How to: Super easy hair fixes
An easy, breezy guide to fabulous tresses
I want straight hair, but my curly hair won’t be having with it
A popular option for people seeking sleek hair is permanent straightening, but you need to weigh the cost of frying your hair with chemicals and the intensive after-care against the bliss of having ultra-smooth hair. Deepa Verma, New Delhi-based hairstylist warns, “Chemical processing is the worst thing you could do to your hair. A ceramic straightener used with a heat protection spray will do the job just as well.” However, even excessive heat styling can lead to locks that are brittle, frizzy and lacklustre. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, though. Invest in high-end wigs. Your hair will thank you and you’ll save thousands in damage-control products.
Heat Protection Mist Anti Static Control, Rs 650, Toni & Guy
I want my hair to handle humidity without frizzing out into a fright
Charles warns, “You can’t completely defeat nature with a bottle or tube of anything.” Having said that, he adds, “But, you can use products to at least tame out-of-control frizz.” Aislinn Trodden, Global Expert, TIGI, says, “During summer, it’s important to use a serum that creates a barrier between the hair and humidity. Pick one that is light and non-greasy to stomp the frizz without weighing the hair down.” Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel and TIGI Bed Head Control Freak Serum are fantastic anti-frizz products.
Intense Repair Treatment Mask, Rs 215, Dove
I want volume, but my hair refuses lift-off
There’s a lot more you can do for volume besides the ‘flip hair over and blow-dry’ routine. “Consult a professional to check if you have an excessive sebum issue. If yes, get it treated. You can also use shampoos that clear the scalp,” says hairstylist Sushil Charles from Smashh, Mumbai. Philip B Peppermint & Avocado Shampoo is a great option. “An effective technique to achieve volume is to lift hair to the desired height and pin it using intersecting accessories. You can choose which area to lift based on what you’re wearing or just to highlight a facial feature,” advises Charles. If all else fails, spritz volumising spray on your hair: try Schwarzkopf Upload Volume, Pantene Pro-V Fine Hair Solutions Root Lifter Spray Gel or Aveda’s Invati collection.
Peppermint & Avocado Volumizing & Clarifying Shampoo, Rs 1,025, Philip B
Oil Reflections Smoothening Treatment, Rs 850, Wella
I want colour, but without the effort
Invest in colour chalks and sprays that give you the goods, but can be washed out as soon as you’re done. Akshata Honawar, part of the L’Oréal Professionnel Dream Team says, “Hair chalks are the newest craze – they’re fun, quick and require no long-term commitment. You can literally change your hair colour just like you change your nail polish – every other day.” The trend is set to catch on in India with a couple of brands already on the shelves: L’Oréal Professionnel has launched a hair chalk service at affiliated salons; you can also pick up the ones from The Body Shop, which you can apply at home yourself. If you’re travelling to the US, check out Rita Hazan Pop Color – temporary colour sprays in pink, purple and blue that dry within minutes of application. The most versatile, in terms of colour, is Colorsmash Hair Shadow available at Sephora in a variety of rainbow hues. All you have to do is rub the colour on and seal it with hair spray. Favourites include ‘Firecracker’ (a vibrant cherry) and ‘Morning Mist’ (a deep peacock blue).
Hair Chalk, price on request, L’Oréal Professionnel
Your outfit, after hours of digging through your wardrobe, is perfect. By some fortuitous convergence of coincidence and luck, your smoky eye looks like the Charlotte Tilbury version you’ve desperately been trying to master. You’ve followed Coco Chanel’s golden rule of looking in the mirror and taking one accessory off before leaving the house. But the one thing that’s ruining this fabulous picture is your hair. It refuses to do what you want.
It’s a familiar conundrum: your hair is straight as a board when you’re desperately aiming for curls; when you want it to look sleek and streamlined, your curls look like Diana Ross having a bad day; and when you’re aiming for beach-appropriate waves, you end up with pesky frizz. It seems so easy when a professional does it. And it can be just as easy for you. We asked the experts for all the tips, tricks and rock-solid advice on how to get your hair to do exactly what you want it to. You’re welcome.
Photograph: Farrokh Chothia
Osis+ Upload Volume, Rs 825, Schwarzkopf
I want curls, but my hair is as straight as George Clooney
You want magazine hair that looks sexy and windblown? The best way to get movement in poker-straight hair is to get the right cut with lots of layers. If you prefer beachy waves, Mumbai-based hairstylist Savio John Pereira offers an easy tip: “Rub mousse into slightly damp hair and plait into multiple braids. Open them when dry and finger comb through for bouncy waves.” He also recommends rolling up sections of hair around your finger and pinning them up against your scalp. Open when dry for vintage finger curls. Kérastase’s Oleo Curl works wonders to hold those ringlets. You can also invest in Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream, Bumble and bumble Curl Conscious Defining Creme or Philip Kingsley Curl Activator for lift and texture.
Intense Curl Cream, price on request, Moroccanoil
6 Oil Nourish Nourishing Conditioner, Rs 150, L’Oréal Paris