2 posts tagged "Grimes"
For the Fall 2013 issue of Style.com/Print, hairstylist Daniel Moon joined photographer Nick Haymes in Vancouver to coif electronic-music goddess Claire Boucher, a.k.a. Grimes. But he brought a whole lot more to the table when the idea of creating a custom color for the singer/producer/beats genius came up. “That’s one of my specialties,” he explains, “creating artistic pieces on people, using hyper-color.” Here, the Andy Lecompte Salon mainstay talks color “auras,” how to maintain the integrity of the hair even when copious amounts of bleach are involved, and why, as far as he’s concerned, hyper-color dye-jobs aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
How did you guys decide to color Claire’s hair for her Style.com/Print shoot?
“When we met originally, me and Nick mentioned the idea of coloring her hair, and we knew that she was kind of open to having multicolored hair. I create all of my own colors, and I look for a color for each person. You know how they say people have auras? I’m very sensitive to that. She said she’d maybe want to do something on the ends, but she really loved my hair—I have tangerine hair right now; it’s super tangerine, with bleached-out roots, sort of like a sunburst—and, you know, we connected. I love her work and seeing her in her videos. She’s exactly like that in person—very flowy, very happy. We chatted the whole two days of shooting.”
So you chose the color together, then?
“Yes, when it came to the orange, we chose that color. She was really scared of stripping the condition of her hair. But that’s a specialty of mine as well, as I do a lot of these hyper-colors. When it comes to this kind of coloring, it’s all about trust. If you can build trust, [clients] will be more open to doing colors like orange or the pastel army green we did on her ends. People usually over-process the hair to accomplish the lighter goal you need to accomplish the colors, but by being supersensitive to the hair and knowing which colors have the highest deposits on different levels of the blonde, you can maintain the integrity more. She was using Manic Panic black to put over the previous color she had, and it was a violet-based black, so her hair looked a little purple before we started. She didn’t want to use something permanent, so we used something that will come out in four weeks.”
What kind of steps do you typically take to make sure you’re being “supersensitive?”
“I take my time when it comes to stripping the hair. It could take up to six hours, but the whole process is worth it. The hair needs time to gradually pull the color out.”
Although she has an ethereal, high-pitched falsetto voice that falls somewhere between Mariah Carey and Enya, Grimes—a.k.a. Claire Boucher—is tougher than she sounds. “On tour I skip rope,” she boasts. “When you stop for gas, you can get in 100 skips. As far as how much energy you’re using per minute, it’s apparently the highest!” Boucher will have plenty of opportunities for high-impact cardio next month, when she embarks on a multi-month tour in support of her new electropop album Visions, out mid-February. In the interim, she’s focused on cultivating a special brand of samurai hairstyle that’s causing a few unlikely problems at the Canadian border. Here, the Montreal singer-songwriter shares her beauty tips for the road, including the best places to buy extensions and why a blue dye job just may be the only way to stop a tattoo habit.
It’s hard for anything to compete with your voice, but you manage to do a really great job of creating a strong visual aesthetic to go with your music. Is it something that you’re conscious of?
I definitely think about that a lot. I really like doing the visual thing, and I’ve always been really into fashion—I read Style.com! I like performers—I love Michael Jackson and Beyoncé—and we live in an age of entertainers, not musicians. I like the idea of there being a really strong image to a musical product, because it implies that you work really hard; it creates something more interesting.
One look that sticks out for me is a performance last year where you had waist-long blond extensions.
Oh man, those were great! They were, like, four bucks, and were almost the same color as my hair. Whenever I get weird hair extensions I try to get them in places with large African-American communities [because] you can get really good wigs and extensions for nothing. I ended up giving those to a friend, but I want to get some when I go back—you can’t really bring them on the road because they get messed up right away.
And now you’ve dyed your bangs peroxide blond while keeping the rest of your hair dark. Is changing your hair a big mode of self-expression for you?
Yeah, it’s the only way I can not give myself tattoos all the time. I’m addicted to changing my appearance—I just can’t stop. It’s actually a problem, because my hair is completely destroyed and I’m now trying to get it blue, so I’m bleaching it again.