Inspired by Phoebe Parke’s Grazia article (one of my contemporary writing inspirations), I’ve decided to abstain from shopping this year. I kept this quiet over the January period as this is when most resolutions fail. Now that we’re well into the new year, and I’ve still not bought a single item of clothing, I’ve decided to share a bit more about the reasons why I’ve made this decision, and how I’m kicking my shopping habits.Continue reading How I’m Combating Fast Fashion
The Asian Woman Festival 2019 was an experience like no other. Hosted by Shani Dhanda in Birmingham, the festival comprised of a series of panel talks and intimate discussions about what it means to be an Asian woman living in Britain. The first panel featured Sharan Dhaliwal, editor of Burnt Roti, South Asian tattooist Heleena Mistry and BBC podcaster and comedienne Sadia Azmat.Continue reading What Does it Mean to be an Asian Woman?
Wedding Season is officially over! This year alone has been crazy, wedding-wise. Since January I have been invited to 6 weddings taking place this year, and it’s only August! The majority of these are Punjabi weddings, which typically results in me taking around 3-4 days of annual leave per wedding, which often causes eyebrow raises and questioning glances from friends and co-workers alike. I get it, a 3-day wedding isn’t something experienced by everyone…Continue reading Punjabi Weddings: FAQs
Summer is fast approaching, and one style that always, without fail, makes an appearance is the ‘big beach waves’ hairstyle. Giving the air of an effortless, carefree hairstyle, the beachy waves are one of my favourites to sculpt into my hair.
It took me a singular, recently discovered, product to get this look, so for an easy way to get your locks ready for the summer, follow my simple steps:
1. Start with freshly washed, damp hair:
Damp hair is best for this look as the tonic takes nicely to the natural waves and kinks in your hair, usually brought out by a good wash and condition. I like to towel dry my hair slightly and then wrap it up so that it’s not dripping all over the carpet. A cut-off sock used as a doughnut works wonders when worked through the hair, and does a really good job of bringing out the curls in your hair.
2. Section the hair and spray L’Oréal’s Stylista Curl Tonic evenly throughout
Start with the lowermost layers and work your way upwards – this will get you the bounce that you need underneath, to lift the curls higher and make bigger waves. I usually have hairbands to hand, but if you have hairdressing clips, these would probably work better. I’d also recommend using a heat-protecting spray in a similar way before using the curl tonic, to keep your hair from being damaged by the hairdryer.
3. Dry your hair in sections
The real key to this look is the sections. As you focus on each part of your hair, you can isolate the curls better and shape them properly. The technique is similar to using mousse – tilt your head so you’re upside-down and scrunch your hair up towards your head while you aim the hairdryer, on diffuser mode.
And it’s that simple! One product and 10 minutes later, you’ve got curls for days and waves ready for the high street or the beach! What are some of your tricks to keeping curls in your hair?
Well readers it’s been a long while but this update is chock-full of Easter-time activities, mostly full of my amazing family so I’ll get straight into it!Continue reading Easter-time Antics