Spring Trends, Her Worst Haircut & Braid DIYs: A Q&A with Tresemme’s Jeanie Syfu


Now that we've had time to digest the looks and trends from New York Fashion Week – in both the beauty and fashion realm – we're digging into hairstyles our locks are going to rock when spring hits. Glam talked to Tresemme's lead stylist Jeanie Syfu about her favorite era for hair, the worst cut she's ever had, and the three trends you need to master now.

What are the three trends girls need to try for Spring 2014?

  1. Texture – a matte texture. I'm seeing that everywhere. If it's in a blowout, a straight look, the texture's matte. You can easily do that with a dry shampoo or piling on the mousse.
  2. Slick looks where it's really graphic. It's all about a super clean part, having a slick shine through the top and a dry texture at the bottom.
  3. Braids- they are not going away. I love them so much because you can do so many things with them. Incorporating braids in different ways is really cool.

Which runway shows really incorporated the hair looks this season?

Jenny Packham. I created curls but it was really about teasing the curls out so they were fluffy. You still saw the defined ringlet but there was so much texture and volume happening it looked fun with a glam retro feel.

Rebecca Minkoff. We did a Frida Kahlo iconic braided updo but we put a modern spin on it with a side part and added three braids instead of two and some really fun texture. We did it with fabric, we did it with two braids then I added one, we tried it with a bun, then we went back to the original.

What's the process in coming up with a hairstyle for the runway show?

It's very different for each designer because everyone has their own way of coming up with a look. Some of them are super open and some of them are like, it's going to be like this. Vivienne Tam wanted a straight matte blowout so that was easy. I did it and she was like, Love it. Then we did the Jenny Packham show where it was a reference to a movie she watched, Picnic at Hanging Rock. I had never seen the movie so I looked up the stills. I got the idea of the mood, and it was very Edwardian. I was like, how do I make this edgy and modern because didn't want to do a full on Edwardian hairstyle. She liked the romantic curls but the hard thing was the texture. She wanted a mash-up of Edwardian and '70s so it was that fine line between is it too '70s or too romantic. I tried like 6 different sets. It took a while but we got it right. You have to complete that collection, it's a full story. As soon as I saw the smile on her face it was all worth it. It was amazing to see all those girls walk down with those gowns. I got it when I saw it.

What's your favorite era?

The '70s. I feel like a lot of things happened in the 70s. it was all about the statement cuts, texture, disco, rock and roll, pink/ there were so many different shapes, razor cuts, volume, and natural texture – people were embracing afros.

What's the best and worst haircut you've ever had? 

I had a bi-level in middle school. It was bad, it was feathered and long in the back. I think it was like my mom took me to the hair dresser and that's what I got. I don't think I asked for it. I always go back to short, because I feel really comfortable with it. It suits my hair texture and my lifestyle.

What advice do you have for girls who want to cut their hair short?

It's definitely about making sure you work with your face shape. You can't go full extreme super short if your face is round. Short doesn't always mean pixie; it can mean a bob. If you're going from a long length, ease into it. Do a mid length, then chin. If you have the length, work up to a short cut.

Where do you find inspiration?

I always like to look to the past and make it modern. I like to reference old photos. I like history, music, books, old films, old Vogues. I like to look at old fashion and reinterpret into now.