Big hair is back!

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

What do Brigitte Bardot, Farrah Fawcett, Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer have in common? Apart from being gorgeous, famous and super-successful, at the height of their careers they all sported huge, voluminous hair. And with celebrities like Cheryl Cole, Sarah Jessica Parker and Beyoncé recently popping up with big, over-the-top hair on red carpets everywhere, it’s no surprise that mere mortals like us are trying to re-create this ultra-feminine look.

Big Hair Then

Big hair as it was then

Stylists everywhere agree that the big hair comeback is all about making a statement during the recession. Instead of showing off big, blingy jewellery, we’re letting our hair do the talking. But what if you’re not blessed with thick, lustrous locks and you want to be a part of this current trend?

“It’s all about height,” says local stylist Johan De Wet of Hairven in Cape Town, who counted British celebs like Vanessa Mae and Mel B among his clients when he worked in London’s West End. But how does one get this look at home? “It’s easier than you think,” he says, “but you have to use the correct products or you won’t get it right: Start by washing your hair with a volumising shampoo such as Sebastian Volupt Shampoo & Conditioner, RRP R220. Once you’ve towel-dried your hair, apply a volumising mousse or lotion such as TIGI Bed Head Superstar Blowdry Lotion for Thick Massive Hair, RRP R159.99. Now, flip your hair upside down and start blow-drying, paying special attention to the roots, which is your foundation from which to build the rest of your style.”

Big hair now

These fine ladies show us how to do big hair

“Once your hair is almost dry, start blow-drying sections with a round brush (pointing the nozzle upwards against the roots to lift them) and when that section is completely dry, replace the brush with a large Velcro roller. It’s an absolute must to let your hair cool completely before removing the rollers or you won’t have the desired effect,” he says. (I always spritz my hair with a non-sticky hairspray such as Tresemme 24hour Body Finishing Spray, RRP 61.95 at Dischem before I remove my rollers to really lock in body and curl.)

If you want even BIGGER hair, you can back-comb, or “tease” your hair, like our mothers did in the sixties. This can be quite damaging if you’re not careful, so be gentle! Start by sectioning off a line of hair under your crown and then comb the bottom part of the section down against the scalp firmly, about three or four times. Remember, the smaller the section you tease, the bigger your hair will be in the end. Now you can brush the front sections back gently to fall over the back-combed bits, and voilá! Secure with hairspray, and you’re good to go.

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Mum-of-two by day and beauty writer by night, Ané Theron is also a qualified scuba diving instructor, personal trainer and nutritionist.

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  1. Lynne123

    I am loving big hair! Just battling to perfect it :)

    4 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    Yippee! I love big hair being at high school in the 80’s. Thank you for the tips!

    4 years ago •

  1. Nadine

    Big hair looks good on some people, but is not for everyone.

    4 years ago •

  1. Anne

    I love big hair, now to attempt doing it at home and not paying big bucks at a salon!

    5 years ago •

  1. JamieBaby

    Big hair is a good look on some woman, if they know how to wear it. The above pics are great. I love Cheryl Cole’s style. I would love to try big hair again. I have tried before but it takes so long and doesn’t last that long as my hair is Fine(not extremely thin) and long.

    5 years ago •

  1. Cass1231

    I’m still trying to get this right, a bit tricky! Looks stunning!!

    5 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    I’m not really one for the big hair do’s

    5 years ago •

  1. Sam

    I think wearing big hair depends on one’s personality

    5 years ago •

  1. Zu

    Oh big hair!!! Im dying to achieve this look! Of course! Having a so fine straight thin hair okay?? not that i dont love it, but i feel sexy having big hair.
    And i love all the girls brigette,farrah,cindy and caludia!

    5 years ago •

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