3 posts tagged "Victoria Hunter"
When Karlie Kloss saw a stampede of choppy crops storming the “bombed-out beach” of a runway at Marc Jacobs, I wonder if this phrase, coined by Joan Rivers on Fashion Police, crossed her mind: “Bitch stole my look!” While I highly doubt the derogatory portion of the statement came out of the sweet Midwestern native’s mouth, her hair (or more likely, a wig), seen on the pages of Interview‘s October issue, certainly bears a striking resemblance to the bowl cuts seen on the catwalk. And with Victoria Hunter of Whittemore House doing the dye jobs for both the glossy (likely shot before the show) and the designer, it’s no wonder they share the same grown-out, grunge-meets-surfer aesthetic. The only question that remains: Who wore it best?
Like a lot of women, I suffer from the delusion that I am blonde. I was towheaded as a kid, and because I grew up in Florida, and bathed daily in chlorine and vitamin D, I was a beachy-blonde teenager, too. The plain fact of the matter, though, is that I have moderately dark brown hair, with an auburn tint to it. Which is fine most of the time; very fine, in fact. But then that day comes, after a long winter, when I turn my face toward the suddenly blazing summer sun and think: I need to be blonde again.
But what blonde? Because let’s face it, there are some issues around going blonde. I knew I didn’t want that buttery Bergdorf blonde you see all over the Upper East Side; I’m not that kind of girl. And teenage years aside, I’m no sun-streaked surfer blonde, either. Peroxide? No. That Hollywood highlighted blonde I think of when I think extensions? Certainly not. But as with many things, the solution to my problems came in the form of Céline. There’s been lots of chat about Daria Werbowy’s haircut that debuted in the Spring ’13 Céline ad campaign, but let’s pause for a moment to appreciate the caramel subtlety of Daria’s recently blonded hair. This is a sophisticated blonde, so mellow it’s barely blonde at all. It’s connotation-free, and now—courtesy of the fabulous Victoria Hunter at Whittemore House—it is the color of my hair, too.
“The process we use at Whittemore House to do any coloring is called ‘hair painting,’” Hunter explains when I asked her to detail how she Werbowy-ed my locks. “It’s the modern way to color hair, and it should not be confused with ‘balayage,’” she continues, “as this is a much more involved and refined process of achieving multidimensional, seamless hair color.” Hunter also points out that further to my concerns regarding upkeep, she put in darker roots. Not only is that a boon to my laziness but those roots also keep me from looking washed-out.
“For most people, depth of color around the face helps to accentuate and complement skin, and it can also impart a healthy glow,” Hunter says. “With this particular process, we rinsed after one application of dark roots and painting, and after partially drying it, we went back in to paint some more strategic pieces of lightness.” And that layering process, she concludes, is what makes my color unique to me. Much like Céline, the shade itself is an exclusive luxury product.
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Victoria Hunter has been in the business of hair for over 20 years. Originally from Queensland, Australia, Hunter has traveled the world spreading her hair color gospel (she uses a unique hair painting technique), spending time in London, Hong Kong, and Paris before landing in New York. She held the illustrious position of color director at Bumble and Bumble for 13 years, all the while building an impressive editorial portfolio—her work has been featured in Vogue, Elle, Glamour, Vogue Italia, i-D, and W. But many of you may know her best in her current role, as co-owner and master colorist at the adorable Whittemore House Salon, which she opened in 2009 with fellow Bumble expat Larry Raspanti. We met Hunter back in her Bumble days when she was dyeing wigs backstage at fashion week and have been smitten—with both her coloring talents and wicked sense of humor—ever since. Here, she dishes on her tried and true beauty destinations.