Women’s hair Archive

Kate Moss' hair stylist: 'British people wear their hair as a tribal badge'

In this country we’re so hair conscious – we push the boundaries. There’s a particular link between the British teenager and hair: young people wear a style as a tribal badge. Maybe it’s because we’re such a small country with so many people squeezed in, you have to find a way to stand out. I feel we’re in danger of losing that tradition a little …

Philip Kingsley obituary

Philip Kingsley, who has died aged 86, began his career sweeping hair from the floor of a Bethnal Green salon, and broke through the shame barrier around thin or limp locks in both sexes to become the senior trichologist for celebrities and the beauty business. Kingsley took hair, and its effect on confidence, seriously, and made of his affinity with it a considerable business in …

Fringe benefits: the haircut that become 2016's fashion power move

Wearing a deconstructed, caramel-coloured Craig Green coat, cream-coloured Balenciaga power heel boots and a leather lace-up bodysuit, Rihanna performed at the V Festival at the weekend. Topping off this nomadic, Game Of Thrones-ish look, her hair, a lob featuring a tawny-coloured fringe, was worn like a metaphorical battle helmet. Stevie Nicks’ curly fringe in 1979. Photograph: Charles Knight/REX/Shutterstock This year, the fringe has denoted one …

'Mermaiding': summer 2016's fashion inspiration

The mermaid has been a perennial stylistic reference point for the past five years. Everyone from Paris Hilton to Lady Gaga and Katy Perry has co-opted mermaid imagery as a way of indicating both otherworldly glamour and childish innocence. But now a new (ahem) wave of “mermaiding” is upon us. And it isn’t just about looking a bit like Ariel – it’s more than that. …