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Gothic Revival

Gothic fantasy comes to life in this body of work by Toni&Guy Australia’s Cayley Norman.

Drawing inspiration from the Tim Burton aesthetic as well as Jean Paul Gaultier’s fall/winter 2013 collection at Paris Fashion Week is Dark Tales by Cayley Norman. The Toni&Guy Australia national creative technical director styled this collection of vibrant haircolors, seen exclusively on these pages, and paired them with ashen makeup and a wardrobe with a leather-meets-lace attitude so they pop in each frame. “My collection merges the eccentricity of Tim Burton’s ‘Tales of the Unexpected’ Vogue shoot with a ’90s-inspired aesthetic,” she says. “I wanted to experiment with texture and color placement, working with contrasting fringes and plenty of natural movement.” —Kristen Heinzinger

photography: DAVID MANNAH; MAKEUP: CASEY GORE; FASHION STYLING: LETICIA DARE


IMAGE ABOVE -  For this purple and black hue, Cayley Norman took a 4-inch diagonal section from the ear to the fringe, followed by a square section around the crown. She colored the underneath back section deep violet damson. She then applied pre-lightener throughout the root area of the square section to create a glow, and deep violet damson to the mid-lengths and ends. Norman worked pre-lightener as a virgin application through the front section, and a grape violet conditioning gloss throughout.


IMAGE ABOVE - For these bold bangs, Norman took a triangular section from the mid-recession, and a second section to the back of the crown. She block-colored the underneath portion with butter beige medium blonde. In the crown area, she used butter beige medium blonde and pre-lightener, and in the first triangular section, used warm bisque pink. Through the fringe she relied on a root-stretch technique to add corn yellow and orange quartz.


IMAGE ABOVE - After pre-lightening the hair, Norman sectioned it into quarters, using profile and radial part lines. She used a sponging technique to apply a strawberry mink color to the roots, and a smudging technique to move the dye down the hair and to ensure there were no harsh lines between the bright pink and blonde.


IMAGE ABOVE - Calling on vibrant apple red, Norman applied the hue to the root area, added pre-lightener to large slices, and then took the red to the roots through the ends. A vibrant apple red conditioning gloss was applied before the hair was divided into four sections using a profile and radial part line. Norman created loose braids and painted them with the gloss, then reapplied soft crimson red conditioning gloss for a shiny finish.


IMAGE ABOVE - After adding a deep, woody copper all over, Norman applied a mild lightener, magenta copper and hazelnut tones for texture, and sheer copper gloss. She took a triangular section in the fringe and block-colored with a butter beige medium blonde. On a triangular section from the back of the crown, Norman applied butter beige medium blonde and pre-lightener. In the first triangular section, she added warm bisque pink, and in the second, corn yellow and orange quartz.

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About the Author

Kristen Heinzinger

Kristen Heinzinger is the managing editor at American Salon magazine, based in New York City. Born and raised in New York and a graduate of Boston University’s journalism program, Kristen has experience as a copy editor and writer for finance and art publications in NYC. Her combined passion for writing and the beauty industry brought her to American Salon, where she reports on the latest and greatest in hair, skincare, makeup and nails.