Grazia meets hair god Luigi…

17 February 2010

He’s just signed up as Creative Director for John Frieda, and creates the most-wanted hair looks for the catwalks. Grazia’s Beauty Director, Annabel Jones, caught up with hair stylist Luigi Murenu – the guy behind Gucci, Pucci, Givenchy, Valentino, Maxmara and Viktor and Rolf - for the nitty gritty on hair trends, tips, tricks and what’s in his kit. Did we mention he also does Madonna, Cameron and Drew too? He’s MEGA people…
Q: Spring’s must-do trend?
A: Plaits. About six years ago, I created this huge one-sided plait on Daria for the cover of French Vogue. At the time, everyone thought it was radical but now it’s everywhere, thanks to Alexander Wang. To keep it hot, leave all of the short, soft bits around the hairline loose – you want it to look cool not too cute.
Q: Backstage trick every woman should know?
A: If you want to create this season’s frizz, without hours of work, take a large hairpin, insert it into a section of hair then weave it in and out of the pin like a zigzag. Seal with straightening irons and brush through. Then repeat – it gives extreme frizz without hours of tonging
Q: Hair icon of all time?
A: Brigitte Bardot. She had a universal look that every woman wants - even today. Her trick? She would razor the ends of her fringe and sides of her hair to give a soft baby’s texture around the edges, so that when she put her hair up it still had a sexy softness to it.
Q: Model of the moment?
A: Lara Stone. She’s unique and knows how to work it – she goes to Nicola Clarke at John Frieda to get her hair and eyebrows bleached, and it’s become her thing.
Q: Hair tool I can’t live without?
A: A pocket size Mason & Pearson Brush, because it gives the most amazing shine and finish to any look - hard or soft. If you’ve got a strong edgy hairstyle, like the one I created at Viktor & Rolf, if you brush over the texture with a Mason at the end, it transforms the whole thing into something utterly elegant.
Q: Favourite product?
A:  You can’t beat John Frieda Frizz Ease serum for wet-look hairstyles, like the ‘swimming pool hair’ I created at Maxmara. And, John Frieda’s Secret Agent Finishing Cream, for quick, everyday styles. It helps you mould movement and texture into your hair with just your fingers – no blow-drying required.
Q: Hottest hair style of the moment?
A: The under-cut. I went to a party with the model, Stella Tennant, the other night. She had this fabulous cut, shaved at the sides and at the back, but loose and floppy at the top. She wore it with this incredibly feminine long Givenchy gown. To die for.
Q: Best anti-ageing hair tip?
A: Use really intensive hair masks. You need to nourish your hair regularly, just as you would your skin. Shiny hair will knock 10 years off any woman.
Q: Next season the biggest hair trend will be...?
A: A lot of schizophrenia in hair. Soft and hard and wet and dry textures working together. I’m already in discussions with designers now - I can’t wait!
Q: Hottest ticket at London Fashion week?
A: Hakaan. It’s this hot new designer that everyone’s tipped for the top. I’m doing the hair, Lucia Peroni is doing make-up, Mert & Marcus are producing the show and I hear the big girls are already signed up. Watch this space…


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