Jonathan De Francesco Talks All Things Hair
Text: Sophie Lee
Hairstylist Jonathan De Francesco most recently, worked on our print "Blow Up" series, which showed off the biggest and boldest coats for this winter on model Lineisy Montero. The shoot was photographed by Robert Burbridge, and styled by Patti Wilson. Keeping with the spirit of the clothes, De Francesco scuplted hair for Montero that matched in both size and audaciousness. De Francesco took a minute to chat with us about the series, and where he's headed.
V Magazine: It would be great if we could get better understanding of your inspiration around the big hair moment that was created. Could you elaborate?
Jonathan De Francesco: The idea to create an exaggerated shape for Lineisy's hair was a reaction to the inflated nature of the clothes. We wanted the hair to feel like an extension of the looks Patti created, so ‘blowing up’ the hair into that graphic shape made sense.
V: Apparently, you used quite a bit of hairspray for the look! Can you tell us more about the process behind that and how long it took?
JDF: In the end it was 3 cans of hairspray to get all 5 wigs moulded into that shape! It’s a slow process building up each wig and sculpting into the correct form. Lineisy is incredibly patient and so is the team. 3 hours in hair is normal right?
V: What's one product you cannot be without in your kit? Why?
JDF: My kit must have is Tigi - Queen for a day. There’s nothing this product can’t do.
V: What's your favorite hair product right now?
JDF: Favorite Product - Oribe Supershine. All hair types love this cream.
V: What's your stance on "big hair" overall?
JDF: Big hair definitely has its place and can be a very powerful statement when in the right context.
V: Tell us about your dynamic with Patti Wilson-- what was it like working with her and Richard Burbridge?
JDF: It was my first time working with both Patti and Richard. I really admire their work and it was a privilege to collaborate with them. They’re both very open to ideas and encourage pushing the boundaries to discover something new.
V: What's next for your career? Do you have any goals this year? What are they?
JDF: I’m very excited to share that I am now signed with Streeters. I have a few hair projects in mind which I hope to share over the coming months and for the rest of the year (covid permitting). I hope to continue collaborating with artists I admire.