Spring into race season hairstyles by looking to eras past
HAIR on Boyne owner Lauren Powell's first impression of spring races in Australia was "an eye-opener".
Moving from South Africa, Ms Powell arrived in the country in 2005 on the day of Melbourne Cup.
She said while there was nothing open in Melbourne at first, the next minute people were pouring onto the streets.
Now the professional senior stylist - with 34 years' experience in the industry - helps local women get ready for the races, with Hair on Boyne celebrating its sixth anniversary in April.
Her love of the races also transcends into fascinators.
"Last week was very busy for the Caulfield Cup and this week is busy for the Cox Plate Cup," she said.
Antique braiding and braiding is all back in; you can incorporate it with curl.
Ms Powell's first tip is for ladies not to stress when they are getting ready for a special occasion and instead just head to the salon with a smile and let the professionals do their job.
"If you're going into a race day you should start happy," she said.
But it does pay off to be prepared in terms of bringing your outfit to the hairdressers.
"Most people want the hair to blend in with the fascinator, so you've got to see the fascinator and know what the neckline is for the dress so you can get an overall idea of the look."
Creating a co-ordinated look is made easier by the fact Hair on Boyne offers various packages for hair, make-up and treatments.
In terms of hair trends, Ms Powell said finger waves, curls and messy-but-up styles were all popular, as was having an up-style to deal with the daytime heat trackside.
"I do find the trend at the moment is for styles going back to the '50s and '60s," she said.
"Antique braiding and braiding is all back in; you can incorporate it with curl.
"Most of the girls you see at the Caulfield Cup in Melbourne on the television have their hair up."
To ensure it all stays in place throughout the day, Ms Powell advises: "When you get it done ask for product, get hair spray."
For fabulous race wear inspiration, Hair on Boyne clients needn't look far with Ms Powell's own creations hanging in the salon.
Ms Powell has won 'best fascinator' competitions on multiple occasions for her designs - twice at events held at the Tannum Sands Hotel Motel and once at a Gladstone Turf Club race day.
"All the material is from Lincraft, because they have everything that you can make," she said.
"I never wear bought ones," she said, adding that she has noticed designs similar to her own going for $120 in shops when hers cost about $25 to put together. On fascinator trends, she notes: "A lot of them are on bases now."
- Fairer-haired women are going for lighter pastel blondes with a really light foil
- Those with naturally darker hair are going with a copper and dark chocolate foil
- Concave cut
- Curly hair
- Asymmetrical cuts
The easiest way to work out what colour and style will suit your complexion and face shape is by making an appointment with a Hair on Boyne stylist