New twist on hair

December 11, 1991|By N.Y. Times News Service

If you've just been to the hairdresser and a passing wind whips up your coiffure, don't be mad be happy.

This season, the deliberately disheveled hairdo is the height of style. Top stylists like Oribe, the hair maestro at the Elizabeth Arden Salon, are making sure their customers leave the shop looking as if an errant breeze had already dislocated a lock or two.

"It's a way to make the popular 60s bouffant look younger and more modern," Oribe said. What Oribe does is set, tease and arrange a coif the usual way. Then he coaxes some pieces and tendrils out of place.

Oribe invented this degage hair style for the spring Chanel showing in Paris. Some of the models, particularly the exotic Yasmin LeBon, who appeared with two large hunks of hair obscuring her eyes, looked quite startling.

Warning: the practitioner has to know what he or she is doing. It's one thing to look attractively disheveled; it's another to look as if you just got out of bed.

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