Get set for kiss curl season

Kiss curls make a soaring comeback on the runways and red carpet. It's time you got involved! Here's all you need to know

Hair & Beauty
Jemima Cousins

Fashion is cyclical. Past trends become present trends and future trends look to the past. In 2019 we're taking our cue from the 1920s classic kiss curl.

Granted the style never completely dissipated from our memory. Gel down baby hairs have been on fleek for the past few years, becoming the go-to style finisher for box braids, lace wigs, topknots – well just about any style. But today's revival sees a more flamboyant take on the perennial hairdo. Just like the popular Twenties, which was also known as the 'spit curl', decorating your forehead, temples and entire head with structural waves and bespoke pattern is the way to garner some serious fashion points!

Award-winning hairdresser Michelle Thompson is the stylist who curated the style for this bang on-trend shoot. 'I was experimenting with a new photographer,' she tells us. 'Looking at the AW19 runways I know this was a look that was coming back round, and as always I wanted to put my mark on it.'

'I incorporated cultural references from the African-American RnB music scene in the 80s and 90s. The intricate designs were beautifully scrawled onto the forehead framing the face creating faux fringes and elaborate sideburns.'

Credits: Photography by @nogracekelly. Hair by @michellethompsonhair. Make-up by @jessicamakeupchair

On the AW19 runways, kiss curls moved away from the S or C shaped patterns an were adapted into ornate designs, giving off a renaissance vibe.


Beyonce nodded to the kiss curl trend at the Lion King premiere. Wearing two-toned single plaits pulled back into one, the star added the pièce de résistance which was the classic C-shaped sculptural curl à la Josephine Baker.

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