Hooker & Young Duo Play with Light and Color in Aurora Collection

(Michael Young)

When creating their Aurora collection, seen here, Michelle Rooney and Stewart Craig, who hail from Hooker & Young—five luxe salons in Newcastle and North East England—relied heavily on texture to allow light to pass through the hair. “We played with color formations to create luminosity and shade in strands that resembled the shimmer and sparkle in the sun,” says the duo, whose artistry earned them a finalist spot in the North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year category at the British Hairdressing Awards 2018. “Overall, the looks are beautiful but mysterious—they personify what it means to be an enigma.”

Michelle Rooney and Stewart Craig relied on strong edges, super-short fringe, and mini mid-ombré panels of soft lilac, green and blue to put a twist on the classic bob.

After cutting the hair into an androgynous waif shape and imbuing it with a  platinum blonde hue, Rooney and Craig finished the look, lifting the front to make a strong style statement.    


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For this look featuring a short perimeter with extended top layers, Rooney and Craig prelightened the color, leaving a dark root offset by alternative panels of soft peach and pale pink for a dreamy iridescent blush hue.

Working with a color palette of varying shades of soft green, Rooney and Craig transformed a classic bob with deep waves and colorful, light-reflecting hues.

Photographer: Michael young