Nina Dimachki, US artistic director for Kérastase who worked on the New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter’13 shows, including Jason Wu (pictured), Monique Lhuillier, Thakoon and Katie Ermillo, shares the trends and techniques used on the runway that can be applied in the salon. “The Kérastase Couture Styling range is an artistic palette for stylists,” she says. Kate Moss is the Kérastase spokeswoman, embodying the company’s impactful vision. The Couture Styling line includes 11 styling products that customize styles and finishes to fit the unique nature of each woman.
TIP: Spray Kérastase Powder Buff, a dry shampoo, onto bobby pins to get a stronger grip on styles. “This is great for finishing short hair, especially in the spring/summer season where short women’s cuts are in,” says Dimachki.
TRICK: For a current interpretation on braids, mix up the texture. “For spring and summer catwalk trends, we’re seeing sleek and wet along with matte on the same hairstyle, for example, a damp look on the roots to mid-length, and beachy roughness at the ends,” says Dimachki. “To create the wet look, Forme Fatale is a favourite among the US artistic team,” she adds.
TIP: Finish styles and tame flyaways with Gloss Appeal and lightly skimming the sides of the bottle to smoothen hair without transferring moisture contact from hands.
TRICK: To achieve the natural-looking texture that’s dominating 2013, create curl memory using a beach spray for texture, without the hard curl memory of the 90s.
TIP: To style curly hair, learn the art of layering instead of product cocktailing. “Try using mousses before creams to soften a wave,” suggests Dimachki. Mousse Bouffante is a non-sticky mousse that pumps up volume, and can be applied before a blow dry. Short Mania is a sculpting paste that gives manageable all-day hold with a semi-matte finish.
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