Neoteric by Mieka Hairdressing

Contemporary hair
 
Neoteric is a response to the complexity and extremity that characterize today's fashion direction. Inspired by contemporary yet timeless classics Neoteric displays a fresh modernistic movement. Clean structural shapes are complemented by harmonious tones of soft, beautiful variation. Neoteric is simplicity at its best, allowing the beauty of great hair to speak for itself.
 
This collection is all about contrasting the nu-rave fashion direction. Stepping away from the loud, neon digital trends, this upcoming season will become more monochrome, metallic, simple and stylish. The bob will be around for another season, but going shorter for summer and more classic in shape, think 1920's and French inspired. Shapes are clean simple strong lines or display soft sexy curls.
 
Hair colours will be lighter and warmer, a backlash to the Cameron Diaz inspired frenzy that swept the nation. Blondes will have warmer tones with subtle variation, or be pastelized in shades of lilac and/or slate. Rich browns and reds will also feature very strongly with mild tonal variation. The trends will have a fresh contemporary feel yet still retaining timeless classics.
 

Pixie and Bowl Cut

Cross between a classic pixie and a bowl cut
 
The pseudo-metallic sheen of this hairstyle illustrates the modernity of the look. Starting with a cross between the classic pixie and bowl cut styles, the hair forms a close-fitting silhouette. The hair is naturally straight and features a crisp, horizontal fringe that forms the guiding line for the weight line of the overall style.
 
The sides and back contour in smooth layers to hug the scalp from this weight line and the hair is styled to maximize, smoothness, straightness and shine. The result is a richly burnished copper coif that glows with inner warmth and vibrance.
 

Serpentine Spiral Curls

Chin-length bob with spiral curls
 
If you start with a chin-length bob and add interior layering to smoothly distribute the volume then curl the hair for maximum lift and volume, you can create this look. The artist works with the pale-beige-blonde hair to form a medusa's cap of serpentine spirals.
 
Best achieved with a roller set, the hair can be carefully backcombed at the scalp to give structure and lift and picked out to maintain the integrity of the individual curls while breaking them into thin tendrils.
 
The back section of the hair is directed up and forward to add the weight of the section to the crown for a fullness that helps to "flesh-out" the silhouette and give the "masses of tresses" look that makes the style so appealing. A dab of smoothing product and a mist of hairspray to scrunch will make the style last longer and keep the frizz at bay.
 

Topknot

Hairstyle with a topknot and sweeping curlique that rests at the forehead
 
Sometimes you just want to make a statement, and this style screams "Look at me!" Starting with a head of long, medium-textured hair, the hair should be curled gently for structure and brushed out once the curl is set. Then the hair is drawn up to the top of the head at the forward-most point of the crown section and secured in a fastener of your choice.
 
From this point, the topknot - as it's called - is backcombed and the curl that was set into the hair is fluffed out to form a full mass. This mass is then shaped carefully on top of the head and formed into a sweeping curlique that rests at the forehead. Using the edge of a brush or a tilted comb, the surface of the ruffed up hair is smoothed out and shaped as one would direct a sculpture.
 
A light misting of hairspray will provide the needed hold for the style and a touch of spray laminator can be used as desired to give a satiny finish to the look.
 

Long Flowing Waves

Hair with long flowing waves
 
The swimwear fashion sported by the model seems appropriate to this style full of long, flowing waves. The cut features minimal layering - primarily around the face - and gentle texturing of the ends. The color is a rich, dark auburn that gives warmth and fire to the curves of the hair.
 
The style is best achieved via a slightly overloaded roller set and the curls are directed forward in rolling waves once they are set. Smoothing serum should be used in the rolling process and a gentle mist of hairspray and patting can help finish any frizz that may remain in the finished style.
 

Elongated Sideburns

Anime and manga inspired pixie hairstyle with elongated sideburns
 
This asymmetrical, pixie-cut style seems to take its inspiration from anime and manga art images. The rounded angles and off-color tones are sure signs of the "life imitating art" culture that has become popular.
 
With elongated sideburns and the curved arch of the fringe (accentuating the left eye) making the eyes appear larger, the style is blown-out straight and smooth, with a texturing product to give some definition to the strands.
 

Contoured Bob

short contoured bob
 
The last installment in this collection is>another unusually-inspired design. The style is very geometric, with its rounded silhouette and angular interior. The cut is a contoured bob, with very specifically defined cutting lines and subtle undercutting to create the curved finish. The leading edges at the sides are blunt and clean, with no tapering and the horizontal fringe is a bold blunt edge.
 
The style is utterly smooth, and designed to lie close along the scalp with no lift before turning inward at the ends. The color is rich, and dark, but instead of the usually glossy shine, the finish is matte and absorbs the light to create a glow effect along the areas where the hair curves.
 
The style is likely best achieved with a minimum of product, and then only those that are able to add conditioning and texture without an excess of shine.
 
Hair & Color: Courtney Treyvaud @ Mieka Hairdressing
Photography: Trevor King
Make-Up: Benn Jae
Stylist: Jordan Moore
Products: Wella Professionals