Bina Punjani Shares Her Styling Tips

Bina Punjani - Hair Expert Shares Her Styling Tips

Bina Punjani, hair expert & founder, Bina Punjani Hair Studio shares her styling tips to take your hair from ordinary to extraordinary.

The right cut, few strategically placed highlights, and key styling products mark the difference between ordinary and extraordinary hair. The first step to extraordinary hair is to seek expert help in getting the right cut and colour. You don’t need to invest in a whole lot of products for styling – you just need a few. Punjani explains

Cut first or colour

Get your hair cut in the style you want before you colour it. In fact, your cut should reflect the person you are and your lifestyle. So if you lead an active life and have a busy schedule then go for cuts and styles that are wash and wear and do not need much maintenance. Also, go with the texture of your hair rather than blindly following the trend. If you have very wavy or curly hair, a very short bob may not be the ideal style for you, even if it is a hot look right now. Styles with layers and movement are easiest to wear. The main reason why we colour is to give our hair a new depth. Your colour should highlight your cut, give it a new dimension and bring out the look. So colour only after you have had your hair cut.

Cuts that are hot

Bobs are definitely hot. That doesn’t mean just the straight cut style. There are many ways to get a bob done depending on your hair texture and thickness. In fact a bob looks great on medium to thin straight hair. If you have thick wavy hair then graduated layers will look good. In hair layering we can do many things. It can be made completely individual depending on your comfort level.

Types of professional colours

The quality of colour that is used by a professional matter a lot on the result as well as the condition of your hair afterward. Colours that are enhanced with conditioners help maintain hair health post colour. It also makes the colour more vibrant. In professional range, we have temporary or rinse colours that last for about 8 to 10 shampoos. A semi permanent has a longer life but washes out, while permanent colour stays on, you have to grow it out. For a first timer, I recommend a professional colouring job since the products are gentler on the hair and do not coat the strands like an at-home colour does.

Colouring hair for the first time

The key to great colour is consultation with your hair stylist. Be open about your likes and dislikes. Talk about your lifestyle with him or her. This will help in deciding the colours you want. You may like a bright orange shade but that would look out of place if you were a corporate executive. If you are unsure about the look, ask for a neutral rinse out colour all over. This will enhance your hair’s natural hue and give it shine. You will know what works for you and what doesn’t.

Colours that will work on us

We are warm toned people so a going very light blonde does not look good on us. Hair also looks grey and brassy. Stay close to your natural tone. Colours like tones of copper, caramel, honey, brown, and auburn look good on us. In fact the colour you choose will depend on the colour of your eyes.

Colour upkeep between visits

Make sure to use a shampoo and conditioner designed for colour treated hair. To keep the hair in good condition, use professional products. They add a healthy shin hair that always looks good.

Must have styling products 

A hair serum or a protection spray is an important product to keep with you always. Use it on hair after washing and conditioning every time. It has a UV filter that protects from sun damage. You will need to invest in products depending on the look you are aiming for. If you want some movement in your hair and enhance your natural texture then try a sea salt spray. For adding some fluidity and definition to your curls try a curl enhancing cream or spray. Since it is humid, too much product can make your hair sticky, aim for matte, or semi matte texture rather than hi shine hair. You can get the look with just one product.