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Style your hair at home iteslf

Crimped, curled, ‘moussed’, set and blow dried. If you thought it wasn’t possible to do any of these things at home, allow us to prove you wrong. Winter lets the devil out in all of us – and especially, our hair.

fashion and trends Updated: Oct 29, 2011 19:52 IST
Parul Khanna Tewari

It truly is the season for excesses. When we say excesses, we mean excesses – wild sex under warm quilts; rich, mouth-watering food; layers and layers of lush silks and velvets. Winter lets the devil out in all of us – and especially, our hair.

“Hairstylists get most creative at this time as the weather allows people to sport a range of styles. It also allows them to use hair products (that in any other season would make you sweat),” says the Aman Salon’s creative director Rodlphe Hequet (the man, rather the hand, behind the hairstyles you see on this page). He has created four styles (two each for women and men) that are easy (or so he says) to do at home.

But remember, winter is also the time when your hair needs most care. So air-dry rather than blow-dry (heat rids the hair of moisture). Use leave-in conditioners and protective oils. They coat the hair and protect it from winter dryness or damage from dryers. Heat damage can cause spilt-ends, frizz and breakages. Use styling equipment at low heat and speed as high speed rids the scalp of moisture. Flatten only clean, dry hair with a straightening rod. Even minute moisture in the hair will burn it otherwise. Apply thermal protection spray before you iron. Do not use any product on the roots, just on the length of the hair. Lastly, follow the steps at your own risk.

Check out the complete style guide

What You Need!

HairstyleHair dryer (optional): To dry and fix hair in place

Velcro rollers: Easily available in any cosmetics shop, they stick to the hair without pins

Hair clips: To secure hair in its place

Tailcomb: The top teases the hair, gives it volume and the tail helps to part the hair into sections while styling

Mousse: Gives a wet look. If you use a blow dryer on it, gives volume and holds hair in place


Classic
Hairstyles for men are far and few. We (Rodlphe and us) hunted hard and found these two current hot looks: Clean and safe (right) and funky and fun (below)

step 1
Side-part your hair (choose whichever side looks best). Comb hair on both sides towards the cheeks (not downwards or backwards). Flatten hair on the top. Now apply gel.

step 2 Start to blow dry. With your hands, keep pushing the hair back from the crown and also the sides.

step 3 Now with your hands, push the hair back for about three minutes to ensure you get enough volume

FINAL This look is a smarter version of the spiked look. Here, the hair looks natural and not spiked. Also, hair from the sides of the head is pushed back to give an overall sense of volume.

Contemporary
step 1 Take hair mousse in one hand and then with both hands apply to your hair. Push hair back all the while

step 2 Start to blow dry. With your hands, keep pushing the hair back from the crown and also the sides.

step 3 Now with your hands, push the hair back for about three minutes to ensure you get enough volume

FINAL This look is a smarter version of the spiked look. Here, the hair looks natural and not spiked. Also, hair from the sides of the head is pushed back to give an overall sense of volume.



What You Need!

HairstyleStraightening iron To flatten and neaten sections of the hair

Crimper Works just like the flat iron (applies heat and pressure on hair). Instead of straightening, it crimps (makes hard, small waves)

Volumnising spray Apply on messy parts of the hair to give it body. Apply on the parts you want to and flip hair upside down

Hair mousse To set the crimped as well as straightened hair

Leave-in-conditioner Coats the hair with moisture. Protects against heat Artistic hands. No, seriously

Glamorous
So poker-straight hair is out. Here’s what’s in (a) Sixties-inspired soft curls (far right) that look natural, as if no work was done on them and (b) a sexily messy look (far below), an expression of the new world with all its chaos. Easy, swears our stylist!

step 1 Pin up the hair you are not going to curl with
several clips. This includes the hair on the top of your head and at the nape.

step 2 Separate the leftover, to-be-curled hair into 3/4 inch sections with a tailcomb. Roll each section straight up with velcro rollers.

step 3 Roll up all the parts you want curled. Rollers are good for billowy waves. Now count till 10 for patience. Why do you think actors get paid so much?

step 4 To set the hair in place, spray mousse on it. After this, you can blow-dry the curled-up hair for 5 minutes.

step 5 Softly uncurl the hair in the same way and direction you’d curled it. Avoid hair getting tangled in the curlers.

step 6 With a tailcomb, gently arrange hair and separate curls. Spray more mousse to ensure the curls stay in place.

Bedraggled
step 1 Comb hair well. Apply serum. Then from the top, exert pressure and glide the flat iron towards the bottom of your hair. Just like you would use a comb

step 2 Take sections of hair and place them in the crimper. Press for two minutes. Apply mousse. Optional: leave in conditioner before the process

step 3 Leave some crimped hair as it is. Take the rest of the crimped hair and open it out gently. Now, hold the ends and ruffle the hair up for an unkempt look.


From HT Brunch, October 30

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