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Milan S/S ’13: Va-Voom-Volume at Just Cavalli and Versace
Sat, 22 September 2012 4:49PM
Just as a smoky eye seems to suit Gucci so well, so too does big hair work back to a Versace frock in a way that no other hair style can. After all, if you wear Versace, chances are you like a little glamour. Actually, probably a lot.
Image: courtesy of Redken
There are several reasons to love big hair. One theory as to why we keep going back to it – according to some hair stylist acquaintances of mine – is that the bigger the hair, the smaller everything else looks below. And if you’re wearing slinky Versace-style gowns, every centimetre counts.
Big hair, I’ve also been told, is meant to subliminally signify wealth and power. It’s a throwback to ye olde days, when the women who had the big set ‘dos were usually the ones who could afford to go to the salon. Think Jacqui O and her bouffant ‘dos.
But the main reason for super-sizing your hair these days is that it’s such an easy look to style. Moreso than straight hair – even though super-hot irons have made smoothing hair easier than ever, this look requires absolute perfection. But big bouncy hair – it must move around, so every hair doesn’t have to have its place.
As seen backstage at Versace, there are a few key, super-easy steps to getting the big hair look:
- Have your hair cut to around collar-bone – or a little shorter. Redken hair guy Guido Palau actually cut many of the models’ hair this length himself. The reason: any longer and gravity weighs hair down, bringing all that lovely bounce down to earth.
- Work mousse through damp hair, then rough-dry, scrunching as you go. Palau used Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam, $29.95, from selected salons.
- Once dry, twist hair up into a high bun, and let hair cool (this is the time you can get to work on your makeup and some fabulously sexy smoky eye). Just before you go out (or step onto the catwalk, as the case may be), take hair out. You’ll notice that hair is wonderfully va-voomy as is but, what the heck, dust in some hair powder for extra texture (like Redken Powder Grip 03, $20.95). Finally, shake and go.
PS: for a slightly more swishy take on big hair, blow-dry (well-moussed) hair section by section, curling and pinning (aka pin-curling!) each section up as you go. Again, unfurl just before you walk out the door. The effect is to give hair some slinky movement, as seen at Just Cavalli:
What do you think, Primpers – have you found your Saturday night hairspiration?
Or do you prefer your hair more on the ‘small’ side of things?
Posted by: Katrina Lawrence