STEAMPUNK MEETS AFROFUTURISM
Steampunk hair trends segue through centuries to appear on Project Runway SA
Partly inspired by the Victorian fashion of the 1800s, steampunk fashion has a post-apocalyptic influence with an extremely distinct retro futuristic twist to the style. The expression of this style consists of various elements such as; clothing and hairstyling that helps to bring the look together.
In one of the challenges on Project Runway, contestants were tasked to design a steampunk and Afrofuturism-inspired garment for one of South Africa’s most celebrated icons, Thandiswa Mazwai. To impress the judges and viewers alike, contestants had to gain a clear understanding of the brief and ensure that they capture the unique essence of Thandiswa’s style, from the outfit, all the way to the hair. Designers rose to the challenge, showcasing captivating protective hair trends that seamlessly complimented their designs that were ready for the catwalk. Braids are a definite go-to for protective styling this season, but it is also important to find creative ways of reinventing through accessorising with beads or even going for more eccentric, playful styles. The key to beautiful braids also lies in making sure that the natural hair under the braids is taken care of. This can be done by laying down a nourish and moisturised foundation with TRESemmé Botanique shampoo & conditioner before starting the braiding process to bring out the hair’s natural beauty.
Afro’s are a great way to embrace the hair’s natural beauty, with TRESemmé Botanique shampoo & conditioner that helps soften and manage hair for styling.
For an edgy faux hawk, sleek back the sides, add the TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Maximiser for extra volume, and blow out the front and top of the ‘fro. To soften the look with a feminine touch, add some braided extensions to the sides and you’re good to go. With trends like these, the fashion and hair industry can only look forward to what lies ahead as each century resents new and exciting trends to be explored and tailored for generations to come.