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It’s been a long time since I posted about a haircut but I’m so in love with this. Sofia decided that she didn’t want long hair anymore and showed me a video of Cher performing in the 1970s  where her hair was a rounded bob. I fell in love and did my interpretation of it. I present the bowb to you. It’s a rounded bob that looks like you grew out a bowlcut and then cut a fringe. hence the word bowb. 1970s are back in fashion again but as I’ve always said, there’s no need to look like you just came out of a time machine, you should take elements of things from the past but bring it to today.

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It all started in 2012 when I saw Fka Twigs on the cover of I-d magazine with the perfect baby hair (spelling love) adorning her forehead. The kiss curls were something African American girls were wearing for years before, but this was taking it to the next level. Fka Twigs became a superstar and so became her kiss curls, finally inspiring the hair at the Givenchy s/s 2015 show. I wanted to do something bigger with the baby hair, like a web made of tiny waves, forming an ornament on the forehead. I parted Antonia’s hair in the middle and slicked it back. The wet look has also been a big thing in fashion recently. The baby hair has been something women have been worrying for and trying to tame for years. Now it’s time to celebrate their existence.

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FKA Twigs in i-D. Photography by Matthew Stone. Hair Alex Brownsell. [The Just Kids Issue, no. 320, Pre-Fall 12].

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Fka Twigs in another event (couldn’t find photo credit for the picture).

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A model walking down the runway at the Givenchy s/s 2015 show (couldn’t find photo credit for the picture).

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Klea’s natural hair is curly but not that much, more like wavy that ends with a curl. I cut it shorter six months ago and kept  it the same colour as the previous post of hers on this blog. My inspiration behind this look is Solange Knowles in the “Losing you” video. Marina Stat did Klea’s make-up. Now there’s a lot of girls with straight/slightly wavy hair wishing they had ringlets (the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence). To them my advice is that before you go down the chemical/permanent road and have your hair permed, you can always try it as a temporary hairstyle first (lasts till the next wash). This way, you get to transform into someone else and see if you like it  without having to live with it for the next year. And before anyone accuses anyone of cultural appropriation, my response is that mixing and matching elements of different  racial groups, ethnicities, cultures, eras or even scenes is definitely a way to come up with something new, something much needed indeed.

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The amazing Solange Knowles in the “Losing you” video, 2012.

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I pulled Vanessa’s hair back in a loose and low ponytail, inspired by the hair at the Antonio Marras fall 2013 rtw show, amazingly executed by Eugene Souleiman. Instead of the undone finger wave at the front, I went super-simple, plus I wanted the rest of the hair to be a little wavier. I spritzed a salt-water type of spray all over the hair to give it some definition and grip but didn’t overdo it. This isn’t about beach hair at all. The way the hair was done at the Marras show, meant that someone brought back the topsy tail. Last time I came across one of these was in 1994, when all the girls in my class were obsessing about it. Needless to say I used one and to tell you the truth, out of all the 1990’s nostalgia when it comes to beauty, it was one of the few things I am ecstatic to see return. Marina Stat did the make-up. It’s Vanessa’s birthday tomorrow, so I guess I’m the first to wish her the happiest of birthdays. We are going to party like it’s 1994.

 

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Models walking down the runway at the Antonio Marras fall 2013 rtw show (couldn’t find photo credit for the pictures).

The (oh-so-cult-but-beloved) topsy tail 1993 tv ad

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I cut Jo’s graduated bob inspired by Beyonce’s “Drunk in love” sea-water-drenched bob. I just cut a longer bob. It’s a bit layered in the front and that is from previous haircuts. That is the reason for the wave at the front though. At first I sprayed a bit of salt-water but as you can see in the second picture, I added more afterwards.

 

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I then pulled the hair up in a loose updo at the back of the neck. It’s not referencing anything from the past, it looks quite fresh actually. This is for all the girls that are not giving the bob a go because they fear that they won’t be able to pull it up, as it will be too short. Salt water gives the hair lots of grip so the updo is secure although it is loose. Six hairpins were enough. Aphrodite did both the make-ups.

 

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I cut Vanessa’s hair and the inspiration behind the look was Cher in the 1960’s (minus the “sideburns”). It’s a one-length haircut with a long, blunt and rounded fringe covering her eyebrows. I didn’t straighten her hair, so when she moves you can see a bit of a natural wave underneath. This was left so intentionally so the hair screams natural. Marina Stat did the make-up and we ended up with a (young) Cher lookalike.  I so wanted to pay an homage to this living legend. The 1960’s have been an inspiration (as far as beauty goes) in lots of fashion shows recently but Penelope Tree and Twiggy are the only names that keep coming up when hairstylists and make-up artists name their references. Kind of unfair if you ask me.

 

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The fabulous Cher in the 1960’s (couldn’t find credits for the pictures).

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Back in September last year, my beloved friend Evripidis decided to make a video for his song “Pure At Heart” and have Shook Yang Kids (the creators of Baronettes) direct it.  Marina Stat and I were immediately brought on to discuss the make-up and the hair for the project. For Evripidis I kept his natural wavy and just tidied things up a bit, as any 1990’s indie boy would do with his hair.

 

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There is a scene in the video where four passports of Evripidis are shown and of course I had to come up with four completely different looks. This can be sort of a challenge when someone’s hair is as short, so I suggested that not only should I style his hair in lots of ways but I should transform his full beard in different facial hair as well. The video is meant to be funny and trashy so I left my good taste aside and had lots of fun transforming him into the fraudster with the four (ridiculous) faces.

 

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Celia played the girl whose dog Evripidis unleashes. A girl that went jogging in the park. Obviously the hair were pulled up in a ponytail (in the middle of the back) and a headband was added (much prettier than the standard sweatband). A hipster going jogging should look something like this. I kept Celia’s natural waves.

 

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Faye played the girl who works at his office, a sort of mafia environment. I got to glam things up and my inspiration was Sharon Stone’s hair in Casino (1995).

 

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Sharon Stone in Casino (couldn’t find photo credit for the picture).

 

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Yiorgos played the bodyguard and he’s also seen at the “office” scene. I was inspired by Mad Men hairstyles quite obviously.

 

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And then it’s the hookers scene. Dionisios played the tranny and he got a black wig with some volume and a French twist. Vanessa’s hair I kept natural and parted deep on the side because let’s face it, when you go out on the street turning tricks, you don’t necessarily have to have a unique hairstyle. Long hair will do.  Klea’s blond hair was teased a lot without smoothing it out afterwards. Big, messy, sexy hair.

 

This video was so much fun to do.