If you want to get ahead, get…. hat hair!
Taking inspiration from Miu Miu’s Fall 2017 Collection, KH Hair Creative Team member, Mary Geoghegan, has proved you don’t necessarily need a hat to get ahead – just your own hair!
When Mary opened a fashion magazine and laid eyes on the extraordinary collection, she said she was blown away.
“My journey for creating this look began when I won Silver at the Wella Trend Vision competition in 2017.” explains Mary. This sparked a fire in me that I can push the boundaries of hairdressing and create unusual but beautiful hair. I purchased a couple of fashion magazines where I came across Miu Miu’s Fall Collection and immediately fell in love with the colours, textures and pure glamour of it.”
The collection featured madly oversized faux fur coats, collars, boots and hats in a dazzling array of colours including bright blues, purples, greens and yellows. “I carried out further research and was blown away.” says Mary. “How clever to have a high percentage of the models rocking their big faux fur hats! What a statement. It was then I thought about my ‘hat hair’ creation. “I thought how amazing it would be for models to own the runway, styling hats that are actually their own hair. There’s a time and place for the slick back pony or ultra straight centre parting but there’s also a place for ‘hat hair’. I made a sketch and believed it was possible.”
Mary took her time to find just the right model, Miriam Rodriguez-Juarez. “Miriam was just perfect, with her beautiful thick long virgin hair, naturally freckled skin and the attitude to own the ‘hat hair’ look.” explains Mary.
Here, Mary talks through the stages she went through to create the look:
Hair prep – I crimped her hair in random free pieces first, mainly through the mid lengths and ends. This is to give a fur like texture to the hair.
Hair base – I left out soft areas of Miriam’s hair around her hairline to stop the look being too severe. I then took triangular and diamond sections of the hair and bobbled them elevated on the top of her head in a staggered but circular pattern.
Adding hair – To give contrast in colour and more vibrancy to the hair I worked through with some citrus orange hair extensions following the staggered sessions to allow an even amount of colour throughout. (Extensions also pre crimped)
Creating the shape – I sprayed the lengths of the hair with a dry shampoo to stop it feeling too soft, making the hair more pliable and padded. I then back-combed each section and sculpted the hair into shape using mainly a barrel roll technique with pins. This was a very visual process and I took my time to get the shape I’d envisioned.
The finished look is high-end runway with hat hair you’ll remember!
Credits- Photographer: Marcus Holdsworth, Model: Miriam Rodriguez-Juarez, Makeup artist: Christina Lazzarotto.