While you‘re still out there soaking up the sun, hair guru Sebastian Professional is one step ahead, planning your guide to post summer hair. In order to get you rocking the looks of A/W 2012, you’ll need to revive those dehydrated locks! Whether you’ve bleached, blanched or just plain battered your hair, it’s time to book into rehab and treat it to some much-needed TLC. Here to prescribe your post summer regime is Sebastian Design Team artist, Rachel Walker, who shows you how to keep your hair looking hot as the weather gets cooler.
Sleek & Sexy
If summer loving has left your tresses looking worse for wear, then the change of season calls for a moisture overhaul. To revive dehydrated, frizzy locks, Rachel Walker suggests reaching for Hydre Shampoo and Conditioner. Its protein packed formula intensely nourishes damaged hair for invigorated shine and health. Used in conjunction with Hydre Treatment, your hair will be ready to flaunt hot looks from the new season in no time.
“Showcasing your hydrated tresses will be about convenient glamour for A/W 2012”, advises Rachel, “thanks to the humble ponytail featuring heavily on the runways of Paris, London and New York. And whether it’s a dutiful daytime style or something sleek and sexy for the evening – the ponytail is an excellent styling solution.” Another accessible style that’s set to thrive is the high ballerina bun. Seen on the catwalk of Donna Karan, this easily achieved look is great for adding an altogether feminine, ladylike touch to your outfit.
What’s even better about both these styles is that they’re brilliant when styling from wet to dry and perfect for those times you need to look fab in a flash. For a flawless finish, Rachel suggests prepping hair with a mist of Shine Define to give your look lasting hold and a brilliant shine, while keeping flyaways at bay.
From Flat to Plait
The endless styling and preening during the party months can leave your hair limp and lifeless. So to re-inject body and bounce, Rachel recommends the hair body-building Volupt Shampoo and Conditioner. Featuring unique cushion particle technology, this hard working formula locks in volume and softness without adding weight or crunch to the hair.
This weightless volume provides the perfect base for rocking the effortless side plait, first seen on the catwalk of Alexander Wang and set to stick around for A/W 2012. Rachel recommends the plait as a great statement option to dress up drab winter fashions with minimum effort. To perfect the look, work Craft Clay into your hair before braiding, to create a Wang-worthy texturised plait.
If chlorinated pools, sun worshiping and all round mistreatment have left your ends damaged beyond repair – it’s time to go for a chop. “From Posh to Pixie, crops have been on the rise for the last few years – and we haven’t seen the end of them. Crops are the choice of the bold, used to create a dramatic, edgy look.” So if no amount of treatment will nurse your split ends back to health, embrace your inner rock star and opt for a Geldof style crop for an on-trend look.
The best thing about short styles is their versatility, and to bring your crop to life Rachel suggests Matte Putty to deliver different texture and shapes without the look or feel of product.
Lastly, if your much-loved hue has been left faded and worn, go for a change and try one of the on-trend colour choices for A/W 2012. The new months will see a preference towards bright, warm copper tones, with Nordic blondes and beige hues also set to turn heads. “Colour blocking will be a trend set to stay”, says Rachel, “with a return to more earthy and natural hues as opposed to the manufactured candy colours seen in previous seasons.”