Lac­quered look is the must-have hair­style of year

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - FASHION/BEAUTY - Paul Stafford

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

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