Hair trends fade in and out like the seasons, and now Winter is here, we wonder what to do with our locks? Well who better to ask than renown hair stylist Greg Conrad from Conrad Mace Salon.
When I spoke to Greg, I wanted to know what this season’s hair is all about. What styles should we have this winter, and more importantly, what should not be repeated from last season? So if you are in a hair limbo, or just not sure whether to bust out the hair chalk, then relax, because all your questions will be answered by our hair expert.
According to Greg, styles are going back to the “just been to the salon look” and DIY hair is gone. Styles and colour must look polished, not “tizzy” and hair, regardless of length is healthy and shiny. So ladies, that means your pastel dream hair is out!! So put down the bleach. Now, just because the DIY hair trend isn’t carrying over to this season, doesn’t you have to spend hundreds at the hairdressers or get a wash and blow-wave every week. It just means keeping things in check. In fact, doing a semi at home every few weeks or throwing a few hot rollers in your hair is perfectly fine. Whatever works for you and your budget, as long as hair is kept simple, relaxed and fuss free.
Colour, which has had major focus over the past few years with all sorts of pastels and neons gracing the runway, and balayage is taking a back seat. According to Greg, we are moving back toward one solid colour. “Stripey” or heavy over colouring is a thing of the past. You want to take your hair back to one earthy tone. Greg recommends honey tones, lush browns and coppers. Tones which make hair look healthier and richer.
As far as styles go, Greg says fashion is nodding toward more classic do’s. We are talking waves in long hair, rather than curls: water waves and vintage “Hollywood” styles, and of course you can’t go past the classic ‘bob’. Fringes are in, as is anything that is going to soften the face. The look is still urban and interesting but not as harsh as the angular styles and hard edged colouring of last year.
As far as care goes, Greg says, invest in a wide barrelled curling iron to get the luscious loose waves he speaks of. Otherwise your GHD will do the trick, just brush through hair once you have curled the whole head. If you struggle with the back of your head, Greg suggests to “throw in a few rollers” at the back and let them cool. Make sure curls are not tight or springy but fall loosely.
To get hair into optimal health, Greg insists you can’t skip a deep moisturising treatment at least once a week. When styling is finished, put a dab of styling gloss, or coconut oil into palms and rub hands together and work lightly over the curls to add shine.
Try these products.
Goldwell Kerasilk Instant Silk Fluid – $21
A gorgeous leave-in for silky shiny healthy hair.
Goldwell Rich Repair 60 Second Treatment – $21
A quick deep moisturising treatment to get hair looking its best.
KMS California Free Shape 2-in-1 Styling + Finishing Spray – $28
Perfect hair spray to shape and hold curls without stiffness. Heat activated and reduces heat damage and breakage.
Cloud Nine Waving Wand – $30
The ultimate styling tool.
Thanks to Greg Conrad from Conrad Mace Salon, 299 Toorak Road, South Yarra ph. (03) 9827 8685 www.conradmace.com.au
Images care of Conrad Mace, Goldwell, KMS California and Cloud Nine.