With a keen eye and a progressive sense of fashion, Claude Baruk looks to Paris for the hairstyles to best complement this season’s trends.
Before celebrity hairstylist Claude Baruk was beckoned to Las Vegas by Steve Wynn, he had spent 18 years tending to the tresses of the most sophisticated women in the world in his home country of France. Now settled into his high-glamor Claude Baruk Salons at Wynn and Encore, he is celebrating 20 fabulous years in the hair business with a romantic holiday hair menu inspired by the alluring women of Paris.
Baruk’s muses in the City of Love may give off an air of effortless beauty, but in his world of high fashion, every single look is meticulously choreographed by him from cut to finish.
“The hair is the most beautiful part of a woman’s entire look,” Baruk says. “Diamonds without great hair mean nothing. If the hair doesn’t fit, nothing works. But the most simple dress with nice hair? Everything will then be great.”
This season Baruk is featuring dreamy looks that allow movement, perfect for both the cosmopolitan Parisian lifestyle and Vegas’s glittering, breathtaking holiday parties.
“I love waves and curly hair,” he says. “But it has to stay in a natural way. I love movement. That is glamorous holiday hair.” In fact, Baruk is constantly researching, creating, and updating style trends. “We create two hair menu collections a year, interpreting the trends,” he says. “Here in Vegas, we can try everything because everyone is ready to try looks they wouldn’t try in their regular life or in their hometown. They’re open here, so we can go big.”
Naturally Straight with Heavy Bangs
Inspiration: “The strong French spirit.” How to wear it: “As a day look with a lot of personality.” How he creates it: “The bangs make the whole style. It’s a one-length cut textured on the ends with heavy bangs for a nice finish around the eyes and face. Balayage technique creates dimension with a mix of highlights. There are light, warm honey lowlights and cold blond highlights. It’s very natural, very straight hair.”
Inspiration: “All of these looks are inspired by the fall/winter trends of the Parisian woman.” How to wear it: “Sophisticated and natural, this could be worn day or night.” How he creates it: “For a natural wavy look, I use layers all around. It is a short bob cut textured with layers to create different lengths, waves, and volume. We leave the roots untouched on purpose, to create dimension. Then we use balayage to add blond at the ends.”
High-shine Wavy Blow-Dry
Inspiration: “I went back to my roots: My clients, friends, and muses are all from Paris.” How to wear it: “It’s a natural look with natural waves, so it is easy to wear in any place, day or night, for a party.” How he creates it: “It would not have these waves without the right cut done in my salon. There’s a lot of shine to the hair—that makes all the difference. The only way to get this shine is by working the hair gently with special techniques. We curl exclusively with the brush and blow-dryer.”
Inspiration: “The ‘naturally straight with heavy bangs’ look—this is the night version! It shows of a woman’s pure beauty.” How to wear it: “This is for a sophisticated, romantic night out." How he creates it: “Keep the heavy bangs with textured ends. Put the hair in a ponytail in the middle of the head, and twist the hair around the ponytail into a nice chignon that is natural yet elegant"