Few weeks back, I was invited by TRESemmé to interact with the brand’s Global Stylist, Marcus Francis who was in India for a couple of days. I got the opportunity to ask him a lot of questions and to also see firsthand, 3 super easy hair styles that he had created for a shoot. If you’re stuck in a hair rut or facing problems with hairfall, frizz etc., you’ll really like what’s ahead!
Me : What kind of hair styles are in trend right now?
Marcus : A more relaxed and lived-in feel is very trendy right now. There is a lot of texture to the hair which gives a more casual air to the look. Braids are also very in – whether it be a full braid or a braided bun or a just a section of hair braided while the rest is left open/tied back. Also seen on the runway are voluminous, retro-inspired hair styles that are always very glamorous.
Me : This is the season of weddings in India. What is your take on bridal hair styles?
Marcus : I feel one should go for something soft and not too sharp for a bridal look. You don’t want to be thinking too much about trends for your wedding look, go for something classic and timeless that will always look beautiful and graceful. You don’t want to look back on your wedding pictures years later and wonder what you were thinking!
Me : Most women these days are facing the problem of hair fall. How can one minimize hair breakage?
Marcus : The most important tip – dial down the heat. Avoid using too much heat on your hair and even when you do, use a heat protectant and keep the temperature of your device on the lower side. Over-washing of hair can also lead to hair breakage. Make sure to always use a conditioner and a serum/oil post shampooing your hair. Use a hair mask every week. Use cloth scrunchies instead of plastic ones, they are gentler on the hair and doesn’t pull out the hair when you take them out. Leave your hair open once in a while, tying them in tight ponytails all the time causes hair weakening too.
Me : What kind of hair styles do you recommend for work?
Marcus : A pony tail is clean, practical and always appropriate. Half-dos are look great. You can add tiny braid in the front or side as an accent to jazz up a simple pony tail.
Me : Any tips for changing your look on a day-to-day basis without too much work?
Marcus : We tend to easily get into a hair rut but its really simple to change your look without the need for too many products, time and hair styling skills. Changing your parting is the easiest way to give a different look to your face. Using accessories like hair clips, hair bands, embellished pins is also a quick, easy way to add some interest to any hair style. If you wear your hair down normally, you can pin it to one side. You can also small braid on the sides or in the front to dress up a simple pony or open hair.
Me : What are your favorite, must-have tools/products for your professional work.
Marcus : One of my favorite tools, little silly as it may sound, is a toothbrush. Not an actual toothbrush but a small comb that looks like a toothbrush. You can just spray a little hairspray on the brush and then use it to tame flyaways and fine hair. My other favorite is an half-inch curling iron. Its really versatile – you can do tighter curls as well loose, relaxed waves with it. You just need to use smaller sections of hair for tight curls and larger sections to get a more loose wave.
Me : Thanks for the great tips Marcus. Any parting words for my readers?
Marcus : Indian women are blessed with lovely hair. Just work with the natural texture of your hair and avoid using too much heat, or over shampooing your hair. Use more natural products like oils to nourish and tame your hair. Use a lighter oil if you have fine hair and a heavier one if you have thicker hair. Be gentle with your hair and your hair will thank you for it!