New hair, really care

I did my first internship at a magazine in 2002, and haven’t left the media world since.

Yes, a lot has changed in 15 years. I remember ordering and collecting film from Orms for shoots. We used to do layouts manually and our office floor would end up looking like a teenage girl’s bedroom, with cuttings and clippings covering every available area.

I’ve also seen many trends come and go, and then come back again. To be honest, there are very few trends that are original enough to be exciting. Technology goes a long way to improve and build upon previous ideas, but exciting developments? Very few.

That was until this year, where the rise of personalized, custom-mixed products and services suddenly took centre stage. The beauty of this trend is that it is the result of new ideas and technology joining forces in the most creative way.

David Gillson

At my recent hair appointment with David Gillson, Master Stylist and partner at Carlton Hair Hyde Park, we were chatting about just this. In an age of celebrity and the constant need for new and instant everything, people’s identity is getting lost in a sea of mass-market rubbish. And while I understand that there will always be consumers wanting whatever a Kardashian or the like wants to sell them, there are a lot of people who want anything but.

Of course, that is not to say that trends won’t be followed – it’s simply human nature to go through trend cycles, we all love changing it up, but they can now be interpreted and molded to the individual. Skincare has been moving in this direction most rapidly, and while custom treatments have been available in salons for years, it’s only recently that the idea had made ground in the retail arena. Hair is the next big mover, and I was a welcome recipient.

I always chat about fashion weeks with David, as this is where a lot of his inspiration comes from. He’s the oracle of the latest and greatest in the world of hair, and spends a lot of time interpreting the trends into workable, everyday styles and colours for his clients.

Anna Sui NYFW from Shutterstock

New York Fashion Week was in full swing when I was sitting in his chair last, and the lack of ‘done hair’ was incredible. There are always designers who leave the models’ hair simple (due to the time factor, I’m sure), but this season there was a huge amount more. Not that nothing had been done to the hair, explained David, this look can be the same amount of work as a big ‘do (remember how much work no make-up make-up was?). While you may think that the models are blessed with beautiful, natural highlights (some are), it takes time and skill to produce colour so natural-looking (of course).

Adam Selman NYFW from Shutterstock

Bored with my grown-out colour and ratty ends, I put my locks entirely in his hands (as always), and let him do his thing. Copper was the shade family of choice, and he set about painting different shades all over my head. This hand-painted balayage is now possible thanks to clever advancements in bleaching. A hardening solution is added to the peroxide mixture, which enables the stylist to hand paint it onto the hair without the bleach running and bleeding onto the surrounding hair. This gives the stylist more scope and flexibility when it comes to placement of the highlights, giving each client the colour where they need it, depending on their skin tone, face shape and hair style.

Grid from David’s Instagram, (@gillsondavid)

David settled on three shades for my hair; two lighter, rose gold shades on the lengths and a rich copper for the roots. He chopped messy layers to accentuate my natural curls, and then whizzed around my head with a curling wand to give me soft waves.

I’ve had the colour for a few weeks now, and I’m loving it. It has taken a bit of an adjustment with the colours I wear, as some completely wash me out, and I feel like I need to wear mascara to bring out my eyes a bit, which isn’t a problem because I wear mascara everyday anyway.

He says that we’re going lighter still at my next appointment, and I honestly can’t wait. How are you going to change your hair for summer? Let me know in the comments below.

Header image: Tracy Reese NYFW from Shutterstock

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