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The owner of the most honest hips in showbiz returned to the stage this week, after several cancelled appearances. Yes, singer Shakira is back to business and thanking fans for understanding her recent vanishing act. She has to take time off to take care of her poorly son, but she’s making it up with a sultry new video and the cutest pig you’ve ever seen.
If all of that sounds a bit weird, check out the video for Chantaje and it will make more sense. Probably. This is the same woman who immortalised the lyric ‘It’s lucky that my breasts are small and humble, so you don’t confuse them with mountains.’ Just go with the flow and don’t forget to pick up some styling tips. Nobody does wild and wonderful curls like Shakira.
No matter what she’s up to, this Colombian songstress always looks inspired, so let’s admire some of her finest hairstyle moments.
The Girl at the Bar
The signature Shakira look has to be those relaxed and voluminous waves, with a suggestive side sweep over one eye. We first saw it in the video for ‘Wherever’ and we’ve been hooked ever since. The great thing about this hairstyle is that she doesn’t style all of that life and bounce out her curls. You get the feeling that they could spring back into wild ringlets at any minute. It’s the ultimate bedhead, the perfect sexed up down ‘do. The trick to getting it right is curling loosely first (with tongs) and then deconstructing the curls by flat ironing the ends.
The Super Braid
Shakira has naturally thick hair, so she doesn’t need extensions for a volume boost. However, the South American star knows the impact that a super long braid or pony can have. Here, she has drawn all of her hair – with light blonde on top and darker shades beneath – into a butt skimming French braid. The result is an updo that mixes softness and femininity, with a slightly edgy vibe. If she wasn’t wearing hair extensions, it might be quite a basic look, but the extreme length really lends it some glamour. Remember to create a fairly thick braid or it won’t have the same visual impact.
The Natural Beauty
Finally, the look that we all secretly wish we could pull off – the head full of tumbling curls. It is ironic that ladies with hair this curly tend to pine for straight tresses, while the rest of us moon over their springiness and vitality. Thankfully, big curls are hugely popular right now. Shakira has been rocking them for years and she must have a great beauty regime because they always look well defined and frizz free. This is the hardest part of styling intense curls; keeping the frizz out of the lengths. The best method is to get yourself a high quality ‘anti-frizz’ shampoo and make it a part of your washing routine.
The Half Up, Half Down
Then, when you get up on a Sunday morning and the idea of styling doesn’t appeal, you can leave your curls loose and natural like Shakira – and they won’t puff up or frizz out. You can scoop them into a half up, half down bun and rock the lazy girl look. Don’t forget that curls also make styles like the messy bun look particularly great. While straight haired girls often have to curl some extra body into their tresses to get that height in the top, your natural springiness will take care of it. Simply scoop up your own hair and any clip in extensions, create a loose bun with the top half, and you’re ready to face the world (or just your sofa).