When Paul Mitchell asked me to be a part of their Truth About Curls campaign last August, I had no idea the effect it would have on me. Suddenly, no matter where I turned, curls were everywhere. It seemed to be the look for Fall. Whether it was movies, magazines, or television, stylists were enhancing hair's natural texture and encouraging those curls. This was true for social media as well...waves of girls have posted pictures of themselves online for Paul Mitchell and shared their #curlconfessions, tales of their love/hate relationship with their hair. As I joined in, I began to see just how glamorous curls could be.
Like everything else to do with fashion, hair styles follow the trends. Of course any loyal reader of GlamAmor knows how often those trends are inspired by classic cinema. So rather than show my own hair as so many others did, I wanted us all to admire the origins of many of the looks we love today and learn how to do them ourselves. When the curls campaign kicked off at the end of summer, I first highlighted the 1960s and the ongoing popularity of Brigitte Bardot's beachy waves. Then came Fall's fixation with the 1940s, featuring curls that were either bobbed like Lauren Bacall or cascaded over the shoulders like Veronica Lake. And because there is still such buzz over the 1920s (it's been on trend over a year) , I couldn't help but feature the flapper curls of icons Clara Bow and Joan Crawford.
The romance with the 1920s-1930s really started last Fall with the movie The Artist, which quickly manifested in design inspiration for fashion's Spring 2012 collections. The trend has still been going strong through the year, fueled by the popularity of a couple shows on television, such as HBO's Boardwalk Empire and PBS' Downtown Abbey. In fact, Ralph Lauren even opened his Fall 2012 show with Downton's theme song since the production influenced so much of the design of that collection. Then there is Baz Luhrmann's eagerly anticipated version of the Jazz Age classic The Great Gatsby, which originally had a December release date and now won't be seen until next summer. No one in fashion seems to mind keeping this trend around, especially when there are so many looks to enjoy from this era. Here's one suggestion...embrace your curls!
Style icons Clara Bow (above) and Joan Crawford embraced their natural curls in the early 1920s
Today Thandie Newton and Charlize Theron both show modern updates of flapper curls
with their gorgeous short to medium length curly hair
Want your own curls like Clara or Joan (or Thandie or Charlize)? Whether you're lucky enough to be born with natural curls or have curl-challenged hair that is nearly stick straight (that's me), Paul Mitchell makes some great products to help. A couple months ago they gave me their Truth About Curls line to try, including a shampoo, leave-in conditioner, and wave and curl enhancers. Here's how to use them together to build frizz-free curls that you can tease to great heights or tame with accessories:
- Wash hair first with the Spring Loaded shampoo and follow with your favorite conditioner.
- When your hair is still damp, rub in a dime-size amount of the Full Circle leave-in conditioner. That really maintains the moisture in your hair, which helps prevent frizz.
- For the strongest curls, finish prepping with the Twirl Around. Rub a dime-size amount of the cream between your palms, then work both products through your hair with a wide tooth comb to make them evenly distributed.
- Either air dry (for truly naturally curly hair) or use a diffuser attachment on your hair dryer. The diffuser allows the heat of the dryer to lock in the curl without the force of the air disturbing it. That's key...not disturbing the curls.
- Once your hair is dry, finish the look with little light shine spray. Then tack in a glamorous accessory like a diamond pin or silk scarf (optional, see inspiration below).
Work those curls and join in the fun with Paul Mitchell! Check out their Truth About Curls Facebook page...that's where you can share photos of yourself with your own #curlconfessions (do it on Twitter and Instagram, too). The photos and comments become a part of a collage live on their site. Then on November 15th, they'll do one better...your photos will be projected on the outside of amazing locations in NYC and LA! Even if you don't live in these cities, you'll be able to see it all streaming live via their FB page. They're also giving away products each week to their favorite stories of the ones you share. So go ahead, girls...celebrate those curls!
Clara liked to tame her own curls a bit with trademark scarves tied in her red (!) hair
Charlize (above) and Gwen Stefani tame their blonde flapper-esque curls with sexy hair accessories
as do the girls in the 1920s era hit Boardwalk Empire
Marion Cotillard (above, at the MET Gala) and Maggie Gyllenhaal
channel a little late 1920s Joan Crawford
Flapper hair on Joan Crawford in 1928's iconic Our Dancing Daughters