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French Dressing

Opulent hairstyles are right at home in Versailles, a new body of work from award-winning educator and artist Sharon Blain.

Photography by Ian Golding

Acclaimed as one the most beautiful achievements of French 18th century art, the Palace of Versailles provided beaucoup inspiration to Australian hairdresser extraordinaire Sharon Blain when she crafted her latest collection. Seen exclusively on these pages, the portfolio showcases an array of creative elements, including hair smocking, vintage waves, ’40s rolls and unusual shapes—all of which give a strong editorial sense to the hair. “From the grandeur of the stunning surroundings, haute couture gowns, refined makeup and exquisite contemporary hairstyling, this collection is a theatrical vision incorporating classical references in a modernist way,” Blain says.

Hair Assistants: Doreen Gatt and Paula Hibbard; Makeup: Memo Gallard; Fashion Styling and Gowns: Craig Braybrook

French Dressing
IMAGE ABOVE: For this look, Blain rolled and looped various hair sections, pinning them into a festive updo that’s ideal for the holidays.


IMAGE ABOVE: This gorgeous style features a top section of hair that’s gently coaxed forward into an undulating wave shape.

Side-swept fringe and textured, wavy hair that rises to a point at the crown area are the focus of this unique updo created by Blain.
IMAGE ABOVE: Side-swept fringe and textured, wavy hair that rises to a point at the crown area are the focus of this unique updo created by Blain.

Texture steals the spotlight in this updo, which features Blain’s signature hair smocking technique in the front and a series of rippling waves at the crown.
IMAGE ABOVE: Texture steals the spotlight in this updo, which features Blain’s signature hair smocking technique in the front and a series of rippling waves at the crown.

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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.