Guest Blog Alert! In the mood to try something new? Here are 5 Killer Hairstyles to try! Thanks to Karishma Sehgal for curating this list for us!
It’s true that your locks speak volumes about your personality. While long and straight hair is associated with femininity and beauty, short hair is associated with power and prestige. Hair is a medium of self expression that can work wonders to give your look a facelift! With the concept of power dressing gaining ground and women getting more empowered than ever, many edgy and bold hairstyles have paved their way into the beauty circuit. Seen everywhere from fashion show ramps to boardrooms, these hairstyles are gaining popularity among women from all walks of life. Here is a list of 5 cosmo hairstyles that you must try this year:
- Blunt Bobs – Bobs came into being way back in the 1920’s and if trend forecasts are anything to go by, they are here to stay! This season, blunt bobs have made a comeback with Coco Rocha’s look topping the charts. This hairstyle works best for those with fine, straight hair. Other hair types can also pull off this look but with greater maintenance and upkeep. You can work this trend along with straight or side swept bangs, depending on what suits your face shape.
- Pixie With An Edge – Pixies have been making waves for the last few years and have had many women boldly embrace this trend. This year, hairstylists have introduced a funky twist to the good ol’ pixie. The latest trend is that of pixies that are angled, razored and big on the crown. Depending on your style and will to experiment, you can ask your hairstylist to give you a pixie that can take you from looking like a rocker chick to a corporate hottie!
- Wavy Lob – Kim Kardashian walked into the Grammy’s with her wavy lob this year and left everyone awestruck! The wavy lob has been making many headlines this season with some of the biggest names in tinseltown working this effortless yet chic hairdo! Those of you with medium length hair can easily try out this fun hairstyle at home. If you have straight hair, you can get light curls using a curling iron or by braiding your hair overnight. Work some sea salt spray on your hair and ruffle it with your fingers. Follow it up with light brushing and you’re set!
- Slick Bun – If you are someone who doesn’t like going too audacious with your hairstyle but still want to make heads turn, a slick bun can be your go-to hairdo! Spotted at many international Spring/Summer 2015 fashion shows like that of Carolina Hererra’s this year, slick buns work just as well for a day look as they work for an evening updo. Whether your hair is short or long, wavy or straight, you can always try out a bun that will work perfectly for you. To get a flawlessly slick bun, dab on light oil onto your towel dried hair. Let it dry and fasten it in a tight, high ponytail. Wrap your ponytail in a bun and secure it with bobby pins. If there are any flyaways falling on your face, pin them up to the bun.
- Wet Look Midi – When Rosie Huntignton walked the ramp for Balmain Spring/Summer 2015 sporting wet tresses, stylistas world over knew that a new trend was born. Following the out-of-the-bed hair trend of last year, this year out-of-the-water hair has taken the cake for being one of the edgiest looks of the season. This hairstyle works especially well for mid length hair of any texture. You can wear this look for a formal night event or even a dinner date with your love. To perfect this look, comb your hair at the back and spray it with high shine hair lacquer. It’s as easy as it can get!
These super chic hairstyles are sure to add the needed touch of magic to your stunning outfit, kickass wit and powerful aura. Which of these hairdos is your favorite? Share your pick with us in the comments section below!
Author Bio : Karishma Sehgal
Being an ardent fashion, beauty and lifestyle enthusiast, I have contributed to a number of popular lifestyle magazines and blogs. My writings are mostly targeted towards young women on a budget who enjoy the art of looking good. Follow me on on my brand new blog and Twitter!!
Hey babes. Today, I am excited to be able to share with you an interview with a woman who has really played a hand in inspiring my journey as a Hair blogger. Meet the effervescent and lovely Christina Butcher, blogger at Hairromance, published author of Braids, Buns, and Twists, Queen of Pinterest, and naturally curly Aussie fox.
Christina was gracious enough to share with us a bit about her journey to loving her hair, as well as her favorite hair tips, tricks and products. I am so pleased to be featuring her on HTHG, because she is a badass hair loving lady with some serious skills in teaching others to love their own hair. And that is what HTHG is all about! So Christina, thank you for doing all you do for us and our hair sense:)
You talk about the one haircut that changed your life. Tell us more about what the cut looked like, how it was different than other cuts, and why it changed your hair game.
I didn’t grow up with curly hair. It just appeared during puberty and I really didn’t know how to deal with it. My mum had short hair and wasn’t much help with hair. After cutting all my hair off (a super short pixie!) I felt so free from my hair. It was as I decided to grow it back that I became best friends with a hairdresser who really understood curls. When my hair was a few inches long he told me my hair was curly and I was shocked. He gave me a simple box layered cut that was quite rounded in shape. It was life changing as I could easily style my hair and achieve great curl every day. It really encouraged me to love my hair and started my hair romance.
You know a thing or two about embracing natural curls. What have been your biggest and greatest hair discoveries as a naturally curly woman?
I used to be worried that my hair was dry but it’s natural for curly hair to have a dry texture. The huge bonus is that I don’t have to wash my hair as often and so I can save myself so much time. I sleep with my hair pineapple’d on top of my head and can make my curls last for days. When they get too messy, braids save the day.
I know your hair can get major big, and I know you love big hair. What are your favorite tricks for achieving hair as high as the heavens?
I love volume powder. It’s a game changer with hair styling for me. I love it to add some height to curly hair (which can lay a little flat naturally). I also use it to fatten up my braids. A little sprinkle of powder on the finished style lets me pull out the hair wider so it looks thicker.
For those who don’t like using a lot of product, I have a simple trick for when I’m air drying my curls. I part my hair in a deep side part on the opposite side to the way I wear my hair. Then when my hair is about 80% dry, I flip it back over to the right side and you have so much more volume on top.
What is your current hair routine/regimen?
I wash my hair every 3-4 days (sometimes a little longer!). I use a sulphate free shampoo and always do a hair treatment. I’ll comb my hair while I condition my hair and then gently squeeze out any moisture and let my curls air dry. I alternate between a mousse or curl cream depending on what I’m testing for the blog. If I’m in a rush I’ll use my diffuser to hurry the drying process along. I finish with a few drops of oil or a serum to tame the frizzies.
Fortnightly I also do an oil treatment (Darshana) on my hair.
Who is your all-time hair idol?
Probably Gwen Stefani. Her hair is amazing and she never has any regrowth. It’s a platinum miracle.
What haircut currently gives you major envy?
I would love super long mermaid hair but the maintenance would be such a pain. I also love a blunt bob with a fringe but it just won’t work with my hair.
Do you have any advice for someone who is perpetually frustrated with their hair?
Getting to know your hair is the first step. You have to get to a place of acceptance as to what your hair really looks like. Understand that all magazine photos are photo-shopped and that most, if not all, celebrities are wearing hairpieces and have way more time than you to style their hair.
Then start practising styles that you can do in your hair. Build up an easy hair-drobe of hairstyles that you can wear any day.
Stop comparing and start loving your hair. I promise that your hair will love you back.
Do you have any hair tricks that have been passed down from your mother or grandmother?
Sleep on a silk pillowcase. It’s softer and smoother than cotton and you’ll wake up with less frizz in the morning.
What are your favorite up-and-coming companies in the hair biz?
One of my faves is Original and Mineral. They’re an Australian company with a focus on low chemical formulas but they don’t skimp on the look and feel of their products. They’re eco-conscious and their products really work. I especially love 7 Day Miracle and Frizzy Logic. I also use their ammonia free permanent colour on my hair.
Do you have any exciting creative projects that you are working on for the blog this year that you would like to share?
I’m in the planning stages of a new book all about curly hair! It’s about time that curly girls had more examples of really curly hair and hairstyles they can do. I’m sick of seeing straight hair curled and then called curly.
Sing it, girl!
(Photo from the Braids for short hair tutorial)
Where and how do you find inspiration for all the lovely hairstyles that you invent?
I’m often inspired by necessity – like part of my hair looks ok but the side is a mess so I’ll create a new side braided style. I also look to fashion weeks for new trends that I can adapt for real girls. Pretty much I just love playing with hair!
Christina, a big thank you from all of us for your HTHG feature!!!!
Here are 2 of my favorite Hairromance tutorials….
Sparkles are wonderful. There was once a day in my life where my vials of loose colored glitters were as precious to me as almost anything. I used to use them to add some shimmer to my eyeshadow, and as the magical finishing touch to my baby clips and on the toes of my Doc Martens. The carpet in my room was a mess of glitter, and everything I owned had the telltale trails of my sparkle obsession.
But lets be real. Loose glitter is a mess, and it is impractical. And some people are total glitter haters, and they don’t want you anywhere near them with the stuff, for fear that it will end up all over them.
One of the lamest parts of being a grownup is not having a sparkle covered life. But I miss my glitterbuzz. That being said, I recently stumbled upon some amazing looking ways to incorporate sparkles back into life…..While keeping them relatively mess-free and contained.
Check out these awesome tutorials. This first one is a Glitter Hair Gel that you can use to add some shimmer to your strands.
The second one is this to die for Sparkly Melon Lip Look!
Hey babes. Communication with your hairstylist is totally necessary when you want to achieve a particular hair goal. Read more on this from HTHG on R29!
The 90’s called and left this angsty message: Green hair is legit and not just for grunge rockers and mermaids. Ever since Viper, female super hero of Marvel Comic fame dove onto the scene with kelly green hair, green has been the archtype of tough-girl ‘don’t call me cute’ hair colors. Where pastel pinks are femme and soft, green is perfectly bold, moody and complicated.
The past few years have been all about peachy pinks and silvers. Everywhere we looked, we saw pretty unicorn hair. This past Summer was about purple hair. So much purple hair happened in salons across the country that the tell tale mark of a hair dresser was purplish stained fingertips. Real talk. Enough is enough. The pink and purple trend is fading as fast as purple hair on sun bleached ends…….More of HTHG’s green hair thoughts on Refinery29 today! And also, a giant shout out to RAIN for being a fantastically quick and awesome editor and helping me bust out content like a pro:) It is so wonderful to have your input.