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A particular length or colour palette doesn’t necessarily define Collegiate; it’s all about a feeling. An effortless-ness, a rawness, a DIY edge to the hair. Haircuts and textures are dominated by a lived-in, chopped feeling with soft broken edges. Hair should feel easy, worn, uncontrived. Hair colour should feel self-made; influenced by the cool shades and tie-dyes of the 90’s.

Think the 90s. Think grunge. Reinterpreted. Think modern academia. Think the rebel within. You can find the roots of collegiate within youth subculture, where niche nostalgia is a dominant theme. It isn’t just about a certain look or hairstyle; it’s about an attitude, a series of considered contradictions: a playful preppiness juxtaposed by a rebellious edge, a cynicism towards societal norms and expectations. Collegiate taps into the freedom of youth.

Catwalk look

The Collegiate Catwalk Look has been coloured by Lesley Jennison, with cut and styling by  Nick Irwin to create lived-in textures, natural nuances and a 90s-inspired raw/dipped colour effect.

For Nick, “it’s about working with the natural fall of the hair…” so he can see and feel how it reacts and adjust the cutting technique to suit. Lesley describes the colour as grown-out and homemade; “mimicking the 90’s raw bleach look, with dark and darkest brown evenly uneven applied ends, creating a ‘dishevelled beauty”.

Salon look

The Collegiate Salon Look has been coloured by Arjan Bevers, with cut and styling by Tyler Johnston with long broken edges, an elongated root that melts into hand-painted vanilla tones for a more accessible version of the Catwalk Look.

For Tyler, it was important that the hair didn’t come across as too freshly cut, sharing that he “used the points of the scissor throughout the baseline to create a slightly broken edge…the hair has an easiness, a worn-in feeling.” When it comes to the colour, Arjan’s reverse approach to the Catwalk Look showcases ‘Melted Balayage’, as the perfect salon service for this look; “it’s super quick to apply, really effective, gives a fantastic result and the darker root helps keep it edgier and cuts down on maintenance.”

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