I popped down to Soho House this week to have a chat with Babyliss ambassadors Adam Reed (from hairdressers extraordinaire Percy & Reed) and Henry Holland (fashion designer and hilarious Twitterer) about the latest catwalk trends for hair. Babyliss have just released their newest range of hair styling tools and the ‘Boutique’ range offers salon professional quality on the high street. The hairdryer, hair straighteners and curling wand, according to Adam Reed, “the best available on the market”. That’s one claim from one important hairdresser! Adam used the tools at Henry’s latest catwalk show to create distinct looks and he took us through three of them.
The first look was from Henry’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection and involved inspiration from ‘This is England’ – it’s not often you hear hairdressers say they were going for a ‘skinhead’ look. The hair was slicked back from the face and straightened to a poker straight finish, kept in place with a few grips that resembled the ‘Daphne’ look from when I was a kid. (Younger readers will have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about – older readers, you get me?!) Adam pulled sections away from the sides of the head to create a slightly softer look and finished it off with a lot of hairspray.
The second and third looks were from Henry’s most recent show for Autumn/Winter 2012. These both involved more volume and ‘style’ as such, replying heavily on the waving wand from the new range to create texture. Adam started using the tool about halfway down the head to get a messy yet touchable texture, creating a deep side fridge (apparently a key look for the season) and pinning some hair to one side. This is a really wearable look that’s easy to achieve in a few minutes and definitely one I’m going to have a go at myself.
The hair tools look fabulous and definitely worth a peep if you’re on the shop for new ones. They’re all pretty compact and lightweight, whilst maintaining the power and detail of larger tools. The colours and design bring an added element of professionalism which makes it easy to understand why Adam takes them everywhere with him. I’ve got a hairdryer to try myself, so more details to follow on that soon!
What do you think of the looks above? Would you wear them?