Step Back in Time

201704ReflectionsThis month Jonathan takes us through the hottest hair looks seen at fashion month, the awards season and, of course, the biggest night in film, which calls for hair looks of cinematic proportions.

I am going to start off with the Oscars, which is always the highlight of the awards season and it didn't disappoint. I was thoroughly entertained by Mr. Warren Beatty and even broke out the popcorn when the mistake was announced. To be honest I am actually glad that La La Land didn’t win Best Picture as it was a total let down. It promised to be so good but...well, it wasn’t. If I could have taken up knitting while watching it I would have. However, leading lady Emma Stone did shine on Oscar night with her effortless copper-red hair tossed over to the side in elegant Old Hollywood waves - a popular style of the night. This is everything red carpet beauty should be. We are seeing a big 40s revival at the moment, from red carpet to the catwalk (more on this later). I love everything about the 40s; well, Hitler and the blitz weren’t great but the hair WAS fabulous.

Get the look

To create these soft dreamy waves at home blow-dry smooth then spray Redken Quick Tease €14,25 onto your hair and brush through to give it some grip. Next wand every section going away from your face with the GHD Creative Curl Wand. A soft bristle brush and your fingers are key for breaking up the curls, then set with hairspray.

Taraji P. Henson made my head turn as she opted for the full bombshell effect. The asymmetrical bob added drama while the flash of toffee balayage on one side was genius.

Michelle Williams showed off her peroxide, gamine, choppy cut which looked like an up to date version of Mia Farrow. I would have gone for a warmer blonde, as the ice blonde hue jarred against her dark eyes, but the cut was flawless.

Charlize Theron was channelling Grace Kelly and I thought the fringe swept over to one side was stunning. The voluminous, 80s-inspired hair part was pulled back into a low ponytail while her make-up was minimal, letting her jaw-dropping diamond earrings do the talking.

Scarlett Johansson's pixie cut had an androgynous feel to it. If she hadn't had lipstick on she could have be mistaken for a boy. The quiffed hairstyle and intentional roots gave it a cool, carefree finish.

Now, I am sitting on the fence with Halle Berry. My first thought was that it looked like she had put her wig on backwards, but on closer inspection, a lot of work has gone into this look and I think she managed to pull it off. Plus it reminds me of the 70s disco afro so that's always going to win me over.

Who got it wrong

Nicole Kidman's hair, Armani gown, and skin shade were all in the same colour family which made her basically look poorly. She looked cold and in need of a dose of Vitamin C. She needs to go back to copper blonde as soon as possible.

Now Jessica Biel - what were you thinking? She looked like she was auditioning for Game of Thrones. I think she must have pulled the short straw when they were assigning the hairdressers. Her sleek hair was pulled back into a floppy (yet somehow also structural) bun. Why was it fuller on one side? It looked like she had her hair styled and then decided to go for a kip.

Let’s hear it for the guys – or not!

Now normally the men don’t even get a mention when it comes to the style stakes at the Oscars but this year a few did – and not in a good way. Jamie Dornan tried to add a little spice to his grooming routine with a shaved head and bushier beard, but ended up looking like his head was upside down. Justin Timberlake looked like a Battenberg cake and Jeff Bridges – well, he looked like Gerry. Need I say more?

Straight off the runway

Bottega picked up where the Oscars left off, showing a modern take on the 1940s via a French Twist with a roll at the front. The look was given a punky edge by allowing a few pieces to stick out. To get the look prep hair with Redken All Soft Shampoo €13,50 and Conditioner €15,75 to cleanse and add softness and shine. Apply Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam, €14,25, concentrating at the roots of the hair and throughout the lengths. Roughly blow dry hair using fingers. Brush through your length with a boar bristled brush. Pull hair at the crown over to one side of your face, creating a 40s wave in the front. Set with bobby pins. Using a boar bristled brush, pull hair back to the nape of the neck and pull up into a French twist. Set with pins. Pull out a few pieces using fingers, allowing them to hang loosely for a soft, romantic look.

This image could have been taken straight out of the 1960s. Beehive up-dos, eyeshadow applied liberally along the crease, false eyelashes, and lots of lip liner were the basis of Moschino’s '60s-inspired offering. Key products to achieve this look are a good fine tail comb and plenty of hairspray, because you are going to be back-combing as though your life depends on it. Use Redken Quick Tease as a foundation and then backcomb. Brush this out and then backcomb again – yes I like to call it the ‘double backcomb’. Set with Redken Triple Take 32 Extreme High-Hold Hairspray €14,25. Create the shape you are after, then finish off with another coating of lacquer. Just don’t let anyone near you with a cigarette because you truly will be smoking hot!

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