In tropical temperatures, hair often has a mind of its own. For women that want to keep it under control whilst achieving effortless elegance at the same time, a sophisticated up do is the answer.
Whether your holiday photographs are splashed all over Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you will want to look your best in them.
However, Thailand’s soaring temperatures can make your usual elegant sparkle a little more challenging to achieve than when you are back home.
To avoid the humidity flattening or frizzing out your locks, why not tie your hair back to keep it out of the way? Not only is this a more stylish solution, but the most practical, as you will be able to remain a lot cooler when you are out sightseeing.
Below is a selection of favourite “up dos” for the winter season...
The Perfect Pony
Who said pony tails were just for the gym? On the contrary, this simple (not to mention easy to do) style is manageable for everyone, and there are plenty of ways to spice it up. For a day of sightseeing, a high ponytail gives your hair movement and life, as well as keeping it well away from your face. Add even more drama to your daytime ponytail by pumping up the volume at the front with a few grips – you are ready to go and ready for the camera.
Chic and Sophisticated
If there is one up do that has been paraded up and down this year’s catwalks more than any other, it’s the top knot. Not only is an elegant top knot in vogue right now, but it is also one of the best ways to keep pesky stray hairs off your face when temperatures begin to rise. This style works equally as well whether you are exploring the local wats of Phuket or hitting Samui’s beach lounges for some sunset cocktails. In the daytime, pull a few strands loose out of the knot for a more casual look. In the evening, go for a doughnut knot with any loose strands of hair slicked back with tamer for a more elegant look.
If you are a fan of plaits, then the milkmaid braid offers a chic way to update a simple up do into something a little more stylish, like Scarlett Johansson. First of all, divide your hair into two – it works best if you begin from a centre parting. Secondly, French plait each side of your hair and secure each end with hair tie. Next take the end of one plait and pull it over towards your ear on the opposite site of your head and secure with bobby bins. Do the same with your other plait, and voila – the perfect milkmaid braid.
The fishtail braid offers yet another way of wearing a striking plaited style in your hair. First of all, tie your hair in a ponytail at the nape of your neck. Secondly, split your ponytail into two equal sections. Separate a small section of your hair on the outer edge of one section and cross it over to the other side, overlapping the other section of hair. Repeat with a small section of hair from the other side of your plait. Continue this process down your ponytail, being sure to tighten up the braid as you go. Once you’re finished, simply tie the end of your fishtail with another hair elastic.
If you are in search of a dramatic up do with a little more sass than a ponytail or braided hairstyle, then look no further than the classic beehive. First of all, give yourself a side parting for a retro feel. If you have a fringe, make sure it is parted in the same place. Next, starting from the back of your head, take small sections of your hair and pump up the volume by backcombing and spraying hair spray on the underside towards the roots. Ensure that you’re only back combing the underside of your hair, as you still want it to look sleek on top. Next, twist the rest of your hair (the parts that are not backcombed) into a chignon, and you have your beehive.