As far as accessories go one of the questions I frequently get asked is what type of bows Sophia wears. The answer? Pixies Bows! She’s now got quite the collection in various colours as I use them everyday. Sophia’s had lots of hair from the moment she was born so she’s worn clips for quite awhile and now her hair is getting quite long it gets in her eyes, so I love Pixies Bows because they help keep her hair off her face while also being really cute.
I’ve used a lot of bows and clips and these have been the only kind that don’t fall out as they have a non slip clip enclosure so it works on really fine hair. It also comes in different sizes which is great. I like the medium-sized bows at the moment but when Sophia was a baby I used the smaller ones in her hair so I’ll probably graduate her to the bigger ones when she’s older.
If anyone has a little girl or are looking for a great present for Christmas I can attest to the fact these bows come in really handy. They’re definitely Sophia’s hair accessory of choice as she doesn’t leave home without one.
Want to buy a Pixies Bow? You can find them here.
When I had Sophia I thought I wanted a bit of a change as far as my hairstyle went. So I went to Valonz in Paddington and I was going to cut it all off. That was until hair stylist Renya Xydis stepped in and said “no you can’t cut it all off, everyone cuts it off after a baby, if you want a change go buy a new dress.” If a hair expert like Renya says so, I’m not going to argue!
So I decided to go a little bit lighter instead. My colourist is Amber Pompeii at Valonz and she is fantastic. I started off with blonder foils but I found it was just a bit too blonde so now it’s gone to a bit of balayage but it’s a bit higher up so it’s not a two tone colour, it just naturally goes from my natural colour to the blonde which makes it look a bit more natural.
As for the new length? Well the last few years I’ve had my hair quite a bit shorter, and after having Sophia (I think a lot of mums will agree with me here!) I found it really hard to find the time to get my hair cut. So I was a bit bad in keeping my appointments so it just naturally got quite a bit longer. I was after a change so I actually got what I was after!
You know what they say, a change is as good as a holiday.
Photography: Sophia Athas
With Moroccanoil Global Creative Design Team Educator Kevin Hughes
As I have mentioned in a previous post, Moroccanoil is one of my hair essentials so when I was invited by Moroccanoil to be their exclusive hair blogger at the launch of Fashion Weekend Sydney I jumped at the chance. I was fortunate enough to be able to visit the Moroccanoil Styling Suite and had a chance to hang out backstage to see Moroccanoil’s Global Creative Design Team Educator Kevin Hughes in action. Kevin’s styled the hair of celebs like Emily Blunt and Natasha Henstridge and worked with designers such as Badgley Mischka and Carolina Herrera and is doing the hair styling for the runway shows for the weekend so I couldn’t wait to ask him for his big hair trend predictions for this year (see hair trends below!).
The Moroccanoil Styling Suite is open all weekend at Fashion Weekend Sydney so make sure you head down there to get your hair done and check out the latest Moroccanoil range. I know I picked up a new favourite or two!
Getting my hair styled by Kevin
Chatting about the season’s biggest hair trends
Kevin Hughes’ fave hair trends to watch out for this season…
Kevin did a low messy bun for the models on the runway and he said this is very much in keeping with the big hair trends of the season. It’s all about not looking too done (hair that’s too curly or too straight is definitely out) so the hairstyle he created was all about loose pieces and creating movement as the models walked. Along with messy buns look out for…
- Braids and plaits: Kevin’s tip is to try and keep it loose and not too tight and just have fun with it.
- Waves: It’s more the subtle or barely there wave so the hair doesn’t look done and that’s really important when trying to create the look this season.
- The white look: Think glossy and shiny especially at the top and then more natural at the back.
- Ponytails with a twist: This isn’t your average pony! It might be a ponytail with a kink in it or a bit of loose wave but the aim is to have something a bit different to your every day straight ponytail.
When attempting any of these trends at home Kevin says don’t be afraid to go on YouTube and copy a hair tutorial. Plus practise makes perfect so definitely experiment. He says he learned to do braids by following YouTube videos so if a hair expert says video tutorials are the way to go then definitely try it for yourself at home.
The runway show
Think unstructured and relaxed
This low bun style would be a great hairstyle for your next event
Hair should have texture and movement
The extensive Moroccanoil range
Some of the lovely ladies at Fashion Weekend Sydney getting their hair done at the Moroccanoil Styling Suite
Having fun at the styling suite
If you do get to visit the Morocannoil styling suite be sure to ask your hair stylist for some tips on achieving the look at home
The bob is having a major moment. The look is fresh, modern and so versatile and I’m loving the fact celebrities are all jumping on board the trend and giving it their own take. I know I found styling my long bob really easy and it was about as low maintenance as you can get.
If you’re thinking of getting a bob make sure to take into account your face shape. A haircut that suits square shaped faces may not suit round or heart shaped faces and vice versa – you want to get the most flattering style and length for you. If in doubt, always talk to your hairdresser before you start and get them to recommend a particular bob style that they think would suit you. Get them to talk you through the cut and be sure to tell them what you do and don’t want from a haircut. If you only have limited time to style your hair and the cut you want requires some extensive styling, then you might need to modify the cut slightly to suit your needs. Also, if you’re afraid to go short, there’s no harm in doing it gradually. After all it’s easier to cut more off than have to wait to grow it out! If you’re after a change I would definitely suggest taking the plunge – it’s a haircut that definitely works on so many different people. I’ve even prepared some celeb inspiration for you!
Photography: Harpers Bazaar, Vogue, Daily Mail
When I’m getting ready on a day-to-day basis my beauty routine usually only takes 15 minutes! However if I’m going to attend a big event, I usually like to get some beauty treatments done beforehand to make sure I’m event-ready.
I love to get facials in the lead up to an event so my skin is looking its best. I always go for an antioxidant peel with blueberry extracts at The Clinic in Sydney’s Bondi Junction. They do really beautiful facials and I always leave with my skin feeling really refreshed and rejuvenated.
The spray tan
I will get a spray tan prior to an event but nothing too crazy – I just like a really light subtle shade. I go to Bronzalicious at Neutral Bay or the Sydney CBD as they do a really natural looking tan. I find that a spray tan is a nice finishing touch to an outfit.
Hair and makeup
If I’m attending a big event such as the Melbourne Cup I always prefer to just get a professional in to do my hair and makeup. However if I’m in Sydney for an event I’ll get my hair done at Valonz in Paddington, they always do a really amazing job. I usually prefer a simple hairstyle and will usually just either get a blow dry or pull my hair back in a sleek bun.
Photography: Tamika Keioske
When it comes to the shows, the clothes obviously take centre stage but the runway is also a great source of beauty inspiration. While there are some looks that look more at home on the runway than real life, there are definitely plenty of beauty looks worth stealing from the catwalk. These looks from London Fashion Week are definite trends to watch for…
There’s something to be said about no makeup makeup. Christopher Kane sent seemingly bare faced models down the runway with luminous skin, perfectly groomed brows and just a hint of shine on the lips. A no fuss look to try when you want to go a bit more natural with your makeup.
The models in the Erdem show rocked 60s mod looks with a side swept fringe and simple bold black eyeliner. If you’re looking to change up your hair, sweep your look to the side and simply pin back with a bobby pin.
The Topshop Unique show was all about slightly messy unstructured waves. With a deep side part and slight texture throughout, it was a different take on messy bed hair.
This look from the Burberry Prorsum show is a great one to try on a night out. It’s about slightly glossy candy lips (great if you’re not in the mood for a bold lip), a slightly metallic smoky eye and just a hint of luminiser to accentuate the cheekbones. Simple but still glam.
I used to be really bad at maintaning my hair but I soon realised that if I made sure to get a regular trim that it not only made my hair look healthy but having freshly cut hair and a good colour saved me a lot of styling time. And really that’s my secret to low maintenance hair – start with a great base haircut and everything falls into place.
I make a point of getting my hair trimmed every six weeks at Valonz in Sydney’s Paddington. I usually just ask for a long bob with a few shorter layers around my face and I like to have a few lighter balayage highlights through my hair. I think Valonz are particularly good at keeping colour looking natural.
As far as hair styling goes, on most days I’m just a ‘wash it and let it dry’ kind of girl. I don’t really tend to do any fancy hairstyles either, sometimes I might give my hair a quick blow dry or just tie it up into a little chignon knot. Nothing too tricky! I like to be out the door in as little time as possible.
What are some of your hair secrets?
I have a really low maintenance approach to my hair. Most of the time I either just blow dry it or tie it back in a bun. However there are still three staples in my hair product wardrobe that I can’t live without.
Sometimes if my hair is a bit dry I put a bit of Moroccanoil through it. I think it’s really good for hydrating and repairing hair.
Bumble and Bumble Holding Spray
I find this has got really good hold but it’s really light so it doesn’t make your hair look crusty!
Schwarzkopf Extra Care Styling Instant Volume Powder
I think this is great for when I want a bit of volume in my hair or if I’m putting my hair back in a bun I find that it holds it all into place.
What are your favourite hair products?
Photography: Bumble and Bumble
Editorial stylist Renya Xydis created the hair for the sass & bide FREETOWN show at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014. I caught up with her to find out what products she used and what trends we are seeing this season.
What was the inspiration behind the hair for the sass & bide show?
I was inspired by the collection itself. With such strong, structured and detailed looks a sleek, modern ponytail is the only option to complement the shapes. And using the barrettes was all about adding a little uptown girl polish while still maintaining the Sass & Bide signature edge.
How many looks did you create for the show?
There is only one look for this show but the simplicity lets the colour and texture of each model’s hair shine through so it looks slightly different from girl to girl.
What was the process to create this look?
We treated each model’s hair to an application of Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz at the roots, blow drying it out to give the style texture and grip. Next, hair was blow dried smooth and parted in the centre for a sharp, precise result. A good brushing to smooth followed and then the length was secured at the nape with horizontal barrettes and Wella System Professional Perfect Hold hairspray. Finally, we applied Wella System Professional Luxe Oil to hands and worked down the mid-lengths to ends for shine and stability.
What products did you use?
• Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz RRP $24.00
• Wella System Professional Perfect Hold hairspray RRP $33.50
• Wella System Professional Luxe Oil RRP $42.00
What hair trends are we seeing this season?
New York has been all about relaxed hair. Down, not up and usually with a centre part. Texture is really important. This is hair that’s not too precious.
We all want those Victoria’s Secret beachy ‘messy’ curls but I don’t know about you but my hair never looks that good after a dip in the ocean! Brad Ngata for Shu Uemura Art of Hair explains how to achieve Beachy waves with a natural undone finish, in four easy steps.
1. Prep hair with DEPSEA FOUNDATION and massage in to scalp – this prepares the hair and helps activate the natural texture.
2. Spray LIQUID FABRIC evenly through the hair this is a Mineral Texture Spray, if you can let this dry naturally and it will enhance the texture to your hair. *note: if you don’t have natural curls then tong the mid-to-ends of your hair with a medium curling iron. With each section, curl the hair in opposite directions, alternating between sections curled toward your face and sections curled toward the back of your head.
3. For added texture and to give hair a cooler feel use the VOLUME MAKER this is a nifty pen-like brush that distributes a gritty texture at the roots – I love using it at the crown for added height.
4. To finish, run fingers through your hair to separate curls and to add definition I love COTTON UZU this is a flexible defining cream that is lightweight and adds a little sheen.
Photography: Byron Spencer, Makeup: Panda Ye Peng for Shu Uemura. Model: Valentina Sykes, Hair: Brad Ngata for Shu Uemura Art of Hair.