How to cre­ate your sig­na­ture look with a feel­good vibe

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - FASHION/HAIR - Paul Stafford, 671 Lis­burn Road, Belfast, tel: 028 9066 2554 PaulStafford

Ihave a sig­na­ture look that’s pretty iden­ti­fi­able. I never went out to cre­ate my ‘look’; it wasn’t done to make me stand out. I just hap­pened to love mu­sic from a cer­tain pe­riod and nip­ping around town on my Vespa. It’s formed who I am, what I like to wear and how I style my hair. It has be­come my sig­na­ture, even though I now lis­ten to all kinds of mu­sic.

So what is your sig­na­ture look? Most celebri­ties have them. Katy Perry’s vibe is Fifties can­dyfloss, Mar­i­lyn Man­son’s heavy gothic. But sig­na­ture looks are not al­ways out there. Kylie Jen­ner has stuck (mostly) with the jet black hair of brand Kar­dashian and Halle Berry to her cute pixie crop while Cyn­thia Nixon has played about with var­i­ous shades of red.

They’ve cap­tured a theme that has in essence be­come them. But how do you ar­rive at a sig­na­ture look? You start by fo­cus­ing on what you like and keep this at the heart of any trans­for­ma­tion. It’s also about sus­tain­ing the styling through ev­ery­thing: hair, clothes, ac­ces­sories, even nails. How­ever, hair must be your pri­or­ity. It is al­ways with you.

The worst you can do is find a cut or colour that suits you and stick with it. That’s bor­ing. But you can find a vibe that makes you feel good and play with it. Think Jackie O with her brunette curls. I tend to make sub­tle changes, but then again, I’m a bloke.

A sig­na­ture look doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean a bold look that will get you no­ticed. Con­sis­tency mat­ters. Even though it’s lovely to have clients come into Stafford Hair and ask for some­thing to­tally dif­fer­ent, mostly peo­ple want a vari­a­tion on what they al­ready have, and that’s cool. Our aim is to cre­ate a great style that suits the wearer and fits her im­age.

The best sig­na­ture looks com­ple­ment face shape and life­style. There is no point de­cid­ing on big and bouncy as your look if you have no skill or time or money to cre­ate it ev­ery day. How­ever, it can be your spe­cial oc­ca­sion look; all you need is a quick blow dry ses­sion in the sa­lon.

Colour must com­ple­ment skin tones; even bright rain­bow colours or pas­tels need to suit the colour­ing of the per­son. You can also change your colour, if you have other el­e­ments that are con­sis­tent, like red lips and nails.

If you like dress­ing your hair, you can cap­ture a cer­tain feel by fo­cus­ing on a par­tic­u­lar era — a Fifties roll or a Sev­en­ties flick. 2018 is all about curl, so maybe you could flirt with an Eight­ies perm, but up­dated.

Good groom­ing is a pri­or­ity. What ev­ery sig­na­ture look has in com­mon is a pol­ish. Hair is cut reg­u­larly, washed and styled, and if there are roots, then they are sup­posed to be there — think ac­tress Si­enna Miller.

DIS­TINC­TIVE: Katie Perry, and (be­low) Halle Berry, Jackie Onas­sis and Si­enna Miller

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