One of my favorite hair looks from the runway this past Fashion Week was on the models during the Band of Outsiders Spring/Summer 2014 show. Legendary hairstylist Didier Malige of Art Partner created the “Jan Brady at the beach” tresses using René Furterer products as hair took on a aprés-swim, surfer girl ease that served as the perfect compliment to the beachwear inspired elegance of the Band of Outsiders collection. Carefree California pieces included Malibu-worthy hoodies and anoraks as well as fluid crêpe shirtdresses. Makeup wise, the classic take on a quintessential California girl was given a sophisticated feel thanks to Dick Page, Artistic Director for Shiseido who gave eyes, lips, and cheeks a sensual glow with sun-washed neutrals. Below, Malige gives us a DIY how-to in creating the look for yourself.
- I start on clean, dry hair and make a low side part so that hair falls to the right. Next, starting at the roots, I mist hair generously with René Furterer FIORAVANTI shine enhancing no rinse detangling spray, combing it through and massaging it in with my hands. This helps to bring back the natural curl, whatever texture the model has. Even if you have straight hair, you can bring out the wave with this product. Once all the hair is sprayed, we repeat this step, from roots to ends, several times. You can use a lot of the FIORAVANTI detangling spray because it doesn’t get greasy and has a very good texture.
- Next, in front I sweep the hair to the right of the part across the forehead. The focus of this look is the sweep of hair to the side. It has to be really flat in front, like Jan Brady would do. The movement has to be exaggerated. Then I lift the end of this “bang” and hold it with a clip. I put a bit of paper under the clip so it won’t leave a dent. The hair is also clipped behind the left ear in the same way.
- To secure the side-swept hair in a soft wave behind the right ear, I slip in two bobby pins right above the ear, matching the pins to the model’s hair color. We want the pins to be matte so that they are invisible on the runway. So before putting them in the hair, we “sand” them with an emery board. When the pins are matte they won’t pick up the light on the runway.
- To continue building the texture I continue to spray hair with the FIORAVANTI detangling spray, lightly ruffling the hair with my hands as I go. This look isn’t so much about hairdressing, it’s more about styling. We are not using blow-dryers. And it’s best not to use combs or brushes, and just use your hands. We’re not “doing” the hair—we’re just touching it.
- Next, hair in back from crown to ends is sprayed with René Furterer VOLUMEA volumizing conditioning spray no rinse and massaged in with my hands. This gives the texture we created a controlled volume and a light, airy natural finish. The clips are removed, hair is again lightly ruffled and we’re ready for the runway!
*Photo Credits: John M. Craig for René Furterer