So we are already 11 days into 2012 and know doubt many of you have made some New Year’s resolutions. Chatting with my clients the usual suspects are there, weight loss, drinking less, quitting smoking, more exercise and of course be more successful in our business/work/life etc. But what about your hair resolutions for 2012?
A change is as good as a holiday so I have collected a few inspiring images that I think match this year’s hottest hair trends. Most of these images are an extension or metamorphosis of what we were wearing last year, and they all focus on what I consider to be a key themes for this year - firstly a nod in the direction of a 60s revival, combined with the return of TEXTURE.
Hope you’re all inspired,
SHORT HAIR TREND: The “Gamine” crop
Nothing screams cool as much as this textured crop for the ladies. Think of working a very tight-to-the-head shape that has heaps of texture (see the Mia Farrow image below left). The razor is an awesome tool to work with to create these kinds of deconstructed shapes.
Style your hair with a blast dry first to get as much movement as possible and then finish with a texturising paste. I opt for Label M Matte Paste, but for slightly longer versions of this look you could even use a sea-salt spray for texture. I love O&M Surf Bomb for this.
MID LENGTH TREND: Get rid of the Lob! And the Chob, and the Mob and the Pob - and any variations on the Bob. Especially the variations on the name!
I love the bob just as much as anyone, but people, I think we are done! Opt to layer your long bob or shoulder length hair to create a rough, diffused texture. Lots of 60s inspired volume is definitely key here and a slightly narrower silhouette than what we have been working in previous years. I am not saying a return to the faux-rock-mullet of the early naughties but I definitely think it’s time we moved away from the bob. Have I stressed that part enough?
(Image taken from new Toni&Guy Collection “Alignment”)
LONG HAIR TREND: DIY Waves and Curls
I go through phases of loving and then hating long hair. I think it always looks amazing but unfortunately for most of the time it always looks the same. The glamour inspired looks of the past few years (lots of width and weight in the hair, loose smooth waves with not a lot of volume) are definitely still here to stay, but I say experiment with your style a bit by opting for a more natural, grungy wave to the hair. Think more Woodstock Festival Hippie and less GHD/Cloud 9 glamour curls!
The secret here is in the product. Make sure you look after your long hair, as hair that is moisturised and in optimum condition will always look the best left “a la natural”. I love O&M Maintain the Mane Shampoo + Conditioner for all my natural/normal hair types, but for my blondes and curly haired ladies O&M Hydrate & Conquer Shampoo + Conditioner along with an O&M Seven Day Miracle Moisture Masque once a week is a must.
To create the beach-head looks below, shampoo and condition your hair and really well towel dry the moisture out of it. Apply O&M Surf Bomb all the way through and separate your hair into twists (the larger the twists the looser the wave, and make sure they all go in different directions). As your hair starts to naturally dry keep topping up with the spray until you create that beautiful undone texture. Finally tame any excess frizz with some O&M Frizzy Logic Serum.
(Below left image from Toni&Guy Collection “Alignment”)
So thanks to such a beautiful sunny day here in Sydney, Australia and a visit to the infamous Bondi Beach, I thought I would post a few beach inspired looks that I am into. But most importantly the how to guide to Beach Hair.
HOW TO ACHIEVE THAT UNDONE, BEACHY LOOK WITHOUT AN OCEAN IN SIGHT:
PREP YOUR HAIR with a good mousse, blow dry lotion or better yet try a sea salt spray. I love Label M Sea Salt Spray or Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray for this.
Power dry your hair with your hands and the blow dryer (tip your head upside down for
added volume) until 80% dry
Add more product and dry it back into the hair using the cold setting….keep building up the salt spray in layers using cold (to avoid excess frizz and give you a little bit of shine) until you reach the desired “beachy-ness” - and then set with a good Hairspray. I love Sebastian Shaper for this as it gives great hold whilst still being very touchable.
INSPIRED BEACH HEADS BELOW….
Always beautifully and naturally styled Kate Hudson
Natalie Imbruglia works the look perfectly here in a campaign for Kailis
Enjoy the beautiful weather Sydney-siders
So I know this isn’t breaking news or cutting edge but it certainly is a haircut that looks to be hanging around for a while. Following on from the trend that sees ‘haircuts’ taking a real back step so that ‘styling’ can come to the forefront, the Long Bob or “Lob” is one of those really versatile looks that can be styled in a variety of different ways.
ASK YOUR STYLIST FOR: The most important thing here is opt for a more textured version of the look for thicker hair so that your hair doesn’t sit out like a big triangle shaped mane. For finer hair types, stick with a beautiful, “fuller and more precision look”. Blow dry poker straight for a seriously polished look or wavy and messy for something more flirty and feminine. Examples and styling tips of my favourite long bobs are below….hope it inspires some of you long hair ladies to take the plunge!
Abbey-Lee rocking her “lob” worked with a full bang - Love this editorial look. The key to achieving this ‘fuller straight blow dry’ is the pump up the volume. Use a large round brush of even some large velcro rollers to set the hair into this kind of shape. For that lift at the roots, try Label M Resurrection Dust - sprinkle it directly into the root and watch it expand!
I think Gwyneth always looks so chic, which is why I love her hair like this. Polished perfection!! To achieve this look iron your mane to within an inch of its life. I love Cloud 9 straighteners for this - you can check them out here
And how great does Anne Hathaway look here with a textured long bob cut and a tousled finish with some feminine waves. Curl your hair with a very large curling iron into messy loose waves. Blast it with a hairdryer. Finish this look off with a bit of Label M Sea Salt Spray scrunched back into your waves and let natural dry.
So after careful research and lots of playing around with different looks in studio with my clients I have broken down a few trends for you all that I think sum up what is current and very now in the world of Men’s hair. Then, since I thought it was about time I used some of my own work on here, I worked these three looks into a black+white portrait story and have some quick and easy styling tips on how to embody the trends at home.
I have separated them into three different posts outlining the individual trend and then a quick how to with product and styling tips.
British icon, all round babe with a great modern Mia Farrow crop. Love how tight and androgynous this sits through the sides.
ASK YOUR STYLIST FOR: A close textured crop, worked as a tight graduation through the sides and short into the fringe. Flashes of highlights through the top section in tones of golden sand, oyster beige, and soft caramels.
STYLE IT OUT WITH: Work a texturising/volumising mousse through the hair before drying to add texture and volume and to support your style. Then finish with a matte paste.
WHAT I WOULD USE: TIGI Catwalk Session Series Salt Spray through wet hair and dried in with my fingers, perhaps stretching out some areas by pulling straight with a fine tooth comb or small round brush. Then I would finish with some Label M Matte Paste and TIGI Catwalk Session Series Work It Hairspray to give me a flexible hold and to keep the style in place.
TIGI Haircare: http://www.tigihaircare.com/
LABEL M: www.labelm.co.uk
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