Rihanna’s new do

Rihanna certainly knows how to change up her look. I wouldn’t say that in my eyes she gets it right everytime, but there is something about the “boy” cut which I quite like. Perhaps one of the more tame looks she has rocked in a while, I admire her for her boldness and creativity. Not for the fainthearted (or anyone on Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model who doesn’t want to chop their locks) this is an extreme form of rejuvenating your style. If you want to have a go yourself, and you are one of my followers based in Ireland then, Laura Francis, Senior Stylist at Hession Hairdressing Clontarf (Dublin), is here to help you and gives us her view on creating this look:Rihanna VMAS Sept 2012

The first thing you need to be armed with to achieve this look is self-confidence and Rihanna seems to have that by the bucket-load! Going for a very short and close cut leaves nothing to hide behind and this scares people off but in reality, it can be one of the most flattering shapes to have. Rihanna’s Barbados roots have blessed her with naturally thick and curly hair which instantly gives her natural volume and prevents this hairstyle from looking flat but for those of us with fine, straight follicles there are ways to cheat the look. To keep this haircut under control, we would recommend getting it trimmed and neatened every 4-6 weeks. Ask your stylist to incorporate some soft, feathery layers on the crown and sides of the head to add movement to the hair, this will also allow for more versatility when styling. Wash hair as normal with a hazelnut sized amount of Kérastase Bain Chroma Captive Shampoo (€20.50) and condition with Lait Chroma Reflect Rinse-Out Milk (€27.50). These long lasting products work to provide nourishment, leave hair supple and light and add depth, shine and reflection to fake the illusion of thicker hair whilst providing the ultimate shine.

Kerastase Lait Chroma Reflect 27.50EU


Kerastase Bain Chroma Captive 20.50EU

When styling a new, unfamiliar hair style, a top tip is to look for pictures of singers and actresses in different eras and use those pictures for reference. Celebrities (and their stylists) are constantly updating their looks and finding new ways to have fun with hair. For this particular cut, good references from over the years are Halle Berry, Pink and Twiggy. Rihanna’s hairline appears to covered as all the hair on her crown has been pulled forward and styled to give her a short, feathered fringe which is turned to the side. Other ways to style this look are to warm a tiny amount of L’oreal Professionnel Playball Working Gum (€17.20) in the palms of your hands and work through the hair to tousle it and add movement and texture a la Ms. Halle Berry. Singer Pink has shown the true versatility of her favourite style by wearing it on numerous occasions as a mini Mohawk or blow-dried backwards of the face for a beehive-esque quiff. Alternatively, take the look back a few decades and mimic the ultimate style icon Twiggy by creating a low side parting and using Working Gum to comb hair to one side to recreate the 1960’s London look. Whichever way you choose to style it, don’t forget to give a big smile and let your confidence shine through”.

L'Oreal Professionnel Playball Working Gum 17.20EU

To make an appointment with their award-winning stylists and colourists contact: Hession Hairdressing | www.hessionhairdressing.ie

108 Upper Drumcondra Road Drumcondra Dublin 9 | Tel: 01 8376265 or 4 Vernon Ave Clontarf Dublin 3 | Tel: 01 8330110



1 Comment

  1. September 10, 2012 / 10:17 pm

    I kind of like this … is that wrong? I think it’s very cute!