Fringes, bobs or pixie crops? We catch up with Vidal Sassoon creative master cutter and expert stylist ALISON KERLIN to find out what styles and hair colours we’ll be sporting this year.
So, what are the big looks for 2011?
Carey Mulligan, Emma Watson and Michelle Williams have all had their luscious locks lopped off in favour of short pixie cuts that look fantastic. I think we’ll be seeing a lot of variations of this style, from an elfish length to a slightly longer look that drapes past the ear. Textured hair, either short or long, is going to be huge. Those with long hair will want loose waves and soft curls. I think we could even see the rise of digital perms (curls that you can easily recreate at home with just a quick blow-dry).
How do we know whether the pixie cut will suit our faces?
There are some general guidelines for face shapes and hairstyles. Square and heart-shaped faces can rock the pixie look, but make sure to ask for a soft, asymmetrical cut. Those with oval faces are lucky, as pretty much any style will suit them. Round faces can wear the pixie cut, too, but might benefit from longer layers. I’d add some highlights at the top and on the sides for more texture.
Speaking of highlights, what are the hot colours this year?
Rich bronzes, browns and coppers have already strutted down the red carpets at award ceremonies and were also popular on the Spring/Summer 2011 catwalks. Blondes have gone crisp and white, so we’re going to see less of the mixed blond and gold highlights. In fact, the colouring method known as balayage is going to be huge. These are hand-painted highlight flashes that can grow out without developing obvious roots. They can look sun-bleached and natural, or you can opt for popular hot pinks and other bright colours. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different tones.
Fringes, in or out?
In – but talk it through with your stylist, as some fringes require more work than others, especially in Singapore.
How do we take care of a fringe in Singapore? Won’t it either stick against our foreheads or go wiry?
Ask your stylist for a mini-tutorial, and get them him or her to recommend the right product, such as one of the lighter hair balms.
“Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges, but eventually you find a hairstylist you like.” Do you agree?
Ha ha! This is so true, especially in Singapore. It can be very frustrating for a Caucasian expat trying to find a stylist who is experienced with Western hair. It’s also important for a hairstylist to consider your lifestyle. There’s no point giving a high-maintenance hair cut to someone who just doesn’t have the time, or budget, to look after it.
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with your hair, so I try to think about ways to keep your hair looking refreshed, too. It’s about creating completely unique hairstyles that complement the client’s needs, lifestyle, tone of skin and shape of face.
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