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All things beauty and then some. Andrea Claire has been a hairstylist and makeup artist for 23 years now. A Canadian based in Singapore since 2007, she has appeared on Asia's Next Top Model, Yahoo Asia, Canadian Idol, So Chic and more.

How-To: Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2011 Hair Trend

By Andrea Claire · January 17, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

I love season changes, especially in fashion/beauty.

I did a shoot recently with Brendan Zhang (photographer) and Aaron Kok (stylist).

The styling was a fantastic layering of textures; very Yohji Yamamoto-esque.

The hair style was inspired by Marc Jacobs spring, 2011.

Marc By Marc Jacobs - Runway - Spring 2011 MBFW

Get the hair:

Materials: U-pins, straws and bobbypins


  • section the hair in 1/4 - 1/2 inch trianglular sections
  • spray down the hairshaft with a working spray and comb to smooth

  • wrap the hair in and out around a bended straw or U-pin like a figure 8, secure in through the bottom middle with a bobbypin (the smaller the section and U-pin the tighter the 'fro) 
  • heat with a portable hood dryer for 5-10 mins, let cool 15-20 mins (if you are not using straws or anything meltable for that matter - heat each with a flat iron)
  • remove the bobbypin and gentle pull the end of the hair while sliding out the U-pin/straw from the top
  • brush out with a combout brush


Et Voila!

Our makeup inspiration was from Proenza Schouler, minimalist.

Proenza Schouler - Runway - Spring 2011 MBFW

Aaron hard at play... I mean work. (It is hard work being a stylist - don't let all the glitz and glam fool you!)

However, being a photographer like Brendan here is super easy, you just push a button. (OMG - so kidding!) Actually Aaron and I were discussing how we know many things ie lighting etc as it pertains to our jobs, but to make gorgeous pictures... I'll personally stick to the beauty end of it.

 Beautiful Russian doll, Nastya represented in Singapore by Upfront Models.


Sidebar: If you are doing any shoots and do not have have the know-how or the luxury of hiring a manicurist - still don't ignore them. Nails are an integral part of a shoot and leaving them uncared for is like only using one earring or one shoe.

For Nastya's nails I glued on temporary nails by Nailene purchased at Shopper's Drug Mart.

Check back for when I post the finalized edited story.

Update: See the final shoot here!

More of Andrea Claire's work can be seen here. (AC = me)

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Why not? Kidding. Being cheeky.

Yes, clearly it's not for everyone.

However, this texture is also great to do for a more contained hairstyle like a ponytail or bun.

posted by Anonymous

this is what my hair looks like naturally. no joke.

i have to straighten it every day and avoid rain like the plague. it's very unmanageable :(

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I'm sure you've heard many 'wish' they had your hair.

Check out DevaConcepts.com. They are curly/textured hair experts and have some amazing tips for your hair type.

posted by Mary-Jane

Here's another way to get a similar look that seems easier than using U-pins: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ca0DNSF0in0

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Sorry Mary-Jane!

Your link was in the spam folder! Gorgeous! Believe it or not the U-pins would be faster BUT they are different looks as you point out...

Thanks for sharing this...ages ago... ;)


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