TIGI - Catwalk Session Series

We speak to four iconic hairdressers including Bleach's Alex Brownsell and Sami Knight about the new Catwalk Session Series range from Tigi

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Backcombing through their slick and iconic products, Tigi have unveiled their new professional range. Catwalk Session Series was born from the brand’s distinguished partnerships on and off the catwalk, unveiling the seven essential tools of the trade that have made them the catwalk partner of choice for the likes of Christopher Kane, Felder Felder and Basso & Brooke. Here, we talk to the groundbreaking hair-raisers who entrust their creative vision to Tigi’s new range...

Dazed & Confused: How does Catwalk By Tigi Session Series offer something new to our dressing tables?
Sami Knight:
It’s like superconcentrated styling products, but completely without the weight normally associated with strength. I do so much big hair, and this stuff really holds up for ages. Catwalk Session Series is the first range I’ve seen that combines super-strength with an almost ethereal lightness.

D&C: How important is the styling of hair play in editorials and on catwalks?
Sami Knight:
Hair fashions move as quickly as those of clothing, so they go hand-in-hand. Most magazines want to convey a whole image – an ultimate look. You can’t do that without hair. For your image you’ve used Session Series Transforming Dry Shampoo, what tips can you give us on how to use it like a professional? I had a friend who always said there was nothing better for your hair than brickdust and it’s true, you need something like that to give your hair some body, some guts. What’s really nice about the Session Series Transforming Dry Shampoo, is that it’s superfine, which means that aside from being a wonderful freshener for dirty hair, it also adds a wonderful deep texture – far more convenient and nice-smelling than brickdust.

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Hairdresser Alex Brownsell

Dazed & Confused: How does Catwalk By Tigi Session Series offer something new to our dressing tables?
Alex Brownsell:
Catwalk Session Series is a new hair styling product range, which has been designed with session stylists to create session looks. It’s a fresh approach to hair styling for photoshoots and a way for people to use the same products as hairstylists to create looks at home. How important a role does the styling of hair play in editorials and on catwalks? The styling of hair for editorials and on catwalks is a very important part of moulding the overall look and feel of the models in shows and shoots, it compliments the fashion and make up aspects and helps bring a whole look together.

D&C: What big hair trends can we expect to see in the coming months?
Alex Brownsell: We can expect to see more youthful fun hair colour, a nod to styles of the 20s, and a lot of curls.

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Hairdresser Naoki Komiya

Dazed & Confused: How does Catwalk By Tigi Session Series offer something new to our dressing tables?
Naoki Komiya:
Salt Spray is the most handy and useful product.

D&C: How important is the styling of hair in editorials and on catwalks?
Naoki Komiya: I think it’s very important because hair is a part of the shape that creates the look – it adds feeling and emotion to the story we create for editorials. On the catwalk, hair creates a whole look because we work on shape and texture. How did you get into professional hairstyling? After eight years of working in a hair salon, I wanted to do more creative work, so I started assisting various people on fashion shows. I met so many people, from makeup artists to stylists, as well as other hairdressers, then I started doing test shoots to build up my portfolio.

D&C: For your image you’ve used Session Series Salt Spray – what insider tips can you give us on how to use it like a professional?
Naoki Komiya: I used Salt Spray to get a dry texture and make the hair matted, almost like some kind of fabric, but you can also use it to give a good quick lift on the roots area.

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Tigi Session Director Maria Kovacs

Dazed & Confused: How does Catwalk By Tigi Session Series offer something new to our dressing tables?
Maria Kovacs:
It’s a unique styling collection that brings together all the session styling must-have products in one single collection. We work a lot at the big four fashion weeks and we really wanted to create something that could meet our needs. The products were formulated to act fast, which is what you need backstage – it’s high-performance all the way, and there is no room for failure. How important is the styling of hair in editorials and on catwalks? Hair plays an integral role in creating the look that a designer is trying to convey. It’s the ultimate accessory. If you could work on anyone’s hair, whose hair would it be? Vivienne Westwood. Not because she needs styling but because I’m sure we’d have a great chat!

D&C: For your image you’ve used Session Series Wet Look Gel – what insider tips can you give us on how to use it like a professional?
Maria Kovacs: Basically, don’t be afraid to experiment! Gel has been around for a long time, it’s making a comeback – it’s not just for your little brother anymore. Think runway chic and street fashion – it can make a natural ponytail graphic and cool instantly!

Photography Benny Horne
Videographer - Santiago Arbelaez
Hair Art Director Nick Irwin
Make-Up Hiromi Ueda at Julian Watson
Models Alina at Premier, Agata at Next, Maya at Viva London, Helena at Union

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