tête-à-tête

The hairstylist and ghd cre­ative di­rec­tor knows the power of a beau­ti­ful wo­man – and a good sea-salt spray

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Hairstylist Richard Ka­vanagh gives us a curl­ing-tong masterclass.

THE BEST HAIR IS EF­FORT­LESS.

Nine out of 10 shoots or shows I do right now call for easy, ef­fort­less hair with a ’90s vibe – shine, but not over­loaded with prod­uct, a soft bend to it and still lux­u­ri­ous. That’s the hair ev­ery wo­man wants.

YOU MIGHT NOT BE US­ING YOUR TONG THE RIGHT WAY.

The best bend comes from hold­ing the tong hor­i­zon­tally to your head and twist­ing as you wrap. Start a lit­tle away from the scalp – that gives a nar­rower sil­hou­ette. And leave an inch or two out of the tong at the end to elon­gate the curl. This will cre­ate per­fect “I woke up like this” waves.

I’VE HAD SOME PROD­UCTS IN MY KIT FOR A DECADE.

I’ve carted around a ghd styler for­ever. ghd makes tools that work and give a pre­dictable re­sult. I make my own sea-salt spray, too. I once did a shoot in Egypt where my bags went miss­ing in tran­sit and I had to make do. I made it out of pool wa­ter, salt from the table in the restau­rant and a squeeze of lemon. It gave the best lived-in, gritty vibe.

I HAVE A MAR­TIAL ARTS BACK­GROUND,

which prob­a­bly in­flu­ences my work. It means I value tech­ni­cal dis­ci­pline even if I’m cre­at­ing a hair­style that looks easy.

BARDOT HAIR SUITS EV­ERY­ONE.

The classic half-up, half-down style looks so sexy be­cause it shows off a wo­man’s face, and it takes about 20 sec­onds to do. First, a lit­tle back­comb­ing at the crown for vol­ume. Put your thumbs to your tem­ples, then run them di­ag­o­nally up to your crown. Twist that hair and pin it in place with a big bobby pin. Use salt spray or hair pow­der to cre­ate tex­ture. Then get the palms of your hands and rub them in a cir­cu­lar mo­tion on the hair to pull some fine pieces loose.

YOU CAN FAKE HEALTHY ENDS IF YOU DON’T HAVE TIME FOR A CUT.

Ap­ply oil to your ends and tap them with your straight­ener. If that’s too straight on your hair type, go an inch or two up from the ends and clamp the straight­ener shut like you’re revving a mo­tor­cy­cle. It gives a great soft bend.

I LOVE PIA MILLER’S HAIR.

She nat­u­rally has the dream hair we oth­er­wise spend hours try­ing to get. I also love Rooney Mara. Her hair doesn’t rep­re­sent classic celebrity beauty. She’s got a punk edge and al­ways looks strong.

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