Lacquered look is the must-have hairstyle of year
Scrutinising the catwalks in Milan, Paris or New York might reveal what we’ll be wearing in six months’ time, but rarely do they influence hair trends. Not with models turning up 10 minutes before they take to the walkway and when the make-up and clothes styling take precedence. Mostly hair is designed to complement the clothes or for drama so it ups the share ratio on Facebook and in the magazines.
But when a certain look is everywhere — and I mean in every city and practically on every catwalk — it’s certainly time to sit up and take notice.
This year the ultimate trend for tresses was the wet look, or, as it is increasingly being called, lacquering. Wafting in with the fashion crush on the Eighties and Nineties — helped along perhaps by Stranger Things — it was the look de rigeur at numerous shows from Thom Brown’s plastered-to-the-scalp look to Bluemarine’s more wearable root lacquer with hair parted on the side and the lengths left dry. Alexander McQueen and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi went a step further by pulling strands over the face, a finish I love.
Being such an editorial look, lacquering can often be tricky to carry off, but it is great for formal or social events, a luxurious yet low-maintenance look. It manages to combine edgy with elegance, giving real standout looks. The ultimate example of making it work dates back to when session stylist Sam McKnight slicked back Lady Diana’s hair for an event in New York and sent her fashion ratings through the roof.
It’s easy these days with the mass of wet or lacquer-look products on the shelves, and takes just minutes and a little bit of bravery. To recreate the style at Roberto Cavalli and Emilio Pucci’s shows, which mimicked McKnight’s icon look, all that’s needed is a quick application of Alfaparf Semi Di Lino Diamond Cristalli Spray, then carefully comb hair back and secure with Alfaparf Semi Di Lino Diamante Illuminating Sculpting Spray (Firm Hold). Hair will set within minutes. Carvalli models featured slick hair secured in a ponytail, the most beloved style on the catwalk. Or you can leave it textured for extreme effect. For a more moderate look, lacquering sections creates real drama, as at Marco de Vincenzo — capturing that sense of grunge along with the 90s feel. But probably the easiest style to achieve, and one that is really hot at the moment and was seen at numerous show, is one where the sides are lacquered and secured behind the ears while leaving the top and lengths dry. This can look amazing on long and short hair. Glancing over the long list of designers who embraced the excitement of lacquered hair reveals a hugely diverse crowd, guys who are targeting all ages, and that what’s great about the look. It easily captures that luxurious yet urban feel, boosting a formal look with added drama or simply dressing up jeans and a T-shirt. Paul Stafford, 671 Lisburn Road, Belfast, tel: 028 9066 2554
WET LOOK: catwalks have been filled with models (also below) sporting lacquered styles