Hairfest 2016 turned up the heat this past weekend, with industry icons taking the Hammerson Hall stage at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, Ont. Presented by CanRad Beauty and Radiant Beauty Supplies, the show featured the latest cutting, colour and styling techniques.
First up was Matt Swinney, global creative director for L’ANZA Healing Haircare. We caught up with him moments before he took the stage to showcase the brand’s “street luxury” looks. And even with all the hustle and bustle backstage, Swinney reminded us that hair “is never that serious” and shared his source of inspiration: “Nature is the most creative thing we have to look at. It’s always adapting, always changing and always beautiful.”
Moroccanoil’s creative director Peter Gray (along with global ambassador and our July/August cover shoot stylist Kevin Hughes) demonstrated a range of breathtaking editorial styling techniques, including a modern twist on French rolls with Dutch braids. Rather than showcase trends, which Gray says he tends to steer away from, the brand’s presentation was all about education. “Hairstylists have so much product information and technical information that they have choice, now. For me, choice means you don’t have to march to the beat of somebody else’s drum. It’s about finding what you like and taking those little elements and interpreting them in a different way,” explains Gray, who gives us the inside scoop on Moroccanoil’s new cutting curriculum in our November/December issue.
Phillip Wilson, international creative director for ColorProof Evolved Color Care put his cutting-edge cutting skills to work—garnering oohs and ahs from the intrigued audience.
Kim Vō took the stage for Schwarzkopf Professional with an impressive showcase of three colour stories: Hazy Dayz of Hollywood (’70s inspired Festival Hair), Glam Grunge (homage to Old Hollywood) and Dirty Flirty (young Hollywood), ranging from pink waves to blonde texture to lilac curls. “If you don’t update, you’re out of date. It’s so important for me to always work on the next evolution of myself,” says Vō.
Lastly it was Robert Cromeans, global artistic and business director for John Paul Mitchell Systems, who closed the show with a bang, showcasing a vibrant range of colour looks from Paul Mitchell’s Neon, The Demi and Pop XG lines.
Photos courtesy of CanRad Beauty and Salon Magazine