What you’ll need: A sewing kit, Snap pins, coloured hair pieces, straightener and a simple comb

Brush and neaten the hair piece

Sew the piece onto the snap pin so that the teeth face downward.

Straighten your hair

Secure hairpiece just over your ears under a bulk of hair to cover the pin, then French-braid

Coat – Anywho x Brics, Dress – H&M, Leather trousers - ASOS, Booties – Sam Edelman, Clutch – Kurt Geiger, Boyfriend Watch – ASOS, Bracelets - Boticca.com

Wo, look at me chuck out posts like a hen with a Tesco egg delivery deadline, have you ever seen me this diligent?… …that’s a no then. Now if only I could sling this spurt of energy at something constructive…  I think I’ll go install Sims 3, the dishes and laundry can do themselves – we’re in the 21st Century afterall, no? I’ve been keeping these hair pieces since April 2010 after wanting to imitate this particular Ashish show and back then I had the right sort of hair, long and loose. They kept travelling with me to press trips in a plastic bag waiting for that window of DIY opportunity to open, but as we all know it opened facing a wall and then painted shut for at least a year. So again it travelled with me to Florence, which after so long it had braided itself into a French weave (see, 21st Century indeed) and now that I’ve untangled it I need to wait for my hair to grow back.

A few tips: 1) You can get these hair pieces anywhere where they sell wigs and Afro hair products, they’re quite inexpensive (these were about £4 a pack) 2) Get  a little more than what you see in the above photo if you want the Ashish effect and clip in multiple places before braiding. 3) Clip it low near the back of the head (aka Occipital bone ish area if you speak Wikipedia) and let it hang longer than your natural hair. 4) Colours like turquoise or blue looks better on dark hair whereas pastel colours look great on light-coloured hair. Damn you blondes. 4a) I know that second to last pic kinda make it look like Rogue from X-men, but the pink does shows and I now have X-ray vision! 4b) Red panties, for me?

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  1. Hi -I borrowed one of your photos for a little mention of your blog over at my place -thank you for always posting such beautiful photos

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  2. Pauline

    I’ve been looking for hair pieces like that since forever and only managed to find £40 ones, quite expensive as for something I’m likely to lose when a stronger wind blows! Would you mind sharing where exactly did you get those? Thanks!

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  3. Love pink/mint green shades in the hair! Thanx for bringing up this idea!

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  4. soooo pretty! looks good on you too! i love the pink one!

    nataliya
    sewniice.blogspot.com

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  5. What an ingenious idea! Nothing like adding some of spring colors into your hair during the winter. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. x

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  6. this is bloody brilliant!
    It looks so pretty in your hair shini! :)

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  7. Ronni

    Rogue was always my one of favourite X-(wo)men. ;)

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  8. Must try that!

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  9. I love your tutorials! Everything you do makes me want to give it a go:)

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  10. wow, the pink hairpiece looks awesome on u! love how u made a part of a hair do, and you photos are gorgeous as always!

    xx, Sabinna and David

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  11. I always wanted Rouge’s hair… this just leads me one step closer to that dream!

    ~F

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  12. Love that idea! Very creative.

    Cris xoxo
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  13. Ohh, this is the cutest ever! <3 I love love love pastel hair!

    x
    Lost in the Haze: Fashion Blog

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  14. That is such a simple and great idea! Have to try it, thank you for sharing! x S.

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  15. Oooh I like this idea. So much better than bleaching the hell out of our hair and dying it crazy colours, only for it to turn orange a wash or two later. I’m so glad that I don’t dye my hair anymore. Such a brilliant and simple DIY Shini!

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  16. that looks like a beautiful idea – albeit i can only imagine the horror when trying to remove the hairpiece at the end of the day. did you run into a lot of trouble untangling them?

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  17. this is so pretty! too bad i cut my hair short amonth ago! :(

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  18. some easy tutorial.. tq

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  19. so cute! I would definitely love to try this some day and it looks very simple :)
    XO,
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  20. Helen

    This looks so cool, your photos are so beautifuullll

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  21. Katherine N.

    I like your side-parted bangs! They suit you nicely.

    I also envy blondes/brunettes since their hair has so many tones and highlights and looks beautiful braided. Dark Asian hair like mine doesn’t look as interesting. I like the pop of color woven into yours.

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  22. You really are an inspiration to me, as both a personal fashion style blogger and a successful woman. You’re beautiful and you have THE most amazing style I’ve seen. I’ve been following your blog for years and I’ve loved every single photo. I’ve only mustered up the courage to start one myself a week ago. I hope that in time, I’ll be as inspiring and (excuse the language) freaking awesome as you. I hope your life is going great right now, because it seems completely and utterly perfect. :)

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  23. Ooh, Shini, you made the coloured hairpieces look so natural; the pink colour looks great in your hair and I like the idea of french braiding it…it’ll be really interesting to see what it looks like when your hair is long again! Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a lovely weekend!

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  24. I like the way you turned everything so effortlessly chic!

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  25. allsaints, allsaints clothing

    Yes! Finally something about fashion.

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  26. you’re just so pretty. And your hair… damn, envy…

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  27. That light pink hair piece is so darling!

    XX Kathryn

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  28. Wow! The pink touch on the hair looks great!

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  29. chic!!

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  30. It looks so sweet!

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    xx

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  31. I love it when you dish out posts like there is no tomorrow especially when they contain DIY and Florence as a background. What can I say… I used to travel with a dried fish (as photography prop), a pink hairpiece seems so much more civilized – and when finally attached looks verrrry prrrretttty. X

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  32. I’m in love with the last picture!! Great!

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  33. no way, that pink hair is awesome!
    x

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  34. Love this DIY! It’s so killer added into your plait!I agree that last image is awesome!

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    x

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  35. i still remember that post and have been wondering ever since when you would actually use those and at last, today was the day! looks fabulous

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  36. Oh wow, that actually looks pretty nice! I am not a sucker for colourful hair but this tiny bit into a French-braid is cute! I really like your hairstyle at the moment by the way!

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  37. Amazing! I love the pink. I think I’m going to add a little colour to my hair this year :D
    XxX

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  38. Love, love, love!! You surprise me with each post!

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  39. How cute hair piece color!Like Katy Perry:)
    Your blog is amazing!!

    xoxo

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  40. Love your pics and the hairpiece idea, definitely the most elegant use that I’ve seen. Also love your chevron woven bracelet! Did you make that?

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  41. SO creative and gorgeous!

    xo

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  42. Oh my, so pretty!

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  43. cute and light colour for daywear :D
    thanks for the DIY. You make such wonderful and entertaining DIY posts. it helps ppl so much xoxo wish you a fantastic day Shini!!!
    Style Hostess

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  44. Such a cool idea. Love it!

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  45. This was such a great help for me! I bought these kind of clips in red some while a go but couldn’t use them, till now;)

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  46. This looks great!!! I’m going to have to give it a try. I’ve been wanting to do something new with my hair, but not cut it! Thanks for the great DIY!!!

    Love from Seoul,
    Serena

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  47. Such a great idea!

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  48. Your jacket is fabulous! I’ve considered buying it ever since i saw it on you the first time.

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  49. Wow, you look great! I really love the pop of color. Great idea! And I so wish laundry and dishes could do itself! Genius. You’re a funny gal.

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  50. oh this is soo cool. thanks for sharing!

    X, Annie
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  51. You are dynamite!

    Love Grace.

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  52. Ebay do a fab selection of hair pieces for like under $5!!
    Also shops such as Internationale and Blue Banana! x
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  53. Miranda

    gorgeous per usual. what kind of straightener do you use? do you use any protective sprays?

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  54. lovely DIY! just voted for you on Company Style Blogger Awards!
    xoxo,
    Betül

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  55. Hello beautiful! I love your blog and your pictures are fantastic! I’m blogger from Spain. I follow you. :)

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  56. pretty..pretty..pretty! love the last picture

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  57. This is brilliant for those with darker hair! Seeing as I have such light hair I have been using a colour bug for the same kind of effect! You look gorgeous!

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  58. Ooohh. This is awesome Shini. I remember when you first got these, so glad they finally have made an appearance! Hope to see you wearing them in person. Looks dreamy with that soft blue coat… yumm. Nicely done. xx

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  59. Beautiful pictures and a great idea.
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  60. Absolutely love the idea!!! Must comment!! Thank you!

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  61. looks amazin’ ! i’m gonna try it <3

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  62. Great ideas! I love colouring hair and have a few tie-dye hair colour posts on my blog… Anyways!! I just found you via bloglovin and I’m sure you know this but… you’re hilarious!
    I love your style and your writing so I’ll be following you!

    You’ve inspired me to get more creative with my writing now! Thanks :)

    Much love,
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  63. babe those boots are hot. x

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  64. YC

    I love how the green of your dress and the pink hairpiece complements the green and pink marble on the facade of the Duomo!

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  65. I love that tutorial! I need to try it! I have been loving the neon hair for a while but am too much of a chicken to actually dye my hair!

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  66. Alexandra

    Such a funny post. I love your writing. When I saw the pastel hair pieces I cringed, and then I saw how you parted it into three and incorporated it into a braid and I thought “genius!”

    You’ve won me over, I’d bar fight next to you if I had to.

    Best,
    Alexandra
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  67. Love it! and I’m glad to know that there was no bleaching required :b Sometimes it’s hard to experiment as a brunette! I heard that hair pieces are a pain to brush once it’s clipped on. Not that brushing it is a good idea in the first place…

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  68. YOu always make me smile with your witty posts :) Maybe I don`t always comment but I read you daily. This idea with pastel hair is great, and I would like to do it, but since I have oragne-y mor brass-like hair color and besides maybe mor orange or (every) shade of red nothing comes to mind like it would fit. but i should try and see :)

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