by ZOE FOSTER
No one really knows where beauty trends come from, although some suggest they come from a small cave in the Pyrenees, and a man with a beard down to his toes exits the cave every third month and leaves an envelope on a rock by the road for a St Bernard who distributes them by mouth.
Others maintain they trickle down from the runways of Chanel and Stella McCartney and Alexander Wang and cool celebrities, but what would they know?
In any case, trends will always come, and we will try them, and some will stick, and some won’t. One beauty trend that has stuck is the ‘fake dirty hair’ trend, which also comes under the labels: bed head, second-day-hair, textured hair, and for those keen on filthy acronyms, JBF hair.
This is where the hair is meant to look like you put no effort in; it’s scruffy and dishevelled. It looks like you had it styled for an event the night before, then slept in it. It makes curls and waves look fantastic, and balayage really come into its own. I love it personally; my goal every time I wash my hair is essentially to make it look like it needs a wash again. This seems stupid, but in fact it’s a fresh and modern look, and the perfect way to balance out and sex-up update an overly polished, prim, girly, elegant or fancy outfit.
When the hair is too perfect, the curls or waves obviously created at the hand of a ghd, or the hair is unnaturally straight, it can look dated. But when your hair has movement and a bit of soft, tousled texture – this is NOT crunchy beach hair – and some imperfections, it looks fresh and sexy and like you might ride a motorbike or be related to one B. Bardot.
Here are the ‘fake dirty hair’ celebrities Australian women tell me, via email/Twitter/Tumblr/carrier pigeon and also their hairdressers, (“One more bloody Alexa Chung request…” they mutter) they want their hair to look like:
If you’ve never tried this look, it’s really very simple, and I urge you to give it a go. It might feel foreign to you, because you’re used to having salon blow dries or doing your hair up in a pony every day, or allowing your natural curls to sit flat against your head, or straightening your hair to perfection, but it can REALLY refresh your whole look.
These three photos of Jessica Biel act as a great of example of the evolution from straight and sleek… to slightly textured with some piecey-ness…. to all out sexbomb tousled.
Tips and prodz!
A terrific starting point is to wash your hair at night, apply some mousse for smoothness and body and let it air dry, or blowdry roughly. When you go to style your hair the next day, you will literally have second day hair, and a much less fluffy, slippery base to work with.