Posts on hairstyles from the Zuri blog by Samaanta. Zuri is a Indian makeup and beauty blog. Samaanta is a former MAC Cosmetics makeup artist and currently a bridal makeup artist living in San Francisco, California.
These 26 elegant French braid hairstyles will give plenty of inspiration for your next formal or informal event
French braid hairstyles are timeless because they complement every outfit. Forever classics, they are perfect for every occasion or appearance. Perfect for weddings, dinner dates, or all day exercise, they’re as fancy as they are functional, and can be dressed up or down for any occasion. All you need to do is to master a few braiding techniques and then get a bit creative. The French braid is a timeless but versatile hairstyle that runs the gamut between Boho chic and classically elegant, as well as every style between. It’s no longer just for long hair, you just have to get a little inventive. Braiding is like an art form, and some techniques are hard to learn.
1. Effortless Side Braid
French braiding need not involve all of your hair. A side braid is really easy to adapt into a French version. A deep parting is always more dramatic, but it all depends on the look you want.
2. Milkmaid Braids for the Win
Variously known as a braided headband, a crown or milkmaid braids – these hairdo looks really cute. This is ideal for second-day hair, or for any other ‘bad hair’ day. Another plus of this do is that when you unravel the plaits, you are left with gorgeous waves.
3. Multiple French Braids
It’s worth learning braiding techniques and their many variations. This is perhaps because no other hairstyle is capable of suiting almost every hair length, texture and type. If you have long, thick hair, it might be helpful to separate your braids a bit. Sporting multiple braids is an eye-catching take on the traditional style, and it all comes together in a perfect plait. Perfect!
4. Side Ponytail with a Twist
Side ponytails are having a major comeback, but anything you can do to dress up the ’80s throwback is definitely encouraged. Braids and ponytails pair together beautifully. Again, the variations to this style only depend on how creative you are!
5. All Around and Upside Down
This is stunning, but even though it might involve you spending a lot of time with your arms raised as you pose between two strategically placed mirrors, it’s worth the effort. The upside down braid is eye-catching enough, but the way it continues to circle a thick, beautifully formed bun is really kind of magical.
6. Intricate French Braids
What’s better than one French braid? Many of them! Try them.
7. Half this half that
This hairstyle is half up, and that part is half braided and half twisted into a messy bun. It actually works, although it’s a little … inventive, let’s say.
8. Boho Side-Braid
This cute and relaxed style is ideal for slightly curly or wavy hair. If your hair is straight, scrunch it with sea salt spray to achieve effortless-looking beach waves. Braid a loose braid to one side to frame your face. Make the end braid appear loose and relaxed by slightly easing it out with your fingers, both at the roots, as well as at the end. Secure the end with a small elastic.
9. Low Updo with Side French Braid
Starting right over one of your ears, braid a large chunk of your hair. Keep braiding and adding strands of hair, until you’ve reached the tips. Make sure the braid remains loose and relaxed throughout – if you eventually decide to opt out of the updo, you can simply wear it as a bohemian chic side braid. To complete the updo, tuck the end of the braid in and secure with a few hairpins. Since this is pre-eminently a hippie look, you can also try embellishing the do with some flowers – mogras or even artificial daisies.
10. Classy Loose French Braid
If you think that your braiding technique is a bit rusty, or if you’re simply on the lookout for a cool, relaxed hairdo, this is the best style. Why? Because the weakness that you can’t make it neat is actually your strength. To braid your hair for this style, pull it back and start at the top center point. Divide your mane into three sections and start braiding. At each crossover, add a small section of hair from the sides. As you work your way down the length of the hair, feel free to incorporate larger strands. Once you’ve run out of locks on the sides, feel free to braid the remainder into a normal style. Add a spritz of finishing serum and – presto! Here’s your picture-perfect braid!
You have ten seconds to get your hair done and to run to wherever you have to, what do you do? Do you leave your hair in a shabby mess and blame the wind and the elements out there? This is now the true mark of a fashionista. Let’s help you then in getting dolled up and having the most beautiful hairstyles, so chic and apt for the occasion in less than ten seconds; shall we?
1. A twisted halo
This is an apt hairdo for early meetings, and for women that do not have the time to deck the hair up in a fancy French knot or a braid. The twisted halo as the name suggests is a no-fuss hairstyle that can make heads turn, and although it is simple and chic, it can be a fashion statement when worn right. Check out the step by step info graph below.
Quite feminine and very cute to wear, the half up prom braided hairstyle is for girls with short to medium length hair. Two braids on the side and a ponytail in the middle is all that you would need to do in ten seconds or less – not a challenge we say!
For an elegant event to attend or for a very important client meet, where your grooming would be noticed quite precariously, one can try this hairstyle. It takes less than ten seconds we promise and keeps the hair neat in place. A simple hair pin or a hair clip can make it look prettier.
4. The twisted braided pony
Most would look at the style and wonder how long it took to get this look; secret is out, it doesn’t take more than ten seconds. Comb your hair and make two braids on either side of the head – the hair in the middle forms a low pony which culminates with both braids and you are done.
5. The half up boho bun
Perfect for Friday dressing or for college girls to wear daily, one just needs to partition their hair at the radial, and form a high messy bun with a clip. Let the remaining hair stay loose and head out of the door to begin your day.
6. Simple twisted knot buns
To look cute and chic, feminine and gorgeous with a hairstyle that doesn’t take more than ten seconds, one needs to be in the real world and not just dream of it. Partition your hair into two sections from the middle and two from the radial. Comb the hair backwards per section into ponytails. Twist the pony and form two low buns on the nape of the neck. The rest should be pinned.
7. A cute hair bow
A clip to secure the hair bow would be needed, and the rest of the hair can be left hanging or falling loose. This is a style that wouldn’t take more than ten seconds; the bow should be messier than what is shown for a quirky touch to come through.
There’s no reason for you to stay indoors, when the season of Baisakhi is knocking the doors. With that being said, we are sure you have already decided the look you want and the kind of makeup and haute couture you would like to flaunt too; shoes decided upon as well, we have one question for you – “WHAT ABOUT THE HAIR”? To make things easier for you, here are a couple of chic party hairstyles to wear with your indo-western, western and ethnic wear- whatever you choose to dress for the parties this season. Take a look and get inspired. Here’s one to begin with and nine more to follow!
Since it would be the evening party being attended, chances are that your makeup would steal the show. With that being said, even your haute wear would be the talk of the town, so why let the hair run amok? Style up your hair in chic ways, and here are a couple of styles that you can easily do. They speak of feminine touches, and can be decked up with or without accessories too. Take a look and draw inspiration from these very easy party hairstyles that can be worn.
1. A gorgeous floral updo to wear with your ethnic wear or a gorgeous western gown for the evening. Can be embellished with mini hair accessories to complete the look. A no-fuss look that speaks of elegance too.
2. Braided half updos and pony’s are feminine to look at and makes the personality of the wearer come out as playful and fun. Can be worn with lehengas and sarees or salwars.
3. Gorgeous and floral embellished fish tailed braids are haute hairstyle trends doing the rounds this season – we bet you would want to wear them with all the desi swag in you.
2 sassy hairstyles for the day time parties
If you have been invited over for a daytime party with the family or at a friend’s place to celebrate Baisakhi, an impression to make is a must. Don’t get all too formal and crisp for the day time event, if it is a casual hangout and fun with food and music time. The hairstyle thus chosen should be apt and chic chick like! Here are two hairstyles to draw inspiration from —
1. A twisted messy braid to wear sans the need for embellishments would be a great party hairstyle to flaunt. Can be worn with indo-western and semi-formal clothing at the event and an impression would be made too.
2. Messy puffy pony half updos would be a thing to flaunt, and can be worn with minimal oxidised hair accessories to make a fashion statement and to turn heads too. Can be worn with indo-western wear and perfect for a day time affair.
3 very elegant hairstyles for a formal event
For the very formal and elegant bow and tie parties that you may be called to, you have to be crisp and chic at the same time. Irrespective of what your makeup would be like, you have to make a mark. Here are three inspiring elegant hairstyles for the event to choose from —
1. Bouffant tong curls for the long haired woman that loves her tresses and wants to flaunt them. Can be worn elegantly with Indian and indo-western wear. Minimal accessories needed and a no-fuss too.
2. A puffed up bouffant that translates into a chic updo would steal the onlooker’s glances now and then. Add more zing with floral stone hair pins and add more oomph and zing to the style statement too.
3. A chic romantic bun says it all- needs no accessories to display the feminine sophisticated touch and can make one look gorgeous as ever for the formal events too.
Taking cue from traditional south Indian brides, here are a few traditional hairstyles for long hair
This wedding season, hairstyles are going all no-fuss. Minimalism rules the roost and this is so much better for hair health too – because the product overload and heat exposure is that much less. And if you are blessed with naturally long tresses, there is so much you can do to look the typically traditional and demure bride. Traditional hairstyles are very much in, irrespective of the budget of the wedding or the expected guests and VIPs. Taking cue from traditional south Indian brides, here are a few traditional hairstyles for long hair.
1. Simple bun – The traditional bun orkondaiis a great option not just for family and friends, but for the bride herself too! What’s more, it is super easy to execute and is done in a jiffy. A traditional South Indian bride is rarely married without jasmine flowers (or malli poo) in her hair. And the simple bun looks ethereal wrapped in jasmine flowers.
2. Doughnut bun – A variation to the traditional bun could be done using a doughnut accessory for the hair. Get one or two (or more) rounds of the jasmine around your bun, securing it to your bun after every few inches with a bobby pin. Pin as you go around the bun for best hold.
3. Backcombed bun – To add height to your frame, backcomb the crown area and then make a bun. Top off with fresh flowers for a vintage sixties look.
4. Braid with jewelery – The most basic South Indian wedding hairstyle is a braid – with lots of embellishments. The two classic hair accessories for such a hairstyle is thenetti chutti(the south Indian counterpart of the Maatha patti) and the lovely kunjalam – a tassle worn at the end of the braid to complete the hairstyle.5. Long bridal braid with flower mandala – Plait your luscious locks into a plait and wrap flowers where the plait starts.
6. Left open with accessories – Straight hair is best suited for this style. If you have thick and voluminous hair, even better. You may want to iron it out just to make it look neat. Simply part in the middle and take a small section from above each ear and pin in the centre on the back of the head. This hairdo is idea for smaller functions such as a sangeet or mehndi.
For more ideas and inspiration on South India wedding hairstyles for long hair, do have a look at the mood board we have created for you.
Here are 5 Step-by-step elegant updo hairstyles to instantly take you on cloud 9
Women have a plethora of hairdos and styles to choose from – it’s practically endless! That’s the reason finding the right hairstyle can be really rewarding. The joy of discovering the perfect hairdo can take us instantly to cloud 9. Depending on whether our tresses are long, short or medium, and whether they are thick or sparse, we have to pick the hairdo that can aptly accentuate our features and complement our style statement. Without further ado, let’s take you to our hand-picked stylish updo hairstyles.
1. Stylized Low Bun:
What you need:
Rat tail comb
STEP 1: Using the tail comb, make a deep side partition. Separate the crown part of the hair with the help of the tail comb.
STEP 2: Secure the crown part of the hair using a sectioning clip. This will ensure that it won’t interfere with the styling of the lower section. Tease the lower section using the teasing comb to create a voluminous effect.
STEP 3: Create a low side bun near the nape of your neck using the lower section.
STEP 4: Release the crown section from the clip and tease its back for extra volume at the crown. Now smoothen the surface of the crown and brush it back towards the bun. Wrap the section around the bun. Tuck in the edges of the upper section around the bun using U-pins.
STEP 5: Secure the flyways with bobby pins. Make the hairdo stay in place with a light-hold hairspray.
2. Twist and Pin:
What you need:
Rework-able hold paste
STEP 1: Use a pea-size amount of rework-able hold paste in your fingertips to slick down any major cowlicks.
STEP 2: Start with a two-inch section of hair, twisting the section around itself into a tight coil.
STEP 3: Once the coil is tight enough that the twist naturally forms a small bun, continue wrapping the bun up and toward your head.
STEP 4: Pin the bun in place.
STEP 5: Continue steps 2-4 until all of your hair is pinned up.
3. Messy Top Bun:
What you need:
STEP 1: Use the paddle brush to brush all your hair back.
STEP 2: Tease the top of the crown with the teasing brush for extra volume.
STEP 3: Gather all your hair at the back of your head and start twisting the length of your tresses.
STEP 4: Loop the hair through a hair elastic to create a half loop updo.
STEP 5: Spread the bun out and secure with U-pins.
STEP 6: Pull out a few face-framing strands for a casual look.
STEP 7: Finish with a light-hold hairspray to make the hairdo stay put.
4. The Braided Half-Up:
What you need:
Mini hair elastics
STEP 1: At the front of your face, use your fingers to create a two-inch section of hair on the left.
STEP 2:Braid the section.
STEP 3: Secure the left braid with a mini hair elastic.
STEP 4: Repeat Steps 1 and 2 on the right side of your head.
STEP 5: For the look of a thicker braid, gently tug apart each braid using your finger tips.
STEP 6: Section off the top of your hair and put it in a hair clip to keep it out of the way for now.
STEP 7: Bring both braids around to the back of your head and secure them together with a mini hair elastic in the centre of your head.
STEP 8: Take down the top section of hair and secure it into a half-up ponytail with a mini hair elastic at about the same spot as the elastic holding the braids together.
STEP 9: Secure a bobby pin into the top elastic and thread it through the bottom elastic on the braids, then push it through to secure both elastics flat on the head.
5. Low Bun With Side Braids:
What you need:
STEP 1: Take out two sections of your hair from each side of your head, just above the ears.
STEP 2: Now, gather the rest of your hair and tie it into a ponytail using a hair elastic.
STEP 3: Wrap the ponytail around itself to create a low bun at the base of your head.
STEP 4: Now start working the side sections into braids.
STEP 5: Braid till you reach the end of the sections.
STEP 6: Secure the ends of the braids using small hair elastics.
STEP 7: Wrap the braids around the bun and secure them with U-pins.
STEP 8: Tuck the flyways in using bobby pins.
STEP 9: Finish with a hairspray to make the hairdo stay.
With the blazing heat continuing to have no mercy on mere mortals, it is becoming increasingly difficult to sport long mane and maintain them. Nonetheless, you don’t want to let go off your fashionable streak. So how about chopping your hair a few inches to be able to beat the heat, yet look fashionable.
Medium hairdos have turned into the “it” length which everybody has been going for the last couple of seasons, and without uncertainty’s regardless it going solid. The considerable thing about this length is that it suits practically every woman as it is a perfect length. You can make better hairstyles like buns, curls, and other hair styles. Hitting some place just between the collarbone and the jaw line, this ‘midi hairstyle’ is advanced crisp, and still sufficiently long to maneuver it again into an updo, as it considered the good hair length for all hair styles.
Soft & Wavy Shoulder Length Hairstyles: Apply mousse to clammy hair, blow-dry and twist arbitrary pieces to make these free and exquisite waves. It’s great if you dye your hair for this hairstyle, it can add more beauty to your hair. Have short layers in front; that gives the perfect look to this style.
Layering and a Headband Twist: This awesome serene look is made on the basis of a layered collarbone bob. Something as simple as a headband twist can perform both a decorative as well as a practical function keeping your long bangs off your forehead and serving the zest of this gorgeous eye-catching style for straight thin hair.
Trendy Shag: The Shag is the ideal alternative for mid length hair particularly if you are easygoing, have wavy hair, and like it to look fixed and adorable.
Blunt Medium Length Cut: This cut is not slashed into; it’s a work of art, the lovely shape that falls flawlessly with a couple of layers around the face at its best for a broad face. What’s more, it chips away at any face and is best for fine, straight and shiny hair.
Long Bob: If you have fine to medium hair and are searching for a chic low-support style then this bob hair style is perfect. This hairstyle will keep you looking chic constantly and amazingly.
Messy Updo for Medium cut: Finger comb your hair back into a messy bun or ponytail for a fun look that also adds volume.
Blunt shoulder length hairstyle: This medium length hair style will work consummately on ladies with round appearances and characterized cheekbones. Style it with a centre separating and loose waves.
Curled Mid-length hairstyle: Medium length hair styles can go anyplace, easygoing to exquisite and easy to carry. You can easily have this hairstyle but don’t forget to use sprays to stick your hair tight.
Angled Medium Cut: Take advantage of angled styles and side parts when you want to give a pulled -together finished look to your hair.
Poker Straight: Style your medium length hair poker straight with an inside separating for the ideal 90s look as the poker straight hair never goes from the list of trendy hairstyle. It is the one hairstyle followed by everyone, and especially Indians love these hairstyles.
Medium Length with Side Bangs: Rock this staggering smooth exemplary hairdo yourself by basically rectifying your hair with a fixing iron, starting at the roots and working your way down to the closures with a brush, smoothly. To make more volume asks the beautician to add more layers at the finishes and the highest point of the hair.
Mid-Length Layers: This trim is somewhat useful for ladies with fine hair who would prefer not to go too short, but this is perfect for medium length hair. Demand a mid-length cut with solid layers that begin at the cheekbone then follow further. While styling prep hair with lightweight volume item and blow-dry with a huge round brush that is necessary. Complete with a touch of serum so here are you ready.
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