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- CANDICE MCKAY FOUNDER OF WY­ATT HAIR­DRESS­ING wy­atthair­dress­ing.com Fashion · Fashion & Beauty

What was the in­spi­ra­tion for your new col­lec­tion, The Mur­mu­ra­tion? I was driv­ing through Tus­cany when I saw a mur­mu­ra­tion. I had never seen any­thing like it and was as­tounded by the beauty and mag­ni­tude of na­ture. It made me think about what sparked the mur­mu­ra­tion. Was it a sin­gle bird or some in­trin­sic call­ing that draws star­lings to gather in their thou­sands and cre­ate such epic for­ma­tions in the sky?

The im­ages, hair­styles and models look strong, bold and as­sertive. Why did you choose to cre­ate this vis­ual in­ter­pre­ta­tion?

I think we mis­in­ter­pret na­ture as be­ing gen­tle, coy and peace­ful. Na­ture is in­cred­i­bly strong; the power of na­ture formed our world. Think of the im­mense force of our el­e­ments. I chose to show­case strong and as­sertive women in this col­lec­tion, with power dress­ing rem­i­nis­cent to the ’80s. These women con­trast both strength and fem­i­nin­ity and high­light that they are not mu­tu­ally ex­clu­sive.

Tell us about the hair­styles and cut trends you have cho­sen

I drew in­spi­ra­tion from the star­lings with their iri­des­cent colours and the for­ma­tions of their wings. This moulded how I de­signed the hair­cuts. The tex­ture in the hair was drawn from their wings and feath­ers, and the hair colour re­flects the colour­ing of star­lings. There is also a nod to the post­punk era and strong fem­i­nist char­ac­ters from that time. There are two cat­e­gories of looks in the col­lec­tion: clas­sic graphic shapes in smooth forms, and highly tex­turised lay­ered looks.

What type of woman do you see try­ing out these cuts and colours?

I don’t ex­pect the col­lec­tion to be­come main­stream. Even in my cre­ative hair sa­lon, a small per­cent­age of fash­ion-for­ward clients will adopt a direct in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the trend. I ex­pect to take el­e­ments of the col­lec­tion and adapt them to the client’s per­son­al­ity and life­style. Add a mi­cro fringe, loads of tex­ture to a short cut; add moder­nity to a clas­sic bob with pan­els of colour. The women who choose these looks will be dy­namic, un­com­pro­mis­ing and self­as­sured.

What should peo­ple take into con­sid­er­a­tion when colour­ing their hair?

We of­ten have clients show­ing us pho­tographs that have had fil­ters or Pho­to­shop ap­plied and that is not a re­al­is­tic rep­re­sen­ta­tion of what is pos­si­ble with hair. Clients are also un­der the im­pres­sion that the vivid colours are per­ma­nent — they are not, they fade fast. With ref­er­ence to bal­ayage, the looks seen are of­ten the re­sults of mul­ti­ple ap­pli­ca­tions and clients of­ten want the same re­sult af­ter one ap­point­ment. When de­cid­ing on a hair colour, you must keep in mind that it may take mul­ti­ple ap­point­ments at the sa­lon to achieve the de­sired look. You should be ask­ing your hair­dresser what main­te­nance is in­volved; what do you take home with you; when should you re­turn for you next ap­point­ment. It is also im­por­tant to dis­cuss your bud­get with your hair­dresser, for the ap­point­ment on the day and for fu­ture ap­point­ments.

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PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: JOHN RAW­SON; HAIR: WY­ATT HAIR­DRESS­ING AND BARBERING TEAM US­ING DAVINES;MAKEUP: MAD­DIE AUSTIN; STYLING: JARED GREEN
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