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The liberating power of a statement haircut

Hair

The liberating power of a statement haircut

Paris Fashion Week is at the end of the fashion calendar, so models, makeup artists and hairstylists, including hair legend Guido Palau, have been working non-stop for about a month by the time it ends. With two days left in the F/W’16 season, we caught up with Redken’s Global Creative Director in the lobby of the Four Seasons Georges V hotel to talk about the long list of shows he worked on (Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Dior and Givenchy, to name a few), the circus that is backstage and the liberating power of a statement haircut.

How’s Paris going for you so far?

Apart from my cold, it’s great. But I am happy that it’s going to be done in two days, let’s put it that way. 

For sure. I mean, you’ve been going straight since….

January. Men’s shows and the couture shows. It’s a lot of shows, a lot of people, a lot of personalities.

How do you keep that up? I feel like I can’t get through one week before switching off with another editor.

One part of it is having to be creative, one part’s having to be resilient. I mean, I just work – I don’t really do anything else. I don’t socialize, that’s not my thing. I literally run out of the show and come back and watch TV. I need to separate myself from it. When it's over, I kind of forget about it. I don’t really think about the shows again. Maybe I reflect on the ones I love and the ones I didn’t think were so good hair-wise.

When is something a success to you, and when do you look back and say ‘I wish this looked a little bit different?’

It can be the simplest of things. It’s not always the grandest shows that you feel like are your successes – like the Marc Jacobs show with all the finger waves, even though I did love that show. It all worked out and it was very precise. It was difficult because there were a lot of girls and it was a very difficult technique. There are not a lot of people who can do that technique and not muck it up, because once you put the gel in, it starts drying, so if you don’t get the waves in quick enough it’s a nightmare. It can be a simple [show] that I felt all the textures worked out, and all the girls looked really beautiful, and the designers were really happy and I can walk away.

 

A photo posted by Marc Jacobs (@marcjacobs) on Feb 19, 2016 at 11:54am PST


I suppose the ones I don’t like is when I feel like something’s not quite right, and it plays on my mind. It can be a small detail that no one would ever see. You forget when you’re there in the audience, you don’t just look at the hair, it’s the total effect. So you’re OCD-ing about stuff that maybe people don’t even realize. But nowadays, unfortunately, there’s so many people with cameras backstage, you feel like “Ah, hang on a minute,” you know? Because before that didn’t used to happen. You feel very exposed: every model posts a picture, they might not take the picture the best way… but you have to let it go. I mean, sometimes I don’t, it drives me crazy.

There’s many more ways that people observe your work now, not just reading a magazine. Back in the day, it was much more controlled, you wouldn’t be producing your beauty report for six months, and no one else would have really seen the beauty look [until then]. Now, the minute the show goes on everyone’s seen it. Some people will never see it in the magazine, they’ll never see the show, they just judge it on social media.

Do you think, with all that, it’s harder to surprise people now?

I think so, but then something like the Marc Jacobs show can surprise people. When a big designer like that does something so full on, it makes people think a little bit more. But yes, people are very aware of everything. Haircuts that we do now at shows, they don’t seem extreme anymore. You can’t do anything that extreme. It’s probably more extreme to see those finger waves [at Marc Jacobs] then to see, shaved [lines on the head] – people like that we see everyday. Some bourgeois woman’s daughter has that. It’s not the '70s, it’s not a political statement anymore to do that to your hair. I’m amazed really in saying that I like the extremity that you can get in fashion: To take a girl from a very extreme haircut to very natural, and everything seems current. That’s the modernity of it. And in one show you’ll have many different kind of looks sometimes – curly, a hair cut, straight, wavy. That would never have happened before.

But you have done some major, kind of shocking haircuts. At the Alexander Wang show, for instance.

I saw two of [the models] yesterday at a show: Katherine, the model with orange hair, and then Charlie, an Australian girl that I did a sort of bi-level bob. I said “Well girls, you two took a leap of faith, and it paid off.”

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Hair by Guido Palau: Fall/Winter 2016

PFW: Loewe

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Hair by Guido Palau: Fall/Winter 2016

PFW: Lanvin

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Hair by Guido Palau: Fall/Winter 2016

PFW: Givenchy

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Hair by Guido Palau: Fall/Winter 2016

PFW: Christian Dior

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Hair by Guido Palau: Fall/Winter 2016

PFW: Akris

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Hair by Guido Palau: Fall/Winter 2016

PFW: Sacai

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PFW: Celine

Products used: Redken Beach Envy Volume Shampooo ($18.50) and Beach Envy Volume Conditioner ($19.50), at select salons. READ MORE: Prada has six new fragrances

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Hair by Guido Palau: Fall/Winter 2016

LFW: Christopher Kane

Products used: Redken Diamnd Oil High Shine Airy Mist ($22) and Control Addict 28 High Control Hairspray ($20), at select salons. READ MORE: Derek Lam's new fragrance collection has 10 signature scents

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Hair by Guido Palau: Fall/Winter 2016

LFW: Alexander McQueen

Products used: Redken Guts 10 Root Targeted Volume Spray Foam ($18) and Wind Blown 05 Dry Finishing Spray ($22), at select salons. READ MORE: Alexander McQueen is launching a new fragrance

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Hair by Guido Palau: Fall/Winter 2016

MFW: Bottega Veneta

Products used: Redken Satinwear 02 Prepping Blow-Dry Lotion ($19) and Wind Blown 05 Dry Finishing Spray ($22), at select salons. READ MORE: ELLE Canada editors reveal their must-have date night beauty products

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Hair by Guido Palau: Fall/Winter 2016

MFW: Versace

Products used: Redken Diamond Oil High Shine Shampoo ($18) and Diamond Oil High Shine Conditioner ($19), at select salons. READ MORE: So you want to be a model? Get on social media

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Hair by Guido Palau: Fall/Winter 2016

MFW: Prada

Products used: Redken Full Frame 07 All-Over Volumizing Mousse ($18), at select salons.   READ MORE: The prettiest hair from Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week 2016

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Hair by Guido Palau: Fall/Winter 2016

MFW: Alberta Ferretti

Products used: Redken Beach Envy Volume Shampooo ($18.50) and Beach Envy Volume Conditioner ($19.50), at select salons. READ MORE: This might be the coolest hair from Paris Fashion Week

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Hair by Guido Palau: Fall/Winter 2016

NYFW: Tory Burch

Product used: Redken Wind Blown 05 Dry Finishing Spray ($22), at select salons. READ MORE: 5 spas with serious wow-factor

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Hair by Guido Palau: Fall/Winter 2016

NYFW: Oscar de la Renta

Products used: Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Treatment Primer ($24) and Wind Blown 05 Dry Finishing Spray ($22), at select salons. READ MORE: 9+ must-have beauty buys for the best sleep ever

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Hair by Guido Palau: Fall/Winter 2016

NYFW: Coach

Products used: Redken Beach Envy Volume Shampooo ($18.50) and Beach Envy Volume Conditioner ($19.50), at select salons.   READ MORE: 10 must-have beauty products made with roses

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Hair by Guido Palau: Fall/Winter 2016

NYFW: Hugo Boss

Product used: Redken Glow Dry Style Enhancing Blow-Dry Oil ($32), at select salons. READ MORE: The "more is more" beauty memo from Paris Fashion Week

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Hair by Guido Palau: Fall/Winter 2016

NYFW: Alexander Wang

Products used: Redken Wax Blast 10 High Impact Finishing Spray-Wax ($18), at select salons. READ MORE: 12 beauty products that sound good enough to eat

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Hair by Guido Palau: Fall/Winter 2016

NYFW: Marc Jacobs

Products used: Redken Hardwear 16 Super-Strong Sculpting Gel ($16) and Forceful 23 Super-Strength Finishing Spray ($18), at select salons. READ MORE: 8 beauty trends we loved at Milan fashion week

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Hair by Guido Palau: Fall/Winter 2016

NYFW: Victoria Beckham

Products used: Redken Triple Take 32 Extreme High-Hold Hairspray ($22) and Satinwear 02 Prepping Blow-Dry Lotion ($19), at select salons. READ MORE: Beauty trends from London Fashion Week Fall/Winter '16 we're dying to try

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Hair by Guido Palau: Fall/Winter 2016

NYFW: Kanye West

Product used: Redken Glow Dry Style Enhancing Blow-Dry Oil ($32), at select salons. READ MORE: 11 beauty products you don't know you want yet

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