They can be created at home, and they are sure to make heads turn. From her tousled waves to the recent short locks, Vanessa’s hair transformations till date have brought about an envy-full hurricane. StyleCracker dishes out the quickest steps into getting her three iconic looks of 2015 in a matter of minutes. Happiest birthday to her!
1. THE MINNIE MOUSE BUNS
Split your strands into two straight sections, not forgetting to leave out the bangs. (if you have any)
Graduate the sections into two, high ponytails.
Starting with a ponytail at once, take the section handy, while dropping in some hair spray. Simply back comb it now. Comb the surface of this pigtail gently and braid the ponytail, eventually turning it into a bun (secure it with bobby pins). Continue until satisfied, letting the ends hang down loosely. This would take a few tries before you finally get it right, so practice a few times before that really big night.
Once it is secure, mist another time, you’d end up with good control over your hair.
Now hold the pieces you had just left behind, curling and spraying them to hold.
2. THE CROWN BRAID
Part your hair from it’s immediate center. Tie one part with a hair tie while working on the other to avoid interference.
Start at the nape of your neck, take in control the looser ends. Split the section into three equal strands. You could add a hair clip to each, while you gear up for the next step.
Do a quick inside-out french braid. Cross each of the strands underneath each other, instead of over one another. Work your way around the side of the head, keeping the braid fairly tight. If the braid comes loose, it won’t appear tight.
Work across the top of your forehead, until you’ve finished fixing the braid. Secure the ends with an elastic band and let it hang until you complete the other side. If you are afraid of getting it undone, clip it to the top of your head until the “crown” is ready to be made.
Take the opposite side of your hair in your hand, starting with the top of your head, instead of the bottom. Split this section into three equal parts and do an inside-out braid you worked on in Step 3. Work around the side of the head, finishing near the nape of your neck. You can add a hair clip or an elastic band when you are done, to secure the neat braid.
Now lets create the ‘crown. Pull one of the braids from the left to your right, over the top of your head. The braid should rest a few inches above your forehead. Secure this braid with a bobby pin. Now pull the other braid from the right to your left, pushing it up against the previous braid. Secure this braid with a bobbi pin as well. Voila, you would now have a hairstyle that looks like a crown!
3. THE WAVY BOB
Apply styling mousse to damp hair, using your palm as a measuring guide, and distribute evenly along your hair shaft. The mousse will add hold and help achieve the best of results.
Using the corner of your comb while standing in front of a mirror, find the centre of your right eye and drag the comb up straight until you reach your hairline, continuing back straight, eventually achieving an even right part. A side part works great for comparatively longer face shapes as it creates the illusion of width.
Now use your hand to scrunch the hair as you blow dry. Remember to keep the blow-dryer on a low speed and heat setting, and to leave some moisture in your hair.
Apply a small amount of wax to your fingertips, lightly piecing and pinching the ends of your hair.
Apply a minute amount of smoothening shine to the palms of your hands and run the through the mid-lengths and ends of your hair. Be careful not to add any to the roots or a large amount to any section of the hair as smoothing shine can be very heavy on the hair, weighing it down and making it appear oily.
To finish, apply a minimal amount of hairspray from an arms length distance to the top, sides and back of your hair. Take care not to use too much or you will end up with a white, flaky residue which looks like dandruff.
COURTESY: Mausam Gandhi
Mausam is a freelance hair and make-up artist based out of Mumbai. Having worked with the likes of Ujjwala Raut and Atul Kasbebar, Mausam’s skills have graced the stages of Lakme Fashion Week and India’s Next Top Model. She believes that less is more and that anything can be achieved with a little makeup, without caking up.