Bohemian Hair How-Tos

Spotted all over celebs like Nicole Richie, Sienna Miller and Mary-Kate Olsen, along in my favorite Japanese magazines like Vivi, Ranzuki and Jelly, Bohemian hair is the way to go for this spring/summer.


How To Get The Look
Basically you want a I-just-rolled-out-of-bed-but-better look. To do this, you need a mixture of scrunching/curling with one or more of the following:

Flowers
The floral theme is definitely recurrent in the Bohemian style. You can do a look like model Rinka here on the left by putting a wire floral wreath on your head and securing it with a few bobby pins. Alternatively, you can accessorize with a flower on the side. Either way, try to keep the bottom part of your hair wavy – that is the key to the look. If your hair is naturally wavy, finger tousle it as you blow dry and mist with a touch of hair spray to set. If your hair is naturally straight, blow dry it upside-down to add volume. Next, roll large sections of hair onto large Velcro rollers and allow it to set for at least 20 minutes. Take the rollers out and lightly mist with hair spray.

There are tons of flower hair accessories out there on the market. If you choose to use real flowers, pick one that is not too big nor too small and avoid ones with a lot of pollen. Simply tuck a bud or an orchid behind your ear and secure with bobby pins. You can also make your own flower hair pin by sticking a flower onto a bobby pin with super glue.

Braids
Another way to play up the Bohemian look is with braids. Try the look on Janice Man (below on the left) by braiding an inch of hair on one side, then wrap it over your forehead and secure with bobby pins on the other side.

Another look would be loose braids/fish braids. Start with a center parting and divide your hair into two sections. Braid both sections and make sure they are not too tight. Secure with a clear rubber band. When you are done, try to loosen the braids some more by using running your fingers or a fine-tooth comb gently through it.



Head Wrap/Band/Scarf
The easiest way to do Bohemian hair is definitely to use a head wrap/scarf/band. All you have to do is wrap one around your head and again, keep the rest of your hair wavy by scrunching and scrunching some more. Urban Outfitters offers a wide variety of head bands and head wraps at reasonable prices so you will definitely find something you like.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Awesome! Aubrey from Danity Kane always wore those headbanks around her forehead when they was filming making the band.

    quick qst about the contacts. will you be do an order again?

    Thanks for updating daily now. Youre like the go to site for the lattest trends.

  2. Hi! I have a question, I wanted to dye my hair a medium brown color, but my eyebrows are really black. Is there any way to lighten them without dyeing them?

  3. Why why why? I hate the look. It’s too hippie. I’ve seen bloggers everywhere trying this out. It’s beautiful with a tiny braid but the rest is hideous.

  4. I LOVE your blog makeupforlife so so much. I love how you update so often and also talk about the latest trends!!!! :) I personally love the bohemian look and janice man looks pretty with it =) I used to spend money on learning make up but now I only go to your site.

  5. Hey! I came across your blog and it’s great! Your tips are really helpful, and it’s nice to read some advice for us Asian women.

    I was just wondering, what is the best yet natural-looking self-tanning bronzer or gel? My legs and stomach are horribly white compared to the rest of my body (I get so tan on my arms, especially from driving on a hot, sunny day).

    thanks so much!

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