Best Hairstyles From The Cannes 2016 Opening Gala

The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival is well and truly under way and we’ve already seen some excellent styling on and off the Red Carpet. The Cannes Film Festival always makes for the most dramatic, most extravagant Red Carpet styling choices, bar the Met Gala, of course. Everything about Cannes is big, brilliant and bold. Cannes is where people come out to play and there’s just such a fun, cheerful mood all around.

The Cannes Opening Ceremony is always the most-awaited day of the festival because it just sets the tone for the entire event. Here’s my pick of the best-loved hairstyles from the 2016 Cannes Opening Gala. Enjoy! 

Anna Kendrick

I’ll admit, I had a hard time choosing between Anna Kendrick’s Old Hollywood waves and Amal Clooney’s more voluminous take on the beloved hairstyle. In the end, Anna’s version wins the spot because it’s sleeker, more wearable across a variety of occasions and slightly younger-looking. The auburn hair’s also a great summer-to-fall color, bright enough for the beach yet sophisticated enough for the colder months. These Veronica Lake-esque side-swept waves will always be a Red Carpet favorite and if you’re ever in doubt about hairstyles for weddings, galas etc. just know that you can’t go wrong with this retro glam look.

Araya A. Hargate

Thai superstar Araya Hargate’s structural updo made for one of the best formal hairstyles at Cannes. The differentiated planes at the crown, the sharp contrast between lines and curves and the low looped bun are the makings of a formal hairstyle that’s elegant without being predictable. There’s enough going on there to catch your eye while still keeping the overall effect graceful.

The front segment involves styling up and back, pulling focus to the crown- it’s a look that will work easier with oval and heart-shaped faces as compared to square-shaped faces and more angular jawlines. This is a hairstyle that serves to elongate the face, so you might want to give this one a miss if you’re looking for hairstyles with a softening effect. My advice would be to opt for updos with less structural, more messy and fluffed-up crowns.

Gaia Weiss

Lobs and asymmetrical cuts continue to dominate the Red Carpet scene at Cannes 2016, which is why Gaia Weiss’ braided updo instantly made its way to my list here. The Vikings actress is bringing some of her on-screen style to the Red Carpet with this super spunky, ultra glam braid.

There are a couple of ways to recreate the look. The easiest way to do so is to make a French braid and then take the regular plait section (below the neck) and fold it back upwards and pin it into place over the braided-in section. You’ll have to tuck all ends and loose bits in to create the ‘braided spine,’ but it’s a fairly easy trick to master. You can also try your hand with the dragon braid (you need to know how to make a Dutch lace braid for this one) or the faux hawk, though you’ll definitely need skill, patience and serious arm muscles for those!

Jessica Chastain

If we’re electing an official color for Cannes 2016, it’s going to be yellow. If we’re electing an official hairstyle for Cannes 2016, it’s going to be the asymmetrical bob. Jessica Chastain’s tousled, textured lob beat out all others to make it to the list for a number of reasons.

For starters, the messy wavy texture adds a relaxed, lived-in contrast to the uber-glam jewelry and formal gown. It’s a nice touch, because she looks like she’s having fun and isn’t too worried about her look, while still looking like a million bucks. Secondly, Jessica’s lob is the perfect length. Kristen Stewart’s (she’s on this list too, btw!) bob might be tough for some to carry while Naomi Watts’ longer lob (a close contender) requires more styling. This is the ideal length for someone who wants a fuss-free but fab haircut for all times. Third, the cuivre red hair color is going to be one of the biggest Autumn Winter 2016 hair color trends and the burnished copper on Jessica is absolute perfection. Take notes.

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart’s bleached blonde hair is the talk of the town right now. It’s really interesting to map how Kristen’s personal style has evolved over the last few years. And it’s all the more satisfying because you can see she’s sporting trends that actually resonate with her. So often you’ll see a celebrity wearing an outfit or a hairstyle that somehow seems to sit on them and doesn’t feel like it fits; with Kristen you get the sense that what you see on the Red Carpet is exactly what she’s going to be wearing on her own time.

The flaxen-colored bob is undoubtedly one of the boldest hairstyles we’re seeing right now: the color is difficult to pull off but glorious, the dark roots add a serious edge and that messy, punk vibe is really working for her. Asymmetrical bobs make for some of the most versatile haircuts because there’s no end to the ways in which you can style them. Earlier at a photocall Kristen wore her platinum bob parted down the middle, but for the Opening Gala she wore it parted on a side and brushed over with a lot of volume and softly wavy texture.

Here’s the secret to making platinum blonde hair work: always fill-in your brows to soften the effect and add a slightly more neutral, natural palette to the face. It works especially well if you’re keeping darker roots.

Li Bingbing

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Even with a retinue of stylists and experts on call it’s difficult to always get it right. All celebrities slip up sometime or the other, and it’s a reminder of how just personal and subjective style sensibilities are and how celebs are just regular folks too. Except Li Bingbing, that is.

Li Bingbing is always so perfectly turned out that it’s hard to imagine her in anything but the most stunning gowns, flawless makeup and impeccable hairstyles. Take her look from the Cannes 2016 Opening Ceremony for instance: it’s not a hairdo we’ve never seen before but something about it still takes your breath away. The excellence is in its execution and in doing justice to a formal hairdo by making sure there isn’t a hair out of place. It’s perfect example of a look that’s sewn together so seamlessly that you can’t imagine a single aspect differently. It’s a great example of how to match a formal hairstyle to the occasion, your outfit, your jewelry, your makeup and your personality in a manner that lifts up the whole and celebrates the individual aspects.

The super large, super glam high bun is a hairstyle that will work everywhere. Can’t you just see it at weddings and at the workplace? Other photos from the event reveal how carefully the ends have been coiled and placed to finish the bun and that’s the sort of detailing that might take some time to master.

Nevertheless, this is a hairstyle you should be able to pull off at home. You’ll need hair mousse, your regular brush, an extra-large hair donut, a pintail comb to tuck in ends, a dressing comb to smooth down surfaces, tons of bobby pins and a great hairspray.

Lily Donaldson

It’s not often that you see a low-slung, regular three-strand plait on the Red Carpet, which is probably why this look caught my eye. I enjoy the architectural, gravity-defying looks just as much as everyone else (the Fashion Weeks are always a great source to mine for such hairstyles) but it really is refreshing to see your everyday hairstyle work so beautifully on the Red Carpet. In a way, it’s the sort of hairstyle that inspires you to return to the roots and look at classics with a fresh eye.

There are two things that make a good old-fashioned plait Red Carpet gold. Firstly, there’s just a hint of volume at the crown. That tiny detail separates your ‘I’m-late-for-class’ plait from the ‘I’m-Red-Carpet-ready’ plait. Secondly, the loose curves and relaxed lines of the hairstyle work really well with Lily’s choker and the strappy dress, creating all sorts of planes and curves and angles that compliment each other beautifully. At first look, it’s an everyday hairdo, but once you start deconstructing the look you see that there’s a lot of thought that has gone into these choices.

Stay tuned for more hairstyles and trends from Cannes 2016. We’re already seeing some exciting new hairstyles follow these looks and I am going to be covering them all, mapping trends and discussing styling tips in the days to follow.

Match Your Beard To Your Hairstyle

As a man, your head of hair and your beard can be two of the most powerful tools at your disposal. While a lot of men simply ‘develop’ a beard organically and tend to let it grow as it may, effective grooming can completely transform your personality and the impression you make on people.

Think about it: your hair and your beard are the first things people see –and really take in– when they’re looking at you. These two things make for the most dominant visible features; so, let’s not wait for a happy accident, shall we? The well-matched hair and beard combo will keep you looking perfectly turned-out at all times.

Here are some great tips on how to match your beard to your hairstyle.

Tip 1: It All Starts With Your Face Shape

The first step to styling and grooming, for both men and women, is figuring out what works with your facial structure. You need to begin by identifying your face shape and then doing a spot of research (read my previous article on choosing beards for 2016) on what particular styles work well with your facial structure. Let your natural features be your starting point because despite what trend reports might say or your favorite celebrity might look like, at the end of the day, you’ve to work with what you got- and play up your best features. Look for hairstyles and beards according to your face shape and you’ll find that most individual choices will work well together as a unit too.

Tip 2: Choose The Primary Focus

While there are tons of hair and beard combos that walk the middle path in terms of length, bushiness and wow factor, most experts will agree that you’ve got to let either the hairstyle or the beard be the dominant feature, while the other is a complimentary accent. If you have two extremely bold styles competing in a small space (hey, it’s your face, not a warzone) they’re both going to end up pulling focus and nothing will work.

As a general rule, I recommend working around your hairstyle. Haircuts/ hairstyles are faster to put together, are usually worn for longer and will generally be ‘in place’ while your growing out a beard- and so, it makes more sense to start with the hairstyle and work from there.

Even if you’re going for a look that combines two strong elements, don’t go overboard with both; for example, an extremely shaggy, long hairstyle and a huge Bandholz beard will never work. You need to choose what your pièce de résistance is going to be.

Tip 3: Keep Coloring Natural

If you dye your hair and/or beard, you want to keep the two in the same color family. Imagine sporting a black beard with a head full of light brown hair! The best, and easiest, thing to do is to keep your natural color- your hair will sport its own tonalities and dimensions without needing particular attention on your part. But if you do want to experiment with color, ask your stylist to keep your head hair and your beard within 3 shades of each other. And if you’re having a hard time choosing which should be which, I recommend keeping your head hair darker and the beard somewhat lighter.

Tip 4: Thick Beards Must Connect

While soul patches, French beards, Van Dykes, goatees and their ilk have their place in modern male grooming, the emphasis is currently on thick, bushy beards. And for a major beard to look good, it simply must connect with your head hair. Whether you run up customary sideburns or go totally Wolverine is totally up to you.

Tip 5: Don’t Forget The Brows

A really good way to tie in a beard with your head hair is to see if it works with your brows. Think of your eyebrows as the halfway stop between your beard and your head hair. If you’ve got particularly angular brows or very fine brows, you’ll want to find a beard that works with the shapes as well as with your hair. The smallest details make the look, so nothing is too inconsequential to take into consideration. Start by gauging the thickness of your brows: bushy, thick brows generally work well with all hairstyles and beard types, so you don't have to put too much thought into it. The thinner and more angular your brows are, the greater care you’re going to have take when choosing haircuts and beards.

Tip 6: Judge By Your Head Hair

If you’re in the early stages of growing a beard, or thinking about doing so, the first thing you need to do is decide if it’s a good idea. The kind of beard you sport, the length, the thickness etc. will all have to be matched to your haircut/ hairstyle. And the only way you can tell if a particular look is even possible for you is by taking a look at your head hair. If you’ve got a thinning crown or a receding hairline, you might want to look into genetic and other hair issues. A head full of thick hair means you’ll probably have no trouble growing any kind of beard. Beard hair is typically wiry and coarser than head hair but even so, you should be able to get a sense of the kind of growth you can expect. And this will give you tons of insight into what to expect in terms of styling, grooming and maintenance. 

Tip 7: Play Up The Salt-And-Pepper

If you’ve got salt-and-pepper hair, consider yourself blessed. Mixed beards can look super distinguished and we all know the silver fox thing works like a charm. What’s more is, white hair in beards tends to diffuse the harshness that can sometimes come with facial hair, which means you can sport a stubble as well as a full, lush beard with equal ease. The overall effect is gentler on the eye, and equal parts sexy and sophisticated. Don’t rush to cover up the grey: embrace it! Beard goals: Clooney.

I hope that these tips prove useful to you. Remember, growing the right beard is a labor of love and you might have a few hits-and-misses before you zero in on a style that really defines your individual sensibilities. I’m also going to be doing a more detailed piece on beard styles and hairstyles that work well together, so you can pick, choose and match different elements together to create a winning hairstyle and beard combination.

Best Hairstyles From The Met Gala 2016

If you’ve been waiting for this year’s Met Gala –arguably fashion’s biggest, craziest night– this post is going to have you reaching for your hairstyling tools and opening up a new ‘wacky and wonderful hairstyles’ board on Pinterest. Like just about everyone else enthusiastic about fashion, I measure the year by two events– the Oscars for elegant styling inspiration and the Met Gala forwhen you’re craving something a little unusual.

I’ve compiled a list of the best hairstyles from the 2016 Met Gala: we’re talking about bold statements, fascinating choices and unusual pairings of people and fashions. It’s always interesting to see how celebs will tread the line between costume and couture. The minute we learned this year’s theme –Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology– I knew we were in for some seriously cool, futuristic looks and I wasn't disappointed. Take a look.

Ciara

From the moment the theme was publicized, it was pretty clear we’d be seeing a lot of metallic at the 2016 Met Gala. However, just because something is predictable doesn’t mean it’s impact value has been compromised. Take, for example, Ciara.

The songstress wore her hair in a chrome-plated retro-inspired hairdo. I’m going to go with the assumption that the color/ finish are temporary and were styled only for the Met Gala theme, because it’s a hard look to maintain in the long run, even with a army of stylists to help you out. That said, as far as themes go it was quite on the nose but endearingly so. Not too many people would have thought of combining a metallic color and texture with a 1920s-esque hairdo, so the end result is rather arresting. It’s not everyday you think of silver-plated finger waves and a metallic Flapper but when it works, it works.

It took me a minute to choose between Ciara’s metallic do and Rita Ora’s silvery foil hair tattoos, but in the end I decided to go with Ciara’s look simply because it’s so much more dramatic. The Met Gala is the one night of the year where it’s all but mandated to go big or go home, and whether or not you like Ciara’s take on the theme, you cannot deny the look sure packs a punch.

Emma Stone

Emma Stone is one of two women who debuted a new hair color on the Met Gala Red Carpet after actually having made the change a while back (Taylor Swift’s the second). We’re used to Emma’s auburn mane, so the chestnut locks are really striking, but also successful.

Emma went brunette earlier this year in February, but very few photographs of the hair have made it to the public realm, and they've been grainy at best. If you’re keeping a new hairdo under wraps to unveil at a big moment, it really doesn’t get bigger than the Met Gala.

The dark rich brown works wonderfully with her tan and plays up the stormy tones of her eyes. The asymmetrical lob and side part keep things futuristic while the swooping hairline and soft waves make the look more wearable.

Kate Bosworth

Given the world of potential that comes with a theme like Manus x Machina, I’m surprised we didn’t see many more headdresses and hair accessories at the 2016 Met Gala. I mean, just think of all the bejeweled, metallic, lattice-worked, gem-laden hairpieces that could have added to an already spectacular style showcase!

And that’s why I’m doubly impressed with Kate Bosworth’s hairdo from the Met Gala. The beautifully encrusted headpieces are all the things breathtaking, and she looks like an Elven princess who wandered through the backstage of a Dolce & Gabbana Fashion Week show. The styling is on-point, both in terms of the night’s theme as well as how the hair itself has been styled to let the accessories do the talking. 

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o has never, ever phoned it in. From clothes and accessories to hair and makeup, the 33-year old stunner always brings her A-game to the Red Carpet and tops it off with one of the sunniest personalities ever seen.

When you’re working with a theme like the one from last night, it’s easy to fall into a predictable rut (silver, metallic, sparkly, deconstructed). Lupita’s look was none of those things and yet it did the theme justice and how.

From a sheer-and-sequins silvery green Calvin Klein Collection dress to hair that defied every known law of physics and gravity, Lupita’s look was crazy, beautiful and electrifying. Admittedly, it’s a whole lot of look and it’s surprising that both the gown and the hairstyle not only work well together but also individually.

People can’t stop talking about the Lupita Nyong’o’s Met Gala hairstyle and while the stacked bun tower might not be something you can rock to your next formal event, it deserves full marks for effort. This isn’t a look you can pull off at home –think endless teasing, pro supplies, hair extensions and tons of hairspray– but it’s one that deserves all the love it’s getting and more!

Taylor Swift

As co-chair of this year’s Met Gala, I knew Taylor Swift would be pulling a look that would do justice to her title. Known for her trademark retro glam style, Taylor’s choices for the night were nothing short of remarkable- and stupendous. With hair so light and a lip so dark, she struck just the right balance between fantastic and familiar.

We’ve already seen the platinum blonde hair on a recent Vogue cover, but it did make a greater impact at the Met Gala, playing to the audience perfectly. I’m sure we’ll see t Taylor’s honeyed locks resurface soon enough, but as far as theme-appropriate styling goes, the messy platinum bob was total perfection.

One of the things that makes Taylor’s entire look for the 2016 Met Gala so successful is that it clearly adheres to the theme and is such a departure from tradition for her, but it doesn’t overpower her own unique brand. The platinum bob and the vampy lip are so different from Taylor’s usual hair and makeup choices, but they still let her shine through. And rocking a completely unpredictable look while also maintaining your identity is what true style is all about.

Zendaya

Zendaya’s experiments with hairstyling have made for some of the most memorable looks of recent times (such as the mullet in tribute to David Bowie) and she’s one of those celebrities who not only manage occasion-appropriate style statements without fail but also look interesting and attractive in getups most folks would shy away from.

If you do manage to draw your eyes away from the bowl blunt wig, you’ll notice she has on a stellar gold Michael Kors gown: the metallic color as well as the highly tactile, studded texture of the gown are the exact foil you need to the blunt, smooth bowl hairstyle. I love how the hairdo seems to lovingly caress Zendaya’s fabulous face and trace its contours. Let’s also take a moment to appreciate how edgy the style is, while also throwing off a bit of a retro flair.

These looks have made my cut for the best 2016 Met Gala hairstyles; which ones made it to your list? 

The Top Beard Trends for 2016

I’m back with another post on men’s styling and this week we are going to take a look at 2016’s hottest beard trends. A beard can be a formidable accessory, and is traditionally to men what makeup is to women. The slightest changes in facial hair can completely transform your look, so if you’re interested in spicing things up a bit, take a look at the biggest beard trends for 2016.

#1 The Balbo

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The Balbo is a major hit amongst beard-loving men, undoubtedly made more so by Hollywood superstar Robert Downey, Jr. When you’ve got an undeniably stylish man sporting a suave look such as this one, it’s only a matter of time before it really catches on.

This particular style is similar to a goatee, except that there’s a sliver of clean-shaven skin between the moustache and the beard on either end at the corners of the mouth. The chin is also sculpted to leave a small inch-long section clean on either side under the bottom lip, while letting a median patch run down the chin and up on either side. 

The Balbo is great if your personal style lands between casual chic and comfortable formals. It’s a look that wears well at any given point, from the beach to the boardroom, so you don’t really have to worry about going overboard with it. This style of beard is best suited for men with a narrow chin, since it adds more width to the area and celebrates the triangular shape without actually emphasizing it.

Achieving the Balbo requires first letting your beard grow out so that you have enough facial hair to be able to shape the look properly. Wait at least a month before you decide to shape the beard, or more, depending on how long it takes for you to achieve a full beard. The Balbo also involves growing a moustache. Trimming the beard/ moustache and shaving the required areas requires a fair bit of precision, but it’s a fairly easy look to achieve and wear on the whole. you can also sport a second-day stubble up the jawline/ cheeks for a more rugged take on the look if you like. 

#2 The Bandholz

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If you’re the sort who lives by the maxim ‘go big or go home,’ the Bandholz is your kind of beard. Credited to Eric Bandholz, the founding father of Beardbrand, this is a beard that is, in a word, major. It’s not an easy look to achieve or pull off but if you get there, it’s one that will keep you hooked for a long, long time. This particular beard style is for serious beard lovers and grooming enthusiasts only, which is a community that has been growing rapidly over the last few seasons.

The beard is thick, bushy and long. Growing the beard out will usually take between 6 and 8 months, and it can be a trying time because you will need to let it all grow out before you can start trimming the hair to give it shape. This means you have to be prepared to look a little unkempt and all over the place for the first couple of months. It is worth noting that even though this is a massive beard, it’s not necessarily a messy one. Sure, you can keep it au natural if you like, but a little bit of shaping and styling can mean the difference between Captain Haddock and Captain Crazy.

The Bandholz beard is best suited for oval, diamond, oblong, triangle and inverted triangle shaped faces. Apart from matching the beard to your facial structure, you must also match it to your lifestyle. This isn’t a beard that you can just forget about: it requires care, patience, maintenance and constant effort. We’re not only looking at months of waiting for it to grow but also daily grooming, finding and using the right products and sculpting tools and staying on top of your beard care regimen. Now, none of that is intended to scare you: it’s a great look and you should do it justice if you decide to sport it.

#3 The Classic

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We’re talking about the full beard here- a universal favorite through the ages. Shorter and more restrained than the Bandholz, but no less striking. This is the good old no-frills, no-fuss beard for men who like a thick, full beard but don’t want to go all out with it either.

If you enjoy a bushy beard but just cannot maintain the hipster beard that became an international craze following Movember or are sick of the look and don’t want to be confused for a god-man, the classic short-long beard is just what you need. It’s sexy and it’s a strong style statement but it is also relatively more muted.

The essence of this look is in following the natural contours of the face/ jaw. You want to let the beard grow out fully and take shape naturally, which can take a couple of months. To finish off the look, make sure that the beard lines on the cheek are sharp and meticulously carved out: this creates a strong contrast to the growth underneath. The longest part of the beard, under the chin, should ideally not exceed 2 inches. The entire look is about celebrating natural looks, but with a spot of grooming.

This kind of beard works well on most face shapes, but is especially good with diamond, triangle and inverted triangle shapes. You will want to tread carefully with markedly longer faces. If you want to add length to your face or emphasize angles and planes, keep the length concentrated under the chin. This can also help conceal a pointed chin or double chins. But if you have a very angular face or an extremely long one and you want to round things off but still enjoy a thick bear, keep a more uniform length/ thickness throughout.

The full beard is all about the body and this is made up of the hair at the chin/ under the chin and around the neck. That’s what adds to the bushiness of the look, which is why you must allow it all to grow out properly before you start trimming.

#4 The Stubble

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For those of you who enjoy sporting some facial hair but don’t want to put a whole lot of thought and effort into it, there’s nothing quite as effective or as easy as the stubble. The shortest of beard styles, it’s super simple to achieve and really all you have to do is let it grow on its own and trim it down every now and then to keep it from transforming into a full beard style. There’s really nothing else that you have to do and you can sport a sexy look at all times without looking untidy or overly styled. 2016 is going to be the year of fashion that’s all about individualism and effortless styling, and the stubble checks both those boxes perfectly.

Now, the stubble is probably the most versatile beard we’ve got on this list purely because there are a number of different iterations of the look- based on the length you’re most comfortable with. We’re talking short stubbles for that barely-there scruffy sexiness (no shaving for a day or two), the medium stubble (between 3 and 5mm) for a somewhat more pronounced bad boy appeal and then the long stubble (6mm) for striking just the right balance between lovable rake and super-groomed sea pirate.

#5 The Van Dyke

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If you want to rock a flamboyant beard, albeit with less hair and care than the Bandholz, the Van Dyke is just the thing you need. This is a beard that’s all about turning heads and making statements, so don't be surprised if you get more than a few looks and questions. This style has been immortalized on and off the screen by Johnny Depp, but has also been adapted by other actors such as Brad Pitt and even Pierce Brosnan. Named after 17th century Flemish painter Anthony Van Dyke, the beard combines trademark elements of the goatee with a mustache and has a distinctive shape.

Prep work for this particular beard style involves growing a long stubble and then trimming and shaving the beard to achieve the unique pattern that makes the Van Dyke. The look also involves growing a moustache. Once you have a long stubble going, start shaving the chin region to create the trademark inverted T: an inverted soul patch slowly graduating into a bearded chin. You don’t have to do anything to the moustache, though ideally we do want it to turn downwards at the mouth, much like it would in a French beard. After you’ve got the basic shape styled, allow the beard at the chin to grow out a bit (around 2 inches) and then trim it into the V shape that completes the look.

There are tons of great beard styles to pick from, and at the end of the day all that matters is what you’re comfortable with. Beard grooming is becoming a major industry unto itself and there are so many great styling and care products available now in the market- if you’ve always wanted to grow a formidable beard, now’s the time to do so!

Hair Color Trends For Autumn Winter 2016-2017

 

One of my absolute favorite things to do is trend forecasting: analyzing patterns, predicting the next wave of fashion and then piecing it all together with some classic styling wisdom. And it really doesn’t get more fun (and I like to think useful) than putting together a look book or trends list for prospective trends for the coming season.

So, while we’re only just warming up to summer 2016, I’m already excited about what fall 2016/ winter 2017 is going to bring us in terms of hair color trends. If you like to plan ahead and can’t wait to get a head start on autumn winter 2016-2017 hair color trends, you’re in the right place. My money is on the following five hair color trends making it really big this winter.

Cuivre Red

 

Some variant of the red hair color trend or the other is always featured on my autumn/ winter color trends list (and on most others) and I must admit, like so many people, I love a striking red. We’ve seen a lot of interesting takes on the red hair color trend over the past few seasons, ranging from spicy cinnamon to magnificent mahogany- and they’re all stunning. For autumn/ winter 2016-2017, the ‘cuivre’ red hair color is all set to become the major red of the year.

Derived from the French word for ‘copper,’ this is a red that’s an intoxicating blend of red, bronze, gold- there’s an interplay of orange and brown with an amped up sheen that’s instantly noticeable. It’s a sharp, strong and shiny take on as true a red as you can get within the ‘natural hair colors’ spectrum. 

Dimensional Platinum

The platinum trend is another one that makes its way onto just about every ‘winter hair color trends’ list that there is and it’s easy to see why. As a hair color, platinum is bold, sexy and makes for a strong statement. And since it’s almost customary to go deeper and darker for the winter months, platinum is always a hit with those who enjoy trends but also want to stand apart from the crowd.

Now that we’ve seen the platinum trend top the charts almost every year come fall, it was time for a change- and with the dimensional platinum hair color trend we get just that. What’s dimensional platinum, you ask? Think platinum blonde hair, but with more tonality and layers. We’re adding more life and movement to the traditional platinum blonde by introducing differentiated (think warmer) layers to a color that’s traditionally a flat wash.

What makes the dimensional platinum trend such a great look is that it’s more forgiving and softer than traditional platinum blonde, which makes it a more universal trend. It’s a subtler take on a very strong trend and it’s so pretty: the hair radiates a completely different shade of gold as you your angle or the light changes- like white gold on fire.

Ecaille/ Tortoiseshell Blends

If you secretly still love the ombré trend but know it’s not old enough to be new again, the ecaille blend/ tortoiseshell hair color trend is going to make you happy. It’s basically a much softer, more toned down version of the ombré concept. We work with a lot of different shades in the golden/ brown families and layer them together naturally in a way that the end result is totally organic. Your stylist will use a minimum of three related hues and blend them together such that they flow seamlessly; that’s what sets the tortoiseshell/ ecaille blend apart from your traditional ombré: the transition is so subtle you can’t see where the color shifts but the overall effect is one of fluidity and gradient. Where the ombré goes from pointedly dark roots to obviously light ends, the ecaille is a smooth fade-out. And if that description isn’t enough, consider this: the coloring technique adds body and movement to the hair, making it look more voluminous- so if you’ve got thin hair and want it to look fuller, the ecaille coloring technique can be your one-stop solution for thicker, trendier hair.

Smoky Blonde

When we’re talking about hair color trends for fall/ winter, we don’t normally think of blonde tones and other lighter hues. In fact, platinum blonde is usually the only ‘light’ shade that’s deemed acceptable for the winter months. However, for those of you who enjoy wearing your hair light, there’s some good news for autumn/ winter 2016 blonde hair color trends: the smoky blonde is here!

The smoky blonde is a blonde hair color that’s a little bit more muted, slightly deeper in mood but not in hue, which makes it the perfect light hair color for winter. We’re talking blonde tones that fall between sandy gold and caramel creams- the base is clearly a buttery blonde but with an ever-so-subtle greige cast that darkens the mood up a bit.

Woodsy Brunette

If you’re looking for a wintery hair color that’s season-appropriate but also a classic (and just a little bit more ‘regular’ than the others in this list) I do recommend looking into deep, woodsy browns. Think chestnut undertones washed over with deeper ebony hues.

Woodsy brown hair colors can be tweaked to play well to your skin tone –and undertones– and that’s what makes them a great choice. Even the more conventional variants are universally flattering and are especially wonderful on olive skin tones. Brunette shades are usually easier to manage in terms of maintenance and touch-ups, but like all other hues, look best when they’re well cared for. Browns are a more traditional choice when it comes to hair colors for winter, but that’s no reason to give them a miss: it is an oldie but a goodie!

Let me know which hair color(s) you’ll be sporting come winter. Remember, with the right hair care routine and a great stylist, you can keep your hair looking red carpet-ready all year round. 

2016 Hair Trends Inspired By Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2016

I’ve often discussed that one of the best aspects of the Fashion Weeks is predicting what style/ look is going to become the next big fashion trend. Some styles serve as great inspiration to the individual while others catch on like a house on fire and are soon seen everywhere, from the catwalk to the sidewalk. Trend spotting and trend mapping go hand-in-hand, which is why today we’re going to take a look at some of the most popular hairstyles from Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2016 and see which ones have earned their stripes as 2016’s biggest hair trends.2016 Hair Trends Inspired By Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2016

#1 80s Revivalism

 

Every couple of years we see the fashion industry hark back to a previous era and pay homage to its trademark styles. Under the broader ambit of retro/ vintage-inspired fashions are decade-by-decade trends that are each getting their moment under the sun. We saw a lot of Flapper-esque trends inspired by the Roaring Twenties in the immediate aftermath of The Great Gatsby and Mad Men did its bit for the Swinging Sixties. This year, we’re taking it back to the Eighties.

While big hair and va-va-volume are some of the trademarks of the era, it’s the fluidity of hair that I enjoy the most when it comes to 80s-inspired hairstyles. I love the effect of ‘hair on the move,’ looking like it’s got a life, personality and plan all of its own. We saw hair trends in this vein at both the Giorgio Armani and Isabel Marant shows at Fashion Week A/W 16 as well as tons of other 80s-inspired hairdos at other shows such as Jeremy Scott and Topshop.

Spotted: Nathalie Emmanuel typically wears her hair in a riot of kinky curls and has texture to die for. However, it’s the manner in which she recently arranged it at a premiere spotlighting the upcoming season of Game of Thrones that really caught my eye. If you’ve got curly/ kinky hair (naturally or otherwise) do consider these quasi-asymmetrical hairstyles. The arrangement makes hair look like its constantly in motion and the end results are fabulous. 

#2 Bombshell Waves

Wavy hair never goes out of style, and there’s a very good reason for that: it’s a texture that is universally flattering across barriers of age, face type, features, personality and more. Waves work in all kinds of lengths, thicknesses and densities, adding volume and fullness (and a healthy dose of sex appeal. The great thing about bombshell waves is that the trend can be adapted to the wearer: not only are there endless variants to the trend (from beachy boho waves to the classic Victoria’s Secret hairstyles) but that there are also so many different ways of adding waves to your hair, from curling tongs to foam rollers. Go ahead and make the style your own today!

Spotted:  Michelle Obama’s hair at the state dinner for Canada’s new Prime Minister last month is the stuff styling legends are made of. While Karlie Kloss’ waves from the Diane von Furstenberg Paris A/W 16 show are tighter and more defined, the First Lady shows us just how glorious loose waves can be. The flipped out ends add tons of body and movement to the hairstyle, making for an energetic, powerful look that perfectly captures her personality. 

#3 Natural Texture

One of the biggest trends to come out of Autumn Winter 2016 Fashion Week was the focus on natural hair texture. This is a trend that celebrates the true spirit of style in that it recognizes that just as no two people are the same, no two hair textures are the same and so, the concept of a singular standard of beauty is inherently flawed. In the last few years we’ve moved towards style sensibilities that appreciate the beauty of diversity and diversity in beauty. Hair trends at Fashion Week 2016 were all about amped up texture, natural graininess, unabashed volume and spotlighting the girl next door.

Spotted: We saw some fabulous relaxed natural texture on Karlie Kloss at the Balmain show at Paris Autumn Winter 2016 Fashion Week and recently saw the same on Gwyneth Paltrow at a book signing for her book ‘It's All Easy’ earlier this month.

#4 Side Parts

One of the easiest ways to add a hint of sophisticated glamour to any hairstyle is to dress it up with a side part. Despite the fact that it’s a fairly simple hair accent, a side part continues to strike the mind’s eye as unusual. Most people typically part their hair down the middle or wear it brushed back, which is why a side part is always noticeable. It’s one of the most wearable hair trends to come out of the 2016 Fashion Weeks because it suits everyone and can be paired with just about any hairstyle: buns, ponytails, braids, updos- you name it.

Spotted: From the Christian Dior showing at Paris Fashion Week A/W 16 to Charlize Theron at a premier for The Huntsman: Winter's War, the side part is shaping up to be one of the hottest hair accents for the year. Who would have thought a tiny detail like this could be one of 2016’s biggest hair trends?

#5 Vintage Hair

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We’ve already talked about the global fascination with retro hairstyles with the 80s hair trend taking off, but the continued enthusiasm for vintage hairstyles in general deserves a mention of its own. If you’re not one to be limited to a particular decade and you love everything fashion from the years gone by, take heart in one of 2016’s hottest hair trends: vintage hairstyles. Retro-inspired dos continue to rule the roost, worn both true to tradition and with modern twists.

Spotted: Zendaya at the Kids Choice Awards rocked a quaint retro-esque do, combining two of the Autumn Winter 2016 Fashion Week’s biggest hair trends: vintage-inspired hairstyles and unusual hairlines. There’s something distinctly vintage about the way her hair is set, and it immediately evokes images of pin curls and coiffures from the Twenties, and at the same time the short length makes the style as modern as they come.

These 5 hair trends from Fashion Week have only gotten bigger in the last couple of weeks, and I believe we’re going to see them well into the season, if not more. Be sure to try them out this summer!

The Basics Of Men’s Hairstyles

I have some really exciting news that I’m thrilled to share today. Starting now, I’m going to be running a column on men’s styling on my blog as well. It’s been an idea I’ve been working on for a while and I’m so glad to finally be able to unveil it. Men make up a major segment of the styling industry –both behind the scenes and in the spotlight– and I thought it was about time we started showing a little love to our male readers and co-enthusiasts. Starting this month, we’ll be looking at all sorts of themes ranging from hairstyles and styling advice to hair care, beards, male grooming and what have you. So if you lads have been feeling left out, welcome to the fold!

Let’s kick things off with one of the basics of male grooming and styling: picking the right men’s hairstyle. So many of us go years experimenting with different cuts and colors and testing all sorts of advice without ever finding a look we can truly call our own. And with the admittedly intense focus on women’s styling, it can be difficult for male audiences to get advice that’s truly geared towards their particular concerns and aesthetics. If you’ve been struggling to find hairstyles that really suit you –physically and in terms of personality– it’s time to change all that.

Let’s begin with some great advice on how, as a man, you can choose hairstyles and haircuts that not only look great but also feel fantastic.

Tip #1 Choose Styles According To Your Face Shape

 

There’s a lot to be said for following hair trends, but you’ve got to be sure a particular look works for you before committing to it. Hair trends make for more permanent choices than fashion trends and you can’t just simply take a haircut off at the end of the day if you don't like it. One of the best ways to make sure a haircut/ hairstyle suits you is to pick one according to your face structure/ shape. It’s always a good idea to make a style statement that fits you, and not one you just pulled off a magazine. Here are some quick tips for choosing hairstyles according to your face shape:

·      Oval: Classic cuts work best. Keep the sides short, with a little more length towards the top. Hair should ideally be styled back or up and to a side. For an edgier take, give undercuts and quiffs a try but keep away from styles that hang low over the forehead.

·      Square: Pretty much the gold standard for men’s hairstyling. They say there’s no haircut or hairstyle that a man with a square face can’t rock. Classic, old school haircuts work beautifully on this shape, as do the more modern trends. From bangs to slicked-back ‘dos and buzz cuts to messy mops, it all works! I would recommend steering clear of the man bun- it can sit awkwardly atop a square-shaped face and makes for a difficult accent with more linear jawlines.

·      Triangle/ Diamond: Side-swept hairstyles work best, as does anything with more volume up on the crown. Classic cuts accentuated by deep side parts are great if you’re going for some old-school elegance. The classic, more formal cuts also wear well with the hint of a forehead-skimming fringe, which can otherwise be tricky to pull off.

·      Round: Can be a tricky shape to work with only because it tends to look a lot younger than the other facial structures. The trick is to balance out the roundness by creating angles: do this with haircuts that are very short on the sides but much longer on top. Style your hair up in spikes or graduated mohawks: the ‘V’ shape helps add the necessary amount of height, angles and grit to the round face.

If that’s not a look you like, pick something with a messier texture; the point is to offset the roundness and add stronger planes to your overall look.

While I’m a fan of buzz cuts, they don’t always work too well on round faces simply because they tend to exaggerate the roundness. On the other hand, if you’re opting for longer lengths, remember to part your hair on a side and not down the middle.

Tip #2 Matching Styles With Texture

Hair texture comes a close second in determining the kind of hairstyle you should opt for. Let’s take a quick look at different types of hair texture and what works best in them:

·      Curly: Whether you want to sport long locks or a graduated undercut, the trick to making curly hair look good is to pick cuts/ styles that celebrate the disheveled vibe. Curly hair, by virtue of its natural tousled texture, always has a slightly messy, impish feel to it and so you should make the most of it with hairstyles that emulate the same mood. As a general rule, keep the bulk of the volume at the crown- unless of course you’re opting for a long hair look, in which case, you’ll have to go with the flow, so as to speak. With the shorter cuts you can also go for somewhat longer lengths at the front, letting hair fall over the forehead.

·      Straight: There are so many different styles and cuts you can sport in straight hair: for funkier looks opt for spiked up hair or mohawks or undercuts. Classic cuts with deep side parts are always a safe bet in straight hair. Shorter, closer cuts like crew/ buzz cuts also look good in straight hair- especially when you let it grow out a bit. Pompadours also work best in straight hair. Thick straight hair can be a little difficult to work with, which is why it’s important to use a conditioner regularly.

·      Wavy: Make the most of wavy texture with hairstyles that celebrate the hair’s natural body and movement. Man buns work great in wavy hair, albeit being a somewhat tricky look to pull off on the whole. Side-swept hairstyles are also recommended: the wavy texture will play up the windblown effect and add that rakish touch. Slicked-back styles can work beautifully, so long as you use the right styling products and arrange the style carefully.

Remember, choosing a style according to your natural texture will make the entire experience rather easy for you. You might want to take on a particular look you really like, promising yourself (and the stylist) you’ll find time to style and texturize your hair for it regularly, but let’s be real: are you really going to texturize your hair when you’re running late for something? The first day you’re short on time, you’ll find yourself falling back on your natural texture and your new haircut may not look all that good in the same.

Tip #3 Show, Don’t Tell Your Stylist

Now, this is a universal, unisex tip but I can’t stress it enough: always take a photograph along to show your stylist the sort of look you have in mind. Even if they can’t/ don't want to recreate the exact style on you, they will understand the kind of vibe and style you’re going for. While great communication is the key to a satisfying client-stylist relationship, you never know what might get lost in translation.

The reason I bring this up here is because I’ve noticed that while several of my female clients will bring pictures along, the male clients rarely ever do. It’s simply not a practice that’s caught on yet with the male audience but it is one that can make all the difference to your experience. Don’t leave your vision to the stylist’s imagination: show it to them straight and then ask for their feedback and opinions so you can recreate the vibe while also taking your unique features and the stylist’s expertise into consideration.

Tip #4 Don’t Forget The Neck And Ears

Most people understand hairstyling in terms of what’s most visible: the hair at the top/ front and how it balances out with one’s face. And in doing so, they forget that there are a lot of other little details that go into making the whole style. One of the most overlooked aspects of a haircut is the neckline and the sideburns. In other words, how the hair around the ears and the neck is cut and styled is instrumental to finishing the look off, and the slightest discrepancy between the ‘main’ style and these touches can throw your entire look off-kilter. With respect to the sideburns, tell your stylist exactly how long and thick you want them to be; also discuss how you want the hair behind/ around the ears to be styled. The neckline should always be gradually tapered off from the rest of the hair and there should be no abrupt shifts in shape, thickness or length while transitioning from the main body to the neckline.

Tip #5 Bald Can Be Beautiful

Balding and receding hairlines can be a source of great stress for many, but they don’t have to be. Thinning hair and a receding hairline don’t mean your days as a suave gentlemen are over: the trick is in finding a look that makes you comfortable and confident so those traits translate into your personality.

If you’re not one to shy away from strong style statements, opt for a buzz cut like Jason Statham’s. It’s a powerful, masculine look with tons of raw sex appeal. It’s a style suited for men who mean business, and it does imbue the wearer with a lot of confidence- it’s a well known fact that the shorter you go, the less you have to hide behind, which means your real self gets a chance to shine through.

If the buzz cut isn’t your thing, opt for a hairstyle that’s closely cropped on the sides but much longer up top. Tons of volume at the crown will create the illusion of more hair. The top is best arranged into a messy style.

I hope you enjoyed these tips- and found them useful. They’re essential to getting a haircut/ hairstyle right. We’re going to dive into more detailed discussions from hereon forth. Be sure to check back for the latest on men’s style and grooming.

 

Curly Desert Hair

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Recently had the opportunity to work on this fashion shoot in the desert. The whole vibe was very sexy, very earthy and as real as could be. For the hair, we went with wild, wild curls that mimic the windblown, sun-kissed beauty of the desert. It’s all natural and all fabulous. Think of it as a more modern, relaxed take on Sandy’s hair from Grease.

I love curly hair- both as a base for more advanced looks and as a hairstyle in itself. Whether you use curly hair to play up an updo or a braid, or you wear it loose on its own, there’s something about the texture that’s instantly sexy and playful. We went with loose, springy curls with a lot of volume, body and movement. Larger curls usually tend to open up and veer more towards the wavy end of the style spectrum, but we kept these curls big but well defined. The secret to making curly hair look good is in maintaining bounciness- your hair should always look ‘alive’ and not like it’s being weighed down by its own weight or the weight of a styling product or hair accessory. A lot of little tricks and techniques go into making even the simplest hairstyles look fabulous, and I’m glad to have had a chance to work on this desert story concept and to revisit one of my favorite looks.

Many thanks to the fabulous team and everyone who worked to make this shoot possible. One of the best parts of my job is working at these spectacular locales: no matter how far and wide I travel and the interesting, innovative creations the industry comes up with, I never fail to be impressed by all the raw beauty to be found in nature. So much of my work is inspired by the things I see in daily life and the world around me and this most recent fashion spread is an example of how there is room for a marriage between the editorial and the earthy.

The Team :

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#shot in #joshuatrea #RanchoV thanks to @shotbyrocco for the amazing location! 

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Summer Hair: Go Short Or Go Home

Want in on Summer 2016’s hottest hair trend? No, it’s not a color. It’s not even a hairstyle. It’s abig one: short hair! Yep. If you’re looking to take baby steps into ‘new style territory’ you’d best turn back now: this summer is all about big, bold changes and serious style statements.

While deep, dark hues and longer lengths are typically associated with the colder months, summer’s all about easy, breezy styling and peppy choices. It’s about looking and feeling cool and being your lightest, brightest self. There’s something about cutting your hair short that’s evocative of a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis: you’re shedding all the winter weight and opening up to happy, colorful summer.

Now, as I’ve often stated on my blog, going short can be a little bit scary, especially if you have worn your hair long for a significant amount of time or you’ve never been able to find a short haircut that really suits your personality. However, you must go short at least once in your adult life to know how liberating it can be: you’ll feel like a whole other person and if you make the right style choice, you might just never go back to longer hair.

If you’re not convinced, here are a couple of reasons why you should definitely consider going #shortforsummer.

To start with, hello new you! If you’re looking to turn heads (and secretly, we do all enjoy the attention and admiration) there’s nothing quite as effective as a short new hairdo. It’s unavoidable, unapologetic and unparalleled!

Secondly, short hair really plays up your features. They’re all suddenly super emphasized. Wishing you could wave around a magic wand and give yourself doe eyes and razor-sharp cheekbones? Well, you can. Shorter hair really plays up facial features and it’s sort of like training a mini spotlight on them. All you need to do is select a short haircut that suits your face shape/ structure and then let it weave its magic.

Short hair is instantly edgier. Even the chicest, sleekest variants have a certain wildness to them. You’re immediately donning a ‘take-no-prisoners’ attitude and there’s an underlying vibe of power and force and inner strength associated with shorter hair. If you want to try a bolder look or you’ve always played it safe and don’t feel comfortable experimenting with makeup or your outfits, shorter hair can be an easier choice to make. Once it’s done, your personality grows into and you can explore different aspects of your being.

Which brings us to yet another benefit of cutting your hair short: short hair forces you to be confident. Let’s face it: so many of us use longer hair to hide behind. Several of clients confess to longer hair making them feel ‘safer’. From body image concerns to an unsure style identity, longer hair is often used as something of a ‘shield’. Painful as it may sound short hair strips that protective layer away. And forces you to be confident. Shorter haircuts tell you to look yourself straight in the mirror and accept what you see. Sounds like a whole lot to expect from a haircut? It’s not. Shorter hair can be your one-stop solution for self-love.

Then there’s the fact that short hair is relatively easy to maintain. Heck, for the most part it maintains itself. Short haircuts are also usually hairstyles as of themselves, which means you don’t have to spend a whole lot of time, effort or supplies styling it (at least not for regular wear). Short hair dries quickly, usually takes a couple of minutes to look well styled and you save so much time (and money!) on hair care products. You’re also nowhere near as vulnerable to split-ends in short hair as you are with longer hair, which means fewer trips to the salon and so much less time spent stressing.

 

What’s more is, all the celebrities are going short for the summer as well! Khloé Kardashian also recently traded in her trademark medium-long lengths for a shorter, shoulder-skimming bob. There was Taylor Swift’s new blunt bob with a thick front fringe just ahead of the 2016 Grammy Awards. Miranda Kerr recently debuted a short, wavy bob as well as a lighter, more honeyed blonde hue. It’s my favorite of the hair trends for summer 2016: cheerful, feminine and so easy to maintain.

 

And of course, to top it all off, short hair is cool. No, I mean literally cool. Updos and topknots are fabulous but let’s be honest: how often can you really style your hair up on the fly? And it does get heavy and starts dragging halfway through the day despite the bazillion pins you stuck in. Short hair, by virtue of its very nature, is cool and comfortable. When the temperature rises, so should your locks-length.

Now that I have your attention about going short for the summer, let’s take a look at some tricks you can use to make the most of short hair.

First up, short hair is easy to style- as we’ve discussed already. A little change in texture is all you need to look like you have a whole new hairdo. Wear it sleek and chic one day and tousled and sexy the next. Just because you have a seemingly limited amount of length to work with doesn’t mean your options are limited: play around with your short hair! Invest in a spot of texturizing product- pastes and gels are great for edgier, slicker looks like undercuts and faux hawks while mousse and styling creams are ideal for wavier styles.

The easiest way to switch up a short haircut is to change the way you part your hair. Side parts are great for emphasizing volume on one side and lending an asymmetrical dimension to the look. A central part in straight/ slightly wavy short hair looks really professional and is a great choice for the workplace. Zigzag partings are always funky but even more so in shorter lengths.

If you’re going to be keeping your hair short for a longish period and you enjoy styling, invest in ‘mini curling tongs’. They’re smaller than your typical half-inch barrels and are easier to work with when it comes to shorter lengths. If you don't want to spend on a new tool you could always use foam rollers or even drugstore-variety perm rods.

Keep a bottle of dry shampoo on-hand. Many of my clients report that their shorter hair feels weighed down faster as compared to longer styles. Any change in texture, no matter how subtle, is instantly visible in shorter hair because there just isn’t a lot to hide behind. So if you feel like your ‘do is sagging a bit or just isn’t looking all that great after a long nap, a little sprinkle of dry shampoo or volumizing powder can help boost volume at the roots and freshen up a look.

Short hair tends to frizz slightly more than longer hair; wait, scratch that: frizziness is more visible in short hair than it is in long hair, which is why I recommend investing in a great frizz-control product. Something that tames and smoothens hair down without making it fall flat. It also helps to treat your hair to a nourishing mask of some sort on a weekly basis. Of course, these are habits that you should adopt as part of a long-term hair care routine regardless of your current haircut/ length, but if you’re not particular about them as yet, now will be a good time to start.

My colleagues who work in the makeup industry always recommend using blush when wearing hair short. Your cheekbones are going to be emphasized anyway: might as well make them pop. A pretty flush on the cheeks is a great way to balance a shorter haircut, especially if you’re worried it’s veering into androgynous territory. Similarly, bigger accessories can also help you compensate for the perceived dip in femininity- though I must assert: short hair is fabulous as of itself and can, in fact, by emphasizing the features make you look a lot girlier than you’d imagine!

A final tip: if you’re excited by the idea of shorter hair but just can’t drum up the courage for a really different look, start by cutting to a shoulder-length lob. It’s still decidedly in the realm of ‘shorter haircuts’ but it’s also long enough for you to feel more comfortable in and to gradually work your way up to something more daring.

The Best Hairstyles From Paris Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2016

I’ve to admit: there wasn’t as much styling inspiration to be drawn from the Paris Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2016 as compared to New York and London. In terms of new and daring hairstyles and haircuts, we didn’t see a whole lot on the runways of Paris.

However, a pattern I did detect was that of greater emphasis on hair color as compared to the other fashion weeks. A lot of it was the sort of hair color trends that have ruled the roost over these last few seasons, such as the pastel hair color trend and the rainbow hair color fad. We saw some new takes on old favorites and my picks for this post include marriages between popular hair color trends- the results are subtle, but striking. 

Kenzo & Masha Ma

This is possibly one of my favorite –if not most favorite– hair color trends for 2016 to emerge out of Paris Fashion Week. It’s a new take on the grey hair color craze that swept the world by storm a few months back, but this one uses a blonde base and sage cast to breathe new life into the look. I saw different versions of the idea at both the Kenzo and the Masha Ma shows in Paris, and I like both.

The variant at Kenzo was a subtler take on the trend, so if you want to ease your way into a new look, you may find this version easier to work with, but just as much fun. You see, what makes it so interesting is that reveals itself to you the longer you look at it: at first glance, it’s just blonde hair with gradients. However, when you look closer, you see that there’s a lot of grey, some black and most interestingly, a greenish tinge that ties it all together.

In fact, while the model from Kenzo’s Fall 2016 show sported the hair color trend mostly concentrated in her fringe, I saw a more overall wash on another model from the Masha Ma show in Paris itself. The latter’s hair had a greater amount of a steel grey dye with the blonde base peeking through here and there, and some pale green and violet tips.

I love the effortlessness with which grey, green and blonde play together- it’s not a color combination you’d think of when trying to pair hair dyes together but with visual proof to support the argument, it’s obviously a match made in heaven. Grey wears beautifully in light hair (though you could rock dark roots with it for a stormier effect) and green acts as the perfect transition hue between the two main colors. It’s slightly chillier than what we expect of hair color trends for summer, but it’s too good to miss. I definitely want to see more of this in the fall.

This is possibly one of my favorite –if not most favorite– hair color trends for 2016 to emerge out of Paris Fashion Week. You see, what makes it so interesting is that reveals itself to you the longer you look at it: at first glance, it’s just blonde hair with gradients. However, when you look closer, you see that there’s a lot of grey, some black and most interestingly, a greenish tinge that ties it all together. It’s a new take on the grey hair color craze that swept the world by storm a few months back, but this one uses a blonde base and sage cast to breathe new life into the look.

In fact, while the model from Kenzo’s Fall 2016 show sported the hair color trend mostly concentrated in her fringe, I saw a more overall wash on another model from the Masha Ma show in Paris itself. The latter’s hair had a greater amount of a steel grey dye with the blonde base peeking through here and there, and some pale green and violet tips.

I love the effortlessness with which grey, green and blonde play together- it’s not a color combination you’d think of when trying to pair hair dyes together but with visual proof to support the argument, it’s obviously a match made in heaven. Grey wears beautifully in light hair (though you could rock dark roots with it for a stormier effect) and green acts as the perfect transition hue between the two main colors. It’s slightly chillier than what we expect of hair color trends for summer, but it’s too good to miss. I definitely want to see more of this in the fall.

Masha Ma

Another hair color trend that caught my eye (and there were a lot of those at the Masha Ma Fall 2016 show) was this union between pink and blue hair color. We’ve seen pink hair and we’ve seen blue hair, but as far as I can remember, we haven’t seen the two together lately. At least not in a big enough way for it to constitute a major hair color trend. Sure, we had the colors making an appearance when the pastel hair color trend was big, but this particular take feels fresh and new and just in time for spring. In a sense, it’s akin to an ode to the two Pantone colors for 2016, rose quartz (pale pink) and serenity (powdery blue) even though the aqua and the salmon pink showcased here are a bit brighter and punchier. The colors sit beautifully in the light base, which leans towards a very subtle rose gold itself. While the effect is most certainly enhanced by the model’s super short hair here, you can wear it just as beautifully in longer lengths. You can go with highlights if you’re ready to commit to color for the summer, or stick to ombré gradients or colored tips for a more subdued effect. 

Moncler Gamme Rouge

Every time you think all the braids possible have been discovered, popularized and immortalized on YouTube, something new comes along and proves you wrong. Now, this hairstyle from the Moncler Gamme Rouge runway at Paris Fashion Week 2016 may not be the most wearable braided hairdo, but it is interesting and it’s great inspiration for how you can always find something new to do with hair. When I first saw the look, I admit I was a little concerned that it would look a little too ‘horn-like’ but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing, right? I mean, it’s quirky and bold and the braids are beautiful. If you’re into very structural hairstyles or you’re just looking to top off a costume, here’s a great idea.

As for the braids themselves, they’re your regular three-strand braids, plaited together using the basic braiding technique. What’s different here is that the braids are almost at the hairline, positioned to move backwards. Here’s how you can pull this look off at home:

Begin in freshly washed and blow-dried hair. Create a middle part and divide your hair into two sections. Working on one side, gather all the hair up top, as close to the hairline as possible. When you’re brushing the base to gather hair at the front, smoothen the crown down and make sure you don’t have any rumpled bits or loose hair hanging out. You’ll have to pay attention to how you brush: back to front for the hair the back, upwards to the front for the hair at the sides and so on, following the natural contours of the head. Once you’re sure that the base is okay, secure this section into a high ponytail with its base right behind the hairline, next to the middle part.

Then, holding the ponytail up in your hand, begin creating a regular three-strand braid. You’ll want to braid in the forward direction, moving from the base down towards the ends- it’ll be fairly easy since the ponytail should hang in front of your face at this point. Secure the ends with a transparent elastic hair tie.

Now, carefully arrange the braid along your hairline, moving from the front down along the sides of your head. Keep adding bobby pins to secure the braid onto your head. When you reach the end, tuck the loose ends into/under the braided section and pin in place. You might want to slightly fluff up the base of the ponytail at the top to create a larger font at the top.

Repeat this entire process on the other side, with the remaining section of loose hair.

The braids might not be symmetrical but that’s okay, it just adds more charm to the look.

It’s a strange and somewhat severe look, but it’s also a lot of fun and great for when you’re in the mood to experiment.

Shiatzy Chen

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I feel like no Fashion Week review or trend-mapping exercise is ever truly complete without the customary piece on hair accessories. When I originally saw the models’ hair for the Shiatzy Chen Fall 2016 Paris show from backstage previews, I did notice the buns on their own too. The hair was styled into coiled topknots with straight loose ends poking out on one side, sitting spikily atop the crown. However, when I saw the finished looks, the buns had been topped off with some beautiful hair accessories and while there is nothing revolutionary about using hair accessories, it’s just the manner in which it was done that got me thinking- this could be a great hair trend if you’re looking for ways to dress up messy topknots and even ballerina buns without spending a whole lot of time on styling.

I absolutely love how the slightly tousled texture, the spiky ends and the little buns are offset by those large, Victorian-esque hair accessories. You could use bejeweled hair clips, rhinestone-encrusted hair slides and combs or even vintage brooches to pull off this particular hair trend. The larger central stones surrounded by tinier stones, engraving or detailed cutwork lend these accessories a distinctly old-timey look.

The best part about this look is that anyone can style it on their own: it’s just about finding the right hair accessory to compliment your outfit and simply snapping it into place. Sometimes the best hair trends aren’t impossible ideas but simply ideas that we could have come up with ourselves, but just hadn’t- yet.

Stella McCartney

I absolutely love, love, love this hair color seen on this model from the Stella McCartney Paris 2016 Fashion Week runway. If you’re on the lookout for a hot new hair color trend for 2016, look no further: orange! Orange is all the rage these days and it’s making its way into everything: fashion, clothes, jewelry, makeup, automobiles, home décor- you name it. For a bright, cheery color, it’s surprising that it’s taken this hue so long to catch on. But catching on it is. Dare I say, orange is the new black?

If you’re hesitant about going bold with a splash of bright, true orange you can take your cue from the model at the Stella McCartney Fall 2016 show. This hair color is a paler variant of the original color, sheered out in a way that allows hints of the blonde base to peek through. With darker roots and a more concentrated dye at the tips, this is a great hair color trend for both summer and fall. It’s an almost pumpkin-like shade and you can see glints of pink and gold and even red in there. It’s fiery without being a true red and yet there’s enough color there for it to really get you noticed. Love!

So, as you can see, there’s a lot of hair color inspiration to take from the Paris Fall 2016 Fashion Week shows. It’s been an exciting couple of weeks and wrapping up coverage on Fashion Week always makes me a bit nostalgic because it marks the end of the industry’s biggest style season. However, we’ve got the Met Gala to look forward to in a few and then the next round of Fashion Weeks in fall, for next spring/summer. Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2016 may have drawn to a close but there’s so much great hairstyling to look forward to and perfect. Let me know which of these styles from the last few weeks you’re trying and which you liked best.

 

The Best Hairstyles From Milan Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2016

I usually really look forward to the Milan Fashion Week for all the color, flamboyance and boldness it generally brings. Sadly, the Milan Autumn Winter 2016 Fashion Week wasn't quite as outrageous and exciting as it tends to be but there was still some gorgeous styling to enjoy, so take heart. We saw some beautiful hairstyles at Milan that strike just the right balance between creativity and wearability, which is always a good thing. Here’s my pick of the best hairstyles from Milan Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2016.

Aigner

My first pick is a very simple look, but one that I like very, very much. It’s the sort of hairstyle anyone can pull off, anywhere- from the university to the workplace; as a bridesmaid to a wedding to the bride herself! It’s feminine and beautiful and it’s very easy to style on your own at home. What’s more is, since it involves pulling and styling the crown towards the back, it’s also a very wearable hairstyle that will keep the hair off your face and you don’t have to worry about fiddling with it through the day.

Here’s how you can get the look at home.

Begin on freshly washed and blow-dried hair. Spread a dollop of styling mousse through your hair before you begin. Comb through to make sure there aren’t any tangles.

Take a pintail comb and draw a soft ‘U’ from one ear to the other (for reference, the open mouth of the ‘U’ should face the hairline). Gather the hair that falls in front of this parting and begin securing it into a regular half-ponytail at the crown. Instead of pulling all the hair through the hair tie, leave a little bit in to create a mini bun or a loop. Make sure you use a strong hair tie (consider adding a second one over the loop for added support) and insert two bobby pins crisscrossed over each other in the ‘X’ shape on either side of the bun to really fix it into place.

Carefully run your fingers through the ponytail to gently blend it into the rest of your hair. Take a curling iron and start curling all the loose hair. You can keep the curls as small or large as you like. For beachy waves, use a large-barreled curling iron and once the curls have cooled, gently brush through to open them up a bit more. Be careful when you’re brushing so you don’t dislodge the mini bun. Add some hairspray for hold and you’re done.

While browsing the photographs from the Aigner Milan Fashion Week Fall 2016 backstage, I noticed that a lot of the images showed the curls being held in place with styling/crocodile clips. They’d looked so pretty in the thumbnails that it got me thinking: you can wear the hairstyle as it is, by itself but if you’re looking for a little more sparkle, consider adding tiny sparkly clamp clips to the curled sections. I recommend using decorative clamp/ claw clips instead of pin twirls or hair spirals because the latter won’t have a base to grip onto in the curls and might slide with time. If you do decide to use clips to spice up the look, remember not to grab a lot of hair together or it’ll get bunched up and you’ll lose the delicate mermaid waves.

Blumarine

Retro styling always gets me- always. And ever since the Gatsby craze took over the world a couple of years back, vintage fashions and hairstyles have really come into their own, both on and off the runway. While this look from the Blumarine fashion show is nothing that we haven’t all seen before, it’s the execution that makes it so praiseworthy: the perfectly shaped swoop, a high side part, short flippy bobs and hair texture that’s both perfect and natural. If you’re on the lookout for vintage hairstyles that are accurate but not over-the-top (say if you want a hairstyle that’s obviously retro but won’t compete with a costume or a formal outfit) this look fits the bill perfectly. It’s elegant and has a touch of playfulness to it.

Costume National

The models at the Costume National show at Milan Fashion Week Fall 2016 sported messy twisted ponytails. If messy hairstyles are not your thing, you might want to do away with the disheveled fringes up front and style yours (if you have them) smooth and sleek.

For the crown and the back we have something of an inverted French twist. Instead of twisting in and up, the hair has been twisted in and down- so, when you reach the ends of the cone/ twist at the nape of your neck, instead of tucking the remaining hair into the twist, you leave it loose like a ponytail.

You will notice in the photograph that the twist starts out relatively flatter and smaller before gaining more volume and shape towards the back: this is because the hair is first parted prior to twisting and then styled. The hair is divided into two sections, as can be seen in the image here; draw an arc from ear to ear, dividing the hair into a front section and a back section. You can see that the ‘front’ section is brushed up and towards the crown whereas the bottom section is brushed back and down towards the nape of the neck. This allows you to create the twist in two segments, which can come in handy if you have long and/or heavy hair. You can start by twisting smaller sections at the top and pulling in more hair from the bottom section as you travel down the hair, pinning the upper half of the twist down with bobby pins.

If you’re not sure you can pull off an inverted twist, you can get a similar ‘faux hawk’ effect with a loose Dutch braid as well. It won’t be quite the same, of course, but if you’re into structural 3D hairstyles, a Dutch braid till the neck will give you a similar look from the side- just remember to leave the ends loose for a ponytail-like effect.

Emporio Armani

Probably one of my favorite looks from everything we saw at Milan this year. There are so many interesting elements at play here that it is hard to say just what I love the most about this look. Probably the effortless manner in which the swooped bangs transition into the coiled bun at the back. Those two aspects of the hairstyle are stunning as of themselves too, but it is the seamless connect between them that I really enjoy. This is a hairstyle that could have gone very wrong had it not been executed so perfectly- so, if you’re new to hairstyling, I do advise practicing a lot before you attempt this at home. That said, it is definitely a look that I’d pick for a formal occasion, say as a wedding hairstyle for a slightly offbeat bride.

Coiled buns are fairly straightforward (see what I did there?). You take the hair and wind it really, really tightly in on itself so that it starts twisting and coiling. Keep arranging these into the desired shape on your head and pinning them into place.

The swooped fringe is somewhat more complex, but still doable. Begin in very straight hair that’s completely free of any knots and tangles. Draw a high side part on one side and brush the bulk of your hair towards the other side. Brush all your hair through again without disturbing the part to make sure everything falls perfectly. Then take a pintail comb and choose a point on the part, a couple of inches in from the hairline. From that point, trace a diagonal line forward till the hairline, stopping directly above the highest point of your eyebrow. Doing so will create a triangle. Very carefully, without disturbing any of the other hair, you want to create a small roll with this triangular section and use a pin to keep it out of the way while you style the rest of your hair. Don’t pin it onto any of the other sections: roll it up and clip it into a secure position within the triangle you’ve etched out.

Now, we want to make the coiled bun with all the remaining hair. This means using all the hair on the other side of the part as well as the hair next to and behind the triangle. Spray a little hairspray onto a comb and brush your hair down and back towards the nape of your neck. Go over it a couple of times to really slick it into place. Comb in a way that follows the contours of your head so that when all the hair is gathered at the back all the hair flows in seamlessly. Secure it into a low ponytail and then create the coiled bun as discussed.

Then we begin working on the swooped fringe. Open up the hair forming the triangular front and comb it through. Use a little hairspray on a comb or a smidgen of styling cream to smooth it out. You will have to use a styling wax or hair putty to add malleability to this section and to give it the texture it needs for you to be able to manipulate it into a defined shape. Then very, very carefully comb the hair forward towards the forehead, emphasizing the two ‘arms’ of the triangle created by the two parts (think of your hairline as the base if it helps to envision the structure as you style). Arrange the hair in a swoop over the forehead with your fingers. The lowest point of the swoop should stop where your brow ends: at this point pinch the swoop between your thumb and index finger and turn it inward, towards your ear. Direct the hair towards the back, working very slowly so that you don’t disturb the base we created in the previous step. You can simply leave it at the swooped fringe and take the rest of this portion straight back towards the bun by tucking it behind the ear. But if you look at the photos you’ll see that this front section was styled in a couple of undulating waves until it met with the bun. You can style the hair in any number of waves with your fingers, adding bobby pins in the ‘X’ shape at every turn to hold the hair in place.

When you reach the bun, depending on the amount of hair that remains in this section, there are a couple of different things you could do to finish the hairstyle. If there isn’t a lot of hair to hide away (likely if you’ve used your bangs to create this accent) then you can pin the ends in next to the bun and use the tips of a pin to push any remaining ends into the bun with the ends of a pin.

If you have more hair, you could pull it in and out of the loops of the coiled bun until there’s very little left, which you could then pin into the bun. This is the most effective way of hiding the hair and adding dimension to the bun, but it does involve a fair bit of dexterity and expertise. An easy way to do so is to pull the hair you need to hide through a bobby pin and then use the bobby pin to weave in and out of the coils: the bobby pin can ‘guide’ through the bun and you can get all the loose hair styled without leaving chunks behind or upsetting the coiled bun.

Another solution will be to simply wrap the hair around the bun and then tuck and pin the ends into the bun.

And finally, the easiest thing to do would be to actually style the swooped front first, gather it into the ponytail at back and then style the bun but with complex hair accents, especially those situation in a more visible position like the front, we prefer to work on the piece de resistance last.

Once the hairstyle is ready, be sure to spritz on hairspray. If you’ve used the pins correctly, the hairstyle will hold well. Use a hairspray with shine-boosting/ light-reflecting properties to enjoy a glossy finish.

Leitmotiv

I’m dubbing the hairstyle from the Leitmotiv show at the Milan Fall 2016 Fashion Week the ‘pagoda bun’. This is probably the standout bun for me from the Autumn Winter 2016 Fashion Weeks. We’ve seen a lot of different iterations of bun-based hairstyles but this one really reinvents the wheel. I love the shape- it’s striking and unusual but at the same time it is also a hairstyle you could easily wear to the local supermarket without being totally out of place. The thick fringe we see on the model here takes the look into a more editorial direction, so you might want to make a different styling choice if you’d like to keep the pagoda bun but pare the rest of the look down. That said, I really do enjoy it and I think leaving a few tendrils loose to frame the face is a great way to soften the look and offset the pointy top of the bun.

That’s it for my favorite hairstyles from the Milan Autumn Winter 2016 Fashion Week. I’ve limited this post to 5 hairstyles instead of the usual 7 so we could really dive into the actual physical experience of recreating some of these hairstyles. Remember, a lot of what we see on the runways may seem too outlandish for ‘real life fashion’ but it is only a matter of perspective and adaptation. Keep what you like, change it to fit your needs, choices and lifestyle and then ditch the rest. Improvise. Bring in some new styling ideas you liked or create patterns of your own. Major industry events like the Fashion Weeks are a great place to mine hairstyling ideas but they’re also good for inspiration- and you can do anything you like with that!

The Best Hairstyles From London Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2016

In comparison to the New York Autumn Winter 2016 Fashion Week, we saw a lot more texture and adventure at the London Autumn Winter 2016 Fashion Week. While New York was more about sharp lines and strong accents, I picked hairstyles from the London 2016 Fashion Week that focused on a wider range of hair types and textures.

Here is my pick of the looks I liked best from LFW 2016. Some of these are very wearable while the others can be easily adapted for off-runway use. If you’re not given to complex hairstyles or feel like the artsy stuff is best suited for editorial work and not real life, the hair inspiration to come out of London Fashion Week is just the thing you need.

Charlotte Olympia

This might possibly be my favorite look so far. I absolutely love Old Hollywood waves in short hair. We saw the more traditional variant (waves in long and blonde hair, right outta the Fifties) on other models walking the runway for the Charlotte Olympia LFW AW16 show as well, but this cut and color just blew me away. The deep mahogany and russet tones are breathtaking and everything about this look is divine. It’s very retro while also simultaneously conveying the spirit of a powerful, modern woman who’s at the top of her game no matter the time period or context. If you’re going to go short, don’t phone it in. Look to the Flappers for some inspiration –or more recently, the London Fashion Week– and rock a wavy bob.

Daks

When you’ve been styling hair for a long time, one of the biggest challenges is to make sure you don’t fall into a rut. Everyone has a couple of go-to hairstyles and tricks they fall back on more often than others, but it’s important to know how to celebrate the classics while still being able to shake things up every once in a while.

Which is why I’m always looking for exciting new ideas for bun hairstyles. The low chignon, topknot and deconstructed side bun continue to be some of my all-time favorites but if you’re in the mood for something unusual and striking, with a hint of the familiar, take a look at the hairstyles from the Daks London Fashion Week 2016 showing. It combines a bunch of interesting elements: the side part, the side bun and the cone bun. What makes this hairstyle particularly arresting is one teensy little detail: the side part and the side bun are both actually on the same side! Side buns are almost always styled on the side facing the part, so the two aspects balance each other out. In this new take on an old favorite, we see a subtle asymmetry that quietly creeps up on you and takes your breath away. If you’re like me and you enjoy unexpected styling and quiet surprises, this hair trend is definitely one to try.

Apart from being a rather striking style statement, the hairstyle also emphasizes your facial features and draws attention to the eyes and the cheekbones. It’s sophisticated, quirky and sexy. If you want to pare it down a bit you could opt for a more rounded-off form. Just remember to work with a sleek, straight base and spray down any flyaways.

Mary Katrantzou

The Mary Katrantzou models caught my eye right away because of the unique bangs. In my post on the best hairstyles from the New York Autumn Winter 2016 Fashion Week I observed that I always enjoy innovative styling when it comes to bangs and fringes: it’s a great reminder that even when we commit to a particular hairstyle, there is room for experimentation and change. So many people hesitate before asking their hairstylist for a fringe because a) fringes can often end up looking bad if they’re not flattering to your facial structure and features and b) until a fringe grows out, you’re kind of stuck with it. The latter is bad enough once the novelty of the new look wears off but it’s even worse if you’ve been given a cut that you don’t enjoy.

However, the commitment phobic fashionista will be glad to know that fringe-focused hairstyling is becoming a whole thing in itself now, with more and more attention being paid to how a basic set of bangs can be transformed into several different styles.

If that is an idea that appeals to you, take a look at this photo from the Mary Katrantzou Fall 2016 show. I love the ‘parting curtains’ effect here and it’s so easy to create. All you need is a lightweight styling cream and a pintail comb to be able to part and carve out your hair into the desired shape.

Begin by drawing an arc from the very top of one ear over to the other. All the hair that falls behind the part should be secured out of the way. Apply a styling product to the front portion, comb through and then craft out the style. Begin by drawing a central part in the front portion, dividing the hair into two sections. You will then want to carefully arrange it over your forehead, using the pin end of your comb to slowly trace the shape while using the teeth or even your fingers to pat the hair within the ‘outlines’ you draw out. Slick your hair down using the product and then comb it back over behind the ear. You might need to twist your hair slightly at the temples to absorb the volume and keep the hair at the front absolutely flat. Add some pins behind the ears to secure these sections into place and then add some hairspray for good measure. Open the hair secured at the back and brush all the mid-lengths out to merge the hair behind the ears (taken from the fringe-forming front) with the rest. Now you can style the lower half of your hair into a bun or a ponytail or even leave it loose.

The models’ hair looked particularly interesting because the fringe sections were noticeably darker than the rest of the hair- creating an interesting medley of shades and dimensions. Whether you use extensions to add length of a different color or stick to your natural hues, it’s definitely a look worth trying. If you have bangs, it’s a great way to play around. If you don’t, it’s a neat trick for faking bangs every now and then: just be sure to take a small amount of hair for the hair in front of the arc as that will make it easier to style into a faux fringe.

Peter Pilotto

Every year during the Fashion Weeks we see at least one hair accessory that is sure to become a major hair trend in the coming months. Remember the Chanel pearl-topped hair accessories? This year, my vote goes to these lovely inverted bands we saw at the Peter Pilotto show in London. Worn at the back of the head, these crescent shaped accessories can be worn up top in the more traditional position as well.

If you don’t have something similar or can’t buy one, there are a number of ways in which you could easily make this into a fun DIY project. Firstly, you can simply crisscross a number of pins in the desired arrangement in your hair, creating any pattern you like. This is a great way to add some pizzazz to braids and intricate hairstyles because you’ll have the flexibility to choose shapes and designs as per each unique hairstyle. Secondly, for a more permanent take on the look, you can fix individual pins onto a thin plain headband in a pattern you like, wait for the adhesive to take and then simply slip your DIY headband one whenever the fancy strikes.

Judging by the two very different but equally stunning styles we can see in this photo, there’s no limit to the different variations you can go in for. From bright and boho to classic elegance, you can put together a look for any mood. And what’s really great about these accessories (whether you wear them as one piece or a number of pins slipped in over each other) is that they compliment all sorts of hairstyles: braids, buns, half-up/half-down looks and more!

Sibling

Loving this look from the Sibling 2016 London show because of all the asymmetry at work: the neat, short buzzed/ slicked back sides flirt tantalizingly with the messier, longer locks up top. If you're worried about undercuts/ buzzed sides being difficult to pull off because they can look too severe, here’s a way to retain some of the femininity we traditionally associate with long hair: keep the crown long so you can style it around in any number of ways and experiment with a number of different moods.

Loads of volume at the crown, straight bangs pulled out front over the forehead and an artfully messy side swoop bring just the right amount of punk to this look. If you are only just taking the plunge into dabbling with androgyny in fashion, know that you can always balance it out with your makeup and outfit: an irresistible pout or an ethereal dress will be the perfect foil to this hairstyle.

Topshop Unique

Absolutely love this hairstyle from the Topshop Unique Autumn 2016 runway. Most slicked back/ faux undercut styles are executed in sleek, super straight hair which is why this particular iteration is so great: it breaks the mold by adapting the look to natural textures in a way that’s especially great for Asian and African hair. If you’ve always shied away from the look –made so famous by Gwen Stefani, amongst others– because you can’t achieve that perfect base to begin with, it’s time to celebrate.

Bear in mind though that this is a hairstyle that’s easiest to pull off in short and medium-length hair. You can wear it in long hair (as many of the Kardashian sisters tend to every now and then) but the effect is somewhat diluted.

I think this is a great way to add some drama and edge to a regular lob, and it’s a look that will work well everywhere, including the workplace, provided you wear it with the right attitude.

Vivienne Westwood

Looking for a new way to wear curls? Tired of the usual beachy waves and springy spirals in long hair? How about a riot of curls piled atop your head à la Marie Antoinette. Whether you’re channeling your inner European royal or finally making friends with your natural texture, this is a look that is guaranteed to turn heads.

To recreate the magic of Vivienne Westwood 2016 Autumn Winter show you must remember to keep it fresh and modern. Even though the look is all about the curls, it does involve working with a shiny, healthy frizz-free base.

Whether your hair is naturally curly or you’re using tongs or foam rollers, you will want tight, small ringlets and not big, loose mermaid waves. Gather small manageable sections of curly/curled hair and arrange them atop your head, pinning into place as you go along. If you work slowly and carefully you shouldn't have any trouble using subsequent sections to cover up the bobby pins you’re using. Remember to fold some sections in on themselves, creating little ‘U’ or ‘C’ forms that lay on your head- this will give you more volume without breaking open the little ringlets.

If you’ve got shorter hair on the side or bangs that end above the ear, don’t worry about them hanging loose: so as long as the curls hold well, the overall effect will be maintained. If you’ve got long hair and are having trouble with the look, work from the back to the front, by dividing your hair into horizontal layers. That said, this isn’t a look that will sit well in very, very long hair: your hair will be too heavy and voluminous to fit all of it on the crown and you’re going to run the risk of it collapsing under its own weight. If you’re worried about wear time, I do recommend this hairstyle more for short and medium lengths.

Hairspray is the secret to keeping this baby in place. Remember to add tons of stronghold spray once you’re done pinning. And always, always cross your bobby pins in twos in ‘X’ formation when you’re working on intricate hairstyles.

Sparkly pin twirls and clips are useful not only for blinging up the look but also for making it look more current.

So, I hope the hairstyles from the London Autumn Winter 2016 Fashion Week have given you some food for thought. We’ve still got Milan and Paris to look forward to, so don’t go anywhere just yet!

The Best Hairstyles From New York Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2016

With the Oscars filed away, it’s finally time for us to dive deep into the 2016 Fall Fashion Weeks. Along with the awards season, Fashion Week makes for the most exciting time(s) in the style industry and regardless of what your particular interest s, we’ve got something for everyone.

Once you’ve attended and observed a couple of these events you begin to see that each city has its own personality: New York is always slightly gritty and yet it manages to recreate elements of the classic American Dream, London oscillates between outré and posh, Paris is more whimsical and elegant while Milan veers towards playful panache. Of course, these identities aren’t set in stone but there are patterns and part of our job as stylists and trend forecasters is to understand the nuances of the industry. Style is both evolutionary and, at once, groundbreaking and this is never more apparent than during the Fashion Weeks. We’re well into the 2016 Autumn Winter Fashion Weeks and it’s been an endless stream of inspiration, creativity and pure greatness. Let’s begin with what the New York Autumn Winter 2016 shows. Here’s my pick of the best hairstyles and hair trends from New York Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2016.

Area

Sections and segments are some of the easiest hair accents to master: just about anyone can pull these off with a little practice and the correct hair texture. They’re easy to style, come together rather quickly and can be used to spice up the most basic hairstyles. The hairstyles from the Area New York Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2016 show make a compelling argument for the technique: the super-sleek texture, razor sharp lines and neat layering create a look that is all about geometric genius. There’s no end to the patterns you can create using these techniques and all you really need is a rattail/ pintail comb (use the pointy ends to trace the lines), some styling products for the texture, finish and hold and a flat iron to get that poker-straight base.  

Bibhu Mohapatra

With the latest Star Wars film riding an unending wave of universal acclaim, it was only a matter of time before Princess Leia-inspired hairstyles made their way to some of the biggest stages in the world. While the original Leia buns don't make for the most wearable hairstyle, the slightly pared down version we saw at the Bibhu Mohapatra New York Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2016 show might just let you pay homage to your favorite interstellar saga. These coiled ‘buns’ are styled further back than the original and are flatter and more structured, but the resemblance is hard to miss. I always enjoy an unusual take on bun-based hairstyles, even when it’s not in the form of an everyday, go-to look.

Carmen Marc Valvo

The French twist is, without a doubt, one of the most universally popular formal/ semi-formal hairstyles. Just about every woman with medium-to-long hair has tried the French twist/ roll at least once- it’s the perfect hairstyle for work, weddings, formal lunches and dinners. At the Carmen Marc Valvo Autumn Winter 2016 showing, we saw the French twist with, well, a twist. While the essential structure and the back follow the contours of the regular French twist, the top and front have been given a seriously edgy makeover that modernizes the look. Tons of volume at the crown shapes up into a bump that’s nicely segmented off by headbands. You can go with one thick headband or two delicate ones. The bangs at the front add extra punchiness to the look: they’ve been spiked up and away from the face, giving a distinctly windblown rocker chic vibe to an otherwise sophisticated hairstyle. Love!

DKNY

Regular readers of my blog will know that I have a particular fondness for hairstyling accents. In fact, many of the looks featured in this post have made it here simply because they sport great accents. Hairstyling accents are a fun, easy, quick and creative way of dressing up your hair without getting in a proper biceps’ workout. This hairstyle from the DKNY New York Autumn Winter 2016 Fashion Week show caught my eye because of a singular style element: the braid-esque styling detail at the front. There are a lot of different ways to recreate the effect. If you’re comfortable with the waterfall braid, you could create one going from the front all the way back and down on one side. You could also create a more intricate, tight little Dutch braid that lays flush against the natural contours of your head. For a simpler, albeit more time-consuming take on the look, consider the pinch and twist technique: working on a single small, long segment, what you’re essentially going to do is tuck the shaft in on itself, creating twists as you go along. You can portion these off into small segments every centimeter or so, using white rubber bands or ties or threads to create the illusion of a more complicated style. If you are adept at braiding, you can weave in a white (or pick any color you like, really) tie or add it in at equidistant points to make the braid pop. Style the rest of your hair any way you like.

Nicholas K

If you’re a fan of side-parted styles and low buns, this hairstyle from the Nicholas K show at the New York Autumn Winter 2016 Fashion Week will be a definite hit with you. There is a slight element to the look that keeps it from being fully wearable: hair from one side is pulled under the chin and over to the other side and styled into the bun, thereby creating something of a full-360 degrees of look. However, that is a styling choice you can totally choose not to make, while still keeping the rest of the look and inducing some serious bun envy.

Low side buns are always a great formal look; this one sits lower and looser than most side buns, however. It’s almost hanging to a side and not pinned up like most side buns. Looped buns are fairly easy to style, but if you have trouble with them here’s a neat hack: a loose, neat braid can be twisted around and pinned onto the head to recreate the effect. Bear in mind though that the look won’t be exactly the same, which is why I do recommend creating the chain-link loops you can see here. Pulling out one pointy, straightened section down creates a nice contrast to the circular shapes of the bun. Given how low the bun sits –or hangs– it really doesn’t qualify as an updo and therefore, has a slightly more informal vibe to it than most traditional side buns.

A word to the wise: for the loops to really show through (especially a concern with dark hair) you should work in a straight base. The details might get lost if your starting texture is wavy or curly, which means you might have to prep your hair before you start arranging the style. Remember to use pins that match your hair color to finish off on a polished, understated note. Conversely, you can use bright/ shiny pins for a younger, brighter take on the look.

Opening Ceremony

Interesting hairlines and intricately crafted bangs get me every time. The hairstyles from the Opening Ceremony show at the New York Autumn Winter 2016 Fashion Week were no different. The bangs evoke the distinctive ‘finger waves’ that we so associate with vintage hairstyles. It’s a really neat way to add a lot of spunk to otherwise simple looks, using the minimal amount of time and effort. And of course, as the NYFW 2016 show proved, you can even transform this retro hairstyle into a more mod look with the right accessories.

Thom Browne

This is a lot of look- and a lot to love. While it is admittedly not a hairstyle I expect to see recreated off the runway as such, there are some fabulous hairstyling elements at play. For starters, those hair colors are a dream, both individually and together. I love the marriage of the golden blonde hair with the cooler chestnut locks. Another great aspect is the interplay between architectural lines and poetic curves: the planes created by the different color segments as well the overall exacting structure of the hairstyle add form and perfection to the look while the curved styling at the back, the rolled bun up top and the way the style skims the natural contours of the head adds a fluidity to the whole thing. The hairstyles from the Thom Browne show have a lot to offer in terms of unique styling elements and techniques that can be used to great effect both alone and in accompaniment to one another.

Let me know which looks you like on any of my social media accounts. We’re going to jump into the best hairstyles from the London Autumn Winter 2016 Fashion Week next. Stay tuned.

Best Hairstyles From The Oscars 2016

Best Hairstyles From The 2016 Academy Awards

So, it’s finally happened. The night we have all been waiting for: Oscars 2016. It was such a great experience in so many different ways, right from the unimpeachable styling to the many, many great wins and deserved recognitions of the night. While we’re all talking about how the Academy has finally confirmed something we all knew regarding Leo DiCaprio’s unparalleled talent, it’s time to take a look at another equally interesting aspect of the event: hair trends and style statements.

Here is my pick of the best hairstyles from the 2016 Oscars. Enjoy.

Brie Larson

While most people can’t stop talking about Brie Larson’s win for her incredible performance in Room, I’m completely taken with her hairstyle here. There is something so girlish and simple about hair pulled in back from both ends that it immediately draws attention to her face and bubbly personality. It’s definitely not a vibe most actresses go for on the industry’s biggest night, but it makes for a well thought-out gamble here. I love how the hairstyle completely celebrates her happy, sunny personality and lets her face shine through. It’s also genius with the dress and accessories: letting everything enjoy its own limelight while also being a rather unusual hairstyle for the Red Carpet. It was styled in the back with a stunning diamond-encrusted hair comb by Jennifer Behr, who happens to be one of my favorite accessories designers. The perfect finish to an elegant, effortless look.

Cate Blanchett

Whenever I think of Cate Blanchett I’m always reminded of her portrayal of elf queen Galadriel in the Lord of the Rings trilogy: terrifyingly beautiful. It’s hard to believe anyone could be that stunning naturally but the proof’s in the pictures. The bob with that pale blue gown is icy perfection. It’s not a cut that most people would feel very comfortable transitioning to, especially if you are used to very long hair. However, as evidenced by Cate here, it’s stunning. The side part and wave at the front add some body and movement to a cut that some might worry could sit too severely.

Chrissy Teigen

Mom-to-be Chrissy Tiegen’s messy braid was one of my favorite hairstyles from the 2016 Oscars. The interplay of highlights and lowlights add the perfect amount of depth and light to the look, letting the intricate loops of the braid show through while also complimenting Chrissy’s beautiful glowing skin. The hair colors- buttery blonde, caramel, a soft coppery brown and dark roots- are the perfect transition colors for this time of the year. The texture is clearly tousled, which makes it easy to style and wear- keeping the whole look rather natural.

Lady Gaga

To me, Lady Gaga embodies the spirit of a true performer: her presence is electrifying and while she may not be your cup of tea every now and then, she sure brews up a memorable impact every time. While Gaga’s style history is marked by some of the most outlandish looks we’ve ever seen, I’ve been delighted to see her take to the more retro/classic looks in recent times. The 50’s Siren waves in platinum/ buttery blonde hair are instant magic but it does take a strong personality to be able to carry off such a strong look.

Whenever you're styling your hair in vintage-inspired waves or any other retro look, be sure to style the hair at the hairline ‘up and away’ from the face to create some height and movement at the front. Most women at the time would create a sort of wave from the front to one side. It’s a very subtle detail but is instrumental to the whole 50’s mood.

Tiny Fey

Tina Fey’s deep purple gown is making it to many lists as one of the best fashions from the 2016 Oscars, and I can add my vote to her hairstyle here. Absolutely love the looped braid-buns. It’s fun, it’s glam and it’s both age and occasion appropriate without being stuffy or predictable. Now, if you’re reminded of garlic rolls and crescent buns, you’re not alone- it is a dishy look!

Those are my favorite looks. Write to me and let me know what you agreed with or didn't and which ones made the cut to your list! 

Style Spotlight January 2016 Edition-Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Hey everyone, I’ll be running a new series here on the blog starting this year, called ‘Style Spotlight’. We’ll be showcasing a style icon every month and discussing some of their best recent looks.

There is no denying that celebrity style is one of the biggest sources of inspiration there is and it is so much fun to cover the Red Carpet and map trends in magazines and online and so on. Whether a particular trend originates from a celebrity or is adopted by one, we all know that the one sure shot way of knowing that a trend is going to make it big is when it pops up on the Red Carpet. Some celebrities wear trends well while others have their own inimitable style signatures- either way, there’s a lot of inspiration to be mined there and I’m so happy to have this platform to share some of my favorite style icons with you.

The looks I curate here are only possible because of the incredibly talented men and women in the styling industry who’re out there daily, bringing out the beauty in everyday life and keeping things creative, 24x7. I’ve had the pleasure of working with many of them and it gives me such joy to be able to celebrate their handiwork and share the craft.

For January 2016, we’re going to go with none other than British supermodel and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Post Mad Max: Fury Road, Rosie’s had a really great run on the Red Carpet and at various events and her styling is sheer perfection. From the outfits and accessories to hair and makeup that really kicks it to a whole new level, Rosie’s stylists really get her beachy-yet-sophisticated-goddess vibe. Her looks this past month have been phenomenal and offer up some solid inspiration on how to look your best for formal events.

Critics Choice Awards 2016

Rosie’s slick, twisted bun was one of the most tweeted and talked about looks from the 2016 Critics Choice Awards and it is easy to see why. When you’re in the mood for something minimalistic but memorable, make like Rosie here. Twisted, looped buns are a great way to add depth and dimension to an old favorite and fairly easy to create- all you need is some dexterity, a great mirror and bobby pins you trust. Getting the texture right is the key to such looks, which is why I fully recommend investing in some Argan oil (for that sheen and finish), a styling mousse or cream with adequate hold to be able to lay down the crown like that and a fine-toothed comb to get the last of those flyaways. Remember to always spritz some hairspray on when you opt for a look like this- you want your efforts to hold and a neat trick is to spritz some hairspray onto the comb as well before you run it over your hair to really flatten out any pesky loose strands.

Golden Globes 2016

The two-tone ombré, shifting from a yummy caramel to a buttery blonde is just the thing you need to get ready for summer 2016. And, as Rosie clearly proves here, the lob is the perfect iteration of a laidback yet versatile haircut. The lob is easy to style and easy to wear, which means you can go from grunge to glam in no time to at all.

As I said in my coverage of the 2016 Golden Globe Awards, this particular look can be worn anytime, anywhere. Can’t you just see yourself sporting this look to university classes and lunch dates with friends, but also glamming it up at a formal event like Rosie did? Everyone has a go-to hairstyle or makeup look that works wonderfully for all occasions and makes you feel like a million bucks. I think look of Rosie’s is one that you can trust- and it’s also something you can put together on your own at home, with a bit of practice and the right tools.

Swarovski Galvan For Opening Ceremony Dinner

Another sleek, classic updo on Rosie. This one is from the Galvan For Opening Ceremony Dinner organized by Swarovski on January 13, 2016. Rosie does the whole ‘slinky/sexy’ look very well and it is always so understated and tasteful that you can’t help but remember the sirens of Old Hollywood.

The hair was secured in a classic bun at medium height, but what sets this look apart from your everyday ‘knot my hair and run’ style is the texture and the parting. Slicked down hair always looks interesting and edgy, and when it is used to hold one of the more classic styles, the overall vibe is one of extreme sophistication. Adding to the look is a high side part, a change from the low-laying side parts we’ve been seeing all of last year. It’s elegant without being stuffy and I think Rosie and her stylists have really perfected the fine art of using classic hairstyles for formal events while hinting at a secret spark of edginess.

Hope you enjoy the series. I can’t wait to see what February has in store for us and who’s going to make it to the top spot here. 

Best Hairstyles From The 2016 Grammy Awards

So, we’re through with the 2016 Grammy Awards- before we start looking forward to the Oscars and checking out all the styling that is coming out of the 2016 Fashion Weeks, let’s take a look at what music’s biggest night had to offer in terms of fashion and beauty. There were some truly unforgettable performances and beautiful tributes and if you are a music lover, it just does not get any bigger than the Grammys. If you are here only for the fashion, there is still so much to take in.

Here is my pick of the best hairstyles from the 2016 Grammy Awards.

Adele

Adele never, ever phones it in, whether we’re talking about her style choices or performances. Her Grammys 2016 look, though noticeably more pared down than her usual bouffant-and-cat-eye combo, is nevertheless glorious. Her look contains all the right elements from her signature style, but steps out of the box as well- it’s a fantastic lesson in how we can all experiment with style while also looking like our own selves and playing up what works best for us.

Adele debuted a new lob that’s got everyone pinning away photos to show to their stylist. Her hair was styled straight, but with a little backcombing at the roots for some subtle volume. I also recommend spraying in a sea-salt spray or adding some dry shampoo at the roots and working it through the lengths to create a slightly grainy texture. This will add some contrast against the straight finish. The overall effect is sophisticated, with a hint of sultry. Perfect for always making a memorable impression, without going too loud with it.

Kacey Musgraves

While Kacey Musgraves’s gown for the evening is what has fashion bloggers and stylists sitting up and take notice, I absolutely love her hair from. On the surface of it, it’s just a high ponytail. But it is not the style itself so much so the execution of it that deserves mention here. When you’ve got an outfit that is clearly going to make waves and you’re making a bold makeup choice to go with it, picking the right hairdo can be tricky. You know you have to keep it simple but simple often veers towards boring, which is a risk most people take and the results are predictably frustrating.

Not here though. The high ponytail works because it’s sexy while being simple. The hair is straight, but not limp, the base of the ponytail has been carefully wrapped for a sophisticated finish and there’s just enough volume at the font to create drama. You can tease an inch of hair right at the base to create some volume and flare, while letting the rest of your hair fall sleek and straight. The mahogany highlights in an ebony base also work beautifully, adding light and dimension to a simple look.

Selena Gomez

We saw a lot of straight, sleek hairdos at the 2016 Grammys, which is why Selena Gomez’s riot of curls was such a delight. If you’ve got naturally wavy/ curly hair or you use a curling iron often and are tired of the texture, Selena’s look provides some solid inspiration on how to reimagine the look. The devil is in the details: to recreate the sexy siren vibe, part your hair high on one side and add some volume at the crown towards the back. It’s the subtlest take on a bouffant possible, but it works wonders for adding some unexpected oomph to the look.

Taylor Swift

Another singer who went short just in time for the 2016 Grammys is Taylor Swift. The thick full fringe nicely rounds off the sharp angles of the super-short bob. It’s a great look if you want to draw attention to the eyes and the cheekbones. A lot of my clients and readers who have long faces or pronounced jawlines worry about cutting their hair as short hairstyles can exaggerate the jawline or emphasize all the wrong features, but Taylor shows us how you can smartly balance competing elements. A full, traditional fringe can help offset a long face while the angles of the bob gently skim the face and soften your look. It’s a powerful haircut for the strong, successful woman and it is no wonder that it continues to be Vogue powerhouse Anna Wintour’s signature look.

Zendaya

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Zendaya’s look from the 2016 Grammy Awards might not spark off any trends and clearly isn’t the most wearable look, but it does deserve a mention as one of the most noteworthy fashion choices from the evening. As part of an evening that paid many poignant tributes to David Bowie, Zendaya’s look celebrated the superstar singer and his love for style and fashion. Not many people can carry off the mullet with such élan, but Zendaya proves that when one marries fashion with something special that means a lot to the self, the end result is beautiful in a way that transcends the season’s hottest trends. The takeaway here is –apart from the fact that Bowie was indisputably one of the most talented and dazzling beings to grace this plant– that fashion doesn't have to be current or popular to be relevant.

Also worth checking out? Tori Kelly’s fabulous curls and Serayah’s sleek, angular lob from the Grammys 2016 Red Carpet. Next up: a look at what the 2016 Fashion Weeks have in store for us and then onto the 2016 Academy Awards to see whether or not the Oscars live up to all our style (and cinematic) expectations.  

The Best Hair Looks From The 2016 BAFTAs

The 2016 BAFTA Awards served up some serious hair trends. We’re talking trendy topknots and swoon-worthy hair accessories and the whole shebang. What with the Grammys and Oscars up next, and the ongoing Fashion Weeks, there is enough style inspiration to keep even the most discerning fashion lover busy for weeks to come.

Let’s jump right to it, shall we? I’ve picked my seven favorite looks from the evening. Enjoy!

Alicia Vikander

 

Alicia Vikander is known for keeping her looks on the Red Carpet rather subtle, so her sophisticated makeup from the 2016 BAFTAs has everyone talking. I, for one, would like to draw the attention to her hair. Side swept hair pulled over one shoulder is a great way to let a busy pattern on your outfit shine through, while also bringing the drama with the hair. The asymmetrical look adds just a touch of edginess and is also a neat way to show off jewelry. We usually see these styles in extremely slick, straight hair so I love the wavy, voluminous shape that Alicia has going on.

Julianne Moore

Julianne’s coppery mane is one of the most instantly recognizable in Hollywood, and while it is absolutely stunning in its usual loose form, I must admit the topknot makes for a very attractive style as well. It’s true that celebs usually tend to experiment with fashion and style a lot more than most regular folks –it comes with the territory, I suppose– but even so, many A-listers usually find a look that works for them and tend to commit to it. So, whenever a major star with a signature look breaks the mold, it does make for an interesting experience.

Julianne’s topknot has this adorable, playful vibe- I think most people spend so much time getting their chignons and topknots to be absolutely perfect that they forget to have fun with the look. And sure, the bun in most of its iterations is something of a formal hairstyle, but there is no reason you can’t enjoy both the process and the creation. I love how Julianne’s hair has been secured into this perky, almost pointy bun. It’s neat without being overly structured and it takes years off the face. It works wonders at emphasizing the jawline and cheekbones, and don’t you just love it when different elements of your look play well together?

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet is, without a doubt, the Queen of the Red Carpet Updo. Nobody does a chignon or a French twist quite like Kate, which is why everyone was surprised to see the English actress break from tradition and sport loose waves for a change. Nominated for her performance as Joanna Hoffman in the Steve Jobs biopic, Kate looked absolutely stunning with her hair styled in loose, shoulder-skimming waves.

The waves have an almost piece-y structure to them: there is a lot of definition going on here, and it really works because it doesn’t compete with the volume or the body or cause the hair to lose its bounce. Kate’s hair color is also marvelous: the spun-gold base transitioning at the mid-lengths into strawberry blonde tips is genius for spring-summer, while the darker roots help tie the look together. If you’re hesitant to try dark roots in light hair because it is “so 90s” do reconsider: darker roots allow you to tie your hair in with your brows/lashes, are a great way to add some depth at the crown and can help make the transition to lighter hair more natural. Not to forget, you don’t have to rush for touch-ups as often. Dark roots in light hair were once considered tacky, but as long as you take good care of your hair and make sure it is healthy and shiny and well styled, the color shifts are completely acceptable. They work exceptionally well in beachy waves and other tousled styles, adding a touch of effortlessness to the look.

Laura Bailey

Longtime readers of my blog will know that few things make me as happy as braided hairstyles on the Red Carpet. While it is true that we usually get to sample some exciting braided hairdos during the Fashion Weeks, we don’t see nearly as many braids on celebrities walking the carpet as I would like. And while there is a lot to be said for the crown braid and the fishtail braid, it’s time we saw something different.

Which is why Laura Bailey’s braided ‘do from the 2016 BAFTAs was such a hit. We have two braids moving from the front to the back, meeting close to the nape and flowing into a ponytail.  As with most braided hairstyles, this one will require some patience and practice.

Let’s deconstruct the look: we’ve got two Dutch braids, each starting at the hairline, roughly above the arch of an eyebrow and moving backwards. Braid each plait till the back of your head, stopping a couple of inches above the nape of your neck. If you want to create a slightly stiff, faux hawk like structure, bring the two braids close together at the back, creating a ‘V’ on the crown and then pin them into place where they meet. You can secure them with transparent elastic ties for extra hold. Then blend the two braids into one and continue till the nape, where you will then secure your hair into a ponytail. Conversely, you can also continue the two braids separately till the nape and then tie them together and secure your hair into a ponytail.

It’s a very tactile look, and you can play up the texture by tugging on the loops of the Dutch braids to flatten them out a bit. The technique –called ‘pancaking’– is useful for adding volume to braids, making them ‘sit’ more evenly and keeping them comfortable for longer wear. It is an especially neat trick if you have fine hair and need help adding volume, height and grip to your braided dos.

Rooney Mara

If updos are Kate Winslet’s signature style statement on the Red Carpet, ‘sleek and slicked back’ defines Rooney Mara to a T. Rooney’s personal style usually veers towards the ethereal, and she carries it off very well. There’s an element of pixie-meets-punk to her looks and the BAFTAs 2016 version of it may just spark off a major hair trend for 2016: the metallic hair accessory.

The thick, shiny headband is just the thing you need to vamp up even the simplest of hairdos. There is no way a stunner like that will go unnoticed and what’s more is, it will only take you a moment to pull it on. Whether you choose to jazz up a basic ponytail or add a little grit to a delicate braided bun, metallic hair accessories are going to be all the rage this year. Choose a silver piece for that chrome-plated, sci-fi chic vibe or a pewter or gold for some molten magic.

Just remember to make like Rooney and keep other aspects of the look subtle: you don’t want anything on/ near your face to compete with the headband, so we’re talking low-key makeup and minimalistic earrings and necklaces, if any.

Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse’s been having a great year so far and her styling is really on-point. Coupled with the pale pink lipstick, her ponytail from the 2016 BAFTAs has this distinctly disco vibe to it.

The look is very simple, and easy to style as well, but don’t let that fool you: often the easiest hairstyles are the most effective. The trick to taking the girl-next-door hairstyle to the girl-in-the-spotlight look is in making an actual effort to truly style it as a look, instead of just cobbling it together.

Instead of any old ponytail, what we have here is a messy, voluminous ponytail set off with a pompadour-esque accent at the front. You can easily use one of those ‘bumpit’ hair puff accessories or make the pouf on your own, either by just gathering a little hair together and pinning it into place or using a hairspray and teasing up a storm. Saoirse’s style is a lot more natural, and you will only need to backcomb about an inch of your hair to recreate the look.

When you’re done securing the ponytail, do remember to take a section of your hair and wrap it around the base to hide any hair ties or bands you may have used.

Sarah-Jane Crawford

Loving the curls and the color: the deep mahogany lightening into a russet-brown is deliciously dark and vampy, and yet breezy enough as we make the transition into spring.

If you’re sporting a shoulder-length bob (or shorter) and want to try out a retro-inspired hairdo like Sarah-Jane’s, there are two secrets to getting the look right. One, you must pin the hair back on one side for that typical vintage glam effect. And two, you must get the curls just right. Simply going at it with a curling iron is not going to be enough.

So, how do you create that cloud of springy curls? I recommend using foam rollers overnight for long-lasting curls (bonus points for heat-free styling). Wind up the rollers only as high as your ears: retro curls typically start at the mid-lengths and you want to keep the top relatively smooth. If you have longer hair and can’t possibly manipulate foam rollers like so, a small curling iron can also do the trick.

When you remove the rollers, run your fingers through your hair very gently: you want to tackle any tangles and snags without actually breaking the curls. And now, for the secret step: take a one inch section, pull a very tiny segment of it very straight and then push the rest of the section back upwards against the pulled bit. Repeat all over the head. Then, cup larger sections of your curls in your palm and scrunch them upwards. These two steps create a lot of volume and the whole effort basically akin to backcombing your curls by teasing them against the hair shaft.

Once your curls are ready, create a high side part and flip some hair over while pinning the other side back behind the ear. You can use a bejeweled clip for some extra glamour. Remember to spritz on a stronghold hairspray to keep the look in place.

Next up: the best looks from the 2016 Grammys.


Best Hair Styles From The Sag Awards 2016

 

I knew we were going to see some great looks and potential trends from the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Red Carpet, but even so I was completely blown away. Every single person looked spectacular and everywhere you looked, there was style inspiration in spades. Honestly, picking my top 5 was so difficult because in all fairness, this list could have gone on for a lot longer.

You know, there is always this pattern that emerges during the awards season: most events see a couple of the major trends dominating the scene and you usually end up with a number of celebrities sporting (iterations of) the same look. It makes sense from the styling perspective: everyone wants to be in on what’s hot at the moment, but from a comparative perspective, when you’re actually looking for inspiration, you want to be treated to various options. While many have commented that ‘soft/nude lips’ were the evening’s most dominant trend, diversity really shone through at the 2016 SAG Awards.  

Here is my pick of the best hairstyles from the 2016 SAG Awards. Enjoy.

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet just looked radiant and I love that her fashion and styling choices always boast clean, classic lines and elegant colors.

Kate Winslet’s hairstyle from the 2016 SAG Awards is a modernized take on the classic chignon. If you want to wear your hair up to play up an outfit but want something with a little more pizzazz than the basic chignon or the ballerina bun, look no further.

Begin on freshly washed hair. Blow-dry it straight because we need a smooth texture and blow-drying will also help to add some sheen to your hair. Prior to blow-drying, add a dollop of a styling product and a thermal heat protectant product to add some shine and volume and to safeguard your hair against excess heat. I recommend using a round brush to blow-dry the hair to create more body and movement.

Once that is done, create a side parting and secure your hair into two ponytails at the back, one located higher than the other. To get the braid-like (the bun is not really braided) structure, divide the lower ponytail into four sections and start twisting and looping them, using bobby pins to secure them onto the head as you go along. These folds will create the impression of a braided chignon. Then, take the other (upper) ponytail and wrap it around the bun to create a sort of casing and pin it into place with some more bobby pins. Add a finishing spray and/or a setting spray and you’re done.

Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox has that magical mixture of charm, beauty and wit that makes her absolutely irresistible. She’s a wonder to behold and her Red Carpet style choices are always on-point. What I love most about her style sensibilities is that adventurous as her outfit choices are (she really plays with colors in a way I know many of my stylist friends wish we saw more of) her overall styling always leans towards the classic. She’s really got the bombshell thing down pat and is absolutely majestic on the Red Carpet.

If you’re ever in doubt as to what hairstyle would look good for a particular event or occasion, know this: you can never, ever go wrong with retro waves. Loose cascading hair, mermaid waves and a side part will work every time. Whether you’re attending a wedding (or starring in one!) or hoping to make an impression at a meeting or prepping for a first date, this look is always a winner. What makes it even more appealing is that you no doubt already have all the tools and supplies you need to be able to recreate it at home. Regular straighteners as well as curling wands can do the trick just fine.

Maisie Williams

Updos and topknots can look a little severe on someone as young as Maisie, but that piece-y texture keeps the hairstyle from looking too mature. Loose, face-framing strands are a great way to soften up any hairstyle and I love how the bun looks truly piled up on the crown. Sleek topknots and ballerina buns definitely have their own place in the modern styling narrative, but the struggle between height and volume is real. Not here though- Maise’s look has it all- it’s stacked up high, is poufy enough to get the nod from Adele and it is totally age-appropriate. Love!

Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams’ bob continues to make the case for bobs worldwide, and how. Everything about her hair right now is sheer perfection: the bob is cut beautifully, the length is just the right balance between edgy and cutesy, her color (dark roots lightening out into a buttery gold) is the perfect transition color for winter to spring and the texture is divine. She recently wore it somewhat smoother and more angular at the 2016 Critics Choice Awards and both that version and this messy, wavy take are so good on Rachel. And could be wonderful on you as well, if you’re looking for a haircut that is easy to maintain and offers you a ton of styling possibilities.

Uzo Aduba

Uzo Aduba is another one of my absolute favorite style icons because not only do her choices always stand out in a sea of well-dressed people (and they compliment her personality) but also because she always looks like she is having such a blast wherever she is. I mean, look at her! She’s genuinely stoked to be a part of the proceedings and receiving those much-deserved awards.

I love Uzo’s contribution to the 2016 SAG Awards hairstyle hall of fame because it really reflects her personality: it’s cheerful, carefree and beautiful. The windswept effect is a touch of genius on someone who seems to move through life as though with a song in her head. It’s very fun, young and peppy. If you want to learn how to recreate the look at home, keep on reading.

Let your freshly washed hair dry naturally, unless it’s VERY curly, in which case you might want to blow-dry it straight to have a smooth base to begin with. Finger-dry your hair to lend some natural grain and texture before you really get styling. Spritz on some heat protectant and then get ready to get serious.

You are going to need a curling iron for this one. If you’re using a curling iron, use one with a smaller barrel. Curl your hair in small sections, right from the roots to the tips. You want an almost-crimped effect but I wouldn’t recommend using a crimping machine because that will create too stark a texture. 

Once your curls are done, blast some hot air all over them using a blow dryer to create the signature windswept look. You don’t have to do anything else at this point: just direct the air to create motion and dimension. Make sure you focus a bit on the hairline to create lift at the front: it almost looks like a cresting wave and it’s beautiful. If you want to play up the texture even further, spritz on some sea salt spray to create that beachy finish.

Finally, start arranging the curls, moving from the left side to the right and pinning them back behind one ear. This is your chance to twist and shape the curls as you like and you don’t have to be particularly neat. Just let it all sort of pile together and be. Flyaways and face-framing tendrils just add to the look, so don’t worry about hiding them. Just be sure to add an extreme hold spray so that the hairstyle holds up.

Try these out, be sure to check out the Red Carpet footage of other great looks from the night and let me know how you get on!



Little Princess Trust #HAIRTOSPARE Campaign

Hi everyone!

I have something I’d like to talk to you all about today- a little bit different from the sort of topics I usually discuss here but so, so important. This is a subject that means a lot to me so when the wonderful people from the Little Princess Trust reached out to me, I knew I had to get out there and do my bit for a cause that deserves all the attention in the world.

 

In our daily lives, we lose so much of our energy on everyday irritations that we fail to consider just how blessed we are. A bad hair day or a botched up dye job can send us spinning out of control- and there is no denying how stressful these experiences can be- but in the grand scheme of things, we’re just so lucky to be healthy and happy and have all these opportunities to experiment with style and beauty.

I work with hair on a daily basis and to think that there are people- little children- who are losing theirs to devastating diseases is absolutely heartbreaking. These kids are real heroes, going about their lives with the most startling courage and good cheer and it inspires me to see that they’ve learned something that it can take adults all their lives to figure out: you don't have to look like everyone else to look beautiful.

These children- and their stories- are incredible. They’re facing odds that would break most adults and doing so with such a zest for life. But even the spunkiest kid can feel scared and ‘strange’ when they are forced to be different from all the other children around them. And it is up to you and me to help them feel loved and accepted and normal.

The Little Princess Trust is a fantastic effort towards creating real-hair wigs for children living with cancer and other illnesses. To lose your hair –at any point in your life– can be unbelievably stressful and I can hardly bear to imagine what it must be like for a child already facing challenges no kid should have to endure. By crafting beautiful real-hair wigs, the Little Princess Trust gives these children a little extra magic to help them get through these trying times and feel good. As tragic as it is for their little bodies to be fighting such scary diseases, by being a part of the collective we can all do something wonderful for their spirits and confidence.

I would love to take a moment and draw your attention to the amazing work that the Little Princess Trust is doing and how you can be a part of the same. Even though I work in the style and beauty industry, I’m always telling everyone not to take these things too seriously- beauty and fashion and appearances are fun and empowering but they aren’t everything and we should treat them as such. I believe in making a choice to focus on the things that last and truly matter but when it comes to these children- they don’t have that choice. It’s one thing to take your hair and appearance lightheartedly by making a concerted choice as an adult- it’s another to be a helpless child suddenly finding their world turned around. I urge all of my wonderful readers to take a few minutes and consider sharing some of what they are blessed with- time, money, resources and even your hair- with children who need it so much more than we do.

You can participate in the great work that the Little Princess Trust is doing by donating money to the cause, organizing a fundraiser to raise resources that can be used for making new wigs and by donating your own hair towards the wigs. If you have #hairtospare I invite all of you to join me in doing a little something to give these little bravehearts something to make their day just a tiny bit better.

Check out the fundraising information at https://www.justgiving.com/littleprincesstrust and see if you would like to contribute to the cause. It’s a secure gateway through which you can donate to the cause in as many as eight different currencies.

I definitely recommend visiting http://www.littleprincesses.org.uk/ for more information on the good work that the Little Princess Trust is doing and how you can get involved.

Remember, as much as it means to you- it means a whole lot more to these kids. Wouldn't you like to help bring a smile to a child’s face today?

 

America Ferrera For The 2016 Critics Choice Awards

I had the opportunity to work with America Ferrera for the 2016 Critics Choice Awards and I could not be more pleased. America was an absolute delight when we partnered up for the 2016 Golden Globe Awards and this time was no different.

Since we’d already done something along the more conventional, elegant lines for the Golden Globes with a sleek chignon, I wanted to go with something different for the 2016 Critics Choice Awards. America’s got such a beautiful personality and this innate versatility that I knew we could move from a classic chignon to sexy waves and still hit all the right notes. If you enjoyed the tousled loose waves and want to recreate that ‘I woke up looking this fabulous’ vibe, read on to find out how you can style your hair the same way.

The best thing about this particular look is that it is the kind of hairstyle anyone can pull off- even those with little or no hairstyling experience. You don't need a whole range of styling products and tools and hours in the gym getting those biceps ready to braid: it’s all fairly simple but the results are stupendous.

If you’ve ever tried to recreate the  relaxed beachy waves’ look at home, you probably know it’s never as easy as it seems. Somehow, the models in the magazines always end up looking glam while your own attempts at disheveled sexiness are a lot less bombshell and a lot more bird’s nest. If you're frustrated, don’t be: there’s a secret to this kind of hairstyle and I’m going to share it here today.

Begin on freshly washed hair by towel-drying it. The first step to any hairstyle is to get the base right, and for that, you will need to add a texturizing and volumizing product, preferably a mousse like Wellaflex for Curls & Waves .

I advise using a shine-boosting heat protectant spray before you begin heat styling because this will not only help protect the hair but will also make it glossy- you’ll have an even, polished finish throughout that really amps up the glam quotient. The Wellaflex Heat Creation Spray is a great product.

The next step is to blow-dry your hair with a Skeleton Brush. This helps to add some volume and body that is noticeable without being OTT. When it comes to heat styling tools, I always recommend working with a range that combines hair care needs with hairstyling efficiency; Braun’s Satin hair range is a good bet because it’s almost intuitive features allow the tools to adapt to your individual hair type and needs and give you a one-of-a-kind experience that not only helps hair look good but also keeps it healthy. It’s important to use the right heat styling tools because you want to get rid of any frizz or static before you start arranging the hairstyle but you don’t want to lose volume and end up with limp, lank hair either.

The next step is to curl the hair. Take a medium-barreled curling iron, switch it on at the lowest heat setting and then curl your hair in one-inch sections. Work your way around from the back and make sure you don’t curl all your hair in the same direction to avoid it looking to done.

The final step is to break up & relax in the curled sections. All you need to do is run your fingers through your hair very, very softly. Make sure you maintain a light touch during this step because you don’t want to lose the curls you’ve just created. If you want to add more shine at this step, a drop of any hair styling oil such as Argan oil or the Wella Professionals Oil Reflections can work wonders. It’s important to use a product that only adds shine to the hair and doesn’t end up making it greasy or heavy. That done, just swish your hair from side to side gently, once, to let it all fall in and settle together.

Once you’re satisfied with the look and the finish, take a hairspray that you trust and spritz for hold. It’s important that you use a hairspray that offers proper hold but isn’t heavy because this is a look that’s all about effortless, beachy style. Nothing too hard or artificial works here. I recommend the Wellaflex Curls & Waves Hairspray for dependable hold and soft, natural hair.

And that’s how you recreate America Ferrera’s hairstyle from the 2016 Critics Choice Awards at home. As easy as that!