Big and Beautiful

Written by Claire:

Break out the hairspray to a 60s soundtrack because the bouffant is back.

The trend for big hair couldn’t be missed on the spring summer catwalks. Think Amy Winehouse meets Victoriana – fly-away hairs and an arm-aching amount of backcombing creates a modern look which is sexy, sophisticated and bang-on trend for those brave enough to try it.

Once you’ve mastered the dry, airy, bouffant try your hand at the simple sassy styles as seen at Prada or Emilio Pucci; the cottage loaf (or ‘nest’) spotted at Roberto Cavalli or even the huge beehive D Squared did so well. This look suits all hair types so fine-haired girls needn’t despair. Plus, extensions work – just a few will transform lank locks.

And the look seems set to continue into autumn winter. At Thakoon, the voluminously swept-up creations had more of a sculptor’s touch than a stylist’s. Orlando Pita also focused on intensive construction at Derek Lam, where the designer’s Tim Burton fixation found its way into gothic-inspired unkempt beehives. Sass & Bide treated the mane as Rodin treated bronze, giving it height, depth and other gravity-defying dimensions, while Michael Kors may just have had Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back to Black’ playing on repeat when he gave instructions to Pita on creating the oversized retro up-dos that knotted at the neck.

One thing is clear: big is beautiful for this season and next. For wash-and-go girls, it’s time to slow down, master the art of backcombing and tease those tresses into a beautiful bouffant.

Get the Look

Load up the hair with light-weight products. Scrunch thickening clay through clean, dry hair, before brushing and blasting with a hairdryer. If your hair is curly, then straighten first. Back-brush gently and mist with holding spray. Using pins, style as desired – remember to keep the look soft, impulsive and wild!

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