4 ‘rich girl hair’ styles to elevate your look
Looking expensive only takes a trip to the salon
By Mahalia Chang
October 27 2020
While there's an enduring allegiance to France's messy chignons and I-woke-up-like-this bedhead, and to Byron Bay's seawater-washed classicism and tumbled waves, there's always an undeniable appeal to looking expensive.
You know what we're talking about: Royal duchess at a palace gala expensive. Amal Clooney heading to work in a Versace suit expensive. A glam squad-attended A-lister at the Oscars expensive.
But luckily for our fashion week-effected bank accounts, having 'Rich Girl Hair' doesn't have anything to do with your salary.
Like styling your wardrobe in a certain way and choosing your makeup products wisely, a good haircut and a few great styling products have the power to make your hair look like it belongs to someone who owns their own private yacht.
Interested in giving your look a $100k payrise? We tapped hair stylist Kevin Murphy to give us the low-down on which Rich Girl looks he's seeing clients take to the bank.
The expensive blow-dry
"The blow dry is always a classic, but lately we're seeing the move towards a sleeker finish with soft movement rather than bouncy curls. For a blow-dry to look expensive it needs to have an even shine and texture from root to ends," says Murphy. Want the look? Kevin advises...
"You're applying a lot of heat with this look so always prep with a heat protectant. This looks calls for density at the bottom, apply a lightweight hairspray from roots to ends. Not only will it give hair guts, structure and volume, but if ends are a bit finer it adds bulk. Next, blow out hair section by section with a large round brush, curling under.
"Create a side part, using the middle of your eyebrow as a guide to finding your perfect side part position. Then curl sections with a large curling tong, again curling under. After each curl pin it into place and leave to cool, this will boost longevity and shine. Finish with a finishing hairspray for hold and movement."
The Chelsea-girl bob
"This look is all about the cut, the strength comes from the silhouette–blunt, strong and bold. It has one solid layer through the front and blunt cut at the ends.
"Lucy has her hair cut just below the chin and while all face shapes can pull off a chunky bob, where you put your baseline will depend on your face shape." Want the look? Kevin advises...
"Prep with a beachy hair spray from roots to ends and then apply a thickening lotion mid lengths to ends, which will help create that body and density at the bottom.
"Then create as much body and texture as possible by tipping your head upside down to blow dry. Once dry put middle part in. then to create that texture, twist random sections of hair and dry, leave to cool and then shake it out. This gives that irregular finish, not manufactured."
The elevated top-knot
"This isn't your usual messy top knot! Start by sectioning out the exaggerated fringe section by slicing a section of hair out from hallway along one eyebrow around to the end of the other eyebrow. Pin out of the way. People are often initiated by styling foams, but they are the easiest and quickest way to do a top knot."
"Coat hair from root to ends in a volumising mousse and brush back into a ponytail high on the crown of your head. Split the ponytail into two, twist around each other, twisting into a bun and secure with pins. Next split the front section into two, tong back away from the face and brush through. Finish with a lightweight finishing hairspray."
The high-end bob
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