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Hairstyles and everything you need to know about it!

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imgres-11 imgres-10 imgres-9 imgres-7 imgres-6 imgres-5 imgres-3 imgres-2 imgres-1 imgresThere is enough information floating around regarding face shapes and what hairstyles suit best. Here is a different perspective, from someone who has experimented with knee length, to short crops and everything in between. I have had my hair permed, straightened, coloured orange, red, brown, and purple. Trust me when I tell you that I have learned a thing or two regarding hairstyles.

Hair Truth #1:
Don’t copy a celebrity or a friend with a great hairdo. Their hairstyle looks best on THEM, copy them only if you are the same face shape, size, personality and most importantly the same hair type as them.
That is the sad truth that even some hair stylists don’t tell you, each “look” can be carried only by a particular hair type, not to mention other factors like, quantity and texture.
Irrespective what any hair expert has told you, every hair is unique, for example limp hair. Hair that is limp might be so just because it’s too long; the weight drags it. Cut the same limp hair shorter and you might notice a bounce or a natural wave, it will even look a lot healthier. If you have (I envy you, if you do) a full head of limp hair it will behave very differently from someone who has scanty hair that is also limp.
Factors like pregnancy, medication, illness, the kind of stress and strain (colouring, blow-drying, straightening, perming etc.) also affect you hair condition and will change with altering the factors that affect them. Example: eating healthy, going off a particular medication, post pregnancy etc.

Hair Truth #2:
Each person has a unique hair cycle and hair length. Each strand of hair has a life cycle; it grows a certain length and then falls off. Pregnancy and some medication that alter your hormonal levels can change this cycle. Hormonal changes in pregnancy tend to extend the life cycle of hair, meaning they tend to live longer, giving an appearance of a thicker head of hair. Post delivery, the hormones are back to normal and all that extended life is abruptly cut short, resulting in massive hair loss.
Find out your natural length of hair, mine is until my knees but I have a friend whose hair never grows beyond her shoulder. Why is this important? Because it will help you choose your hairstyle, for example if you have shoulder length hair you might want to consider going in for extensions if you love that romantic tousled look.

Hair Truth #3:
There is no prefect hairstyle that you can roll out of bed and still look glam. Everyone has bad hair days and then some really bad hair days. If you choose a style that is closest to your natural style (poker straight or curly), chances are you will spend less time trying to get it to behave the way you want it to.
There are a lot of factors that affect hairstyles, apart form the above points, weather also affects you hairstyle. Humidity kills any blow dry or styling like curling or straightening, high temperatures makes you sweat and depending on how much your scalp sweats (yes, you have sweat glands on your scalp) you can find your hair turning greasy, ruining you look. Intense sunlight can even bleach your hair. Living in a dusty or polluted environment can also turn your hair dry, brittle and lack lustre. Basically the dust/pollutants stick to your hair, the more you condition your hair the more it sticks! Drive with the windows down for an hour and feel your hair; you’ll know what I mean.

The fundamental truth to a good hairstyle is to know your hair type, which can change depending on diet, physical condition and environment. When I had orange hair, I found it amusing how my ‘look’ changed when I was in broad daylight (looked like my head was on fire-absolutely loved it!) as opposed to when I was indoors. It changed tone depending on what I wore and the backdrop, I stayed away from orange walls and green shirts! I even had to change my makeup, had to go with one that had less orange pigments in it. I had to trim my thick black eyebrows very thin, etc.

The bottom line is, you need to experiment and find a style that is convenient to your lifestyle, flatters you body shape and suits you hair type. Yes, your body shape contributes greatly to your hair style, which might seem odd, since you only focus on your head. The truth is, your hairstyle can take years off your face and kilos of your waist, IF chosen correctly and the inverse is also true.
Personally, with my style experiments I found that long, slightly curled locks that fell across my face and covered most of my shoulders and back, gave me a slimmer look. As I was 90 kilos when pregnant, the soft curls that fell across my shoulders took the focus away from my bugle and centred it on shiny, dark curls. For a more styled look, I would straighten my hair and let it fall across my face, creating an illusion of slimming length, hiding my double chin and puffy face. Here are few photos, to illustrate, let me know if it worked or didn’t.

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Author: Antonia Rapheal

An aspiring writer, blogger, PR professional & mother of three. I blog on life, love, God, family, kids and everything in between!

16 thoughts on “Hairstyles and everything you need to know about it!

  1. Hi Antonia ! NIce work. I’m always on lookout for good hairstyles that suit my round face. My hair is bushy,curly and shiny. No matter how good conditioner I use, I find the same pattern repeating. I want to retain those curls and not make it look bushier. You know what I mean. People stick their pencils on my hair and it holds forever. Straightening does nt suit my face. Can you help me find good hairstyles so it doesnt appear like a big head altogether and also ways to control bushiness. Thank you. Sorry for pestering you but I need help. Im tired of pony tails.

  2. Hi Rhema!
    You have lovely hair and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! I have had quite a few friends with curly hair so I can pass on some tips that I learnt from them, plus I had my hair permed so I know exactly what you are talking about.
    #1 NEVER brush your hair with a comb, use a special wide ( I mean really wide, the ‘tooth’ should be at least a finger apart) comb and gently use it to untangle your curls, nothing else. I know friends who just apply hair cream on their fingers and run it through their hair to untangle it.
    #2 Condition your hair not only with conditioner after every wash but twice a week use oil. I know a friend with gorgeous curly hair who uses a special homemade blend, 1/2 part coconut oil, 1/4 olive oil and 1/4 castor oil, heat well, let it cool and then when just warm apply first to the roots then the ends and then work through your hair. Let it soak for at least an hour, a hot towel wrap will do wonders. Wash as normal or next day (make sure to place a towel over your pillow), if possible. This is guaranteed to soften, let me know after you try it.
    #3 Hair style, shorter hair tends to be bushier than longer tresses. Have realistic expectations, curly hair is never going to behave, but that’s the charm of curly hair, gives you a wild child kind of look. Personally I love it and I wish I could swap places with you! If you prefer short styles, look towards Oprah Winfrey for inspiration but adjust according to your personality and face shape. If you prefer long tresses then the sky is the limit, you can tie it down a bit, leaving a few strands on the side. Try goggling Nicole Kidman with her wild curly locks and you’ll know what I mean. Remember never to use an ordinary hair band, but a loose one (almost like a scarf tied loosely to hold it down without robbing it of texture or style) to ‘just’ hold it. In fact I knew a gorgeous gril in college who would use the funkiest coloured scarfs to tie her gorgeously wild hair down in a gentle knot.
    #4 try tying your hair up in a loose french twist, toward the nape of your neck and not high up, (with one of those pencil type hair sticks), leaving a few hair strands to fall across you face.
    You know what, I will google some awesome pics of curly hair styles and do a post just for you…. In the mean time, try the oil treatment, it’s safe, inexpensive and it works. After you have shinny, manageable hair, you can decide what hairstyle to go in for. Good luck and keep me posted!
    God bless!

  3. Thanks Antonia. I got it. Thanks for the additional blog. I like my hair now so no wishing to swap. ok? :) .. Also about the hair cream that you mentioned in the blog, I ve never used them. Is it everyday cream ?

    • No it’s special hair cream, a little thicker, thats why you need to use it sparingly. Himalayas, they are an indian herbal company, that I prefer, but any brand will do. Some companies like Yardly even make perfumed hair creams. You have to try them out to see which suits your hair type best. Rub it between your fingers to warm them before you twirl your fingers around locks of hair to get them to form individual curls. It’s a little effort at first but soon you will get into a routine and it wont take so long.

  4. Alright. I’ve heard of Himalayas. So this cream is used occasionally and before I go out, is it?

    • It doesn’t have to be, but just o give you an idea. It can be any hair cream, just use sparingly at first and then adjust according to how your hair behaves. You need to use it, always after you shower and then if you find that your curls need some assistance getting back into their individual locks.
      Its the separate locks that make curls look so awesome, free strands of curly hair tend to get bushy and loose the wow factor.
      How often you use it will depend on you hair texture, since my hair was permed and coloured, it was quite damaged and needed it every morning after I woke up. Experiment and see what works. The nourishing oil treatment should work wonders, I colour my hair every three months and this treatment, keeps it healthy and shiny. Good luck and keep me posted.

  5. Thanks for the reply. I understand it totally. I ll get back once I start to see the changes.

  6. Hi Antonia.. I am into hair oil treatments twice a week. My hair is not harsh now and its getting lovelier. Thanks for your tips. I just don’t know if I’m using the right amount of hair cream. I’m using more I guess. May I know about it. Thanks

    • Hi Rhema!
      I am so glad to hear that you are happy with the results! As for the hair cream, you have to be your own judge… why do you feel it’s more? does it feel greasy? then yes you need to reduce the amount… or perhaps experiment with another brand that is lighter? Every hair is different.. what works for me will not necessarily work for you.. it’s all trial and error. The hair cream mind you is only to ‘help’ the curls group together instead of turning into bushy individual strands, this happens if you have thick hair. Thin strands of hair naturally tend to clump together but thicker hair needs more coercion (hair cream) to clump into curls. Hair cream is best applied by rubbing it between your fingers and then twirling these greased fingers through clumps of hair that you would like to clump into an individual curl. A windy day, dusty environment, etc tend to ruin the perfect hair. Since dust & wind dries up the moisture in the hair and dust clings to any oil/cream on the hair, making them dull and rough. THis is why women tend to cover their hair in a scarf or tie it up to prevent it going frizzy and dull when out on a drive, boat ride, etc. Hope this helps! :)

      • Hi Antonia!
        I’m sorry for delayed reply.I had been occupied with my son lately. About the hair cream, I ‘m using them, it’s not greasy. But it just taking time to make it into its own locks. May be I ll just buy some other hair cream and try it out. I just want to maintaine a look that’s so full of pristine beauty.

      • Yay! you have no idea how good it feels to hear you consider your hair as ‘pristine beauty’! That’s how God made you, full of pristine beauty and it is good to hear you acknowledge it. Hope all is well with your son, my own little brood is under the weather. Cough and cold. It’s the weather, it too hot during the day and freezing at night! Too warm for Adelaide, this time of the year, anyways, at least we don’t have cyclones, right?
        God bless!

        Warrior for God.

  7. Nice to see your reply. Take good care of your kid. Even while cyclone alarms, signs of impending cyclones arise and subsides in few hrs. Thank God… Here in Sydney, last week was so cold all day and this week, it’s hot..

  8. I tried something today, it came out so beautifully. I fishbraided my hair after applying hair cream. After few hrs, I unbraided it. I got wonderful curls. They clumped beautifully.

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