Gigi Hadid Dons Rainbow Afro’s for Vogue Italia by Guido Palau
Hair styling isn’t all about vanity. It truly is an artistry. It’s one thing to be able to style your hair and make it look good, but it’s quite another to look past the manufactured curls and ask, does the shape of my hair complement the shape of my face?
If there’s one Mane Master who has taught us anything about shaping the way for new trends, styles, and the art of hairdressing it’s Guido Palau.
“The hair has to complement the overall look,” he tells us at a recent Redken event in NYC. Whether it’s adding a prop or accessory, creating movement or shape, he explains that the hair style should effortlessly blend into the entire landscape of a girl’s look. And we see that loud and clear in the latest Steven Miesel story of Gigi Hadid’s colorful wigs for Italian Vogue.
“We were going for something sixties-inspired and well I just didn’t want to do the same mod-voluminous thing, so I thought of doing an afro for just the first look,” he tells us. And the story gets better as we find out that he had no intention of doing a full story with multi-colored afro wigs.
He showed up, he tried something, and it worked, so he began thinking ‘how can I recreate this, but do it differently, with variation?’ After the first shot, Guido’s assistants went running around Manhattan to find the variant wigs they would use for the rest of the shoot.
“Do you always work on your toes like that for shoots?” I asked, “Do you ever really know what you’re about to do, or do you wing it every time?”
“It’s trust you know, it comes with time. I’ve been doing this a long time,” says Guido, “and so has Steven. And you reach a point where you not only trust the people you’re working with to do what they’re good at, but you gain a confidence in trusting yourself. You know what works, what looks good.” Of course, there are few who can make multi-colored afros look as good as Gigi can.