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.