When it comes to runway ready hair there are only a small handful of names — tiny, really — in whom designers, editors and taste-makers put their trust when transforming their models for runway shows, ad campaigns and editorials. Of those names, Guido Palau is likely to be the most frequently chosen. In a given season you can expect to see his work on runways as important and varied as Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Versace, Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Givenchy, Prada, Balenciaga and Lanvin. He’s transformed the tresses of countless supermodels, including the troupe of sups in George Michael’s iconic music video for “Freedom 90”. He’s been tapped by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to created wigs and masks for their annual Costume Institute exhibits. He single-handedly helped catapult Edie Campbell to supermodel status when he chopped her hair into a spiky, jet black mullet right before the Fall 2013 shows. And if all of that wasn’t enough, he’s released a new book titled simply Hair by Guido. If the title gives the impression that this is an instructional how-to book or some career-spanning photo retrospective, the selection of preview images that debuted on Style.com yesterday should put those theories to rest. Showcasing challenging, artistic and deliberately impossible-to-replicate styles including a massive tapered pompadour, a platinum blonde “helmet”, and a basket-woven mask of hair, Palau’s work deftly blurs the line between styling and sculpture. Published by Rizzoli and photographed by David Sims, Hair by Guido perfectly displays the breadth of imagination and technique that has made Guido the most in-demand hair stylist working today.

Hair by Guido is available at RizzoliUSA.com

– Justin Friedman