Spring is all rough and tumble
The chignon gets roughed up at Daniel Hersheson
From waves at Chloé to androgynous slicked-back styles at Gucci and dishevelled up dos at Chanel, there are so many looks to choose from this season, there is no excuse not to look bang on trend.
At Twenty8Twelve's spring 2010 show, Daniel Hersheson's creative team sent the models down the runway with wavy, textured hair with a long fringe to give an extra edginess.
"Rock chick meets boho - it's a timeless look achieved by tonging the hair loosely," says Elliot Bute, based at Hersheson's Conduit Street salon.
James Galvin, creative director at Daniel Galvin, reckons that it is all about hair having "a deconstructed look and styled into controlled shapes with an androgynous or tomboyish feel" - which translates as having a great cut and then roughing it up so it doesn't look too smooth.
At Toni & Guy, cuts are "loose, lived-in and all about versatility". The classic pageboy, for instance, has been subverted with "intricate, hidden subtleties" to maximise the weight and density of hair, which is layered with soft, serrated edges for a very feminine effect
The chignon, so hot right now, should be worn quite messy and deconstructed, making it "the perfect style to do yourself" according to leading stylist Mathew Alexander, and the perfect holiday do, too.
How to do the 'new bardot'
This ‘do’ from Headmasters was “inspired” by Claudia Schiffer but we think it owes more to Bardot. Hair is sectioned from hair-line to crown and blow-dried smooth using a large brush. To create curl at the ends, angle hair round brush, and aim dryer at the underside to seal it in. Backcomb to create height, then brush top section of hair away from the face. Smooth it back into a quiff and secure. A spritz of L’Oreal Techni. Art Air Fix will hold it.
"Make sure the weight of the hair is tucked neatly into the nape of the neck. Hair need not be perfectly straight; in fact, a coarser texture is key as it stops the chignon looking too formal. Keep the top and crown flat. Accessorise with head bands or ribbon," he instructs.
At Hob salons, award winning Akin Konizi, has been working asymmetric bobs, some with chunky fringe, and dramatic pageboys.
When it comes to colour, Daniel Galvin is "leaning strongly towards the pale, soft creamy tones and soft golds which really flatter and enhance skin".
Galvin also believes that the launch of L'Oréal's new Innovation, No Ammonia (INOA) ammonia-free professional hair colour range has made it possible to achieve results "which not only look completely natural but also leave the hair looking and feeling healthy".
Josh Wood, the renowned colourist at Realhair, says: "I try to make colour look as believable as possible - which is different to natural. It needs to really suit the skin tone and eye colour."
According to Michael Charalambous, at Mayfair's chic Nyumba salon, this season is all about "coiffured, but soft, shiny bouncy hair", which means visiting the hairdresser more frequently.
"Now is the time to ask your stylist for a discount for frequent blow-dries. Or book for a blow-dry lesson," he advises.
Daniel Galvin (www.danielgalvin.com); Daniel Hersheson (www.danielhersheson.com); Gina Conway Salons (www.ginaconway.co.uk); Headmasters (www.hmhair.co.uk/salons); Mathew Alexander, (www.mathewalexander.co.uk); Nyumba (www.nyumbasalon.com); Realhair (www.realhair.co.uk); Hob salons (www.hobsalons.com); Toni & Guy (www.toniandguy.com).