Best Hairstyles From The 2017 People’s Choice Awards

Another awards show, another set of great hairstyles to recreate! Styling at the People’s Choice Awards tends to be relatively more casual than the Golden Globes and the Oscars, so it’s a great place to pick up inspiration for ‘real’ life. So even though the 2017 People’s Choice Awards didn’t break any barriers where hairstyling is concerned, there is a lot here to learn from if you want to kick up your own personal style.

Here’s my pick of the best hairstyles from the 2017 People’s Choice Awards.

1. Jamie Chung

Rocking one of 2017’s hottest hair color trends, Jamie Chung was a vision on the red carpet. The soft, buttery blonde highlights and pale moonlight-hued lowlights make Jamie’s darker base really come alive. The ‘natural glam hair color trend’ is going to be one of the biggest hair trends in 2017 and the mood is very sophisticated, very luxe. The key to getting the trend right is in picking colors that feel natural against your skin tone and using a painting technique like balayage so that there are no harsh lines or artificial-seeming color placements.    

2. Lilly Singh

Another one of my predictions from the piece on 2017’s hottest hair trends showed up on the 2017 People’s Choice Awards Red Carpet yesterday: YouTube sensation Lilly Singh looked spectacular in ultra-long, super-straight hair parted down the middle. The look is very simple but very sophisticated. Hairstyles like these are sneakily bold because there just isn’t a lot going on for you to hide behind and that’s what makes them so major: they call for confidence, happiness and a genuine love for fashion.   

3. Priyanka Chopra

The Quantico star continues to make waves- quite literally here, with her hairstyle. Yet another of 2017’s major hair trends: barely-there waves in a smooth base. Beachy waves and boho/ mermaid waves are out this year and they’ve been replaced with straight hair softened up with a hint of texture and some volume to give it more life. Parting your hair on one side and flipping it over is an easy way to create a lot of volume and body without doing any extra styling. Use a flat iron to create soft ‘folds’ and then comb them through for these minimalistic waves.

4. Ruby Rose

Even though long hair is going to be the major look for 2017, Ruby Rose’s edgy pixie cut continues to make a strong case for short hair. If the usual delicate pixie haircuts and gamine crops aren’t your thing, go for something with a little more volume up top and asymmetrical edges for greater styling opportunities. The contrast between the slicked-down hair on one side and the cheek-kissing bangs on the other makes for a great look. Also worth noting is the stellar hair color Ruby has going right now: the balance of deep mahogany and chocolate base with the honeyed tips is delicious.

5. Yara Shahidi

The Black-ish star is always so fabulously turned out that one forgets just how young she is! Yara’s red carpet appearances have been a joy to study because she’s got this innate sense of style where every bit of her look comes together perfectly and you can just tell that it’s as authentic as it gets.

Her hairstyle from the 2017 People’s Choice Awards is one of my favorites of the night because it’s such a fresh take on a classic: the topknot is everyone go-to anytime/anywhere-hairstyle but we almost always see it in sleek, straight hair and Yara’s beautiful, naturally kinky curly hair breathes new life into the look. Slick topknots tend to look more worked-on, and thus more formal which is why Yara’s look is perfect for when you’re feeling a friskier, flirtier and more energetic vibe. Also: the curly bangs parted to a side are a total stroke of genius. They add so much vibrancy to the look and work beautifully with the classic makeup.

So there you have it: a number of great looks that would work perfectly for a variety of occasions and moods. Try some and check back at the end of the month for the best hairstyles from the 2017 SAG Awards.

Best Hair Trends From 2017 Spring Summer Men’s Fashion Week

Since we’ll be looking at the best women’s hairstyles and hair trends from the ongoing Spring Summer 2017 shows, it’s only fair to show a little love to the hair trends to come out of the Men’s Spring Summer 2017 Fashion Week events earlier in the year. After all, boys wanna have fun too!

Here are my top picks of the best hairstyles from the Men’s Fashion Week. Enjoy!

Trend #1: The Italian

Let’s be honest: there’s something about slicked-back crowns and dark hair that immediately makes you think of all the famous Italian film and TV characters. Fancy a bit of the Goodfellas vibe while staying on the right side of the law? Just buy yourself a tub of wet-look styling cream, mousse or paste and get working. Keep the sides brushed back and slicked tight to the head while adding more volume and height at t he crown. Lift and comb back to create movement. Work with your fingers and really get in there to shape the style like you want.

Trend #2: The Platinum

I did a post sometime back about how the men’s platinum hair trend is one of the biggest developments in fashion of late and I’m glad to see it echoed here at the Diesel Black Gold Men’s Spring Summer 2017 show. Platinum is always powerful, but it’s even more unexpected on men than it is on women. If your personal style statement tends to follow the ‘shock and awe’ motto, you know what you need to do next.

Trend #3: The Thinker

Want a soulful look that doesn’t make you look too styled? The latest men’s hair trend is the brow-skimming bangs. Guaranteed to draw attention to your peepers and make people wonder what’s going on behind them. Wear in short hair for an interesting contrast between lengths. The haircut has a distinct boy-philosopher-next-door vibe. Seen here on male models from the Helen Anthony show during Men’s Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017.

Trend #4: The Beach Preppy

Think that the Ivy League and surfer dude sensibilities are on two ends of the style spectrum? Not anymore! With the Marni Men’s Spring Summer 2017, we’re learning that you can rock a tweed blazer and hang ten and still come out on top. Take your cues from the Marni Men’s Spring Summer 2017 runway and rock a medium-length cut. We want lots of body and movement, so no slicking down or styling away. Add a dollop of mousse to 80% dry hair and run your fingers through your hair and scrunch to boost graininess. Finger-brush the front away towards the back, lifting and pinching at the crown to create a wave. For more formal occasions, wear to a smoother finish, parted to a side.

Trend #5: The Musician

Care for something wilder, freer and more artsy? Let Missoni guide you to greatness. Curls are the biggest hair trend of 2016 and the great thing about this texture is that it works beautifully for all genders, age groups, and ethnicities- what have you. Curls are beautiful, bold and soulful and there’s something refreshingly unapologetic about a head full of free-falling curls in a world that’s all too polished, smoothened down and straightened out. You can choose from a variety of curly hairstyles for men but if you’re feeling adventurous, might I suggest this chin-length shaggy do with bangs?

You’ll notice that most of these men’s hair trends are rooted in very classic style sensibilities and have essentially just been updated with more modern textures and setting. Men’s hair trends tend to experience less frequent and more restrained changes as compared to women’s hair trends, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a whole lot of fun with them. 

Best Hairstyles From The 2017 Golden Globes

The 74th Golden Globe Awards were everything I was hoping for in terms of styling and hair trends. As the first major event of the 2017 awards season, the Golden Globes are a sign of things to come and judging from last evening, I’m sure we’ve got a lot of goodness to look forward to.

Here is my pick of the best hairstyles from the 2017 Golden Globes. Prepare to get pinning!

Brie Larson

Old Hollywood hair is a Red Carpet constant. And I’m not complaining: is there really anything as enchanting as voluminous side-swept waves? I think not. Last night, it was Brie Larson who wore the hairstyle to perfection.

To put a modern spin onto an old classic, Brie’s makeup artist used a slightly deeper red lip and smokier eyes than the traditional pairing goes and I think they worked beautifully with the hair.

You just can’t go wrong with these Veronica Lake-esque waves for formal events and this is a sure sign that the classic hairstyles revival trend is going to be major for 2017.

Janelle Monae

Janelle is one of those people whose personal sense of style is really that: unique to the individual, truly stylish and always inspired. She’s made a brand out of her style choices and every time she steps out, she makes a fabulous statement. She’s been playing with hair accessories a lot of late and I’m loving this most recent addition to that perfect portfolio.

I’ve been talking about how vintage and retro-inspired hairstyles are going to be a dominant trend in 2017 and Janelle’s beehive is proof of the same. These old school hairstyles make for strong style statements as of themselves, but if you do want to give it a bit of a modern twist, there’s always room to get creative. For instance, Janelle’s big, bold beehive was trimmed out with small pearl accents. The choice of accessory is a stroke of genius because while the end result is so quirky, it also doesn’t get more classic than pearls.

Kerry Washington & Priyanka Chopra

Kerry Washington and Priyanka Chopra had more in common than just their berry lips and gold gowns at the Golden Globes: both women were seen rocking one of 2017’s biggest hair trends to be- soft, sophisticated hair color. In a recent interview I talked about how the ‘natural glam hair color trend’ is going to be one of the breakthrough hair trends of 2017 and I’m so excited to see it start on the Red Carpet already. The artful placement of highlights and lowlights is a fantastic way to look polished and glamorous without looking overdone. And as we can see, the look translates beautifully from real life to Red Carpet.

Lily Collins

Lily Collins has this particular style which is the rather unusual marriage of ‘Victorian romantic’ and ‘glam goth’. It’s such an unexpected way to go and I think I’ve broken it down here: the use of pinks and berry tones in her makeup against the delicate, detailed hairdos and gowns that she obviously favors. We’ve got romantic but vampy colors working with romantic and vintage-y cuts and structures.

For the Globes’ Lily wore her hair in a textured updo with braided accents. Soft curls and updos are the perfect compliment to a formal gown but Lily’s stylist kicked it up a notch by adding a fishtail braid around the base of ‘do. It’s fascinating how the intricacy of the braid plays off of the detailing on the gown. The undone curls that form the bun as well as the soft wispy strands flowing free really soften the look. I think this is the perfect bridal hairstyle for spring-summer 2017.

Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell was absolutely resplendent last night (when is she not?) but what’s really great about her Golden Globes hairstyle is that it’s poised to become one of 2017’s biggest hair trends. Poker-straight, extra-long hair parted down the middle is going to be the haircut/ hairstyle of 2017. Think of it as 2017’s response to the textured lob. Campbell and Cher have been rocking the look for years but it’s never been as hot as it’s going to be this year. For a hairstyle that’s ostensibly simple, it’s as powerful as style can get. Time to start growing those bobs out or investing in hair extensions!

Natalie Portman

Another retro-inspired hairstyle that turned a lot of heads was Natalie Portman’s half-up half-down hairdo with the bouffant accent. Portman’s portrayal of Jackie O earned her a nomination this year and her 60s statement hair guaranteed a place on most ‘best styled’ lists coming out today. It’s a great hairstyle for when you want to keep your hair away from the face and show off an outfit and accessories. Old school, ultra formal hairstyles are making a comeback this year and fashion is going to be a lot more deliberate this season.

Ruth Negga

Another vintage-y hairdo came our way in the form of funky finger waves on Ruth Negga. While 2017 is going to be the year that long hair dominates the style narrative, Ruth’s look is solid inspiration for those of you who aren’t ready to give up on your pixies and cropped haircuts just yet. This is how you keep your hair short while maximizing the romantic, feminine energy that’s so trendy this year.

For more hair inspiration from the 2017 Golden Globes be sure to check out other divas like Tracee Ellis Ross, Olivia Culpo, Emma Stone and Naomi Harris.

2017 Trend Forecast: What’s Going To Be Hot For Hair This Year

2017 Trend Forecast: What’s Hot For Hair This Year

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you’ve had a great start to 2017 and are ready to get down to business: today we’re going to be taking a look at what you can expect from 2017 hair trends.

#1 The Mood

If I can sum up everything hair-related that’s coming your way in 2017 in one word, I’d go with ‘classic’. 2017 is going to be the year that marks the revival of all the best in hairstyling: old school understated elegance and sophisticated glamour. No frills and cheap thrills here: 2017 hair trends are all about timeless beauty and trends that aren’t ‘trends’ so much so as fashion fundamentals.

#2 The Cuts

We’ve seen a lot of pixies, angled bobs and asymmetrical cuts over the past few seasons and while I enjoy them as much as the next person, I’m thrilled to see an upsurge of interest in the more traditional, elegant haircuts and styles. We’re talking longer lengths –shoulder length and beyond–, cleaner lines and unfussy cuts. It’s all about creating and celebrating natural shapes and volumes so I expect to see a lot of ‘soft U’ cuts and even lengths in the coming months.

#3 The Colors

Hair color trends in 2017 are going to shift back towards the ‘normal tones’ of the color spectrum. I’m talking various shades of the natural hues: brunettes, blondes, reds and ebony. I’m particularly excited to see how the celebrities deploy the ‘natural glam hair color trend’ in the coming weeks during the 2017 awards season. Going darker or lighter than your usual base is a great way to experiment with hair color without doing anything too crazy.

Another way to play around with the softer hair colors is to add lowlights and highlights to your base. It’s a great technique for adding movement to dark bases and striking a balance between deep and light hair colors. If you want to start out small, ask your colorist to place streaks around the face only. The natural glam hair color trend is classy and low-maintenance, and style just doesn’t get better than that.

As far as techniques go, I’ll be playing around with a lot of hand-painted balayage-like techniques in soft V-shapes for diffused dimensionality.

#4 The Textures

We saw a lot of really amped up, played up textures last year and in keeping with the overall mood, expect the total opposite in 2017. The dominant hairstyle for 2017 is super straight, super sleek hair with a strong middle part. Think Cher and Morticia Adams but with softer makeup to balance out the drama.

If you do want to experiment with a softer wavier texture, know this: ringlets, curls and beachy waves belong in 2016. Relaxed texture for 2017 is all about barely-there flat waves. Use a flat iron to introduce the most minimalistic kinks in your hair, keeping the ‘waves’ far apart and loose. Keep the ends straight to keep up with this year’s hottest hair texture.

The one exception to this rule is going to be volume. 2017 is going to be the year of classic, vintage-y hair trends and nothing defines the golden years of Hollywood quite like massive volume. And now, we’re seeing a combination of the two major trends of the year –straight, sleek texture and dramatic volume– pop up, like with Natalie Portman’s glorious Jackie O-inspired half-up half-down hairstyle at the 2017 Golden Globe awards.

#5 The Return of Glam

The last few seasons have been all about unconventional and/or laidback styling. The mood has veered between confrontational and carefree: from messy textures and lived-in looks to crazy colors and radical cuts. In 2017, the spirit of hairstyling is going to return to a place of genteel sensibilities, deliberate styling and a sense of formality. We’re talking intentional glamour over accidental attractiveness. Think Old Hollywood hairstyles like retro waves, French twists and bouffants. There’s a lot to be said for funky and quirky cuts and colors being balanced with understated makeup and accessories for special occasions but we’re now returning to a place where formal hairstyles will be given their due.

#6 The Men

The biggest 2017 men’s grooming trend is going to be a movement of sorts; call it an awakening if you will: I see a definite interest in active, conscious decision-making regarding choosing hairstyle and beard combos. For the most part, most guys have always had a signature look or a particular hairstyle/ facial hair look that they always sport. Even when they choose to experiment with one element, the other usually goes unnoticed. Except your standard beard/haircut might not fall into placed with a cool new look.

This year I expect men to pay more attention to different aspects of grooming that work well together and are great style statements as of themselves as well as in totality. I’ll be crafting a beard-hairstyle cheat sheet soon just for you guys!

#7 The End of Extremes

The primary driving force behind 2017 hair trends is a return to the basics, but basic doesn’t mean boring, far from it! It’s stylish, luxurious and bold. The classics don’t have to leap out and grab you by the eyeballs: they are the conversation. 2017 is going to be the year that the extreme hair color trends craze finally fizzles out a little bit. I’m sure we’ll see the pop of unusual color every now and then but the real statement this year is going to be polished, mature colors with an emphasis on healthy, shiny and thick hair.

In a nutshell, the vibe this year is a lot more grown-up, a lot more powerful. 

Glam On The Go: 3 Easy Day-to-Night Hairstyles

I love practical fashion. Two words that you don’t see together very often. But I love it when a particular hair trend or style can be tweaked, adapted and upgraded because that really justifies the amount of time, effort and money you invest into it. At the end of the day, we’re all looking for great value –no matter what’s at stake. So, when it comes to laboring over fabulous hairstyles, most folks tend to take the easy route because there’s this idea that looking good doesn’t come easy and making a whole lot of effort for a couple of hours just doesn’t make sense on a daily basis.

But what if I told you there was a way to shoot down both those concerns? Yep. Now you can choose hairstyles that are not only super easy and stylish, but also versatile. Changing your look within minutes when your plans change has never been easier. Here are my 3 favorite day-to-night hairstyles for women on the go.

1. French Twist To Flirty Updo

Everyone knows that the classic French twist is the ultimate workplace/ formal hairstyle. Nothing says ‘competent and classy’ quite like the French twist, but is that really the vibe you want when you’re heading out for drinks and dancing after work? Most women end up undoing the French twist for a more casual look but if you want to keep things neat and manageable so that you can focus on the fun, what are your options?

Here’s how you can make the French twist club-cool in moments.

Pull a few tendrils loose at the front. French twists are typically styled in sleek, straight hair for extra polish, so you want to add some texture now. Head to the bathroom and dampen your hands and pat the loose tendrils so they’re wet. Take small sections and wrap them around your index finger and hold. Gently remove your finger and allow the curled section to fall naturally and air dry. Spray on some hairspray for hold if you’ve got any. Wear on both sides to frame the face or  you can also loosen and curl more hair and then pull over to a side to create a deep part and thick, curly faux-bangs.

If you also have short bangs, let them fall naturally and style the curled tendrils on either side to create a single fringe with different elements that work together.

For some added oomph, slide the thin end of a rattail comb under the hair at the crown and very, very gentle lift upwards. This creates some elevation at the crown and gives that beehive-effect, while also slightly mussing up the look for a more fun-appropriate style.

Voila! Instant flirty accents done in minute.

2. Top Knot To Bombshell Waves

This is without a doubt the easiest item on this list. Everyone loves the good old topknot or messy bun. Everyone dons one on the regular. Here’s how you make it fab.

Start in freshly washed hair and allow it to dry naturally till it’s about 50% dry. Then rub some texturizing spray or cream throughout the lengths and scrunch it up with your hands. Next, take a styling mousse or crème (something with a holding property) and comb it through the entire length. Now, gather your hair and twist and roll upwards into the knot and secure it into place. Spritz on some light-hold hairspray to help the texture set.

When you’re ready to transition into your ‘fun’ hairstyle, just undo the topknot and say hello to gorgeous wavy hair. You can rock the beachy waves or take it a step further still if you like. Scrunch the roots a bit and maybe tease them for a little height. Run your fingers through your hair to loosen the beachy waves into bigger curls. Create a side part and flip your hair over onto one side. Old Hollywood waves have never been easier!

3. Typical To Tiered

When you’re heading out in the morning, style your hair as you normally do. Ponytails, chignons, classic buns- it all works. I recommend leaving your hair loose because 1) it’ll allow for a relaxed texture so you won’t have to do much about it later and 2) it’ll make for a sharp contrast with your evening hair.

For the evening hairstyle, begin by brushing your hair out and making sure it’s completely free of any knots and tangles. Brushing properly will also redistribute natural oils and leave a glossy finish. If you want, you can use a hair serum to smoothen your strands out. Really smoothen down the crown and then take a rattail comb (or grab that pencil on your desk) and divide your hair into three horizontal sections and secure with elastic bands. This makes three ponytails.

Take the topmost ponytail, remove the band from the second ponytail and incorporate the hair into the upper ponytail. Secure with a tie- this should lay flush along the horizontal line at the start of the third section. Now, take this new ponytail, gather the hair from the third section and repeat the previous steps, adding the final band at the nape of your neck.

You’ll have a three-tiered ponytail that looks a whole lot more complicated than it really is. Add some hairspray to keep everything in place (a flawless finish and smooth crown help play up the interesting lines, angles and curves of the hairstyle) and you’re good to go. If you’ve got bangs you can leave them loose at the front or make a mini pouf or pompadour at the hairline for an even edgier, punk-chic look.

The best part about all these day-to-night hairstyles is that they’re honestly effortless. If you’re going out with the same crowd, you don’t have to worry about looking boring and if you’re meeting new people, it's always a great mood booster to smarten yourself up first. Work is work and play is play and now you can flow from one to the other seamlessly!

 

Styling The Men’s Widow’s Peak

The widow’s peak is one of the most interesting and least discussed style elements in popular narrative. Don’t get me wrong: I see and receive a lot of queries regarding ‘managing’ the widow’s peak but sadly, most people seem to view it as something of a liability. Admittedly, it’s a very strong feature so most people do have a hard time finding hairstyles and haircuts that work with a widow’s peak. But with the right styling techniques and choosing haircuts that compliment your features, the widow’s peak can make for a potent style statement.

Contrary to what most people believe, there’s a lot you can do with the widow’s peak. The only thing holding you back from experimenting with new men’s hair trends is your own inhibition.

Let’s get started.

Flaunt It Or Hide It?

Let’s get this one out of the way first: do you want to show off your widow’s peak or do you want to hide it? A lot of men don’t feel comfortable with the feature, especially in the case of exaggerated widow’s peaks on round faces or if the peak is created/ accentuated by balding and thinning hair. So, the first point on the itinerary is to decide what you want to do with your widow’s peak.

Hairstyles That Hide The Male Widow’s Peak

If you do feel like you’d like to disguise your widow’s peak, here are a couple of things you can do:

·      Shave your head. Nothing sexier than a bold, bald look worn with confidence. It really doesn’t get more macho than that. Bear in mind, though, that you’ll have to shave regularly to maintain the look because you want an even pate to keep the widow’s peak completely invisible.

·      Pair your bald head with a short stubble to create another focal point on the face and to balance out the look.

·      Men’s hairstyles with long bangs can be styled to cover the widow’s peak by pulling the fringe downed over the forehead. Brow-skimming bangs can look incredibly youthful and edgy. Side-swept, angled fringes work best because they flow naturally with your hairline. Keep the parting natural and don’t go overboard with placement: you don’t want it to be obvious that you’re trying to hide something.

Hairstyles That Compliment The Male Widow’s Peak

Now, if playing up the widow’s peak is more your thing, here are some men’s hairstyles that are both hot right now and eternally trendy:

·      For a bit of that rocker vibe, grow your hair to a medium length and then snip away the sides, leaving about 2-3 inches at the crown. Style the longer hair up into spikes. Use a wet-look styling gel to really amp up the bad-boy mood. The look might not work so well in a conservative workplace but it is a great conversation starter and does wonders to both emphasize the widow’s peak and yet draw attention away from receding hairlines.  

·      If you want a more formal hairstyle, the side-parted men’s comb-over is an old favorite. When it comes to classic men’s fashions, the comb-over just can’t be beat. The trick to making it work is to keep every element of the look polished and understated. Unruly hair simply won’t work for a comb-over. Keep some height at the crown where the hair sweeps over to the side because the volume will help balance out the sharp angles of your hairline and soften the impact.

·      Want a widow’s peak-enhancing hairstyle that’s strikes a balance between the two previous looks: both funky and sophisticated? The pompadour is where it’s at. Nothing celebrates the widow’s peak better than the men’s pompadour. Draw attention up and away from the feature, while still clearly allowing your V-shape hairline to shine through. Keep the sides short and slicked back and maximize volume, texture and movement at the front and top. The pompadour will involve active styling on your part but the results are well worth the effort.

·      Men’s long hairstyles that work well with the widow’s peak might seem trickier to come by, but all it takes is a bit of élan. Chin-length or shoulder-skimming men’s haircuts are funky and help frame the face while also subtly diffusing sharp angles and edges. And if you want to give the look an extra shot of machismo, a bold stubble or beard à la Keanu Reeves is the perfect accent.

·      For a sporty, fuss-free hairstyle that accentuates the widow’s peak, opt for a buzz cut. The close-cropped, buzzed look really plays up the hairline and is great for guys who want short hair that is both a cut and a style in itself.

The key to making your widow’s peak work is to have an honest conversation with your stylist/ barber. If you think the feature is a weakness, tell your stylist that straight up. If you want a haircut that emphasizes your widow’s peak, ask for recommendations. For what it’s worth, I think the widow’s peak can look unbelievably cool and definitely recommend playing it up.

Best Hair Looks From The 2017 Critics’ Choice Awards

The 2017 awards season is now officially open. I’m quite pleased that the 2017 Critics’ Choice Awards were organized a little earlier than usual: all the goodness is spread out and we’ve got some great hair inspiration in time for the holiday season.

Auli'I Cravalho

 

Audrey Hepburn was right when she said, “Happy girls are the prettiest”: Disney’s Moana Auli’I Cravalho made for one of the sweetest, most refreshing style statements on the Red Carpet in a long time. With a big plumeria flower tucked behind one ear and her hair in loose, flowing waves, Auli'I makes a fabulous case for age-appropriate fashion that’s youthful, chic and fun. Her look is totally on-brand for the movie without being too thematic and I just love how cheerful and stylish the whole thing is. Beautifully done.

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae’s one of those rare style icons who’s got a signature style going and yet manage to keep it electric all the time. It’s not easy looking the same and also different every time and working almost singularly with a monochromatic palette makes it even more challenging. But clearly, Janelle’s way ahead of the rest of us mere mortals. Which is probably why she’s making space buns look like a totally smart style choice! Loving the pairing of this wacky hairstyle with a natural, crimped texture.

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco’s hairstyles in the past have usually elicited a mixed reaction –something a recent episode of The Big Bang Theory poked fun at– but I’m sure everyone’s going to love this floaty, romantic half-up-half-down hairdo from the 2017 Critic’s Choice Awards. The soft, flowy texture is relaxed enough for a romantic date while the mini bouffant packs on the drama.

To create the volume at the crown, just start teasing small inch-wide sections and layering them atop each other; build your way up to a size you like and feel comfortable with before you pin it into place. If you’re not keen on backcombing, there’s always the option of using a volumizing hair insert. Be sure to leave some face-framing strands loose at the front to complete the look.

Lily Collins

Most actresses went with more natural makeup, pastel tones and maybe a pop of color here or there for the 2017 Critics’ Choice Awards. Lily Collins, however, brought the glam and how. If ‘vampire wow’ falls within your personal aesthetic, Lily’s blood berry makeup and delicate looped Victorian-esque updo are just the things for this holiday season. The knotted bun updo pairs beautifully with the high neck and lace bodice of her dress, tying in with a distinctly vintage vibe. I always recommend pairing middle parts with loose, face-framing strands at the front to soften up the impact when you’re going for a more feminine, romantic mood.

Sarah Hyland

Bobby pins as a style accessory? Functional and fun? Yes please. The entire ‘90s laidback chic’ vibe is strong in Sarah’s entire look, right from the regular run-of-the-mill black bobby pins to her choker necklace, but we know a lot of glam went into this grunge. Especially when you take a look at the gently wavy, side-parted retro-inspired lob that she’s sporting. The look is just the right amount of casual and Red Carpet. However, if you want to do it up more, use bobby pins in a funkier color or a more ornate texture.

Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson’s blonde bob continues to create global #hairenvy. Honestly, if we were giving out awards for ‘most famous bob’ or ‘best textured bob,’ I’ve no doubt at all that the American Horror Story and The People v. O.J. Simpson superstar would win hands-down. Much like her 2017 Critics’ Choice Award, the honor would be well earned. If you think dark roots in blonde hair is a rookie styling move, you’ve obviously not seen Paulson’s couture take on the trend. The secret is in dyeing your brows to match your roots and tie the look together. This marriage of the tousled asymmetrical bob and rocker pixie vibe is seriously one of the best looks to come out of these last few seasons.

Tracee Ellis Ross

Nothing new to see here: just Tracee Ellis Ross continuing to be a total badass. Cornrows with a faux-hawk row up top? Bold, sexy and so-Ross. Her style is always so interesting –on the show Blackish and off of it– and you can always sense that it’s really true to who she is as a person as well. I love how she’s making cornrows work perfectly for the Red Carpet by paring them with minimal makeup and elegant jewelry. For me, Ross’ hairstyle defies all the usual norms about what constitutes a formal hairstyle and age-barriers in fashion and that’s why she’s truly a force to be reckoned with. If you don’t already follow her every move, now’s your cue to do so.

Things are looking good: the 2017 awards season is off to a promising start. Fingers crossed about the coming weeks.

Breaking Hair Trend: Androgynous Beauty And The Politics Of Art

We tend to categorize hair trends by three categories- cut, color and style. And it’s easy to see why: approaching the latest hair trends through these parameters makes it easy to understand, codify, learn and create these looks for ourselves. But often, hair trends are about more than these structural markers: they are entire moods and movements in themselves. And like all the best art forms, hair trends can be heartbreakingly beautiful and shockingly political.

Those who criticize fashion for being frivolous fail to see that it is about more than just what you see in the mirror: in fact, it’s usually about holding up a mirror to society, inviting deeper reflection and inspiring change. Fashion has always been about challenging the status quo, and if you can have a little fun along the way, why not?

One of the biggest breakout hair trends of 2016 has been the rise of androgynous hair trends at a global level. 2016 has been the year of breaking down gendered barriers and social constructs and building a new society and reality marked by love, self-acceptance and non-binary discourse. And for once, the question of whether art reflects life or inspires it doesn’t matter, because when you’ve got a shot at changing the world just by changing your hair, why won’t you take it?

Androgynous hair is all about breaking traditional notions about beauty and forcing us to reimagine ‘normal’. Whoever said girls can’t rock buzz cuts? Or that platinum blonde hair is too fey for a man? It’s important to recognize that the quietest forms of expression sometimes carry the loudest messages. And the beautiful thing about the androgynous beauty movement is that it’s been around the block for a while. There was a time when the idea of women wearing anything but dresses or men wearing floral prints and ‘feminine’ colors was enough to give anyone pause. And yet, today, these choices seem completely regular. Back when Coco Chanel pushed for trousers for women and David Bowie proudly slashed on some electric eye shadow, society at-large was stunned. And yet, after surprise gave way to shock, and shock to acceptance, we learned that ‘different’ doesn't equate to ‘dangerous’. And in 2016, we’re still learning that lesson and it’s heartening to see how every generation has its own way of expressing beauty, empathy, self-confidence and love.

Androgynous hairstyles have steadily been gaining popularity over the last couple of months, but you know a hair trend has hit the big time when it’s all over the Fashion Week runways. And Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017 turned out one gender-fluid look after the other! I think we’re only just getting started with the androgynous look, so if you’d like to get your pick in early for next season, stay tuned.

If the words ‘androgynous hair’ immediately bring up a picture of pixie haircuts to your mind, you’re in for a treat. While the gamine pixie is the face of the androgynous movement, Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017 showed us that there is more than one way to express yourself- and isn’t that just what this trend is about? We saw braided crowns, messy shags, bowl cuts, choppy layers, cropped curls, buzzed sides and slick textures. We saw a world of cuts, colors, lengths, dimensions and finishes- all working to remind us that there’s no single route to beauty.

If you’re in the mood for some striking for the winter or you’re looking to reinvent/ rediscover yourself in the new year, here are some greats ways in which you can try the androgynous hair trend:

·      Ask your stylist for bangs. A full, blunt fringe is hard to maintain but it does have a certain sensual quality to it. If you’re new to bangs, opt for a wispier fringe and use a hairstyling product to mold it into soft, messy spikes over the forehead.

·      Experiment with hair color. There are two ways to play with the androgynous look through hair dyes: either by picking a gender-neutral hair color like silvery grey/ charcoal/ forest green or by opting for one that is traditionally not associated with your gender. Pastel hair colors and rainbow hair are also a great way to play with androgynous beauty.

·      Slick finishes are a key element of androgynous style. Use wet-look hairstyling products to get the right texture. You can either wear your locks in slicked down hairstyles or combine a slick, glassy finish with messier, roughed-up arrangements.

·      Pompadours work beautifully with all lengths, face shapes and personalities. Pompadours in short hair can be held in place with stronghold styling products and hairspray. Pompadours in long hair just need to be pinned into place and make the perfect accent to loose hair, ponytails, buns and updos!

·      Remember Audrey Hepburn’s barely-there fringe from Breakfast At Tiffany’s? It’s one of 2016’s biggest hair trends. And it’s got the same charm as the Twiggy pixie.

·      If you’re not ready for an all-new hairstyle just yet, give your current look a mini-makeover by buzzing down the sides. Buzzed sides work well with most haircuts as long as you’ve got the confidence to carry them off. If you’re keeping the rest of your look as-is, they also add a touch of dichotomy to the look, which is always great.

At the heart of it, androgynous hair is about freedom: the freedom to be, to change, to express yourself and to offer no explanations. Don’t overthink it, don’t over-style it. Just be.

New Trend Alert: Orange Hair Color!

This just in: there’s a new hair color trend in town and it’s taking the world by storm. Hot off the runways of the Spring Summer 2017 Fashion Week I give you: the orange hair color trend!

It’s bold, it’s sexy and it’s startling. Everything you need in a new hair trend. And it’s checking two super-essential boxes:

·      The orange hair color trend is in keeping with all the crazy, rule-breaking hair color trends we’ve seen and loved over the last few seasons.

·      It’s a universally flattering shade and you’re sure to be able to find the perfect orange hair color for just about every skin tone.

And the timing really could not be more perfect: what’s more Fall-appropriate than the color of fire, pumpkins and autumn leaves? And what’s more is, orange hair color has all the makings of a perfect transition color: the perfect balance of light and dark, vibrant and moody, playful yet impactful and so on. If you’re ready to leave summer behind but don’t want to go down the brunette route and are also tired of red hair being everyone’s go-to color for the season, this trend could not come at a better time.

Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017 turned up some fabulous hair trends and while you might have enough on your Pinterest board to keep you busy for months, we simply can’t ignore the fact that orange hair is happening now. We saw flame-colored tresses at several different shows, from the Ashley Williams and the PPQ Spring Summer 2017 showcases in London to the Max Mara runway in Milan. If the imagery of glowing embers, burning stars and sunsets isn’t enough to convince you, just take a look at the photos from the most prestigious of global fashion events and let your heart do the decision-making.

Now, as is the case with all hair color trends, there are different variants to pick and choose from. You can play around with light, pigment and layering to arrive at an orange that’s just right for you. But just in case you’re having a hard time picking one version, here are my favorites:

·      An unapologetic, fiery wash of pure, true orange. If you’re looking to make a major statement, wear it shot with streaks of a darker burnt-orange/ crimson hue and deeper brunette roots.

·      A softer, more pastel orange with blonde undertones. Think the color of pale carrots cast over a buttery blonde base. This might seem like the easier of the two shades at first sight but truth be told, it’s as much of a look as its louder cousin: it is ORANGE, after all!

When I first saw the darker orange hair in the first few days of Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017, I figured we’d found ourselves the perfect fall-to-winter 2016 shade. But, with the sheerer, pastel version we’ve also got the perfect bright hair color for spring-to-summer 2017.

Write to me and let me know what you think of this latest hair color trend? Is it too outré for you? Or are you sold- and ready to orange a visit with your colorist right away?

 

Top Hair Trends From Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017

And we’re finally done with the Spring Summer 2017 Fashion Weeks.  What an exhilarating experience it has been!  We’ve seen some great twists on classic hairstyles, some fresh new hairdos for the coming seasons and the genesis of some really solid hair trends that are bound to define the period for years to come. Wrapping up all this excitement is today’s post on the best hairstyles from Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017.

My list of the best hairstyles from the Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017 is all about strong, statement style choices. If you’re looking for your edgy hairstyles fix, you’ve come to the right place. Paris proved to be an interesting experience in terms of just how many gritty, bold hair trends we witnessed on the runways. There’s a time and mood for classic hairstyles and then there’s this.

Acne Studios

We’re leading today’s pack with another blunt bob. Now, you might wonder, just how many bobs can a person lust after? The answer is thus: all of them! Curly, straight, angular, blunt, tipped with blunt bangs or side fringes- it’s all welcome here! Blunt bobs are the short haircut for winter 2016-spring 2017. They’re sassy, sexy and so easy to maintain.

Whenever I’m discussed short hairstyles in general and bobs in particular, I like to point out just how easy it is play with textures with this length. And it’s true: you can wear bobs straight, slick, wavy, curly, gritty- you name it. It’s honestly like waking up and choosing to be a new person every day. While experimenting with textures in long hair can be just as rewarding, let’s be honest: it’s quite tiring and time-consuming. But a blunt bob can go from a poker-straight power hairdo to a flirty, tousled look in no time at all.

I’m particularly fond of this particular blunt bob because it’s the perfect marriage of strong lines to seductive curves. The ends and bangs look like you could cut yourself running your hand through the hair, while the soft crown lends a subtle femininity to the wearer. And that burnished copper color? What’s not to love!

Andrew Gn

Braided accents are a genius way to make any hairstyle pop. Placing cornrows at the side, above the ears, is a neat way to embellish everyday hairstyles like ponytails and buns. Of course, the swooping pompadour at the front adds a whole lot of oomph to the look as well.

If you don’t know how to braid cornrows, you can create ‘faux rows’ by:

·      Making tiny Dutch braids.

·      Taking teeny tiny sections of hair and twisting them in on themselves, thus making coiled rows that look like braids.

There are two things you must do to make these braided accents look good:

·      Make sure the braids lay flush with each other. Symmetry helps make more of an impact in this look.

·      Make sure the braids are equidistant. Be sure to put a little gap between each row because that really throws the style in relief and makes it pop.

To create the swooping pompadour, use your bangs or hair from the front. Add styling mousse and lift and position the pompadour by hand. Shape the pouf according to your face and you can keep it smooth or pinch sections together or make it piece-y. Wear with a low, loose ponytail or a chignon.

Christian Dior

More braids! I really love this look from the Christian Dior Spring Summer 2017 show at Paris. It’s such a refreshing take on the high bun. First, there’s the bun itself: at first glance, it looks like a polished variant of your everyday topknot, but at closer inspection you see it’s actually a looped bun.

The braided rows down the back are such a stroke of genius because they add so much pizzazz to a hairstyle we see all the time. You want to create the Dutch braids from the bottom-up and blend the ends (and hair ties) into the topknot.

Issey Miyake

There’s so much to love about this unique hairdo from the Issey Miyake show, from the looped ponytails to the mix of textures. Crimped hair is coming back in a big way with 90s revivalism but if you’re not ready to go all-out just yet, working it into small sections in a sleek base is a great way to experiment.

As for the hairdo itself, begin by creating three ponytails at the back of your head: two at the same level on the sides and the third higher up and to the center. Fold the upper ponytail and pin it onto your head, close to the neck, to create a loop. Then draw each of the lower ponytails through the loop carefully. They will fall at different heights, since one will lie atop the other. Push pins into the base of each section and wherever they meet the head for extra support. Unless you have long, thick hair, you’ll probably need some hair extensions for this look.

Manish Arora

Very few designers do ‘wacky wonderful’ quite as effectively as Manish Arora does. The Indian designer’s shows are always an explosion of color, texture and shapes and this year was no different. I saw a ton of pink hair and blue hair on the runway but this particular hairstyle really caught my eye because it’s wearable and striking at the same time. Mix cropped hair with long bangs and more length up top lets you create all sorts of interesting shapes and structures. The voluminous, side-swept quiff is sexy, strong and graceful and I’d love to see more of it on women everywhere. 

Paco Rabanne

Rose gold hair has been one of the biggest hair trends of 2016 and it shows no signs of slowing down yet. If you’re hesitant about an overall wash of pink hair, here’s an interesting take on the look: a small section of unusual hair color placed between more natural roots and ends. Pink sits most organically in blonde hair tones because it blends in better with lighter colors but you could always choose an accent color that suits your base and work with that. By keeping the roots and front natural as well as the mid-lengths and ends, you leave yourself room to play up or dial down the pastel tones as you wish. It looks absolutely delicious when worn loose and you can soften the impact by pulling your hair up into a voluminous topknot and bringing the ‘normal’ hair color front and center.

Yohji Yamamoto

Something about the placement of the white pigment in black hair really caught my eye at the Yohji Yamamoto Spring Summer 2017 show in Paris. The ebony and ivory hair color trend isn’t entirely unheard of, but it’s the first we've seen it in a long while. If you like playing with contrasts and the idea of duality in fashion appeals to you, you could experiment with a little hair color chalk before booking an appointment with your colorist. From a small patch to a full streak, here’s your chance to pay homage to the terrifying-but-glam Cruella de Vil.    

It’s hard to believe that Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017 is already over, but I can’t wait to see how these looks translate into street style trends.

 

Top Hair Trends From Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017

Milan Spring Summer 2017 may have just earned its spot as my favorite Fashion Week so far! The styling was absolutely phenomenal. There was just so much beauty to take in and it’s evident that a lot of thought went into picking every aspect of each look: the hair, the makeup, the clothes, the accessories; truly, the entire experience was beyond inspirational. Which is why you’ll see that my list of the best hair trends from Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017 is longer than all the others so far!

Bottega Veneta

The Bottega Veneta Spring Summer 2017 show in Milan was possibly the most talked-about event in the series. For starters, Lauren Hutton walking the ramp with her iconic purse from the film American Gigolo brought up all sorts of film and fashion nostalgia.

And then there was the styling: the perfect balance of bold and romantic. As seen on Gigi Hadid here, the models’ hair was parted to a side, combed down and tucked behind the ears, the slick texture working with the high side part to create the aura of the woman of today: formidable and fashionable. But what really kicks it up are the almost-hidden bejeweled hair barrettes that were only visible from the side. The duality of the hairstyle is what makes it so amazing: from the front you see a clean, sharp style that’s got just a hint of severity to it and then suddenly, there’s a bit of beautiful bijoux peeking out at you. Placement is key here: your barrette must be positioned behind the ear and at an angle such that it compliments the lines of your jaw and cheekbone. For max impact, pick an antique, jewel-encrusted hair accessory.

Daizy Shely

I had to throw in a great everyday hairstyle that’s versatile enough for the workplace and a fun date and this wet-look, slick shoulder-length hair cut is perfect for it. Since wet-look hairstyles have an undeniably edgy vibe to them, soften the look out with wispy side-swept bangs. Flipping the ends out also adds a subtle hint of femininity, drawing attention to the curve of the neck. As for choosing a side part that compliments your face, here’s a neat trick: position the part above the highest point of your brow and you’ll never go wrong with it.

Dolce & Gabbana

Every year when the Fashion Weeks roll around, there’s a sense of anticipation and excitement about what each city and its events will bring. You know you’re going to see some great things, and some that don’t really resonate with you. There always some surprises. But if there’s one thing you can be sure of, it’s that the Dolce & Gabbana Fashion Week runway will always, always be fabulous.

The Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer 2017 show included a lot of really beautiful hairstyles but the winning factor were the headpieces: they’re tremendous. In fact, the brand has a history with creating stupendous headgear and using hair accessories to dazzling effect. From crowns and tiaras fit for queens at the Spring 2015 showcase to the vibrant headscarves we saw during the Spring 2016 Fashion Week, Dolce & Gabbana have the hair accessories game down to a perfect art form. And this year is no different.

Now, you might not be able to wear a super blinged-out bejeweled headband (it feels almost reductionist to even call it that) on a daily basis, but if you’re looking to serve up some royal realness at a glam event or to make a costume pop, D&G Spring 2017 is rife with inspiration.

The trick to making statement hair accessories work is in doing two things right:

·      Make sure your hair accessory fits into/on your hairstyle and doesn’t fight with it. You don’t want to fidget endlessly or have sit awkwardly.

·      Play with makeup but remember, too many statements spoil a look. The D&G models usually carry the latest makeup trends, from oxblood lips to gold-rimmed eyes, but the overall effect is always sophisticated.

Fendi

Schoolgirl ponytails might not be the most radical new hairstyle on the block, but thanks to Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn they’re H-O-T. And the Fendi Spring Summer 2017 runway is all the proof you need that pigtails can be pretty badass. Hairstylist Sam McKnight shared that the inspiration for the look was based on Karl Lagerfeld’s vision: Vanellope von Schweetz from the animation film Wreck-It Ralph. But to match the hair to the line’s more mature tone, the hairstyle was upgraded to an edgier, artsier version with high side parts, bold hair color and funky hair accessories. In fact, the crown was trimmed with the same decorative studs used on the bags from the Fendi SS17 line.

Gucci

Some designer houses and brands favor a minimalistic aesthetic; others believe in going all-out. No prizes for guessing which category Gucci falls under. Just when you think there’s no way for the brand to go bigger, they do. It’s no mean feat, taking the whole ‘OTT’ concept and making it look great while still staying true to the core idea. Theatrical can be sexy and fashionable guys: Gucci is proof!

Now, the hairstyles from the Gucci Spring Summer 2017 are better placed for a theme party or a vintage-inspired look than daily wear, but that’s what makes them so fabulous: they’re simply not trying to fit in or be wearable! From the 50’s-inspired victory rolls to the Victorian-esqu braided beehive buns, the hair trends from Gucci SS17 are all about freedom. Can’t pick a particular moment in time or specific mood to work with? No problem. Use ‘em all! In fact, as Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele puts it, the essence of the brand’s styling choices is in “non-linear and unpredictable connections”.

Leitmotiv

It’s no secret that I have a soft spot for braids, and they just don’t get any better than braided updos! What we’re seeing here from the Leitmotiv Spring Summer 2017 show in Milan is the classic French braid- finished off with a bun. If you know how to make a French braid, this look is going to be very easy to pull off.

Create a French braid till the nape of your neck and then stop; here’s where it gets exciting: instead of continuing into a regular three-strand braid, roll your hair into a bun and secure it into place. You can go for a classic chignon or a messy knot or even a pulled-through half-bun-half-ponytail. If you want to recreate this slightly messy, sexy vibe, braid your hair loosely and don’t worry about flyaway. Tug on the loops of the braid gently once you’re done to fluff it up a bit.

You’ll notice that some of the models’ hair showed different textures: crimped sections weaving in and out of sleek, straight strands. These little details go a long way towards making a hairstyle look runway-ready. The real focus of this look is the backside of the hairstyle, but you can style the hair anyway you want at the front and sides: brushed back, finished with some loose face-framing locks and even decorated with hair accessories. At the end of the day, you can always put your own spin on the idea and make the look your own.

Moschino

Ultra-short bangs continue to be one of 2016’s biggest hair trends and are poised to run hot in 2017 as well. We saw the Audrey Hepburn-inspired hair trend feature in several shows during London Spring Summer 2017 Fashion Week and here’s another way to wear the look in current times: with a soft, romantic updo like a side bun. Choppy, uneven bangs can make the trend look more modern and have a more organic feel to them as compared to blunt, straight-cut fringes. The deconstructed hairnet makes for an interesting hair accessory, but you’re probably going to want something a little more glam for a night out!

No.21

Cropped haircuts and bubblegum hair color are two major hair trends that can also be difficult to pull off. But the No.21 Spring Summer 2017 Milan show is making ‘punk pretty’ a real thing and how. I love the color: a blend of soft blondes and rose gold tipped with a punchy pink. The thing with experimenting with hair color trends in really short hair is that it’s a major statement without being too much of a look. The impact is powerful, but contained.

Prada

Ultra-short haircuts are all the rage right now and these blunt bobs are what’s hot for 2016-2017. As I’ve said before, short haircuts really open up the face and draw attention to the features and lend an air of confidence to the wearer. If you want a no-frills hairstyle that makes a big statement, take your cues from the Prada Spring Summer 2017 fashion show. These ear-length bobs are so sleek and precise they look like they’ve been created with a laser cutter.

Rochas

Bored with your bangs? Want an easy route to recreating the 40s-inspired rockabilly hairstyles? Stylist Paul Hanlon’s work for the Rochas Spring Summer 2017 runway has earned its place in your 2017 trend look-book.

Firstly, pairing a softly textured lob with faux rockabilly bangs is pure genius. Working with extremes (short vs. long, old vs. new) is a great way to experiment with strong trends without feeling overwhelmed. Secondly, Hanlon takes all the work out of rockabilly hairstyles with this neat trick; all you have to do is curl your hair in the wrong direction et voila: you’ve got faux mini victory rolls with no effort at all!

I can’t wait to recreate the hair trends from Milan Fashion Week; which ones will you be trying?

Top Hair Trends From London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017

 

With the London Spring Summer 2017 Fashion Week behind us, it’s time to take a look at the major hair trends to come out of the LFW SS17 shows. It’s been such a great month for hair –for styling all around, really– what with the Fashion Weeks and the Emmys and TIFF 2017. Not only have we seen the return of some old favorites, but we’ve also been witness to some very exciting new hair trends as well, which I can’t wait to share with you.

Here’s my pick of the best hairstyles from London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017.

Bora Aksu

Need some inspiration for a kickass formal updo? How about this braided updo from the Bora Aksu show at London Fashion Week SS17? Most people are usually surprised to learn that the most complicated looking updos are usually an assembly of several simpler parts. Take, for instance, this braided bun: it isn’t a singular, intricately braided piece but, in fact, several skinny braids artfully arranged and pinned to resemble a bun. There’s still a lot of work involved, but what matters is that it’s easier than you expect it to be. Dividing the crown into 3 segments (two sides and one center) as seen in the photo makes styling easier.

Emilia Wickstead

I can never resist a good braid, especially a style that’s visible from the front. Front-to-back Dutch braids are a great way to look fashionable, keep hair away from the face and glam up any number of classic hairstyles: ponytails, buns, chignons etc.

The models from the Emilia Wickstead London SS17 show, however, wore their braids in loose hair, and it makes for a pretty, elfin look. Moving the hair away from the face is a great way to make your features pop, while still keeping things interesting with braids. Leaving it loose at the back adds a touch of softness and balances out the starkness of the braids.

If you’re worried about the braids coming undone, take a clear elastic and secure the braid in place, then continue braiding below the elastic band to add a few more loops and keep up the impression of free-flowing braid. This way, even if the last few loops open up, they won’t travel up beyond the elastic bands. You can also take a small strand of hair and weave it in and out of the elastic band to cover all traces of it.

Emilio de la Morena

Short bangs are one of 2016’s biggest hair trends, and they featured prominently in the London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017 shows. Clearly, short bangs are going to be a major 2017 hair trend as well. The short choppy fringe was seen on models at the Emilio de la Morena show as well as the runway for Mary Katrantzou.

Ask your stylist to pick a length and shape that flatters your face type, since there’s really no way to disguise ultra short bangs and you will have to wait for them to grow out if you don’t like the look. Ask your stylists to balance out the super short front with tapered longer sides as these can help frame the face and soften the impact.

Very short bangs work best with small, heart-shaped faces and also somewhat longer, inverted-triangle shapes. You might want to avoid the style if you’ve got a round face because the blunt edges may clash with the soft curves of your face. Short bangs aren’t easy to work, but they are incredibly modish by virtue of the fact that they’re a pretty unusual styling choice. And if you’re feeling brave, what better way to channel your inner Audrey Hepburn than to wear this flirty, feminine look.

Molly Goddard

The models from the Molly Goddard show at London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017 caught my eye immediately when they walked out. The bubble braid is such a cute look for a variety of casual events, and can be dressed up for a dressier look. And they’re SO easy to create.

Bubble braids are typically worn at the back, as an alternative to the standard ponytail. The inspiration, of course, is Princess Jasmine from Aladdin. You can wear the bubble braid at the back, or at the front as seen on the runway.

Begin by creating a ponytail wherever you want your braid to start. Then add an elastic band or hair tie at a small distance from the base. Gently tug on the section ensconced between the two bands to fluff it up and create the ‘bubble’. Repeat these steps all the way down the length of the ponytail, leaving a few inches free at the bottom. You can choose the length of each section on the basis of your overall length and the number of ‘bubbles’ you want to create. Just remember to secure the elastic bands tightly so that they stay put.

The best way to play up the bubble braid is to keep texture really smooth and sleek. You want a glass-like surface so that the ‘bubbles’ look like beautiful orbs just dangling there merrily. If you do want the look to feel slightly grittier, pairing a small quiff or pompadour and a bubble braid at the back is an excellent choice. For a more formal look, weave a pretty ribbon or a string of craft crystals around the braid or use decorative hair ties.

Sharon Wauchob

Short, boyish crops are all the rage in women’s hair trends right now and I love this look we saw at the Sharon Wauchob show in London. A short crop works beautifully in light hair and a long, full fringe is a great accent to add to the feathery, airy mood of the look. Parting the hair slightly to a side mimics the feel of side-swept bangs, even when you do have a full fringe as is seen here. I love how the ends have been flipped out slightly and the little extra outward-wave close to the ear really adds to the impression of fluidity and motion. A thin round-barrel brush and a hairdryer are all you need to create these ‘flips’.

Super short crops such as this one can actually play up your femininity, contrary to what common notion dictates. In fact, a full luscious fringe and the right accessories can balance the gamine appeal of the crop with a more glamorous aesthetic.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these hair trends from the London Spring Summer 2017 Fashion Week as much as I have. For your curly hair fix from the London Fashion Week, check out the hair trends from the Ashley Williams show as well as the Topshop Unique event. We’ll be coming back for more from Milan in a few!

Best Hairstyles From The 2016 Emmy Awards

We saw so many amazing hair and beauty choices at the 2016 Emmy Awards- what a night! It’s always fun to review celebrities’ Red Carpet choices –even when you know that they’ve been put together by a team of styling professionals– but nothing is as exhilarating as an event where everyone looks phenomenal. We saw such a variety of hairstyles last night and I can’t wait to share my top picks.

Alia Shawkat

 

How stunning is Alia Shawkat’s cropped, curly hairdo? LOVE! It’s a look we haven’t seen anytime recently- at least not in a manner so arresting. I absolutely love how she’s combined the curly hair trend and the short hair trend to create a hairstyle that’s super refreshing, youthful and unbelievably fun. There’s something almost boyish about that riot of curls but at the same time, there’s a sense of flirtiness to it- much like Twiggy’s androgynous haircut from way back when. 10/10!

Constance Zimmer

If you want a short statement hairstyle, might I suggest the blunt bob with –you guessed it– ultra-blunt bangs? It’s a great hairstyle for drawing focus to the eyes and works well with all kinds of outfits. The haircut is pretty low maintenance, though you will have to blow-dry the bangs straight for max impact. The rest of the bob can be worn curly (for a punchy contrast) or smooth, for a more mod look.

Kerry Washington

It’s not everyday that a hairstyle can go toe-to-toe with a baby bump and still make it to the conversation in the same sentence. And yet, just about every report on Kerry’s appearance at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards talked about her beautiful bump and went onto gush about her stupendous hairdo. If you’ve got naturally curly hair, step away from that straightening iron this minute: curly texture is major right now. Being stylish has never been easier: simply wash and wear! Just remember to use conditioning masks to boost moisture and prevent frizziness. And if you need to use a blow dryer, remember to keep it at a medium setting so that you don’t accidentally end up smothering out the curls.

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra’s side-parted wrapped ponytail makes a solid case for simple, elegant formal hairstyles. Every now and then, less really is more. The trick to making a simple ponytail look glam is to make an effort with the texture: the ultra-sleek, glossy finish and poker-straight texture allow the minimalistic styling to look polished. The wrapped base and merest suggestion of volume at the crown keep it from getting drab. This is an excellent hairstyle for when your outfit has an unusual neckline, or you’re wearing a statement necklace.

Sarah Paulson

This list would be incomplete without Sarah’s beautiful pixie haircut. The side-swept bangs and soft volume at the hairline make a great foil to an otherwise edgy haircut. Interspersing darker strands with pale blonde tones in such short hair adds to the dark drama of the look, but you can soften it up every now and then by changing how you style the look. And as you can clearly see here, the pixie haircut works fabulously with accessories, whether they’re statement earrings or a golden statuette. 

Sophie Turner

The stupendous talent behind the newly-minted-badass-Sansa-Stark, Sophie Turner is always a delight. If you missed her appearance at the 2016 Venice Film Festival, the blonde locks might come as a surprise. Most people recognize Sophie’s flame-colored mane from GoT, but did you know she’s a natural blonde? Either way, she’s gorgeous and this loose braid in relaxed, wavy hair makes for a great addition to your back-to-school hairstyles list.

Taraji P. Henson

I read somewhere that Taraji’s Emmys hairstyle makes curls “Taraji P. Henson-level fierce” and I’ve got to agree: she’s doing wonders for a hair texture/ hairstyle that’s anyway a hot favorite. The wet-look finish, high side parting and laidback texture make bedhead look Red Carpet-ready. And when the wearer’s bringing their best Cookie Lyon-game, you can expect some serious oomph.

What were your favorite hairstyles from the 2016 Emmy Awards?

 

Best Hairstyles From The Toronto International Film Festival 2016

September sure makes for a fashion-packed month, doesn’t it? What with the Spring Summer 2017 Fashion Weeks, the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and the Emmys on Sunday, we’ve got our hands –and our Pinterest boards- full with styling inspiration.

I love the Toronto International Film Festival because the celebs turn out looks that are Red Carpet-appropriate, but also a lot more fun as compared to what we see at the more formal events such as the Oscars. I like to think of it as the ‘business casual of the film world’.

Lots of great ideas for formal events, dates and even dressy looks for the workplace. Let’s get to it! 

Emma Stone

Headbands can make for tricky hair accessories because they do tend to run a bit twee, but take a cue out of Emma Stone’s look from the premiere for La La Land and wear them right and you just might have a Red Carpet-worthy look on your hands. The trick to making headbands work for adult women is:

·      Either to work with an overall theme, like Emma here does with a vintage-style dress and a modern cat eye.

·      Or to really play down the rest of the look, which makes more sense for ‘regular’ style off the Red Carpet.

If you do go with the first option, don’t put very strong, statement-y pieces together. You don’t want to look like you’re in costume, even if you are playing to a theme.

Haley Bennett

If you want to go all-out, nothing like a braided updo. Haley Bennett’s braids are one of the most talked-about hairstyles from TIFF 2016 and it’s easy to see why. Here are the basics of recreating the look at home:

·      Draw your bangs out to the front and secure out of the way. If you don’t have bangs, you can keep a few strands loose to frame the face or just work without them.

·      Create a middle parting.

·      Starting high on one side, create a French braid at the hairline, moving from the part down the side of your head, to the nape of the neck.  When you reach the neck, continue onto a regular three-strand braid and secure with an elastic band.

·      Repeat this step on the other side.

·      Now, pick one of the braids, curve upwards and start arranging it onto your head, pinning as you go along.

·      Do the same with the other braid as well and create a large halo of braids on your head.

·      This technique works best on medium-long hair.

If you have VERY long hair or want a super dramatic updo like Haley here and are using extensions, do the first two steps and then:

·      Separate 2-3 inches of hair at the front on either side and pin the rest back.

·      Style the front sections into French braids. Continue into regular 3-strand braids once you reach the ears/ neck and secure with elastic bands. Keep them out of the way for now.

·      Undo the pinned-away hair and divide into 2 horizontal layers. Divide each layer into sections. If you want thick, chunky braids, divide this hair into 2 sections. If you want thinner, more intricate braids, go for 3-4 sections.

·      Braid each of these sections. You’ll end up with 2-4 braids ‘sprouting’ out of your crown!

·      Start laying them flat on the head, arranging into a desired shape and pinning as you go along.

·      Take the two French braids from the front and use them to ‘border’ the braided center. Pin in place.

·      Add extra bobby pins for good measure.

Finish the look by loosening and arranging the bangs.

Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts attended the TIFF events in support of Live Schreiber’s The Bleeder. As always, when Naomi hits the Red Carpet, you can be assured of some fantastic styling. If you’ve shied away from bobs and lobs till now because they seem intimidating, take heart in Naomi’s curly, messy cut. If the ultra-polished, asymmetrical, angular bobs seem like a lot of work, why not opt for the relaxed, boho bob instead?

Parker Posey

In town for the Mascots premiere, Parker Posey’s layered long-pixie is sheer perfection. Brow-skimming, side-swept bangs are a great way to rock this particular haircut if you’ve got a long face and tend to shy away from short hairstyles. Create a soft side part and brush hair over to the other side to add volume and height at the crown. The haircut can work beautifully with business suits and double up for a 70s hippie vibe with the right accessories!

Taraji P. Henson

Taraji attended a photo call for the film Hidden Figures at Toronto and these new lightened locks have got everyone talking. The angular lob continues to make for a powerful style statement and works beautifully in straightened as well as curly hair. The buttery-platinum tones are a great example of how light colors can work for women with deeper skin tones; use dark roots to transition to the paler colors for a more balanced impact. Also, ask your stylist to work with several shades to create a tonal, multi-dimensional effect that doesn’t fall flat.

Watch this space for my favorite hairstyles from the 2016 Emmy Awards.

 

Top Hair Trends From New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017

It’s that time of the year again: Fashion Week’s here folks! We’re wrapping up the New York segment today with a look at the best hairstyles from the New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017 runways.

NYFW turned up a lot of really wearable, pretty hairstyles, which is always a neat development. The artistic/ editorial styles are great for advanced stylists and niche tastes but if you’re looking for inspiration on how to take your everyday hairstyles to the next level, the New York Fashion Week shows had a ton of great hairstyles to pick from.

Marissa Webb

First up, we have a great back-to-school hairstyle that’s perfect for fall: a dressy ponytail. It’s the perfect hairstyle for college, lunches and dates and you can throw it together in a few minutes.

Brush your hair out to get rid of any tangles and comb the crown back. If you’re new to styling, begin with a middle parting, as two distinct sections will make styling easier.

Start at the top of one ear: take the hair at the hairline and just start twisting it in on itself. Keep twisting and working your way down to the nape of your neck. To get a thick coil, you’ll have to keep gathering the hair on the ‘outside’ (the hairline) and rolling it inwards: it’s actually pretty easy once you get the hang of it. When you reach the neck, just secure the roll in place with an elastic band.

Repeat the same technique on the other side as well.  

Now, you can remove the two bands and blend the loose hair into a single ponytail. Wear as is, or add some curls for extra flair. You can also go a step further and make a half-ponytail or looped bun with the loose hair. Just gather it up, fold in half and secure with an elastic band, leaving the ends poking out. For a more intricate style, fold the hair up, create loops and draw the hair through: you can do this several times if you have long hair. Going from a daytime ponytail to a formal updo has never been easier!

Michael Costello

The mood is very Victorian Goth, but you can tone it down with different makeup. There’s something about the combination of dark, berry-infused makeup and retro-esque hair that instantly evokes this whole ‘underbelly of Old Hollywood’ mood. The models were outfitted with some magnificent floral headpieces for the ramp, but out here we care about the details-under-the-drama.

I’m loving the glam waves and soft, wispy texture. It’s a great case for how vintage hairstyles can be paired up with avant-garde makeup to unexpected results. The red/ berry eye makeup trend has been picking up steam post Kristen Stewart’s Cannes’ appearances and the entire combination is just great for fall.

Style your hair into loose waves using a large barreled curling wand or foam rollers; brush the hair out to break the waves up a bit. The style can be worn loose, with a side parting for a Veronica Lake-vibe or piled up and pinned carefully onto the crown into a romantic updo.

Nicholas K

I’m calling this one Sk8r Barbie. It’s just such a cheeky take on an otherwise basic hairstyle that you can’t help but give it a second look.

The key elements of this hairstyle are:

·      A really smooth, flawlessly smoothened-down crown.

·      Poker-straight hair to emphasize all the details.

·      A really high high-ponytail. Start where you’d normally arrange a top knot and push a couple of bobby pins into the base to secure it into place and prevent slipping through the day.

·      The wrapped base that creates a sort of fountain-effect that the main ponytail emerges out of. Just take a section of hair once your ponytail is ready and wind it around the base. Tuck the ends under and in, adding some more pins to hold everything together.

R13

Serving up some 90s fabulousness at the R13 show at NYFW SS17 with some serious grunge hair. The grunge hair trend popped up on the radar earlier this year and the Fashion Week SS17 sighting is all the confirmation we need.

The trick to making the grunge hair trend look high fashion is in getting the texture right. You want to recreate the trademark 90s piece-y, stringy texture without veering into iffy-scruffy territory. Instead of wearing the look in unclean hair, use styling products to mimic the texture. Work in clean, preferably blow-dried hair so that the base is polished. Use styling paste or mouse and work with your fingers to scrunch up the hair and separate it into the ‘piece-y’ sections you can see. The dichotomy between the obvious grunginess and the styled base is how we’re doing the 90s this time around.

Rachel Comey

If the chokers, grunge hair and the earth-tone makeup trends haven’t been proof enough, here’s some irrefutable evidence that the Nineties really are coming back: permed hair is back! If you’ve got naturally curly hair, now’s the time to flaunt it. Tight coils and spirals are in- and how! If you’ve got straight or wavy hair, you will want to style it into more defined ringlets to rock this look.

If getting a perm is too extreme (early days yet!) you can have your stylist set your hair such for a couple of days. If DIY styling is your thing, invest in any of the following:

·      Small barreled curling iron

·      Perm rods (easily available at all major pharmacies and beauty stores).

·      Foam rollers (the longer your hair is, the more rollers you’ll need, but bear in mind that you’ll get big curls and not tight ringlets with these).

Using a range of curl-enhancing styling and hair care products will help create and maintain a more defined style. There’s no doubt that we’re going to be seeing a lot more of the perm hair trend in the coming weeks; apart from the Rachel Comey show, I also spotted the trend at the Michael Costello catwalk.

It’s easy to see how all of these looks –and so many others from the NYFW SS17 shows– can be adapted to regular wear. If the intricate braids and updos are intimidating, start small and work your way up with these hairstyles. 

Women’s Hair Trends Through The Ages

With the Spring Summer 2017 Fashion Weeks taking off, we’re looking at weeks of spotting, analyzing and confirming the major hair trends for 2016-2017. Trend mapping is one of my favorite things to do, both professionally and personally, and I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the major women’s hair trends of the past.

It’s so interesting to see how each era was defined by some signature hairstyles and haircuts which went on to not only define the style de jour of the period, but also became major symbols by which those decades were later recognized, and even understood. If you think fashion is ever ‘just’ about fashion, you’re mistaken: fashion draws from and feeds back into the art, social commentary, political developments and economic atmosphere of the time.

When you take a look back at hair trends through the decades, you see that they were indisputably linked to the zeitgeist of the time and were, as such, a powerful tool for expression and representation. For instance, during the World War years when morale was low, times tough and luxuries unthinkable, women took to using pipe cleaners to style their hair and found inspiration in the Victory Roll maneuver performed by American aircrafts, thus giving birth to a hairstyle that continues to be a hot favorite for themed-based hairstyles even today.

Here’s a look back at how hair trends have evolved through the years. 

The 1910s

The Look: The Gibson Girl

Carefully arranged volume at the crown, waterfall curls and deliberately loose strands on one side.

The Icon

Evelyn Nesbit- an American model, actress and chorus girl of the era.

The Mood

The trend is credited to the ink drawings of American artist Charles Gibson and his vision of the American woman at the start of the 20th century. The look was feminine, traditional and delicate. There’s something almost matronly about the look by today’s standards and yet, it was seen most often on young women. The look was defined by a ton of hair piled up at the crown in an almost pagoda-like shape. The bouffant-adjacent top would sometimes be accented with a bit of hair left loose on one side, which was typically styled into curled coils and arranged over a shoulder. It is said that the hairstyle defined the ‘ideal woman’ of the era: one who was a respectable lady, with the merest hints of subtle sensuality. 

The 1920s

The Look: The A-line Bob

Ultra-short, slightly tapered bob with a thick, blunt fringe.

The Icon

Louise Brooks

The Mood

The Roaring Twenties were the source of so many developments that would shape the world for decades to come, not least of which was the re-imagining of gender norms and female identity. By cutting their hair short, women began to defy age-old societal rules and the graphic bob of the Flapper era was born. A full, flat fringe topped off the ear-skimming short haircut and sparked off a new era in women’s fashion, politics and identity discourse.

The 1930s

The Look: Feminine Waves

Pin Curls, Finger Waves and Medium Lengths

The Icon

Vivienne Leigh

The Mood

Women begin to grow out their hair and move away from the stark bobs of the Twenties and towards a more conventionally feminine mood in the Thirties. Medium-length haircuts became the norm, and with curls being the standard for styled hair, finger waves and pin curls took off in a big way. Style in the 1930s was all about emphasis and exaggeration softened with a hint of old-world elegance.  Vivienne Leigh’s pinned-back, half-up-half-down hairstyles became all the rage and her meteoric rise to international stardom with Gone With The Wind made her a fashion icon with women the world over.

The 1940s

The Look: Old Hollywood Waves

Well-defined curls and waves in smooth hair, usually worn with a side part.

The Icon

Veronica Lake

The Mood

The look is all about timeless elegance, undeniable glamour and traditional femininity. Voluminous curls and waves continue to be a Red Carpet favorite even today, and are the go-to look for all Hollywood A-listers and beauty enthusiasts. You simply can’t go wrong with the hairstyle that defined Hollywood’s Golden Years.

The 1950s

The Look: The Flirty Fringe

Peek-a-boo bangs barely falling over the hairline.

The Icon

Audrey Hepburn

The Mood

The Fifties saw a number of iconic trends such as Marilyn Monroe’s curly ‘do, but none stand out quite like Audrey Hepburn’s barely-there bangs. Today, style sensibilities would dictate that such bangs would prove difficult to carry off but as Ms. Hepburn taught us, all you need is charm and a happy personality. The bangs proved effective in drawing attention to the eyes and imparting a childish innocence to the wearer and could be paired with a variety of haircuts and styles, ranging from cropped pixies and French twists to ponytails and the bouffant.

The 1960s

The Look: The Twiggy Pixie

A super-short, boyish pixie crop.

The Icon

Twiggy

The Mood

The Twiggy pixie was all about using the hair as a compliment to one’s features, and not as a focal point in itself. Ultra-short hair really opened up the face and worked well with the heavy eye makeup that was so popular at the time. Keeping in tune with the mod and androgynous movements of the time, the Twiggy pixie crop was all about gamine sensuality, playful fashion and fluid identities.

The 1970s

The Look: The Feathered Flip

A multi-layered, bouncy, shoulder-length cut with the ends flipped out.

The Icon

Farrah Fawcett

The Mood

The origins of the tousled, bed-head look can be traced all the way back to the Seventies. Did you know that prior to The Rachel, Farrah Fawcett’s flipped-out, super-voluminous layered-do was the most popular hairstyle of all time? The hairstyle took all the best style elements of the years to create a trend that was beachy, sexy, laidback and yet sophisticated- beauty ideals that ring true even today! Farrah Fawcett’s position as the ultimate It Girl of the era ensured that the feathery flip became synonymous with sex appeal all over the globe.

The 1980s

The Look: The Punk Fashionista

Teased hair accessorized with a head-wrap and long, chunky bangs to a side.

The Icon

Madonna

The Mood

The Material Girl cemented her place in international fashion by blending punk-rock grittiness with girly glam in iconoclastic trends that were entire lifestyles and cultural subsets as of themselves.

In a decade when hair was all about texture and the perm ruled the roost, Madonna embodied the gritty, piece-y finish that would later inspire grunge hair trends for years to come. Combining the messy matte finish with tons of hair accessories, angled bangs and serious teasing, Madonna practically invented the club-scene hair trend. The little-girl bows in particular added that trademark Madonna cheekiness to a look that was otherwise edgy. This one was for the 80s kid who loved to dance, flitted between color and confusion and had too much personality to stick to a single look.

The 1990s

The Look: The Rachel

A layered, voluminous haircut that frames the face and is defined by lots of body and movement.

The Icon

Rachel Green, portrayed by actress Jennifer Anniston on the TV show F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

The Mood

When a particular entry leaps out at you in a conversation about iconic, unforgettable, generation-defining trends, you know you’re witness to something legendary. Never before in the history of pop culture and international fashion has a single trend made such an impact. From the streets of New York to the by-lanes of New Delhi, the 90s saw girls and women of all ages sport the Rachel.  

Named after the sassy, fashion-loving, super-relatable character on the hit TV show, the Rachel is still going strong twenty years later. Chris McMillan, the genius behind the trend, changed the way the world identified with young women with very real struggles and very real dreams by creating a hairstyle that is universally flattering on all face types, features and personalities.  

The 2000s

The Look: The Beckham Bob

Short, angular, asymmetrical bob.

The Icon

Victoria Beckham

The Mood

Garçonne-chic made its way back in a big way during the 2000s, but edgier and more deliberately styled than the 1970s version. Where Twiggy’s look was all about innocent, accidental sexiness, the 2000s version more deliberate and overtly sexy. This look is all about powerful women taking control of their narratives; taking short hair away from the men and making it feminine, sensual and unapologetic. The minute you think of Victoria Beckham, you think of a woman who is strong, successful, stylish and always graceful. The angular bob is for the woman who’s not afraid to make a statement.

The 2010s

The Look: Classic Cuts, Crazy Colors

Natural texture/ Rainbow colors

The Icon

Katy Perry

The Mood

This past decade has seen a return to very classic styles in terms of haircuts: people are embracing natural lengths, shapes and textures and we’ve seen a lot of long, straight hair and messy curls. On the flipside, people have experimented with hair color like never before. Rainbow hair color, pastel hair color, bubblegum hair, opal hair color, teal hair, the oil slick hair trend, the mermaid hair trend, the granny hair trend: you name it, and we’ve seen it. We’ve seen these ‘non-natural’ hair colors on everyone from Katy Perry to Dame Helen Mirren- and loved every minute of it!

It’s rather telling to see that so many of the biggest hair trends from the last few years –the retro, Great Gatsby hairstyles or the vintage Old Hollywood waves– actually originated decades back. Style is cyclical and evolutionary:  revivalism is a big part of the fashion industry, but so is adaptation and modernization.

 

Want To Be A Hairstylist?

Starting today, we’re going to be running a series aimed specifically at aspiring hairstylists and pro groomers. Whether you’re in training, considering a career in the craft or a super-enthusiastic consumer who wants to take their passion to the next level, you’re sure to find something useful in this column. We’ll be diving into all sorts of stuff, from essential principles of styling and professional training versus self-taught learning to carving out a successful career as a stylist and building your own brand.

If I were to deconstruct everything we’ll be discussing in the coming posts and break it down to one non-negotiable rule, it is this: you need to really want to be a hairstylist. Everything else can be learned, adapted and worked around. But if you’re not passionate about the craft, you’re not going to get far. The same can be said for many other industries, but it bears mentioning here. When you’re going to be on your feet for hours on an end and making it big as a pro hairstylist involves making friends with constant jet lag, you need to know that you really really want this.

If you’re ready to commit, hairstyling can be the most exciting, rewarding and satisfying work ever. First, there’s the work itself: if you’re a creative person, nothing is as fulfilling as working with your hands and imagination to build something beautiful. Secondly, it’s a career that brings you a lot more than just the work itself: you meet people from all over the world, you travel, there’s no end to the kinds of projects you can work on and you’re exposed to so many different kinds of opportunities and experiences that at the end of the day, hairstyling isn’t just about working with hair but about living life to the fullest. 

Since we’re only just starting out here today, we’ll be talking about some of the essentials of hairstyling. Here are some fantastic tips to help you get started with a career in hairstyling.

1. Know Your Reasons

Figure out what it is that draws you to hairstyling. Is it creating art? Is it an interest in the beauty industry? Do you like working with people? Do you enjoy making people feel great about themselves? Is there a particular niche that fascinates you for some reason; say, for instance, bridal hairstyling? Did someone inspire you greatly? Do you hope to contribute something to the craft and beyond? Knowing why you want to become a hairstylist will give you direction and motivation. It’ll help you get through the hard days- and trust me, there will be many.

2. Toughen Up

The beauty industry is unbelievably competitive. If you’re going to allow every harsh word or weird look get to you, you’re not going to last long. Appreciate constructive criticism, seek professional advice and lose the rest. Don’t let emotions get in the way of work- yours or others’. Nip insecurities in the bud.

3. Tune The Negativity Out

There are going to be a lot of people who’ll end up discouraging you- intentionally and otherwise. Some will not take the industry seriously and others won’t take you seriously. The notion might seem harmless typed up on a blog, but such feedback can destroy careers before they begin. Learn to shut all the negative voices out. You want to do this? Do it. Remember, every single celebrity hairstylist and hair guru started out as just another enthusiast.

4. Respect Money

Be straightforward about money. Respect its value in your life. You might be an artist but artists have to eat and live too. And if you’re good at what you do, you work hard and you deliver, you deserve to live well. Don’t be awkward about money, do undervalue your service and don’t allow anyone else to dictate terms. A lot of people are going to tell you things along the lines of, “But it’s just hair”. It’s not. It’s a mood, an identity, a lifestyle and an art. If art in frames can go for millions, art on people deserves its due as well.

Be fair in your pricing; it will increase as you build your brand and clientele, but keeping it honest always pans out better in the long run. There’s nothing shameful about wanting to be successful. If you want it, earn it. Be proud of it.

5. Prioritize Training.

I’ll be blogging in detail on various aspects of professional hairstylist training later, but regardless of the kind of training you choose, one thing’s for sure: you need to train to be a good hairstylist. Whether you go to hairstyling school, do cosmetology and hair courses, apprentice under a professional hairstylist, intern at salons or practice long hours in front of the mirror, at the end of the day you’ve got to put a whole lot of study and work into it. Like everything else, hairstyling gets easier and better with repeated effort and you’ll soon develop your own signature styles. If you want to become a successful hairstylist, you need to learn and keep on learning. There’s simply no shortcut to style city.

6. Build What You Know

It can be tempting to try your hand at a bunch of associated projects and niches in the beauty industry, given how attractive and inspiring everything is. But remember that bit about being the jack of all trades and master of none? Figure out what you know and love and are good at, and then stick to it. Don’t get stagnant and complacent- you must still keep learning, growing and improving within your niche. But do pick a niche and work hard at it. If hair’s your thing, prioritize it. Don’t get sucked into makeup or clothing or accessories. Or at least not yet. Master one trade at a time, if you must diversify.

As your hairstyling career expands, figure out your own unique brand of styling. Maybe you’d like to concentrate on women’s hairstyling or men’s grooming specifically? Perhaps retro-inspired hair is your thing? Do you feel drawn to celebrity hairstyling or runway hairstyling particularly? Or do you want to focus on the bridal hairstyling industry?

Carve out a specific place for yourself in the industry and give it your all. In this market, people pay for specialists.

I hope these tips prove useful. In the coming posts on the theme we’ll take an exhaustive look at all the most popular concerns of aspiring hairstylists and everything you need to know about making it big in the industry. Write to me with your questions and keep learning!

Butterscotch Hair Color For Fall 2016

Are you ready for Autumn Winter 2016’s newest hair color trend? It’s every bit as yummy as the title suggests: butterscotch hair color is all set to be the season’s breakthrough trend.

One of the most telling fashion developments this year has been the return to natural color palettes; even as rainbow hues and outrageous colors continue to come and go, 2016 has seen a marked interest in sophisticated, subtle hair color trends and more ‘normal-friendly’ styles. If you enjoy experimenting with fashion but don’t really want to go overboard, now is your time.

In a nutshell, the butterscotch hair trend is the perfect marriage between blonde and brunette hair colors, which makes it the ultimate transition shade for the coming weeks. If brunette tones tend to be ‘too brown’ for you and blonde tones don’t quite seem to work in the colder months, or run too pale for you, the butterscotch hair color trend is as close to a true balance as you can get. Butterscotch hair color incorporates soft brown bases with blonde aspects and works especially well with warm and medium complexions but is, on the whole, a very wearable and universal trend so you’ll have no trouble finding a variant that compliments you.

Butterscotch hair color essentially uses brown bases streaked with ribbons of blonde tones, so the entire effect is very dimensional, very warm and so lively. Now, what makes the butterscotch hair color trend so versatile is that you can basically choose between an endless array of brunette and blonde tones to work with. From cool chestnuts peppered with warm caramel babylights to toffee bases tipped with creamy peanut ends, there’s a world of possibilities between these two classic ends of the spectrum.

7 Different Ways To Wear The Butterscotch Hair Color Trend

When you’ve got a mixing palette of beautiful browns and blondes and absolutely no limits on what you can do, you know you’ve locked onto one of the hottest hair color trends of the season- heck, maybe even one of the hottest hair color trends of the next couple of seasons!

Mix and match tones, play with depths and intensities and make the most of 2016’s biggest hair offering: personalization. This year has been all about taking revolutionary hair color trends and old classics and adapting and adjusting them to create a color that’s really you. But just in case you’re having a hard time conceptualizing a look –or narrowing it down to just one– here are 7 of the prettiest ways in which to wear the butterscotch trend, as seen on several celebrities.

#1 Butterscotch Baby Lights – Gigi Hadid

Want a pale, spun-gold crown with a little more punch than usual? Try the butterscotch baby lights trend: add buttery blonde babylights to a cooler brown base, something along soft chestnut tones. Now you too can sport that certain je ne sais quoi thing that makes Gigi one of this generation’s It girls.

Keep the roots dark and use creamy blonde babylights to add brightness around the face and through the midlengths and ends. If you’ve groused as to why being sun kissed is reserved only for the summer, this here trend is the perfect antidote to your cold weather woes. The word you’re looking for is ‘angelic’. You’re welcome.

#2 Butterscotch Brown – Doutzen Kroes

Fancy something a little darker than Gigi’s golden tresses? But don’t want to go the typical teak route either? Try a nice, neutral butterscotch brown. It’s one of the ‘original’ variants of the butterscotch hair color trend, where either of the two ‘base’ tones is played up; in this case, the focus is on the brown tones.

Butterscotch brown is a great natural brunette hair color that’s been glossed and glistened to perfection. It’s not as pronounced as a ombré but you’ll never mistake it for a mousy brown either. We saw something of its ilk at the Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2016 show, and now you too can make like a supermodel and get Doutzen Kroes’ hair color in no time.

#3 Butterscotch Brûlée – Blake Lively

The butterscotch brûlée color trend is chunkier and more pronounced than what we’ve seen so far, but it’s undeniably sophisticated. The trick to making strong contrasts work in hair color is in seamless blending.

Blake’s hair optimizes both the balayage and ombré hair color techniques, creating a shimmering masterpiece of honeyed golds and toasty brunettes. This is a particularly good take on the trend for those of you with medium skin tones who struggle with light/ blonde hair colors: this is a great way to make blonde tones look totally organic on you.

#4 Butterscotch Highlights – Sienna Miller

Sienna Miller’s always had this inimitable pixie princess vibe going and here’s your in to it. Keep the base more blonde than brown, and add tons of shine and sparkle to your look with sandy gold and butterscotch highlights. Keep the roots dark, concentrating a soft chestnut or deep praline color for about 1.5-2 inches in at the base. It’s a super bright, warmed up take on the butterscotch/ bronde hair color trends and is just the thing to get you through dreary winter. Think lots of tonal honey, buttery and amber tones with soft milk chocolate strands weaving in and out. This is a great look for neutral and warm skin tones.

#5 Butterscotch Maple – Kate Moss

If you can’t decide whether to emphasize the blonde tones or the brunette hues and love them all, here’s an option: wear them all! Cook up a delicious butterscotch-flavored infusion with lashings of maple thrown in. Roots the color of mulled wine compliment tresses made of equal parts light and dark.

This is a hair color that works best on fair skin, though you can rock it with a tan as well. It’s ideally suited for those with neutral undertones to their skin. If you’re looking to make an easy transition to this look, it works best with a base/starting color that’s at most two shades darker or lighter than the target. Supermodels Kate Moss and Chrissy Tiegen are both proof of just how stunning this particular iteration of the butterscotch hair color trend is.   

#6 Butterscotch Ombré – Riley Keough

Not ready to give up on the ombré just yet? No worries. You can combine this season’s hottest hair color trend with the old favorite. In fact, the butterscotch ombré –as seen on Riley Keough here– has been called this season’s hottest trend already, and it’s only getting hotter!

Start with a chocolate brown base with neutral undertones, and keep the color going till brow-height. You could start with a darker root, but the key to making the butterscotch ombré work is to work with decidedly brown and blonde tones. Aim for a burnished bronze/ maple hue at the mid-lengths and finally end the ombré with a soft golden butterscotch at the bottom. This particular variant of the butterscotch ombré will work well with most skin tones, especially those that fall within the light and medium marks and have a warm undertone to them. You can opt for even lighter tips if you like, creating a gradient from brown to platinum; I do recommend working with your own natural base or sticking within a two-shade shift at most for easy maintenance and natural-looking results.

#7 Butterscotch Praline – Sarah Jessica Parker

If there’s one thing that comes to mind when you hear of Sarah Jessica Parker, it’s her hair. She’s got some of the most recognizable tresses in the world and what we all wouldn’t give to be blessed the same way? Well, strap in, because this latest hair color trend comes with a Carrie stamp of approval.

Working with blonde hair dyes can prove tricky for warm skin tones, so let’s make things easy for once, shall we? Those of you with medium to dark skin tones that have a warm undertone should definitely try the butterscotch praline hair color. The base is a soft light brown and tons of gold-hued highlights are introduced to it to create unbelievable tonality and dynamism. For light-medium skin tones, you can opt for paler shades of the same colors- consulting with a pro colorist is recommended because you want your butterscotch praline mix to be tailor-made to your specifications.

Ask your stylist to use at least three different brunette tones and as many blonde shades, if not more, to create tons of body and movement. Keep the tips lighter and definitely ask for highlights to be placed around the face to really lend that movie star radiance to your look. 

 

Get The Perfect Beard Neckline, Every Time

Ever known a clean-shaven guy who loves to experiment with fashion and just when you think there’s no look he can’t pull off, he goes and grows a beard and boy does it look terrible? Ever been that guy? I know I have. You’d think a beard would make you look suave and distinguished and you’d be right, except for one tiny detail: the beard neckline. Almost all men get it wrong at some point and I know so many pro stylists and men’s barbers who overlook its importance as well.

When styling a beard, most guys tend to fixate on the type and the focus is usually on choosing between the latest beard trends and finding one that works for the individual’s features. Don’t get me wrong, as a stylist it’s heartening to see men take more of an interest in grooming and in experimenting with different looks. While getting the beard type right is certainly paramount, there’s a lot more that goes into making a look work and that’s where the difference between an amateur and a real pro comes into play.

Finishing your beard off correctly and meticulously is essential if you want to look good. Also, did you know that you could be working out hours daily but being sloppy with your beard neckline will make it look like you’ve got the wobbliest double chin on the planet? Yep, that is how much the neckline can affect your look. Scared? Here’s how you can avoid that particular faux pas, and others associated with the beard neckline.

#1 The Two-Finger Rule

Want a foolproof way of figuring out where your neckline should be? Position two fingers above your Adam’s apple (using your index and middle fingers) and see where the top of your index finger is at: this is where your beard neckline should fall at, ideally. This is the most universally applicable trick of deciding neckline height, as it helps locate the ideal point as per the individual’s facial features and cranial structure. If, however, you don’t like the look of the results achieved thus, consider raising or lowering your beard neckline a few centimeters until you feel more comfortable.

#2 Stay On The Neck

On the nose, but, it’s called a NECKline for a reason: it’s supposed to end at and run on the neck. All too often I see men walking around with their beard necklines ending at the jaw or above it; you know when you can clearly see a defined finishing line over the jaw and some clean-shaven skin totally visible under it? This makes it look like your face fattened up overnight or your beard’s a size too small and the results are not pretty. Whenever you’re finishing off your beard, make sure you’re well into the neck region and nowhere close to the jawline or the face. It’s an easy enough mistake to make, especially if you’re just starting out with grooming, and you might be tempted to cut it fine and create a really precise shape that follows the natural contours of the jaw but trust my word on this: it’s going to look terrible.

#3 Natural Necklines

As tempting as it is to prove to the world that you’re capable of creating a tight, razor-sharp neckline, I must insist you resist the urge. The best beard necklines are the ones that are the most natural and organic-looking. You don’t want the neckline to jump up in relief compared to the clean, non-bearded or untouched skin under it. If you are sporting a stubble, let it fade out as softly as possible, allowing some growth around the Adam’s apple while still trimming the total and keeping it neat.

#4 Shaping The Neckline

Pay attention to the specific contours of your head, but follow this rule by-and-large: you want the neckline to trace a U-shape from ear to ear, running down in a straight line from one ear to the neck, looping under in a top-open arc and then running back up the face on the other side, connecting at the other ear. Another easy way to picture this is to start at the base mark derived from Step 1 and the two finger technique: imagine a small, inch-long straight line at this point and then trace a curve back up to each ear.

#5 Cleaning The Neck

Once you’ve got your neckline figured out, it’s time to get shaping. We’re working with the assumption here that you know how to style your beard, so we’re going to focus only on the neckline today. Once you’ve got your beard neckline set, it’s time to trim away the excess. You can choose to keep a beard neckline fade and gently ease your way to clean skin underneath or opt for a hard stop neckline. Either way, all the hair beneath your chosen neckline must be shaved. If you’re growing a major beard, like the Bandholz, the rules of the game change, obviously. But in most cases, grooming pundits agree on the no-hair-below-the-neckline mantra. On the flipside, you absolutely do not want to touch any of the hair above the neckline. A natural-looking neckline is only possible if you allow small hairs to grow under the jaw and around the chin, which is why we use the two-finger technique.

#6 Focus On The Fade

And finally, we come to the bit that leaves most beard-lovers stumped: the neckline fade. The fade is basically a gradual change in hair length from the neckline to the main beard and vice-versa. If you’re looking at it from the neckline to the face, you’ll see that the hair slowly increases in length, until it is its fullest on the cheeks. If you’re taking a top-down view of things, you’ll move from maximum length in the beard itself to a gradually decreasing length till the neckline and finally, clean skin. Either way, getting the fade right is key to a naturally flowing beard as it prevents any abrupt changes, discordant lengths and sharp contrasts.

To get the fade right, switch your clippers to one or two settings lower (shorter) than you use for the main beard and then work on the hair right above the Adam’s apple. Let the hair fade out in 3 layers: the main beard, a small section right underneath it and then the third section, just above the Adam’s apple. You might want to leave the middle section untouched for a really subtle fade. This is the safest way to go, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience in the department. For a sharper fade, you can go down one setting on the clippers when you move from the face to right under the chin and then go down another setting when moving to the third layer, aka the area above the Adam’s apple. To finish off the fade, get rid of any hair under the neckline and keep the rest of your neck and throat region completely clean.  

#7 Prep And Prime Right

All grooming, styling and beauty processes are a labor of love, and there are usually a bunch of pre and post-process steps involved that are instrumental to getting the most out of the experience. Here are my top tips on amping up your next beard grooming experience:

·      Get the right tools in place. You will need a set of quality clippers for your beard, so invest wisely. I advocate picking a machine with multiple settings so you can experiment between different looks and lengths. Look for clipper head attachments as well if you want a wider range of sculpting options. This also comes in handy while creating a natural, soft beard neckline fade. If you want a pronounced, dramatic beard fade, nothing compared to a good old-fashioned razor.

·      Prep your face for the shaving experience. A little TLC never hurt and you’d be surprised by how much these tricks help. Soak a clean towel in hot water and place it on your face for a few minutes to open the pores up. Make sure the water’s not scalding. Repeat this step a few times if need be. Continue with the shaving/ styling process as discussed. When you’re done, pat some cold water onto your face or use a new towel soaked in cold water to dampen your skin and close pores down. These two simple steps can prevent ingrown hairs, razor bumps and all sorts of itchy skin- basically saving you from a world of discomfort.

I hope these tips prove handy. Remember, the devil is in the details. You could rush through the shaving and beard grooming process and end up regretting your look for days to come or you could spend a few extra minutes today and look fantastic the entire week. Have fun with it and check back next week for more tips and pro advice on beard grooming. 

Topcoats: Light And Color Redefined

We talk a lot about hair color around here and it got me thinking: while dyeing is undoubtedly the most popular technique, there are other ways to experiment with hair colors, finishes and effects without picking up permanent pigments. Have you heard of topcoats yet? They’re ideal for playing with hair texture and finish (and flirting with some peekaboo color) and are a really neat way of adding dimension and tonality to your hair without making a drastic change.

A great way to understand how topcoats work is to think of them as filters for your hair: the base remains the same and peeks through beautifully, but there’s just a little extra magic going on to warrant a second look. There are two dimensions to using hair topcoats: texture and tint. You can use a hair topcoat to affect the texture and finish of your locks or you can use it to introduce a sheer wash of color, or, of course, you can go in for both. Hair topcoats entered mainstream styling last summer and have been picking up steam since; Wella offers a range of in-salon services termed Color Touch Instamatic that’s just the thing if you’re after a diffused, glowing-from-within smoky pastel finish and there are tons of other variants to choose from as well.

If you like the sound of hair topcoats, here are a couple of things you can do with them and great pointers to get the most out of your next salon visit!

#1 Try A New Texture

Since hair dyes are pretty much the go-to for anyone wanting to experiment with hair color, topcoats are primarily used to play around with texture. If you’re craving a new finish, topcoats are just the thing. Go sophisticated with a powerful matte to compliment the coming cold months; the vibe is bold and the mood is dark. If you want something livelier, with perhaps just a little friskiness to it, I recommend the pearlescent finishes; think rippling water, light bouncing off dusty windowpanes and shimmering sands: this effect is all about movement, dynamism and tonality. There has been talk of metallic topcoats making their way into the mainstream as well, and I for one cannot wait to see stronger finishes with reflective properties burst out onto the scene. Wouldn’t chrome-plated locks be totally rad?

#2 Soft, Sheer Color

If you’ve been eyeing all the gorgeous hair color trends we’ve seen over the last couple of seasons but they seem a bit much (and let’s be honest: going to work with rainbow hair or mermaid hair is not easy) use topcoats to add just a hint of color to your tresses. Think of it as looking at your hair through tinted glasses: it’s just a translucent wash of your chosen color, which lets your base show through but also amps it up considerably. Now you can rock rose-tinted locks or shimmery opal strands without carrying heavy color.

#3 Tweak Trends

Now, what can you do with topcoats? The short answer? Anything! Pick any hair color trend that’s caught your eye and know that it can be adapted with a topcoat. You can use a topcoat to add just a subtle pop to your current base or you can get your base dyed and then layered with your topcoat for an extra punch. Really, it’s about having a vision and slowly building towards it.

There are no rules to what you can and can’t do with topcoats. If you’re sporting a fairly conventional base color (or are sticking to your natural color) a topcoat can be a great way to mattify or gloss up your look, or to introduce a barely-there rinse of color, like we’ve discussed. If you want to combine topcoats with more interesting bases or hot color trends, meet your colorist to discuss some ideas. A topcoat can be a great way to diffuse an outrageous base: for instance, if you’re loving those pastel shades but bubblegum pink hair just doesn’t cut it at the workplace, you can flaunt a more sophisticated blush-colored tint thanks to this coloring process. For the winter months, consider warming up your look with richer topcoats: think toasty chestnuts, spun golds and rum on a fire.

#4 Work Backwards From The End

As is the case with most hair trends and hairstyles, when you decide to go in for a topcoat, you have to work backwards from the final look that you’re after. While creating a particular hairstyle is all about the meticulous journey from inspiration to inception, you need to have a very clear idea of where you’re going. Because hair topcoats, glazes and glosses are an almost alchemic process of mixing, laying and layering, your colorist needs to have an accurate impression of your expectations. You might want that ‘mermaid-like finish’ or ‘pastel pop sheen’ but there are no one-stop box formulas here. Pick your colors, tones, effects and the overall mood and explain the same to your colorist in no uncertain terms.

#5 Don’t Overlook The Base-ics

Be prepared to switch up your base color if you’re aiming for a very specific result if your current dye or natural color doesn’t work for the look. Think of it as a chemical equation: you’ve got some variables that all add up together and combine to create a very specific reaction and if a particular ingredient doesn’t work, the entire experiment is going to fall apart. Your colorist might advise you to lighten, darken or completely change your base and there’s a good reason for the same: the topcoat is, after all, a final touch added to an existing base. It’s the last layer but before you get to it, everything else needs to be in place. And the final result depends heavily on how the topcoat works with the existing base: the same topcoat can look completely new when moved from light to dark hair.

Topcoat application tends to follow a pretty standard procedure: the base is readied first, and this can involve only prepping your hair if you’re not changing colors and if you are, it involves first dyeing the base; then the topcoat is layered on; and finally the hair is set into a style. You will want to tell your stylist just how you want your hair to look at the end because that will help them figure out how the base needs to be prepped. For instance, if you’ve got dark hair right now and you want a tonal, opalescent topcoat added, your base might need to be lightened for the topcoat to even show through. In the same vein, pastel topcoats and pearl-like finishes might not work in black/dark brunette hair. Or, for that matter, if you want to wear your hair pale and light but with a matte finish, your stylist might warn you against flatly applying an ashy topcoat because doing o will affect the shine but will also reflect less light, thereby leaving your hair looking much, much darker than you envisioned.

I recommend having fun with topcoats, but the most important tip I can give you here –and any stylist worth their name will agree– is to go to a pro and set aside that DIY instinct just this once. Given that topcoats make for softer results than regular dyes and the actual application itself only takes a couple of minutes, most people believe that topcoats are a lesser version of hair dyes, which couldn’t be farther from the truth. Getting a topcoat right involves several steps and much technical expertise, from knowing how to mix colors and glazes to layering them with exacting precision. Expert knowledge of how light and colors work and mix together is also integral to the process: a pro colorist will know the sort of colors that are needed to mattify or boost shine and how the chosen substances will react with certain bases and what’s needed to neutralize some tones while emphasizing others and you really can’t replicate the effects at home without the right knowledge.

Book an appointment today and remember to bring photos of your desired style and fashion inspirations along; experimenting with wild hair color just got a whole lot easier.