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.
FKA Twigs in i-D. Photography by Matthew Stone. Hair Alex Brownsell. [The Just Kids Issue, no. 320, Pre-Fall 12].
Fka Twigs in another event (couldn’t find photo credit for the picture).
A model walking down the runway at the Givenchy s/s 2015 show (couldn’t find photo credit for the picture).
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.
The amazing Solange Knowles in the “Losing you” video, 2012.
(couldn’t find photo credit for the picture).
So, it’s been a little bit over a year since I last posted something but this is a comeback. I’ve decided that the blog will feature one or two hair stories per month, more like beauty editorials. You can still see a lot of haircuts and haircolours by following me on instagram ( https://instagram.com/alexscissors/ ). Another thing that has changed is that I am going to be collaborating with photographers, so it won’t necessarily be me that took the pictures. In this case I worked with the super talented photographer Nikolas Giakoumakis ( http://nikolas.photo ) and as usual Marina Stat did the make-up. Three models posed for us (thank you acemodels.gr ). The inspiration behind these three looks is asian updos, whether that’s vintage chinese, manga or the classic geisha. I did however simplify the originals and stayed away from hair accessories that scream Asia (you won’t be seeing chopsticks in the hair) because I wanted to show a wearable version and not something too costume-y. Alina’s look was inspired by vintage chinese hair.
Oliwia’s look was inspired by manga hair and by taking away all the asian princess accessories (you cannot imagine how many were used on the original), I ended up with something that could fit in 1990s’ clubland.
Mariya’s look was inspired by a geisha hairstyle. Now, I wanted to talk about how natural the hair have been in fashion lately. There’s been so many air-dried hairstyles where only a couple of products were used, that I really missed using my craftmanship. Because the hairstyles were going to be intricate, we decided that we would take the no-make-up-make-up approach. So, one girl got lips, the other cheeks and brows and one got eyes.
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.
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
I layered Hara’s natural curly hair giving a V shape at the back. She said that her hair is at its best at the beach so I then sprayed her damp hair with a salt-water type of spray and let it air-dry. This resulted in tight ringlets with no frizz in sight.
I then pulled the hair up and the effect I wanted to give was that you can’t see where the hair starts and where it ends. This updo is a pile of ringlets held together by five hairpins (not bobby pins, go for something that will hold more hair together). Because the hair was sprayed with the salt-water spray it has enough grip to be secure while being loose. Marina Stat did the make-up.
Chaves asked for something neat and messy before I cut his hair and that’s exactly what he got. I point-cut a lot so he can mess it up with his fingers. For the first look I didn’t use any products and for the second a bit of paste was used, followed by messing it up with my fingers. The cut looks equally good, therefore proves its versatility.
I started turning Klea into a blonde sometime ago, so this time we only did a root touch-up and a toner afterwards. The toner gave her this beige/sandy blond. I straightened the hair completely and then used a really thick curling tong on a few strands to give the hair a bend and make it look natural (and more interesting if you ask me). Straight hair is everywhere in fashion but even if you flat yours out with a straightener, spending these extra five minutes in pulling it apart a bit will result in a fresher take on straight.
For the second look I pulled the hair tightly back into a middle parted low ponytail and hid the elastic by wrapping a strand of hair around it (and pinning it underneath). Middle parted or deep side parted, the low ponytail is one of the hottest looks for this and the next season. Marina Stat did the make-up drawing inspiration from the multi-coloured madness that were the eyes at the Chanel s/s 2014 rtw show.
a model walking the Chanel s/s 2014 rtw show (couldn’t find photo credit for the picture).