I’ve found that when you are frustrated with your hair because of humidity, dirt or anything else and don’t want to tie up your locks entirely or cover them up with a scarf, the key is to find the piece that annoys you the most (for me it’s usually the hair framing my face on the right hand side) and braid it, tie it back et voila – you went from bad hair day to a wedding worthy do. Add a swirling bun or hair rings to fancy it up even more, a top bun or a non-perfect asymmetrical finish for a more casual look.
Anyone with even the teensy bit of frizzy hair knows the cardinal hair rule of summer: no blow drying, straightening or product is going to help you deal with your crazy hair in a heat wave like a scarf can. Keeping your hair in one place (or better, totally hiding it sometimes) all the while acting as a cotton towel around your head helping with the non stop sweating, chance to wear a different color or print everyday and a million ways to wrap it up (turban, headband, bandana, around the bun, in the braid, knotted, tied, let loose and so on) it is the ULTIMATE summer survival tool. Believe me, once you start scarfing there’s no stopping.
The first time I ever tried embedding a scarf into my hair routine was when I was 9 with super short hair and all I wanted to do was to be able to braid my hair. The only way to make it happen was to tie a scarf around my head and use it as the third bundle of hair needed for a proper braid (I also did the towel over your head after a bath thing, comb as a huge hair pin thing, necklace as a tiara – the whole shoot). Which is why I’m particularly excited about this new hair trend; using scarves, ropes, beads or even rings to adorn and embellish regular braids and buns and now that have enough hair it should be less depressing than before.
Like every ill-fated woman, I have horror stories about my hair when I was growing up(ish) and a majority of them is around the same idea: trying to grow out my bangs for nearly 5 years after I chopped them off in senior year high school because bangs were about to be ‘in’ and I was one of the first girls in the school to try the new do. Honestly for the first couple of months it was indeed cool, I was the “girl with bangs” but after that it was an emotional roller coaster of ups and downs, I’m going to grow it outs and god it looks awful I have to cut it agains and at the end, when I did manage to grow them, I promised myself that I’d never do it again. And just like every other superficial promise I made to myself, I’m thinking about breaking it now. Why now you ask? Because what Alexa Chung or Zooey Deschanel couldn’t do all these time, Felicity Jones and a parade of …
If there is one thing I’ve learned in my years of struggling with hair in general is that the easiest, EASIEST hair style is a loop ponytail. Not a regular pony, not twist updos, nothing that requires bobby pins or styling products. For the perfect loop ponytail all you need is an elastic hair tie, hair longer than 10inches and inspiration from fall 2015 runway shows, starting with Victoria Beckham.