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A black head band, whether elastic, satin or leather can be the perfect finishing touch to a simple hairstyle that needs a little somethn’ somethin’. Case in point, Amy Adams’ gorgeous shiny chignon. The elastic band takes it from ordinary to striking — and gives it a touch of fun. It’s adorable to pop on to a ponytail or updo, but it’s just as gorgeous with loose locks or in a braid.
The ultra-shiny side braid from Valentino’s Fall 2013 fashion show is another amazing go-to style. When hairstylist Guido, Redken creative consultant, wove the simple plaits adorned with a leather band, he was aiming for a luxe style that’s wearable. To get the look yourself, blow-dry hair smooth using a blow-dry lotion like Redken Satinwear 02 Prepping Blow-dry Lotion, $18, then create a center part and comb hair to one side. Tuck that side behind your ear and braid (not too tightly), then smooth on a few drops of shine serum like Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine, $40. Finally, add a leather headband to recreate the runway look, then mist on a finishing spray like Redken Quick Dry 18 Instant Finishing Spray, $16.
If you’re like me and your hairbands slip off the back of your head, try one with a silicone strip on the back, like Scünci No Slip Grip Head Wraps, $4.
Every season we see a ton of different, fabulous looks, yet there are always a few trends we see across the board. One of the biggest hair stories for Fall 2013 was the low ponytail. Ah, I love it. It’s so refreshing to see a glam way to wear the hair staple. For the Victoria Beckham show (above), Redken creative consultant Guido created this simple, yet elegant pony based on shine, shine and more shine. “This style is meant to look very easy, almost accidental, but note the emphasis is on the texture — I wanted it to look really drenched in shine, not quite totally wet, but almost,” explained Guido. Here are the steps to get the look.
Step 1: Blow dry hair with your fingers, not a brush, dragging fingers through as you dry so that the end result is straight but not perfect and retains a natural texture.
Step 2: Once dry, apply a shine serum (Guido used Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine, $40 – Launches in May) from lengths to ends.
Step 3: For an extra glossy finish, next apply a shine spray (he used Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist, $18) all over.
Step 4: Gather hair into a loose low pony with a messy, undefined side part. Pull out some pieces around the face and leave one ear exposed.
Here are a few other fab low ponytails we saw this week:
Do you prefer a low or high ponytail?
Images courtesy of: Redken, Cutler/Redken, TRESemmé; bottom image via: WWD
I’ve been closely following the Spring 2013 fashion shows in Paris, and I was totally captivated with the gorgeous hair — and really the hair accessories — at Balanciaga. Guido, Creative Consultant for Redken, created the slightly edgy style topped with a gorgeous piece of headband-like jewelry placed around the back of the head. Trés chic. And not too coiffed so that it looks princess-y. “The hair at Balenciaga is very natural, yet it’s smooth, not frizzy,” said Guido. “I wanted it to feel very modern and rich so we did a sort of rough, easy texture on the hair that offsets their beauty to a certain extent — they wouldn’t go with super luxe hair.” We went straight to Guido to get the scoop on how we can get this look at home. Here’s the story:
Step 1: Apply a hair cream (Guido used Redken Outshine 01 Anti-Frizz Polishing Milk, $18) to damp hair and roughly blow dry to create a smooth but very natural looking finish.
Step 2: Create a messy center part and add a dry shampoo (he used Redken Powder Refresh 01 Aerosol Hair Powder/Dry Shampoo, $18) all over hair for increased “natural” texture and a little grip.
Step 3: Take two side sections from the very front, pull them back to just below the crown and secure with two bobby pins crisscrossed in the back.
Step 4: Finish with a finishing spray (he used Redken Pure Force 16 Non-Aerosol Fixing Spray, $16) just on the top to hold. If you can find a cool headband or piece of jewelry, pin into place around the crown of the head.
Would you wear a headband like a crown?
— Carrie Stern Kleiner
I’m already looking forward to spring, but not because I’m craving sunshine. I’m more interested in fully embracing the hair and makeup trends that the creative geniuses behind the scenes at fashion week have dreamt up for us. Spring looks are always my faves because even straight off the runway they’re more wearable and often prettier than their fall counterparts.
One of the hairstyles I’m loving for spring 2012 is the clipped deep side part seen at the Sonia Rykiel show. It’s easy to pull off and effortlessly gorgeous. Here, hair maestro Guido, Redken Creative Consultant, shares how to get this “1940s meets 1970s, very flirty and pretty” look:
Step 1: Start by applying a blow dry lotion like Redken Satinwear 02 Ultimate Blow-Dry Lotion, $16.50 to damp hair.
Step 2: Blow dry your hair with a round brush lifting the roots away from your scalp to add volume.
Step 3: Once your hair is dry, create a deep side part and mist your hair with a heat protecting spray like Redken Hot Sets 22 Thermal Setting Mist, $14.99.
Step 4: Using a one-inch curling iron, curl your hair section by section.
Step 5: Brush out the curls gently to smooth them out and spritz with hairspray for hold. Finish by securing the hair opposite your part with a flat clip.
Which spring trends are you excited to show off come March 20th?