Audrey redefined glamour with her ‘elfin’ features and her iconic ‘pixie’ cut.
Charlene Schlorke, Artistic Director Gary Rom Hairdressing in Southdowns. ‘Every girl should channel a little Audrey once in a while’. Audrey Hepburn: A Sense Of Self “I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and… I believe in miracles.” – so said hair, fashion and beauty icon Audrey Hepburn whose eye for hairstyles and trends painted Hollywood gold. The British actress and humanitarian went from girl-next-door, ballet dancer and model to silver-screen starlet, Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF and the most naturally beautiful woman ever in a poll of beauty experts, beating sultry actress Angelina Jolie, the stylish Grace Kelly and even the timeless Princess Diana. “One of the most inspirational women of all time, Audrey was the quintessence of style and fashion throughout Hollywood’s Golden Age. Even long since her death she’s still admired for the stylistic icon she was,” says Charlene Schlorke, Artistic Director at Gary Rom Hairdressing in Southdowns, Centurion. “Audrey’s hairstyles embodied the essence of each decade she was part of. Never a hair out of place, she was flawless in any hairstyle. A fringe was a standout feature of most of her hairstyles. She wore her fringe in various lengths during the different decades appropriate to her style, face and age. During her younger days she was more daring wearing her bangs in a blunter, shorter way whereas going for a softer, more flowing look toward her golden years. Her hairstyles are still trend setting, but the ones that caught the public’s eye was The Boy Crop, The Beehive and The Bun. One of her most legendary styles was the super smooth Pixie Cut. There are many different ways this particular style can be worn. Some prefer wearing it sleeker, smoother and going for a more polished look like Audrey in the 1950’s and in the new era like Emma Watson in 2010. Others dress it up by pushing their boundaries in a more edgy textured fashion like Miley Cyrus 2012. Charlene says oval and diamond face shapes are ideal for the Pixie cut but doesn’t suite if your face is oblong, square or too round as it will accentuate certain unwanted features of your face. “The Boy Crop definitely stood the test of time with Audrey – it enhanced her natural beauty even more by boosting her elegant facial features and it could do the same for you,” says Charlene. “Chic pony tails and tying hair up was another big thing for her. In the ’60’s she perfected the ultra sleek bun which was inspired by one of her films Breakfast At Tiffany’s. This look can easily be created by someone with long hair.). Why not sass up your up do with some Audrey inspired hair accessories? Audrey loved wearing something in her hair – rocking it out with a big flower or keeping it simple with a head band. She showed that you can wear a crown, even if you’re not royalty. Audrey knew that every woman should be treated like a princess and was often seen wearing a feminine crown on her head. While Audrey loved The Beehive, this style is a definite no- no in our generation. It has been replaced by the Bohemian look. Think big, natural texture, luscious hair incorporated with a lot of plaits.” When it comes to colour, Audrey always veered on the side of caution, not straying too far from her naturally brown locks, although at one stage in her life she did lighten her hair a few shades. “I feel that your hairstyle is half of your overall look and your hair colour makes up the other half,” explains Charlene. “The one compliments the other and you can’t compromise either of them. The hair market consists of various different colour products. Working for Gary Rom Hairdressing the condition of your hair is our main priority. Healthy hair means high shine and soft smooth locks – both scream Audrey!”
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