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X Factor, hair trends: the contestants’ looks that recall the 80s will remain with us in 2024

The competitors who participated in the 2023 edition of X Factor they all showed a strong personality, which was only celebrated with the fashion and beauty styling. During the episodes we never saw any forcing and none of them seemed uncomfortable, as has sometimes happened in past years. He confirms it Alessandro Galetti, Artistic Director of the Wella Professionals hair stylist team, Official Partner together with OPI, which guided everyone’s personal transformation starting from the question: “how would you like your hair?” and from here respecting all their wishes.

X Factor 2023, sixth live: Francesca Michielin with Sailor Moon hairstyle and all the beauty looks of the evening
At the new appointment with the Sky musical talent show, extra long hair with bangs is on show into the wild by Angelica, the burgundy lipstick by Ambra and the glazed skin combined with fuchsia lipstick by Maria Tomba

«With talent, sometimes its aesthetics are intensified to make it known to the public, but in this edition everyone stuck to their way of being», says Galetti.

«We worked harder on it Sarafinehis look is a genre that can lend itself much more to experiments with weaves, extensions, sometimes made more opulent to go out of proportion thanks to the addition of accessories, graphics with sections, very defined reliefs that have given that touch urban style which makes the look very current. Even if the braid is not a current trend, she has demonstrated that it always stands the test of time.”

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X Factor 2023, fifth live: Francesca Michielin’s ultra-sleek ponytail and the other beauty looks
Ambra Angiolini’s hair with a lived-in texture, the shower of colored gems on Dargen D’Amico’s forehead, Settembre’s disheveled mop and Sarafine’s punk gipsy braids

Sarafine, first X Factor live show

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Sarafine, third X Factor live show

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Sarafine, fourth X Factor live show

Sarafine, fifth X Factor live show

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Sarafine, sixth X Factor live show

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“For Maria Tomba we worked a lot on the waves and respected her way of being, she remained the girl in the pajamas but we made her more elegant and sexier for her age, and we moved on from finger waves of the 20s, 30s and 40 to those of 2000, the latter made more natural on the back”.

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X Factor 2023, fourth live: Annalisa’s space age queue and the other beauty looks
Maria Tomba’s burgundy lipstick, Matteo Alieno’s 60s Beatles-style hairdo, the ultra-straight and extra-long hair of the hostess Francesca Michielin. A fourth live show with a high level of personality

Maria Tomba, at the first live show of X Factor

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Maria Tomba, at the second X Factor live show

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Maria Tomba, at the third X Factor live show

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Maria Tomba, at the fourth X Factor live show

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Maria Tomba, at the fifth X Factor live show

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Maria Tomba, at the sixth X Factor live show

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«Matteo Alieno, the boy with the ’60s bob has kept the style unchanged and carried it forward, making it, episode after episode, more current. Sometimes messing it up in the upper part, because with some irregularities or with a more open parting, it loses its static nature.”

Matteo Alieno, at the first live show of X Factor

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Matteo Alieno, at the second X Factor live show

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Matteo Alieno, at the third live show of X Factor

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Matteo Alieno, at the fourth X Factor live show

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Matteo Alieno, at the fifth X Factor live show

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“The Stunt Pilots they gave us variations on the theme of the mullet, we saw it straight with 2000s proportions, or with a stronger 80s aesthetic with curls, but we’re always talking about the same shag style with strong contrasts between lengths.”

The Stunt Pilots at the third X Factor live show

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The Stunt Pilots at their fourth X Factor live show

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The Stunt Pilots at the fifth X Factor live show

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The Stunt Pilots, at their sixth X Factor live show

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X Factor 2023, third live: make-up frosty by Francesca Michielin and the other beauty looks
An episode made up of style recoveries, from the pearly make-up of the host Francesca Michielin as a disco diva, to the bobs with McDonald’s fringe of the Sickteen frontman and Gaetano De Caro, to the fabulous finger waves of Maria Tomba. At the third live the classics are reviewed

«In general, for each of them there have always been references to the past, with a return to the ’20s, ’40s and ’80s but each time with the addition of a detail that takes you back to the 2000s. Like the slightly dirty product on the hair, or the frizz or the more graphic waves in the front and more natural in the back, all these elements have given an Eighties-style interpretation of the boys’ looks, an era that they have not lived through, of which they are aware because they studied it and this made their looks always fresh and cool.”

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X Factor 2023, second live: the most beautiful beauty looks, like Elodie’s red-light ponytail
The atmosphere in the second live episode seemed particularly hot and not only due to Maria Tomba’s love revelations. Among judges and contestants, the beauty choices were more heated than usual

«The cultural background of each person, their region of origin, also greatly characterized their choices. The Stunt Pilos who come from Abruzzo conquered with their London mullets, each with its own personality, but there were those who wanted it styled so that it lasted longer, a bit like the lady who goes to the hairdresser and he wants the starched fold that remains.”

«Sarafine, on the other hand, lived in Brussels and is Calabrian, her music for me is a sort of techno and ‘nduja, and so is her look, with Italian roots but aimed at an international world».

«Maria Tomba with her mix of wet and gloss, especially when she brought finger waves, reinterpreted the old Hollywood allure on stage but in her own way».

«For all the competitors, the hero products that helped us achieve perfection were the Modelieren Gel Forte by Sebastian Professionaland the EIMI Shine Just Brilliant polishing ointment, the latter a glossy wax for the final touch before entering the stage. We also used it to style baby hair, a necessary touch-up if you’re under theater lights which aren’t so forgiving.”

What can we expect for the final?
«The same type of look for everyone, not repeated but reinterpreted».

Laura Pausini, Francesca Michielin
X Factor 2023: the most beautiful beauty looks from the first live show
At the first live evening there was no shortage of beauty ideas: from the recovery of Francesca Michielin’s 90s hair clips, to Serafine’s braids with piercings, to Laura Pausini’s face as satin as icing and those almost blonde locks of Ambra. Here are the looks from the kick off episode of the live shows, which can provide some inspiration

Source: Vanity Fair

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