From Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla nostalgia to Miley Cyrus at the Grammys, big hair is having a big moment. The throwback look is worthy of a comeback, the antithesis of the ‘clean girl’ sleek bun with a centre part or low-maintenance soft waves. Big hair requires confidence, and a lot of hard working hairspray.
Like Elvis’ quiff, the look played a major part in helping create Priscilla’s iconography. In Sofia’s film, her hair gets bigger as she becomes more enmeshed in Elvis’ world (her hair – and entire beauty look – to give birth to Lisa Marie is iconic). It was also a symbol of the beauty standards of the time.
“With the release of Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla we are thrown back in time to the days of massive hair where the volume of your social status was directly proportional to the size of your bouffant,” says Lauren Gunn of Auckland salon Colleen. “If you want hair that high you’re simply going to have to give up your day job.”
You may not reach the heights of Priscilla in the 60s, but you can adapt the look to today - like Miley - and embrace the bigger is better mantra. Lauren shares how to get the look at home.
Get your hair in the mood with a volumising wash using Oribe’s Magnificent Volume Shampoo ($79).
Prep for some epic volume by misting O&M Rootalicious Volume Mousse ($44) from roots to ends then blow dry using a big round brush for soft curves and root lift – I like the YS Park Super G Series Brush ($170).
Section the top layer of your hair into a horseshoe shaped section above your brows and clip the lower section into a bun or not to keep it out of the way for now.
Beginning at the crown, take 1 inch sections. Hold each section up with your fingertips, puff some Oribe Swept Up Volume Powder ($73) into the root area, slide the YS Park Volume Teasing Comb ($40) into the section 2-3 inches from your scalp and push down to create a firm base of backcombing.
Repeat until the entire horseshoe section is backcombed.
Release the underneath section and add a little backcombing to the hair at your temples just forward of your ears. Spray with R&Co Vicious Strong Hold Hairspray ($49) and don’t hold back.
Use a soft boar bristle brush, like the pocket hair brush by Mason Pearson ($210), to smooth the top layers over the backcombing and either let your hair hang loose or secure it into a ‘half-do’ at the back with a Lelet ‘Amy’ bow ($170).