I call it ” rough enough is good enough” hairstyling. We rarely post country specific content but after seeing the Standard of “beach waves” to a simple Top Knot recently we feel the need to show you the difference, doing hair for editorials or shoots are a privelige that is typically earnt and not just a job, they tend to be chosen through budget constraints or even more sadly based on friendship. Stylists don’t see the difference between sleek and messy further than the looks that were relevant in the 90’s and think hair is like choosing the lunch menu and barely care how it will look since they hope the overall styling will out shine the crappy hair. No, this is not a attack rather a frustration that the Only way the overall imagery will grow and develop is if the right people are either chosen or at least trained.
Producing beautiful images is a team effort and hairstylists are an important part of the process that can now not be overlooked, can turn your $5,000 shoot from backpage to cover easily.
Beach wave references
The version of beach waves achieved!
This is the result!
Let’s look at soft waves
As an Industry let us try to set ourselves apart and become better! If you are a brand then you need to address the hair you want in your editorial rather than only adding it to your conversation on the day of the shoot.
If your a stylist, know the difference and know who is capable of doing it and who isn’t, the overall image is your work so make sure you stand out!
If your a photographer, well hopefully you already agree and have the right people to work with.
A salon visit for some can create high anxiety especially if you haven’t been there before or if you have had a not so pleasant experience sitting in a chair. Obviously we need to point out here that prior research on experience is your best bet, however if you have curly hair then you will be more anxious for sure as it needs a little more TLC to make sure the curl sits right.
Not everyone has a good understanding of hair movement when it has curl ( in fact a lot of salons pride themselves still in making it straight ) so you need to find the right person and have an in depth discussion on your expectations and find out if your living in a fairytale or if it’s in fact a possibility.
3 Red Flags that should send you running out of salon
- They tell you to do keratin or rebonding If this is the first option then run. We should be looking for options that embrace your natural movement and curl not just by changing the texture using chemicals.
- They want to cut it wet! Hair wet and dry has a completely different texture and finish, it behaves differently so therefore needs to be cut in its natural state ( dry )
- They want to use hairspray Curly hair especially should not have products which have alcohol in them you should be using creme’s, serum’s and moisturiser. It’s about boosting up the moisture levels.
Remember curly hair revolves around the moisture levels in it, the more moisture in the air the better the curl, hence most people with curly hair love living close to the ocean.
So when your doing your research for your hair make sure to sit and discuss your hair with your potential stylist prior to getting them to cut it.
Well I am sure a lot of you girls think that if you leave your hair curly you cant be taken serious or that the world thinks your a mess! Well Sakshi Malik took home Bronze for India in Wrestling in Rio a few days back!
Ready to take on the world with her curly hair and a few colored clips, Sakshi is not someone you want to tell her hair looks messy or you may end up flat on your back! Congratulations Sakshi
Products that will help you get your curly hair game on
Curl control creme by Label M – add 1 pump after you have showered and conditioned your hair lightly comb tangles out with your fingers and your good to go!
Alfa Parf Cristali Liquid- 2 drops at the same time as the curl control creme and your hair will shine like a Boss!
NB: Good to see both Curly hair and braids wrestle on the matt, no doubt Sakshi nailed it but lets just say that braids are second best right now!