The Hair Blog

Are my roots showing?

This was the hair at Haider Ackermann’s fall 2013 show. They’re actually wigs that the stylist, Eugene Souleiman, bleached and coloured in with felt marker. There’s an interesting story on that process here.

(Photos stolen from Vogue.)

Best Tressed List: Oscars 2013 Hair

The blonds were representing last night. 

My absolute favourite was Charlize Theron’s pixie. Some of you might think that having hair this short automatically disqualifies her from competing in the Best Tressed category. But you would be wrong. I love the side part, the hint of roots, and how it’s brushed up and away at the front. 

I also liked the just-so tousled look Naomi Watts sported. I’d like to see if it stayed this perfectly messy until the end of the night. 

Coming in third place is Amanda Seyfried with another messy updo. I think it looks brilliant—and contrasts with the soft purple makeup and lilac dress. 

Worst Tressed List: Oscars 2013 hair

Topping my list of the worst hair of the 2013 Oscars is Renee Zellweger, with that piece of hair pulled out from her updo. Uh, the ’90s called and it wants its piece of hair pulled out from the updo back.

Also on my Worst Tressed List is the beautiful Kerry Washington, whose blah hair looked like an afterthought. I can appreciate that she wanted to keep it simple and off her face, but it just looked blah.

Anne Hathaway’s Oscars look was a major disappointment for me. I love how she’s been styling her cropped hair to look sharp and piecey, but the puff ball that sat atop her head last night was so mousey. The dress was mousey too, so I can see the hairstylist’s dilemma. But come on!

Sandra Bullock: The ’00s called and it wants its straightening iron back.

What the hell, Melissa McCarthy? What the hell?

Grrr arrr

This year’s spiky headband. image

Wearing it this way was funnier.

I like big cuts

One of my favourite hair looks from New York Fashion Week’s fall 2013 shows was the humungous teased curls for Marc by Marc Jacobs. 

I have this in my head:

I like big cuts, and I cannot lie

You other brothers can’t deny

That when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist and a round thing on her face …


So, anyway…

Not surprising, Adir Abergel is responsible for the oversized dos. I like that it translates to both shorter and longer hair and how he changed it up by pinning it differently in the front. I really want to try this out but I’m afraid that it may be impossible to pull off without looking like a jerk.

(Photos stolen from Vogue.) 

Little braid // little bun

The girls at work are wearing their hair up in buns and wrapping little braids around them.

My wedding braided updo

Here are some photos of the braided updo I wore for my wedding in October. My stylist was Suzzi from Parlour salon in Toronto. I love how it turned out: pretty but not prim. It was based on a look celebrity hairstylist Adir Abergel did for Dianna Agron. (See it here.) My maid of honour, Meredith, also had her hair done at Parlour and was super happy with the result. You can see her modern chignon in the last shot. 

Original 1940s hairstyle

This is my grandmother, Hazel Dorothy, in Australia in the 1940s. What a cutie, right? Love those retro rolls.

Wedding hair prep

Be kind, that’s a make-up free face. Will soon post photos of how it turned out. 

For now, check out the piece I wrote for Fashion magazine about finding the right wedding-day style. It’s available online here.

Good hair day

Thank you, New Hampshire summer rain!