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Keith Haring Crimps and Fake Cornrows at Timo Weiland Spring 2013

By Polly Blitzer / September 10, 2012


Photo courtesy of L'Oreal Professionnel

My childhood in NYC was punctuated by Keith Haring's "Crack is Wack" mural. Every weekend, on our way back from the country, we would whoosh by the neon orange landmark and exhale knowing we were back home. In high school, I always had a Keith Haring postcard pinned to my bulletin board next to pictures of Luke Perry. And these days, whenever I put Sam and Miles in footed onesies, they look like dancing Keith Haring characters radiating little bolts of happiness. 
So you can imagine my level of excitement when I heard about the Keith Haring exhibit at The Brooklyn Museum of Art.
But now a fashion show inspired by it? I Just. Can't. Get. Enough.
“The designers were inspired by zig-zag patterns in the Keith Haring exhibit.” - hairstylist Joseph DiMaggio
L'Oreal Professionnel hairstylist Joseph DiMaggio interpreted and articulated these Haring lines by incorporating crimped texture that nearly vibrates. And he added a modern take on cornrows, both of which were iconic hairstyles during the Eighties. To create the look, Joseph first applied L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Reinforcing Milk, then smoothed out hair with a flat iron before parting from ear to ear and securing into a high ponytail. Hair at the crown was sleekly criss-crossed like a braid leading into the ponytail. The ponytail was then crimped for texture.

Photo via Haring.com