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Hair Hack

The root of the problem


By Saira Noorani

Following up on our previous popular hair hack about creating the illusion of bigger hair, we are giving more tips for everyday hair struggles.

With the humidity and heat rising, our roots are giving us major grease-ball problems! Who has the time to wash and dry everyday? Check out these products to deal with almost all root related issues:

Thin, thinning or fine hair

Toppik hair fibers (Rs. 2,600)


If you are looking for a more robust way to cover thinning or fine hair, check out Toppik hair fibers. Its natural Keratin fibers intertwine with your existing hair to make it look thick and full, and more importantly, it’s sweat-proof and remains so from day to night.  We are not talking about simply covering bald spots. This stuff makes your hair look fuller even if you simply have fine hair.  This product needs to be applied to dry hair and you either shake the bottle or spray (with the Toppik Spray Applicator) the Hair Fibers into thin or thinning areas.  When you are applying Hair Fibers near the hairline, make sure you use Toppik Hairline Optimiser to achieve a natural-looking front hairline.  Toppik can be purchased from most pharmacies and supermarkets.

In need of doing your roots?

ColourWow (Rs. 3,700)


ColourWow is the creation of Gail Frederici, the co-founder of John Frieda’s hair care company, and the brains behind their revolutionary anti-frizz and blonde products.  ColourWow has a huge following for covering up roots and giving hair a wow factor.  This palette very much works like eye-shadow; however, it seamlessly covers grey hairs and all tones.  It is a lightweight, mineral-enriched powder flecked with shimmering particles that you dust along your scalp.  It comes with a dual-tipped brush to offer beautiful coverage. It can be easily purchased on Net-a-porter.

In need of a Glam Change?

Foxy locks (Rs. 28,300)


Try these clip-in extensions for serious volume and colour to your hair without any damage.  No need to colour your hair and no need to blow dry for volume – get a fab new balyage look whilst also adding amazing volume to your hair.  They come in various wefts and weights so you can customise your look. Simply clip-in this human hair worn and approved by Khloe Kardashian!

Damaged Roots

Glam Hair by Umberto Giannini (Rs. 918)


This handy product does what it says on the tin: gives your roots an instant backcomb. Simple spray on roots and poof! This stuff has very good hold so be sure to set it in the direction that you want volume immediately. It is great for when you do not want to use heat on your hair for volume, and you do not want to damage your hair with a back comb.

Flat Greasy Roots
Batiste dry shampoo (Rs. 700)


With all our electricity, water and humidity issues, this is an essential bathroom cabinet item for us, Pakistanis. If you can’t wash or blow dry your hair – reach out for this stuff! Easily available at most supermarkets, we strongly advise you to go for the Dark & Deep hint of colour to not only cover up roots but also to avoid a white powder residue. This stuff is magic in a bottle, and can be used to add serious texture and volume even if you do not have greasy hair. It’s great to give a blow dry extra oompf or to style an up do.