Whether it’s long and loose or a dramatic updo, holiday hair gets a little more glamorous thanks to some inspiration from the stars of the silver screen.
Inspired by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
This look of the moment is all about giving vintage styles a modern makeover. “We’re seeing a return to the classic 1940s and 1950s American-girl types of styling techniques,” says Regis Senior Artistic Director Damon Footer. Inspired by decades past, he created this look, a bold combination of victory rolls, a contemporary pompadour and a French twist.
For this style, Footer began by separating model Michelle’s hair into two large sections: one using the hair on the crown of her head and one with the hair at the sides and back of her head. He created a classic French twist using the back-and-sides section.
Then he separated the large top section into three smaller ones, one at the front about an inch back from her forehead and the other two on either side of a middle part. Footer rolled the two smaller, side sections together onto the top of Michelle’s head. Finally, he rolled the front section up and back, away from her face, tucking it into the victory rolls and pinning it down for a gorgeous pompadour.
The key to this look, Footer says, is to make it ap- pear more modern by allowing it to unravel a bit. It should look polished but just loose enough to seem as though you did it yourself!
The Leading Man
Inspired by Ricky Nelson in Rio Bravo.
“Men’s styling is shifting back to classic barbering for a crisp, clean look,” Footer says. To accomplish this, Footer went for a very tight, short length on Joe’s hair. He shaped the sides and back and left the top “disconnected,” meaning that the length of the top does not blend into or connect with the sides or back of the haircut. Footer added a modern finish by texturizing the hair at the top, using a razor to trim it into slightly varying lengths. Because there isn’t a lot of hair to work with, this cut is easy to style. Just use a small amount of styling cream to provide a soft hold while hair is still damp. Then, once it’s dry, Footer recommends using a dime-sized amount of pomade to muss up the top, giving hair a slightly unkempt, cool finish.
The New Wave
Inspired by Rita Hayworth in Blood and Sand.
In the past, curls were about structure, definition and maximum hold that lasted all day long. Today, however, “clients are moving away from classic curls to a more natural and effortless wave that’s perfect for all occasions,” Footer says. These new curls permit a relaxed look that doesn’t require as much maintenance.
To style, wrap large sections of hair around one or two fingers, depending on how tight you want your waves. Dry each section thoroughly from roots to ends, and slowly unwrap your fingers. The result is soft and loose waves.
Inspired by Veronica Lake in The Glass Key.
To take natural-looking waves to the next level, all you need is a curling iron. This style is perfect for women who want to transform their more structured and conventional daytime look into old-fashioned glamour for night. Steal this look by using either a one-inch or a one-and-a-half-inch curling iron. Use a larger barrel to create looser curls or a smaller barrel for tight curls. “To create a more natural-looking curl, you can also vary between different-size curling irons,” Footer says. When sectioning off your hair, remember that larger sections will create a more relaxed curl, whereas smaller sections will be curlier. When you’ve finished styling, gently brush out the waves so they’re softer at the ends.
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