If you’re looking to spring forward into a new style with your lovely locks, we have a few ideas. Vera Wang’s Fashion Week hair design, by runway stylist Paul Hanlon for Pai-Shau, was inspired by the collections’ rich textures, long, lean lines and strong hues. We love Vera, but we also wanted that hair! The clean-looking, sculptural styles featured fine, hidden side braids made behind the ear to peek through as the hair moves. Hanlon followed the models’ own, natural hair partings for each look.
“It’s about the idea of a smaller rounded look: not pinned or sleeked, but with the hair emerging from an elongated design silhouette,” said Hanlon. “These looks are quite youthful and very pure. It’s all about healthy condition, rounded lines and hair that’s not at all over-styled.”
How the Look Was Created
- Shampoo and Condition for healthy, bouncy hair.
- Apply Pai-Shau Biphasic Infusion on wet hair to prime, smooth and protect the hair. Make sure to shake really well before applying in order to activate its binary layers. Blow-dry the hair until it is about halfway dry.
- Apply a style soufflé mid-length to ends for soft, sculptural volume and to retain the hair’s hydration.
- Dry naturally, using hands only, without the use of a brush.
- Once the hair is dry, apply a touch of the infusion on the ends to smooth and hydrate, then blow dry the ends with a round brush.
- Take a two-inch section behind the ear and make a small braid, slightly past the hairline, then repeat on the opposite side. Though braids do not need to be identical on each side, they should be the same size.
- Use hairspray throughout to add texture and hold the braid.
- Let the hair fall naturally, place the braid behind the ear, and tie the hair at the nape with a silicone elastic band to keep the shape in place. Then place the ends under a jacket or top.
- To finish, freely spray with a light hairspray for flexible, moveable and natural looking hold.
Here are a few of our fave products for quick fixes on those stressed tresses.
Biphasic Infusion — an innovative ultra-lightweight rejuvenating multipurpose primer surrounds hair with a sheer veil of shielding properties to provide thermal protection, Style Souffle — an airy, lightweight styler with weightless oils and reparative extracts that gives volume and memory to styles while leaving hair soft and supple, and Sublime Hold Hairspray — a flexible hold spray for soft, natural looks, beachy waves, or tousled styles were used on the models of Fashion Week’s Vera Wang show.
From $29, pai-shau.com
Mixed Chicks’ Redefining Foam offers a quick way to bring the life back into your roots, giving a blast of revitalization to next-day curls and reducing the flat, dull look, while Gloss and Shining Hair Silk adds a polished texture helping color-treated hair look vibrant, curly or straight.
From $12, mixedchicks.net
Healing Style Powder Up Texturizer — a unique silica powder that absorbs into each hair strand without dry time, Keratin Healing Oil Lustrous Finishing Spray —a fast-drying, flake-free and humidity resistant finishing spray with UV protection and Keratin Healing Oil Hair Plumper — made with Sericin, a natural protein derived from silk to work on every hair type from straight to curly, were used at Fashion Week on the models for 5:31 Jerome.
From $21, www.LANZA.com
Color Protecting Restorative Mask with Argan Oil and Olive Oil — a restorative mask that uses only 100% vegan moisturizing elements and Color Protective Sulfate-Free with Argan and Olive Oil Shampoo —anti-oxidant and vitamin-rich to reduce and control frizz and flyaways.
From $18, www.colorprotecting.com