Cut above the rest

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 18 October, 2010, 12:00am

A new season is the perfect time to reinterpret your look, and a change of hairstyle or shade is a great place to start.

Neil Moodie, international celebrity stylist and founder of WAM Hair, recommends taking inspiration from several intriguing looks seen on runways - tie-ups with a twist, au naturel or deliberately down and dirty.

'Clean and tied-up hair styles dominated the catwalks at Chanel, Celine, Prada and VPL,' Moodie says. 'Ponytails and chignons are accessorised with curves, rope braids or twisted into different shapes. It's sexy, sophisticated and mischievous.' If buttoned-up chic doesn't appeal, Moodie suggests another look that was showcased on the catwalks: a natural, sultry approach.

'[There's] nothing sexier than effortless, unassuming beauty,' he says. 'This look is all about taking healthy, textured hair and emphasising its best natural qualities. A simple centre parting, dampened down and straightened from mid-lengths in random sections, brings out a sultry bed-head style that is seductive and natural.'

A touch of the popular 1990s grunge trend is also making a comeback. 'Taking inspiration from Courtney Love circa 1993, Just Cavalli took dishevelled sex appeal to the next level,' Moodie says.

'Hair was parted down the centre and enhanced with extensions. Styling products were worked in through the hair from the roots and dried for a sexy, natural texture.'

Justinpaul Chambers, from Chandler salon in Central, says the short cut is making a comeback, much like Harry Potter actress Emma Watson's new pixie style.

'It's almost boyish, a long layered top texture with very short sides and back,' says Chambers, who also says that short styles by actress Tilda Swinton and singer Rihanna 'are inspirational'.

Colour is a must, Chambers says. Blondes are going warmer, but still keeping some lighter hues.

'For darker colours, go with rich tones and break the ends with a splash of light tips for dimension and texture.'

There is also a fresh take on the 'big' hairstyles of the 1980s.

'Try perfectly tonged curls by letting hair go big, wild and sexy,' Chambers says.

'Either use Velero rollers for that extra body or curling tongs to the mid-length to ends of the hair for a more textured, sexy, warm look.'

At the Kim Robinson salon in Central, achieving such a big, wavy and sexy mane over the long-term is possible after three months of treatment, even for those with very straight hair.

'We're excited to bring to Hong Kong the latest generation of shape memory permanent wave technology,' says studio director Kim Robinson. 'Luscious volume, temptress waves and Brigitte Bardot bed-head is both a timeless and [trendy] look. Dijo Wave achieves this.'

The Dijo Wave system is becoming popular in Asia. It produces self-setting, natural looking waves and curls, while also thermally reconditioning hair. The hair is first diagnosed before a pre-cleanse. A solution is then applied and the hair is styled around thermal rods, which come in different sizes to achieve a looser wave or tighter curl. The rods are then heated for a period best suited to the hair's condition. The method ensures the hair maintains the curl styling, giving cleanse-and-go ease without fuss, and allowing the studio look to be replicated at home with easy finger styling.

Grungy, sleek, curls or short - women are spoiled for choice this season, with enough options available for them to choose the look that best suits them.

Getting it right

Neil Moodie, the founder of WAM Hair products, explains how to create the ideal tie-up this season

Prep hair with Bumble and Bumble tonic spray. Create a natural central parting and blow-dry the hair smooth.

Use WAM Digital Straightening irons to gently smooth through from mid-lengths to ends to give an extra glossy finish.

Tie hair into a smooth low ponytail just below the occipital bone (at the base and back of the head where it joins the neck).

Take the ponytail to create a round loop with the hair, then tie the mid-length to the base of the ponytail, leaving the ends to hang loose.

Use palms to gently rub the hair around hairline to create fine, flyaway hairs.