Here at GLAMOUR, we're known for predicting the hair trends that will take over, from coining the ‘hacked bob’ to telling you about the ‘wolf cut’, all the way back in May. Basically, we're home to hair gurus – looking at you, Elle Turner. I've been feeling uninspired by my hair lately – itching for a change but not wanting anything too drastic; I'm one of those ‘chop my hair off and dye it orange when I'm feeling out of sorts' kinda gals. So, instead of going bold, I went for a chic cut and colour I can actually sustain. I settled on combining two of this season's biggest hair trends: Bronde balayage and a mini '70s curtain bang. Eat your heart out, Farrah Fawcett.
I headed to my favourite salon, Wavi London, which is a local favourite of mine on Chatsworth Road, East London. Wavi London is a premier boutique hair salon, with international stylists and colour technicians – it's a salon all about empowering women and they truly understand the importance that hair holds. In the words of Fleabag, “Hair is everything, we wish it wasn't so we could actually think about something else occasionally. But it is. It's the difference between a good day and a bad day”
Cansu, the owner of Wavi, started with the all-important colour. I've been every variation of blonde, from ashy to white, and this season I wanted to try something new. Like Goldilocks, I've tried different shades of
porridge blonde and have found a middle ground, not to hot not too cold – an easy to upkeep, warm bronde. Cansu tells me “Balayage is a very bespoke application so, the consultation is very important. Each client's needs from a balayage vary, some would prefer more roots and a thicker face frame and some would like it closer to roots with a thinner face frame to create a more worn-in natural highlight effect. Not to forget the shades of colours vary too. Starting with photos to see the client's expectations, is always a good idea!”
A fringe is a MASSIVE decision – and I mean that sincerely. If you, like me, had a bowl haircut as a child the word 'fringe' might make you shudder. But seeing endless influencers style their curtain fringes this season has made me change my mind. If you're not confident enough to go for a full fringe, a mini curtain is the best idea – it's long enough to wear unstyled but when blowdried correctly, can take a '70s flip. Perfection.
Cansu says “the main focus is the front of the hair for this style, once agreed on the shortest length the client is ok with it all goes down from there, a smooth textured slide with scissors (yes, a scissor slide not razor) and I can always go back to adding more layers and texture until we achieve the perfect flick.” She has a word of warning: "This haircut will need a round brush blow drying to style at home to make it look like the way it does in the salon," so make sure you're willing to style your fringe ladies."
It's been a week since I took the plunge and got this haircut, and Cansu is totally right – you need to style it for the ‘70s feel – and it takes some work. I use my trusty Amika Hair Blow Dryer Brush on towel-dried hair, first I pull up the front strands, and push the brush outwards. Then, I clip them to the side (where I’d like them to fall, just above my cheekbones) and blow-dry the rest of my hair – once that's done, release the clips and use a dry texture spray, zhushing the strands in place. Finish with some oil on the ends, and ta-da, you've got a modern take on a classic style.
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