Q&A with Hair Stylist, Paul Hanlon
Tell us about the inspiration behind this season’s Helmut Lang hair.
For Spring, we took a more contemporary, sophisticated, and architectural approach to the hair. In the past, we’ve done very textured and natural hair, but this season the clothes were more relaxed with a menswear’s vibe to it. We wanted the hair to be more finished and refined.
Nicole and Michael loved the idea of having a sense of masculinity to the hair, which is why we did a side part that was clean through the face area and tucked behind the ear. To balance it out and fit the inspiration of a modern day woman, we wanted the hair to feel free, loose and easy in the back with a custom Helmut Lang leather hair cuff. Nicole and Michael made these great hair accessories, which was a nice alternative to the normal hair band/clip that made the look very unique to Helmut Lang.
What’s the next “IT” haircut?
People are moving away from the long, hippie hair and going for a tougher, slightly tomboyish type of haircut that hits the collarbone.
How can we recreate this runway look at home?
Wash your hair with a high-quality shampoo and conditioner and cut your hair regularly to keep the ends fresh. Use a nice styling product and blow dry your hair with a Mason Pearson brush to create a smooth and shiny finish. Complete the look by investing in a great hair accessory.
What look do you wish would just go away?
Alexa Chung’s haircut. The look is slightly tiring. I miss the time when women in the 50s and 60s would spend a lot of time on their hair and go to the salon at least once week.
Who is your favorite hair-style icon?
Without a doubt Kate Moss. She crosses so many groups; she can do natural, beautiful, slick, masculine, and sophisticated hair. It’s all about how you wear your hair and feeling confident enough to rebel and try something different.