Fringe Benefits: Styling with Sassoon Salon London

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My instagram followers will already know that a couple of weeks ago I had an appointment with the Sassoon Salon in Central London for a little bit of a re-style.  I worked with uber-stylist Lidia Marino who has handled my curly locks many times before: this time I set her a new challenge, to work in a fringe for new style for me.

Fringes seem a very a beautiful way to enhance the face shape and provide more styling opportunities.  Lidia approved right from the start: “From shorter and above the brow to softer and a heavier bowl shape, fringes will always look chic and cool and will instantly freshen up your look”.

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How do I choose my fringe style? 

Lidia believes that a side-fringe is the easiest to maintain and suits most people.  She commented: “Fuller fringes are flattering on girls with big eyes and an oval-shaped face.”  To get the best from your fringe, I learned that you need to blow-dry in the direction you want it to fall (a Ceramic Vess Brush will ensure a sleek finish) and finally spritz with a hairspray.  Lidia used Sassoon Professional, Heat Shape on me as I have super curly hair: “This product is the perfect daily blow-dry spray with heat styling protection that gives amazing shine without making your look greasy and weighed down” Lidia told me.

Spring Summer 2014 styling tip: 

Keep your fringe super sleek and keep the texture rough at the ends of your hair. Apply heat protector throughout the lengths of the hair, then dry smooth with a hair dryer, a large paddle brush will ensure a sleek finish. Style your fringe and use the straighteners through if necessary. Finish by running product through with your fingers to break it up, concentrating on the ends for a tousled, undone look.

Deciding whether or not to take the face-framing plunge can be one of the most unnerving style commitments you can make. Lidia Marino gave me her top tips on what you should consider…

THE TRIMS:  Hair grows about a half an inch a month and just a fraction of that amount will change the way your fringe compliments your style. Lidia suggests popping into your salon for a fringe trim every two weeks to keep it perfectly polished.

EXTRA STYLING TIME IS NON-NEGOTIABLE:  Fringes take styling priority. If you’re in a rush, slightly dampen just your fringe, then blast strands with a hair dryer to reshape them.  However, for a more lived-in finish gently lift the roots with your fingers as you blow-dry.

WORK WITH, NOT AGAINST, YOUR HAIR TEXTURE:  When you have finer hair, getting fringes can create instant volume, simply because the front section of hair appears thicker. For thick, even coarse or wavy hair, opt for a longer fringe that can easily be pushed to the side and having a little movement to hair actually works with the finish. 

DITCH THE STRAIGHTENER:  A hot iron to smooth strands of your fringe is for sure a fast fix. Only go over hair quickly with an iron if hair is very coarse or curly, otherwise, a hair dryer and brush is all you need. Using a paddle brush pull the hair at the root, pull it straight through to the ends without curling them under, then repeat until hair is completely dry. Lidia reminds her clients point the hairdryer in downward direction and use lots of tension to pull the curls straight. 

With thanks to Sassoon Salon for the styling.  Visit the Sassoon Salon Website to find your nearest salon and book your appointment!

Photo: Beth Morton.

The Sassoon Experience

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I’m very excited to launch my series of features about hair on StyleOnTheCouch.  When it comes to my hair, Blog Reader, I’m fiercely protective about my locks and passionate about keeping them in good condition.  My identity is kinda linked to my hair – if there happens to be more than one Sarah in my group, I’m easily differentiated by being ‘the one with the (big, curly) hair’.  I’ll likely eschew a manicure or a massage in favour of a blow dry because in my mind, a good hair day is a good day all round.

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StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Romance

Easter weekend in Manhattan was a bright and sunny affair – we’re still edging into spring but the temperature on Sunday was quite glorious.  I spent the afternoon in Central Park with a friend and I also caught up on the collections I’m dying to wear this summer.  Petiole is one of these.  I wrote about them back in January - timeless, wearable and romantic garments that make an easy transition from day into night.  For spring 2012 the label have introduced a lovely colour palette of lavender, grass-green, mango and neutrals for their collection of dresses and skirts, shorts and rompers:

My favourite pieces from Petiole are undoubtedly the silk dresses.  They have a wonderful feel on the skin and lovely movement – Petiole use crepe de chine and reverse charmeuse, the latter is often used for lingerie.

Romantic dresses such as these require romantic hair.  I was lucky to work with hair stylist Ashley Maybruck for this shoot, who I met after seeing her styling within the September fashion week presentation for designer Morgan Carper.  Along with styling my hair we talked about hair trends for summer 2012 and Ashley gave me her insider knowledge on curls.  She also provided some tips and hints on how to recreate different looks – her thoughts are below….

Trend #1: Zooey Deschanel Early 60′s look: She is beyond popular right now with her hit TV show New Girl and with her quirky sense of humor and indie retro look this hair style is sure to be popular. I know several people who have gotten bangs because they wanted to achieve this.

How to achieve:
1) let your hair dry naturally and add just a few curls here and there to add texture. Take a 1″ curling iron (the barrel works best at this size) and curl pieces about 1/2 ” – 1″ thick.
3) then use a light spray such as Oribe Superfine Hairspray or for those who are budget conscious try Sebastian Zero Gravity
 Note: For fine hair, before step two use a volumizing product such as Oribe Volumista Mist or Big Sexy Hair So Pumped Volumizing Mist
Trend #2: Shoulder Length Beach Curls: Like Ashley Benson with her look at the 2012 People’s Choice Awards, this is also very easy to achieve and is my personal favorite look this season!
 How to achieve:
1) To damp hair add a small amount of mousse such as Tresemme Mousse
2) Blow dry with a brush
3) Take a small section of hair and place the ends at the base of your large curling iron barrel and then wrap the hair up around the barrel until you reach your mid-lengths. Hold the hair for five to 10 seconds and then release the hair by unwinding the strands backwards
4) Style the tips with styling wax such as Eufora Styling Wax or Bumble and Bumble Styling Wax.
5) Sleek down with some shine spray like Redken Shine Spray or with a light hairspray
Trend #3: Long Hair with Romantic Curls: I truly think long hair is going to be the leader next to the Zooey Deschanel look.
 How to achieve:
1) I find it best to let the hair dry naturally to get a slight bounce to the hair
2) With a 1″ curling iron barrel take 1/2″ – 1″ sections of hair and curl backwards (away from the face)
3) Again apply styling wax to the ends, spray down with Shine Spray and finish with a light hairspray.
Some of my other favorite products and tools to use to achieve these looks are:
Babyliss Clipless Tapered Curling IronRusk Shine Spray and TIGI Wax Stick (perfect for fly aways!)

If you would like to find out more about Ashley and her services, visit her website here.  Will you be wearing curls this summer, Blog Reader?