Dimitris had been having his hair cut much longer for over a year and I had to go through lots of pictures of tennis players in order to give him the right cut. It’s a well known fact that I despise repetition, so I convinced him to have his hair cut much shorter. The inspiration behind this haircut were the boys at the spring 2012 menswear Dolce & Gabbana show. There’s nothing wrong with wavy hair if you have the right cut.
A male model walking the Dolce & Gabbana spring 2012 menswear runway. Photo by Gianni Pucci.
Last summer, Grimes released the (amazing) video for their song “Genesis” and I was instantly hooked. I loved the song, the video and one of the two hairstyles she (Claire Boucher) had in it. The hair looked like dreadlocks but much straighter, like someone had used lots of product to separate each strand and make it look so piece-y. This hairstyle was really big in the 1990s also. The thing with this kind of hairstyle is that the hair is really heavy because of the amount of product (especially if it’s long) and therefore is difficult to move. Joanna is an amazing dancer and I wanted to shoot her for my blog since day one. She felt so right for this because I knew the pictures would have lots of movement and so the hair would move too. I used rows of extensions and a lot of gel to get the look I wanted. Joanna wore a fantastic dress by Digitaria. Marina Stat did the (amazing) make-up and off we went outside of this beautiful building. And then, in the middle of the street, without any music at all, just the sounds of cars, I told Joanna to dance. It is a very rare occasion in someone’s life to come across someone so gifted. The girl was like possessed. Her energy was (and is in general) amazing. I shot 667 pictures in less than half an hour. No two look the same. Next time Joanna is dancing, I’ll sure be in the crowd because I want to experience this kind of magic again. And again. And again…
Claire Boucher of Grimes in her self-directed “Genesis” music video (2012).
I pulled Olga’s hair up in an intricate updo that looks really simple and fuss-free from the front but as soon as she turns her head, you do see that the hairstyle is not simple at all. The contrast between the masculinity of the front and the femininity of the back is what I love about this updo. The off-centre bun feels much fresher than a plain top bun and it gives the whole look a playful and quirky feel. Marina Stat did the make-up.
No hair extensions were used in the making of this. Aliki has the longest (and the thickest long) hair I’ve ever cut and I’ve seen plenty. The only way to grow your hair this long (and healthy) is to cut a tiny bit of the ends (something like 2 cm) quite regularly, every two months max. She had been cutting it herself because she’s had frightening salon experiences in the past, so I had to cut a bit more (4 cm) to make things even. I cut a heavy blunt fringe adding more hair to her pre-existing fringe. I then misted her hair and braided it into four huge braids, working loosely on top and braiding tighter as I worked towards the ends. I let the hair air dry while Marina Stat was doing the make-up. The inspiration behind this was Kate Moss in the spring 2013 issue of I-D magazine, photographed by Daniele & Iango. I just didn’t brush the hair in the end. Now that summer’s here and you want to minimize the use of heated hair appliances, opting for a more natural look overall, note that this is one of the most fashionable ways to go au naturel.
Kate Moss in the spring 2013 issue of I-D magazine, photographed by Daniele & Iango. Hair by Luigi Murenu.