By RMUK on March 11th, 2012
The Wet Look
Following on from the ‘80s trend, the super glamorous wet look was a favourite with Alberta Ferretti in his spring summer launch. Slicked back supermodel styles are easy to achieve and the perfect way to stay glam as the temperature starts to rise. For the perfect wet look towel dry washed hair to remove excess water. Apply a product such as L’Oreal to the hair, comb through the front sections and leave to dry naturally. Alternatively, after applying the gel, comb hair into a simple ponytail or bun and leave.
Hollywood is embracing the ’20s this year with big screen releases of ‘The Artist’ and ‘J Edgar’. And fashion is following its lead with Marcel Wave inspired locks as seen at designer Marc Jacobs’ recent shows. The famous Finger Wave hairstyle is sweeping through Tinseltown with actress Diane Kruger at the forefront of the trend.
The 1920’s wave, though best suited to short hair, can still be worn by longer lengths by tying hair at the nape of the neck. A variety of techniques can be used to achieve the look including comb and fingers (Finger Wave) and styling iron (Marcel Wave). For a 2012 approach, start with clean, dry hair and massage a golf ball sized mousse through the roots to give volume. Blow dry slightly to increase volume further. Take a curling iron (small for neat waves and large for big bounce) and work in horizontal sections from the back. Wrap a small section of hair around the iron. Release and spray the section with hairspray to set. Take another section of hair, giving it a twist and hold at the root. Wrap the section, while twisting the hair gently around the curling iron. Spray with hairspray to set, and repeat process until all sections of hair are curled. Use a straightening iron on all sections to lift at the root. Take a good quality brush and brush through the entire head of hair to break up the sections and recreate the wave.
The catwalks are awash with ponies. Led by Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren, the sleek ponytail and its many variations is dominating the spring summer runways. A-Listers love this look for day and night – it’s both polished and practical and provides instant red carpet glamour. J-Lo is a big fan and keeps hers sleek, swept off of her face and half-up half-down at the back to soften the look. Start with freshly washed and blow dried hair. Carefully spritz all over with a shine spray, making sure you don’t over-apply the product or it will look greasy. Separate hair into two sections, leaving some loose hair at the back. Take the larger section on top and comb away from the face into a high ponytail. Spray any wisps of hair that may have escaped with hairspray and smooth to the head. Spritz hair with a heat protector spray. Now with straightening irons, straighten the ponytail and add serum for a super glossy look. Take a section of hair from the back of the ponytail and wrap around the band. Secure end with a pin. Repeat with another piece of hair from underneath to create a larger look. Finish the style a-la J-Lo by straightening the underneath section of hair and adding serum.