Fall Hair Trend: The Kitten Bump

The legendary Garren of Garren New York Salon was backstage at the Anna Sui show on Feb 16. Garren says about the hair for the Fall 2011 Anna Sui collection, “We wanted to capture a moment in the ‘60s, exploring the question, ‘How did Mod get to Baroque?’ There was this Edwardian crossover, with romantic velvets and feathers. We were also inspired by gorgeous costumes from the Ballet Russe.”

Two ‘60s “sex kittens,” Brigitte Bardot and Julie Christie in the groundbreaking film “Darling,” were the inspiration behind long, swingy looks with extra height at the crown.

« First, since many of the models were arriving straight from other shows with product in their hair, hair was lightly misted with water before their blow-outs to prep hair for styling. In case models had a lot of product build-up in their hair, René Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo was at every hairstylist’s station to cleanse and refresh hair instantly.

« For full-on volume, René Furterer Volumea Volumizing Conditioning Spray was spritzed on hair and massaged into roots before blow-drying. “The Volumea spray creates the foundation for the style and provides hold,” says Garren.

« For models with wavy hair, René Furterer Acanthe Curl Enhancing Leave-in Fluid was applied instead of Volumea, but it was kept an inch-and-a-half away from roots to maximize lift at the crown. Both products delivered volume with movement. “I wanted the hair to float,” says Garren.

« Each model was styled according to hair texture, length and face shape. Which meant deep side parts for some, classic ‘60s middle parts for others. And because eyebrow-grazing bangs were a quintessential Mod look—think Marianne Faithfull—some girls were given silky spills of faux fringe. Hair was parted in the center, and two skinny sections were secured with tiny anchors. Next, clip-on bangs were clipped into place and artfully trimmed to look perfectly natural.

« To create the “kitten bump,” two sections of hair at the crown were rolled into jumbo rollers. Once rollers were removed, sections were lightly back-combed. The finishing touch: René Furterer Vegetal Finishing Spray for light control.