Long hair is trend­ing. Bazaar tells you how to show off those FLOW­ING TRESSES By Jhelum Biswas Bose and Aarti Jhurani

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STRAND SER­VICE Just get­ting a per­sonal con­sul­ta­tion from one of Delhi’s most-wanted hair artists, Rod Anker is prob­a­bly the best thing you can do for your hair. And now Anker col­lab­o­rates with The Clar­idges, Su­ra­jkund, to of­fer you a lux­u­ri­ous hair ser­vice that in­cludes a pickup from your doorstep, a one-night stay at the Pres­i­den­tial Suite of the ho­tel with pri­vate chef serv­ing un­lim­ited food and drinks, and an af­ter­noon ses­sion with Anker to com­pletely trans­form your look.

Aren’t we happy this sea­son? Af­ter two years of short crops and chic bobs, long, flow­ing hair is back. We saw it at Michael Kors, Os­car de la Renta, DKNY, and Sal­va­tore Fer­rag­amo, among sev­eral oth­ers, in all pos­si­ble tex­tures and hues. You can wear yours in cas­cad­ing waves, vo­lu­mi­nous curls, or silky straight, but en­sure it looks healthy, lux­u­ri­ous, and rich. Also, do keep in mind that long hair is nei­ther for the su­per tall (as it tends to drag you down and make you look taller) nor for those with a round face (it adds weight to the face). Con­sult a stylist and arm your­self with our smart tips be­fore you de­cide to opt for trail­ing tresses.

STYLE WISE “Long hair is al­ways in fash­ion pro­vided it’s styled cor­rectly. And a good cut en­sures it doesn’t look bor­ing,” says hair guru Rod Anker. If you have straight hair, Anker sug­gests that af­ter sham­poo­ing and tow­eldry­ing, style with a large, round brush. Tip: fin­ish with a blast of cool air to close the cu­ti­cles and en­hance shine. If you’ve got wavy hair, di­vide your hair into five sec­tions and braid from roots to ends, spray­ing each sec­tion with a set­ting spray. Wait un­til it dries overnight, and open up the sec­tions in the morn­ing. “It’s im­por­tant to pick the right prod­ucts to keep your hair happy,” says Anker. He rec­om­mends the fol­low­ing prod­ucts as must-haves for gor­geous tresses—sham­poo, con­di­tioner, and wa­ter­sol­u­ble serum by Alfa Parf (an Ital­ian brand now avail­able in In­dia); a leave-in con­di­tioner, a boar bris­tle brush, and an ionic hairdryer. “The best way to show off your long locks is by leav­ing them as they are. You can also try a loose fish­tail braid. Or twirl your hair in ver­ti­cal sec­tions and pin these up to give that messy, loose, and ca­sual look,” says hair ex­pert Shimsha Shetty from b:blunt sa­lons, Mum­bai. “If you want to be a lit­tle edgy, tie your hair in a high pony­tail and twist it in to cre­ate a cylin­dri­cal shape,” she adds. Tip: tame any stray strands with a hair spray or smooth­ing serum.

LIGHT AND SHADE Hair colour can make or break your style. The shades you choose and the way they are placed in your hair help ac­cen­tu­ate your hair cut, and add depth and move­ment to your mane. You can ei­ther opt for streaks or go for global (over­all) colour. As global hues, we like warm, choco­late shades. “Play it up. Get a mix of two to three hues to get a unique look,” sug­gests Delhi’s most-wanted colourist Su­mit Is­rani. “And if you’re opt­ing for streaks, make sure you don’t get them on top of your crown. Once the hair starts grow­ing, the roots will be of a dif­fer­ent colour, and that looks re­ally shabby,” ad­vises Is­rani. “Get high­lights done in the lower lay­ers of your hair in­stead. And en­sure you don’t go more than three shades lighter than your nat­u­ral colour. If a con­trast is what you want, then opt for streaks in fuch­sia, ma­genta, or red. These flam­ing hues are hot this sea­son.”

LOVE AND CARE Long hair needs ex­tra at­ten­tion and care. Apart from reg­u­lar cleans­ing and con­di­tion­ing, use a hair mask at least once a week to keep your tresses stress-free. Try Kéras­tase NutriTher­mique In­tense Treat­ment Mask (`2,400), Sch­warzkopf Pro­fes­sional Re­pair Res­cue Sys­tem (`650) or Sun­silk Ker­ati­nol­ogy Ad­vance Re­con­struc­tion Pro­gram Hair Spa Mask (`400). Bollywood’s favourite hair spe­cial­ist Dil­shad Pas­takia rec­om­mends spinach, lentils, pa­neer, eggs, and pro­tein-rich foods as an es­sen­tial part of your diet for gor­geous hair. Though Vi­ta­min E sup­ple­ments pro­mote hair health, con­sult a doc­tor for the right dosage be­fore start­ing on them. Ev­ery fort­night, book your­self for a hair spa or deep-con­di­tion­ing treat­ment at your sa­lon for ex­tra care and nour­ish­ment. We love Kéras­tase Chro­nol­o­giste treat­ments. The good old hot-oil champi is some­thing that you can al­ways rely on. Oil con­di­tions the strands, and a good scalp mas­sage im­proves blood cir­cu­la­tion and pro­motes scalp health. Try For­est Es­sen­tials Bhringraj Head Mas­sage Oil—it prom­ises to pro­mote hair growth.


Hair ex­ten­sions are a fab­u­lous so­lu­tion for those who want long tresses, and want them real quick. But do re­mem­ber that ex­ten­sions are avail­able in dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties and tech­niques, need a lot of care, and are not re­ally suit­able for those with very fine hair as this type of hair wouldn’t be able to carry the weight of the ex­ten­sions. So con­sult a stylist be­fore you opt for them. “Opt for real hair ex­ten­sions, and take care of them as you would care for your nat­u­ral hair,” says Pas­takia. We rec­om­mend Bal­main hair ex­ten­sions from b:blunt sa­lons. “Use sham­poo, con­di­tioner, and a hair­brush to main­tain your ex­ten­sions,” rec­om­mends Shetty. “The Sun­silk Ker­atin Ad­vanced Range also works great for ex­ten­sions,” adds Pas­takia.


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