Fix your hair mishaps with help from the industry’s best
Despite taking care of our tresses as if they’re our babies, and being extremely careful, bad hair days are unavoidable. Bad haircuts, terrible colour jobs or just being stuck in a beauty rut, we’ve all been there—being super excited to get something new done with your hair, only to stare in the mirror at your worst nightmare. Fret not because we have these fabulous tips from our favourite stylists at Schwarzkopf Professional that will help you fix your hair mishaps.
Q Bad haircuts can be a nightmare. What can you do with a fringe that’s been cut way too short?
Nitin Manchanda: A fringe is the most important element of any hairstyle. It defines the face and instantly grabs attention. Hence, it can be a disaster if done incorrectly. Fortunately, products and tools are available that can rectify most mistakes. If the fringe has gone too short, you can either hide it by cutting a longer fringe on top of the short fringe, or use a styling product like Osis+ Session Flexible and Strong hairspray to style towards any one side and pin it up. Another option is to get a false fringe; they’re easily available these days. You can fix one on top of the short fringe until you grow back your hair.
Q A-line bobs were quite the rage but growing out the bob is the most awkward phase ever. Are there cuts to try in the interim that will not make the hair look limp?
Nitin Manchanda: If you are growing out your bob and want to prevent your hair from looking limp, a simple option is to add a few layers around the crown area. Not only will you will get a lot of volume but it will also give a nice shape to the overall haircut, without compromising on the length. You can also style the hair to give it volume. Use Osis+ Upload on the hair before blow-drying, and finish with Osis+ Session Flexible Hold hairspray to give an instant volume boost.
Q If the same old long and loose hair is wearing you down and it’s time to try something new, what are some easy-to-do styles you’d recommend for long hair?
Najeeb UR Rehman: It’s possible that if you don’t try to wear your hair differently, chances are that you can feel bored and sometimes lack confidence. There are a few styles which one can wear on a day-to-day basis, like: The ponytail: This is one of the most versatile hairstyles that never goes out of style and works well with both casual and formal occasions. You can try low, medium or high ponytails for different occasions, and you can also easily take the look from day to night. Twisting and braiding: These techniques are quick and very impactful. Braid a section of the hair while leaving the back loose for an instant new look. Alternately, braiding the full head or around the crown will refresh your look completely. Front styles: Work with the front of the hair to break the monotony of the look. Changing your parting is also another way of refreshing your look. Plus, it adds instant volume to the hair. If you want to create the illusion of length, try a front puff, isolating the hair from the end of eyebrows and pin it back—one can also add height in this manner. Pinning up the bangs to one side will also work wonders.
Q Most of us either colour our hair on a regular basis or have tried a new shade at least once. But when the colour starts fading, our pre-lightened hair can look like a hot mess. What can be done to work around this in-between stage?
On pre-lightened hair, colour pigments fade faster than on normal hair. Once the colour is done, one should use a shampoo and conditioner that contains colour stabilisers and UV filters to protect colour pigments on the hair. NonSLS shampoos with a pH of 4.5 are a big help for colour retention. Schwarzkopf Professional’s Colour Freeze is one of the best ranges to retain colour. A semi-permanent colour like Igora Colorworx, which can be used without the developer, is a good remedy to refresh your colour in between two applications.
Q There’s always a concern with short hair not appearing feminine. How can women style edgy short styles to make them appear more feminine.
Bony Sasidharan: Haircuts are very personal and the style can vary from client to client, and also as per their requirements. Short, edgy haircuts are much stronger and can often appear androgynous. Introduce soft waves and sleek textures to induce feminity. If you have a strong and angular face shape, then cutting it with edges will make it look more masculine. You should ask for short, wispy or point-cut ends rather than going for strong, clean lines. However, if you are particular about certain edgy looks, you can always play with hair colours like reds, coppers, red-violets or only violets; these colours infuse that element of feminity into your look.
Haircuts are very personal and the style can vary from client to client, and also as per their requirements.
Najeeb Ur Rehman Professional Partnership Service Director
Nitin Manchanda Technical Head India
Bony Sasidharan Regional Manager