How to: Carl Kapp’s wigged black cropped hairdos

Complementing the sharp tailoring and contrasting the feminine colours, the hair styling at Carl Kapp’s spring / summer 2012 Australian fashion week (MBFWA) show took the collection to another new level of edgy, sharp and androgynous.

Under the hair direction of hair maestro, Alan White from ghd, each model exhibited a fringed black blunt wig, inspired by Madonna’s avatar in her music video for Rain. But the reverence also branched out to Rooney Marra’s look from The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo with a hint of late-80s Helmut Newton era.

Kapp said, “The collection pieces are like a car crash, imagine twisted steel, burnt tires. It’s very strong. The hair for this collection takes the perspective of a tough Amazonian woman, especially with the wedged hair look”.

If the early 90s inspire you, or if you’re a Helmut Newton devotee, then follow the how-to steps below. The procedure is a bit lengthy, but the end result is worth the work that goes into it.

Do keep in mind; you’d either need a pair of scissors to chop your hair in a razor-sharp blunt (risk alert!) or perhaps a trip to the wig store.

The how-to

If you have a long mane and wish to go the wig route, you’d need to wrap your hair. Continue reading for a step-by-step process:

  1. Take a middle parting from the centre of the forehead to the crown of the head. Then take a section from the top of each ear and create a horizontal parting just below the crown of the head. When looking from the back of the head, you should have an inverted-T with a centre part; you need to have three sections of hair.
  2. Take two sections from the side and make a ponytail just above the occipital bone and tie is super tightly with an elastic band.
  3. Section the ponytail in two parts and braid it into two individual plaits. By the end of this, you should have two braids from one ponytail.
  4. Pin the braids securing on either side of the centre part and across the horizontal parting at the back of the head.
  5. To create a wedge at the back of the head, braid the third section and twist it in a chignon directly at the back of the head. Secure with an elastic band.
  6. Use a wig cap to wrap all the hair under and pin it in place.

Follow these steps to place a blunt wig onto your hair:

  1. Place the wig directly over the crown of the head. You’ll need double-sided tape underneath that will hold the wig in place to the cap.
  2. Use a razor to dramatically chop off the fringe and the back of the wig. See the photos for inspiration. You’re after a messy modern hair-do, so go wild.
  3. This look is all about the shine and glassy strands, so coat the wig’s locks with a finish shine serum.

Again this is very much a runway or special occasion look, but it’s one that will only work if you get it neat enough to be convincing. Thanks to Alan White at ghd we now know the inside secrets on how that’s done.

You can see all of the backstage pictures of the Carl Kapp spring / summer 2012 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.

Images courtesy ghd.