CUT­TING EDGE

Miss FQ - - Beauty -

Are you over your cur­rent ’do? Are your locks feel­ing a lit­tle blah and bor­ing? It’s time to shake things up a bit with a win­ter hair re­vamp. Think of this as your hair­spo board — new sea­son, new you!

BANG, BANG, BABY

Long bangs are be­ing touted as the cool-girl hair trend of 2017. Un­like 2016’s blunt bob, they are a sim­ple way of mak­ing an un­der­stated yet el­e­gant change. If you’re emo­tion­ally at­tached to your hair, this is the perf style to try as it isn’t too dras­tic and looks best with medium-to-long locks.

Miss FQ’S ed­i­to­rial and fash­ion as­sis­tant Jess Thomson chan­nelled Brigitte Bar­dot with her babein’ bangs: “The thing I love about this chic fringe is its ef­fort­less­ness,” says Jess. “Hours of morn­ing main­te­nance aren’t re­quired as its elon­gated shape in­stantly frames my face and I nat­u­rally have a cen­tre-part, too.

“I sim­ply run my ghd plat­inum styler, $360, through each sec­tion and add a touch of L’oréal Pro­fes­sion­nel Tecni.art French Girl Styling Messy Cliché, $34.50, to the roots, slightly ruf­fle up my bangs and voila!”

LIT­TLE MER­MAID

No doubt you’ve no­ticed how pop­u­lar mer­maid hair is on the ’gram (hai, Elle Fer­gu­son). So if you, like as­so­ciate and beauty edi­tor Skye Ross, want to ex­tend the length of your locks but don’t have the pa­tience to wait for it to grow out (be­cause who wants to wait? Let’s be real) try pro­fes­sional, real hair ex­ten­sions.

“I vis­ited Loxy’s Hair Bou­tique in Pon­sonby, Auck­land, where founder and owner Kate Jar­rett put in my full head of ex­ten­sions us­ing her unique com­bi­na­tion of the tra­di­tional weave and the mi­cro ring tech­nique,” Skye says. “The ap­pli­ca­tion took two hours and I was in­stantly ob­sessed with how seam­less my

lus­cious long locks looked. There’s no way I’m go­ing back to my blunt bob now.”

Be­ing high main­te­nance is, re­al­is­ti­cally, quite high main­te­nance, but these tips will totes help you care for your ex­ten­sions: 1. Ex­ten­sions don’t har­ness the ben­e­fits of the nat­u­ral oils from your head, so wash your hair no more than two or three times per week with a gen­tle sham­poo that has no pro­tein or ker­atin such as O&M Main­tain the Mane Sham­poo, $39. 2. Choose a brush that doesn’t have nubs at the end as these can catch on hair, caus­ing break­age. Tan­gle Teezer The Ul­ti­mate, $29.99, is a per­fect choice. 3. Don’t tie your hair too tightly — make sure the ties are snag-free, too. Via Large Twirl Ties, $6.99 for a pack of two.

LOB MEN­TAL­ITY Strug­gling with strag­gly locks? Post-sum­mer, a trim and a treat­ment might be all you need to re­store health to your hair, but for as­so­ciate edi­tor Phoebe Watt, weeks of break­age and sev­eral nights spent scrolling through pho­tos of Alexa Chung on In­sta­gram in­spired a visit to Danny Pato, direc­tor at D&M Hair De­sign in Auck­land, who was tasked with up­dat­ing her long, lay­ered look.

“I started by cut­ting the hair into a blunt lob — a much bet­ter choice for fine hair — and adding face-fram­ing lay­ers and a ver­sa­tile cur­tain fringe,” says Danny. Colourist Jess Ishak then cre­ated a soft om­bre bronde colour us­ing al­ter­nat­ing shades of blonde in foils with scat­tered place­ment. The re­sult? Alexa AF.

“Save for a mis­guided en­counter with a box of su­per­mar­ket dye circa 2009, I’d never coloured my hair,” says Phoebe. “Now I wish I’d done it sooner; it’s com­pletely lifted my look and the slight change in tex­ture (along­side a few well-cho­sen prod­ucts!) has made styling my hair a dream.”

To see our video doc­u­ment­ing Skye’s en­tire hair ex­ten­sion process — in­clud­ing the con­sul­ta­tion — visit Missfq.co.nz.

1. PREP: Davines OI Oil, $38 2. STYLE: ghd Root Lift Spray, $26 3. FIN­ISH: Oribe Dry Tex­tur­iz­ing Spray, $69

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