Hair Expo Exclusive: 2015 Salon Team of the Year finalist D&M Hair Design
The beat generation was divisive, controversial and often misunderstood which makes it ripe for the inspiration picking. The D&M Salon Team chose an offshoot of this era as the theme for their Salon Team of the Year finalist collection for Sydney’s Hair Expo.
The Beatnik—essentially a 50s/60s stereotype—is a youthful, smart and rebellious creature. Styles from this era, like any, become fashionable again.
“Beatnik” is a term that was used to refer to an adopter of beat culture. This movement, which was often perceived as disruptive and even dangerous, was born from the writings of literary minds like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg and carried on the notes of musicians like Dizzie Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. In fact, the beat philosophy can be summed up quite neatly by comparing it to improvisational jazz—life is meant to be lived spontaneously and freely with little forethought or structure. It is not hard, in retrospect, to see how this subculture, coupled with its undercurrent of rampant drug use, gave way to the rise of the “hippie” soon after.
As D&M states, styles from this era, like any, become fashionable again. Ironically, “beatniks” were often identified by their long, shaggy hair. This trademark look came from the eschewing of the beauty-parlour obsessed 1950s and was considered to be a strong counter-culture statement. It could be argued that modern-day America is seeing a resurgence of the anti-establishment/materialism ways of the beat generation and if the looks from D&M’s collection are any indication of how that translates into style, we are in for quite the attractive rebellion.
Danny, from D&M Salon tells us that, “For our collection, the Beatnik styles—including mods, biker-girls, rebels and screen sirens—have been given a roughed-up, contemporary twist. Pixie cuts are soft and frayed around the edges, while shorter bobs are accented with choppy fringes. Shoulder length hair, AKA lobs, are textured and layered and styled with grit. Long hair is kept glossy and styled with loose, glamorous waves.”
This collection, which took six months to bring from conceptualization to realization, when viewed as a whole, showcases the many facets and feelings wrapped up in the beat culture and call to mind the words of its widely recognized founder, Jack Keroauc.
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” — On the Road
Photographer: Mara Sommer
Art Director: Danny Pato @ D&M
Hair: Danny Pato, Michael Sisaengrath and the D&M creative team
Styling: Rachel Morton
Makeup: Virginia Carde
Models: Grace and Kizzie @ 62, Lydia and Jesse @ Red 11, Danielle @ Unique