I’m sure everyone is ready to reduce the layers of clothing weighing us down from the long winter; fret not, it’s time to bring in the summer flavours. We all know that the way we dress begins with our hair and this season is no exception. The high end designers play a big role in how the hair is conjoined with the clothing presented on the runway.
Joseph Alturazza Knows What Women Want
Altuzarra is a designer that I wanted to mention quickly; he has been proving himself quite often in recent years. One of Joseph Alturazza’s goals is to make the sophisticated modern women feel seductive, strong and confident. This description of his modern women is perfect for the low ponytail because it gives enough confidence to sweep across the boardroom as she walks in. The low pony is such a quick and easy style to perform, even from home, you will be able to master it in no time (if you haven’t been doing this already!) Comb all of your hair back towards the nape of your neck while not worrying about the wispy strands that will fall, this will aid in providing a youthful look to the low pony. Wiggle the pony from left to right before securing it at the nape to create a soft finish. Secure with a hair elastic and spray with Brilliante Glossing Spray from Kaaral. Its as simple as that!
The “Trend Cycle”
Trends tend to blossom every season for many different reasons. The inspiration for new trends can come from art, designer clothing, architecture, environmental movement, fashion week, celebrities and many more! I have my own philosophy on the “Trend Cycle”. I believe that the cycle begins from one of the outlets I’ve mentioned. Once someone with a great representation of style (editorial hairstylists, platform hairstylists, creative directors,..etc) proposes these trends through their work, people will start seeing them in the magazines and streets of larger european cities. There is quite a long process for these proposals to get across the pond to North america. If they do, it’s usually because a celebrity starts rocking a new style presented to them by their hairdresser/image consultant. The last part of the “Trend Cycle” involves the general public being exposed to any form of media or browsing through the magazines and deciding on a new style to take on. My favourite outlet to gather inspiration for use with clients is Pinterest.
Waves For Days
The aforementioned trends evolve from season to season. The natural ombre is still going strong and its decline is not foreseen anytime soon. Additionally, the long, lazy beach /wave is still quite popular going into SS14, although we do respectively think it has lasted a bit too long for its time and we hope to find the new, hot style very soon. As the waves continue, there are still impressions ready to be made with these waved designs:
Alberta Ferreti shows messi braids mixed in with some waves. Easy and fun!
For more of a wild mood, tighten those curls up and add volume with a strong hairspray (Luminous Hairspray). Accessorizing the look with a pin adds a nice touch.
Creatures of the Wind 2014 by Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington showed an asymmetrical look. All you have to do is wave your hair and pull it into a pony tail and pull out one of the side sections in the front
The bohemian vibe is still being rocked! Try crimping the top sections for a contrast in textures
As we all know, the looks that the best fashion designers are showing on the runway will always be paired with the latest trends in women’s and men’s hairstyles. One of the best times to keep your eyes peeled for this is during Paris Fashion week. I was lucky enough be in Paris for the Mondial Coiffure Beauté (Paris Hair Show)at the beginning of this annual affair with Pino our artistic director. Since we definitely felt a buzz in the air, I wanted to look into what was really going on with hair and fashion in Europe. One of the big trends for fall/winter this year is skirts paired with sweaters. Designers like Nina Ricci, Bottega Veneta and Ralph Lauren all sported these different combinations of textures. The hair varied from each designer but what we saw were very simple looks. Nina Ricci showed loose ponytails that were tied back with a black ribbon. They were styled mainly with a center part to create a small amount of volume around the crown, and the looks were very smooth with long layers. This is a soft feminine look that is easily wearable for all age groups.
Nina Ricci swept ponytail
Bottega Veneta pays tribute to German actors Hedy Lamarr and Marlene Dietrich with this fall/winter collection. Hairstylist Guido introduced a modern take on this inspiration: “I kept thinking of Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver–disco hair, shoulder pads, power dresses. The 1940’s and the 70’s get interchanged.” He wanted to create a cloud of curls that was going to show off the silhouette of exaggerated collars and high necks. Guido made a detailed hair part that was right above the models’ highest point of the eyebrow. The part was combed over which followed an explosion of frizzy curls on both sides…definitely not an everyday look for the office.
As we look over to Ralph Lauren, Guido from Redken says that 90% of the models are in hats because of the designers’ idea of the American classic beauty this winter. The other 10% are showing an un-done pony tail with a small section of hair wrapped around the elastic. This is definitely a quick and easy look for the office!
This winter gives us a lot of ideas to play with (some of them easier than others). Possibly the hardest look to translate into everyday life was from Prada. In their display the hair was in tangled wet-looking waves with dark roots; similar to an ombré. To re-create this out-of-the-shower proposal, all you need to do is scrunch a wet-look gel (such as Moroccanoil Styling Gel) through your damp to wet hair and twist the ends with your fingers. This style was one of the most popular looks in Milan’s fashion week in September.
Check out some of the pictures below for all of the new styles for the season!
Hair extensions can be the most natural looking. Silk tresses and long luscious waves can be summed up as soft, sexy and irresistible. Truly, your hair can be “a woman’s glory”. Why is good hair such and important aspect of a woman’s appearance? Self-worth, social acceptance and beauty all seem to be tied into every woman’s hair. What can you do with your hair, you may ask? You can tie it, you can braid it, color it, perm it, wave it, curl it and of course straighten it.
As of recent, you can also add volume, add length and add different colors. We are talking about hair extensions. In North America, we often look at celebrities for hair trends and what we observe is mostly long beautiful shiny hair. Interestingly enough, Europeans watch the fashion runways for hair trends and direction.
So, for those of us who want glamorous and sexy hair…what do we do to get it? Its not as difficult as you may think.
Since there are so many extension techniques available out there we decided to talk about the best system available; Great Lengths. When you talk about having hair extensions in for up to 6 months then we assume that you would want the best quality. Great Lengths hair extensions will give you the most manageable and ease of styling. Some clients find the extensions are easier than their own hair to work with. The style lasts longer because of the quality of the hair.
Getting Inside the Hair
Hair extensions from Great Lengths are made from 100% Indian virgin hair with natural texture. Great Lengths utilizes only “remy” hair which means that the cuticle layers are all facing the same direction from root to end and, therefore, do not tangle. This also ensures that the extensions behave exactly like your own hair, blending in superbly with yours and looking super natural! The polymer bond mimics the human hairs’ molecular structure acting like a glue. This method utilizes heat to soften the bond so the bond can be moulded to the group of natural strands that the bond is attaching to. Therefore, this method is virtually impossible to detach from your hair. It is also great for growing out an existing style or to create an entire new look instantly! Add highlights or blocks of color without having to bleach or damage your own hair as well!
To maintain a consistent service for the client, Great Lengths makes sure that the extensions are only done by fully licensed hair stylists who have completed the certification program and that the salons are approved to keep it a professional company. Meaning no “basement salon” can offer this system. If your dream has been to have long luscious locks or beautiful volume and shine, come in for a consultation and have this dream become a reality.
Have you ever had a dream in which you never wanted to wake up? That was the main theme of the Angelo Seminara’s collection yesterday at the Metro Academy in Toronto. Mackenzie, Yesy and I represented our Pino’s Salon team with much anticipation and excitement. Award winning Seminara “British Hairdresser of the the Year” took the stage to show us his fabulous and dreamy new fall 2012 hair collections.
We noted that Seminara’s styles are based on classic looks updated by dusty colors, custom shapes and textures. Almost like an Alice in Wonderland theme, this collection brings seductive, feminine and nude looking tones in hair color. It represents a modern woman that is bringing forth something that has been inspired by the past. Seminara loves the element of dreaming, In turn, this image of dreaming provides unity in color and shades. “We have to be able to dream in life and to come up with all this beautiful work” he says. We cut and style the hair in a certain way or have specific techniques but for Seminara it’s about opening up your mind in order to seek the unknown. This is what unleashes the creativity!
Architecture is a major part of how trends are born in modern hair dressing. A video of modern Parisian structural designs was shown during the presentation. The buildings had classic Parisian designs with a great modern feel. I felt that Seminara’s proposals were very relevant to this architecture because they combine both the classic and fresh designs.
Mirroring our belief in using natural products Seminara also agrees that staying away from plastics and silicone is the direction our industry needs to embrace. Our Pino’s Salon team loves that we can provide clients with new products and services like ammonia free color, pareben free and gluten free products. These are gentle for the clients’ scalp and hair and are very enjoyable also for the professional stylist to use. More and more we are conscious of the environment and how the planet is impacted by the use of harmful chemicals. Not only do these harmful toxins cause problems in our bodies but they have a huge impact on our earth. New methods of doing hair promotes this type of natural movement.
Striving towards excellence means that you constantly seek new and better ways to make the clients’ experience superb! Affiliating ourselves with suppliers and educators that continue in their search also for excellence keeps us inspired, excited and moving forward…with…and for our client! Healthy and shiny hair with an element of fun can certainly be achieved. Dare to dream.