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Some people like to express their individuality on the DL. Like with a hidden tattoo of kimono dragon on their back. Or racy underpinnings under a trench coat. Then there are those who like to, in the words of Kiss, “shout it, shout it out loud." And what better way to do that than with a whimsical hairdo? But you don’t have to go to Fantasy Island to have a fantasy hairdo. You just have to have confidence in spades and a wild imagination. Just be ready for heads to turn and jaws to drop when you walk into the party. But then again, that’s the point, no? When it comes to crazy hair, (or crazy anything), there’s no one more fantastical than Lady Gaga. She’s had hundreds of over-the-top looks, but when she first started out, she wowed everyone with a “hair bow” on top of her straight blond locks. This is a super cute look to start with, and one that with a little practice is totally doable. When you’re at the salon, ask your stylist for a thick blunt face framing bang, and minimal layers at the bottom. First blow dry your hair so its poker straight. Gather the amount of hair you want for the bow at the crown of the head, and secure a ponytail holder around it twice. The third time, pull the hair through, but not all the way, leaving a large loop with the tail over the middle of your forehead. Separate the loop and pull the tail between it, securing it down with a bobby pin and presto! You now have a bow. Smooth out the hairs with an anti-frizz or smoothing cream and spray a generous helping of extra firm hold hairspray to keep it in place.
Although she’s still only in elementary school, Willow Smith is pretty bad ass. While other nine and ten year olds were still playing with their lunchboxes, she was busy rocking a heart shaped mohawk in her video for “Whip My Hair”. Her stylist created a pre-made wire shaped heart, gluing it with hair extensions to match Willow’s hair. Willow’s braids were then gathered in a ponytail and the heart was secured to the top with plenty of bobby pins and of course enough hairspray to last for days. You might not have a celebrity stylist at your disposal, but with a little help from your local craft store, a trusted hairstylist, and a little ingenuity, you can pull this off too.
If you want to look unique, but not so over-the-top, you can always try Gwen Stefani’s Asian-inspired buns. Get thee to a beauty supply and purchase a couple of hair donuts, one larger than the other. You’ll also need synthetic flowers festooned with pearls or beads that you can find at a craft store. Once at home, create two ponytails on either side of your head. Pull one of the ponytails through the donut, arranging the hair around the donut, and securing with pins. Do the same for the other ponytail. If you want to make sure they’re extra secure you can add a hair net, like Gwen did, otherwise just spray them with a boat load of hairspray. For the finishing touch, arrange the flowers on the buns, pinning them where you think they look best. The final look? Modern-day Geisha. Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto.