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Helen has been growing her hair long for two years now. This time I went a bit shorter with the layering but tried to keep as much length as possible. At some point a part of the hair at the back was dyed a medium brown (inspired by Debbie Harry’s hair), which after a year I’m turning blonder. At the moment she has an icy blond on top and a darker golden blond beneath. I gave her a blowout and you shouldn’t worry that by styling your hair with a drier and a round brush it will look “done”. A blowout can look as undone as you wish. It’s all in how you hold your brush and working differently with each piece of hair. Beauty blogs are suggesting poker straight hair (done with a straightener) instead of the blowout for next season. I’m not convinced yet. Marina Stat did the make-up.

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So this is Marina Stat. To say that without her my blog wouldn’t be the same is an understatement. She’s one of my bestest friends (we’ve calculated that we’ve been friends for more years of our lives than not) and she’s done most of the make-ups for this blog. I’ve called her the make-up to my hair and working with her keeps surprising me and will keep doing so for years to come. For some strange reason it took years to convince her to be photographed for my blog. This time her hair was super dry at the ends and the split ends were having a party, so we both agreed that I would cut a bit more length than the usual 3 cm she lets me trim every six months. I suggested that since 7-8 cm would fall on the floor, we could bleach them and then apply a crazy color. They would be cut off in a week anyways. This is how she ended up with purple ends. We decided to show three make-up and hair looks, since it’s the holiday season and people are going to be looking for inspiration. For this look, I tried to keep the texture close to her natural but a bit straighter. I dried the hair using my fingers and working differently with each strand. I used four products at different stages of this. I really like the contrast between the matte and dry-looking roots and mid-lengths and the super shiny wet-looking ends and fringe. The fringe I kept naturally wavy. It looks as interesting as a styled fringe but feels a bit fresher. So, all you girls with naturally wavy hair could experiment with your fringe before turning on the drier. Needless to say Marina did her make-up herself.

 

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For the second look I was inspired by the hair at the Versace fall 2013 rtw show, beautifully done by Guido Palau. I straightened Marina’s hair and did a deep side parting. The deep side parting was seen at lots of fashion shows recently and was one of the hottest hair trends of 2013. It’s definitely staying in 2014. Now if you haven’t cut your fringe for some time, it’s the best time to try styling your hair this way. You can cut it next week.

 

Versace Catwalk - Milan Fashion Week

 

A model walking down the runway at the Versace fall 2013 rtw show (couldn’t find photo credit for the picture).

 

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For the third look I cut Marina’s fringe and chose a mid-length. Neither eyebrow-covering, nor micro-fringe. I was inspired by actress Rooney Mara’s hair at the 2012 Oscar ceremony. I got rid of the purple ends and pulled the hair up in a giant roll on her left. This looks like a bun but is a pretty simple updo, so a younger girl could try it too. Merry Christmas!

 

84th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

 

Actress Rooney Mara at the 2012 Oscar ceremony (couldn’t find photo credit for the picture).

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I cut Michael’s hair and this time I did shorter than usual. The back and the sides were cut with clippers  and the hair on top were cut a bit longer with lots of point-cutting. It’s a very simple haircut that is very hot right now. I then multi-coloured the hair using pieces of plain coloured chalk. It’s a way to colour your hair temporarily, until you next hit the shower. The hair keeps its natural texture and you can also think of it as a way to dye your dark hair a pastel pink without having to bleach it first. I took pictures of Michael having all the stereotypes regarding the male gender in mind. What makes a hairstyle or a hair colour look queeny, is the very same thing that can make it look butch. It’s a matter of packaging.

 

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Olybia is one of my closest friends and I’ve been doing her hair since 2001. She’s fearless and gets bored really easily when it comes to her hair, so I think it’s safe to say that we’ve tried almost everything cut and colour-wise. She decided to grow out a dark brown pixie cut almost a year ago and now we’re at a stage where her roots are a caramel/honey blond and the ends have lightened a bit and become a chocolate brown. I like that it’s turned into this reverse ombre. The cut is a layered short bob with an eyebrow-covering fringe which she sweeps to the side. I wanted to show two versions of the same cut. The first look we did was inspired by the early 1960’s obviously. Marina Stat did Olybia’s make-up. I first did the hair perfectly but it looked too vintage for my liking, so I messed it up a bit and was much more pleased. I really do think a girl could go to a party with this hairstyle. Think Adele (the singer) and the big hair she’s worn to award ceremonies. The dress Olybia is wearing was made by Venetia Ioakim. And of course, as I’ve said before, Norma is my favourite dog on the planet and here she is in the hug of her master (or should I say mom?).

 

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The second look we did is a modern-day-I-don’t-really-care beach hairstyle and the most natural looking make-up I’ve ever seen. I sprayed the hair with a salt water type of spray and worked with my fingers to mess it up and give it volume. Whether it’s too messy for your liking or not, I have to say that  it feels really fresh to me to see a wavy bob. The strictness the blunt line adds when the hair is straightened is something that feels a bit too structured for my liking at the moment. This goes to all the girls who are afraid to give the bob haircut a go because they are afraid they will have to straighten it daily.

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I cut Zisis’s hair really short on the back and the sides (with clippers) and left the hair on top longer. I then proceeded to bleach the longer hair (keeping at least 1 cm of his natural dark brown intact) and then applied a pastel mint green colour. I wanted to do a mint green for so long and we’re both happy with the outcome.

I remember in the 1990s all the girls (and some really brave boys) would decorate their hairstyles with hairpins. The list includes every popstar, indie singer, actress, artist, club kid or fashion person who was someone back then, plus all my friends. The September issue of British Vogue featured a really interesting piece on hairpins by Jo Ellison. So, the pin has made a comeback. I decided to do three different hairstyles with pins and Marina Stat did three make-up looks. For Celia’s first look I was inspired by the hair at the Cacharel a/w 2012 show. I just decided to use gold pins instead of wildly coloured ones, in order to accentuate the honey blond colour I’ve been giving her for some time. I also did some waves to give it a more prominent vintage/romantic feel. I used a lot of pins at the back too and avoided the simple bun, so the final result looks more like a 1920s wavy bob.

Backstage at the Cacharel a/w 2012 rtw show (couldn’t find photo credit for this picture).

For the second look I went for pin-curls to decorate this half-up bohemian hairdo. The rest of the hair I waved slightly, to give it a natural and carefree feel. Pin-curls were really popular between 1920’s and 1960’s, when a lot of women did them on wet hair and waited for them to dry in order to style their hair. The pin-curl here is not something you do at home while wearing your nightgown, worrying cause your husband sees you like this. It’s something you feel proud of having on your head,  like any other ornament used to beautify your hairstyle.

an example of how women used to do pin-curls to style their hair.

The inspiration behind the third look is simply the undercut. I’ve written countless times  about how an undercut is going to be a hell of a fuss to grow out again. I used gel to mimic it in my previous post. This time it’s pins. Mind you, you don’t have to colour co-ordinate your pins with the colour of your hair, as a striking contrast can have a striking effect as well. This look is more on the wild side, hence Celia’s wearing leather.

I cut and coloured Aphrodite’s hair again. Gone are the lighter ends but I’m sure once she goes on holiday and the sea and sun work their magic, really light blond highlights will appear. Her haircut is more or less the same as the last one, I am only trying to grow out her fringe. Treasure your natural texture as it’s much more fashion forward than any result a curling tong or a straightener could give you.