As if I haven’t said this eno–
It’s late. Leave me alone
As if I haven’t said this enough, I’m a Sikh. For me, this means really thick, long hair. We’re talking a yard of hair folks. So I guess I’ve accumulated a few tips and tricks for dealing with it over the years, and with summer coming up, I thought I’d share some. Next time you’re having a bad hair day, I’m sure these’ll come in handy, even if your hair isn’t quite measureable by the foot : )
1) Applying conditioner dry:
Last summer, I was going to my counins’ and brother’s outdoor-ish graduation party (read more about my bhangra adventure later on during that trip here), and I was trying out my beta-version of this hair style where I had my hair in a head band that was actually a braid of my real hair. I was pretty proud, guys. But deep down I knew that it wasn’t going to look so sleek by the end of the party because I forgot to pack hairspray or hair gel or really any hair product for that matter. So my great-aunt, or my Minnie Massi, gave me a bottle of her conditioner. She said to wet my hair and apply the conditioner. I forgot to wet my hair (I guess I was really forgetful last summer) but I put on the conditioner, just an average drugstore-brand conditioner, and it pretty much trippled as hairspray, anti-frizz, and hair perfume I guess, the WHOLE DAY. I definetly recommend using this trick if you’re out of your favorite product; you might be suprised. I was!
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OMG. So for a long time I had a big aversion to buns. I don’t know, I guess in the Indian community, buns are a collegy thing, and I felt like it looked too old on me.
When I realized I wasn’t getting past 5′ 1″ it occured to me that I will forever look like a twelve year old. So I started rockin the bun earlier this school year, and I got positive feed back from some friends who noticed the new ‘do. Some even thought I should make it my permanent thing. So I kind of have, especially as the humidity is really setting in. Frizz, if you have any, will be so much more unoticable in a bun than in a ponytail or with your hair down. And there are tons of styles you can try: a side-parted bun, a bun with a pouf up front (like Frieda’s up there), a braid bun, throw a french braid in there, just let your imagination go cray. The possibilities are endless.
3) Adding a ribbon:
If I choose to go with a ponytail, I sometimes tie a ribbon up top, I guess as insurance: If my hair frizzes, that’s bad. If my hair frizzes and I have a ribbon in it, well….at least there’s a ribbon, you feel me?
4) Keeping it upfront:
Somedays I can’t resist leaving my hair khulai, or open. But instead of letting it run rampant behind my back, I pull it over my shoulder(s). I’ve always thought hair-over-the-shoulder gives a certain mermaid-like quality, which is cool, but really I’m being my hair’s parole officer. Anytime you see stray, you just have to stroke your hair all graceful like, putting it back in line. The longer your hair, the more you’re going to have to watch it, because there’s more hair to rub against things. But I guess the shorter your hair, the more it’ll slip back behind your back…so basically no one wins. Okay. Just try the tip.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Oh, and sorry if you’re a thoroughly hair-uninterested guy, or girl for that matter, sorry. Maybe you still enjoyed, though? It’s okay, I won’t tell anyone.