Nature knows the drill when it comes to the seasons. Bouncy, spiky, green in Spring, pretty minimalist in Winter, and daring, auburn hues in Fall. For humans, the fashion world is a little more tricky to navigate. Five minutes ago something was a cardinal sin and now it’s high fashion. Apparently, even Bella Hadid is rocking velour tracksuits now, when we thought they’d all been burnt from both wardrobes and memory. Luckily there are experts out there to help us through these uncertain times…
Experts like Leandro Toscano, owner of Toscano Hair Salons down in Palermo and Retiro, who has given us some pointers on the socially acceptable things to do with your head hair this season. You can book yourself in with the man himself or through BePretty, a new app letting you book beauty appointments in BA (as well as Chile and Colombia if you fancy treating yourself abroad). BePretty may be your best beauty advisor in Latin America. But the Bubble will be your prophet, transcribing the words from the fashion gods for delivery to your very ears.
Leandro says there’s one main hairstyle to be thinking about this season: MEDIUM LENGTH HAIR. It may not sound too catchy, nor is it great for a post break-up ‘I’m-going-for-something-drastic’ look. But it’s no doubt pretty, versatile and muy trend. As is experimenting with layers, graduations, and the like.
La Media Melena
If your idea of mid-length hair equals hair purgatory, hanging limply between styles, you’ve got it all wrong. Here’s how you can rock the look, according to Leandro:
A Bob – a tale as old as time, but somehow looks so modern. Both shoulder length long bobs and the more summery short bobs are in this season.
Melena midi – this one is kind of like a bob, except it’s the same length all the way around, where a bob is asymmetric: shorter at the back near the nape of your neck and longer at the front where it frames your face.
In any of the above, you can fit some fun little bangs in – either full on heavy bangs, some flicks to the side, or as part of some general choppiness like the corte shag:
Its all very well having the chop of the season, but you’re gonna need the right tone to boot. Leandro tells us that, while they’ve never really one out of fashion, brunettes are really taking the top of the pedestal this time around.
If you’re going blonde this season, make sure you jump into it like there’s no tomorrow. Bright, luminous, magnetic, platinum, baby-hair blonde, perhaps with a smidgen of peachy tones in there to break up the block colour. Maybe leave it to the professionals with this one though.
Alternatively, if your boat is not pushed out far enough, PINK BLONDE is also very in this season: simply, blonde with little flashes of pink thrown in there for the hell of it.
RONZE- Ronze is the love child of copper red and bronze brown apparently. Leandro reckons it can be adapted to work with any skin tone and any face shape. So it’s a yes from us. Paler pals – stick to the fiery side of ronze, while darker more olive tones can play around with deeper tones.
BRONDE – somewhere between brown and blonde lies beautiful bronde, complete with its golden, honey tones. Whether your natural resting state is a form of bronde, or if you need someone like Leandro to help you get there, any brondes out there are onto something.
GRANNY GRAY- The question is not whether or not its stylish (it is), its whether you’re brave enough…
Fun fact: BALAYAGE is French for sweep or paint. In the context of your hair, it’s a soft, natural looking highlight, which doesn’t leave any awkward lines like dip dye or traditional highlights using foils.
SOLID, SUPER SHINY tones to attract magpies. Balayage. Midi cuts. Natural looking curls and waves. Blonde, in all its radiant forms. Bronde, ronze and brown: chocolate, hazelnut and coffee. That’s 5 types of browns there, are you keeping up?
Traditional highlights and straightened hair. We wouldn’t have even considered it…
Tips for getting the look you want
Making a change is fun and a great way to switch things up a bit but it can also be scary. Finding the right stylist is key. Look for reviews, ask friends or use the app (for those of us who hate calling in either English or Spanish this is a huge game changer). The other key is to bring a lot of visuals with you. Collect different photos of a look that you connect with and ask your stylist how they can make it work on you. Once that’s cleared out it’s just a question of voicing your preferences and managing expectations.
Tis the season to fall back in love with your hair they say. Go out and knock ’em dead ladies.