To India, with love
Sam McKnight, one of the most popular faces backstage at international fashion weeks and Pantene Pro V Global Ambasaador, loves India. His big tribute to the country came in the form of styles he created for Chanel's Pre Fall 2012 show: Paris Bombay, where he referenced dreadlocked sadhus, piling twists of hair, high on the model's heads. We spoke with McKnight who gives us five style tips, specifically for Indian hair texture and type, this season.
1. Style: I know for you ladies in India, it's all about oiling your hair. But oil makes it flat -- though I love it, it's not conducive to volume. Instead of using oil, combine a mousse, gel and a hair mask like the Pantene Smooth & Silky Intensive Treatment and run it through the length of the hair to shape and keep it looking wet. This is the perfect example of how to use treatment products to style and nourish.
2. Accessories: I love hair accessories and think they're a great way to add glamour. I also love the way women in India love wearing jewellery in their hair, and the way they fashion braids and chignons. For the Chanel Spring/Summer 2012 show, I added small pearls to the back of the hair to accent the overall look.
3. Ponytail: For spring/summer, long hair is really in. It's got to be long enough to get into a ponytail. The ponytail has moved on since Fall/Winter '11-12 and is now worn lower on the neck, with a little fullness on the crown to appear loose and casual.
4. Colour: Update your look by adding flashes of colour for a totally unexpected edge of modernity like at the Dsquared2 Spring/Summer 2012 show. A flash of bright colour could be absolutely fantastic in Indian hair. Get a little section of real hair, dye it to the same colour as yours, with the last few inches blonde. Then colour the blonde section in a neon colour, so it just comes in at the end. Dark plums and blues are colours that work well with Indian hair.
5. Straightening: My favourite is to just relax hair a tiny bit, and leave it wavy. That way you can straighten it one day if you want to, or leave it wavy and bouncy the next.
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