Asgar’s Top Three Hairstyles for the season

Although I have medium length hair, I always keep it down as I never really took interest in styling it any different. It looks too hard so I’m excited when I get tips on hair styles from people in the know. Celebrity hairstylist Asgar in the tips below guides us through quick, cool and easy up-dos. Whether you’re entertaining kids over the school holidays, enjoying with friends or simply making the most of the weekend, these top three hairstyles will make you look gorgeous at all times.

Upside Down French Braid Bun
Try the upside down French braid bun for a totally cool look this Easter season:

How To:
Flip your head upside down; detangle and smoothen your hair with a brush. Grab a two-inch section from the nape of your neck and separate it into three equal parts.
Be creative! Twist, braid, or simply wrap your ponytail around the hair tie to create a smooth “knot” and
Start French braiding up the back of your head till you reach the crown. Don’t worry about making it perfect it’s the imperfection that will add character to your look. The messier it is, the cooler it looks! So here is how you do the upside down French braid. Take all three sections of strands and create a few rows of regular braid; take the strand on the right and cross it over the center. Then take the strand from the left and cross it over to the centre again. Before repeating the cross-over action, take a little bit of additional hair from the sides, and add it to the sections; now cross this new portion of hair over the middle section of the braid. Then repeat and you will be done in no time. Once you reach the crown of your head, tie the rest of your hair in a high ponytail. Now twist the pony around and create a ballerina bun or just play around till you get a messy bun. Secure it with bobby pins. You might want to use an oversized bow clip or tie a bow-knot; apart from hiding any bumps at the top of your braid it makes you look chic and adorable!

Cute Bow Bun
You see, bows are inherently sweet and girlish, when worn well it gives off a fresh, young and flirty vibe. So try this hairstyle and give your cuteness quotient a boost.

How To:
Brush and detangle your hair. Gather it on the top of your head and make a ponytail; secure it tightly with your favourite elastic hair tie. Loop your hair through the elastic and on the last pull through; don’t tug your hair all the way, instead create a loop, leaving the ends pointing toward your forehead. Thereafter, divide the loop into two halves and secure the sides lightly with bobby pins. Take the ends of your hair and fold it back through the space between the two looped halves. It will give the illusion of a knotted bow. Secure the ends at the back of your head with bobby pins. Fluff up your bow by spreading out the loops and gently tug them to give a slightly messy look.

Perfect Top Knot:
A Top Knot is perfect for so many occasions; be it a fun day with friends and family, a swanky party, or a second (or third or fourth) day hairstyle. The look is both chic and runway-worthy; one can never go wrong with a slicked back top knot.

How To:
Brush out your hair to remove knots. (Pre-requisite right?)
Flip your head over and pull your hair in a high ponytail; secure with a hair tie. Use a thick one, as it will boost the volume on the bun.
Be creative! Twist, braid, or simply wrap your ponytail around the hair tie to create a smooth “knot” and
secure with a second hair tie. Use a thin one this time.
Use plenty of bobby pins to secure any loose pieces.
Use hairspray to smooth out any frizzes. You now have a smooth, sleek and sophisticated top knot.

Homecare tips from Helpling

Every weekend I become a domestic diva so am always on the lookout for home care tips and I just received some from the German based startup Helpling, a global online platform for on-demand home services. The innovative online service gives people more time to enjoy the nice things in life: family, friends and leisure activities.

1. Use Powerade
The overpowering smell of chemicals can make cleaning the bathroom harder than it should be. But rather than getting out the bleach, try putting two cups of Gatorade in the toilet. Normally consumed as an energy drink, Gatorade has the power to turn you into the Michael Jordan of cleaning. Leave it in the toilet for one hour and then scrub it away.

2. Clean ceiling cobwebs with a yardstick and sock
Can you see cobwebs in the corners of your bathroom ceiling? If so, you should probably watch out for spiders. Then you should clean away the webs. A neat trick to clean them when you don’t have a stepladder is to use a yardstick (or something similar) with a sock on the end. This will allow you to reach into the corners of the bathroom ceiling.

3. Coffee filters clean glass
There are several ways to clean bathroom mirror and shower glass, but some end up being more work than they’re worth. A rag and window spray are a common combination, but one of the more popular methods is to use the spray with newspaper, which is absorbent and effective at cleaning glass. However, a coffee filter can be better than both a rag and newspaper because it doesn’t leave lint or ink behind. Try this out and see the sparkly difference.

Ideally, I would love Helpling to be at my service everyday but sometime’s a woman’s gotta do what a woman’s gotta do to keep things shining in the home front.