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The Pro: Christophe Robin, L’Oréal Paris global hair color expert
The Product: “I grew up in a little village in the countryside with nothing around. Once a month on Sunday mornings, my mother and all the ladies in the village would get together to do their hair color. There weren’t any hairdressers around so they had to do it themselves and they always used one box: L’Oréal Preference. I remember the smell—it was ammonia-based and didn’t smell very good, but if you want to go blonder, well…you can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs, right? It was stunning to see the power of these little boxes, to change women and make their hair lighter. I remember it always had to be the same box, applied in the same way. It was their ritual. I didn’t really want to be a hairdresser at this time, to be honest; it wasn’t in my head yet. But I was amazed at how beautiful all the women in the village looked on Sundays! Now I design shades for the L’Oréal line and I often think about my mother. [She] did a very good job with her hair and I want every shade to be perfect for her memory.”
Between Christophe Robin’s color dabbling at Hakaan (he gave Shirley Mallmann lilac-gray streaks, turned Milica Blagojevic a Rihanna red, and Iris Strubegger flaxen in one show) and the much-discussed platinum blondes at Balenciaga, we can barely keep up with the hair color heroics currently taking shape in Paris. Yesterday’s Givenchy presentation offered yet another mane milestone, when a typically tawny-haired Natasha Poly opened Riccardo Tisci’s show as a brunette! Robin can take credit for this dye job as well, which was reportedly commissioned specifically for the show—Poly’s exclusive Paris engagement this season (should an exclusive gig as the house’s Spring campaign star be in her future, we would not be surprised). What do you think of the transformation?
Carmen Kass’ new crop at Balmain is only part of the big hair story developing in Paris this week. A hue we’re calling “Balenciaga Blond” is the other. The night before Nicholas Ghesquière sent his houndstooth coats and runway-ready brothel creepers down the catwalk, Redken’s Guido Palau was busy at work bleaching more than one head of hair. Dutch model Milou van Groesen (who was apparently “street cast” by Ghesquière but already has a huge following in the Netherlands) had her blond locks chopped, spiked, and turned platinum, as did Alexander Wang’s opener for Spring, Britt Maren, and Czech stunner Jana Knauerova, who went blond this May and platinum for Balenciaga. Our most favorite Palau transformation was Kasia Struss, who killed it at Balmain later in the day with her new, cornsilk-white hair.
The icy color is becoming something of a trend at the Spring shows. Iris Strubegger got in on the action at Hakaan, letting Christophe Robin lighten her locks for the show. And who can forget coif master Orlando Pita’s blond ambition for Abbey Lee Kershaw, who wowed at the New York shows with platinum strands, which she debuted at the Chanel Soho store opening? According to sources, Lee’s hair hasn’t been taking too well to all the lightening—presumably because to keep the color that saturated, it needs to be re-dyed every three weeks, according to celebrity stylist Marie Robinson. “You shouldn’t wash it more than a few times a week, and it also needs protein,” Robinson—a platinum blonde herself—added, mentioning that Joico’s K Pak line is a good option for at-home treatment. As to why the color is having a moment for Spring, Robinson’s bet is that it has something to do with Hollywood. “There are all those Marilyn Monroe movies coming out,” she said. “And Michelle Williams did it [at Cannes]. Unless you’re super naturally blonde, though, it’s not a good idea to do it yourself,” the colorist advises for those of you hoping to get the look. “You’re asking for trouble.” Brunettes, consider yourselves warned.
For those of you clicking through the Hakaan show this morning only to discover a Rihanna look-alike pop out at you in slide 7, let us explain: No, the “Umbrella” singer was not a backstage inspiration, and no, that is not a wig styled to mimic the Barbados beauty’s recent transition to fire-engine red locks. That is, however, model Milica Blagojevic’s real hair, dyed on site by colorist Christophe Robin, who also tinted Shirley Mallmann’s blond tresses a shade of lilac gray (that is not, however, a real nasal bridge piercing that Mallmann and the rest of her catwalking cohorts were spotted with on the runway). Robin had the distinguished task of taking both models back to their original colors post-show, so look out for Blagojevic as a brunette at Cacharel on Saturday.