As a 6-year-old when I mastered the art of a neat stray-strand-free ponytail, I truly believed I’d learnt it all. Only to be shaken awake by the tens of fancy ponies I saw a few years later. Here are 5 pony hacks to turn up the swank of your everyday hair-do.
The pull-thru ponytail is a great way to make you pony look full while adding to it all the glam in the world!
Take it a notch higher by pulling through all the way.
Braid meets ponytail in this super sassy hair do. The style works wonders with medium to long hair and a few flowers down the ladder will work magical wonders.
Just throw 5 extra minutes into your ponytail regime to tie up this head-turning of a hair do.
This one needs a little bit of patience, untangled locks and some upper arm strength (kidding!). The twisted ponytail is a gorgeous do to go with your summer wardrobe.
It may be a tad time-consuming and tedious but lets just take a moment to acknowledge how breathtakingly satisfying the final look is!
And that’s how you step up your pony game.
The best part about seasons is the inevitable wardrobe switch from fuzzy woolens to airy cottons. And it ain’t just the clothes. Anything that can – and must – be stylish goes through a rigorous trend mapping. Everything right from your toenails to your tresses. Speaking of which, let’s have a look at the hottest summer hair trends for 2016, shall we?
Bob with Layers & Bangs
Last year was the year of the sharp and asymmetric bob. But as you walk into the new year and your roots grow out that asymmetric perfection, move towards this tussled and carefree bob with long layers and bangs.
Sleek & Pointy
If your mantra for the season is “slick hair don’t care”, then you go girl and this look with the poker straight hair styled with some razor sharp layers will compliment your mantra perfectly. Go for a middle-parting and you’re golden!
Textured Cut with Bangs
Lassies with medium to long tresses, this one’s your calling. Ask you stylist to give you a layered cut with some thorough careless texture. Turn up the sass by coupling the layered locks with some side swept bangs.
A cute mop of lightly textured hair reaching just about your jawline with brawled bangs spells out S-U-M-M-E-R. Dye it for some added panache. Shades of maroon or a natural redhead shade should do the trick just right!
If you want to let your hair cut be and still be in vogue, dive right into some icy platinum hair color. Spotted on A-list celebs and fashionistas, the colour might be a task to pull off but is totally worth the risk!
Go ahead, book you salon appointment!
Hello beauties! As you all might know, The Label Life style editor, Bipasha Basu has handpicked this month’s Beauty Box. The Bong beauty cannot be doubted when it comes to beauty and wellness and that is exactly why we stand by her picks, no questions asked. The actress talks to us about her selection and tells us why the 5 products in the April Beauty Box must be in your vanity kit.
The hair care range by Rene Furterer Paris is just the tonic your tresses and scalp need this summer. Fortified with a careful selection of nourishing essential oils, the products will nourish all kinds of hair – from dry to oily – hair from the roots all the ways to the tips.
Bipasha Says: “The Rene Furterer hair care range gives my hair a quick refreshing fix when I am forever stuck on sets.”
The BBLUNT hair polish gives the dullest of strands a glossy salon-like finish instantly. The nourishing formula rich in silk ilk proteins, provitamin B5 and vitamin E gives your hair maximum shine on the outside with supreme care from inside.
Bipasha Says: “This BBLUNT Hair Polish helps me get an impeccably flawless finish.”
Fortified with real milk, the O3+ Milk Scrub exfoliates, cleanses and brightens your skin, while getting rid of white heads and black heads. Regular usage will leave your skin healthier, cleaner and lighter.
Bipasha Says: “(It) nourishes and exfoliates my skin without drying it out.”
A stimulating spring/summer fragrance, Paradiso Azzuro plays on the essence of the Mediterranean Coast. With a crisp breezy note followed by soft floral tones coupled with a woody base note of cypress and musk, the perfume is sultry hypnosis in a bottle.
Bipasha Says: “Just a dash of the Paradiso Azzuro by Roberto Cavalli leaves me with a sweet lingering fragrance.”
This revolutionary range of lip stains by Fran Wilson provides 12-hour coverage without so much as a smudge. The fade-proof, smear-proof and most importantly kiss-proof formula is enriched with vitamins keeps your pout colored and moisturized for hours.
Bipasha Says: “The MoodMatcher lipsticks in all their brightness are perfect for a candid selfie, and they are so long lasting, I never have to do a single touch up!”
Now go ahead, order your box now!
Ok, I give up. The city is an oven and it is only April! The mere thought that June-July is going to be worse makes me want to sign up for an igloo on the poles. But alas, I refuse to give up the city-life perks for 6 months of dusk and 6 of dawn. Let’s just say it’s safer to indulge in a summer resort retreat. And for that one must gear up. Hear are 8 wellness products to tackle the heat when you’re ‘retreating’.
Do you also at times feel that sunscreen lotions should come with a warning label that says: lasts until you take a dip? Well this Shisheido product sure slams all those hydrophobic lotions. The sun protection formula is fortified with SPF50+ that becomes more effective when it comes in contact with water. Swim away!
Your pout too needs a shield against the Sun. This light and non-oily Avéne lip balm protects your lips with am SPF30 armour against short and long UVB-UVA radiations, leaving it plump and hydrated.
Save yourself the lotion smearing and rubbing regime with this suntan spray. The water-based spray provides long-lasting water resistant protection and prevents cell ageing.
Flaunt some beach swag with this uber chic SPF20 sunscreen enhanced with shimmer and a bronze tint. The cream keeps sunburns at bay, giving your skin a sultry bronze sheen.
Give your hair a beach makeover with Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Infusion. The spray looks, feels and smells like a bottle of seawater, only fortified with a bunch of natural oils and ingredients. The spray gives your hair a nice tussled summer look complete with a fragrant trail.
When not at the beach, or by the poolside or whatever water body that gets you going, resort to a fresh look using this spray by Coola. The setting spray comes enriched with SPF30 and keeps your makeup from running despite the sweat and natural skin oils.
So chances are you either forgot the sunscreen home in all the excitement or maybe missed a few spots. Because, hey we’re not elastigirl! This after sun moisturizer by Clarins shall come to your rescue. The formula undoes any and all harm the harsh rays may have caused by instantly hydrating and replenishing the skin.
Soothe your skin and hair after a long day out in the sun with this after sun oil. Infused with a nourishing mix of erilla, buriti, annatto, and camellia oils that nourish and repair precious oils, it rehydrates, regenerates, and revives the radiance of hair and skin, the health cocktail bring back parched cells to life.
When is the next flight out of this oven?
With water pistols and balloons in tow, Holi is round the corner. The vibrant festival is as much notorious fun as it is brutal for the skin. Here are 5 tips to protect your skin against the wrath of the pinks and blues and greens.
Before stepping out into the “field”, apply generous amounts of moisturizer or body oil. Be sure of covering your face, neck, shoulders, arms, legs and any exposed area of your body, especially the insides of your ears and navel, and the area between fingers and toes. The grease keeps the harsh colors from settling into your skin, hence making it easier to wash off.
Apart from making sure that you wear clothes with maximum coverage – what, you want to be pink and tanned? – smear on a generous amount of sunscreen. The greasiness of the lotion acts as a protective layer against the colors as well.
Coat your hair and scalp with generous amounts – that is, at least 2 layers – of hair oil. The oil helps in getting the color off easily and protect it from the chemical present in the colors. Make you tie up your hair to avoid damage amidst all the madness.
This is the easiest way of steering clear of multi color nails after Holi. Apply a coat of clear or colored nail paint on your nails. After the festival you can simply remove it using a nail polish remover and it’ll be like you never played Holi!
Save your lips too! Dab on a layer of lip balm or petroleum jelly over your lips to keep them hydrated and protected. Using Vaseline under your nails is also a good idea. Dry skin causes the pores to open wide; keeping them shaded and moisturized will help you not look like a candy floss post holi.
Happy Holi beauties! Check out the Holi Beauty Box here to keep up with the vibrant festive spirit.
Ayurvedic studies and scriptures have the answer to all our health and beauty woes. From heart ailments to hair fall, the study knows how to solve it all. And how. Ayurveda vouches for ingredients that are all organic and natural, giving results that are chemical-free and nothing less than magical.
Follow these simple DIY remedies at home for a natural bounce and shine in your tresses.
Amla (Indian Gooseberry)
Amla, a Vitamin C rich fruit, is commonly eaten to purify blood, improve digestion and even loose weight. The high levels of Vitamin C make it ideal for nourishing your locks from within.
Take powdered or dried amla and make a homogenous paste in warm water. Use it to cover your scalp evenly and wash off after 20 minutes. Not only does this keep your hair healthy but also makes it dense and black.
A widely used and famous household name, which is definitely sitting in your kitchen right now, methi too has amazing qualities to boost hair growth.
Depending on your hair length, grind the appropriate amount of slightly roasted methi and make a paste of it in warm water. Apply it evenly over your scalp, keep it on for 20 minutes and rinse off.
This known skin foster is also a source of nutrients to give your hair a chemical-free shine and bounce. The plant extracts clean, protect and prevent your tresses against external impurities.
Mix aloe vera latex from the plant and some water in a bowl. Transfer this mix into a spray bottle and add your choice of essential oil (coconut and almond give best results) and shake well. Simply spray this light leave-in mix on to your hair for unbelievable manageable hair.
Bhringraj (False Daisy)
Also known as the ‘king of herbs’, Bhringraj owes this title to its excellent hair growth-boosting qualities. A regular dose of this herb can result in beautiful long hair.
Make a paste of the leaves and apply it on your scalp for some time before washing it off. Alternatively, you can use dried Bhringraj as well. Mix 5-6 tablespoons of the powder in warm water and apply the paste for 20 minutes before washing off.
The muskroot or Indian Spikenard is great for waning blood impurities and also giving your complexion a healthy glow.
You can use this herb in two ways – consuming and applying. The quicker way is to consume it in the form of a tablet, which should not be more than 6mg; or you could even make a paste out of the dried herb (or powder) and water and apply it to your scalp before washing your hair.
As the holidays are getting closer, the events on your calendar are increasing. With your dress and shoes already picked out at multiple store windows, have you anything in mind for those locks? If not then these hair styling tips will help you deck up this winter without looking like a Christmas tree.
The Gold Leaf
This hair trend has been trending on social media for some time now so lets take it to the dance floor, shall we? This tutorial helps you put together a beautiful headband adorned with golden leaves along with cute golden hairclips!
The Boho Beanie
Now, Blair Waldorf would totally banish you from the Upper East Side for fashioning one of these but this is agreeably the hottest way to look effortlessly chic for a casual house party!
The Bow Tie
So this one might require sneaking out some old ties from your dad or beau’s closet but it’s worth it. Style your hair with one of these cute bow ties to strut through the party season like a fashionista!
Who said fascinators are just for royal weddings? Grab some craft foam and lace to swank up your look with this statement hair accessory!
The Prom Hair
Turn up the heat this winter with these elegant and sweltering hair accessories. All you need is some craft items, a glue gun and seamless creativity!
It often happens that colour schemes relate themselves to an edible item simply because nothing else makes a trend – or more specifically colour – more attractive than an association with food (say bubble gum pink , cherry red or chocolate brown).
Following in step with the food-colour association, hair colourists have painted their palettes with hues fresh out from the oven – the chocolate chip cookie hair and the macaron hair.
The Chocolate Chip Cookie
The chocolate chip cookie made its way to the hair stylists’ palette in an attempt to give a naturally highlighted effect. Created by Ryan Pearl of Cutler Salon, the look, much like its edible namesake/inspiration, is a blend of brunette and blonde. “It’s a much more interesting, fun, and relatable way to name a color than simply referring to it as ‘warm or cold,'” Pearl explained to Mane Addicts.
Creating the blend of the two browns involves colouring the hair by dividing it into ribbon-like segments. “Then I paint a section of hair and blend in the ends of another section of hair as a way to accentuate POP,” he added.
Similar to the chocolate chip, one other drool-worthy hair colour trend recently is the macaron hair colour devised by Shelley Gregory, colourist for Atelier Salon in Las Vegas.
The hair colour involves dyeing one’s hair in soft pastel shades that are generally associated with macarons. “I wanted the hair to look and feel like walking into Laduree, the French macaron shop,” Gregory explained to Popsugar.
To achieve the macaron hair, Gregory expertly painted the different shades onto the client’s hair in layers. The end result is soft shades playing on the client’s mane making it look dreamy and surreal.”The colour stands out and looks trendy, but it’s still chic and approachable,” Gregory explained.
It’s party season, that time of the year when your social standing depends on the number of Christmas, pre Christmas, New Year and pre New Year bashes that you’re invited to. Even though your PJs look way more enticing than that LBD you can barely breathe in, there are things one needs to do. Because, social acceptance.
Now, being fashion and trend conscious fanatics we are, there has to be a head-turning element that we must carry to these parties. And that is exactly why you need to stock up on hair mousse and golden leaf this year.
Say hello to the gold leaf hair girls! Ever since models sported it at the Dries van Noten Spring 2014 show, this hairdo has been popping up on or social media feeds time and again. The show had sparkling bits placed across the models’ part line. Subtle and sensational.
Going for real gold leaves and gold leaf products can burn a hole bigger than your Thanksgiving belly in your wallet. But all hail the DIY Lords for coming up with alternatives that are neither time-consuming nor will have you compromising on your party shopping.
All you need is some hair mousse, a make up brush, a gold metallic leaf and a vision (or a beauty blogger’s Instagram account in front of your eyes. If you lack the latter, stick to this awesome tutorial for some chrome kissed tresses.