We're only a few weeks into 2017 and the year's biggest hair color trends are already clear — and not at all what we expected. Blame America's latest obsession with the Danish concept of hygge, because this year is all about warmth and comfort, with soft coppers, rich browns, buttery blonds, and creamy oranges poised to take the hair world by storm.
Even Riawna Capri — the colorist who keeps Jennifer Lawrence and Julianne Hough in icy platinum shades — told us that the future is far from cool. "Out with the ice and in with the warmth!" she says, "2017 is going to bring back the sun, with golds, bronzes, and buttery tones!" Her partner in L.A.'s Nine Zero One salon, Nikki Lee added this: "The big one this year is going to be red!"
Cherin Choi, DTLA's resident cool-girl colorist agrees, calling out a "light, golden toffee blond" as one of her top predictions for the year. Meanwhile, NYC's "in-the-know" salon/studio hybrid Hairstory is cranking out sunset-peach hair like we've never seen before — proving that 2017's rainbow color du jour has already arrived with gusto.
Imagine hair that could be blue outdoors and blonde inside, or a black to red dye that changes colour as the user blushes. No, it's not a reference to Harry Potter but a real-life feat of chemical fashion.
“It takes a few years to grow it out,” Chris Healy tells me on a call. “Once you have long hair, it’s a part of your identity.”
The Longhairs cofounders Lindsay Barto (El Moreno) and Chris Healy (El Rubio).
Photo: The Longhairs As the longtime owner of a gorgeous mane, Healy has navigated the pitfalls of that identity. “Up ‘til now you’d have to go to the women’s haircare aisle to find hair ties and other products,” he explains. “It’s a little bit embarrassing. You’re trying to hide the hair ties in the shopping basket with an oil can and a football. It’s an awkward, uncomfortable experience because they’re all really made for women. So we set out to create not just a product, but a community.”
That community is The Longhairs, which Healy, 35, and cofounder Lindsay Barto, 31, started in December 2014. The two have their own digital marketing agency called Round Two Creative Group. A few years ago, they hit on the idea for a new business, which they would call Hair Ties for Guys. Both were in the process of growing out their hair at the time and realizing the trials and tribulations that went along with that. They conceived of and wrote up a commercial before they even had any products to sell.
Since they had no product for which they needed a commercial, they decided to launch a website first, with four blog posts and an inaugural holiday party called “Long Manes and Candy Canes” to celebrate. “Our audience has grown considerably. It started with two, which is both of our moms,” Healy says. The Longhairs now gets more than 22,000 unique visitors per month, and it has a robust email list and a YouTube channel with almost 12,000 subscribers. On the site, Healy and Barto go by the handles El Rubio (the blonde) and El Moreno (the brunette).
Tonight Beyoncé and her pregnancy bump shut down the 2017 Grammys with an incredible, heart-stopping performance dripping with iconographic imagery. Yet perhaps just as remarkable as her ethereal skin and fully bared stomach was her hair (yes, hair), which fell down her back in a next-level cloud of blonde curls.
Tucked beneath an ornate headdress and meant to evoke the image of the Madonna with gilded roses, the singer’s lengths had been brushed and teased out until only the barest crimp remained. It was an effect that had been perfectly tailored to her onstage look, which, from a chain-link bikini and decorative collar to the silken cloak fluttering from her shoulders, evoked a golden goddess from head to toe. Pregnancy glow—or hair—will never be the same.
Our seas have become a plastic graveyard - but can technology turn the tide?
When strong winds prevented filmmaker Jo Ruxton from sending a submarine to her chosen recording location off the coast of Marseille, she was naturally nervous.
The crew had just one chance to document evidence of the build-up of rubbish on the seabed for her award-winning film A Plastic Ocean, but were forced to divert miles from where divers had reported a growing dump.
She needn’t have worried. As the submersible reached a deep trench one mile from the surface, the team were confronted by a junk yard of human debris. Tyres, plastic water bottles, synthetic netting, unexploded bombs and even an old parachute emerged from the gloom.
You have a choice - single use plastic convenience or a better planet for our future generations.
"The plastic age is upon us, the effects of mankind’s obsession with this incredible, indestructible material is now coming back to haunt us. Whoever thought that using the most permanent of materials for disposable single use items was a good idea has doomed humanity, unless we can turn the tide and change our convenient throw away lifestyles." - Sea Shepherd Asia Director Gary Stokes
Madonna Is Reportedly Adopting Two More Children.
Malawi’s High Court has given the singer permission to adopt twin sisters.
Madonna has adopted twin four-year-old sisters, People confirms. Malawi’s judiciary spokesperson Mlenga Mvula told the magazine that the girls’ birth mother died just two weeks after giving birth to them in August 2012. Mvula said the singer “exuded happiness” as she left the courtroom and drove away with her new daughters. - SOMEONE STOP THIS WOMAN !!!
Experts are divided on the impact of Madonna's adoption of four-year-old twins from Malawi, saying it could fuel child trafficking in Africa or provide relief to the country's overcrowded orphanages.
On Tuesday, Malawi's High Court granted the 58-year old US singer permission to adopt the girls, following her adoption in 2006 and 2009 of two other children, David Banda and Mercy James.
"We are really putting our children in a big danger," said Maxwell Matewere, who heads Eye of the Child, a children's advocacy charity in Malawi.
"(Madonna's act) definitely would facilitate trafficking of children through (encouraging more) adoption."
Behind Exactitudes, the photo series that inspired Vetements
Dutch photographer Ari Versluis discusses his project with Ellie Uyttenbroek – a study of social uniforms which influenced Demna Gvasalia’s AW17 collection
The unveiling of Vetements’ AW17 collection, which saw Demna Gvasalia send a troupe of stereotypes down the runway – including the punk, the emo, the gabber and the chic Parisienne – in a brilliant study of clothes as signifiers of constructed identities. Gvasalia, a self-professed sociology fanatic, described the collection as a response to his “fascination with social uniforms and how people dress,” citing Exactitudes, the ongoing photo project by Dutch photographer Ari Versluis and profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek, as his key inspiration. The project, which has been published in various print editions and also exists as a wonderful online catalogue (be warned, it’s a rabbit hole: once you enter, you won’t resurface for at least an hour), began in 1994 and is made up of 154 series to date. Each series comprises of 12 square portraits, laid out on an A4 grid, depicting members of the same social group. They stand in identical poses, further highlighting their conformity to a specific dress code.