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It’s official, the fluttering fluttering tips – aka “the hair flipping” – is the coolest hair trend this season. Love or hate the style (people are rarely lukewarm about it), there’s no denying that its confident energy reflects the mood of the moment.
As with most trends, celebrity circles have played fertile ground for its popularity, with the beloved sartorial displaying the style at various high-profile events, from Zendaya to Valentino’s Paris Fashion Week show to Billie. Eilish at the Oscars. Of course, their triumphant take on it makes us want to try it too.
“The fluttering tips are having a real renaissance,” confirms one of London’s leading hairstylists, Larry King. “It’s a trend that seems to have disappeared for a while, so it’s really fresh, clean and it’s a perfect spring vibe.”
While you may have dabbled in the hairdo in the 90s, “it takes inspiration from the 60s,” explains King – thinks The Queen’s Gambit – “but with a more modern, smoother finish and only a small rise at the crown”. (Side note: try this trick to get crown lift, which makes it any most flattering hairstyle.)
King says that flipping hair is perfect for anyone in the bob and mid-length field and that, thankfully, the style is low maintenance. “It works well with anything from jaw to shoulder and doesn’t take on the huge commitment of a different cut; it’s just a simple styling trick that can change things to make them look really new ”.
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So how do you do it? “Apply a mousse [like King’s My Nanna’s Mousse] on wet hair, “to ensure soft, bouncy volume and smooth hair as you blow dry with a round brush, she explains.
Then, “work your hair in a neat middle or side parting and use the round brush and hair dryer to move the tips up”.
Finally, “smooth out any flourishes using the Flyaway With Me Kit”, a tube of A Social Life for Your Hair straightening cream, suitable for flying, with a double-ended bamboo brush and a comb for taming and tidying.
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