Johannesburg - The recent South African Fashion Week was not just about clothes. Hair trends were also on show.
Top hairstylists Nthato Mashishi for Motions Hair Care and Matthew Mansoor for Tresemmé created some dazzling styles at a workshop during the five-day event in Joburg. They launched four new looks for Afro and Caucasian hair.
“The mood for Winter 2014 is dramatic, but defined,” says Mashishi.
Mansoor says it’s all about going back in time and reinventing classic styles. “The focus will be on length and up-dos. Styles will contain a lot of volume while maintaining a classic air of sophistication.”
Here the stylists tell you how to create three of their runway looks at home – Lindsay Ord
* Blow-dry hair until straight.
* Moisturise and comb the hair upwards. French plait hair starting from front to the back.
* Braid a hairpiece into the French braid. Using hairgrips or pins, attach the braid to the plaited hair.
* At back of head, roll the braid into a bun, to create a dramatic, stylish look.
* Apply oil sheen spray and spritz.
* Comb the hair from back to front and then hold the knot on top with an elastic band, positioning it close to the hairline.
* Create a bow tie using a hair extension or natural hair if it is long enough.
* Attach the bow by rolling your own hair to the centre of the bow of hair, using hairgrips to secure it. Secure with spray.
* Set the hair with perm rollers and apply set lotion, then dry hair for approximately 45 minutes under a hood dryer, to make the hair set. Remove rollers.
* Using natural hair (if long enough) or a hair piece, comb the hair upwards on one side using a fishtail comb/Afro comb. Make sure to keep the sides and back as flat as possible so that it gives an illusion of cut hair.
* Use hair clippers to cut hair into more structured look, creating a dramatic Grace Jones look and feel. Apply spray to hold.
* Use a tail comb to create a side path from the hairline up to the centre of the head.
* Tease the hair on the crown to create body and lift at the back of the head. Use bobby pins to secure the hair and create the crown effect. Apply a holding spritz.
Cheeky Frizz Balls
* Create a zigzag line in the middle and a low ponytail on each side.
* Use a medium barrel iron and curl each ponytail, using 2cm sections of hair.
* Use your fingers to hold each curl and push back hair towards the ponytail, creating a slight frizz and fullness.
Secure with bobby pins and spray with finishing spray.
* Create a high ponytail 2cm from the hairline.
* Divide the ponytail into two even sections. Wrap one section of hair around the ponytail twice, leaving a piece of it hanging at the front.
* Tease the second section of hair and roll it under itself and towards the ponytail to create a half ball and secure with bobby pins.
* Curl the hanging front piece and wrap it under and around the half ball. Secure with bobby pins and hairspray.
Elegant Side braid
* Apply mousse to damp hair. Spray styling spray on the ends and blow-dry.
* Take large sections of hair and use a medium barrel curling iron to curl half of each strand. Repeat for the whole head.
* Topple head over to gently loosen curls. Create a 2cm side path on the left and pull hair over to the right side, ensuring hair is pulled sleek and secure with bobby pins.
* Pull hair from sides and gather at the crown. Tease it to create a high raised poof using hairspray to set the style. Secure it with bobby pins.
* Pull excess curls to the right side and braid hair to create a soft loose braid.
Products: Tresemme. - The Star