A Dubai based stylist tells us what's hot, and how to get that cut
If you’re long overdue for a snip and are toying with the idea of a new look, make sure you’re informed on the latest trends before entrusting your tresses to your stylist. This season it’s all about balayage as opposed to ombre (see right for an explanation), beards for blokes, dishevelled braids and wet-look slicked back styles. We may not approve of her in some ways, but US popstar Miley Cyrus’s short asymmetrical cut has set the tone for what is sure to be the must-have hair style of the season.
As for colour, Dubai-based expert and stylist Rami Jabali, owner of Rami Jabali Salon & Spa in JBR, says anything goes. ‘It’s all about embracing change and reinvention in 2014. Hue isn’t important as long as it complements skin tone,’ says Rami. ‘Think complete overhauls, blondes moving to auburn tones and brunettes turning to blond, embracing complete change.’ Here, Rami sets the scene for this season’s must-have hair styles, plus how to get them at home.
Dishevelled braids ‘Day-old hair is best for this look. Loosely plait wavy tresses from the nape, leaving the top dishevelled,’ says Rami. ‘Pull the plait out a little at the nape so that it appears a bit knotted and textured, leaving the bottom of the plait to taper out. For milkmaid plaits, French braid to either side of a deep side or middle part and then join the two braids at the back of head using grips. Keep it tight and neat or use a tail comb to lift and pull random pieces of the braid out a little to dishevel.’
Beards ‘The must-have style for men this season is slicked-back hair with a beard: think Adam Levine on US talent show The Voice,’ says Rami. ‘Mad man-esque side parts are still holding on with facial hair being the accessory to this cut. Anything from designer stubble to full growth is in. For the styling-savvy man, medium length hair with height at the top is also a top look. The length is concentrated on top of the head for a higher sculpted quiff, either wavy or straight.’
Slicked hair ‘For a sculpted wet look, apply a light gel to freshly washed damp hair and comb into place, usually with a side part for this season. ‘Secure the back into a low ponytail and leave hair to dry naturally. For a vamped-up 1980s look, braid the longer lengths of the ponytail and allow to dry before running fingers through the braided section only.’
Balayage and ombre ‘I have to say that balayage will be much more popular than ombre this year,’ says Rami. The balayage technique refers to the way that colour is applied; dye is hand-painted or swept onto the hair to make it seem like you have natural highlights from sun exposure. Ombre is a more striking, faded effect. ‘It’s natural and durable, requires little maintenance to look great and it also works well with the effortlessly ethereal waves that we are seeing on the catwalk.’
Short cuts ‘Textured crops are inspired from decades past, but with more modern lines,’ says Rami. ‘Shorter crops can be softened by elongating the front section of the hair, while bold lines cut to cheek-bone level will help give you that asymmetrical look. Undercuts are still a big feature for the more adventurous.’
Mermaid waves ‘To create soft undulating waves apply hair spray liberally through dry hair,’ he says. ‘Then use medium to large curling tongs to curl the hair. Each row of curls should be tonged in alternating directions to the row below, thus creating a wave that undulates. Let the hair cool before you run your fingers through it, that way the style is set and the curls are locked in.’ Rami Jabali Salon & Spa, Murjan 3, Plaza Level (parking is complimentary), JBR (04 363 0369).
Deep side-parting Find the recession point, the part of your hairline that recedes away from forehead, and then move a good three or four inches to the side,’ says Rami. ‘Use a light gel on damp hair and comb into place for an androgynous look and leave to set, or root tease the heavier side of part for width and height, securely with hair spray and curl ends for texture.’