Girls on film: Susan Sarandon in The Witches of Eastwick

Although our penchant for short, sharp hairdos can’t be denied, there’s nothing quite like a full head of tumbling natural curls and American actress Susan Sarandon could give everyone a lesson or two in the art of ringlets. Spiralling well below her shoulders in a flame of natural red, Susan’s hair is the epitome of wild, free and just a little out of control. This is a style that’s friends with frizz and couldn’t be further away from a straightening iron. Here at Glasshouse, we applaud anyone who carries off their natural hairstyle with heaps of personality and a devil-may-care attitude, just like Susan in the 1987 film The Witches of Eastwick.

Based on the novel by John Updike, Susan is cast alongside fellow demigods Cher and Michelle Pfeiffer and plays Jane Spofford, a newly divorced music teacher who (alongside her two fellow female counterparts) is feeling dissatisfied with her life and the inappropriate bachelors that seem to appear in it. Weekly gossip sessions result in the women conjuring up the image of their perfect man and incidentally when rich and flamboyant Daryl (Jack Nicholson) moves to town, he just so happens to fulfil their every desire. Seducing the women one by one, they begin to flourish and each start to get their spark back and fall for Daryl. However there’s no ignoring the witch-factor of this comedy-fantasy film, and when the women begin to discover their supreme powers it’s all change - with the three lead females eventually regaining control of their lives and emotions.

Luckily Susan shuns any form of typical witch-like hair, instead enchanting us with her ginger curls that seem to spring out from the root with the kind of bounce most flat hair sufferers would envy. We particularly like its 80’s extravagance, pairing perfectly with a wardrobe of metallics and a slick of red lipstick for extra movie star seduction.

If you happen to have a head of curls just like Susan, the Organic Colour Systems Keep Curl range is your new best friend. Including a shampoo, conditioner, treatment and two styling products, the range is specifically designed for naturally curly hair and formulated with strengthening wheat proteins and organic oils to keep the curls glossy.

Glasshouse stylist Fiona gives some tips on keeping them in check: “I’d use the Keep Curl Treatment after shampooing which will give your curls extra bounce and longevity when used once a week. Then I would also recommend applying the Keep Curl Memory Gel which will control the curls, whilst still giving a soft finish. My advice would be to rub a good amount through the hair and scrunching to keep in place and create volume, as well as smoothing any strays” says Fiona.

Susan Sarandon is a bit of a Glasshouse hero, combining a varied acting career with continuing participation in activism from politics to poverty, working with organisations such as UNICEF and Action Against Hunger. We can’t help but admire her style and substance, with a bold and brilliant head of red that really does set Susan apart from her Hollywood counterparts. Take note fellow spiral haired females, Susan knows how to truly embrace her curls.

You can pick up all the products from the Keep Curl range in the salon.

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Words: Lucy Vincent

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