The new year, the new me, might be old, but you know what’s not? A change of hair. Now that we’re solidly halfway through 2021, we’ve officially seen a few things in the hair coloring world. Specifically, the fleeting spring hair trends that have gotten harsh and fade even more, and the hair color trends that still shine and stay there for the rest of the year. We’re talking gorgeous pastels, caramel blonde colors, monotonous blacks and browns, and even some bold, contrasting undertones. So if you’ve avoided the barbershop and are finally ready to venture out and make a few changes, we’ve got you covered.
We spoke to one of the top stylists in town, Ghania Syed, to get a taste of all the hair.
Whether you are looking for the best haircuts or curious to see the most popular hair trends on the rise, you’ve come to the right place. Part of being a successful hairstylist means staying on top of the latest trends and Ghania is the go-to person for all your hair issues. She is a certified hairdresser and makeup artist who runs her own salon ‘Ghania Syed Hair and Makeup’ since 2016. Currently, Ghania is operating in Karachi with a branch in KDA Scheme. The salon also offers spa services aside from hair and makeup. This week you! talks to Ghania Syed about her passion for hair and upcoming hair trends …
You! Have you taken professional hair and makeup courses?
Ghania Syed: Yes, I did my first professional training at the age of 11 and the last one at the start of 2021. In the meantime, I have acquired many certifications locally and mainly internationally.
You! How did you start Ghania Syed Hair & Makeup?
GS: My mom is a cosmetologist, who started her career as a hairdresser and makeup artist three decades ago. She had taken me to the field with her. However, I officially started Ghania Syed’s hairstyle and makeup in 2016 while doing my bachelor’s degree, using my mom’s space and a Facebook page.
You! What are the latest trends in hair coloring?
GS: Color fusion is the latest trend in hair coloring that helps create a seamless gradient of one or more colors.
You! What colors do you see coming back into the trend this year?
GS: Caramels and olives.
You! Dark hair will always be in fashion. Do you agree or disagree?
GS: Fashion is a personal choice. Someone, somewhere, will always want it.
You! What hairstyles and haircuts would you come up with for the coming season?
GS: Winter is coming! Curly waves with a mix of traditional and contemporary braids are what to try. When it comes to cuts, if you want to be short, “solids” like angled bob, short bob, or layered could be a great option, while for long hair, raised layers are the best option.
You! Would you recommend dyeing your hair with natural ingredients like henna, coffee, cocoa powder, etc.
GS: You can try it once or twice, but it’s not something that can be continued in the long run.
You! Can you dye your hair after you’ve already applied henna?
GS: You can, but the result may not be as satisfactory as you would like. You will be asked for a patch test if you want to go a little clearer
You! What are some common mistakes girls make when dyeing their own hair and what advice would you give them?
GS: They start application from their roots, overtreat the chemical, avoid sectioning, and the list can go on. Please consult a stylist and ask how this should be done. These are real chemicals and this game can be dangerous.
You! Tell us about some hair care tips for 2021.
GS: Oil your hair at least once a week.
Learn about “CGM”.
Avoid hot styling.
Invest in a professional deep conditioner and serum.
You! How often should you have your hair cut?
GS: 3 months on the calendar.
You! What is the most effective way to reduce frizzy hair?
GS: Bring moisture to the length of your hair. This can be through deep conditioning, oiling, DIY masks, or procedures like keratin. PS drink plenty of water.
You! How to get rid of split ends?
GS: Regular haircuts will ensure you never get them.
You! How often should you wash your hair?
GS: I believe it depends on person to person; each individual has a unique sebum excretion pattern as well as a unique lifestyle. You need to create a balanced hair care routine.
You! How to stop hair loss?
GS: Get your vitamins checked. Get a haircut. Manage your stress. Identify the cause of hair loss and, in case it is unmanageable, see a dermatologist.
You! Give us the best hairstyle advice for 2021.
GS: Invest in styling tools without heat.
You! Girls with curly hair always have a hard time maintaining their curls. What would you suggest to them?
GS: Learn to accept and love your texture.
Avoid brushing your hair when it is dry.
Nourishes, nourishes and nourishes.
You! Suggest some after-shower hair serums, anti-frizz hair sprays and creams to apply before using hot styling tools.
GS: Kerastase Blond Absolu Cicaplasme; Keune Instant Eruption Spray; Schwarzkopf OSIS Flatliner Serum; L’Oréal Professionnel Liss Serum.
You! Hair always looks duller and darker in winter. How to animate it without coloring it?
GS: feed him
You! What is the difference between regular keratin and Brazilian straightening?
GS: Keratin is the protein from which our hair is made; it is a compound, which can be added to various products or applied exclusively, keratin does not straighten hair. Brazilian Blowout is a technology that emphasizes the application of the pure compound to close the hair cuticles and eliminate frizz.
You! People often confuse Keratin with Xtenso or Relaxant. How would you differentiate the two?
GS: Keratin will not smooth hair, it will only add weight, provide shine, and relax hair up to 50% for four to nine months, after which your hair will return to its natural texture.
Rebonding, Xtenso or Relaxing are all smoothing procedures marked differently by companies. This procedure is created to break the bond of the hair and rebuild it as straight. Once the hair has gone through one of these, the treated hair shaft will not return to the natural texture.
You! What should you do with your chemically straightened hair when the curly roots start to grow back?
GS: Wait, try not to do the same procedure, keratin can help you manage hair better.
You! Tell us about good hair masks and serums to keep your hair healthy and damage free.
GS: Herbelan by Dikson; Argan Ogx Oil Serum; Palmers Coconut Oil Serum; Chi silk infusion.
You! What are your future plans?
GS: I plan to educate people on the technical aspects involved with hair chemicals as well as the techniques, within and outside of my team. I wish not only to grow as a company, but as a name, which will be associated with education and awareness in the industry.