Friday, 24 April 2009

Hippy Hippy Chic

This week I will be rocking hippy hair (well, trying to) by going for the chilled out, messy look, kinda like the above pic but with the plaits pulled back and pinned to the side of my head. It works for me as I don’t have to do anything with the rest of my hair but it still looks half groomed by having the smooth plaits pulling some of the messy hair away from my face.

The spring/summer catwalks were full of plaits and messy textures so it really is one trend to keep on top of this season (and how easy?!)

To recreate these looks on dry hair, texture spray is really important. I love Clynol Play with Me Matty texturising hairspray, £10.60, L'Oreal Professionnel Volume Architect
and KMS California Hairplay Makeover Spray, £13.40. Keeping the two front sections free (however big you want your plaits) spray and scrunch the product throughout your hair until you get the desired effect.

Sea Sprays will also work but you’ll need to give it a squirt of hairspray afterwards to keep it in place. I personally think sea/salt sprays are a bit of a waste of time and haven’t really found anything that gives that tousled/beachy look apart from label.m Sea Salt Spray, £10.95, which is the best I’ve tried.

For wet hair I use TIGI’s S-Factor One Curl at a Time serum to smooth and tame frizz and then scrunch in L’Oréal Professionnel Play Ball Texture Tonic, £10.75, to add texture and hold to wet hair. Keep the plaits smooth by slicking on some serum, pin in place (or don’t depending how you’re feeling) et voila! Sexy, hippy, easy hair that takes about 2 minutes. If you want a more groomed version of this, slightly curl your hair using heated tongs instead of scrunching and finish with serum and a light misting of hairspray.

For some inspiration take a look at the next few catwalk shots:

Slightly exreme at Cooperative Designs but you get the picture, lots of plaits and a messy texture everywhere else.

Even more extreme at Inbar Spector but these close-to-the-scalp plaits can be used in a more day-to-day way, just do them around the hairline to keep it off the face in the summer.

Qasimi featured beautiful fishtail plaits taken from both sides of the head and then long and lovely at the back. Fishtails are hard to master but if you have the patience or know someone who can do them, then it's well worth the effort.

Giles Deacon (first image) and Penkov are a great examples of the messy look, best done when you haven't washed your hair for a couple of days, otherwise pile on the texture spray to get the volume and grip.

Another big look on the catwalks for spring/summer ’09 was hair accessories. Bows, ribbons, hair pieces and head bands were everywhere and there is so much on offer in the shops now too. It’s easy enough to make your own though, just use your imagination! A flower corsage usually worn as a broach can be easily attached to a grip and pinned in place.

Avsh Alom Gur:

Betty Jackson:


JoJo and Malou:


  1. Wonderful tips and lovely pictures. I love the idea of the side braid and pinned to one side. So easy to do, but looks great and can go with anything. Jeans or a flirty dress. Thanx :)

  2. I love the messy hair look! Not sure if I could successfully pull it off (and definitely would be stared at in my button-down office), but I just might try. Thanks for the tips!

  3. That's why I love the braids too Laura! And with the messy hair look, it definitely depends on where you are as to how well it goes down, the comments from the men in the office have all been along the lines of "didn't have time to do your hair this morning then?!" while the girls have all appreicated it...maybe not one for a first date!

  4. LOVE this look wish i could pull it off!

  5. The braids are so great! I try to pull them off but feel like I need a personal stylist to really get them right!Remember Rachel McAdams look on the red carpet with braids - just lovely.