I Link It: Could You Learn to Love Frizz? Wednesday 18 July, 2012

Hairstylists are embracing frizz on the runways—but will women follow suit? A look at the idea of loving natural texture, and why you might just want to stop taming those flyaways.

A movement is going on in the hair world, and it’s a good, freeing one: Frizz, that long-forsaken foe to women everywhere, is being championed by hairstylists. Shocking, right? On runways and in beauty editorials, stylists are conjuring a halo of fuzz…intentionally. Haven’t NASA scientists been putting their extra brain cells—you know, those that they aren’t using on landing a rover on Mars—to work on figuring out how to banish frizz?

And while such hair gurus as Guido, the man behind some of the fuzziest updos (Those frothy looks above from Spring 2012 Roberto Cavalli and Louis Vuitton? They’re his handiwork.), are paving the way for women to begin embracing a more natural texture, hairstylists don’t necessarily have a hand in what we ladies wear on the daily. So the question becomes: Could you learn to love frizz? Could you allow yourself to let your flyaways…well…fly?

I interviewed Guido, as well as hairstylists Michael Angelo (owner of Michael Angelo’s Wonderland Beauty Parlour) and Kim Gueldner (of Rita Hazan Salon), about this very subject for Makeup.com’s Could You Learn to Love Frizzy Hair? Their views on “intentional frizz” are as freeing as the very idea of fuss-free-frizz-full hair.

 Intentional Frizz Louis Vuitton Spring 2012

Of course, I also talked to real women because, let’s be honest, frizz is hard to swallow for many of us. We’ve been trained to seek polished, glossed, shine-enhanced tresses. To do an about-face is almost akin to crazy talk.

I didn’t get to include Michael’s awesome insight on why fuzz is particularly acceptable now in the piece, so I’ll do it here: “Sadly, as generations pass, we are losing some of the grand skills of hairdressing, such as a perfect pin curl set. So now we’re in this place where a new learning curve is happening. It’s the beginnings of new techniques emerging. We’re adapting. You see this in fashion as well: New designers can’t cut a pattern like Christian Dior could, but they are doing different things with fabric to compensate—things that Dior wouldn’t have been comfortable doing. They’re turning out looks that are less finished, more deconstructed, more rough fabric and shapes. And so it is with hair, as well. Adaptation.”

Frizz: Adapt to it. I kind of like that idea.

P.S.: I’m sorry for my absence. I am in Los Angeles putting together a mondo photo shoot that I am really excited to share with you…later. It’s been so hectic, I’ve been too pooped to put pen to paper, or words to blog. I’ll do my best. Keep checking back in…

Karie L. Frost Signature

(Photos: courtesy of Redken)

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