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.
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.”
“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.