Yeah, this post is about the 2016 Grammy's, BUT this year's Grammy's honored (justly) the recently deceased, gender bending, mullet wearing legend David Bowie. I loved this tribute red carpet! Attendees inhabited the spirit of David Bowie displaying in force the transformative power of hair!
Sometimes its good to look back to understand what we are looking at presently. Katy Perry and Nikki Minaj regularly opt for cuts and colors featured only on Rainbow Brite. Bruno Mars (remember the curlers honey?!!) and The Weekend play with texture and style that bring the drama but also enhance their natural good looks. The formidable hair sartorialist Lady Gaga is at times outlandish and then suddenly classic with her elastic face and taste for the dramatic that pushes the limits of human chameleonism.
I love it! It's like some delusional high fever induced dream (in the curlers honey)!
It's important to remember that none of it is original, they reference Bowie and Bowie referenced others.
The sharp edges, vivid color and angularity of Ziggy Star Dust's hair is definitely reminiscent of the ancient and beautiful Japanese Kabuki theater. High art that's what hair can be! There are not but a few artists who understood the theatrical hair performance David Bowie gave.
Its that chameleon quality that draws me most to hair color. It's the anticipation that things will be different. The "new" person will be unexpected, the persona will be in some way rebel and vivid. That's pretty amazing if you think about it.
I encourage you, for the sake of bringing some high drama into your life to experiment (safely) with color. My favorite 90's supermodel Linda Evangelista (the supermodel "color chameleon") recommends Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Color and Fudge Clean Blonde Toning Shampoo. Check out these products and let me know what you think! Fudge products are amazing! Don't let the bright purple color throw you though. That color actually balances the violet tones in hair dyed blonde and has the thankful effect of beating back that brassy confusion we often see with a stick. Phew!
While you debate the how, when and what of a color transformation, consider popping on a wig and engaging in some heavy pose dancing to your favorite Bowie song for inspiration. My selection, (in highest of heels of course) Fame!
I collapsed into bed after an obnoxiously busy day at work. My plan: shower, food, period drama, and journey to the magical and favored land of Bedfordshire. Valentines at it's best!
I was just debating between Sense and Sensibility and Northanger Abbey, when... oh. hell. The BAFTA red carpet show! I nearly forgot! Tripping out of bed toward the phone, I started to furiously search. Relief! Forty-five minutes till show time!
After cozying up with grapefruit juice, (yeah I said it) the festivities began. Young directors all scruff and neck hair spoke to the presenter about misguided artistic visions when in the back... Oh. my. goodness! Is that??? Yes!!! the cameraman and presenter all but dropkicked the director midsentence to get to the fabulous Angela Bassett who was SHUTTING IT DOWN with a cheek bone defining, shoulder grazing, long bob.
From first to the last, the evening was a parade of undone waves in various stages of curl and tumble. Intentional? Or was that the weather?
For all that strapless - it was brittle cold, blustery, and wet! London in February. But you know how rich people do. Their money keeps them warm!
The BAFTA's reminded me that it's so important keep the weather in mind before deciding on a hair style. I remember a beach wedding in Miami where I had to get dressed in the hotel bathroom (yeah I said it). Anyway, the speed dressing and the humidity were out of sorts. I opted for a tighter curl with lots of Proclaim Glossing Polish. Full of silicone = SHINE! SHINE! and more fake SHINE ting*, ting* and finished the look with my all time favorite Matrix Biolage Hair Glaze (not discontinued at that time).
Now you may ask why... oh WHY would I opt for a tight curl when the wind, sea salt and humidity were sure to wreck my curls? Not so! I knew my hair, products and most importantly the weather. All that happened was that the curls "fell" into waves! Presto! I won!
The point is, if you are aiming for a coily wave and the weather is decidedly contrary, (when isn't it?) try and preplan your hair so you end up with the style you want even if that means you end up walking out the door looking a bit more "structured".
I mean the car/bus/train ride to your destination can ruin your hair! Tell me this hasn't happened to you!??!
Opinions might differ, but I believe the object is to look good walking in and OUT of the event. Unless, of course you plan on dancing yourself into a sweat which is sometimes needed - I don't judge. One thing is for sure; hair scrunching, rearranging and constant fretting is not the way to spend your evening. Every time you pass a mirror or smile for the camera, like the movie stars, you want to be ready!
To demonstrate this concept, I've selected two photos of one of my hair favorite's: Kate Winslet. Kate is great because her hair is "human". It fails, frizzes and collapses. It isn't "perfect- perfect" all the time you know?
To be honest, I wasn't in raptures over Kate Winslet's hair. However, these two shots illustrate my point. Preplan!
The more ridiculous the weather, the more likely you will end up singing, "I Who Have Nothing " by evening's end, without a little planning.
Like a blinking neon sign in the drear of never ending winter, (a gross overstatement in Saudi Arabia) Valentines is a beacon for men, all men, everywhere to do something!
If flowers haven't arrived all year, this is the time to give them. If dinner at a swank restaurant isn't usually in budget, the wallet is pried open and off to dinner two go. At the very least, a man should book an appointment for a neat hair cut (neck hair is a 'no') and a great shave.
This little preamble serves as a segway to discussion about my favorite masculine feature - facial hair! Some women like a clean shaven man. Indeed, depending on the face and the character, the clean shave may be THE way to go. My preference leans toward the hyper-masculine, sadly, the soft and clean shaven cheek holds moderate to no allure for me. Give me some stubble at least!
In the Middle East I've encountered, on a large scale, the best shaves I've ever seen! I thought I knew good facial hair before. I was sadly misinformed. Like a person waking from a stupor, an ignorant posing as a sophisticate, a naïve ingénue I admit it - I knew nothing! In North America and Europe there are great shaves and then...this disturbing trend toward the aggressive "old dutch" hipster beard.
Aside: I'm not a fan of the latter. Think mid 1800's with pompadour and hair gel. I mean are there specs of food caught up in there???
Nothing compares to the technique the barbers have applied to their craft in the Middle East.
I call this new level of shave, the tight shave.
Define a tight shave? It's not a beard but can include one. Rather, its a connected goatee (van dyke), sharply defined, faded cheeks, strong darkened jaw line and not a hint of patchiness anywhere.
The good to great shaves I used to see were like receiving a piece of jewelry from Tiffany's - nice, most welcome and gratefully accepted. But you might see that same piece replicated, imitated or featured flashily on the tackiest person. The tight shave in the Middle East? Van Cleef and Arpels.
I'm having a shockingly hard time finding great images of the tight shave I see on the daily. I will be accosting men and taking pictures on your behalf soon. Never fear I'll make the sacrifice *wink*.
In the interim, a couple of shots of some great shaves. In later posts I'll be researching and reviewing men's grooming products and techniques and dissecting the glories of the tight shave.
Happy Valentines Day! My plans? I'll be in office *wince* BUT joy! There will probably be a tight shave or ten that I will have the pleasure of seeing. How about you?
I have been sort of dreading this post...
I am meant to be gushing about the hair at the Britannia Filmfare Awards. But no, much to my chagrin instead of a gush, something a little more akin to a trickle will escape my mind and dribble onto this page.
Let me hype you up a little before the let down - Bollywood is a HUGE player in the film industry. The expensive productions are fantastic, the theatrics amazing, and I have never wanted to move to Mumbai, join and/or start a perfectly coordinated flash mob where hairology (we'll discuss later) is prominently featured more than after seeing Bride and Prejudice in 2004.
But...have you ever heard of the Britannia Filmfare Awards?
Nope? I'm not surprised.
From a hair perspective, I imagined this would be an epic event! I just knew the hair would be glossy, luxey, decadent, and every bit as theatric as a Bollywood production. After all for those of you devoted to wigs and weaves MOST of that human hair you are buying at the cost of a vital organ is Indian hair!
I thought the coverage of the show would be akin to that of the Oscars with high quality pictures of hair beautifully coiffured and daringly presented. It wasn't. To add insult to my injury, the pictures covering the event were lackluster full stop!
There is some hoopla this year, (as every year) about the lack of "color" among Oscar nominees. To me - it is what it is. But what does make me slightly annoyed and sad is that an award show like the Britannia Awards isn't more widely consumed.
My two cents about the monochromatic nature of the Oscars this year? If the people don't want it, the production companies won't make it, the actors wont be chosen for it and there will be no nominees for it - the end.
With this one picture of the winner of the Britannia Filmfare Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female), Deepika Padukone, her hair in a simple bun, (and no searchable information as to the stylist responsible), I'll say, "See you next week."
Poor picture quality or not, nothing takes away from this lady's beauty. Nothing. I wonder... if she was nominated for an Oscar, what would her hair look like then?