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