Four Hair Styles From This Year's London Collections

Fashion weeks aren’t just about clothes, there’s the hair to consider, too. Here are the three big looks from last week’s collections, as explained by the stylists behind them.

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1 | The Desert Rat (Seen At Richard James) (above)

“The idea behind the show was that the Richard James man had spent three months in the desert, so he had to look a bit rugged, rough round the edges,” explains Daniel Jordan, Session stylist for GO 24.7. “This style makes use of the hair’s natural texture by applying gel to it when it’s wet and then rough drying it with your fingers. I also used a Go Texture paste that (top tip) I warmed in the pot with the hairdryer before applying to the hair, which prevents it getting too built up and heavy in your hair. When that’s in I roughed up the edges.”

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Use: Go 24.7 Texture Paste

2 | The Military Grad (Seen At Christopher Raeburn)

“We chose to go for a military crop to reflect Christopher’s military inspired show,” says Marc Trinder, Artistic Director at Charles Worthington. “The longer ‘military-grad’ look, a graduated buzzcut, reflects the current trend of tight, clean hairlines, fading into longer lengths on top. It starts with a grade one at the sides and works up to grade three with the hair left longer on top. When the hair was damp we used a setting wax to comb it into place. We then used a hairspray to hold it and a gloss spray to make sure that although it was secure, it didn’t look crispy.”

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Use: Charles Worthington Wax

3 | The Beach Bum (Seen At Gieves & Hawkes)

“The collection this season was inspired by Cornish coastlines so to reflect this the hair was kept quiet relaxed,” says Lee Machin, head stylist for Gieves & Hawkes. “I wanted it to have a ‘ran home from the beach, popped on a suit for dinner and put a comb through their hair ‘ kind of feel about it. To do this we prepped it with a foundation creme, then blow dried it with a brush. Finally, a dab of smoothing creme was worked through with fingers to give a slightly damp/sweaty/lived in feel.”

Use: Foundation Creme

4 | The Bowl 2.0 (Seen At Topman)

According to Matt Mulhall, Head Stylist for Topman: “The Topman show felt almost psychedelic but we decided to give the hair a very Britpop feel, as well as that north of England / Nineties club scene vibe, which seems to be making a comeback. We did this by using two types of hairspray, a thickening one that was blow dried in, at the same time adding a slight middle parting and a little lift at the crown. We then finished it with some ‘do all’ spray to keep everything in place.”

Use: Bumble And Bumble Spray
 

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