Motorcycle crew VC London showcase this season’s disrupted hair with the help of Babyliss UK Ambassador Syd Hayes.
Who better to model this season’s coolest hair trends than an all-female biker gang? Low maintenance hair isn’t just about looking effortless for these girls, it’s a necessity.
The windswept locks were created by Syd Hayes in response to the season’s standout catwalk trends. We’re seeing tousled wet-look waves, bobbi pin creations and plenty of texture. We’re even giving you a step-by-step guide so you can recreate these looks at home - with or without a Harley.
Get to grips
In the hoover, at the bottom of your bag – they end up everywhere. But it’s time to rethink the humble kirby grip, as seen at Cédric Charlier this season. “Use them as a standout accessory. Pick a shade that contrasts against the colour of your hair and make it look deliberate,” advises Hayes, who created the contrasting grip look on Mai (right).
Gemma’s wet-look, textured hair is equally simple to recreate: use a gel on the roots of the hair, a finishing crème at the ends, then style using your hands. Done.
Get the look…
Step 1: (For both) Use Babyliss Rose Blush 2200 Hair Dryer, £45, to blast hair until almost dry.
Step 2: (For both) Take sections of hair and wrap around a Babyliss Soft Waves Hair Wand, £40.
Step 3: (For both) Use Paul Mitchell Firm Style Super Clean Sculpting Gel, £12.50, at the roots and mid lengths and part into a centre or side parting.
Step 4: (Gemma, left) Finish by running Kiehl’s Crème With Silk Groom, £20, through the ends to smooth then style with your fingers.
Step 5: (Mai, right) Make a cross shape using Accessorize Mixed Metal Kirby Grips, £3, to hold hair in place at the sides.
Big hair, don’t care
This season, exaggerated hair that ignores the norm – as seen at Giorgio Armani and Bora Aksu – is having a moment. “Adding extreme volume is an easy way to give edge to your natural hair,” explains Hayes.
Be warned, this look might not be helmet-proof, especially for Namin, who rode onto set on her Harley.
Get the look…
Step 1: Apply Living Proof Full Lift Root Spray , £23, to the roots.
Step 2: Quickly blast roots dry with Babyliss 3Q Hair Dryer, £120.
Step 3: Use Babyliss Big Hair Care brush styler, £70, to smooth out the lengths. Start at the roots and curl the rotating brush outwards then allow to cool.
Step 4: Take the GHD Narrow Dressing Brush, £15, part your hair to the side and gently backcomb to create volume at the roots. Run your fingers through to keep the look natural and smooth.
Step 5: Keep everything in place with a generous spritz of L’Oréal Elnett Normal Strength Hairspray, £6.70.
Wrap it up
Modernise and disrupt the classic plait by adding in new textures, as seen at Max Mara. “This simple look is ideal for going from day to night as it holds well and has a stylish, futuristic look,” Hayes says.
Miles away from its schoolgirl incarnation, this wrapped and gelled plait is part-goth, part-high fashion. If your hair isn’t quite as flowing as Viviana’s, use temporary extensions.
Get the look…
Step 1: Brush through hair with Babyliss Smooth Dry Brush, £40.
Step 2: Use the Buly 1803 Needle Tail Comb, £28, to create a very clean middle parting.
Step 3: Apply Redken Hardwear Gel 16, £18, to the roots liberally so it looks wet.
Step 4: Take the Mason Pearson Pure Bristle Handy Brush B3, £102, and use it to brush every last hair into a low ponytail. Then plait.
Step 5: If you need to, straighten the ends using Babyliss Straight & Curl Brilliance Rose Gold straightener, £120. Secure with a band and wrap the top half of the pony with black ribbon or wide elastic and tie.
Take it back
One look says sleek and minimal, the other is more ‘done’, but either way they both disrupt old classics. For Viviana’s slicked-back style (left), inspired by Victoria Beckham catwalks, simply run your fingers through the top of your hair with gel.
Namin’s look takes longer: take two ponytails, twist them as if you were going to form a bun and then wrap them together for a refresh on the classic French pleat.
Get the look…
Step 1: (Viviana, left) Use Babyliss Straight & Curl Brilliance Rose Gold straightener, £120, to add waves to the length and finish with L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni ART Extreme Splash, £15.60, through the roots for a wet look – leave the rest of the hair from the ears down unfinished.
Step 2: (Namin, right) Use Babyliss Diamond Smoothing Heated Brush, £80, to smooth, then split into top and bottom sections.
Step 3: Place into two ponytails, then twist them round each other with the spiky sections poking out.
Step 4: Use Scunci Thick Hair XL Bobby Pins, £3.49, to secure all hair.
Step 5: Finish with Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hairspray, £22.
Taking inspiration from Ashish and Preen, this wind-blown look juxtaposes the tousled hair around the face against a stronger sculptural up-do at the nape of the neck. “Let your natural hair be the star but amp the texture up to the next level,” advises Hayes.
Adding extra waves to the front provides a contrast against the sleekness at the back.
Get the look…
Step 1: Section off the hair at the front as if you were cutting a fringe.
Step 2: Make a ponytail using Inanch Large Gold Paddle Brush, £35, and ensure the ends are straight using Babyliss Rose Blush 235 Hair Straightener, £80.
Step 3: Create a bun by knotting the hair as if you are tying shoelaces. Secure with kirby grips.
Step 4: Use Babyliss Wave Envy, £40, to add extra texture to the front parts of the hair. Use Hair by Sam McKnight Cool Girl Barely There Texture Mist, £25, to finish.
Step 5: Tease out some spiky ends from the back and spritz the knots with Maria Nila Strong Style & Finish Extreme Spray, £21.82.
At Fendi this season, models embraced the kiss curl. Known as ‘spit curls’ in the Twenties, these spirals of hair were jazz singer Josephine Baker’s signature look. They’ve been worn by many cultures – but are especially prominent in Mexican American subculture – and are an easy way to embrace any baby hairs around your face.
Get the look…
Step 1: Use Babyliss Big Wave Wand, £40, to create plenty of texture to the hair – separating sections with your fingers.
Step 2: Apply Bumble & Bumble Sumogel, £23, through the roots.
Step 3: Take the Balmain Golden Tail Comb, £24.95, and use the thin end to separate shorter lengths and baby hairs around the face.
Step 4: If you don’t have naturally tight curls, create mini sections of them using Babyliss Tight Curls Wand, £25. Flatten them to the face using the flat part of the tail comb.
Step 5: Spritz it all with R+Co Vicious Stronghold Flexible Hairspray, £24, to keep everything in place.
What is VC London?
VC London is a collective of likeminded women who support, empower and encourage each other to do what they love – ride motorbikes. Founded by Gemma Harrison and Namin Cho in 2015, they run events, talks and have created a platform for women who are passionate about bikes to connect with each other.
Their annual summer camp in the Brecon Beacons is open to all – including beginners with a love of bikes. They meet on the first Monday of every month at The Bike Shed in London’s Old Street – and everyone’s welcome.
Image credits: David Oldham