Saints and sinners

2018-06-ReflectionsJuneThis month Jonathan talks about his love of Madonna, why he loathes full-on facial fuzz and picks his favourite hair transformations created by #TeamReflections

I absolutely LOVED the theme of the Met Gala Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, meaning we saw an abundance of crowns, jewels and melodramatic beauty looks and, of course, our dear Madge stole the show. I felt like it was the first time in years that we were seeing the Madonna from the 80s. Her performance of ‘Like A Prayer’ and Leonard Cohen's ‘Hallelujah’ gave me goosebumps. As for her outfit she was definitely embracing her adopted English roots. She had obviously been up Westminster or to Windsor to borrow a crown and was definitely channelling Victoria after the death of her beloved Bertie.

As for the hair I reckon, knowing Her Highness, she would have originally been going for a braided early Victorian up do, but upon seeing the effect of the braids, decided to mix it up and give the whole look a modern twist. You have to hand it to Ms Ciccone, when she is allowed to let her mind run free and be creative she outshines every star out there. If she really feels what she is doing, she can carry just about anything off. It is a great lesson to us, express yourself in the way YOU want to and don’t listen to other people’s opinions. Madonna has and will continue to teach us  not to be sheep and  be leaders instead.

Rihanna always has to go over the top but I did kind of like it. It screams ‘drag queen’ and basically tells people that she doesn't give a s**t what they think. I do have to ask, was she trying to attack the church with the cardinal headwear?

My favourite hair look of the night goes to Amanda Seyfried, with her angelic beauty look which featured soft, loose waves accented with a gold crown This style looks effortlessly simple but is one of the most time consuming styles to create. You need to start by blow drying the hair smooth with volume. Using a pintail comb add a sharp middle part. Next, take small sections and wrap the hair around a GHD Curve Soft Curl Tong hold for eight to 10 seconds and release, leaving each section to cool.  Once you have curled all the hair, flip your head upside down to separate. Add a little serum to the ends and, to finish, use your fingers and shake out any remaining waves to create a loose, soft texture.

The Reflections team has been knocking it out the park this last month. I am going to talk you through some of my favourite hair transformations.

Ice Queen

Claire’s client wanted to go ice blonde, which is a true ash blonde. To get this look you need a white blonde hue with a hint of grey. This colour I would call a diluted version of the true tone.

Claire began the momentous task by bleaching the client’s hair, which may sound simple enough, but required a great deal of skill and precision because, other than an over processed perm, nothing is more likely to snap your hair off than a bad bleach job. More often than not it’s not actually the bleach that’s the issue, but the way it’s applied.

Claire was extremely careful with the application, first taking care of the roots and, of course, using the mandatory Olaplex. The colour was then rinsed off and the hair half dried to ensure that most of the moisture was removed, thus preventing the colour being diluted.

The next part of the process involved a little trick of ours which I am not prepared to divulge, unless money changes hands. Claire then applied a tint (using it as a toner), first to the root which she allowed to process for 15 minutes, before taking it through the mid length and ends. This was then rinsed off before she went over everything with a true pastel toner (no ammonia just pigment), and quite literally washed it through the hair. A Kerastase treatment was slathered on and the glossy results you can see with your own eyes. This kind of hair is supremely delicate and must be treated with the utmost care. There will be NO throwing yourself into the pool after a few drinks. The thought of chlorine, or sea salt mixed with that beautiful bleached hair is enough to bring me out in a rash.

A cut above the rest

Nadar is good at only a few things in life and barbering is one of them. Yes, I am willing to give him that. He is actually a superb male hair stylist and a great example of this can be seen here, when he created the male haircut of the moment for his client. He really is excellent at classic barbering. I can, hand on heart, say I never learned that particular skill as it just wasn’t my scene. While they were all getting taught to shave beards, I was having a ball with spiral perms.

Seeing red

This is a dramatic hair makeover and a half from Paul and just shows you what can be achieved if you have enough time. It is a massively lengthy process, going from warm fiery hues to cooler tones. It says a lot about the colourist if they can not only get rid of all the red but keep the colour looking natural while maintaining the subtle golden highlights. Red is one of the most difficult colours to get rid of, so I think Paul deserves a round of applause for this dramatic transformation.

A whisker too far

These beards are getting a bit out of hand now. I mean, I am a child of the 80s and I don’t mind a bit of stubble – say, two weeks’ growth – but, goddamn it, not two years of it. I seriously can’t believe what I am seeing. Since the beard boom men are combing their beards and learning how to straighten them. I see men who do not have the right face shape AT ALL for a beard strolling around looking like Abraham Lincoln. Some of them even look like their head is upside down. It reminds me of my geography teacher and that’s not a good look. I am convinced I have seen things growing in a few on them. Lottie even claims they are unhygienic.

Why are men choosing to wear a beard when it adds years to them, especially when the grey starts to come through? There is nothing more ageing. To put it into perspective, my nephew grew a beard, so he could get into clubs without being asked for ID. The problem is now that every 17-year-old has one. I was recently standing in a bar in Leeds and you would have thought you were in an Amish village. The only person I can forgive for this beard malarkey is Tom Hardy, because he can do no wrong.

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