SLEEK SIDE PONYTAIL ATDKNY
Side ponytails are back—and they’re way sleeker than anything Kelly Kapowski wore in Saved by the Bell. To keep the look at DKNY polished, hairstylist Eugene Souleiman gave models a very straight blowout first, parting it on the side. Then, section by section, he spritzed hair spray over the hair and smoothed strands with a flatiron. He brushed the hair into a low ponytail, securing it with an elastic at the nape of the neck. Souleiman had a cool trick for adding shine without OD’ing on product: Rub a few drops of hair oil between your hands, then run your hands over the bristles of your brush. “It imparts a tiny amount of product, and as I brush it through, it detangles hair and gives it shine”.
GOLD BARRETTES AT JASON MU
The right hair accessory—in this case, a gold barrette—can be a game changer. Case in point: Jason Wu’s ultra sleek ponytail. “It’s graphic and superclean,” hairstylist Odile Gilbert said. First, blow-dry hair straight, parting it in the middle, then flatiron, flatiron, flatiron. Next, Gilbert spritzed in hair spray and shine spray, brushed hair into a ponytail just above the nape of the neck, and slicked on pomade for added sleekness. She wrapped an extension around the base of the ponytail (you can use a section from your ponytail) before fastening in a cool gold barrette.
FRENCH BRAID AT OSCAR DE LA RENTA
“As always, I tried to create hair that no one can do at home,” hairstylist Orlando Pita said. We’re up for the challenge. It starts off simple: Pita brushed out the hair without using any products and parted it straight down the middle. He took a one-and-a-half-inch-wide section of hair on each side and pinned it straight back, about two inches from the hairline. Then came the tricky stuff: Pita combined both pieces in his hands, broke it into three sections and began French braiding it inside out—meaning he was weaving hair under, not over, each piece. To thicken the braid,he pulled in two-inch sections, and kept going until he reached the ends. Pita secured the ends with an elastic and tucked the tail into a loop at the nape of the neck, locking it into place with pins. He wrapped the rest of the braid around the loop so that it looked like half of a bow, again securing with pins. Finally, he removed the pins from the top of the head, misted hair spray all over to tame flyaways, and clipped a brooch onto the side. Easy, right?
GLAMOROUS ROLLS AT BADGLEY MISCHKA
This glamorous, ’20s-inspired look belongs on a red carpet. Hairstylist Peter Gray started with a small, hidden horizontal braid at the nape of the neck to serve as a base for the roll. He then dabbed Moroccanoil Light Oiul Treatment for Fine and Light onto the ends and misted in Moroccanoil Root Boost for texture. After a rough blow-dry, Gray wrapped sections of hair around a one and a half inch curling iron. Once he curled the entire head, he combed out each section with a skinny brush to achieve soft, smooth waves. Gray twisted hair into a small, loose roll and used U-shaped pins to attach it to the braid underneath.