“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” - Leonardo Da Vinci
Ok, I got that quote off twitter so I don't know if it's accurate but for my purposes in this post it works very well. Hair in Seattle is not the easiest thing in the world from a stylists perspective for sure because with the rainy weather and challenges to conventional styling (why bother blowing your hair silky smooth and/or curling or flat ironing it if you are going to walk twenty feet to your car and get it all wet anyway?) people here really need a lot out of a haircut. They need to be able to rely on the style being cut into the hair rather than putting it in with heat tools every day. Optimally, every haircut should hold it's shape, but let's be honest, not every haircut really does. A stylist needs to know how to build in a foundation, a basic structure and when and where texture is used appropriately. Not every person, or head of hair for that matter can really work with the shredded, highly textured haircuts that make up most of the hair magazines. Some texture is always nice, but my opinion is that it is the foundation work that makes or breaks a haircut, especially when put to the rigors of this Pacific Northwest climate.
Right now I've been looking at some celebrity photos and come across three basic looks that I think work particularly well in Seattle weather. For short hair I like this photo (can't remember this acrtress, she's great though - and it is not Michelle Williams, she just kind of looks like her. Amended at a later date: Carey Mulligan) which illustrates a deconstructed bob. The texture is good because the rough ends all work with weather that is not conducive to something sleek anyway, but if you wanted to dress it up you could with some heat tools and have a polished bob that can be styled up as well:
Now, this photo of Drew Barrymore is a great medium length layered cut that has the same nice properties of the photo above (lots of layers can be worn more messy for a sort of rock-and roll look when it's not blown dry or be heat styled as shown for a more polished and sophisticated look):
Last but not least, the long hair in Seattle dilema.. I chose Jennifer Lopez as the perfect example about what to do with this quandry.. the low bun! When your hair is this long all you need to worry about with a haircut is getting it frequently enough that your ends are healthy and not too uneven. You may want some layers in there but in general, people with this kind of long hair (I'm speaking of myself here) just don't realistically get it cut that often anyway, so a cut is kind of a moot point. This style however is a great go-to for a quick-fix. Sometimes I even use conditioner as my styling product to keep it from getting all fuzzy (just a little mind you, you don't want it dripping all over you in the rain!). Notice how La Lopez uses a part to mix it up sometimes, a deep side part works equally well and you can move the bun part to either side (side anything is really in right now):