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Tough Luxe

Photography by Heath Grout

TIGI New York Artistic Team unleashes their grunge-inspired vision for fall hair.

In their latest release—seen exclusively on these pages— Thomas Osborn, TIGI Educational Director, USA, and Artistic Directors Christopher Catanese and Adriana Papaleo give a nod to rockers Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love with looks that appear undone and portray attitude. The collection, which echoes the ’90s grunge rock ’n’ roll crowd aesthetic that’s all the rage on the streets and runways, was inspired by the team’s favorite autumn/winter 2013 collection, Saint Laurent. “We loved the use of sheer with denim and flannels mixed with leather—basically, everything about the show,” says photographer and TIGI Creative Director, USA Heath Grout. To get the hair just right, the team used the Catwalk by TIGI styling range to create different textures and a mix of matte and shine. “The combination lends a lived-in feel to the styles and complements the fashions and photography,” Grout says.

Makeup: Julie Pope, Autumn Kosloski and Miranda Augusta, members of the TIGI Cosmetics Team; Fashion Styling: Cindy Jo Taylor


IMAGE ABOVE: For this commercial take on the grunge theme, Osborn prepped the hair with Sleek Mystique Fast Fixx Style Prep and Your Highness Root Boost Spray, then blow-dried strands using his hands to maintain separation. Next, he applied a bit of Session Series Transforming Dry Shampoo to achieve matte separation and finished the style with Session Series Finishing Hairspray.


ABOVE IMAGE: To create this sleek look, Thomas Osborn applied Catwalk by TIGI Session Series Styling Cream to the hair before blow-drying it with a TIGI Pro Large Round Brush for loose volume. Once dry, he worked Session Series True Wax through the sides and lightly applied it to the front in order to maintain volume.


ABOVE IMAGE: To amplify body, Christopher Catanese misted 1-inch-wide sections with Session Series Work It Hairspray and used a TIGI Pro Curl Skinny Stick, working vertically and progressing up and around the head using a brick pattern to avoid unwanted separation. He brushed the hair away from the head to build height and width, coaxing curls into the desired shape with Session Series Finishing Hairspray.


ABOVE IMAGE: After creating diagonal back partings, Catanese called on Session Series True Wax to create corn rows in the hair and fastened them. Next, he used Session Series Finishing Hairspray to create a double-knotted ponytail before taking 1-inch sections at the front hairline and curling them upward, brushing them out and applying Session Series True Wax for definition.


ABOVE IMAGE: For this look, Adriana Papaleo isolated the hair from the recession to the crown, fashioning a ponytail before creating a second one at the bottom, roughing up both of them with Session Series Transforming Dry Shampoo and securing them with elastic. To finish, she pulled the hair halfway through the elastic for an undone vibe.


ABOVE IMAGE: Papaleo created undone, grunge-like texture in this design by prepping the hair with Bed Head Superstar Queen For A Day Thickening Spray to enhance grit. Knots were then created from the radial across the front hairline for loose braids, while the back was left undone for movement. Session Series Finishing Spray supplied support to the deconstructed style.

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About the Author

Kelley Donahue

As Editor in Chief of American Salon, Kelley Donahue reports on all aspects of the professional beauty industry, including salon business-building strategies, seasonal hair and fashion trends, salon services and techniques, and timely issues impacting manufacturers, schools, salons and distributor principals. In addition to conducting photo shoots--one of which was the recipient of an ABBIES Award for Best Magazine Cover--Donahue also travels extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, sourcing out new trends and representing American Salon at major industry functions and educational events.