The top 8 hairstyles from New York Fashion Week (and how to do them yourself)
Yes, side ponytails are back—and they're way sleeker than anything Kelly Kapowski wore inSaved 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," Souleiman said.
The right hair accessory—in this case, a gold barrette—can be a game changer. Case in point: Jason Wu's ultrasleek 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.
"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?
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 Oil Treatment for Fine and Light-Colored Hair 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. Finally, he spritzed hair with Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray for a glossy finish.
Gilbert went all romantic on us with this swept-back—but insanely voluminous—updo. "It was a spontaneous, imperfect way of fixing the hair," she said. First, she prepped hair with Kérastase Mousse Bouffante for texture (and a done-but-undone appeal) and wrapped sections of hair around a one and a half inch curling iron, pinning them to the head to set the shape. After curling and pinning the entire head, Gilbert let hair down and haphazardly twisted thick sections into loops, weaving them through each other as she made her way across the head. She secured each roll with a hairpin, and once she was finished, embellished the look with a bunch of not-so-tiny silk flowers. To keep everything in place, Gilbert misted a combination of Kérastase Powder Bluff dry shampoo and Kérastase Laque Dentelle hair spray and patted on handfuls of Kérastase Boucles D'Art curling mousse.
Pita doubled down at Carolina Herrera—and the result (two French twists) was elegant. To start, he parted hair to the side and divided it into two sections. He grabbed the first and brushed it smoothly, misting hair spray on top as he combed it back. Holding the ends, Pita twisted that section away from the face into a roll and secured with pins. Once it was fixed in place, he roped the ends into a small bun and pinned it into place. He repeated the same steps for the second roll, and spritzed on even more hairspray for a slick finish.
"It kind of crosses over between grunge and hippy and romantic," hairstylist Garren said of the hairstyle he created at Anna Sui. To get those ethereal waves, Garren used a triple-barrel waver and, starting a half inch from the center part, wrapped in two-inch sections of hair. Garren's trick to getting soft waves instead of crimps? Hold the waver at an angle—not horizontally.
It's not exactly an everyday look, but the ostrich feather that Gilbert worked into models' hair at Marchesa does have a cool, dramatic effect. Gilbert worked Kérastase Mousse Bouffant into towel-dried hair and blew it dry using a paddle brush. After parting hair to the side, she smoothed a dime-size dollop of Kérastase Ciment Thermique, a heat protectant, over the top layers to tame flyaways and gathered a small section of hair above the eyebrow into a tiny ponytail. Using black hair glue, Gilbert attached real ostrich feathers to the top of the elastic and let them cascade down the side—they moved beautifully on the runway, as if they were real hair.
Forget basic beachy hair: The spring 2014 collections brought us romantic twists, intricate braids, and ethereal waves straight out of a fairy tale.