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Behold Adele on British Vogue’s November issue cover, single-handedly bringing back the glamorous blow dry. With her voluminous mane and gravity-defying roots, the songstress has long made feline flicks and larger-than-life hair her signature – consider it classic ’60s beauty for the modern era.
“I looked at Catherine Deneuve and similar women with beautiful, thick, gorgeous hair – and that was what I imagined for Adele,” explains Guido Palau, the hairstylist (and Vogue contributing beauty editor) behind the look. “She likes to be glamorous and enjoys hair and make-up, plus she’s also got really great, thick hair, so we went down that route.”
Catherine Deneuve in 1965.
Working with her “mane of hair”, Palau created ample roots and a luscious finish – more-is-more, just like all of the best things in life. “I applied a Bumble & Bumble Thickening Spray into the hair, took big sections and used a big round brush and hairdryer to lift the roots,” he explains. “Then I put velcro rollers in to set it while she was having her make-up done, and teased the roots afterwards. I wanted it to feel like dream hair.”
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That perfect shade of honey blonde is the work of Ryuta Sayama, also known as Wig Boy, who coloured a number of hair pieces to help Palau make Adele’s already abundant hair even thicker. “It’s all about the dimension in colour,” says Sayama, “I mixed warm gold colours and ash colours together, and tried to make the ends a little lighter because she has heavy hair and lots of it.”
Of course, exaggerated, bodacious locks aren’t for everyone – they take personality and confidence to pull off. But while some might have balked at the idea of such voluminous hair, according to Palau, it just spurred Adele on: “She enjoys the process, and the bigger the hair got, the more excited she got,” says Palau. “She was really up for it, so I exaggerated it even more, adding volume and richness to roots and ends.”
Nailing the brief, Adele’s hair really does fit the “dream hair” bill. Defying modern trends to look effortless and undone, it’s unashamedly big and bold and while many of us would need an occasion to recreate such a look, that’s what salons and party season is for – high voltage hair is go.
The November 2021 issue of British Vogue is on newsstands on Friday 8 October.
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