Guido Palau on SS21 Hair Trends
The SS21 shows may have been a very different affair this season with designers showcasing their looks virtually however, the hair was just as inspiring as ever.In discussion with ghd, Guido Palau talked through some of the key looks he created, as well as the key trends he predicts will be big news next year. Here, Guido Palau shares SS21’s hair trends.
Guido Palau SS21 hair trends
Individuality at Valentino
The Valentino models were street-cast for the SS21 show, and Guido tailored the looks to suit the diversity. “Designers are embracing diversity of women,” says Guido. “The trend is being your best self.”
Looks ranged from statement fringes, icy blue and green colour and full heads of curls and braids.
French Girl Hair at Ports 1961
‘‘The look for the Ports 1961 show was inspired by Françoise Hardy who is an iconic French actress from the 60s; it’s very cool and nonchalant hair, with an outgrown bang fringe coming over one eye,” says Guido.
“This hair is super easy with low-key texture, but the two styling tools (ghd helios and ghd curve soft curl tong) are key to creating this look. The overall feeling is of naturalness – it is cool, French girl hair.”
Guido Palau SS21 hair trends
DIY Hair at Dior
Dior’s designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri, was inspired by women doing their own hairstyling in lockdown for the SS21 show, illustrated with braiding and flyaway tendrils, twisted into a bun with accessories.
“We wanted to create something that women can easily do themselves. The look is a simple braided updo, which is a little bit home done; its very undone and easy,” explains Guido.
“What’s key to this look is the texture of the hair and creating a natural smooth texture before braiding, by blow-drying the hair. No styling products are needed,” he says.
“The look has a light naivety to it; it’s very soft and pretty, with loose pieces falling out and a very soft, slightly messed up hairline,” he adds. “It looks chic under the Dior umbrella, but it is very real.”
Back With a Bang at Prada
70s curtain bangs were the focal point at Prada, and were Guido’s favourite look from the season.
“For the Prada show, the inspiration was a combination of a Prada classical approach to individual beauty and a Raf Simons tribe. For the hair reference we looked at early Raf Simons, Prada bourgeois mixed with 70s and early 80s haircuts and Sassoonism,”says Guido.
Guido used the ghd rise for the long bangs to create 70s volume.
Future Trend Predictions
With the events of this year, Guido predicts that clients will throw caution to the wind when making decisions with their hair.
Describing the Zoom consultation he did with model Kaia Gerber to help her dye her hair pink, he said: “I asked her if she was worried and she said, ‘It’s 2020, what are you worried about?’ Maybe people will be more liberated to make bolder choices.
“Clients can get stuck in a rut. If you never try, you run the risk of getting stuck into a rut.”
Guido also predicts the undone hair trend to keep on going strong.
“Modern hair is hair that doesn’t look finished, you feel it is real,” he says. “It’s not overly drying the hair, it’s getting the hairline beautiful and smooth and pulled together, then taking a styling tool through the lengths.Overworked hair can look very old.”