Right, let me just set this straight, I do NOT like the X Factor, but I DO like Jamie Stevens! 30-year-old Jamie Stevens is one of the most up-coming stylists of the moment. Having worked with the likes of Beverly C, Daniel Hersheson and now Errol Douglas; Jamie has a client list to make your mouth water. Celebrity fans include; Kylie, Stella McCartney, Elle Macpherson, Eva Herzigova, Myleene Klass, Hugh Grant, Christian Slater, and Gok Wan to name a few.
For the first time, X Factor introduces a Style Team, giving viewers the lowdown on the contestants’ hair, make-up and clothes transformations. Along with Jamie Stevens as the show’s resident hairstylist the X Factor has enlisted stylist Laury Smith and makeup artist Natalya Nair show. The teams task is to transforming the final 16 contestants in preparation for The X Factor live shows, the Style Team will bring direction, expertise and ingenuity to carve the individual stylistic personas of the UK’s freshest new talent.
Jamie said: “The X Factor is the biggest talent makeover contest in the UK and having my name affiliated with the Style Team is my biggest honour to date. My goal is to educate people on hair; why I'm colouring it red, why I'm cutting it in such a way, 90% of a makeover is hair. Transformations are already under way now, with BIG things to come for the live shows. Exciting times ahead."
Jamie comments on the looks he has been creating;
‘We’ve given the girls a real style overhaul. We have coloured Janet’s naturally curly hair a beautiful rich copper, a colour she has always wanted to go. We have embraced her curls and left them natural for the moment but that is not to say we won’t be straightening them in the weeks to come. We have dyed Sophie’s hair a lovely deep chocolate and given her hair a really strong ‘era’ feel by giving her a smooth top knot and front roll. We will continue with this vibe throughout the series. Misha B is a hairdresser’s dream, I’m really enjoying giving her a different look every week and she gives me free reign with her hair.’
‘The boys all had very strong looks to start with so we have worked with that to create some really amazing hair. Marcus is a hairdresser himself so we only tweaked his look, cropping the back and sides, going for a military fade but maintain some length in at top to almost mould into a flat top. Frankie’s big, voluptuous messy head of hair is his signature so we made sure we cut it in the right places so we could maintain his cool, rocky persona. Craig is on an amazing journey in this competition and we have kept the length in his cut because he has a long round face shape but we have given him an undercut, which is shorter at the back and sides. We will incorporate quiffs and new styles over the following weeks.’
‘I’ve also been doing all the hair for the dancers. Watching the show you don’t realise how manic the show is. We have 10 male and 10 female dancers and they have to look different for every act. For the opening show we had six changes to negotiate and we only have 7 minutes on average to turn the looks around. So we had to go from a high pony with clips, to a high pony to down and messy and then back up again with hoods. Then finally we went from wigs to 1940s victory roll buns! We have to co-ordinate this as well as the acts but it all adds to the excitement of the shows!’
So if unlike me you are a fan of the show and want to recreate these looks – go for it, because it always good to play and experiment! Add your own personality and give your look the X Factor!! I’ll be watching Strictly!