Second Day Hair On The First Day
There’s just something that overcomes me when I’m in the presence of a beauty industry heavyweight. I ambush, throw some questions at them and try to take in as much information as I can – brushes or fingers? Career advice? Products you’d have with you should you be stranded on a remote desert island? And Flavien Abbas, celebrity hair stylist, senior art director at the Urban Retreat in Harrods and founder of Touché By Flavien is no exception. I recently got to sit down with Flavien over tea and dessert at Bond & Brook in Fenwick and the tip I picked up… well it’s epic.
With his years of experience it’s fair to say that he knows exactly what women want to achieve with their hair, and he mentioned that his clients would go to him to have their hair done for an event two to three days in advance. Why? That ‘second day hair’ look. It’s a blow dry that’s beyond the point of being being super neat and polished – there’s something textured, tousled and lived in about it. And with Flavien knowing what the ladies like, he created the Soft Control Cream* for us to get that day two hair from the get go. I quizzed him on how to create this second day hair, and it was notepads at the ready – Warm the Soft Control Cream up by rubbing between your hands. Never apply wax or product from the front of your hair, always start from the back towards the front. Using your fingertips get the product right into the middle of the hair, and it’s good to also twist the hair while applying it. We parted ways that night with a Soft Control Cream in my hand (show off in your bathroom cabinet worthy packaging FYI) and once home I whipped out the blow drier and got to work. Verdict? Whoa.
It’s a good thing I got the scoop from Flavien because I’m not really one for hair wax or styling creams so I’d never have known, but as of late it’s been all about the Soft Control Cream. And the style possibilities have been endless. Flavien noted that sleek and polished locks have been featured on the runway all throughout NYC, London, Milan and Paris during the past month. Hair should look like there’s product in it. I couldn’t think of a more perfect example than at Elie Saab for SS14 Paris Fashion Week where hair was slicked at the sides and poker straight with product run through it. After scrolling through my Instagram feed and seeing Glamour Magazine backstage at the show I attempted to recreate the look with generous amounts of Soft Control Cream. Results weren’t as Elie Saab-esque as I’d hoped, probably due to technique, but the second day hair thing? Like second nature now.