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Cut it short or blow it out

Whether you have long hair or short, there is no denying that you have to spend a good share of your available time to tame your mane. This week, LS brings you two basic looks for you to stun and make a statement. Your hair-do after all reflects your mood and can speak volumes about your personality. So do not be shy and go short at a men's salon, or pick up your blow drier and replicate the big blow-out from the latest runway looks. Just be sure to be you!

Voluminous hair with bouncy locks is a universally flattering look. Blowout hair adds shine and makes all types of hair look healthy, soft and classy. 

It makes a girl look breezy, makes her stand taller and adds that coveted oomph factor. It's the ideal look for all types of occasions, be it formal or casual. 

Blow out hair is something that you would like to get done every day at a salon; after all, we can't see the back of our heads. But not all ladies can allocate time for such a luxury. For DIY lovers, here are a few things to live by for a fool proof blow dry from the comfort of your own home. 

Things you need

The first thing you need is a salon grade hairdryer. Those with nozzles work best for styling, as it allows tight control over your hair sections. 

Second, there is no better option than using rounded brushes for the voluminous, bouncy look. Rule of thumb -- the bigger your hair sections, the bigger your roller brush. 

If you want to go the extra mile, Velcro rollers are an option; it helps keep the hair in sections. 

Lastly, the only way you can make your hairdo last the entire day is by using quality hair products. You have to prime it with mousse, as it lifts the crown area, and finish it with hairspray to make sure your hair strands do not go astray. 

Products such as heat protective serums and Argan oil prep and nourish your hair for the blow dry to give a natural and healthy finished look. There is a common misconception that oils weigh your hair down, but there's a reason it's called essential oils. The right amount of oil in the right places really exerts the full potential of the oil's effect on your hair. 

On that note, applying moisturising products on your roots or close to the scalp will make your hair greasy, and inevitably weigh it down. Basically, there are different formulas of hair products for different sections of the hair.

Method 

For the bouncy voluminous blow-dried look, it's best to have 80 percent of your hair air dried before blow drying. 

You can also choose to blow dry with your hair upside-down. This gives the root of your hair a lift. Slightly wet hair gives you more control when rolling the hair with a round brush and using a nozzle hair dryer. The slightly dampened hair also works well with Velcro rollers. 

Sectioning your hair from the sides and middle is really important. The centre section is what creates the lift, as the mousse and hairspray sets into place. People with straighter hair need fewer sections and curlier hair requires more sections.

Make sure there are no tangles. Otherwise you may have to cut out sections of your hair when you are unable to take out the rollers!

As you apply the heat, slowly rotate the brush so as not to burn your hair. When it's dried, immediately switch to cool air, and gently twist the hair out. 

Finally, set your hair with hairspray and release the curls with your fingers to create a natural bounce. Voila! You are your own stylist.

By Sanumkia Siddiqui

Photo: Collected

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