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Voluminous tresses back in vogue

india Updated: May 28, 2009 16:40 IST
Itee Dewan
Itee Dewan
Hindustan Times
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Whether it’s Sonam Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra or Kangana Ranaut, the current crop of actresses has developed a fascination for big — big hair, that is! Whether it’s a birthday bash, a casual brunch or a social do, tinsel town beauties and social butterflies are taking the big route and ditching the boring poker straight, flat-ironed tresses.

Internationally, pop stars like Gwen Stefani, Beyonce Knowles and more recently, Rihanna have made a ‘big’ statement with their hair. Explaining this trend, Rod Anker, creative director, The Kim Robinson Salon says, “It’s very subjective but usually big hair is just that, big and full. It depends on a client’s preference and the stylist as to how it is finished and how big it is but the options are endless.”

Style-wise
Big hair adds a lot of drama to one’s personality. Hairstylist Adhuna Akhtar quashes the myth that big hair is only for long, flowing tresses. “Short, cropped hair can be styled and made big and voluminous,” she says. The style looks good on mostly all face shapes, “except perhaps moon-shaped or round faces,” adds make-up and hair stylist Jojo.

Curvaceous girls can carry this look well. But, if you’re petite, avoid big hair as it might overpower your top and make you look like a lollipop. For those with limp hair, the 70s hit style of backcombing and puffing the crown is the way to go.

Get it right
So how does one achieve this look? Adhuna suggests using voluminising products at the roots before blow-drying the hair with a big round brush. “For better, bigger results primp your hair and then layer it for texture and dimension,” suggests Jojo. The easiest and most popular method is to backcomb one’s hair and finish it with a strong hair spray.

But Jojo has the last word: “Don’t be too attached to big hair. Wear it occasionally, restricting it to parties or night-outs.”