With summer just around the corner, we participated in the first-ever Sebastian Professional Boot Camp Master Class. Held at Parlour Salon’s Ossington location in Toronto on Wednesday, May 17, the look-and-learn hairstyling class featured a range of undone looks led by Sebastian Professional educator and What’s Next Awards (WNA) 2016 Affiliated Artist winner JP Colombo.
“For summer, we’re seeing a lot of undone, beachy wave looks. Hair doesn’t look too done or overdone,” says Colombo. “Hair is braided and brushed out for a more lived-in feel. At New York Fashion Week (NYFW) we were seeing a lot of cool topknots, messy textures and different braids. Also, a lot of wet looks for the summer—hair that’s wet with shiny product, and combining two different textures of wet and matte.”
Mixing textures at the Christian Siriano S/S 2017 show at NYFW
The first look Colombo showcased was beachy waves, using Sebastian Professional Texture Maker hairspray for a bedhead result. The spray gives hair grit when scrunching and creating more natural, textured waves or using a curling iron on the ends for a more polished result. “I love using Texture Maker. It has a lot of versatility,” he says. “You can spray it on damp hair and let the hair air dry and create a natural, matte texture to the hair. Spray it on and blow-dry for volume.”
For summer cuts, Colombo says it’s all about the shag. “We’re seeing a lot more layered shag and live-in looks with a Bohemian feel,” he says. “The lob is still around but it’s a lot more layered.” For clients looking to play with colour this summer, Colombo says balayage is still popular, along with mermaid hair, rose gold and peach with “a lot of the colours looking washed out and not so vibrant.”
Next up was a twist on the trendy topknot, with some hair left down for a casual yet modern look. The hero product was Sebastian Professional’s award-winning Dark Oil. “Not only does Dark Oil smell amazing, it has a very lightweight feel to the hair and makes hair smooth for 48 hours,” says Colombo. “It helps with frizz and shine, and gives the hair body.” To transition this look from day to night, two additional knots were added—transforming the look into a voluminous updo. According to Colombo, embellished hair was a big styling trend at NYFW, and it’s something that’s easy to recreate in the salon. “For a client who is going to a wedding, prom or special event and wants something different, you can accessorize the topknot with chain or sticks or add something on the side like a clip or a brooch.”
A windblown fishtail braid embellished with copper wiring from Christian Siriano’s F/W 2017 show at NYFW
Colombo also demonstrated the power of Sebastian Professional Craft Clay, a remoldable matte texturizer that activates with heat for a smooth consistency. The clay was used for creating a fishtail braid. With braids continuing to be a big trend, Colombo showed us how to give braids an undone look by deconstructing the fishtail braid before pulling it up into a dishevelled topknot. For all the looks, Sebastian Professional Shaper Hairspray was the go-to finishing product. “Shaper is flexible and can be used for a lot of different styles,” he says. “It’s also humidity resistant—perfect for the summer.”
Since his WNA win, Colombo has been busy styling at NYFW and teaching education seminars with Sebastian Professional around the world. Colombo and the Sebastian Professional team will be showcasing a collection of avant-garde styles “inspired by futuristic shapes and raw materials” at the 2017 Wella Canadian Trendvision Awards on Sunday, May 28 at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto.