Spot the difference! The Alternative Hair Show pays homage to The Simpsons (and hairspray) with its gravity-defying tresses
The 30th anniversary show was held at London's Royal Albert HallHair stylists included Dmitri Vinokurov, Saco, Mario Krankl, TIGI, Mahogany, Pino, Dmitry Vinokurov, David Murray and Helen Reavey
13:25 GMT, 16 October 2012
If you consider Matt Groening responsible for the wackiest hairstyles this side of Pluto, think again.
Models presented some exceedingly unusual hairdos at the 30th Alternative Hair Show, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London over the weekend.
But it seems with their their gravity-defying dos, hair stylist were indeed paying homage to characters from Groening's The Simpsons – as well as to industrial amounts of hairspray.
Homage A model sports a gravity-defying hairdo at the Alternative Hair Show, left, resonant of that worn by Marge Simpson, right
Some of the models' crops bore resemblances to those worn by Marge Simpson, Lisa Simpson, and Marge's sisters, Patty and Selma Bouvier.
Stylists exhibiting these larger-than-life creations at the show included Dmitri Vinokurov, Saco, Mario Krankl, TIGI, Mahogany, Pino, Dmitry Vinokurov, David Murray and Helen Reavey.
Alternative Hair Show, first held in London's Camden Palace
in 1983, is a charity fund-raising event in aid of those suffering from leukaemia.
The first show drew 7,500, donated
to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, and since then the event has
raised over 8.5m for leukemia charities in the UK, Austria,
Italy, Japan, Russia and USA.
Spiky sisters: A model wearing her hair in large sectioned spikes, left, harks back to the yellow starfish style worn by young Lisa Simpson
Founders Tony and Maggie Rizzo, who lost their firstborn child to leukaemia when he was two in 1983, said: 'Fighting leukaemia is our mission.
We will do everything we can to hasten the day when all children
2012 Alternative Hair Show – entitled Legends – also paid a tribute to
one of the legendary hairdressers, Vidal Sassoon, who was global patron of the show.
To mark the 30th
year of the charity event, Tony Rizzo, also a hairdresser, set up The
Alternative Hair Charitable Foundation in January.
He said: 'The
foundation wants to build upon the success the Alternative Hair Shows
have achieved over the last 30 years by establishing a focal point for
hairdressing, a profession renowned for its qualities of caring and
generosity, to achieve yet more in fighting leukaemia.'
Puffy and proud: Two models present voluminous creations by hair stylist Saco at the show
Swapped at birth: Patty, left, and Selma Bouvier, right, sisters of Marge Simpson, have hair that looks as though it was styled by Saco
Going up A model waits backstage at the 30th anniversary of the Alternative Hair Show at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 14 October
Knitted and nutty: A model presents an elaborate creation by hair stylist Mario Krankl
Comparing notes: Two of Mario Krankl's models work on maintaining the balance of their their futuristic crops backstage
Poor deer: The TIGI creative team work backstage to mount antlers onto a model's head in the TIGI dressing room
Ready for Halloween: Five models present weird and wonderful (and often ghoulish) creations by hair stylist TIGI
Fairyland: The hairstyles sported by the models are, in most cases, not exactly ready-to-wear
Performance art: Models dressed in black bodysuits present smart, colourful bobs by hair stylist Mahogany
Red hair will give you wings: A model presents a creation by high-flying hair stylist TIGI
Glory time: Hair stylist Mario Krankl, left, stands with two of his models at the 30th anniversary of the Alternative Hair Show at the Royal Albert Hall
Take a break: A model for the hair stylist Pino waits backstage
Fabulous colours: A model presents a number of extravagant and colourful creations by hair stylist Dmitry Vinokurov
Gaga lookalike: A model with dramatic zebra-stripe hair and dark face make-up poses for cameras backstage at the show
Need a hairbrush A model presents an elaborate creation by hair stylist David Murray
Golden girl: Stylist Helen Reavey used actual gold leaf top paint the hair and scalps of some of her models at the show
A heavy burden: A model with an enormous and angular Mario Krankl hairstyle sits among the Amy Winehouse-style blonde beehive wigs backstage