Autumn/Winter Trends: Ready to Wear Hair by Tracie Cant
Over the years, Tracie Cant has created red carpet looks for some of the world’s most beautiful and talented screen and fashion icons including Keira Knightley, Emily Blunt, Emma Stone, Kate Hudson, Scarlett Johansson, Gemma Arterton and Claire Danes.
With her distinctive approach and remarkable technical ability, Tracie is in demand on both sides of the Atlantic working with the industry’s top photographers; Miles Aldridge, David Bailey, Karen Collins, Rankin, Peter Lindbergh and Annie Liebowitz, for prestigious publications like Vogue, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, i-D and Numero.
As the new season approaches, the emphasis is on easy to achieve ‘ready to wear’ hair, giving a seamless transition into autumn.
Choppy bobs and shoulder length shapes are a perfect choice this season – the effect is effortless and very easy to maintain. With minimal effort your hair will look good, no matter what the weather conditions. With longer lengths – simply incorporate long layers and a slightly grown out fringe.
To achieve a diverse textured finish rough dry the hair using Surf Spray from Bumble and Bumble or Thickening Spray from My Organics – twist the hair into individual sections and finish with Texture Spray from Oribe to achieve a camera ready look.
Textured ponytails are simple to achieve and can be worn casually by day or tailored with definition to give a more editorial finish by night.
Blast dry the hair using Volume Advance Thickening Spray from Ojon. To give maximum impact and to add to the natural movement, tong random pieces of hair using a large barrel tong from WAM. Secure the ponytail by using a snag free/easy to use rubber band and spray over the surface of the hair with a light mist of Phytolaque Spray Fixante from Phyto. Release small wisps around the hairline – to give a beautiful ‘undone’ effect.
Sleeker looks are also perfect wear for bad weather days – they allow the hair to stay secure and tamed, even in the most diverse conditions.
Blow dry the hair through using a little Keratin Spray from My Organics. Tip the head upside down and dry the hair using the dryer and a large Mason and Pearson hair brush – brushing the hair in multi directions as you go. Create a side or middle parting and work out from here to secure your ponytail in the nape of the neck – giving a tighter silhouette. Twist the hair back onto itself, winding the hair down into a small bun. Pin the bun into place using grips or straight pins from Screen Face.
For added shine and a perfect smooth surface – lightly gloss over the finished look with Hair Elixir Oil from Rahua.
Braids are a great way to dress longer hair. Allow the hair to dry naturally working in Pure Abundance Style Prep from Aveda, and slow dry using the fantastic Lightweight Dryer by Harry Josh. Work the hair over from one side, then braid down from behind the ear. The technique does not have to be perfect and looks great with a little texture for a fresh editorial effect. To hold the shape in place, secure the braid by back brushing the ends.
Ultimately, as the season approaches, my advice would be to work with the natural texture of the hair and not to fight against that.
Make your A/W17 hair easy and fun to wear – definitely not something to be covered up and hidden away. Waves, texture, long layers and grown out fringes are always perfect – they look effortless and allow for an on trend transition into the new season.
The new season is all about minimum effort to achieve maximum impact. In this case less is most definitely more.