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VAMFF: Runway 4, Frankie by Caterina Di Biase for L’Oreal Professionnel

Despite following the heavy dreadlocked load of Camilla’s Grand Showcase, Caterina Di Biase displayed no mercy on the L’Oréal Professionnel artists as Runway 4 rolled in. Written with (more) Showpony extensions, hair sewing, knots, fierce parts and a dip of colour, the brief was equally demanding and precision more prominent than ever, writes Lauren King.

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“Frankie always likes to have a raw, organic feel about it, a little bit of a twist. They don’t like to be the same as everyone else, which is great for us, we can really workshop it and come up with something different,” said Caterina.

And a twist Di Biase delivered, plus so much more.

“It’s a centre part, all pulled back with the ears covered and then into a pony at the back which is then knotted, but it appears like a bun,” explained Caterina of the multi-layered design.

“And we’ve added an extension piece which we’ve basically dipped in colour and cut off blunt.”

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Covering the models’ ears aided Frankie’s old worldly brief, while the fierce centre part said oriental. An old editorial favourite, the back combing technique built a beautiful round shape, but the drama came in a dipped dyed pony, there truly was nothing subtle about this show.

“The colour is quite dramatic, it’s like the tail has been dipped in a bucket of paint,” said Caterina.

So it’s safe to say we have seen anything but the last of the dip dyed trend?

“The trend is more ombre now, more subtle, but obviously for a runway we want it dramatic and stand apart, hence the heavy paint like effect.”

“The ombre trend is really not going anywhere, it’s just changing, now we’re seeing more diffusion in the trend and the colours are more tonal,” continued Caterina.

“But there are definitely still girls out there that want to keep having fun with all the brights, and that’s why the L’Oréal Professionnel Hair Chalk is welcoming such a brilliant reception, clients are loving it, it’s the perfect non-committal colour change.”

1. Apply L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Milk to towel dried hair for nourishment and to enhance a natural healthy shine. Blow dry in and then iron the hair straight. Create a clean centre part.
2. Using a fine tooth comb, back comb the roots in two small sections above each ear. Smooth and pull the lengths back and secure with a hair tie just above the nape. Make sure the ears are covered. If your client has short hair, add a hair extension to the ponytail for extra length.
3. Spray the hair with L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Crystal Gloss for a shine boost. Tie the ponytail into a knot and secure with bobby pins.
4. Spray hair with L’Oréal Professionnel Infinium Hairspray to hold style in place and inject some colour into your lengths by applying L’Oréal Professionnel HairChalk approximately half way down the ponytail or use a coloured spray. The colour is up to you!

For more information about L’Oréal Professionnel visit or call 1300 651 141.

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