Backstage at House of Holland

BATD ON Sep 23, 2009 AT 12:57 pm

House of Holland S/S 2010

House of Holland S/S 2010

If the 80’s were all about big hair, shoulder pads, brightly mix-matched colours, and basically throwing together whatever you want— then it’s back, but refined and modern in Henry Holland’s new collection for spring 2010.

Before the much anticipated House of Holland show we had a chat with creative artist Shay Dempsey, working with Sebastian Professional. He divulged his tips on how to create the dramatic look, working with their new product Micro-Web Fiber.

Being one of Ireland’s most well known hairstylists, teaming up with Sebastian was the perfect match. “The collection is reminiscent of a wedding, but with contrasting colours of neon greens and pinks so we didn’t want the hair to make it look too 80’s—we had to give it that modern look. And Henry also wanted it to be sexy and feminine.”

Shay Dempsey gets to work

Shay Dempsey gets to work

 “Unfortunately, we don’t have five hours like a Vivienne Westwood or John Galliano show, we only have two hours. It would be easy to just slick the hair back, but we wanted to make it look like a lot of work was put into it even if we don’t have that much time.”

The first thing you’ll want to do is blast dry your hair and curl it using tongs. Then you’ll want to create a side fringe using Sebastian’s Micro-Fiber Web to disturb the natural curl. Pin the fringe back behind the ear. Then the hair is underpinned to create a faux bob and then pieces of hair are pulled out to give it a deconstructed look. As Dempsey says, “The more tousled and disheveled the hair—the better. It’s the undone do.”

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