Thursday, February 5, 2015

What happens when a mere mortal tries to copy a footballer's hair?

tim dowling with footballers' haircut
I am looking in the barbershop's old-fashioned mirror and, unusually, I like what I see. I twist my head one way and another.
"Show me the back," I say. I don't know about you, but whenever I catch a glimpse of the back of my head I get a weird sense of my own mortality – it just looks like a good place for someone to plant a hammer. Looking at it in the mirror within a mirror, I see only the rear view of a very well-groomed stranger. It's hard to believe this haircut – one I have long admired from afar – is actually on my head.
I must have first noticed it at some point in the middle of last season. I don't often risk an opinion when I'm watching football with my children, but I suddenly found I could not hold my tongue.
"Who's that?" I said, pointing at the screen.
"Scott Parker," my son said. "Midfielder."
"He's got really good hair," I said. I'd later learn that this was by no means an original observation. Scott Parker's hair has its own Twitter account.
Some of the other players on the pitch had similar haircuts; not as good as Parker's, but they were definitely aiming for the same thing: short at the back and sides, long on top and slicked back neatly, with a sharply delineated parting. If it was new, there was nothing remotely modern about it. These guys all resembled 1940s matinee idols.
By the start of this season, the look was ubiquitous. If you watch a match now, it's not unusual for half a dozen players from each team to be sporting the same haircut, along with the referee and one of the linesmen. Strangely for such a popular hairstyle, it doesn't appear to have a name. It is undoubtedly the look of the moment, but if you type "footballer's hair" into Google, you will mostly be greeted with pictures of eccentric misjudgments from seasons past.
Maybe it's because the haircut has too many subtle variations to warrant an umbrella term. Joey Barton maintains a severe quasi-mohawk. Arsenal's Olivier Giroud piles the quiff portion into a tsunami-style wave. Jack Wilshere keeps his as neat as a box hedge. In a realm where capricious changes of style and novelty haircuts are common, this sober look has proved unusually durable. Even David Beckham, whose hairstyle should always be described using the words "at the time of going to press", has done little more than tinker round the edges with his.
And why not? It's cool, but also sort of square. It looks great, even after 90 minutes of running around. And it's a haircut that seems to suit almost everybody – not just footballers. Brad Pitt has sported a version somewhere between a pompadour and what is sometimes known as a "high and tight". Savile Row tailor and Great British Sewing Bee judge Patrick Grant teams it with a beard to great effect. If relatively young men can carry off this classic, middle-aged dad-style haircut, why couldn't an actual middle-aged dad do the same?
footballer scott parker 'He's got really good hair': Fulham's Scott Parker. Photograph: Ben Queenborough/ BPI/REX
I am not in the habit of taking pictures of footballers into the hairdressers and saying, "Make me look like this", but I gather it's not at all an unusual thing to do.
"I've had this one quite a few times," says Tom from Tommy Gun's barbershop in Soho. He's looking at a photograph of Beckham in a white T-shirt, his great-but-nameless haircut accessorised with sunglasses and a week's worth of stubble. "Sometimes when people come in for the haircut, they want the lifestyle that goes with it."
Not me, I tell him. I just want the look. He examines the other pictures in my collection: Giroud, another Beckham, Zayn Malik from One Direction. "I don't know how that one got in there," I say.

Tom sits me in the chair and considers my present hairstyle, which is a bit of a mess, a product of pure neglect. "How often do you get it cut?" he says.
"Quarterly," I say. I tell him that Kelly and Hayley, who used to work at my local hairdressers before it closed, come to the house four Saturdays a year to my cut my entire family's hair for a job lot price. I'm not sure he believes me.
Tom doesn't have a name for the footballers' haircut either, and we both agree that "short back and sides" doesn't come anywhere near capturing its essence. He does have a theory about its origins, though. "Someone told me it started in the 50s, as an army thing," he says. According to this narrative, the contrast between the close-cropped sides and the longer top was effectively a division of assets: everything visible belonged to the army, and was maintained according to regulations; everything under the hat belonged to the owner of the head. Essentially it's the look Elvis ended up with after the army barber finished with him.
Tom says that while the haircut suits everybody, not everybody has hair to suit the cut. It doesn't really work with curly or ungovernably coarse hair. If the hair is too fine, on the other hand, then the tapered sides cannot be cut too short or they'll just stick straight out. This, apparently, is my problem.
"We're going to have to be a bit careful," Tom says.
My chief concern is not my hair, but my hairline. It's in retreat – every year there is less hair to comb and more face to wash – and I'm worried that a high and tight haircut will make me look like a stovepipe. I wish I hadn't included that photograph of Giroud in my dossier. He skews the whole thing towards the vertical.
The most striking thing about the haircut is the severity, and the lowness, of the side parting. Tom draws a line along my scalp not far above my ear, right about where a bald man would start his combover. The hair below this line is closely shorn; above, it stays long.
"Maybe you should draw an arrow on my forehead, so I can find it again," I say. It will, Tom assures me, be pretty apparent when he's done.
After 20 minutes I relax a little. We are past that midway point where the haircut looks even more alarming than what you came in with. Tom and I chat about hair. He tells me he once had that Nick Clegg in the chair. "Actually I cut his hair twice, just before the election," he says. Clegg kept the new style for about a week, before he defaulted to his ordinary politician's hair, much as David Cameron has done after periodic rug rethinks.
"I call it the Eton sweep," says Tom, "because they all end up parting it at the same point." Even that has a name, I think.
footballer olivier giroud 'A tsunami-style wave': Arsenal's Olivier Giroud. Photograph: Stuart MacFarlane/ Arsenal FC via Getty Images
My football hair is blow-dried to the desired height, and the sides are pasted down with a little wax. I look in the mirror again. What can I say? It's alarming how charming I feel.
When I walk into the house, my middle son is the first person to catch sight of me. "Whoa," he says, tipping back on his heels slightly. He walks all round me, scrutinising my head.
"That's not bad, actually," he says. He wants to say something unpleasant, but can't think of anything. The father may be flawed, but the hair is faultless. This must happen to Scott Parker a lot.
I soon discover that if the look is effortlessly cool, it's not exactly effortless. When I wake up the next morning, I realise that looking like a stovepipe should have been the least of my worries. After a night's sleep, the top of my head looks like a sculpture of a campfire done in hair. I run it under the tap for a bit to extinguish it, then I find a brush and start searching for the elusive parting. Luckily, the sides are still a bit waxy from the previous day. I really should blow-dry the top into position, but we don't own a hairdryer.
Don't get me wrong: I am exceedingly pleased with my haircut and, by extension, with myself, but I'm used to maintenance-free hair. Whenever Kelly sits me down in the kitchen on haircut Saturday and says, "So what are we doing?" I just tell her to cut it short enough that I never have to bother about it. It's not so much a look as a solution.
While I mean to maintain my Scott Parker hair for as long as possible, I know in my heart I will eventually default to my own personal version of the Eton sweep. At least I'll know what to call it.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Do You Like The New Bob Hairstyle?

The traditional bob hairstyle is a short and sleek hair cut that gracefully covers the ears and reaches somewhere between the chin and the shoulders. With the changing trend the basic cut remained the same but various changes started adorning this beautiful haircut. This kind is most suitable for round face as it gives a sleek and longer appeal to the facial structure. Long bobs are cut into form of layers in a subtle way and are best suited to round or oval facial structures.
Hairs are evenly cut at an angle leaving some portion of the hairs longer at the front. These two types are give an elegant and chic look with any kind of dress at any place and at any occasion. Spiky bob hair cuts are cut extremely short at the back and long at the sides with texture. Mod bobs are hair cuts with texture that are accented with heavy bangs.

Well, brand new bob hairstyles possess gone beyond the old conventional bob hairstyles. If you have not colored your own hair and have retained your own natural hair color, you'll be able to consider opting for some hair color ideas like adding illustrates to your hair, which fit your eye color or complexion. Always remember that hair grows with time given the right "climate".? Make sure you have the right thinking pattern concerning hair growth.

It has been adapted and modified, but every now and then a famous actress will give the classic bob hair style new life. A bob style focuses the eyes on the center of the face. This works to great effect for most famous people, Get a medium-length inverted bob first. If you like the look and nothing really jumps out at you in the mirror, you should be good to take a deeper plunge and get a shorter bob style on the next visit to your favorite salon.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

15 Glamorous Wedding Updos for 2015

It’s wedding season now! If you’re looking for a timeless wedding hair style then nothing less than a classic updo will suffice.

Everyone want to be perfect on the big day! And find a great wedding hairstyle is important. There are so many hair styles that you can choose from depending on your taste and personality. Whether you’re hosting a dramatic winter wedding or a casual, simple summer ceremony, the updo is any brides’ fast track route to instant glamour! The wedding updo is an elegant look and there are many styles that you can try. An updo looks classic and timeless and you can also secure a veil easily or decorate your hair with flowers, ribbons or glittery pins. Here we will discuss different hair updos for weddings.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Could Dyeing My Hair Purple Make Me Uncool?

Amanda FitzSimons was not a purple-hair kind of girl. But after seeing her window to try the dip-dye trend closing, she decided to hit the bottle.
A scarring snapshot from my developmental years: I'm 13 and on a family trip to Bermuda, where, despite a crippling fear of heights, I've been talked into climbing a giant rock in the middle of the ocean. My family and friends spend about 30 seconds at the top before throwing themselves off the craggy edge, down some 15 feet into the turquoise abyss. I, on the other hand, spend about 30 minutes yelling at my parents, who are waiting below with waterproof cameras in a glass-bottom boat. Only after I realize that climbing down is the more harrowing exit strategy (serious rock puncture wounds), I double cross my fingers and take the plunge.
You don't need Freud to analyze this scene—I'm not a big risk taker. My clothing choices could make a Sicilian widow look flamboyant; at the nail salon, I head straight for Essie Ballet Slippers (if I'm feeling crazy, it's the next-to-nude Limo-Scene); I have but two piercings—one in each of my ears; I have had basically the same shade of butterscotch highlights to liven up my natural dishwater-brown hair since seventh grade. It's an overall look I try to pass off as "urban minimalist" or "understated chic," though if I'm being completely honest, it stems less from an adoration of the pared-down and more from a deep-seated fear of stepping outside the box. So, needless to say, it was a BFD for me when I walked into a salon recently and came out with lavender dip-dyed hair. (A complete history of the adventurous things I'd done to my hair up until this point: I once got bangs.…)

To be clear, I'm aware this move is no longer a very big deal to the rest of the world. Gauls and Saxons tinted their hair red, orange, and blue before battle; the style reemerged in New York City's '70s punk scene, where rebellious youths gave the ends of their strands an edge using Kool-Aid. And in the past few years, ROYGBIV hair color, especially in the entry-level form of dip-dye (so named because just the ends are dipped into the color), has broadened its base from angsty Manic Panic–wielding teens to include women well into their twenties (not to mention thirties) who might be fashionable, though not necessarily alternative. Google image search "celebrity" and "dip-dye" and results will return Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, and Kesha, yes, but also Drew Barrymore, Diane Kruger, and Kate Bosworth. It was Rachel McAdams' kicky pink strands way back at the 2007 SAG awards that first made me wonder if I should try it, but I never had the courage to take the plunge, until two things happened within the span of a week: I realized I had six months left until my thirtieth birthday (an impending milestone that has caused me to do all sorts of out-of-character things), and I came across an ad that featured a woman with wild cobalt-streaked hair driving a sensible sedan. The tagline: "Yes, there are still people with blue hair who drive a Buick." If Big Auto was onto the trend, I reasoned, it didn't have much of a shelf life left. I better act now.
"Whenever a trend comes out, there are always the early adopters and the second wave of people who were too nervous to do it the first time," says L.A.-based colorist Kristin Ess, the genius behind thebeautydepartment.com. Ess is responsible for Lauren Conrad's chameleon-dipped strands: fuchsia, a cotton candy–colored m√©lange, and something she calls "porange" (a blushy blend of pink and orange). Ess's point about early adopters is well taken—after all, it was roughly three years ago that crop tops first made it down the runway at Prada. But today that look is still cool, though our collective eye has adjusted to the silhouette. I like to think my dip-dye will be received much the same way—perhaps not visionary, but still somewhat fresh.
I report to Roxie, a colorist specializing in rainbow hues, at Hairstory Studio, a salon opened by Bumble and bumble founder Michael Gordon in Manhattan's Financial District, and the perfect place for someone with my kind of hair baggage: One of the styling rooms even comes with a therapist-office-esque chaise. Turns out that's not for me, it's for Roxie, who reclines on the daybed and informs me that she's concerned I may have missed the boat. "Three years ago, everyone was asking for dip-dye. First it was the artists, then it was the creative people with money, now it's schoolteachers." Still, she books me an appointment a week later for, as she puts it, a "translucent, minty-green blue"—a color that we think will cancel out some of the ruddiness in my skin, complement my light-colored eyes, and pay tribute to my astrological sign (Pisces).
Because I am a second- (or third-?) waver, Roxie plans to update "the My Little Pony thing" that was popular when the look hit critical mass in 2011 by reducing the contrast between my tips and my ends and gingerly painting the color on, bit by bit.
Gingerly indeed. A warning to anyone contemplating dip-dye who assumes the process will take less time than regular highlights because, you know, it's only the tips: This is an all-day affair—I arrived at 10 A.M. and didn't leave until close to 5 P.M. Roxie first has my hair cut to get rid of some volume so that "the color can really pop"; she then dyes my natural roots a darker brown to create more contrast, and only after that does she ready my tips with bleach. It's about five hours into the process (and three quarters of the way through Roxie's life story) before I actually see a bottle of anything resembling a wacky color. (She makes a game-time decision to swap out the blue for a dusty lavender that she promises will be even more flattering.)
When I leave, I anticipate double takes—I am, after all, a woman with purple hair. Yet, I'm surprised and frankly a little disappointed when most people are underwhelmed. "I can't see it," says a coworker when I return to my desk. I find this slightly hard to believe, but the color started subtle and then softened with every wash. Two and a half weeks later, I find myself looking into temporary solutions to keep it alive.
This was perhaps the most surprising part of the process. I hoped I at least wouldn't hate myself for doing this, but I never expected I'd want to keep it. I find I'm a little more daring when it comes to the rest of my look: One day I wear fire-engine red lipstick to work, out of the blue. Not particularly groundbreaking, but a big step for someone who typically goes barefaced. I get an e-mail from Ess. "Did you end up doing it? I want to see a picture." I send her a selfie taken at my desk. A few minutes later she writes back: "It looks so good. Subtle…." And, "I love the red lipstick."

Photo: Paul Physioc

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hailee Steinfeld Debuts Shoulder-Length Cut on the Red Carpet: See Her New Hairstyle

Hailee Steinfeld at the screening for "The Homesman" on Nov. 11, 2014.
Hailee Steinfeld trimmed her long hair and debuted a shoulder-length hairstyle at The Homesman premiere in Hollywood on Tuesday, Nov. 11 Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage.com; Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Big chop alert!
Hailee Steinfeld debuted a much shorter hairstyle on the red carpet at The Homesman premiere on Tuesday, Nov. 11, in Hollywood.
The Oscar-nominated actress, 17, looked like she had grown up overnight in the new shoulder-length hairstyle with loose waves. Celebrity hair magician Mara Roszak took credit for the mature look on her Instagram page, writing: “This beauty #chopchop.”
Prior to the change, which included long side bangs, the True Grit actress rocked her brown hair in a long style with a center part. “I’m pretty natural [when it comes to hair care], actually,” she told Fashionista.com in 2012. “I’m very fortunate, I’ve got a really great wave. I normally just kind of get out of the shower and throw it up in a bun.”
Hailee Steinfeld debuted a shoulder-length hairstyle on the red carpet.
Hailee Steinfeld debuted a shoulder-length hairstyle on the red carpet.
Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Steinfeld’s red carpet attire was just as dazzling as her new ‘do. Opting for a dainty ensemble, the star wore a purple Monique Lhuillier tea-length dress with a blooming brocade pattern on the bottom half. She carried a shiny clutch bag and wore nude strappy sandals.