Debuting a new cut and colour on the cover of British VOGUE, take a picture to your hairdresser, pronto...
There are few people who haven’t produced a picture of someone else when sitting in the hairdresser’s seat. They used to be tatty things, the size of receipts, dog-eared, ripped from magazines and kept in the depths of purses. Now there’s a digital filing system, on Instagram, which acts as something of a moodboard, instead of a definitive, yes I know my existing hair bears no resemblance to the pictured person, but hairdressers can work miracles, right?
Well this summer there’s a new muse, and the image is singular - of Margot Robbie on the cover of British VOGUE's August issue. “Three clients have sent me this image in the last day to ask if it’s achievable,” says Cetera Lamb, a senior colourist at John Frieda. VOGUE covers always send Instagram and Twitter into a tailspin. A vocal chorus swoons over the styling, the make-up, the mastery and the mood. This time though, the insistent cries were for the hair. OMG, the ineffably insouciant, French girl f**king hair! The lash-skimming fringe that’s feathery and short up top, but that falls, either side, into a perfect, face-framing oval, skimming her cheekbones as if to say, Bonjour mon cheri!
“The fringe is heavy, but not blunt. Instead the ends are textured, which makes it easier to manage, and helps it look more effortless,” notes Lamb. Where should the fringe stop? “It depends on the length of your hair - the longer it is, the longer the ends. Your stylist should be able to guide you.” On Robbie's shoot, the stylist in question was Bryce Scarlett, who's also worked with Hailey Bieber, Christian Serratos and Kia Gerber.
A departure from Robbie’s usual, sun-soaked Australian blonde, this colour, a muted sort of browny blonde, is the antithesis of summer, but as we don’t appear to be getting one of those this year, it couldn’t feel more right. “For a long time, the focus has been on balayage – dark on the top with brighter, blonde bits towards the end – but what’s beautiful about this, is the soft shimmer of colour,” says Lamb, who expects requests for something similar to soar. “It gives the whole look that 70s, sepia sort of effect,” she says.
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