From Valentino’s pretty halo braid to wet tousled strands at Alexander Wang, the spring runways gave us tons of hair inspiration. We know the fishtail can look complicated, but lead hair stylist for Schwarzkopf Canada, Rossa Jurenas assured us that it’s not and in fact, it’s all about the imperfections. We caught up with Rossa at the America’s Next Top Model Live event in Toronto and got her take on everything from her favourite braided hairstyles to how we can look cute at the gym.
Real Style: Can you explain the different hairstyles you did for the America’s Next Top Model runway?
Rossa Jurenas: We had storyboards that we created and really followed what were trends right now. Some of the key trends that we have right now are braiding. Braids are huge, they are seen everywhere in movies right now like the Hunger Games and Snow White and The Huntsman. The halo braid, a side braid, the fishtail, we were really focused on those looks but we made it a little bit more runway. We made it really soft and pretty.
Real Style: Other than the braid, what else do you think is something quick and easy that girls can do for Summer?
Rossa Jurenas: It’s been like this for a while, but more of a curl to the hair, adding a wave not ringlets but creating more of that beachy tousled look. The difference is instead of keeping it set, take a brush and comb it out so you get a softer look. You can even incorporate a braid into that, something small across the forehead. The key is to not be perfect. Do not be worried about that piece sticking out because guaranteed that piece sticking out probably looks amazing. Do not be so concerned about having it right, that is the whole point of today’s looks.
Real Style: Do you think the fishtail braid is something you can do on yourself?
Rossa Jurenas: Definitely. It may seem hard but it really isn’t. Just grab random pieces and it’s really quick.
Real Style: The halo braid that was seen at Valentino was also a huge trend, do you think women can create that look at home?
Rossa Jurenas: I do, but I think it would be a bit more of a challenge because braiding to the back to the nape of your neck could be hard but it’s definitely achievable, if you do get a funny braid where it’s sticking up, you can just pin it down with a couple of bobby pins. Keep it loose and keep it soft.
Real Style: Sport inspired dressing was all over the spring runways and with the excitement about the Olympics, sporty trends are huge right now, do you know any hairstyles that tie into that?
Rossa Jurenas: Definitely, a lot of collections now are actually taking the Olympics into consideration. For Schwarzkopf we have a collection called ‘Essential Looks’ and one of trends is called ‘Sports Junkies’ it is brand new out for this season and the focus is the Olympics. It is hair that looks stylish but you can still put your hands through it and it just looks good all the way around. It is for the athlete and the person who likes to go to the gym all of the time. We showcased a lot of short and medium length hair cuts.
Real Style: What hairstyle other than the ponytail works for the girl who is going to the gym all of the time?
Rossa Jurenas: Again, the braid keeps it high fashion. Some key products right now help slick the hair back. If you did do that, you could slick the hair back and kind of leave it down a bit, I would leave the braid in the front, instead of doing the traditional ponytail. You can definitely make it look good. If someone has shorter hair I would just run the product through it and leave it disheveled.
Real Style: What products would you use to create the wet look that we also saw on the runway?
Rossa Jurenas: Schwarzkopf has a product called Aqua Slide and it is for that idea. You can put a little bit in your hands and run it through your hair before going to the gym and it gives you that wet and disheveled look, it definitely ties in to the Olympic feeling.
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