DIY- Hair Bows

We, girls, love everything cute. And why not, it’s our birthright to do so, isn’t it? Hell yeah! And when it comes to cute little bows, we can’t resist but have more and more of them.

We are here to help you indulge yourself more into this cuteness by teaching you how to make these cute bows on your own!

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Take your favorite fabric or you can even take a piece of your mum’s old saree or dupatta, which would surely make an interesting bow. Cut the fabric in rectangle shape, you can have it in whatever size you want to, depending on how big or small you want your bow to be.

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Fold inwards all the four sides of the fabric and be sure to have your pointer finger holding the center of the folding.

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Step 5-

Crease the center of the rectangular folded fabric to make it look like a bow.

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Step 6-

Now with the help of a cross-stitch thread (if you do not have a cross-stitch thread, you can always use a normal thread) and a needle, stitch the center where you have creased the fabric. Make sure to have several stitches to secure all the four sides.

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Step 7-

Cut the same fabric or a contrast colour fabric in a thin rectangle shape and tri-fold it.

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Step 8-

Now stitch the thin rectangle strip into a loop, tight enough to fit in the center of the bow.

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Step 9-

Check if it fits perfectly, if it’s a little loose, then cut off the extra end.

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Step 10-

When the loop is ready, slip it into the crease. If you are scared of it slipping out, stick it at the bottom.

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Yayyy, the bow is ready. It can’t wait to get in your hair. You can always stick a rubber band or a tic-tac clip 😀

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DIY Salon-like Manicure At Home

Don’t have the time to go to a salon/spa for a manicure? But you are aware of how great an impression polished and well-manicured nails can make. We know the importance just right and here’s a 20 minute guide to how you can get well-manicured nails at home-

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Step 1:

Stub away the old polish-

This is one of the most important steps. The previous polish needs to be cleaned completely. Wash your hands, scrub it with a nail brush or a tooth brush will also help and if you still see stubborn old nail polish stuck at the cuticles, dip the toothbrush in the nail polish remover and scrub it away.

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Step2:

Shape, Clip-

Select a shape and clip your nails- you can select a shape from an array of nail shapes like oval, square, round or almond and then clip your nails to a desired length.

If you have chipped one of your nails (we know how annoying it can get) make sure you trim all your nails to that length. The mantra is to have the same length nails.

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Step 3:

File, Buff it away-

After trimming them to the right length, now is the time to file them to your favorite shape. Use a glass file to not harm your nails as metal can be too much for brittle nails.

After filing them, buff them away with a buffer. Go over the surface of the nails and even the edges to even them out.

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Step 4:

Soak nails-

After filing and buffing, soak your nails in warm water (not hot water) and add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide or shampoo/soap to clean them and to get rid of the dead skin.

If your nails are brittle or weak, skip this step.

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Step 5:

Push back the cuticles-

Dry your nails and apply cuticle cream or normal cold cream would also work. Leave it on for a minutes and then push back your cuticles with the help of a cuticle pusher.

Note: Do not force the cuticles back.

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Step 6:

Massage lotion-

If you have really dry hands then take a cold cream or any lotion and massage into your nails, cuticles and hands. Massage so much that its gets absorbed in your skin completely. Let it be on for few minutes.

Then wet a cotton or tissue and wipe off the lotion from the nails.

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Step 7:

Fun part, select a polish-

If you have brittle nails, always make sure you apply a base transparent coat. Let it dry well and then apply your favorite color nail polish.

Start by one stroke down the center, and then on either sides. This works best for many but you can try your own approach.

Add a topcoat so that your polish lasts long and there are few scratches and less flaking.

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And you have salon-like manicure without even taking the trouble to go to the salon!