Category: DIY

Loving This Week: Braids Part 2

I decided to split my favourite braid hairstyles into two parts otherwise it would have been too long. Since the human attention span now is at all time low, I thought, well two short posts are definitely better than one long one!

So here are the rest of my favourites!

Milkmaid Braid

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This hairstyle is pretty straight forward.

Start by part your hair down the middle and by dividing it into two equal sections. Now with each section of hair, do a three strand braid AKA the regular braid.

Once your done braiding your hair, tie it with a hair tie. Pick up one braid and lay it on the opposite side of your head and pin it down.

Do the same with the other braid and voila, you’re done.

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Dutch Side Braid

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It’s exactly like a dutch braid except that the braid starts from the side. Hence the name of the hairstyle!

The dutch braid is similar to the french plait. In the french braid the sections of hair go over each other, while in the dutch braid the sections of hair go under each other.

First, start off by parting your hair to the side. Pick up the front part and divide it into three sections. Instead of going over each section of hair, go under.

Now as you progress, keep picking up sections of hair on either side like it’s done with a french plait. Keep braiding until you reach the end of your hair.

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Fishtail braid

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The fishtail plait is great for those who want to add more length to their hair. Due to the way it’s braided, it gives the illusion of longer length.

You can start with your hair down or in a ponytail. Next divide your hair into two equal sections.

Take a small section of hair from the outside of one of the two main sections and bring it to the inside of the opposite section.
Then take a small section of hair from the outside of the other section and bring it to the inside of the opposite section, then pull tight.
Keep going until you reach the end and tie your plait with a hair tie.

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- Neha Prasad

Loving This Week: Braids Part 1

My go to hairstyle for the summer are braids. Since I have long hair, I don’t usually leave it open since its really hot. If I get bored of ponytails and have a bit of time I go for a classic French braid/ plait.

Here are some of my favourite braid hairstyles.

 

French Plait

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Unless you’ve had a lot of practice, it’s better if you can get someone to do your hair for this style of braiding.

Start of by sectioning the top part of your hair. You can use your forehead as a scale of measure. The middle of your forehead is good. Using your thumbs or a rat tail comb, pick up and section off the hair.

Now divide it into three parts and start crossing each strand once. Then start picking up equal sections of hair on either side, adding it to the existing braid and crossing it. Repeat it on either side till there’s no hair left.

When you reach the nape of your neck, you can braid the rest of your hair normally or you can just tie a hair tie and leave it that way.

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Basket weave braid

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Also known as the 5 strand braid or 5 strand french plait, the basket weave plait is probably one of the tougher braid hairstyles. You definitely need two people if you’re trying it out for the first time.

You divide your hair into 5 sections.

Take the last section on the left or right side, which ever you want and go over the second section and under the third section.

Next take the fifth strand and go over the fourth and under the third. Keep doing this until you reach the end of your hair.

If you still don’t understand, here is a good tutorial by Youtuber Mimi who has a hair extension brand called Luxy Hair.

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Waterfall braid

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Waterfall braids are perfect for any occasion. The best part is it’s easy to pick up. To add more glamour you can curl your hair and then braid it.

First start with a side parting, then pick up three sections of hair. Its basically a simple braid but you have to keep dropping a section of hair and pick up a new section and add it to the braid.

Take the second section of hair and go over the first section and under the third section and drop it down. Pick up another section of hair and repeat until you reach the other side. You will need a couple of clips or bobby pins to secure it.

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Stay tuned for part 2!

 

- Neha Prasad

Beauty Products In Your Kitchen Part Deux

One post isn’t enough to sum up all the amazing natural beauty products that you can find in your kitchen, so here’s part deux…

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  • Oatmeal – Oatmeal is known for being a acne remedy. It removes the excess oil from your face and exfoliates dead skin cells. Add honey or tea tree oil to cooked oatmeal to use it as a facial mask. Let the oatmeal cool and then apply. Rinse off after 15 minutes.

 

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  • Sugar – Brown sugar is amazing for exfoliating skin and keeps it healthy and from breaking out. You can use for your face, body and hair. For making a simple scrub, add olive oil to brown sugar. The consistency of the scrub should be more grainy than liquid.

 

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  • Avocado – Avocado is a triple threat. Other than being yummy to eat, it’s also fantastic for your hair, skin and health. It helps reduce wrinkles, moisturises your skin and nourishes your hair. For a avocado hair mask, add a  finely mashed avocado, yoghurt, olive oil and a egg yolk. Leave it on for 30 minutes and rinse.

 

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  • Cucumber – Cucumber helps in reducing and lightening dark circles around your eyes, they also reduce puffiness. Place two slices of cucumber on your eyes for 20 minutes and relax.

 

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  • Lemon – Lemon juice is wonderful in reducing scars and helps in fading dark spots. It helps in brightening skin and makes it soft. For a moisturising mask, mix equal parts of lemon juice , honey and olive oil. Keep it on for 10 minutes or until dry and rinse with warm water.

 

- Neha Prasad

Nail Art

Want to try out something interesting for your nails? Take a look at some of these awesome mani’s!

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- Neha Prasad

Beauty Products in Your Kitchen

Before the various coloured goop in neatly packaged bottles and jars, you had your humble home made beauty remedies made from things you could find in the kitchen. Other than being cheap, these remedies are, obviously, au naturel. So ladies, Ditch the goop for some time and get concocting.

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  • Aloe Vera – The plant has healing properties and can be used to heal scars and spots. It helps supply oxygen to the skin cells and it also increases the elasticity of the skin making it more flexible through collagen and elastin repair. The best way to use Aloe Vera, is to cut it in between exposing the fleshy part that contains the sap. Apply it to a freshly cleansed face.

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  • Olive Oil – Olive oil has anti inflammatory qualities and can be used as a moisturiser, a mask and even as an exfoliator. extra virgin olive oil or cold pressed are best for using it on your skin. Olive oil does not clog pores. Mix olive oil and sugar to make a body scrub.

Almond-oil

  • Almond Oil – Almond oil is used mainly for hair. It promotes hair growth. Its also strengthens the roots and makes hair shiny. You can apply the oil hot or cold onto the scalp directly. Let it soak for about an hour and wash your hair.

Turmeric

  • Turmeric – Now this ingredient is really common in indian curries. It has antiseptic  properties. It helps in reducing acne and hair growth on the body. But it gets messy and tends to stain everything you touch. You can mix it with any oil of your preference, milk or water and apply it on your skin. This helps lighten the appearance of stretch marks.

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  • Honey – It’s full of antioxidants, which are good for wrinkles and aging skin. It is antibacterial, which helps with acne treatments and prevention. It clarifies skin by opening up and unclogging pores. Apply honey on your face like a face mask and let it sit for 15 – 30 mins and rinse it off with warm water.

- Neha Prasad

DIY Converse

The best part about Chuck Taylors? Customising them. It’s become a ritual, really. Here are a couple of neat ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Stud ‘Em

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Fur Lined

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Space bound

Spacey Converse

 

Glitterati

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Absolutely Riveting

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That 70’s Tie Dye

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- Neha Prasad