Spring hair is all about extremes. On one side is a soft, chilled out vibe perfect for outdoor concert season. On the other, stick-straight strands that eliminate layers in lieu of all-one-length locks for a dramatic, fierce look (like the hair equivalent to shoulder pads).
The 2017 Festival Braid
Even if Coachella isn’t in your future, the festival braid most definitely should be—it looks just as fab on weekends as at work, and nothing says warmer days ahead like this youthful look. Make it extra modern with a deep side part.
“Start by parting your hair dramatically to one side (whichever side you part to normally, but a little more so),” says Andrea Simmons, the resident braid expert at Georgetown’s Ipsa for Hair by Nectar. “Keep it sleek and tight by working in a texturizing cream or gel to give you good grip and keep the braid intact all day.” Try Redken Braid Aid 03 Braid Defining Lotion
The 2017 Festival Braid: Four-strand Fishtail
1. Divide your hair into two large sections, parting straight down the middle of the back of your head since the front section has a deep side-part (skip the comb and just use your fingers for a more tousled look).
2. Pull a thin strand of hair from the outside of the left section and place it over the top of the left section. Then grasp it under the right section. (Repeat: The strand of hair should go over the left section and finish under the right section.) Pull as tightly as you can for a polished braid, or keep things look and messy for a pulled-apart braid look.
3. Repeat on the right side. Pull a skinny strand of hair from the outside of the right section, pull it over the right section, then weave it under the left section.
4. Keep alternating sides, weaving over and under, until you reach the bottom of the braid. Secure at base (or wherever you choose to end it) with a leather cord.
The Blunt Blowout
The very opposite of easy going hair: straight, severe cuts were everywhere during Fashion week (with or without bangs). As we know, replacing mermaid waves takes a little more time and effort (especially when straight isn’t your natural state). And it simply won’t happen without a good blowout. Here, a few tricks for giving yourself a perfect one, from someone who knows—Alli Webb, founder of Drybar, whose outposts don’t do anything but.
1. Don’t work in the bathroom… at least if it’s still steamy from your shower. It seems counterintuitive to do it anywhere else, but any moisture in the air will make it that much tougher to get your locks smooth and bouncy.
2. Start your blowout in the front at your hairline. That’s where cowlicks, widows peaks and all the other most challenging areas of our hair usually live, so tackle them while your arms still have the energy. Besides, the front is what people see first, so if you need to skimp anywhere, do it in the back.
3. Work in clean, manageable sections of about 1 to 2 inches. Take the time to divide hair using hair clips made for blow drying, and perfect each section before moving on to the next.
4. Invest in a professional-quality dryer. High power and a steady, strong stream of heat are essential when it comes to minimizing frizz and maximizing shine. Being lightweight doesn’t hurt either, unless you want to feel the burn in your biceps.
5. Finish with a shine/anti-frizz serum. Smooth the outer layers of hair, and keep frizz at bay with a shine serum. Pump 2-3 drops into your hands, rub them together then smooth over top layers of hair from mid-shaft to ends.
source : makeup.com