The tress test

we ask Three well-versed hair­styl­ists about the stand­out styles from this sea­son’s fash­ion shows

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Look 1: Fresh and un­done by Ben­jamin Mo­hapi

The Bri­tish-born Ben­jamin Mo­hapi worked in some of the United King­dom’s top sa­lons be­fore carv­ing a niche for him­self in the fash­ion and en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­tries. He has worked on ed­i­to­rial and fash­ion projects for Vogue, ID, Ny­lon, GQ and Marie

Claire, and with pho­tog­ra­phers such as Rankin, David LaChapelle and the late Herb Ritts. In 2011, he launched Los Angeles’s go-to sa­lon, Ben­jamin. “The trend that stands out for me from the spring shows is this clean, fresh and un­done feel­ing that was seen all over the run­ways, no­tably Bal­main [pic­tured] and Burberry Pror­sum. Hair tex­tures and styles seemed to be le free of all prod­ucts and al­lowed to move and flow with a sense of light­ness and free­dom. This gives the im­pres­sion of a care­less youth­ful­ness and an easy-go­ing at­ti­tude.

“Luck­ily for us, it is a very easy look to achieve, as long as you are con­tent with the tex­ture of your hair. Sim­ply sham­poo and towel dry, al­low­ing the hair to dry with­out us­ing any­thing. You can fin­ish by rough dry­ing with a dryer but there’s no need to brush.

“Of course, if your hair is too curly and frizzy for the wash-and-leave look, you can cheat the un­done feel­ing. Just blowdry the hair straight at night then split the hair down the cen­tre and loosely braid each side. Go to bed, and undo the braids when you wake up, then gen­tly brush the hair out. Make sure you don’t brush too much – this is sup­posed to be an un­kempt, nat­u­ral look. Avoid us­ing any hold­ing prod­ucts and al­low the hair to flow.”

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Look 2: The bob by Yumi Yakushi­jin

A er spend­ing 12 years hair­dress­ing in Ja­pan, Yakushi­jin moved to Dubai in 2010 and founded Sa­lon Nadeshiko in Dubai In­ter­na­tional Fi­nan­cial Cen­tre in 2013, where she is the cre­ative di­rec­tor. To­day, aside from be­ing one of the few sa­lons in Dubai of­fer­ing dig­i­tal perms, Sa­lon Nadeshiko has also be­gun of­fer­ing nail-art ser­vices. “Bobs are ex­pected to be pop­u­lar for 2014, as seen at Marc Ja­cobs [pic­tured]. To ob­tain the look, it is im­por­tant that the stylist achieves a good fun­da­men­tal shape through the hair­cut. An­gu­lar bobs, which are shorter at the back and longer on the sides, add an up­dated feel to the look. “This sum­mer, styling is more loose than be­fore – just leav­ing your hair to dry nat­u­rally with some anti-frizz prod­ucts will do the trick nicely, no hair dryer nec­es­sary. How­ever, if your tastes veer more to­wards the slick bob, styling is sim­ple through the fol­low­ing steps: Prep the hair with a vol­ume spray or root li . Blow dry with a strong hairdryer to li up the roots. Ap­ply some wax and shape as de­sired. Fin­ish with some hair­spray to hold the shape in place.”

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Look 3: Low pony­tail by Maria Dowling

Maria Dowling is a Dubai-based hair colourist, hair stylist and the cre­ative di­rec­tor of Maria Dowling. Over the past 12 years, her epony­mous Dubai sa­lon has grown into a lux­ury hair brand with a com­plete collection of hairstyling and hair­care es­sen­tials. Dowling has gained recog­ni­tion across the re­gion for her nat­u­ral, sub­tle ap­proach to hair colour­ing. “High and low pony­tails with a slick side part­ing are big on the run­way this sea­son. This an­drog­y­nous hair trend gives that mas­cu­line yet fem­i­nine look, which is to­tally wear­able on the high street as well as on the cat­walk. Check out Christo­pher Rae­burn, DKNY [pic­tured] and Stella McCart­ney’s spring/sum­mer 2014 shows.

“To get the low pony­tailed look, start with hair that is 50 per cent dry and ap­ply a mousse or vo­lu­mis­ing spray to the roots of the hair to help with vol­ume, frizz con­trol and hair flex­i­bil­ity.

“Us­ing a comb, part the hair from the outer edge of your eye­brow to the crown of your head and smooth each side down. Pull the hair tight to the nape of the neck and se­cure with an elas­tic band – ideally one that matches your hair colour.

“Once you have the pony­tail neat and in place, spray with a strong hair­spray like Red­ken Force­ful 23. For an un­struc­tured, messy look, don’t pull the hair too tight into the elas­tic and, be­fore adding the hair­spray, lightly pull out pieces of hair while slightly back­comb­ing the pony­tail.”


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