How to: Simplify your Style, According to the World’s Top Hair Gurus
Wed, 5 December 2012 4:39PM
Throughout my career, I’ve had the honour of interviewing some pretty amazing people, from celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Cate Blanchett, to the stars of the beauty world, such as Pat McGrath and Mary Greenwell, the original make-up artist to the supermodels.
However, I must admit, Primpers, that I get more than a little excited when a visiting hair stylist comes to town. For one, simple-yet-effective piece of advice is totally priceless and can go a long way to beating bad hair for good. For another, they’re just so … charismatic. These guys can turn a roomful of cynical beauty journos into a blushing-and-giggling mess in just a few short minutes.
The best part? I find myself putting their pearls of wisdom into practice virtually every day. So, as a little pre-Christmas treat, I thought I’d share three of my favourite tips from some of the industry’s brightest international stars. Good hair days for everyone!
The Colour Commando: Harry Josh
His pedigree: He gave Gisele those trademark honey-coloured lengths, took the plunge with Rose Byrne’s dark-chocolate bob (below), and has even tended the tresses of the Olsen twins.
What I learnt: Strapped for cash? Consider this money-saving hair move courtesy of Mr. Josh. If you want to lighten your hair, start at home. Pick a DIY colour – he recommends John Frieda Precision Colour Foam, $22.99, from pharmacies – that is no more than two shades lighter than your current shade (this is key to preventing unsightly orange errors). Use this as your base shade, then book an appointment at the salon for just a few foils around your face and the crown of your head. It’ll add depth, break up the colour and impart a professional finish – for a fraction of the cost. Genius.
The Eco Warrior: David Babaii
His pedigree: Not only is David the go-to for a red carpet ‘do (think Nicole Kidman, Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie…heck, he even came up with Kate Hudson’s boho waves all those years ago), he has a heart of gold. A true animal lover, he donates a percentage of all profits from his cruelty-free products to both wild and domestic animal welfare.
What I learnt: Other than many juicy secrets about his celeb clientele, David taught me to keep it uncomplicated. “Keep your hair clean using the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type, avoid harsh chemicals, don’t over process it… People get more and more highlights and all of a sudden their hair is falling out.”
Instead, he recommends investing in good tools – “it’s really important to have a kick-ass blowdryer” – that, although more expensive, will last the distance and save you time. So true – $199 for a ghd Air, from selected salons, certainly isn’t pocket change, but, gosh, it makes mornings so much speedier.
David’s overall philosophy? Clean, simple, healthy hair is infinitely prettier than tortured styles: “I love it when girls don’t overdo their hair.”
The French Gent: Frédéric Fekkai
His pedigree: Aside from his high-end eponymous product range (I love the Apple Cider Shampoo, $38, Mecca Cosmetica), this über-charming stylist counts many an international celebrity as a client. Even Hillary Clinton has had a hair makeover at his talented hands.
What I learnt: When I recovered my equilibrium after almost totally succumbing to Frédéric’s French charisma, I discovered this excellent tip: “Don’t use the same shampoo all the time”. Sounds simple, right? But it works. For example, he suggests that if your hair is tinted you should use a colour-specific shampoo one day, then the next time you wash, swap it with something for volume, shine, or whatever best treats your main concerns. “Try keeping a couple of different shampoos in the shower to address the roots, the hair and the colour.” Sure, you end up with a rather crowded cubicle, but this easy advice makes a huge difference. I’ve had three different options on the go ever since.
Across the board, Primpers, the main thing I’ve taken away from meeting these international hair gurus and a lot more besides, is that when it comes to your hair, simplicity is key. Gentle, clever care; regular trims; soft-and-easy styling; and a colour that’s pretty close to your natural hue is what they preach. A low maintenance ‘do? I can do!
How about you? Do you like to keep things simple when it comes to your style?
And what is your easiest, yet most effective hair tip?
Until next week,
Posted by: Emily Taylor