Three words to keep in mind this season when your clients come clamouring to know what’s hot: texture, curls and colour. Oh, and don’t forget that number one rule, too, healthy hair is beautiful hair! Case in point, oils are more popular than ever and the major brands have all included one oil product in their portfolio. Watch for Diamond Oil from Redken at the end of summer, a capsule collection featuring the shine-inducing ingredient.
In a sea of textured, curled and afroed hair (yes, the tight, tight spiral is back!), we also saw some smooth, flattened hair at the Montreal ABA. Stylists who presented this look at an informal media lunch on Monday called it vintage, circa 1990’s. Bangs – real or faux – are also big news to sport this Spring. Asymmetric cuts were presented alongside beach hair looks. The point is, textured hair can be as bold as a full volume afro, such as the gorgeous style Shantal Dupon, artistic director for Montreal-based Style I.D. created, timidly tousled or gently curled. It’s all a question of mood. And, of course, proportions, depending on your client’s features and style.
In terms of colour, look for lots of brights with vivid pinks, splashes of emerald, blue streaks or, more toned down, greyish pastels and muted palettes. Is ombré still in? Well, yes, according to Damien Carney and Sue Pemberton for Joico.
For men (look for a full trends report in our April issue), we’re going back to great, classic cuts in a big way with all the trimmings: scissor and comb cutting techniques, perfect parts and control. Spikes and mohawks be gone! New to Canada this season, the Mensdept line had none other than company founder Kurt Kueffner on hand, showcasing the product’s benefits and styling abilities.
On the Matrix stage was a line-up of gorgeous, buffed-up guys doing a choreography – get this! – wearing towering booties, Blade Runner-inspired charcoal makeup, black leggings and flaunting perfect six-packs. What’s not to love about the ABA?
Watch the editor in chief of the French edition of Salon Magazine talk about the ABA show and top hair trends for the season on Global TV Montreal.
Photos: Philippe Paquin