Volume 94, Issue 9

Thursday, September 14, 2000


A sneak peak at Fall Fashions 2000

Sleeker shoes make the outfit

Accessorize your style

Practical hairstyles are gaining popularity

Putting fashion through a spin cycle

Practical hairstyles are gaining popularity

By Tola Afolabi

Gazette Staff

Jumping on the bandwagon is no longer the thing to do when it comes to hairstyles. People are choosing styles suited more to their lifestyles and are modifying popular styles to fit their own personalities.

Ted Walker, co-owner of Les Ciseaux, said although people are still style-conscious, they're opting for a more practical look. "It's whatever you feel comfortable with – what you want. People are being more practical for the most part."

Walker explained trends are always popular with any age group, but often not everyone can pull off the latest styles. "Trends are not suited for everybody. It only works for certain people," he said.

Third year kinesiology/French student Amanda Pongracz, said she unsuccessfully tried a trend two years ago. "I cut my naturally frizzy hair really short. It was terrible. It was the wreck of my life."

Celebrities determine what's "in" to some extent, said Joseph De Francesco, co-ordinator of the hairstyling department at George Brown College, "[People] follow what they see. We have a lot of people come in with pictures of celebrities and want to look like them."

However, although celebrities still influence fashion, people are beginning to modify styles to suit themselves, De Francesco said. "I think it's great – whatever looks good on you doesn't look good on someone else."

Currently, the popular choices are long styles or very short cuts requiring no curling, said Leona Sutherland, manager of Style One in the University Community Centre basement. She said students are staying away from medium, layered cuts which are very difficult to maintain.

"Students are very conservative. There's not a lot of time in the morning to style your hair," Sutherland explained.

First-year kinesiology student Josh Barath, agreed time is a major factor for him. "I used to have long hair, but I cut if off because it took too long to wash and dry," he said.

Pongracz said she too prefers a practical hairstyle. "I don't like spending a lot of time on my hair. I'm the 'throw gel on it and walk out of the house' type. My hair's probably the most practical thing I have on my body."

However Walker said students can be more liberal with their hair than other adults, who have to stick to work protocol. "Students are less concerned. College students are going trendier, because they can get away with it."

And the trend is simpler, longer, straighter and sleeker hair, Walker said. "There's also a lot of texture."

Colouring is another major trend, said De Francesco. The last five years, especially, have seen an increase in highlights. "Before that, we were doing a lot of perming on hair," De Francesco said.

Males as well as females are developing interest in highlights, Walker said. "Men have been a big increase in the last couple of years, especially last year."

Sutherland said she has noticed the same phenomenon. "[Haircolour] is very popular with men. Men are taking more note of fashion." She added blonde highlights are a classic favourite. "They've been around forever and will probably be around forever."

Natural-looking highlights are especially popular with men and most prefer highlights in the front, De Francesco said. "Now the style for guys is short side, short back, a little longer on top and highlighted."

Another favourite is multiple highlights. People are choosing two shades of blond and then violet or red. Walker explained it is a safety blanket for cautious people. "That's how to introduce conservative people to new trends," he said.

The more outrageous colours are especially increasing in popularity. "Colour is really visible. It makes more of a statement. You want to be noticed on the spot," De Francesco. He explained a student with an unconventional hair colour often has an outgoing, bubbly personality. "It gives her a chance to show the true colour of herself."

Styles of the past are also coming back slightly altered. "There's a slight variation on styles," De Francesco said, explaining the popular short male hair cut from the 1970's has now returned but with the top spiked.

"There's a lot of stuff we haven't done," De Francesco said, "There's always people out there who want to be different."

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