RUSH Hair  Tina Farey - Best in Avant Garde
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RUSH Hair Tina Farey - Best in Avant Garde

A founding member of the RUSH Artistic Team along with Andy Heasman, Tina Farey has enjoyed an exceptional hairdressing career. Working alongside her team and some of the fashion worlds most loved designers, Tina’s attention to detail and creative mind is fundamental to the success of the both her individual achievements and the RUSH Artistic Team’s many accolades.  She can often be found making sure every strand of hair is in place for the photographers at shoots and making sure every detail is on point before a model makes her way onto the catwalk.  

Editorial Director for RUSH, Tina is also a revered name in the world of avant garde hairdressing, creating some of the most exceptional and recognisable looks over the years, many of which are regularly referenced and recognised by the media and hairdressers alike.  With her love of the unusual and the eclectic being a huge influence on the work she creates, her we speak to Tina all about the creative world of hairdressing, and more specifically her favourite techniques and tips when creating an avant garde collection.

Tina Farey

The world of avant garde has always been a real passion of mine, from the moment I joined the hairdressing industry. It’s incredibly creative, pushes the boundaries of your skill as an individual all whist allowing you to be free and explore new depths of hairdressing creativity. In the avant garde world, nothing is ‘right or wrong’ and there really is no set rule book – simply by experimenting and  trying something which is perhaps a bit different along with  exploring new textures and structures  very often results in the most amazing looks being created.

Regarded as one of the most innovative parts of our industry, there is no bounds to what you can create, the skills you can use and of course the products and physical textures that can be implemented. Starting off with a wig and a dolls head, let your imagination run free and channel your creativity into something incredible.

When looking to start out and create an avant garde inspired look, there are several  ways I would recommend – these will give you a foundation to get started and allow you to start your journey into this very creative world.


A great way to bring a style to a much more creative level, stencilling is a favourite with me and many more avant garde stylists. Playing around with different shaped stencils, patterns and using the hair as a canvas can produce some of the most mesmerising results, which you can also take back to the salon. It makes a look much more unique and is a real head turning technique.


Wigs are amazing to work with and allow you to transform any individual in an instant. Using wigs give you the freedom to create larger than life styles, the opportunity to experiment with colour and really push the limits without the worry of damaging a model or clients hair. I use wigs a lot for avant garde work and enjoy the creative freedom. Using a variety of wigs and hair pieces can take your vision to a whole new level. 

Architectural Inspiration                

I am very luck that I travel often and get to see many different places around the world as part of my hairdressing career. With this comes architectural inspiration, taking in the surroundings, the shapes and structures formed in the different parts of the world. Take in everything you see and keep this at the back of your mind for your future work and collections. I have implemented the shapes of many famous architectural buildings throughout my work – it’s something to note!

Partnership of Textures

With avant garde, there is no boundaries – none at all. Using different textures is encouraged as this gives the look it’s creative edge, and is a technique that works very well. Take the chance to include layers, height, waves, back combed areas – whatever you want to try, go ahead and do it. In my looks I’ve created over the year, I have done this in 90% of my looks. From the voluminous, back combed bowl at the LCT where we created the Rush Circus, to the painted on colour structures of Colin Horgan at Fashion Week, using a variety of textures is encouraged and very much a trend in the avant garde world.

Extraordinary Materials

Within the avant garde world, using other materials is also hugely encouraged – sometimes hair is just not enough. Materials such as leather, metal, fabrics – anything that can be used to mould or add to a style is welcomed. Be eccentric and enjoy what you are creating.

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