Making waves

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 July, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 30 July, 2004, 12:00am

This summer sees the return of the curl, with international catwalks showing plenty of bends. The Hong Kong fashion crowd is riding the wave. One of the city's top hairstylists, Kim Robinson, shares this season's hottest looks. 'After seasons of ironed straight hair, perming is back in a big way,' he says. A new, hi-tech ceramic perm uses heat to bake in permanent waves or curls depending on the size of the rods used. According to Mr Robinson, the technique is a truly self-setting perm and a revolution for the hair industry.

For extreme volume like the frizz seen on runways, smaller rods are used to achieve a tighter curl.

This season's hot take on Brigitte Bardot. Hair is worn half pinned up, half down. Mr Robinson calls it the 'undone up do' because 'it has to look lived in to keep the look modern'.

To create a 30s retro-inspired look, pin half the hair up (grab pieces of hair at random) and secure with bobby pins.

Health-conscious women keep their skin out of the sun, and the same is true of hair. Putting the sun in your hair, not your hair in the sun, is cosmetically correct today. Bronzing is a way to make hair look sun-kissed by adding colouring to selected pieces. 'Colour should always work with your skin tone,' advises Mr Robinson.

The ceramic self-setting perm gives gentle waves without curl. Simply add a leave-in conditioning styling treatment and dry naturally. Do not comb or brush.


The ceramic perm is a seriously wash-and-go treatment that needs little maintenance. Keep curls separated using leave-in conditioning styling agents. They won't dry out hair and will give curls a chunky effect.

Hair: Kim Robinson

Makeup: Aida Mack

Fashion: Valentino Flower

accessories: from a selection at Kim Robinson