How to create your signature look with a feelgood vibe
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