elements contained in it.

Hair serums are specialist conditioners for damaged hair with split ends. They are found in leave in forms as well as sprays and gel form. They can also be applied before ironing or blow-drying providing heat protection.

Revitalising and detox treatments are now available for rebonded or coloured and chemically treated hair to restore shine, nourishment and softness to the hair shaft.

During the course of your functions make sure you tell your stylists to use soft spray and not setting lotion which is almost like glue and virtually impossible to comb out without losing and damaging your hair.

Last but not the least, do not ignore general grooming, waxing, threading, bleaching, nails.

Waxing: Need I even bother to explain how important this is? You don't want to be competing with your spouse on who has hairier legs. Get rid of unsightly body hair if you don't want him to run away.

Use hot or cold wax for the most efficient and long-lasting result. Bleaching lighter growth is an option as well. Hair removing creams are also an option for those who can't stand the pain of waxing. And when out of all options use a good razor and shaving foam to clean up.

Threading: The shape of your brows is not to be ignored. They frame the eyes, the most important feature, so must be perfect. Create as much space between the eyelid and brow to aide good eye make up.

Bleaching helps to lighten facial hair creating a cleaner fairer skin tone. Fair polish will also aid a clearer skin.

Nails: An absolute must, second only to waxing. Clean shiny nails not only look good but are a health requirement. After your eyes, people notice your hands and feet. Besides you may be required to wear a ring and how bad would rough cuticles, chipped nail colour and rough hands look? Before you embark on your mehndi applying expedition a good manicure and pedicure will work well.

Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed
Model: Airin
Make-up and styling: Sadia Moyeen, La Belle
Wardrobe: Libasse


The Mughal man:

DECKED IN SHERWANI

A wedding checklist serves as a reminder that the occasion is highly prioritised by the needs of the bride. In the rush of beauty parlours, sari shopping, selection of venue and its décor, one does tend to overlook the groom.

The man of the hour takes a backseat until the last hour. However, that is no excuse for the man to sacrifice the spotlight. Trust us when we say, there are too many sacrifices you will have to make from now. On your wedding day, at least, do yourself a favour and turn heads toward yourself for one last guilt-free time.

The most fitting ensemble for your wedding day is the sherwani -- a garb of royalty since the Mughal period, this garment has been known to be a favourite of the who's who of South Asian history. Brought to prominence as Pakistan's national dress, the style statement soon became synonymous with aristocratic men as time went by. Perhaps the donning of the garment by a common man was more a rebellious declaration of breaking free than just a style statement. Thus began the story of the modern-day sherwani.

A fusion between a shalwar kameez and the British frock and reminiscent of a doublet, the sherwani has always been steeped in cultural and religious history. Prominent among the Muslims, its sheer class and 'fit for a prince' outlook soon made it a staple for grooms. Soon, the simplistic designs in white gave way to the more stylish sherwani, as they became a staple of weddings and not just for politicians. The simplicity was now being replaced by sheer elegance and the sherwani had finally made it to the ramps.

The modern day sherwani is characterised by numerous patterns and exquisite embroidery, at times studded with precious stones and gold-lined. The more expensive the suit, the louder the design.

 

The sherwani, in its essence, symbolises braggadocio for the groom. It is his way of drawing some attention from the beauty next to him and it works. Whilst most men are still fixated on Armani suits, the sherwani acts as a cultural throwback, still more regal than the most expensive suit in the world.

However, the problem with sherwanis remains that they just cannot be passed off as formal wear. First worn in public in the 1970s, the former versions were, as stated, mired in simplicity. However, those sherwanis became restricted to gatherings of a political nature and whilst the panjabi entered office rooms and formal get-togethers in Bangladesh, sherwanis still remain a wedding attire.

A R Rehman set precedent when he wore a black sherwani to accept an Academy award but that too was a cultural statement rather than a fashion one. And at such gala events, one can be expected to go outside the box. The plain white sherwani still hasn't made it to the scene here.

That, however, is no excuse to not buy one. As marriage season comes forward, one must have a sherwani in the closet, even if said person is not the groom-to-be. The groom's side of the family has also been seen dressed in the ensemble on numerous occasions.

This brings us to choices. A good sherwani may set one back roughly Tk.25,000 with prices going up to over two lakh. As mentioned, the higher the prices, the more exquisite the item in question. Bangladesh has numerous options to choose from as well.

A trip to Elephant Road can easily set you up with a nice sherwani. Numerous shops in this wedding corner of Dhaka have a wide selection to offer. Here, the prices start off cheaper with the better ones starting from Tk.10,000 and so on. For those with an affinity for brands, a trip to India can open up brand new horizons.

Closer to home, Manyavar, the famous Indian brand, is located at Dhanmondi road 4 and here you can find just the perfect style statement that you are looking for. Vasavi too has dreamy collections, helping you to be decked out like a prince, provided you can afford it. But keep in mind the wedding colour theme and what your bride is wearing as well. Too much contrast is a bad thing.

Finally, the question of churidar or shalwar comes into play. What goes best with your sherwani? Usually, the fashion houses make the selection easier for you, but customisation always helps. The Pakistanis prefer shalwars whilst the Indians prefer the churidar versions more.

On a personal note, we prefer the shalwar because it looks just that more sophisticated. Of course, it all depends on the look that suits you best. In any case, without a sherwani this season, you are going to be left far behind the crowd. So, why not travel back in time and add the missing element in your closet?

By Osama Rahman
Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed
Model: Shawon and Asif
Wardrobe: Cats Eye


 

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