Yes ladies the light mornings are here and that can only mean one thing – spring is on its way! Say goodbye to your Uggs and Hellooooo Flip flops and start getting ready for warmth (well as warm as it can get)
My first task is to sort out my hair, the hair that I do tend to neglect in winter as the only style that matches my winter uniform of fluffy pyjamas and slippers is a big hair band and it tied up in some creation, So I enlisted the help of Akin Konizi the International Creative Director for Hobs Salons and Current Hairdresser of the year to give us the lowdown on his predictions for Spring/Summer Hair 09
‘Fortunately there is not one single defined look for spring/summer 09, but a delicious assortment of looks for different style tribes to choose from! Following on from last year, the trend for crops and shorter hairstyles will continue although there will be a looser, less structured feeling moving into spring/summer, working with more texture and movement within precise contours.
To perfect shorter styles, create that all important texture and definition with a clay or wax based product. Avoiding the wetter look achieved with gels and serums, apply a small amount into your hands and rub through the hair for a matte finish. Shorter hairstyles work particularly well with blondes, which is a big colour story this season itself.
For those keen to hold onto their length, big is beautiful. Lifeless locks are a thing of the past as this spring, hair embraces curvaceous volume and movement, channelling the 70’s with centre-partings, although worn slightly off-centre for softness and wearability. Mixing a combination of eras and textures helps to achieve a less structural and more youthful, fresh feel.
Professional curl-enhancing products that motivate body and volume will be crucial for those with finer tresses, whilst a product cocktail of mousse and leave-in conditioner will offer the perfect partnership to give definition and control to coarser, unruly curls. Avoid overstyling and keep it soft and natural by avoiding the roots and gently brush out curls after styling for loose waves that you can run your fingers through.
Statement fringes are big news for 2009 and add instant interest to longer lengths, whether they’re shorter, quirky fringes like style queen Agyness or full eye-skimming bangs as sported by rock chick Daisy Lowe.
This season is not just about texture, but also about contrasting texture. Working with varying textures within one look gives a defined edge to your style and makes a definite statement, but ensure your contrasting textures work together, so people are talking about you for all the right reasons. The straight and frizzy combination works well, whether you apply frizzy texture to random sections on straighter hair or working on the lower half of the head, keeping the top half sleek and straight. Just be sure when working with different textures to blend them seamlessly so they work in harmony as opposed to looking like two hairstyles on one head.
The quiff makes a strong style statement for the bold and confident, but the modern quiff is softer, looser and above all, sexy! The key is keeping movement and softness, rather than it looking static and stiff. The great news it works on shorter or longer hair. Those with shorter hair should leave lots of length in the front to achieve height in your quiff and those with longer hair can twist hair back into a French pleat leaving out the front section to backcomb and brush up. Backcombing is the key technique used for the desired effect and remember to use a great hairspray to keep your style in place.
Updo’s see a return to simplicity, with hair either swept or slicked back from the face for clean, simple styles. Weight will be concentrated at the front or on the crown with sculptured, defined shapes, for a modern twist on classic styles. Adding an instant wow factor to hair, up or down, the spring/summer catwalks were awash with statement hair accessories from big bows at the Moschino show to pretty flower clips at Luella, whilst the biggest hair accessory is the return of the headband. As hair becomes more natural, let accessories do the talking with bold colour and design.
Above all, great hair for me is all about confident, individual style that mirrors you and your personality as opposed to copying specific trends. Sexy hair is healthy hair so ensure you keep your hair in optimum condition and shine during the spring and summer months to stand out from the crowd.
Christel Lundqvist, Technical Director for hob salons and current British Colour Technician of the Year is in the know for all things colour:
Working to compliment hair cut & styling trends for spring/summer 09, the coming season’s biggest colour story is, not surprisingly, all about blondes. From vanilla, champagne, oyster and milk white tones through to sand, cinnamon and sandalwood shades, blondes will be brighter and more eye-catching than that of seasons past. The emphasis is on a clean, pure result with translucent, dazzling colour. Blondes will feature accents of soft pastel tones including lavender or salmon rose merged together for a seamless result.
Looking at on-trend tones for other colour tribes, brunettes will fall into more organic, natural shades with muted browns and slate greys, whilst rich clay browns and earthy shades will become popular. All over coverage incorporates lighter panels shining through for a seamless blend.
For the daring and different, opt for statement colour which is the perfect antidote to the doom and gloom in the recent economic climate. Looking to the year ahead and the fashion catwalks for spring/summer 09 from Lanvin to Christopher Kane, it’s a bright and colourful palette. A spectrum of colour will see hues of salmon rose, fuschia red, Lucite green, super lemon and lavender tones offering a fresher, vibrant feel. Using these tones as inspiration, colours can be varied to achieve more dramatic versions or muted shades to suit the individual. Statement colour is high impact and gets you noticed, so best suited to those who want to stand out and be different. The key to colour maintenance is professional haircare products and regular treatments, to help enhance shine and prolong the life of your colour.
Hob Salans Offer
Looking for a Mothers Day present but watching your pennies? We at Girlie Gossip have the perfect solution! Visit your nearest branch of award-winning hairdressing group, hob salons and buy a Mothers Day Voucher which entitles your nearest and dearest to a deep conditioning hair ritual treatment and a professional blow-dry for only £27.00 (rrp £41.00).
Creative Director for Hob Salons, Akin Konizi, who is the current British Hairdresser of the Year says ‘Giving your Mum some much deserved downtime, she will also leave feeling and looking utterly fabulous meaning you’ll be in her good books for a long while!’
Selected salons are also including a luxury manicure within the package costing a total of £36.00 (rrp £56.00). With 15 locations throughout London, Hertfordshire, Middlesex and Essex, visit www.hobsalons.com to find your nearest salon. Offer available to purchase until 22 March 2009 and Mothers Day Voucher is valid until 31 May 2009.