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NEETI SARKAR
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Trend Two is definitely better than one this summer as the double braid and ponytails make a dramatic comeback

THE NEW CHICPigtailsPhoto: AFP
THE NEW CHICPigtailsPhoto: AFP

For those who aren’t ready to bid adieu to their long tresses, the ponytail is the perfect solution this summer. And it’s the perfect time for two ponytails or braids.

According to hairstylist Nisha Xavier, “Wearing two ponytails or plaits is quite the fad now — I’ve seen working women in their 30s wear their hair this way. You needn’t wear them high; try low ponytails and plaits.”

And the best part? Memories of school! “I’ve always had long hair, and the school I went to made it compulsory for girls to not only tie their hair in two plaits but also fold them upwards and tie them with a black ribbon. As much as I detested doing that back then, today I often wear two ponytails especially when I go for tennis practice,” says college student Shruti Aiyappa.

Braids are an eternal favourite and offering veritable proof of this observation is none other than India’s Nightingale Lata Mangeshkar whose trademark chotis have never failed to grab eyeballs. “At her age, it is unbelievable how an artiste of her calibre turns the spotlight on her hair, especially at award functions,” says beautician Sapna Sondhi.

Room for innovation

With braids, there’s always room for innovation. The French plait is a classic, but if you want to do something different, wear two instead of one. Wearing your hair in two sausage plaits is also a worth a try. The two fish-bone hair plaits that offer a Bohemian look is the most chic of them all. The braids are not exactly perfect. Instead, they are tousled, giving them a playful feel.

Just like the braid, the thing about the ponytail is that it can always be part of your fashion repertoire any season. Sapna says: “Wearing two ultra low ponytails or wispy ones for those who have soft wavy hair are good options for Spring / Summer 2013. Two ponytails can be worn when you part your hair on the side.”

NEETI SARKAR

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