Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rebel Rebel Your Hair Is the Best; Shaved Heads, Micro-Fringes and Bowl Cuts Were Some of the Out-There Hair Trends Seen on the SS16 Catwalks, but Can These Rebellious Looks Translate to Real Life? KATIE WRIGHT Asks the Experts

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rebel Rebel Your Hair Is the Best; Shaved Heads, Micro-Fringes and Bowl Cuts Were Some of the Out-There Hair Trends Seen on the SS16 Catwalks, but Can These Rebellious Looks Translate to Real Life? KATIE WRIGHT Asks the Experts

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Byline: KATIE WRIGHT

USUALLY, a catwalk hair stylist's job is to get every girl's hair looking exactly the same, no matter what it takes.

But at the spring/summer 2016 shows, there was a distinct shift, as model's natural manes and quirky cuts weren't, for once, concealed under a mass of extensions, wigs and dye.

'Come as you are' was the mantra at Alexander Wang in New York, where the coolest of the diverse cast sported blunt, choppy bobs and bowl cuts, while the micro-fringe made a return in London and blonde buzzcut babe Ruth Bell was declared the hottest new model on the block.

Ruth says her new 'do' was nothing short of life-changing, so should we all be charging to the hairdressers and bidding adieu to our long locks? "No!" warns Anya Dellicompagni, director of hairdressing, Francesco Group for Wella Professionals. "In order to rock this look and make it work well, you must have the confidence to wear this and stand out from the crowd."

Even if you've got confidence in spades, there are a few factors to consider, so we asked the experts for advice on the three boldest styles of the season...

THE BOWL CUT A PAIR of promising up-and-comers showcased the most accessible of the new 'dos; the bowl cut: Isabella Emmack with her monk-like crop at Alexander Wang and Peyton Wella EIMI Perfect Me Cream, PS7.40, LookFantastic, lookfantastic.com Knight, whose longer, glossy, Seventies-esque rounded bob chimed perfectly with the kooky mood at Gucci.

"There are definitive rules for this hairstyle. The ideal face shape is oval Isabella sports on the Wang or angular, because this will accentuate the cheekbones and jaw lines, drawing attention to them and creating an architectural line," says Anya. "If the face shape is more rounded, I would always advise the client to steer clear of this style, as the cut will only emphasise the roundness."

Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonderbalm, PS18, John Lewis, same goes for johnlewis.com the longer length - if it doesn't work with your features, it "may make you and the style look very dated".

How to style it: "To achieve that sleek, glossy, blown-out look, firstly, make sure you wrap-dry your hair with a paddle brush [brushing from side to side, all over the head, to make the hair straight] to help smooth down the hair follicles," advises Anya.

GHD Ceramic Vented Radial Brush - Size 3, PS17.50, FeelUnique, feelunique.com "Secondly, use EIMI Perfect Me to help give a smooth finish with high shine. This product is a favourite of mine and one I couldn't live without. Next, use a medium round brush to create a subtle bevel, but make sure not to get too much of a bend on the ends, as this will make the look appear dated."

THE MICRO-FRINGE AT Lanvin, fringes were choppy and pushed to one side, at Prada they were wispy, and, at Christopher Kane, they were shortest of all, leaving a good inch of forehead visible. …

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