LFW hair how to: Eugene Souleiman for ghd X Preen AW18

Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi – the husband and wife team behind label Preen – created one of the most memorable collections thus far at this year’s London Fashion Week, with models sporting an “Aquatic Aesthetic” hair look to match.
For Preen’s AW18 show, Wella and ghd fashion week ambassador Eugene Souleiman added the aforementioned beauty vibe to the always effortless and romantic collection. Known for combining hard and soft textures, this season Preen turned to tailored scubawear mixed with floating florals for the clothing inspiration.
Eugene emulated the raw textures of the fabrics in the collection with a hair look that is ‘imperfectly perfect’. “This look is about enhancing imperfections and not torturing the hair, allowing it to do more of what it wants to do,” explained the super stylist. “The inspiration for the hair is sea anemones. We want the girls to look like they’re in water, with their hair looking otherworldly – like it is floating with zero gravity. We even put glitter in their hair so it’s glistening.” 
There was no one hair look or approach. The end result was achieved by working with each model’s natural hair, creating effortless texture with just a touch of product to enhance the end look. In terms of technique, “it’s all about your hands, it’s not about a brush or a comb – it’s hair that you can touch with a soft stringy texture that’s octopus-like,” Eugene explains.
Working closely with the Preen styling team, the hair was left tucked into the clothes and Eugene styled the hair once girls were dressed to create a fluid look.
“The texture of the hair is grungy and uncombed with natural movement so we used EIMI Dry Me to add a rawness and EIMI Mistify Me Light to hold the pieces of hair in place,” he said. “We wanted it to have a feeling of haste and speed, like it’s been done quickly - not too controlled or glamourous. It’s broken, but in a very beautiful way. There are subtle nuances and touches that make it work and make it feel a bit more unusual.”
Eugene used styling tools to create the soft waves that tumbled down from under the scuba caps. “For some of the girls we’re adding movement with the ghd Gold Styler and the ghd curve classic curl tong. We’re doing pieces of hair, not the whole head, so it doesn’t feel too done. There’s a real beauty to it, it’s angelic and soft.”
As a final touch, glitter was softly blown onto the models’ hair to add an aquatic sheen that emulated the makeup look.


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