By definition, Avant Garde is a new idea that is particularly unusual or experimental, specifically in the realm of the arts.
Avant Garde hair is often worn by top models in editorial photo shoots or down the runway, and by celebrities walking the red carpet. No matter who is sporting an Avant Garde hairdo, it is a wild way to make a statement. These ‘do’s can be anything from 50’s inspired braided headbands with flowers placed throughout oil ridden tresses, to blunt edge cuts, to more outrageous and unconventional three-dimensional shapes. No matter what end of the spectrum, avant-garde hairstyles are most often used to further enhance fashion.
Three – dare we say legendary – icons of the 80’s, Cher, Madonna, and Patti have all rocked Avant Garde hairstyles at one point or another.
In her prime, Cher had a style, unlike anyone before her. Known to wear crazy hairdo’s and headdresses, it should not come as a surprise that Lady Gaga’s style is often compared to Cher’s. It is true, some may have found the star’s looks to be gaudy and maybe even frightening at the time, but the fact of the matter is that her looks were liberating. Cher used her Avant Garde style as an inspiration – she led the way for generations of strong, independent women.
Hopefully, you are not too naive to believe that ombre hair is something totally new, because back in her day, Madonna was one of the first to sport the look of multi-colored locks. Do you remember her pink and yellow hair of the early 80’s? What about her bold bleached streak? Both of these ‘do’s were also some of the initial Avant Garde hairstyles that still continue to inspire young women today.
How could one possibly forget Miss Patti Labelle’s hair? Whether it was ultra thin geometric shapes, high rising spikes or extreme asymmetrical cuts Patti is a classic exemplar of 80’s Avant Garde.
So now you have been inspired; while chances are you are not quite ready to use a whole can of hairspray for one look, you may be ready to try out an Avant Garde hairstyle the next time you get the chance. Check out some of the Avant Garde inspired looks described bellow and give them a try!
- Slicked back hair: For this look, leave your hair down, but while it’s wet take some of your hubby’s gel and slick it back. That’s all, you’re ready to hit the town!
- Accessorize, not just your body but your bun too: Start with an over teased bun, and be sure to secure it with a high-quality hair spray. Then, accessorize by adding anything and everything from ribbon to flashy jewels to flowers.
- Triple threat: For this, separate your hair into three ponytails, either vertically or horizontally (depending what you want the end style to look like). Then take three smaller sized sock-bun pieces and make each ponytail into a sock-bun. This one is both simple and stunning.