March Favourites!

March is such a happy month. It brings the first signs of spring, beauty everywhere, the promise of summer and also spring/summer wardrobe. It is a season worth waiting for. Runways look absolutely gorgeous with all the latest that designers bring for the season. It’s always so much fun. Now I’m not going to throw the whole spring wardrobe in your face but I just wanted to introduce you to my March favs! Say Hello to Read More

All About Hair Extensions

Heyyyyyyy! Okay I know that I should’ve posted this sometime back but I got busy with an exam and the whole stress that it brings with it. Speaking of which please remember me in your prayers for the dreaded result. So anyway let’s talk about hair extensions.

Hair extensions have been around for quiet sometime but they have become a huge thing over the last few years. This post is going to be all about hair extensions, I will try to give you all the info you need if you are considering getting them or maybe help you understand the extensions a bit better if you are against them (so maybe you will understand why your certain friend is using them and judge her a little less :P)

We see hair extensions all over Hollywood red carpets. They are a fabulous way to add length and volume. First things first, let’s first decide what you really want and if you are ready to carry them with confidence or not. If you want a drastic change and would go for much longer and heavier extensions then make sure that you are completely ready to rock them. If you are looking to just add a bit of volume without playing with the existing length of your hair then you must learn the correct way of putting them up in your hair to make it look very natural. If you are someone who uses extensions only on big occasions like weddings etc then you have nothing to worry about.

Let’s first see what kind of extensions are available in the market. Now these are some of the top methods known to us

Clip on extensions

Clip On extensions are the easiest to use and probably the cheapest option when you want to give your hair that extra boost of volume. They can be applied without the help of a specialist and they last for about a day or two, just enough so that you can look fabulous for whatever important event you have planned. They are usually attached with a bobby pin, a clip or a comb which usually has to be concealed with your natural hair; and when it comes to matching them with your hair colour, there are many options out there for natural coloured hair. The advantage of wearing clip on hair extensions is the fact that you can easily take them off and just wear them without any prior preparation; however, they generally have to be removed before going to bed.

Bonding

Bonding is a method that implies weaving but is not as durable as classic weaving methods. The method involves applying glue to an extension and adding it to a person’s hair. This doesn’t cause as much damage to the hair as other application techniques as long as it is removed by a professional. The Tape In method is similar to bonding but the extensions come with an already applied tape that will stick to the hair. There are two types of bonding: soft bond which is a little more delicate on your hair and a hard bond that is usually done when the soft bond doesn’t hold the hair properly. These are semi-permanent bonds and they usually last about 4-6 weeks.

Lace front

Lace Fronts is one of the newest methods when it comes to weave in extensions. They are made with a nylon mesh material that has been formed into a cap; onto the cap the stylist knots single strands of hair, a method that allows for a more natural look than other extension application techniques. These can be either woven in or attached with special adhesives.

Fusion

Fusion is like bonding but it’s much more time consuming and expensive; however, the effects are long lasting and the overall look and feel is more natural. To apply hair extensions with a fusion method the specialist uses an appliance similar to a glue gun that allows them to literally glue strands of hair on a person’s natural hair. This allows for a natural look and the person opting for this can easily wash their hair every week and use various styling products. There are also cold fusion techniques that don’t require any heating treatment on the glue, but they are even more expensive than the hot technique. This is a great way to achieve amazing volume but there are some disadvantages when using this method: you need a specialist to apply the extensions, the procedure takes between 5 to 8 hours, and it is very expensive. People should never try to apply these on their own because they can easily damage their skin and hair.

Tracking
Tracking is a method that allows the braids to be sewn together while adding the extensions to the braids; this method is long lasting and will require a lot of hours because the hair will be braided in concentric circles and usually eight to fifteen tracks are needed to achieve a great amount of volume. The advantages to this style is that it is long lasting and you can care for it like you would with normal hair. The “track and sew” method is one of the most popular methods people choose when they opt for hair extensions because they are low maintenance and come for a decent price. If you are just starting with hair extensions and want something more permanent than clip-ons, this method is one of the best choices.

Ponytail or Bun extensions

Very similar to the clip-ons and quite inexpensive, these extensions are great for a quick fix and can be even found in supermarkets. They are applied over your hair and will add colour or a new texture; they are temporary and you can only apply them when you go out for a nice twist to your hairstyle. Before trying the more permanent methods, you can experiment with various clip-ons and see how they feel.

Finding the right extension method will depend on budget, preference, and hair type. While fusion and tape-in extensions can be used on just about any hair texture, weaves are best suited for curly hair.

Human Versus Synthetic Hair

When it comes to purchasing hair, you get what you pay for. Price will vary greatly based on quality of the hair, as well as the desired quantity (for thickness) and length.  The human hair cuticle is preserved, instead of stripped, and all the hairs run in the same direction, maintaining that natural soft, silky texture.  Synthetic hair is much cheaper but won’t blend or style the way human hair does. It can’t always withstand heat styling and tangles easily. It can be a great way to try out extra length or bangs without a big commitment, though.

What to Look For

“It’s important to match the color and texture of the hair extensions with that of your natural hair. Take my advice and touch the hair first. If it feels dry, it’s going to tangle more easily. And avoid hair with excessive shine: Shiny hair is coated with silicone, which will wear off quickly and lead to tangles and dulling. As for your stylist, experience is a must. Improper application or removal is when damage can occur.

Important

The weight of extensions can put additional stress on the roots, so it’s important to match hair density to avoid unnecessary tension on natural hair. In other words, if you have fine hair, your extensions should be a lighter density; those who have thicker, more coarse strands should look for hair with medium density. Avoid areas along the hairline or the back of the neck, where hair is the most fragile. If you’re starting to experience hair loss, address it right away. This will eventually damage the hair follicle and the hair loss will be permanent.

Everything has its pros and cons and so do the hair extensions.

Pros first 
* You can change the appearance of your hair resulting in an obvious change in your overall appearance

* Really simple to create a dramatic change

*Its cheap and quick compared to extensive methods of gaining volume like transplants

*You can create a different look everyday

Cons

*The best can be quiet expensive

*Improper application can result in hair damage

*you might get used to the extensions and start ignoring the natural care your hair deserves

Hope you find something in here that can be useful for you
Much Love xx

 

 

Jehanzeb Aftab a.k.a JZ

We come across many people in our lives who are good at something or the other, the person that I’m about to introduce you all to today seems to have mastered skills in many fields. He is a brilliant photographer, an entrepreneur, a designer, a traveler, a foodie, he is into planes (ladies ahem) he can sing, dance and he is very charming 🙂 Ring any bells? This name does not need too much of a pretty introduction. He is the latest sensation in the world of men’s fashion with the launch of  J Squares and has neatly taken care of the health conscious lot at the same time with LeanBox.
This handsome young man has been a household name for long. Ladies & gentlemen, I give you Jehanzeb Aftab.

W&S: Tell us about yourself?

JZ: My name is Jehanzeb Aftab, I’m a small business entrepreneur. I shoot people as a hobby and that’s how I got into photography

W&S: It’s often been said that mathematicians do their work best when they are young, philosophers when old, and photographers..?

JZ: Photographers do their work best when they are in the best of moods.

W&S: What inspired you to be a photographer?

JZ: I grew up looking at my father and playing with his camera which always made me curious about the black box (camera) and what goes on inside it.

W&S: If you were to pick one moment that describes your entire past life, what would that be?

JZ: I don’t think there is just one moment that can describe my entire life. I believe in living in the present. All your past moments be it good or bad collectively shape up your life.

W&S: As a photographer what do you specialize in?

JZ: I specialize in portrait and events.

W&S: What type of camera do you shoot with?

JZ: I use a Nikon

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W&S: What lighting equipment you like working with?

JZ: I love working with an off camera flash used with an Octagon softbox.

W&S: Can you as a photographer relate to the importance of using Photoshop?

JZ: I think softwares and technology have had a great impact on photography and skills used in producing a final image.

W&S: A website or blog you often visit?

JZ: Flickr and Pinterest

W&S: A photographer who inspires you?

JZ: Gavin Bond

W&S: Each location can have many different stories so how do you decide what you want to craft out of it?

JZ: It’s usually the clients pick as to what location they want to shoot at, as a photographer I give my best opinion.

W&S: Books that have inspired you? 

JZ: Forty Rules of Love  

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W&S: Most memorable childhood memory?

JZ: Long road trips with old Bollywood songs from Dad’s collection.

W&S: You are known amongst your friends as?

JZ: The photographer

W&S: As a child, you grew up wanting to be? 

JZ: I wanted to be a pilot.

W&S: Favorite cuisine?

JZ: Pakistani.

W&S: Favorite vacation spot? 

JZ: Puerto Rico

W&S: Qualities you look for in people?

JZ: Honesty

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W&S: One thing you wish you had designed?

JZ: Something I would really like to design is men’s suiting. Everyone is doing suits that are nice but there are specific cuts and the way they sit on your body..there is so much to it. I would really like to do this.

W&S: Any particular assignment you would have wanted to take up?

JZ: I came across this assignment sometime back that I would have wanted to take up, it was basically about real estate photography focused on architecture for a huge hotel chain where they wanted seven properties being shot over a period of six months. That really wasn’t feasible for me at the time as I was really busy with work and i couldn’t take 6 months off for another project. Nevertheless I wish I had that kind of time and resources back then to take that up.

W&S: What have you learned from your journey?

JZ: Work hard. Work smart and that is the only way to go in life. The harder, the smarter you work, it will get you places.

W&S: Where do you see yourself five years from now?

JZ: Not very sure what I’ll be doing but I’m guessing that I probably will be moving deeper into the fashion industry, coming up with new projects, new lines. Let’s see how that works but that’s what I aim for.

W&S: Your thoughts on Wings & Strokes?

JZ: I think it’s a great platform for like-minded people to connect and share their thoughts. Very different and interesting content that flows through the blog and is always very helpful in many ways.

W&S: Thank you so much for your time Mr.Aftab, its been a pleasure. Wish you all the best for all your future endeavours! Cheers! 

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Connect with Jehanzeb Aftab on Instagram: jehanzebaftab1

 

 

 

Fashion police: Black

When we talk about the colour “Black”,

All we know is that it’s arguably the most loved colour in fashion.

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The colour Black never goes out of fashion. I bet you and I have never met any person who doesn’t like the colour black, I mean who would dislike such a graceful colour, No?

From night time events to day time events, From oldies to youngsters, From dark skinned to fair skinned, From fat to skinny, From tall to short, Everyone loves wearing black. Have you ever thought why the colour black suits mostly everyone?

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The colour black has it’s own grace unlike any other colour. If you’re wearing black, It shows sophistication in your personality. Infact it’s a very powerful colour. It has it’s ability to make you look slim and make anything look chic. One never looks under/over-dressed in black.

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Head-to-toe black is the easiest and and chicest way to get dressed. A black leather jacket with a pair of black jeans and black boots, A black hoodie with black sweat pants, A black dress with black tights and heels, A black coat or a blazer with a black skirt, A black hat or black nails, Even black hair would suit every skin tone. Ah, I could go on and on.. So whether its a dinner date or a party, never hesitate to wear black at any kind of event.

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Here’s what the famous designers all over the world have to say about the colour black;
– “You can wear black at any time. You can wear it at any age. You may wear it for almost any occasion; a ‘little black frock’ is essential to a woman’s wardrobe.” – Christian Dior

– “Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” – Coco Chanel

– “I love black because it affirms, designs, and styles. A woman in a black dress is a pencil stroke.” — Yves Saint Laurent

By Farwa Hussain

From The World Of Fashion!

What is fashion?

We asked people and this is what they had to say about it…

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Natasha Zafar:
 Anything that makes u feel yourself.

 

14908417_10209061262422579_7646506527321110497_n   Mehr Ispahani: Fashion is a prevailing style, especially in clothing, hair, makeup, footwear, followed by people and that becomes a fashion statement.

15137508_10153981440136720_1777479631099344371_o   Saba Esam Khattak: Fashion is not always outwards. For me, it has always been how I feel about something on the inside, in sync or not with how I am. Following trends is fun, but nothing beats the feeling when you carry something that defines your personality. You walk an inch taller, you play your smile, you let the wind catch the breeze, you enjoy the sun cast shadows on your face. To some, you still might not LOOK beautiful but you wouldn’t neither mind nor care because you FEEL beautiful. And THAT makes all the difference. Fashion says: Me too, style says: ONLY me!!

15338873_10157851381355174_2091753197977272291_n   Zeynab Zafar Ahmed: Fashion is an expression of self, It’s an art. One that can be perceived in various ways and only those who truly understand the language of Fashion, can really appreciate its various forms.

14729376_1214976571859032_5433622015822108169_n  Maha Usman: For me fashion is any trend that makes me comfortable in my skin; something that gives more meaning to my personality.

11949424_10154127504652995_5399186319257303203_n   Ummara Akhter: Fashion is all about feeling amazing by different looks and acceptance in society.

13627177_1122022117841233_7672160129043733649_n   Duria Ali: Fashion is something that’s comfortable and trendy at the same time.

13996326_1677158289269053_2383882902754605448_o   Roger Frances: Fashion is your personality translated into your wardrobe

14720447_1566971713329105_8424067775222942701_n   Taghreed Wasim:  For me fashion is what i look good in, i wont follow a trend just because its THE thing, i will follow it only if I feel it looks good on me !

15241919_1171943206222218_1191616980661588889_n   Mary Imran: It’s the ongoing trend with the present time ..but for me everything I see is not fashion ..everything that suits me is fashion. .

15179099_1183546751731339_1635899874906661286_n   Iyla Hussain: Fashion is an expression of self.

15283937_1471302216231013_867235118825485821_n   Zeeshan Arif: Fashion is everything…that makes u look different…classy…provided you know well how to carry yourself and you yourself are confident that this makes you look great. I would say…everybody who is experimental these days is called fashionable…but one has to consider that decency should be there…ALWAYS!!!

12799250_10153439109878907_3609656072799572817_n    Uruba Khan: Fashion is expressing your mood and culture through clothing. It can be day to day clothing or special occasions but it tends to reflect your personality and mood.

15241201_10154536981850358_2569659834595813498_n   Maha Dania Qazi:  Fashion is a seven letter word like the days of the week. Like each day is different, fashion may be diverse in different parts of the world. Fashion can also be unifying in terms of bringing together people following a common trend. Fashion is fun, frivolous and meaningful. It’s not any one thing.

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Fashion is what you are offered four times a year, Style is what you pick out of that fashion, It’s what you make of it once you’ve learned what to accept and ignore based on what looks good on you.

Fashion is part of our daily lives. Its an ever evolving way of expressing who you are and how you feel today. Even people who claim not to follow any trend, wake up each morning and pick clothes they want to wear according to where they are going, who they are going to meet, what defines or suits them. Its’s always there! The clothes, accessories, shoes, bags etc that hit the market are according to the latest trends of course and we all buy them.

Speaking of fashion, we are bringing on board someone who certainly knows her way around it. She is like a breath of fresh air straight from the stunning valley of Hunza. She has a versatile sense of fashion, is an educationist by profession,  plays football, sings, dances, is fond of dogs and polo matches, loves shopping, a big foodie,  has a contagious smile, and of course who can deny the warmth of her chirpy personality. She is a fashionista in its true sense and she will be speaking ‘fashion’!

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We welcome Farwa Hussain to our Wings & Strokes family! She will be writing about what’s hot, what’s not..style, colors, trends, do’s and don’ts and alot more.

Keep visiting to know about all that the fashion world has to offer.

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A Product A Day! Make Up Forever – 4 in 1 Pro Sculpting Brow Palette

Eyebrows! The most important part of our face and I’ll tell you why. Have you ever tried different eyebrows on your face before you can finally tell which one suits you more or most. Eyebrows are seriously game changers for most of us. It can make a huge difference in the overall first impression we give. Even though many people still don’t give too much importance to them but we know the whole deal.

Take a piece of paper and draw 5 similar smileys on it. Then give each one a different eyebrow and you’ll see how it effects the overall look.

Speaking of which I want to share my brow experience with you considering I have had trouble over the years with my brows being tortured at the hands of different women at different salons, each time I walked out with a different shape hence I know the struggle.

Thanks to beauty products now we can define ours and ensure that we get the right shape that best suits our face.

Lately I have been using the MAKEUP FOREVER 4 in 1 Pro Sculpting Brow Palette and I’m immensely pleased with the results. If I were to choose between a gel and a powder based palette, I would prefer the powder one as it gives more natural results.

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This palette is simple. Comes in 3 different shades to help you make the right color.

The application is quiet simple.

Step 1: Apply Wax on your brows

Step 2: Out of 3 shades, blend in either 2 or choose one that suits you and apply giving your brows the right shape while using the right strokes

Step 3: Finish the look with the highlighter from the palette to give your brows a clean definition.

 

It’s simple! It’s worth it!

Wings & Strokes rating: 4.5/5

Let me know what you think.

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GiGi Hadid x Tommy Hilfiger

Hilfiger knew that if he wanted to be talked about, bringing on a current celebrity phenomenon would be a good idea, and there was no better person than Hadid for the job.

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While global ambassador is a huge honor, the fashion designer wanted her to do more than just that. As the face of the brand, Hadid collaborated with Hilfiger on a capsule collection that includes a fragrance, women’s sportswear, footwear and accessories.

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They created a line called Gigi by Tommy Hilfiger, using her style, her sense, her social media presence as the top supermodel in the world today. It’s really no surprise, then, that she was named the face of Tommy Hilfiger’s newest fragrance, The Girl, inspired by Gigi’s free-spirited personality!

There was this whole buzz on social media about Gigi being fat-shamed by a Tommy Hilfiger casting director. Well, everyone knows Gigi Hadid is besties with designer Tommy Hilfiger,  after all, they designed a successful collection together.

Take a look at the slideshow below!

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The model says she knows why Hilfiger said what he said. “I know that when Tommy said it last week, it was in context of a larger story that wasn’t shown in that video,” said Hadid. “I know that the point of that story was that Tommy was rooting for me, and that regardless of what the stylist of that season said or what he put me in, Tommy wanted me in the show and Tommy was pushing for me and Tommy loved my curves.”

You can watch her full reaction in the video below.

 

I have to admit that the line they both came out with is super stunning. It’s bold, feminine, sexy and classy! Gigi never fails to stun her fans all around the world!

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A Product A Day! Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser.

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Hey you gorgeous ladies! Dark circles are every woman’s worst nightmare. We are always looking for ways to minimize their appearance which means we are willing to try all kinda home remedies which work on some and don’t make any difference at all on some women leaving them disappointed. There are a gazillion concealers out there in the market and having tried many i somehow stick to the one and only Maybelline Age rewind. It is a very good concealer. It lightens and brightens areas that need concealing and brightening. The best part is that it’s light on the pocket.. It doesn’t last all day and needs another application after a few hours but its still worth it. I’d suggest use it with a good primer and you are good to go!

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I would give it 3.5 out of 5

Let me know what you think.

Love

W & S